IPHONE XR REVIEW: Right trade-offs for a cheaper price

iPhone XR Reviews Round Up: A Great Phone For Most People, According To Experts

The most affordable offering in this year's iPhone lineup, the iPhone XR features the latest A12 Bionic SoC, a 6.1-inch LCD Liquid Retina display, several colour options, and a single rear camera.

Apple's clear case was included in the iPhone XR press releases for countries such a Canada, Germany and France, but they haven't received it yet.

The iPhone XR, which is the cheapest of the three new models Apple introduced this year, hits stores Friday with a starting price of $749. Bump that up to 128GB, and you're looking at $799.

The iPhone XR is not yet on sale in the United States - that will happen at 8:00 AM Eastern Time. The official launch is slated for November 2.

The biggest reason why the user picks up the iPhone XR over the iPhone XS is the price. 3D Touch was also removed from the iPhone XR and replaced with interactions in software that mimic this feature.

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While the iPhone XR is cheaper compared to the recently-launched iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, it still starts at AED 3,179 (compared to the iPhone XS that starts at AED 4,229), which is hardly budget.

If you're bored of the business black, white and gold on the iPhone XS, then take this - yellow, red, amber, blue, white and black - all done tastefully with similar aesthetics, fruity like an Apple and with world-beating build quality, IP67 certification for water and dust resistance with support for wireless charging. For Apple to continue to be a mass producer and marketer of iPhones, it needed to take a different tack than in years past. The XR has the same 12-megapixel wide-angle camera found in the XS and XS Max.

But if we weren't coming to it from a more expensive, higher-specced phone, it wouldn't bother us... although you don't need a more expensive model to beat it if you leave the Apple fold.

We have a lot of testing and trials to carry out with the iPhone XR to confirm whether or not it is a keeper, but it sure helps that it is $250 and $350 less than the flagship XS models. The frame is Aluminum instead of stainless steel which feels fine if you're upgrading from an iPhone 8 or earlier but keep it next to an iPhone XS and you can immediately notice that it's not as premium.

Apple no longer sells the iPhone SE, which is essentially a three-year-old iPhone 6S, packed in a body that's smaller but thicker than the iPhone 7 and 8. But I don't hold Apple stock, I just buy stuff from Apple, and have people ask me on a fairly regular basis which iPhone they should buy. For example, you can get a $170 16GB iPhone 6 through Amazon.

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