Apple’s newest iPhone won’t burn a hole in your pocket
Does your iPhone 8 Plus seem old already? With the announcement of iPhone Xs, Xs Max, and the most recently launched XR, Apple has upped its smartphone technology to an extent that you forget that you can also make calls from your iPhone.
While the Xs and Xs Max are on the higher end of the price spectrum (you could probably buy a small Gucci handbag at that cost), XR is Apple’s attempt at making the technology more accessible to the public. And that’s the biggest difference between the two models. XR has all the magic of Xs and Xs Max, including but not restricted to Augmented Reality, screen time, dual sim, Animojis (and Memojis), stereo recording and an A12 bionic chipset, which basically means better power savings and improved performance.
What the XR doesn’t have is a dual camera. Instead, they have a single-camera system with a 12MP wide-angle camera and advanced algorithms, that allow the machine to enable portrait mode, which it does so brilliantly. The all-new depth control also lets you adjust the bokeh or background blur, so your portrait images really stand out. You can do this with both the front and rear cameras.
The true test of any phone camera comes when you are taking pictures with the sun in the background, and of your food in dimly-lit restaurants. The ‘LED True Tone’ flash reduces the overexposure that the flash usually creates. The final image is even toned. However, I didn’t need to use the flash for any of my pictures—the sunlit and restaurant pictures both came as pleasant surprises.
The new phone, which is finally available in India, comes in an array of colours—think bright yellow, coral, blue, black and white. The battery life, as advertised, is better than the previous iPhones—I used it for two days straight without having to plug it in. The LCD screen is brighter and bigger than the previous models as well, and with the in-built stereo speakers, the phone makes Netflix binge-watching a treat. And if you spill some wine on your screen while doing that, don’t worry: the phone is dust- and water-resistant (up to 1 meter for 30 minutes).
If like me, you use your phone primarily for creating Instagram content (screen time is now proof of that), the iPhone XR is a good upgrade. And it’s pretty handy when, once in a while, you have to make a phone call too.
The iPhone XR is priced at Rs 76,900 for 64GB. Also available in 128GB and 256GB
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Author: Shruti Thacker