Is the iPhone XR Still a Good Phone in 2022?

The iPhone XR was announced on September 12, 2018, and released to the public on October 26, 2018. Since then, it has become one of the most successful phones in Apple’s history, selling over 90 million units worldwide just eight months after its release (and 100 million by November 2019). But how will the iPhone XR fare four years later in 2022? This article explores that question and more as we try to predict how successful the iPhone XR will be on the market in 2022.

Apple’s Own Research

A Morgan Stanley analyst recently interviewed 1,300 iPhone users, who admitted that they were due for an upgrade. When asked what they would buy instead of an iPhone XR next year, Samsung phones topped Google’s Pixel devices and Huawei devices. Apple loyalists remain an undeniable force in mobile, but it’s worth noting that even those most enthusiastic about iPhones still find reasons to prefer rival devices.

Reviewers’ ratings

The reviews for Apple’s iPhone XR were mixed after its launch, ranging from glowing to downright harsh. And while all of them are mostly accurate, there are some that are written with a skewed perspective or do not go into depth about certain parts of the phone. To help you decide whether or not it is worth your hard-earned money, we have compiled and reviewed some of these reviews as well as others available online to create our own unbiased opinion of what to expect from Apple’s newest offering.

Marketing Vs. Reality

It seems like there’s a new generation of iPhones every year now, with Apple coming out with entirely new designs nearly every single September. That doesn’t mean they stick around for long, though. This year’s phones are hot right now, but what about two years from now, when their shiny newness has worn off, and we’re on to something else? Is it worth buying an iPhone XR if you know you’ll be upgrading next year? Or should you just wait until next fall so you can get a discounted model? We wanted to find out. So, we asked some experts: students at North Carolina State University who were kind enough to let us borrow their brand-new iPhones (and who will probably be getting upgraded within six months). Here’s what they had to say

The iPhone X was a huge gamble from Apple, yet one that really paid off six months into our usage. Losing the home button and altering the design was a dangerous move, but one that was sorely needed after years of similarity, and the premium design, extra power, and all-screen front mix together to create – by far – the best iPhone Apple’s ever made. It’s impossible to give a perfect score to something that costs this much – but this is the closest to smartphone perfection Apple has ever got.

All the good things to know about this phone

The iPhone XR features an all-screen display, Face ID, and wireless charging. It’s also available in several colors—including white, black, blue, coral, yellow, and red. The phone has a 6.1-inch LCD screen with a resolution of 1792 x 828 pixels at 326 PPI. It has 4GB of RAM and 64GB or 128GB of storage. The XR is powered by Apple’s A12 Bionic chip, which can handle most tasks without breaking a sweat (or draining your battery). You can get up to 60 hours of audio playback on a single charge with wired headphones or up to 50 hours when listening wirelessly via Bluetooth headphones. And it comes with iOS 12 preinstalled, which makes it easy to stay connected to your friends and family via iMessage and other apps like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Twitter, Instagram, and more.

The features are most likely to last 10 years

There’s no way to know what Apple will release (if anything) 10 years from now, but we can look at past releases to get an idea of which features are most likely to be available. In terms of hardware, these include 64-bit dual-core processor, a 5.8-inch display, a 12MP rear camera, 3GB RAM, and an iOS 12 operating system. A lot could change between now and then, so it’s best not to rely on any one feature too heavily. Instead, focus on things like durability (iPhones have always been durable), water resistance (iPhone 7 models were water-resistant), battery life (iPhone 8 models lasted around 11 hours on a single charge), etc. It’s also worth noting that even if your phone isn’t perfect when you buy it, there’s still hope for future updates—Apple has added new features to old phones before and will probably do so again. If you’re looking for something that’ll last until your next upgrade cycle anyway, you might as well go with an older model since they’re usually cheaper than their newer counterparts anyway.

The features that won’t last 10 years

The iPhone XR has an aluminum frame that gives it sturdiness and allows for wireless charging. Apple’s flagship device is also expensive, with a 64GB model costing $749 and an upgrade to 256GB going for $849. But as time goes on, smartphone users will likely demand more from their devices, which means some features may not be fully appreciated when you first use your phone. Tech moves fast!

Conclusion If you enjoy iOS, you probably already know how much an iPhone costs to own. You have the option to get an iPhone XR for a little bit less money than the most expensive iPhone XS will cost you.

Sadly, if you’re a photographer or someone who is really interested in utilizing their phone to take images, you will have to give up the camera in exchange for the price drop.

While it’s still a perfectly serviceable camera, it’s something we’d be more likely to recommend to somebody who’s not overly bothered about their phone’s camera performance or is happy to make a compromise in order to stay within the Apple family. 

Despite the iPhone XR being a “budget” option, it still retails for the best part. For the same price, you could pick up several of the top-of-the-line Android phones currently on the market, such as the Huawei P20 Pro. For not much more, you could also get a Samsung Galaxy Note 9 or a Huawei Mate 20 Pro. It also feels like if you’re going to spend on a phone, it’s worth making the additional payment to pick up the much better iPhone XS.

While it’s still a perfectly serviceable camera, it’s something we’d be more likely to recommend to somebody who’s not overly bothered about their phone’s camera performance or is happy to make a compromise in order to stay within the Apple family.

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