iPhone XR first hands-on impressions hit the web

Shawn Knight

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Apple’s iPhone XR is now available to pre-order ahead of next week’s release on October 26. Apple typically seeds a number of early demo units to tech editors for review ahead of launch, lifting the embargo just a few days before the phones go on sale.

For the iPhone XR, it appears as though they’re modifying that strategy a bit. With a full week to go, we’re now seeing several hands-on impression videos hit the web and honestly, we’re not quite sure what to make of it.

On one hand, it’s nice to see the hardware previewed with more lead time to launch.

Consequently, the previews all seemingly took place in a controlled environment and aren’t really “reviews” of the handsets.

Are traditional reviews still coming next week or is this as much as we’ll learn before consumers get their hands on the iPhone XR next Friday?

Is this the most desirable of the 2018 iPhones?

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Jon Tseng

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>>For the iPhone XR, it appears as though they’re modifying that strategy a bit.

Yeah they did a variant on this w the X launch last year. Day or two before the embargo dropped for proper reviews they ran a bunch of soft hands-on w influencers (basically a less critical audience less likely to bite the hands that feeds them). Annoying but an obvious attempt to generate easy positive buzz.

That aside, agree the XR does seem to be the One To Get this time round.
 
WTF is with everyone referring to this phone with "budget" in the same sentence? I'm sure it will be a good phone, Apple doesn't mess around with doing things by halves but just because it's hundreds of dollars less than the flagship doesn't make it "budget."

Let's lay off the Kool-Aid, people.
 
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BigBoomBoom

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WTF is with everyone referring to this phone with "budget" in the same sentence? I'm sure it will be a good phone, Apple doesn't mess around with doing things by halves but just because it's hundreds of dollars less than the flagship doesn't make it "budget."

Let's lay off the Kool-Aid, people.
It has a budget screen, that's how. That's a lot of corners cutting to make the Xs and Xs Max looks good so people will buy the more expensive variant.
 
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netman

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WTF is with everyone referring to this phone with "budget" in the same sentence? I'm sure it will be a good phone, Apple doesn't mess around with doing things by halves but just because it's hundreds of dollars less than the flagship doesn't make it "budget."

Let's lay off the Kool-Aid, people.
Believe me in Apple World, this is a budget phone. I think it is expensive for non-Apple fans. I am not a fan but I order a RED one at 12:05 am today as an investment...
 

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