Everybody has an opinion. Sometimes people have multiple opinions and perspectives on different sides of the same issue. My father taught me to be careful when engaging in political or religious discussion because there seldom are winners, but the combination of free speech and a plethora of free forums to speak have not seemed to help humanity.
Wherever you turn online these days someone is trying to tell you what to do or make suggestions for your behavior, purchases, or thinking. Free speech may be a human right but it comes with consequences.
Regarding iPhone XR, Leander Kahney asks, “Why buy anything else?” If free speech reigns, I ask, “Why ask such a stupid question?“
Stupid? Yes. The reason we have a planet populated with billions of products for billions of people is because we appreciate choice. iPhone XR seems like an excellent product and based on the feature set and price tag I suspect Apple will sell more XR models in the next year than any other iPhone.
It’s still $749. $799 if you get it with 128GB of storage. That’s hundreds of dollars less than iPhone Xs or Xs Max, but also hundreds more than the original iPhone from 2007. The original Mac in 1984 was $2,495. Any new Mac at half that price does far more than the original.
What I want to see from technology journalists is simple. Insightful analysis. But telling me there is no need to buy anything else is not helpful and somewhat arrogant– as if the writer knows what I want.
How about this:
I want a telephoto lens. iPhone XR doesn’t have one. Case closed. That’s why I should buy something other than iPhone XR.
This is no plasticky, cut-rate phone built to meet a price point. It’s a primo phone with primo features (and a primo price tag, TBH). It just happens to be the cheapest new iPhone in Apple’s lineup.
Indeed. And it’s good to see acknowledgement that $749 is not exactly cheap. Unless you compare it to the expensive iPhones. The really expensive iPhones. Then you may feel like it’s a bargain. It’s not.
The XR delivers everything customers care about: a big, beautiful screen; great cameras; long battery life; and Face ID.
That’s not exactly insightful but it explains why iPhone XR exists and what the average iPhone customer probably wants.
Big screen? Check. Long battery life? Got it. Face ID, Memoji, high quality camera? Check. Yep. Uh huh.
The iPhone XR is arguably Apple’s most interesting smartphone of 2018 because of this slightly odd bundle of budget/premium features. It’s arguably a $1,200 phone in a $750 package.
No. It’s not a $1,200 iPhone for $750. It’s an iPhone for $750 with an excellent display, good battery life, great camera for photos and videos, and performance that almost matches the more expensive iPhone models. For $750.
- Tom’s Guide calls iPhone XR “The best iPhone for the Money” and explains why.
- Vanessa Hand Orellana said, “It Took Us Four Drops To Break The iPhone XR Camera” which makes a good case to own a good case.
- Nilay Patel thinks iPhone XR is “Better Than Good Enough” but acknowledged the need for another size option (think iPhone SE-like).
This is insight:
When I first picked up the iPhone XR, it felt like the big questions would be about what the XR was missing compared to the XS. But now that I’ve used this thing for a while, that seems like the wrong way to think about it. The real question for iPhone buyers is whether the high-res OLED display on the XS is worth $250 more than the XR. Because otherwise, the XR offers almost everything you’d want in a 2018 phone.
Here’s another tidbit of insight. Google’s Pixel 3 is BOGO on a few carriers. What does that say about supply and demand?
Doing less of what Forbes does to Apple would be beneficial to the planet, too.