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iPhone XR Durability Test – is the ‘cheap’ iPhone weak?

iPhone XR Durability Test – is the ‘cheap’ iPhone weak?


Apple’s released quite a few new phones this
year. The iPhone XS and XS Max, which I’ve already
tested on my channel, and then 6 different flavors of this guy: the iPhone XR. It’s basically Apple’s iPhone with the price
of a flagship. I asked on Twitter which color of the iPhone
XR I should test today, and it was a close call, but the peachy coral version was chosen
as tribute, which is kind of good because our brand new blue friend isn’t even turning
on this morning. He’s got a little bit of performance anxiety. I’ll plug him in and we’ll start with peachy. (silence) Let’s get started. [Intro] Inside the box we have the standard slow charger,
along with the lightning headphones that you can’t use anywhere else. And the proprietary lightning cord with no
dongle for the missing headphone jack. Let’s start with the scratch test. The one feature that gets used more than anything
else on a smartphone by far is the screen. The biggest downside of the iPhone XR, besides
being a flagship priced budget phone, is the screen. There’s been a 1080p resolution standard across
computer screens, TVs and cell phones for the past 3 years. [Phone voice saying “staying healthy.”] Even the iPhone 6 Plus released 4 years ago
had a super defined 1080p display. But Apple here, sneakily dropped the iPhone
XR from a high definition 1080p screen down to just 828. You can always say iPhone users just don’t
really care about specs, but there’s a line that got crossed when Apple takes advantage
of that and keeps the high price of $800 after tax, while handing out hardware from 5 years
ago. Glass is still glass though, and scratches
at a level 6 with deeper grooves at a level 7. Apple’s never been a leader in screen resolution,
but going backwards in technology is a slap in the face to unsuspecting customers. There’s one 7 megapixel front facing camera
hidden up in the notch, along with a metal earpiece grille, very solidly attached and
will never be coming out on it’s own. Another difference between the XS and XR is
the build material. While the more expensive XS is made from stainless
steel, the regular expensive XR is made from softer aluminum –
anodized aluminum. Anodizing is a pretty amazing process where
the metal is dipped and electrically coated in a super hard protective layer of oxide,
and could literally be any color we want. So it makes the color matching look pretty
sweet. Even the SIM card tray with no expandable
memory slot got dipped in the same anodizing bath. The buttons are made from metal, along with
the top of the phone, and the new switch slider over here on the side. I still think every phone should have one
of these switches. The volume buttons are made from metal. And the bottom of the phone, right next to
that missing headphone jack is also metal. The only thing down here is the lightning
port and the little metal grilles for the loud speaker and microphone. The back of the iPhone XR is made from glass. It still has that wireless charging. I think the coloring is a great idea and definitely
adds a nice splash of uniqueness to the smartphone world. If the Apple logo gently glowed for notifications
like it does on the Razer Phone, it would look even cooler. The flash is under the back glass and protected,
along with the little wire microphone grille. Which now brings us up to the camera. Apple’s cameras are incredibly good. Just remember though, that the screen on this
iPhone XR can’t show all the pixels your camera captures when you use it – kind of blows my
mind. Let’s say you take a picture and post it to
Instagram. Instagram publishes images in 1080 pixel blocks. The iPhone XR is 252 pixels short of that
and literally can’t show Instagram pictures at full quality. This is an $800 phone that can’t even social
media right. Not to mention, Apple is still advertising
a sapphire lens cover protecting the camera, which should scratch at a level 8 or 9 on
Mohs scale of hardness, yet we are still seeing heavy marks at levels 6, 7, and 8. Other sapphire manufacturers like this Tissot
watch face manage pure sapphire just fine. The Tissot sapphire has no scratches below
a level 8. It’s kind of messed up that with Apple you
aren’t getting what you pay for on so many levels. The phones are very pretty though. No doubt about that. But if all you want is just beautiful, surface
level aesthetics, or just want to cover up the Apple logo, just spend a few dollars and
slap a dbrand skin on your current phone. Then use the rest of the money you had saved
to literally book a round trip ticket to Hawaii. You can get to Hawaii and back from basically
anywhere in the USA for the price of this phone. The inexpensive skins are linked in the description. Huge thanks to dbrand for sponsoring this
video and inspiring colorful phones everywhere. Not to mention, if you purchased basically
any other phone in the past 3 years, you’ll be able to Instagram at full quality on your
trip. You might be like, ‘but Jerry, what about
YouTube? Is the YouTube app still going to work okay
with this lower resolution screen?’ Yeah, it works. 720P is just fine, it’ll even pretend to let
you select 1080p. And of course, the XR will use your data to
stream that 1080 into phone, but you won’t get the high definition displayed on your
screen. The pixels just aren’t physically there to
do it. Of course, if you have seen someone who has
or loves this phone, there’s no need to make fun of them. Remember, they are just 252 pixel rows short
of the full picture, and not quite all the way there hardware-wise…if you catch my
drift. The iPhone XR is a 6.1 inch, 828×1792 ips
LCD and lasted 10 seconds under the heat from my flame, going completely black and turning
off. It’s kind of a risk to burn pixels on the
XR when it doesn’t have any to spare in the first place, but they all did make it back
to life with a full recovery. Now it’s time for the bend test. Apple is using the stronger 7000 series aluminum
on the iPhone XR, so it should be solid. But the only way to find out for sure is with
a structural flex. Bending from the front yielded no movement
in the phone. No kinks in the frame or bending in the body. Bending from the back got the slightest of
flexes, but nothing to get excited about. Our little orange friend is built like a solid,
low resolution brick. If Apple charged $500, or maybe even $600
for this hardware, I’d be pretty pumped. But charging $800 after tax for this is like
robbing an old folks home. Yeah, it’s easy and your targets won’t notice,
but it’s just…wrong. Apple didn’t get to be a trillion dollar company
by selling stuff at a fair price though. So it is what it is. The XR is structurally sound, even if the
sapphire isn’t pure and the screen automatically downgrades Instagram and YouTube, it does
pass my durability test. I’ll probably give away this unharmed blue
iPhone XR over on my Twitter or Instagram. So come hang out over there for the giveaway. You can always sell it and buy yourself a
real phone. Customize your current phone with the dbrand
link in the description. And thanks a ton for watching. I’ll see you around.

97 thoughts on “iPhone XR Durability Test – is the ‘cheap’ iPhone weak?”

  1. You're wrong about the resolution. The XR has exactly the same PPI as its predecessor, the iPhone 8. It wasn't dropped, it just stayed the same.

  2. Why are you buying phones just so you can ruin them? That’s just wasting your money, some people don’t have the iPhone XR and your ruining them!!!!

  3. “ this is an 8 hundred dollar phone that can’t even social media right” lmao I’m DEAD 🤣

  4. You know something is seriously wrong when one companies "budget phone", which is stupidly expensive is the same price as another companies flagship from last year, the Samsung s8.

  5. He burned the iPhone irreparably than the cigar lighter with his words………jerryrigseverything🤣🤣🤣

  6. This guy must not care about his money because he’s destroying $2,000 worth of iPhones. I have and iPhone XR. Not bad at all.

  7. It’s weird, I’ve had my iPhone 6s for YEARS and just got a iPhone XR cause t mobile had a buy one get one free plan and mine was free, I didn’t care which phone I got but the guy gave me the XR and I’m just doing my research cause I really don’t know that much about it and so far I’ve learned the battery live is awesome, it’s practically the size of a iPhone plus except narrower and for the XR that’s just a normal sized one. And apparently it’s lower resolution 🤷🏻‍♂️ idk I can’t tell I just think it’s weird apple made the back glass or… “sapphire” it’s just way more easy to break and more fragile even with a case. I liked the metal I had with the 6s, it was sturdy if u didn’t purposely Bend it but it did overheat often for me

  8. I have an 8 Plus and the screen resolution is 1920 X 1080p

    😂😂😂😅😂🤣🤣🤣😂😂😅😅😂😂🤣🤣🤣😂😂😅😅😅😅😅😂🤣🤣

  9. Just got my XR looks amazing and I still haven’t been able to tell that it is 720p will never switch for Samsung’s pocket bombs.

  10. The new screen is cheap I’ve had mine two months and got light scratches but today it finally got a bad scratch and I’m pissed about it

  11. Could you randomly offer some phones to your suscribers ? Or make give aways ? I am superfan of smartphones but i have not the budget to chnge often i still have iphone4s and iPad 2 i dream to have a new recent one with big screen … Hope you Will make more give aways thank you

  12. i got no idea what you mean by 'buy yourself a real phone' so that one wasn't real? or are you calling them toy phones? haha, big man let me see what real phone you got?

  13. Why dont you give me the iphones or ipads but you break them 😩

    Edit: i already subbed and smashed that like button and turned on notifications..🙏🙏

  14. Not a fan of Apple as a company, but I ended up getting an XR for free so I didn't turn it down. The screen isn't nearly as bad as it sounds. It IS lower resolution, but it just doesn't look bad. I have a 1440p laptop screen and it looks very similar to the XR's screen when you're actually comparing them.

  15. When jerry scratches the metal frame and talks over it it’s like when I’m getting a needle and the nurse is trying to calm me down

  16. I would except this phone because in my country apple are very expensive and I'm probably holding a MYR499 that cause lower than $200

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