Excursions by Amit Gawande

iPhone XR Screens aren’t terrible

It’s time for Apple product launches. And so is the time for all the talks of -gates and sheeples and reality distortion. There’s so much noise this time with iPhone XR screens. Typical comments from most folks.

  • ..just 326 ppl in 2018? WTF?”
  • ..not even 1080p screen? How will it play 1080p videos?”

I get it, both are facts. iPhone XR is not a full-HD screen and has a pixel density way lower than it’s better sibling XS. But does it deserve all the brickbats? Am not sure about that. This is the screen configurations of all the lowest configuration iPhones over the year (since Retina displays were introduced).

Model Resolution (PPI)
iPhone 4, 4s 960x640 (326 ppi)
iPhone 5, 5c, 5s 1136x640 (326 ppi)
iPhone 6, 6s 1334x750 (326 ppi)
iPhone 7, 7s 1334x750 (326 ppi)
iPhone 8 1334x750 (326 ppi)
iPhone XR 1792x828 (326 ppi)

I hope one can get the trend with this. Since the time retina screens were launched, pixel density of lowest configuration iPhone has always been 326ppi. And iPhone XR is that device this year. So it gets that screen. Sure, Apple always has a Plus size device with a better resolution screens. That need is addressed by XS this year.

So am not sure why there is such a huge pushback on XR devices. If reviews are anything to go by, these screens are just as good as Apple’s LCD screens have ever been. Are there cheaper Android devices that have screens with better resolutions? Of course. There will always exists cheaper devices with better configuration on paper than iPhone. But I think one thing tech nerds should have learnt by now, Apple never plays the configuration game.

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