My review of the iPhone Xr…

I’ve had this new phone for a little over a week and I love it more and more. I’ve almost gotten used to the size of it and the pop socket helps a lot with that. It’s getting smaller by the day, haha!

The battery life sure is amazing!

The battery life is more than amazing and I’ve actually started a little experiment where I will charge it less. I mean, I see no point in charging the phone where I got more that 80% left after using it normally for a day, so I shall wait and see how many days I can get from normal use. Normal use for me is mostly about checking social media a few times a day, perhaps taking a photo or two and surfing the web and perhaps doing something else. Since I started college again, being hotspot and listening to hours of music on Spotify is also regarded as normal use. The same day I started this post, which is also the same day I started my little experiment, I got like 8 hours of use with 30% left and that means it lasted for like 40 hours! I left it fully charged on Monday morning at 6:30 AM and at 11PM on Tuesday night I had 30% left. If I wouldn’t be a person that get’s freaked out when the battery goes below 50%, probably could’ve waited another day for it to charge, because it would probably last like three whole days with normal use for me. Yesterday I spent the whole day almost on LTE because I was at the hair dresser becoming a blonde person again, and so I used my phone a lot while I was sitting in the chair becoming a bit prettier.

The finished result of my hair. The photo is a portrait mode taken with the TrueDepth selfie camera on the iPhone Xr.

Usually I get about 2-3 SOT’s when I use a phone normally for a day with somewhere between 75%-85% left with this phone. The battery status is different for each day since I got the phone but I have noticed clearly that I get a whole lot more battery life out of this phone than probably any other phone I’ve had. The biggest change is on foot. Also I do not game on this phone. I’ve started using my iPad for that purpose instead, because of the bigger screen.

Listening to music on Spotify for an hour on the train with my iPhone SE usually dropped the battery life with at least 25% and over 30% if I’d been hotspot. The other day I listened to music and was hotspot for an hour and I lost about 10% so that’s a huge difference. With my usage I probably could get between 12-16 hours of SOT and that’s amazing!

My only complaint?

The only problem I have with this device is that I can’t use it even more than I’d like too. As of now I’d like to be glued to it and to everything on it, but that’s almost impossible even if it’s doable. To help with that I am actually writing the beginning and maybe the whole post on my iPhone Xr. It’s going great thanks to the predictive typing apple has but the bigger buttons also help a lot with it. Believe it or not but I do think that the popsocket also helps with the typing, but I could be wrong.

The screen is more than good enough.

The screen is great, not blurry at all and it looks awesome. Since I came from an iPhone SE it looks the same and I had no complaints at all about that screen either. I like that it’s changing the brightness automatically without getting to bright or dark depending on the situation. It’s especially nice at night since I have not yet been blinded by the brightness when I wanna check the time at 3 AM.

Those amazing-OMG-fantastic photos… 😍

The camera, oh my god – the camera! It’s so amazing I hardly know what to do with myself. It’s a freeing feeling to know I can take amazing selfies and photos no matter where I’m at. Most of the selfies I’ve started taking lately with the iPhone SE has been taken against the best white wall in my apartment but with this awesome camera I can take them anywhere. Even in low light. That’s great! Finally I can write blog posts without leaving the couch! 😂

Me doing a funny faced selfie on the train. I love the portrait mode features on this phone!!!

Face ID is far better than Touch ID.

Face ID continues to amaze me as well. It recognizes me in the dark as well as when I have something on my head or my hair not in a ponytail so that’s also great. Not that I really had an issue with Touch ID, but Face ID is certainly a lot nicer.

No sign of touch decease or anything else.

Another thing I’ve noticed is that the touchscreen in general works better. One thing that almost bothered me with the iPhone SE was that pressing where you’re supposed to in order to go back or somewhere else rarely worked. In order to get it to work, you usually had to press beside the button. This is not true with my iPhone XR and that’s good. That must mean that the SE might’ve had a mild case of touch decease or something. I can’t say for sure but since I’ve used this new phone I have noticed that I can press where I should be pressing and pressing beside the buttons does not work and that’s good. Aka it works as intended.

The gestures feel so much better than to deal with double pressing the home button in order to get around. Since I already knew how to do all of the gestures from watching too many YouTube videos about iPhones they felt normal to me from the start. Even though I usually suffer from having very wet fingers from sweaty hands, the gestures work wonderfully.

The price is a problem? At least outside of the U.S…

Basically I have no complaints at all about this phone. Well, perhaps the price but that’s not Apple’s fault. I even got it at a cheaper price since I did not buy it from the Apple store, but it was still very highly priced. Still, if my plan works as I want it too, this phone will be my daily driver for like three years. If that’s gonna be true, it will be the phone I’ve had for the longest time. Still I believe that it is a great investment for the future since I really don’t think the next years iPhones will bedazzle me away like this years models have. If they do, I’ll be surprised since I do not care for AR, 3D stuff etc regarding camera features.

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I’m in love with the iPhone SE!

Yep. It’s true. This little thing has started to grow on me like crazy. It does what it should. It’s easy enough to type on and even though the battery is tiny it is only a problem while I’m on the road. As long as I’m home or at least on a great WiFi connection and use the phone normally, I’ll get like 5-6 hours SOT with about 40-50% battery left when it’s time to sleep. That’s pretty good!

I also really like the tiny format in other ways. First of all, it’s easy to hold and handle with one hand. Mostly though, I’ve been using both hands for most tasks, but that’s mainly because I’m used to that. The camera is amazing! iOS 11 is amazing! Everything is basically amazing!

Close up of some sushi I had yesterday. Look at this amazing quality! #mindblown

I got the new custom case as well last Monday and that has made me love the phone even more. You can see the result of my custom case in the featured image of this post. It is awesome to be able to share to the world that I can put whatever I want on a case and make the phone I own even more personal. I love sticking out from a crowd 😉! I love that feeling and the case I got feels like premium stuff! Then being able to put apps wherever I want on the home screen doesn’t matter as much. I really do not miss android. I still do however feel like iOS and Apple are a bit too locked down when it comes to notifications and custom sounds. Personally, I’ve managed to fix all the issues with notifications so far so now I’m all good, but for those who do not know this can be done, it sure is a difficult process to achieve.

I got a bit shocked when I learned that the alarm volume is tied with the ringer and alert volume. However, I’ve managed to solve that issue. I created the song I wanted in GarageBand and the basics of that was that I lowered the output volume in GarageBand to like 20% or something like that and made sure it exported in that volume as well. Then I put the song I wanted as an iTunes song on my phone and then I just had to choose the right song and problem solved! Somehow this is also possible to do in iTunes itself, but I wasn’t able to make it work and after some more testing I’ve concluded that it does not work for turning down alarm volume. It however works for playing songs in a lower volume while listening to music added via iTunes on a computer. A disclaimer however is probably needed. In order to have an alarm with a lower volume, it only works with non-native songs or sounds you’ve created yourself somehow. If you like the native sounds and alarms that come with your phone, you’re stuck since I do not know how you otherwise can access them and then edit them. The sound I used was found on zedge.net (the website, not the app!) and as far as I know it is legal to use. If not, I’m not to blame, the uploader of the sound is.

Also I am writing, mainly the whole post, on my iPhone SE and it works great! The typing experience is far better in English though, since it’s predictable and autocorrect works like a charm. Writing in Swedish works well too, but since I have some problems with my fingers, I have a tendency to spell words wrong more in Swedish than in English. The problem I have, is that instead of pressing the space bar, I instead hit the “b” or “v” button. It’s really annoying but I have that problem no matter what phone I’ve used with a touchscreen. I don’t know why this happens, though but I do not like it. It also usually happens more when I have sweatier fingers. As far as I know I had the same problem with the blackberry sometimes as well so it is entirely my issue and not a touchscreen issue. I have fibromyalgia and I am stiff all over generally all the time, so having trouble typing is just something I’ve gotten used too. I’ve always had trouble using my hands and fingers for basically everything… It’s amazing that I can tie my own shoes and brush my hair, or something. That’s basically how bad my hands and fingers work, or at least that’s how I feel about it. I also have trouble with touchscreens in general if the touch sensitivity is too low and I’ve noticed on this phone that I have to either press harder or hit the right spot more if I want to go back or just do whatever. It could be an iOS issue or just an issue with this phone but I figured out early how to press and where so that’s not that big of a deal anymore.

All and all I loving this phone and I am so happy that I got it! I’m so happy that my boyfriend bought me an iPhone and I love the custom case options I’ll have for a long future to come! As of now I’m happy with the size, but I’m still curious if the iPhone SE 2 will come this fall and what other iPhones will be released as well. No matter what I’ll keep this one for now and I hope that will be enough. It sure is for now, at least!

It is also rumoured that a bigger iPhone with a 6.1″ screen will be released and that it will be a lot cheaper than both the X and the rumoured X Plus. If I play around with the idea that I get to upgrade this year, I’m only interested in the cheapest phone. Or should I say the cheapest one with the biggest battery that also carries the portrait mode and portrait light features.

If that’s the X, the X Plus or the cheaper rumoured 6.1″ X Lite or whatever it’ll be called, I don’t care. The phone with the cheapest price will win me over IF (and that’s a big IF) the other stuff comes with it as well. Otherwise I’ll might buy an old iPhone X in a few years when it’s time to upgrade. Or the latest one if I’m “rich” by then… Like I’ve said before, those portrait photo things and a bigger battery is basically everything I’d want for now in this phone. I have no complaints otherwise. I love this tiny little thing!

Do you have the iPhone SE? If so, what do you think about it? Write a comment below and let me know your thoughts!