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… ๐Ÿ˜

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! ๐Ÿ˜‚

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 Appleโ€™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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Yes, the iPhone Xr can take portrait lighting photos of your cat!

And how do I know this? Because I was “silly” and went out and bought one. Yes. I could not hold out any longer and I just hade to let the crave of a new phone win. I still am half unsure if I made the right choice, but the phone is amazing and all those few things I still battle with will most likely subside in the near future. The stuff I’m referring to is the size of the phone and those missing camera features, but I am so certain they are no biggies in a few weeks. If nothing else the huge battery life will make up for it.

Ok, on to the camera stuff! What I mean with the title of this post is that it is very much possible to take those amazing photos with black background of your cat, as well as other objects by using the selfie cam, or the otherwise known name – the TrueDepth camera. It is not yet possible to do this with the rear camera, due to the Xr’s general limitations, but there are other apps out there that can fix that problem easily if you’d like to take normal portrait mode photos of your pet.

My cat Maja, taken by the kitchen window with black background.

The only struggle or problem with this is getting to frame the object or pet at the right moment with the selfie cam. With the photo above I was really lucky and managed to get a photo of her without half of her face being blurry etc. Even though the photo is not perfect, it looks 100% better than any other photo I could manipulate myself in Gimp or something like that and that means that it’s worth every struggle! If I’m luckier in the future I’ll be able to train her to be more photogenic, but my best bet is that Apple actually allows portrait studio and lighting photos in later updates of objects and pets.

Now, about that purchase…

I don’t really want this post to be another one about Apple products, but if you’d like to know the story of how it happened, here it is:
On Saturday the 12th of January I was so bored out of my mind that I did not know what to do with myself. I wrote a blog post in my Swedish blog about my struggle about what phone to buy, and at the end I wrote that I should go to the nearest store to play around with the phones some more. I had actually thought of a plan, at it was that I went with at the end. The plan was if I got the Xr instead of the Xs, I could actually afford to get AppleCare+, a screen protector, a cheap case, a popsocket etc without spending more than what the iPhone Xs costs or maybe less than that. I had then and there decided, since I found out the price benefits of that choice that if the TrueDepth camera actually can take photos of objects (not just pets, but objects) it would mean that it can take portrait mode/lighting photos of pets as well. That meant that the iPhone Xr was the better choice, even if it’s bigger since I get a whole lot more for the “same or less” amount of money spent. The popsocket was something I’d like to try because of the bigger size and so far I like it a lot, but with my next case I’ve ordered that’s custom, I probably need to re-position it a bit.

Ok, so how’s the experience so far? Well, the first thing I think of is that I got an enormous phone again, but with a (ginormous) perfect screen. It feels like it’s three times the size of my iPhone SE… There is just so much screen! My mind is almost blown because of it. The battery life is also great. Yesterday I had like 3 hours of SOT (including background stuff) and I ended the day with like 85% left, maybe a little bit more and I used the phone on and off between 9AM – 11PM or something like that. With my SE, I could have days like that too, but only on days where I barely touched it. I am looking forward to what it’s gonna be lik when I’m traveling back and fort to school as well as those days when I have to be hot-spot to work on stuff outside of Wi-Fi. I am usually hotspot several times a week, or at least I have been lately due to group meetings with classmates not being held where there’s safe Wi-Fi to be found.

The setup of the phone was almost perfect. I had to do an update if iOS while I was setting it up, but besides that I was amazed and so glad that the iCloud backup worked like a charm. It remembered all my folders, my wallpaper and almost all the logins as well. That did not work when I setup my iPad in September btw… The only thing I had to fix was some banking stuff and security measures and that was it. I was done! Absolutely amazing! Face ID is awesome. It feels so easy, almost like a step is missing and so far I do NOT miss the home button. Actually I’m glad to be rid of it, because I did not really like it on my SE. However, I prefer using Touch ID on the iPad, because it works a whole lot better on that device. On my SE, I had to press – hard whenever I needed to use it, and my sensitive fingers did not like that, so I’m glad I don’t have to do that any longer. Of course I’d probably prefer Face ID on the iPad, but the huge downside of that for me at least, is that I wouldn’t know what side is up or down. Yeah, I know that with the newest iPad Pro that does not matter, but for my stupid brain – it is. I like to know what side is supposed to be up, so for the iPad, I’ll be keeping it or using Touch ID for as long as possible. Don’t worry, I do not feel at all – for one bit that I must or need to replace the iPad yet. I love that thing and it’s as close to perfection as I could get for a device like that. My hope at least with this iPhone Xr purchase is that I can let my Apple addiction subside for a bit, because now I do not want to focus on that any longer. I have a new phone that’s like the ultimate phone in every single way and I hope it’s a device I get to keep for at least 3 years or so. There have to be something absolutely amazing for the next iPhone models to happen in order for me to feel I want a new phone again. Perhaps a really low price would be it, but as of now – no. This is the phone to keep.

I got it in black. At first I was thinking of getting it in Red, to support Apple’s Aids campaign, even though I actually hate the color Red. If the phone would’ve come in hot pink (magenta) that would be the “duh” choice, but it was not an option and I’d hide the color with a skin or case either way so the color does not matter. I’m glad I got it in black, really even though it is a bit boring, but the custom cases I shall use with this phone will sort that problem pretty easily. Whenever I feel like I need a change – just order a new case and change the wallpaper or something. I should be able to keep that promise at least. Do something like iJustine does. She on the other hand have like a 100 cases for each iPhone she’s ever owned or something, but if you’d like to change up your phone, why not do it with a case? And a custom one as well! Customized cases is like the best thing since sliced bread in my opinion, or at least if feels like that since I became an Apple fan and an iPhone owner.

So, now I’m off to enjoy this iPhone Xr and I look forward to how it will let my life become a little bit better, by being a phone I can rely on, take amazing photos on and type on a little bit better than with that tiny screen of the iPhone SE…

If you have an iPhone Xr, how do you like it? Let me know by leaving a comment down below. Thanks!

I played around with the new iPhones today…

And oh, fuck – do I want a bigger phone! Seriously. It’s crazy. Don’t get me wrong. I absolutely love my iPhone SE, since it’s probably the best phone I’ve ever had, but it’s so tiny and I hate writing on it, because all words are so often misspelled. By the best I mean that’s it’s the most reliable phone I’ve had so far. I’ve written about this before, when I first got my iPhone SE, so read more in that post to know more. However, this iPhone and Apple obsession never seems to end. It just goes on and on and on. And I do not know why! Isn’t it enough now? Apparently not. I need to have more than just an iPhone, Macbook Pro, Mac Mini and an iPad with the Apple Pencil. I tried the AirPods and I’ve also bought a magic mouse. Sadly the AirPods did not work well enough for my ears, so I returned them after a few weeks. Now I use the OnePlus Wireless Bullets instead. They work fine, but I’d much rather try a pair of BeatsX bullets instead, since they have the W1 chip. That chip is great, because it means I can easily switch between the Apple products I have, but with the OP bullets, not so much. I’m seriously thinking of giving those to my BF and buy myself a pair of BeatsX instead, but we’ll see what happens. No matter what, I want (need) this Apple obsession to stop. Like seriously stop!

One photo of me taken with the iPhone Xr from an Apple Store. I love the black background effect!

Like the title of this post, I do have to tell you about my experience today, playing around for a bit with the new phones. I just had to! It was totally necessary so I could know more. I played with all of them, but mostly the Xr. All the photos in this post are from that phone, including the featured image. The reason for that was because I wanted to try taking black background selfies with all of the cameras, but when I played around with the next one, the Xs, the camera features threw me off a bit. That was because of I noticed that I couldn’t take those light studio photos of objects, only of people and because of that I forgot to take selfies with it. Later, it turned out that it was because of the environment of the store and lack of good backgrounds that was the issue, but still, I’m sad that I couldn’t take any selfies with the Xs. I wanted to know if the camera differences really are such a big deal, because I’d really like to get a cheaper phone if possible, next time I buy one. As of now, it seems even more that the Xr is more than good enough for me, but the three big differences still remain.

ModelXrXsXs Max
PriceWinnerSomewhat winsToo expensive!
SizeSomewhat winsWinnerToo big, but best for typing
Camera featuresMisses portrait lightning on rear camera and no “bokeh” effect for petsHas all the featuresHas all the features
Battery lifeAbsolute winner according to many sourcesProbably worstWinner

With the table above you can see my reasoning of all the devices. At first I have to point out that they are all too expensive, but since they have different price tags, one must be cheaper and one more expensive. In Sweden the prices are outrageous, but that’s a topic for another day. The Xs max was most likely way too big, but sure it was absolutely best for typing. It’s also too expensive, unless I’d get it from somewhere else and I can pay the same price as a normal Xs, so that’s ok. But it’s too big and the Xs Max is most likely out of the picture now. the Xr wins easily with it’s price and the size is ok. As of today as a 8 month-ish iPhone SE user, it felt a bit too big as well, but I liked it and everything about it was a whole lot better than I first anticipated. I did not notice the bigger bezels or the notch. All I cared about was the camera and typing experience. If I’d someday decide to get that one, I’m sure I’ll be more than satisfied with it. The Xs felt best to hold in the hand, but worst at typing, due to the smallest screen, but the screen size was more than enough either way. The LCD screen was also amazing on the Xr, so that would be no problem for me whatsoever.

The three biggest deals for me are price, camera features and battery life. I need a phone that lasts me through a whole day while I’m at school and preferably longer. This means I need it to have enough battery left when I get home so I don’t feel like panicking. Panic occurs when I have less than 50% and it’s before 6PM or something like that. I guess I’m lucky that way? I need the phone to withstand at least 1 hour as hotspot, 2-3 hours of wireless bluetooth listening to Spotify while on the train and be used while I surf the web and go through social media. It’s not necessarily needed for gaming, since I only use my iPad for that these days. It would also be nice if I could take many photos and a video or two without loosing too much battery. With my iPhone SE I have less than 30% often when I have days like that and I’ve been to school and I fucking hate it! And often on those days, I’ve only been away for like 5 hours and I get home at 2 PM. I do not think that’s normal behavior for a phone. Maybe for a phone with that tiny battery, but still, it’s not good. Also the typing experience on the SE sucks! Especially in Swedish, so I am doing everything I can to type on it as little as possible. In order for me to write on it properly I have to use so much energy to make sure I hit the right keys and still, it wouldn’t work that good. I really dislike it but I am still ashamed of thinking of a new phone because of many things and I shall write about those next:

I got my iPhone SE as a gift from my BF for getting a passing grade in math in june 2018. That was amazing! I’ve told myself from the start that I hope this phone will last, and it will, as long as I never leave the apartment and only browse the internet, or something like that. If I use it for anything more, especially out of the house it’s a problem within minutes of use. I hate to be bothered by it, but at the same time I can’t stop thinking about getting myself a better device. If I wasn’t attending college right now, I probably would not care that much, but since I am, and I’m finally doing something with my time, my tiny phone with its tiny screen and tiniest battery in the world is really an issue for me. It makes it hard for me to focus on other things if I’m not doing something really important, like studying, but right now, I’m on the Christmas break, so I’ve gotten more than needed time to think about getting a new phone. Even though I don’t “really” need it.

There are solutions, of course. Always bring my charger with me while on foot. Use a computer to chat whenever possible, and since I’m not an active vlogger on YouTube or that active of a blogger on WordPress, there’s really no need for a fantastic camera in my pocket, since what I have absolutely does the job. I do all of that today and I save my money and I will continue to do so as long as possible. But still, I can’t stop thinking about it and it drives me nuts! I seriously hope I can solve this or stop thinking about this without buying a new phone before it’s time to upgrade anyway. No matter what I will upgrade this year, because I can’t stand these “tiny” issues, because they are tiny. Even as a pun. Tiny as being unnecessary feelings and tiny because everything about the SE is tiny!

As long as I can continue to not buy a new phone just because “I can”, I am considering myself to be a hero or something. You have seriously no idea how much energy and will I have to use in order for me to stop these “buying” feelings… And it’s only gonna get harder after today with this new experience. If I wasn’t so greedy when it comes to money, or cheap, or just simply “I do not want to spend money if I absolutely do not have to” as a person, I’d have an 8 plus, X, Xs, Xr or any other expensive and new(ish) iPhone in my pocket already. However, in my life as of now, since living most of my days rather poorly since I left home in 2001 – I love to save money and not spend it. Like Scrooge MacDuck, without being a billionaire. As of now I’m just a “poor student”.

Spending money makes me nervous if spent on the wrong thing, because I’ve done so way too much when I was younger. I do not want to repeat those mistakes again, so I want to make sure that everything I buy these days are worth while, even though I’m not considered poor by any means any longer, because now I save instead of spend. I bought my iPad with my own money when I started school, and luckily that purchase has not caused me any anxiety whatsoever. I even think about it as a “free” device since I’ve then gotten all that money back by saving each month and I use it on a daily basis for both school, and many other things and I love it. If I perhaps can think of my next iPhone the same way, by continuing to save money and eventually getting it back (by continuing to save money), it will be a lot easier? What do you think? What would you do if you were in my shoes?

Another photo of me with a black background. This time, my face is in color.