Apple iPhone XR review

The iPhone XR positions itself as Apple’s fun, colourful and more affordable iPhone, while still retaining plenty of premium features.

The iPhone XR impresses with solid CPU performance and the best battery life of any iPhone we’ve tested so far. It’s Apple’s “lower cost” iPhone this year, but it’s pretty far from being “affordable”, with some notable limitations that you don’t hit with the iPhone XS to take into consideration.

Quick verdict

Apple’s iPhone XR is probably the iPhone you should buy this year, but it’s a phone full of unusual design decisions, not all of which have a positive overall impact.

The good

  • Good battery life
  • A12 Bionic processor is still great
  • Wide choice of colours

The bad

  • Apple’s still pricing it at a premium, even if it is “less expensive”
  • Single-lens camera limits camera functions.
  • Slower onboard modem
  • No 3D Touch capability.

Design

  • Wide and pleasing range of colours
  • Aluminium frame
  • LCD display, but larger than the iPhone XS
  • No headphone jack
  • Only one offical Apple case for protection
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Camera

  • Single, not dual lens
  • Portrait mode, but limited effects
  • Post-shot focus adjustment works well
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Performance

  • A12 Bionic still impresses, even with less RAM
  • Lower water resistance than other 2018 iPhones
  • Slower category speeds than premium iPhones
  • 3D Touch is missing
  • eSIM for dual SIM support, sort of

Battery life

  • Impressive battery life compared to other iPhones
  • Apple still has to catch up to competitors for battery endurance
  • Wireless charging
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Verdict

  • An obvious choice for the Apple faithful
  • But Apple’s redefining where it sees “entry-level” pricing
  • Compromises may make the iPhone XS your better match

Apple iPhone XR specs

Apple iPhone XR
OS iOS 12
Display size (inches) 6.1
Display resolution (pixels) 1792 x 828
Pixels per inch (PPI) 326
Processor Apple A12
Height (mm) 150.9
Width (mm) 75.7
Depth (mm) 8.3
Weight (g) 194
Battery size (mAh) 2,942
Wireless charging Qi
Internal storage 64GB
128GB
256GB
MicroSD expansion N/A
Fingerprint scanner No
RAM 3GB
Water resistance IP67
Apple iPhone XR
Rear camera (1) resolution 12
Rear camera (1) aperture 1.8
Front camera (1) resolution 7
Front camera (1) aperture 2.2
Apple iPhone XR
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed Category 12
NFC support Yes

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