Launched alongside the XS and XS Max in September 2018, Apple pitched the XR as the iPhone of choice for budget-conscious Apple fans. Of course, ‘budget’ is a relative term, and the XR still costs a pricey $750 – $250 less than the regular XS, but still more than the Samsung Galaxy S9. The XR is a brilliant phone, and will be perfect for anyone upgrading from an iPhone 8 or 8 Plus.
However, when you put it side-by-side with a XS the corner-cutting becomes clear. Plus, with the launch of the iPhone 11, the XR feels like the odd one out.
In this review:
- iPhone XR Design – Fun colors but sad camera bump
- iPhone XR Screen Quality – LCD screen is a bit disappointing
- iPhone XR Performance – Latest A12 Bionic processor is as fast as you'll need
- iPhone XR Battery Life – Solid, if unremarkable, battery life
- iPhone XR Cameras – Good front camera, single rear camera is a slight let down
- iPhone XR Cost and Value for Money – The $250 saving makes the XR very tempting
- iPhone XR vs iPhone XS vs iPhone XS Max – How Does the XR stack up to its other iPhone rivals?
- The Verdict – Should the iPhone XR be your next phone?
OLEDs are generally better but LCDs are cheaper.
The higher the numbers, the better — generally.
Measured in milliampere hours. The larger the number, the better.
Measured in gigabytes, more RAM allows phones to handle more tasks at once.
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As it stands, the current iPhone lineup is perhaps the most confusing it’s ever been, with two phones offering broadly similar propositions on paper, and the XR as a cut-price alternative. So, which one is right for you? For the full low-down, see our guide, Which iPhone Should I Get? For the short version, see below:
- iPhone XR – Best for those trying to get the iPhone experience for slightly cheaper
- iPhone XS – Best for everyone. It’s almost certainly the iPhone of choice if you can stretch to it
- iPhone XS Max – Best for those that need a big screen? We’re not sure why you’d pick the Max over the regular XS
There’s so little to choose between the XS and XS Max, aside from the bigger (but no sharper) screen, so we’d plump for the XS and spend $100 on a decent pair of wireless headphones.
Truthfully, the only reason we’d buy the iPhone XR is to save some money.
Find out more – Apple iPhone XS Review
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