Apple iPhone XR Review
The cheaper iPhone XR is a very good phone — until it tries to challenge the XS
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 – or even last year’s X – the corner-cutting becomes clear.
- Typically excellent iPhone build quality
- Brightly-colored rear glass gives it a fun look
- Powerful processor
- Decent value compared to the XS and XS Max
- LCD screen is a downgrade from XS' OLED
- Large camera bump is irritating
- Extra screen size isn't utilized fully
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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?