Apple iPhone XR review

8.9/10 AVG.
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8.9/10
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The Apple iPhone XR currently has an Informr score of 8.9 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 56 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

As the entry-level option in Apple’s 2018 iPhone lineup, you might expect some sacrifices to hit a lower price. While there are some compromises made, they’re in areas that the average person might not notice. Reviewers all agreed that Apple chose the perfect places to cut corners with the iPhone XR.

On the design front, you’ll find aluminum instead of stainless steel on sides. But since this aluminum is color-matched to the glass back, you’ll likely never notice. There are also more color options available for the XR than the pricier models -- including red, blue, and other bold options.

The phone is rated slightly lower for water resistance. Earning an IP67 rating, the phone is protected from submersion in up to one meter of water instead of the two meters offered by the pricier models.

Around front, you’ll find another compromise in the 6.10-inch, 1,792-by-828 pixel LCD panel. There’s still a notch at the top. And since it’s an LCD instead of OLED there is a drop in contrast compared to the more expensive Xs or Xs Max . Still, reviewers found the screen excellent with bold colors, great viewing angles, and plenty of brightness.

Many noted that unless you placed the phone side-by-side with the more expensive models, you’d have trouble noticing a difference. 

A lack of 3D Touch is the only other change to the screen. Apple instead, included Haptic Touch, which is similar but doesn’t have the pressure sensitivity of the 3D version.

The phone also includes the same A12 processor as the Xs or Xs Max but only 3GB of RAM. Given the power of the A12 chip, reviewers had no issues with performance despite the lower memory.

In an odd twist, the XR gives you more storage options, offering 64, 128, or 256GB of storage. That’s one more option than the Xs or Xs Max .

The front-facing camera on the XR is identical to the other models. However, the rear camera is simplified to a single-lens camera with software portrait mode and digital zoom. It uses the same lens, sensors, and aperture size as the other models, it only lacks the additional 2x telephoto lens. Reviews show it keeps up with the dual-lens options in most cases.

Finally, the XR beats the Xs and Xs Max in terms of battery life. This is likely because it uses a smaller, lower resolution panel.

Overall, reviewers loved the iPhone XR, with many calling it the best iPhone to date. SlashGear notes, “... though the iPhone XR may not be ‘perfect’ it’s definitely close enough for most.”

Otherwise, the phone looks and runs just like its pricier siblings. For more on what to expect from the XR, check out our iPhone XS summary .


Operating system
iOS
Processor
Unknown
Screen Size
6.1"
Camera
12+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


BGR

Apple has done well with the XR. It comes with the same design language as the XS and XS Max. It’s got a premium build. You can do away with what you stand to gain in the other two iPhones as well. If you can stretch your budget without burning your pocket, and a colorful smartphone body doesn’t mat...

- Nash David, BGR
iMore

Some people will want the deeper, brighter display, others the ability to shoot at 2x, and still others the sheer size of the Max. But for everyone else, I think the XR isn't just the colorful spot in the next-generation iPhone lineup, it's the sweet spot.

- Rene Ritchie, iMore
DxOMark

Compared to the Google Pixel 2, which is the best single-cam smartphone we’d tested up until now, the results are very comparable in many areas, but thanks to improved results for noise and particularly for artifacts, the iPhone XR just nudges it out of first place to become our top-ranked single-ca...

- Paul Carroll, DxOMark
iPhone in Canada

After spending a solid week or so with the iPhone XR, we found it to be a very capable phone that is nothing like the ‘budget’ or ‘cheap’ moniker you keep hearing about. It’s still an expensive phone at over a thousand dollars, but it’s not ultra expensive like the premium iPhone XS and iPhone XS Ma...

- Gary Ng, iPhone in Canada
TechnoBuffalo

The iPhone XR gets many of the best features from its more expensive brothers, including the A12 Bionic chip, excellent camera, and edge-to-edge display. It’s fast, the battery lasts forever, and its array of colors make it a fun alternative to the more luxurious iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max.

- Brandon Russell, TechnoBuffalo


Prices (Where to Buy)




Common Questions


Apple released the iPhone XR on October 26, 2018.


The iPhone XR price will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. You can compare Apple iPhone XR prices from around the web here on The Informr.


Apple backs up the iPhone XR with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your iPhone XR has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Apple support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Apple's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
6.1"

The Apple iPhone XR's screen size is 6.1 inches with 828 x 1792 pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown

There is a Apple A12 Bionic Hexa core processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the iOS 12 operating system (OS).

Camera
12+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 12+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 7+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
64/128/256 GB

Internal memory is 64/128/ 256 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
2942mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2942 mAh battery. Apple's performance ratings are 1500 minutes, 900 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

iPhone XR Specs

Overview
Release date October 26, 2018
Regions available USA, Canada, UK, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
CDMA:
800/850/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
LTE:
1700/1900/700/2100 /800/850/900/1800/2600/2300/2500 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System iOS 12

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Processor Apple A12 Bionic Hexa core
Internal Flash Memory 64/128/ 256 GB
RAM 3 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Unknown
Languages English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Headphones, Data Cable
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 2942 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging Yes
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Up to: 960 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 900 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 1500 minutes
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Red, Yellow, White, Coral, Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.1 x 7.6 x 0.8 cm (5.9 x 3 x 0.3 in)
Weight 194 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating IP 67
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 828 x 1792 pixels
Pixel density 326 pixels
Size 6.1 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating Yes
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer Unknown
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.8
Resolution
12+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
5x digital
Flash
Yes (Quad LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, Multi-shot, Panorama, Red-eye reduction, Self-timer, HDR
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 60 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
7+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Aperture f/2.2, HDR
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 60 fps
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, MP4, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack No
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types XLS, RTF, PPT, PPTX, DOC, DOCX, PDF, TXT, HTML
Weather Yes
Stocks Yes
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
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Critic Reviews


BGR

Gives you what much of the other iPhones offer, only for much less

from BGR

Apple has done well with the XR. It comes with the same design language as the XS and XS Max. It’s got a premium build. You can do away with what you stand to gain in the other two iPhones as well. If you can stretch your budget without burning your pocket, and a colorful smartphone body doesn...More

Apple has done well with the XR. It comes with the same design language as the XS and XS Max. It’s got a premium build. You can do away with what you stand to gain in the other two iPhones as well. If you can stretch your budget without burning your pocket, and a colorful smartphone body doesn’t matter to you, then you could pay the Rs 25,000 premium to be absolutely sure that you have the best of what Apple offers this year. Else, if you’re like me, then the iPhone XR is a bet you can’t go wrong with.

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iMore

A great phone choice for a lot of people

from iMore

Some people will want the deeper, brighter display, others the ability to shoot at 2x, and still others the sheer size of the Max. But for everyone else, I think the XR isn't just the colorful spot in the next-generation iPhone lineup, it's the sweet spot.

Read full review

Some people will want the deeper, brighter display, others the ability to shoot at 2x, and still others the sheer size of the Max. But for everyone else, I think the XR isn't just the colorful spot in the next-generation iPhone lineup, it's the sweet spot.

Read full review

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DxOMark

Top-ranked single-lens phone

from DxOMark

Compared to the Google Pixel 2, which is the best single-cam smartphone we’d tested up until now, the results are very comparable in many areas, but thanks to improved results for noise and particularly for artifacts, the iPhone XR just nudges it out of first place to become our top-ranked single-cam smartphone.

Read full review

Compared to the Google Pixel 2, which is the best single-cam smartphone we’d tested up until now, the results are very comparable in many areas, but thanks to improved results for noise and particularly for artifacts, the iPhone XR just nudges it out of first place to become our top-ranked single-cam smartphone.

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iPhone in Canada

‘Budget’ phone with luxury features and finish

from iPhone in Canada

After spending a solid week or so with the iPhone XR, we found it to be a very capable phone that is nothing like the ‘budget’ or ‘cheap’ moniker you keep hearing about. It’s still an expensive phone at over a thousand dollars, but it’s not ultra expensive like the premium iPhone XS a...More

After spending a solid week or so with the iPhone XR, we found it to be a very capable phone that is nothing like the ‘budget’ or ‘cheap’ moniker you keep hearing about. It’s still an expensive phone at over a thousand dollars, but it’s not ultra expensive like the premium iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. You get a larger display, Face ID, A12 Bionic, an amazing camera, great stereo speakers, wireless charging and the best battery of any iPhone.

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TechnoBuffalo

The device of the future—at least among mainstream audiences

from TechnoBuffalo

The iPhone XR gets many of the best features from its more expensive brothers, including the A12 Bionic chip, excellent camera, and edge-to-edge display. It’s fast, the battery lasts forever, and its array of colors make it a fun alternative to the more luxurious iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max.

Read full review

The iPhone XR gets many of the best features from its more expensive brothers, including the A12 Bionic chip, excellent camera, and edge-to-edge display. It’s fast, the battery lasts forever, and its array of colors make it a fun alternative to the more luxurious iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max.

Read full review

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Stuff

The toughest, cheapest and sweetest iPhone you can buy

from Stuff

The XR is the perfect antidote to the ludicrously expensive XS duo and it’s refreshing to see Apple isn’t scrimping on the important stuff to push down that price. In the flesh, the LCD screen is far better than we could’ve ever imagined after Apple’s announcement in September. The camera...More

The XR is the perfect antidote to the ludicrously expensive XS duo and it’s refreshing to see Apple isn’t scrimping on the important stuff to push down that price. In the flesh, the LCD screen is far better than we could’ve ever imagined after Apple’s announcement in September. The camera is as good as many other flagships, and although you might not get the wow-factor on portrait mode, pictures are still worthy of a 100 insta likes.

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Apple Insider

The iPhone XR isn't a $1,000 flagship, but isn't any less of a premium experience

from Apple Insider

It is to Apple's credit that it took the high road and made an iPhone that could stand alongside the other two premium models without seeming like the unloved sibling. Regardless of how you look at it, the iPhone XR is a great smartphone at a great price. It's 75 percent of the cost of the iPhone...More

It is to Apple's credit that it took the high road and made an iPhone that could stand alongside the other two premium models without seeming like the unloved sibling. Regardless of how you look at it, the iPhone XR is a great smartphone at a great price. It's 75 percent of the cost of the iPhone XS, but offers practically all of the functionality a user could want.

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Macworld

A perfect balance between luxury and affordability

from Macworld

When you take everything into consideration—price, design, storage, camera, battery life, and performance—the iPhone XR might be the best iPhone Apple has ever made, even if it’s not technically the most advanced. In fact, I’d venture to guess that more people are going to buy an iPhone XR over an iPhone XS. It’s just that good. 

Read full review

When you take everything into consideration—price, design, storage, camera, battery life, and performance—the iPhone XR might be the best iPhone Apple has ever made, even if it’s not technically the most advanced. In fact, I’d venture to guess that more people are going to buy an iPhone XR over an iPhone XS. It’s just that good. 

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SlashGear

Compelling compromise

from SlashGear

It’s a balance that Apple strikes with aplomb with the iPhone XR. It looks good, has a solid camera, fantastic battery life, and doesn’t sacrifice where it counts: a processor that will keep future iterations of iOS running slickly. True, you wouldn’t buy it based on display alone, but even then Apple has put its best foot forward.

Read full review

It’s a balance that Apple strikes with aplomb with the iPhone XR. It looks good, has a solid camera, fantastic battery life, and doesn’t sacrifice where it counts: a processor that will keep future iterations of iOS running slickly. True, you wouldn’t buy it based on display alone, but even then Apple has put its best foot forward.

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Photography Blog

A more affordable option

from Photography Blog

If you’re heavily invested in the iOS ecosystem, it’s the cheapest entry into owning a current iPhone, so is recommended for iPhone fans who are on a (slightly) restricted budget.

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If you’re heavily invested in the iOS ecosystem, it’s the cheapest entry into owning a current iPhone, so is recommended for iPhone fans who are on a (slightly) restricted budget.

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