iPhone XR Review

iPhone XR Review

Released in late 2018, alongside Apple's flagship iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR is a brilliant, budget-friendly option for anyone after great Apple tech for a fraction of the price. Built with the same A12 Bionic chip as the XS series, and offering a vivid 6.1-inch Liquid Retina display, a True Depth front camera and Face ID, there's a lot to love about this iPhone model. Let's take a look at all the details below.

iPhone XR Design & Display

With its streamlined aluminium frame, ergonomic curves and edge-to-edge screen, iPhone XR wouldn't look out of place alongside Apple's premium iPhone 11 and 12 models. Weighing just 194g, and protected by an IP67 water and dust resistance rating, it not only looks the part, it's a light yet durable handset too. This Apple handset can even survive in up to 1m of water for 30 minutes.


One of the first iPhone models to feature an all-screen front, it is also home to a 6.1-inch Liquid Retina HD display. With no home button in sight, the vivid display stretches from one edge to the other, with only the smallest notch visible for the intelligent True Depth front camera. Delivering an immersive viewing experience, it's a great upgrade for large-screen smartphone fans that don't want to compromise on handset size.

iPhone XR Camera

Apple has included an advanced 12MP rear camera on the device, with this single-lens system featuring an f/1.8 aperture that's ideal for low-light shots.

Backed by Apple's Depth Control and Smart HDR features, and a 5x Digital Zoom, you'll have the freedom to shoot whenever, and wherever, with this iPhone. Advancing the pre-existing Portrait Mode, Depth Control helps you to adjust the amount of background blur in an image, all without losing focus on the main subject of the photo, while Smart HDR is by your side to help you to automatically adjust exposure levels so every shot is perfectly lit.


As for videos, it's capable of recording in up to 4K resolution, so you can get to work and create your own movies with professional, studio quality.

On the front of the device, Apple's 7MP True Depth camera sits comfortably at the top centre. Alongside taking fantastic, clear selfies, the True Depth system makes it possible to enjoy benefits like Apple's secure Face ID, fun filled Animoji and even Memoji too.

iPhone XR Power

Running on Apple's advanced A12 Bionic Chip, power comes easy to iPhone XR. Just as fast as Apple's flagship iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, you can expect nothing less than an efficient, seamless performance whatever it is that you're doing. Paired with the octa-core second generation Neural Engine, it's always smooth sailing on this device, whether you're doing something simple like scrolling through emails or carrying out more demanding tasks, such as streaming on-the-move or gaming online with friends.


15% faster than Apple's A11 chip, and also 50% more efficient, you're sure to instantly feel the benefits if you're upgrading from an older iPhone model. iOS 12 - immediately upgradable to iOS 14 - is on board to give you access to the latest iOS features, including Widgets and Picture in Picture.

Classic features like Apple Pay and Siri are also at your fingertips too.

iPhone XR Battery

Working away behind the scenes to keep iPhone XR going for longer, you'll find a sizable 2,942 mAh Li-Ion battery tucked away beneath the device's slick aluminium frame. With an estimated video playback time of 16 hours, a talk time of 25 hours, and audio playback time of 65 hours, one full charge will comfortably get you through the day.


You don't need to rely on plugging your phone in overnight either. On top of being able to charge using the lightning cable provided, wireless fast charge means you can place it on any compatible Qi wireless charger and you'll reach 50% power in just 30 minutes. Start charging when you wake up, and it'll be ready for when you walk out of the door.

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