iPhone XR Review

iPhone XR Review
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  • The iPhone XR is an odd proposition. For many it will be the most attractive iPhone just because it is £250 cheaper than the iPhone XS, but it’s important to note that at £749 it is in no way cheap.

Met Face ID en 'n ordentlike skerm, die selfoon probeer 'n gelukkige medium tussen kwaliteit en prys - maar £ 750 is nog steeds nie 'n winskoop

Aangedryf deur Guardian.co.ukHierdie artikel getiteld “iPhone XR review: goedkoper battery Apple se koning” is geskryf deur Samuel Gibbs, for theguardian.com on Wednesday 31st October 2018 06.00 UTC

The iPhone XR looks to offer most of what made the iPhone XS a knockout for £250 less – but with a colourful body and a slightly larger screen is this the iPhone to buy?

With the iPhone XS and XS Max starting at £999 and £1,099 respectively, Apple has room to shoehorn a slightly lower cost, but still expensive, model in underneath.

The iPhone XR is that model, but with a slightly larger screen than the 5.8in iPhone XS that’s also a little smaller than the 6.5in iPhone XS Max, dit bied iets subtiel verskillende te.

Die 6.1in LCD is kleurvol en relatief skerp met 'n uitstekende vertoning hoeke, maar net nie heeltemal so briljant as die OLED vertoon op die top iPhones of teenstanders van 'n soortgelyke prys.

iPhone XR review
Die afgeronde aluminium kante is minder glibberig as die vlekvrye staal van die iPhone XS, maar voel nie heeltemal so lekker in die hand. Foto: Samuel Gibbs vir die Guardian

Die Omlijsting is ook merkbaar groter as die ander iPhones, maak dat dit lyk 'n bietjie soos 'n iPhone XS permanent in 'n geval. Die liggaam is aluminium en glas, rather than having stainless steel sides, which makes it a little less slippery and easier to grip.

Despite being well made, it feels less luxurious than the iPhone XS or previous all-metal iPhones, but given most will put it in a case I suspect it won’t make much difference. It’s worth noting that Apple is not making cases for the iPhone XR, meaning third-party manufacturers are your only option.

The iPhone XR comes in a large range of colours. It looks stunning in the red or white colours, but a little cheap in the yellow option.

The increased screen size and larger bezels makes it 4.5mm wider than the iPhone XS, but 1.7mm narrower than the iPhone XS Max, which with its rounded edges makes the iPhone XR right on the limit of what I am able to use one-handed. Those with smaller hands will struggle. The iPhone XR is also wider than rivals such as the 6.1in Huawei P20 Pro, 6.2in Samsung Galaxy S9 + or the 6.4in Huawei Mate 20 Vir.


  • Skerm: 6.1in Liquid Retina HD (LCD) (326PPI)
  • Verwerker: Apple A12 Bionic
  • RAM: 3GB RAM
  • Stoor: 64, 256 or 256GB
  • Bedryfstelsel: IOS 12
  • Kamera: Dubbele 12MP agterste kameras met OIS, 7LP front-gesig staar kamera
  • Verbinding: LTE, Wi-Fiac, NFC, Bluetooth 5, Weerlig en GPS
  • Dimensies: 150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3 mm
  • Gewig: 194g

A12 Bionic

iPhone XR review
The iPhone XR doesn’t have gigabit LTE but it does have symmetrical grilles in the bottom of the phone. Foto: Samuel Gibbs vir die Guardian

The iPhone XR has the same A12 Bionic chip as the iPhone XS and XS Max, but has only 3GB of RAM compared to 4GB for the more expensive models.

Day-to-day performance is indistinguishable between the new iPhones: iOS feels snappy and fluid, while gaming performance was similar too. There will be times where the iPhone XR will have worse performance because of the smaller amount of RAM, perhaps during heavy multitasking, but I couldn’t find any in real world usage.

Battery life on the other hand is all-round better than both the iPhone XS and XS Max, which lasted 24 en 27 hours respectively. The iPhone XR lasted over 32 ure tussen ladings, matching last year’s iPhone X, meaning it would make it from a 7am wake up alarm until around 3pm the next day.

Dit was terwyl die gebruik van dit as my primêre toestel, sending and receiving hundreds of emails, boodskappe en stoot kennisgewings, luister na vyf ure van musiek op Bluetooth koptelefoon, kyk 'n uur van Netflix, en skiet oor 10 foto's per dag.

The iPhone XR also technically has a slower 4G modem than the iPhone XS, but given that in real-world usage the limit on speed is not with the phone but the 4G provider, it is unlikely to make any difference.

IOS 12

iPhone XR review
IOS 12 is pretty much the same no matter which phone you run it on, just with gestures on the iPhone XR just like the iPhone X, XS and XS Max. Foto: Samuel Gibbs vir die Guardian

The iPhone XR runs iOS 12 and is identical to the iPhone XS, complete with gegroepeer hantering kennisgewing en geïntegreerde welstand gereedskap sodat jy kan 'n ogie te hou op jou smartphone gebruik.

The lack of 3D touch means some of it works a little differently. To quick reply to a notification from lock screen you have to swipe left on it, select view, then reply, rather than just press harder on it.

Other tasks such as launching the camera from the lock screen are now activated by long-presses rather than hard-presses, but shortcuts from apps such as direct access to the selfie camera or a quick preview of the next event in your calendar are not supported.

The truth is I’ve never really used 3D touch gestures apart from the one to clear all notifications or for quick replies, so I didn’t miss them.


iPhone XR review
The camera app is the same except for the lack of the 2x optical zoom button from the iPhone XS – pinch to digitally zoom up to 5x. Foto: Samuel Gibbs vir die Guardian

The iPhone XR has one-half of the iPhone XS’s camera, having the same 12-megapixel wide angle camera but not the 2x telephoto camera.

The result is a camera that captures very similar-looking standard photos to the excellent iPhone XS, with excellent dynamic range, colour and detail, and good low-light performance. In fact it’s not until you try to zoom in that you can really tell the difference. The 5x digital zoom is still surprisingly good, but it isn’t a patch on the hybrid zoom produced by the dual-camera system.

Net so, portrait shots of people are good with a much wider angle than that produced by the iPhone XS, but you have to get closer to your target for the face detection to work properly and produce the effect. You’re also limited to shooting people and it lacks some of the more advanced lighting effects.

The selfie camera is identical to that on the iPhone XS, producing good but not overly detail-rich selfies.

Algehele, the cameras on the iPhone XR are really good and a massive step up on the iPhone 7 of ouer, but not the best available on a smartphone.


iPhone XR review
Face ID works just as well on the iPhone XR as its siblings. The red dot here is invisible to the human eye, but shows the IR dot projector that enables the 3D scanning system. Foto: Samuel Gibbs vir die Guardian
  • Face ID is excellent, working just as well on the iPhone XR as it does on the iPhone XS
  • Jy moet 'n USB-C te Weerlig kabel te vinnig beheer die telefoon, maar nie dit nie 'n aanpasbare laaier ingesluit in die boks
  • The iPhone XR is water resistant to IP67 standards, which is the same as the iPhone X but worse than the iPhone XS
  • Draadlose laai is groot, maar die iPhone verhit heelwat terwyl dit laai, meer as mededinger fone


The iPhone XR is available in black, wit, blou, yellow, coral and red, kos £ 749 met 64GB van die stoor, £ 799 with 128GB and £ 899 with 256GB.

Ter vergelyking, the 64GB iPhone XS koste £ 999, the 64GB iPhone XS Max koste £ 1099, the 128GB Huawei P20 Pro koste £ 669, the 128GB Huawei Mate 20 Vir koste £900, die Samsung Galaxy S9 koste £ 639 and the 128GB OnePlus 6T costs £469.


The iPhone XR is an odd proposition. For many it will be the most attractive iPhone just because it is £250 cheaper than the iPhone XS, but it’s important to note that at £749 it is in no way cheap.

Many top-end rivals cost around the £750 mark while offering better screens, better cameras and more capabilities – and some even undercut it by as much as £250.

But for the Apple-only buyer, what you get with the iPhone XR is most of what makes the iPhone XS good, just not the bits that make it truly great. It doesn’t feel as luxurious, the bezels are larger and the screen isn’t as nice, the camera isn’t quite as capable and it isn’t the best iPhone you can buy, which undoubtedly is some of the appeal of a £999 smartphone.

Die iPhone XR doen langer as die ander 2018 iPhones, en dit kom in 'n paar pragtige kleur opsies. As jy 'n iPhone moet koop, maar kan nie, of weier spandeer £ 999 of meer, die iPhone XR is die smartphone vir jou.

Voor: goeie kamera, waterbestand, draadlose laai, gesig ID, goeie battery lewe, goeie skerm

Nadele: geen koptelefoon aansluiting, geen vingerafdruk skandeerder, glas sal breek as laat val, duur, geen vinnige charger of USB-C-kabel in die boks, geen oorfone adapter in die boks

iPhone XR review
Die enkele kamera knop op die rug van die iPhone XR stokke uit ver genoeg om die telefoon laat om te rock op 'n tafel. Foto: Samuel Gibbs vir die Guardian

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