Apple iPhone XR review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

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Apple's iPhone XR is probably the iPhone you should buy this year, but it's a phone full of unusual design decisions, not all of which have a positive overall impact.

6.1 inches

Display size

828 x 1792px

64GB, 128GB, 256GB

Internal storage

12 MP

Rear camera

2,942 mAh

Battery size

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Pros

  • Good battery life
  • A12 Bionic processor is still great
  • Wide choice of colours

Cons

  • Apple's still pricing it at a premium, even if it is "less expensive"
  • Single lens camera limits camera functions.
  • Slower onboard modem
  • No 3D Touch capability.

Display

Display Size
6.1 inches
Resolution
828 x 1792px
Pixels per inch (PPI)
326 ppi

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
12MP
Rear camera aperture size
f/1.8
Video recording
4K
Front camera megapixels
7MP
Front camera aperture size
f/2.2

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
150.9mm x 75.7mm x 8.3mm
Weight
194g

Connectivity

NFC
Yes
Wi-Fi
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed
Category 12

Power, storage and battery

Processor
Apple A12
RAM
3GB
Operating system
iOS 12
Internal storage
64GB, 128GB, 256GB
Battery capacity
2,942mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
No
Fingerprint sensor
No
Water resistance rating
IP67
Wireless charging
Qi
Launch price (RRP)$1,229
Launch date2018-09
Apple iPhone XR

The good

  • Good battery life
  • A12 Bionic processor is still great
  • Wide choice of colours

The bad

  • Apple's still pricing it at a premium, even if it is "less expensive"
  • Single lens camera limits camera functions.
  • Slower onboard modem
  • No 3D Touch capability.
The iPhone XR impresses with solid CPU performance and the best battery life of any iPhone we've tested so far. It's Apple's "lower cost" iPhone this year, but it's pretty far from being "affordable", with some notable limitations that you don't hit with the iPhone XS to take into consideration.

Design

  • Wide and pleasing range of colours.
  • Aluminium frame.
  • LCD display, but larger than the iPhone XS.
  • No headphone jack.
  • Only one offical Apple case for protection.
iPhone XR Review

Camera

  • Single, not dual lens.
  • Portrait mode, but limited effects.
  • Post shot focus adjustment works well.
iPhone XR Review

Performance

  • A12 Bionic still impresses, even with less RAM.
  • Lower water resistance than other 2018 iPhones.
  • Slower category speeds than premium iPhones.
  • 3D Touch is missing.
  • eSIM for dual SIM support – sort of.

Battery life

  • Impressive battery life compared to other iPhones.
  • Apple still has to catch up to competitors for battery endurance.
  • Wireless charging.
iPhone XR review

Verdict

  • An obvious choice for the Apple faithful.
  • But Apple's redefining where it sees "entry level" pricing.
  • Compromises may make the iPhone XS your better match.

Pricing and availability

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Circles.Life 100GB for $38 SIM-only Plan
SIM-Only - Postpaid
No contract
  • New customers get over 20% off for 12 months - pay $30/mth, then $38/mth onwards. T&Cs apply. Ends 01.03.2021, 9pm AEDT
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
100GB
Data
$30
per month
100GB
Data
Moose 15.80 6GB 1 Month
SIM-Only - Postpaid
No contract
  • Pay $12.80/mth instead of $15.80/mth for 12 months. T&Cs apply. Ends 31 January 2021
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
6GB
Data
$12.80
per month
6GB
Data
$12.80
per month
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Circles.Life 20GB for $28 SIM-only Monthly Plan
SIM-Only - Postpaid
No contract
  • New customers get 50GB data and over 20% off for 12 months - pay $22/mth, then $28/mth onwards. T&Cs apply. Ends 01.03.2021, 9pm AEDT.
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
50GB
Data
$22
per month
50GB
Data
felix Subscription $35 1 month
SIM-Only - Subscription
No contract
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
No download limit
Speeds limited to 20Mbps
$35
per 1 months
No download limit
Speeds limited to 20Mbps
$35
per 1 months
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Moose 23.80 20GB 1 Month
SIM-Only - Postpaid
No contract
  • Pay $19.80/mth instead of $23.80/mth for 12 months. T&Cs apply. Ends 31 January 2021
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
20GB
Data
$19.80
per month
20GB
Data
$19.80
per month
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Circles.Life 8GB for $18 SIM-only Plan
SIM-Only - Postpaid
No contract
  • New customers get over 20% off for 12 months - pay $14/mth, then $18/mth onwards. T&Cs apply. Ends 01.03.2021, 9pm AEDT
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
8GB
Data
$14
per month
8GB
Data
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Specifications

Display

Display Size
6.1 inches
Resolution
828 x 1792px
Pixels per inch (PPI)
326 ppi

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
12MP
Rear camera aperture size
f/1.8
Video recording
4K
Front camera megapixels
7MP
Front camera aperture size
f/2.2

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
150.9mm x 75.7mm x 8.3mm
Weight
194g

Connectivity

NFC
Yes
Wi-Fi
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed
Category 12

Power, storage and battery

Processor
Apple A12
RAM
3GB
Operating system
iOS 12
Internal storage
64GB, 128GB, 256GB
Battery capacity
2,942mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
No
Fingerprint sensor
No
Water resistance rating
IP67
Wireless charging
Qi
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