Launched in 2018, the iPhone XR is considered as the low-cost device among the X series. This model blends well with a lot of Apple enthusiasts, particularly with the budget-conscious consumers who don’t seek the latest and greatest from Apple like the iPhone 12.
After almost 2 years, it is not the ‘novelty’ model anymore. But if you look at its price to feature ratio, it still has much to offer but might not come with a charger or a power adapter if you're looking for the best deal. Apple now doesn't ship Earpods when you buy a new phone for the good of the environment. From its bezel-less design to its processor, here is everything that comes with it and if you should buy iPhone XR in 2021.
It features a modern design that’s worth labelling fun yet elegant in a geeky sense. It has the infamous top-notch on the front with the TrueDepth camera for enabling Face ID. The massive 6.1-inches of screen houses the LCD display with a 1,792 x 828 screen resolution, backed by true tone support. Although it's not an OLED display, it is one of the most advanced LCDs in a smartphone and offers great viewing angles.
This offers a vivid and quality visual experience, despite the absence of the 3D touch. The single-lens (we’ll get to this in a bit) camera on the back offers a slight design diversion. Also, the iPhone XR sports an aluminium frame, providing wireless charging along with an IP67 water-resistant surface.
The front features a 7-megapixel TrueDepth camera to enable Face ID and a 12-megapixel single-sensor rear camera. The single-lens system is what sets it apart from its other relatives in the ‘X’ series as they all feature the dual-lens.
If you’re thinking the single-lens won’t perform as well as the dual-lens, we’ll stop you right here. The XR camera has the same HDR functionality, Depth Control, Smart HDR, a capable portrait mode and a wide-angle sensor found in the much pricier siblings. Meaning it will deliver great highlights and combined with its f/1.8 aperture, you’ll get sharp and vivid pictures.
It has the A12 Bionic chip. Now, the A12 is not the latest chip but it has great speed that allows improved real-time machine learning thanks to the neural engine, improved photo processing, and powerful graphic performance that runs smoothly even on AR (augmented reality) gaming. It was released with iOS but later updated and supports iOS 14.
According to Geekbench 4, it has an overall performance score of 11,312 beats. This may be lower than its successor (iPhone 11) but still beats out some of the top android competitors like the one plus, pixel, and more. The video editing works pretty fast with a 40-second conversion (4k to 1080p) time.
While it does not host the fastest LTE network but has the same GSM capabilities as previous iPhones and Bluetooth 5.0, it delivers an impressive data rate with an average of 58.4 Mbps. Lastly, it runs on iOS 12, which can be upgraded to iOS 14 (the latest OS). Let’s say, for the iPhone-XR price you pay, you’re getting a great deal despite taking a step back on the processor.
Audio – It has dual speakers, providing a wider stereo sound with crisp audio quality. While streaming music, the vocals and instruments sound rich and fuller. Also, it has a great volume boost that works well with Google maps during driving.
Battery – The power of 2,942 mAh provides a much longer battery life, offering about 65 hours for audio playback, 25 hours talk time, 16-hour video playback, and 15 hours of internet usage. Additionally, it supports both fast and wireless charging.
Face ID – Apple ditched the home button with the Face ID recognition which unlocks the phone quickly even in darker light settings, thanks to the TrueDepth camera system. It offers secure authentication for Apple pay.
Storage – It comes with the standard storage options provided by Apple in the previous models. Which are the 64, 128, and 256 GB models respectively. As usual, the iPhone XR price will slightly vary according to the storage size.
Despite the 2-year release gap, it still sells. With several electronic carriers selling the device on a daily basis, even Apple, the parent company, continues its sale through the official Apple website and store.
In terms of its price, wherever you buy it from, there won't be many price differences if you leave out the occasional discounts and sale offers by retailers. But if you buy a new iPhone through Apple, you can have some extra savings by trading in your older or current iPhone. You can also buy one on a plan from retailers like Telstra.
Last but not least, let's talk about visual aesthetics. With the iPhone XR, Apple got more daring with its colour options. While previous models of Apple phones are naturally known for their colour options, the XR got the upper hand, offering six colours:
Clearly, the iPhone XR offers a lot. Granted, it has its flaws in certain aspects but it has far greater performance value for impressing a lot of budget-consumers and Apple enthusiasts, leaving much to yield from this iPhone instead of brushing it off. At last, the Apple Refurbished iPhone price to spec ratio stands to prove why you don’t have to spend excessively to get an Apple phone that blends well in our tech society. Yes, it isn’t the most compact phone but it still delivers on performance without wrecking your budget. Plus, with its price dropped, it becomes a great buy.