I’ve tried every single iPhone Apple currently sells — here’s how to decide which one is right for you (AAPL)
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Price: Starts at $600
If you’re on a tighter budget and don’t necessarily care about having the latest iPhone but still want a phone that has recent features like Face ID and a nearly borderless screen, the iPhone XR is probably the right choice for you.
You can think of the iPhone XR as the predecessor to the iPhone 11: both phones offer the core features of the pricier counterparts, but compromise in certain areas such as the camera, screen, and storage options.
If you opt for the iPhone XR over the iPhone 11, you’ll still be getting an edge-to-edge LCD screen with a 1792 by 828 resolution, Face ID, a 12-megapixel camera, and a glass and aluminum design that comes in a wide range of colors.
But you’ll be missing out on the new 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, and the front-facing camera will have a lower resolution 7-megapixel camera versus the iPhone 11’s 12-megapixel selfie camera.
That lack of an ultra-wide-angle camera, which can be used to capture a much wider field of view than the standard wide-angle lens, is the biggest difference between the iPhone 11 and iPhone XR. You also won’t get Night Mode for taking clearer photos in dark scenarios, and will have only three portrait lighting effects to choose from instead of six.
The iPhone XR is also less water resistant than the iPhone 11 and doesn’t come in a 256 GB storage option. And since it came out last year, it runs on Apple’s older A12 Bionic processor and offers shorter battery life than the iPhone 11.
That aside, if you’re really trying to decide between the iPhone 11 and iPhone XR, it’s the new camera features that you’ll probably be the most concerned with. The iPhone XR may not run on the latest Apple processor, but if you’re using your phone for basic tasks like browsing the web, checking social media, sending emails, and playing mobile games, you probably won’t notice. And even though the iPhone 11 offers improved battery life that should make it last an hour longer than the XR, the iPhone XR should still have plenty of juice to get you through a day and then some.
If you don’t care about having the newest iPhone, want to save a few bucks, and are upgrading from an older phone like the iPhone 7 or earlier, the iPhone XR is worth considering.