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Apple iPhone XR

Apple iPhone XR

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Apple iPhone XR Review

Apple iPhone XR Review

Posted   10.23.18
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89 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
89

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

These days, lots of smartphone makers are trying to offer more for less, and Apple is no exception. Its new iPhone XR features a lot of what makes the more premium XS and XS Max special, squeezed into a glass-and-metal package that costs significantly less. This is, as you would expect, an exercise in compromise: the XR retains the high-performance A12 chipset and delivers the best battery life we’ve ever seen in an iPhone in some time. But the Liquid Retina display and single camera might not be up to snuff for everyone. That said, everything Apple offers here is much, much better than just “good enough.” The XR is the iPhone we’d recommend to most people.

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Pros
  • A12 chipset means excellent performance
  • The best battery of any iPhone we’ve tested this year
  • Typically great build quality
  • 6.1-inch screen hits the sweet spot
  • Colors!
Cons
  • A higher-res display would’ve been nice
  • The camera lacks some flexibility
  • More expensive than comparable Android phones
89 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
89

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

89
 

User Reviews

80
Dwayne
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
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Score Breakdown

 
87
Average Critic Score
 
90
New York Times
As is often the case for new gadgets, good things come to those who wait. If you resisted splurging on the XS to wait for the XR, you will be rewarded with a great phone — and some extra cash lying around.
 
80
The Verge
Personally, I would pay the extra money for a better OLED screen in a heartbeat because I am extremely picky about displays. But I think most people can find way better ways to spend $250 than on things like infinite black levels and 60 percent wider dynamic range when viewing photos. And in that case, the iPhone XR is a no-brainer upgrade.
 
90
CNET
The iPhone XR is the best iPhone for the price, delivering most of the advantages of the iPhone XS for hundreds less.