iPhone 11 vs. iPhone XR: Which one is more worth buying?

Posted By: Selina Lau Published: 11/12/2019 Times Read: 225 Comments: 0
Apple’s latest iPhone 11 has new features and costs $100 more than last year’s iPhone XR. But it might not be a worth buy. Here is a short comparison.

When Apple introduced its iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max in September, it came as a surprise that its base model, the iPhone 11, started at just $699 (£729, AU$1,199)-- $50 cheaper than last year's iPhone XR when it debuted. Because of the new lineup, the company also lowered the iPhone XR's price to $599 (£629, AU$1,049). With the new prices in mind, we compare the new iPhone 11 with 2018's iPhone XR to see which phone is the better buy today.

In short, despite the iPhone 11's better camera and more modern connectivity hardware, we prefer the iPhone XR. The iPhone XR is simply the better value and is worth saving $100 over the iPhone 11.

Apple iPhone 11
The future-proof iPhone


With dual rear cameras, Night Mode shooting and a 12-megapixel front-facing shooter, the iPhone 11 does have more tricks up its sleeves for photos and videos. But compared to the iPhone XR, which already takes fantastic pictures and video, the advantages are slight for the extra $100 you'll pay. In addition, the iPhone 11 has a new U1 chip and Wi-Fi 6 and Gigabit LTE capabilities. You will see these next-gen features in future iPhones and Android devices, so if you want to have a modern phone for the next few years, the iPhone 11 is the best bet. But because Wi-Fi 6 and Gigabit LTE are not fully built-out networks yet, you won't see any immediate advantages -- another reason why we still prefer the iPhone XR. Read our Apple iPhone 11 review.

Apple iPhone XR
The better value


It might have last year's processor and specs, but for the $100 you'll be saving with the iPhone XR, we think it's worth it. It runs iOS 13 just as smoothly as the iPhone 11 on its A12 chipset, and though it doesn't have an ultrawide camera and the updated camera tech, the iPhone XR works just fine for posting photos on Instagram and social media, too. In general, if you're on a tight budget, the iPhone XR is still a great value. We would suggest either pocketing that $100 for something else, using it to upgrade to the 128GB model and still have $50 left over, towards Apple Care, up to ten nice phone cases or perhaps even a delicious steak dinner."

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