iPhone 11 vs. iPhone XR
Apples iPhone 11 has updated features and costs $100 more than 2018s iPhone XR. But it might not be worth buying.
The introduction of Apple iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max in September 2019, so many people were surprised by the company when it set the base model, the iPhone 11, at just $699 (£729, AU$1,199). That’s $50 cheaper than 2018’s iPhone XR when it debuted. Because of the latest lineup, the iPhone XR’s price was lower to $599 (£629, AU$1,049) by the company. With these adjusted prices in mind, we compare the iPhone 11 with the iPhone XR to see if you should upgrade.
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 negligible for the extra $100 you’ll pay. In addition, a new U1 chip, Wi-Fi 6, and Gigabit LTE capabilities was introduced in iPhone 11.
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.
THE BETTER VALUE
It might have an older 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 other social media, too.
In general, if you’re on a tight budget, the iPhone XR is still a great value. We’d suggest either keeping that $100 for something else or using it to upgrade to the128GB model and still have $50 left over.
NEARLY IDENTICAL DESIGN
The iPhone 11 and XR look nearly identical, with the major difference being the iPhone 11’s extra camera and square bump. But other than that and the different color choices (the iPhone 11 comes in lavender, mint green and a pastel yellow, while the Phone XR comes in a canary yellow, coral and blue), there are no obvious differences. They are the same size and weigh the same, both phones also have the same 6.1-inch LCD display with the same resolution and pixel density.
Different drop test has been carried out on the iPhone 11 and XR, and both phones are quite substantial. The former has been dropped on its sides on smooth concrete from 3,6 and 8 feet, 7 inches. On all drops, the phone’s back and front glass didn’t crack. There was a small, cosmetic scratch above the camera lens from 8 feet, but the camera lens was completely fine.
iPhone 11 vs. iPhone XR
When iPhone XR was dropped on a concrete sidewalk. At waist height (about 3 feet), the phone’s camera glass cracked, but the back glass survived. The screen also was unscathed. At around 5 feet, the iPhone XR survived a fall on its back with no new damage, but when dropped on its screen, the display ultimately cracked.
Although that was unfortunate, the fact that the iPhone XR survived waist-high drops was still good.
Both phones are water-resistant, but the iPhone 11 has a higher IP rating of IP68 and can survive underwater at 2 meters (about 6.5 feet) for 30 minutes. The iPhone XR, meanwhile, is rated IP67 and can survive underwater to a depth of 1 meter for 30 minutes on paper.
When taken out on dives, the iPhone XR kept on ticking even after 19 minutes underwater at a depth of 5 meters. In water tests. When it comes to water resistance, the iPhone 11 far exceeds both its own promises and the iPhone XR’s hardiness.
Both phones have a 12-megapixel camera, but the iPhone 11 has a second, 12-megapixel ultrawide camera and a new Night Mode for low-light photography. All in all, outdoor and well-lit photos on both devices look similarly vibrant, with consistent and bright coloring on both cameras.
However, a notably sharper photos with finer details is taken with iPhone 11, especially when pictures were viewed at full resolution. It also did a better job brightening up night time and dim photos with its new mode. The second ultrawide camera is useful when you want to fit more content into each frame or you want to capture more expansive scenes too. Its flash is a tad brighter as well, though we rarely use the feature.
Lastly, while the iPhone XR does not recognize nonhuman faces for portraits, the iPhone 11 makes use of a feature called Deep Fusion, which further improves detail and reduces image noise in photos.
iPhone 11 vs. iPhone XR
As for video, the iPhone 11 footage has a tad better dynamic range, so lighting and exposure looks more even and natural. Video stabilization is a bit steadier as well on the standard 12-megapixel camera. But the wide-angle camera does not have optical image stabilization, and during 4K video recording you can only switch between cameras when you’re filming in 30fps (though both cameras can record 60fps).
On the front, the iPhone 11 has a 12-megapixel camera while the iPhone XR has a 7-megapixel camera. While we do welcome the extra resolution of the iPhone 11, we never really had many gripes with the iPhone XR’s front-facing camera, and if you’re a casual selfie-taker, the iPhone XR is definitely satisfactory. The iPhone 11’s front camera can also pull out for a wider point of view, record 4K video at 60fps and take slow-mo videos.