iPhone XR: the most impressive 2018 iPhone?

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Avator By Jonathan Owen
Marketing Manager
Published 25th October 2018
Last modified 20th June 2023
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Today, the 26th October, is the official release of the iPhone XR and people will be getting their hands on this coveted new device. So far, we’ve seen the release of the iPhone XS and XS Max, but it’s the XR that’s received anticipation and attention. We’re looking at why the iPhone XR has been dubbed the most impressive iPhone released this year.

Battery & Power

Perhaps the most impressive feature of the iPhone XR is its battery.

Compared to the iPhone 8 plus, Apple claims you’ll get 90 minutes longer battery life and according to Techradar’s full review, it actually surpasses that, lasting all day. While we’ve seen this from other smartphones in the market, it’s a first for the iPhone, and it’s one of the biggest appeals over the XS.


The XR looks and feels similar to the iPhone 8, with the biggest difference being the all-screen design and missing home button.

Despite being thicker than the two other 2018 iPhones, the metal back and curved edges allow for a higher quality compared to its predecessors. One of the biggest factors contributing to its more affordable price point, is its LCD screen. While the XS and XS Max both come with OLED displays, this one comes with a slightly less sharp, lower res screen. This model comes in a wider variety of colours, including blue, coral, yellow, red, white and black, and is compatible for wireless charging.


With a single-lens rear camera, this feature is not as impressive as others and particularly falls short in portrait mode.

The lack of a second sensor means that the camera doesn’t have a strong bokeh effect or depth of field. While it holds its own when compared to other more affordable smartphones in the market, it doesn’t quite match its more expensive siblings.

This one’s for you if you have an older model and you’re looking to upgrade. You’ll get a taste of the new iPhone experience, including even more battery life, in a wider choice of colours, for less!

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