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iPhone 11 vs iPhone XR : Which should i buy?

With the release of the iPhone 11, as the successor of the iPhone XR. 

We decided to review and compare both phones to determine our buying decision. 

Here is what we think;  

iPhone XR

The iPhone XR was first introduced last year alongside the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. Essentially, it was Apple’s way of bringing the iPhone X-style bezel-less design downmarket with a more affordable price.

The iPhone XR features an LCD “Liquid Retina” display with a 1792×828 resolution at 326 pixels-per-inch. 

One thing to note is that due to the LCD used here instead of OLED, the bezels on the iPhone XR are slightly larger than those on the iPhone XS and iPhone 11 Pro.

The iPhone XR features a single 12MP camera lens on the back, compared to the two camera lenses you’ll find on the iPhone 11. 

However, Apple does enable features such as Portrait mode and Smart HDR with software algorithms. You do, however, miss out on features such as optical zoom and Night mode with the iPhone XR.

The front-facing camera on the iPhone XR comes in at 7MP with support for 1080p video recording at 30 or 60 frames-per-second.

The iPhone XR lacks support for 3D Touch, but that’s no longer a differentiator as Apple has dropped 3D Touch across the board with the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro. The iPhone XR is powered by Apple’s A12 Bionic processor and second-generation Neural Engine.

In terms of battery life, the iPhone XR is rated for 25 hours of talk time, 15 hours of internet use, 16 hours of video playback, and 65 hours of audio playback. It’s capable of fast charging and can add 50% in 30 minutes, but you’ll need to buy an 18W charger separately.

The iPhone XR has always stood out in the iPhone lineup because of its price point, but that’s especially true this year. In conjunction with the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro, Apple has dropped the price of the iPhone XR to $599 — that’s a $150 price drop compared to what it originally sold for. You can upgrade to 128GB for $649. Unfortunately, Apple has done away with the 256GB tier, but that $50 jump from 64GB to 128GB is a notable deal compared to Apple’s usual storage pricing. The iPhone XR is available in six colours: white, black, blue, yellow, coral, and (PRODUCT)RED.

iPhone 11

On the surface, the iPhone 11 looks very similar to the iPhone XR — packing a 6.1-inch display with a glass and aluminium chassis. On the back, you’ll notice a new square camera bump, while the Apple logo has also been centred. The “iPhone” branding is also gone, while the water-resistance rating has been increased to IP68, which means it can withstand a maximum depth of 2 meters up to 30 minutes.

The display on the iPhone 11 is unchanged compared to the iPhone XR, meaning you still get the LCD “Liquid Retina” display with a 1792×828 resolution. While it would have been nice to see Apple switch to OLED, that likely would have driven the price up.

The camera of the iPhone 11 is where things start to differ in comparison to the iPhone XR. The iPhone 11 features a dual-camera setup with two 12MP Ultra Wide and Wide cameras. This means the iPhone 11 offers 2x optical zoom out, unlike the iPhone XR.

The iPhone 11 is powered by Apple’s A13 Bionic processor and its third-generation Neural Engine. The new Neural Engine enables new camera features including improved Smart HDR performance as well as something called Deep Fusion. Deep Fusion will come later this fall and uses “advanced machine learning to do pixel-by-pixel processing of photos, optimizing for texture, details, and noise in every part of the photo,” according to Apple.

Apple is also looking to compete with the Google Pixel’s popular Night Sight feature and has added “Night mode” to the iPhone 11. The jury is still out on how it compares to Google’s technology, but Apple says the feature is enabled automatically and works to brighten photos and reduce noise in low-light situations. Portrait mode performance has also been enhanced, thanks to the addition of the second lens.

Meanwhile, the front-facing camera has been upgraded to 12MP and now supports 4K video recording at 24 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps. You can also take slo-mo 1080p video at 120 fps. Apple also says the iPhone 11 supports Dolby Atmos for audio playback.

Apple touts that the iPhone 11 gets one more hour of battery life than the iPhone XR. Apple’s technical specifications page indicates 17 hours of video playback, 10 hours of streaming video, and 65 hours of audio playback. Like the iPhone XR, the iPhone 11 is capable of fast charging and can add 50% in 30 minutes, but you still need to buy an 18W charger separately.

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The iPhone 11 doesn’t support 5G connectivity, but Apple does say that it packs “gigabit-class LTE” support. Early reports suggest that this could mean a notable speed boost in LTE performance. There’s also support for WiFi 6 with the iPhone 11.

In comparison to the launch price of the iPhone XR, Apple has dropped the price of the iPhone 11. The 64GB model is $699, while the 128GB model comes in at $749. The 256GB model is $849. The iPhone 11 is available in six colours, including white, black, green, yellow, purple, and (PRODUCT)RED.

If you look closely at the specs of the iPhone XR and the specs of the iPhone 11, you’ll quickly realize that the iPhone 11 is an evolutionary update to last year’s iPhone XR. Observing that they have the same type of screen and the same build materials (glass and aluminium).

The iPhone 11 is slightly different from the XR with the upgrade to the battery life, a more powerful chip and also a second camera sensor.

In conclusion, we would preferably buy the iPhone 11, because of the new upgrades, the longer battery life (considering the power supply in Nigeria ) and also because of the design and the camera sensor. Although the iPhone 11 is more expensive but then, I believe it’s worth the price.

Will you buy the iPhone 11 or the iPhone XR? Leave your comment below.

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