Which iPhone is better, the iPhone 11 or the iPhone XR?

Which iPhone is better, the iPhone 11 or the iPhone XR?

Apple’s iPhone 11 has updated features and costs more than 2018’s iPhone XR. Find out if it’s worth the extra cash.

Apple iPhone 11

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June 20, 2021 4:32 p.m. PT

Apple iPhone XR
The iPhone 12 may be Apple’s latest iPhone, but there are still plenty of reasons to consider Apple’s older phones like the iPhone 11 and iPhone XR, especially if price is your primary consideration. We’re comparing the iPhone 11, which starts at $599, with 2018’s iPhone XR, currently available for $499, to see which phone is the better buy today.

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Don’t forget there’s even the $399 2020 iPhone SE, to cater to the most cost-conscious iPhone buyer.

Read more: iPhone camera comparison: iPhone 11 with Deep Fusion vs. iPhone XR

Apple iPhone 11
The future-proof iPhone

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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 money 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.

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