The year 2013 was a turning point in the iPhone history. For the first Time, Apple is not only stopped, but two new iPhones in one fell swoop. Parallel to the iPhone 5S, the group brought the iPhone 5C to the market, which should attract a slightly lower price and bright colors, and especially the young buyers. A Apple phone in Blue, Yellow, Pink, Green and White was a novelty. And a Venture that was not rewarded. The iPhone 5C was sorted out after a year, a successor never came on the market. Henceforth, it was in the Cupertino classic. Four years in the colours silver, Black and Gold dominated.

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With the iPhone XR Apple is pushing it now, again, colorful, and makes everything different. Was presented to the Smartphone is already in September, together with the iPhone XS and XS Max. It is available but only from this Friday. With 849 euros, it is € 300 cheaper than the iPhone XS and even 400 Euro cheaper than the only slightly larger XS Max. Clearly, this is no bargain. But cheaper it is not currently an Apple Smartphone in the new design line with face unlock.

However, the iPhone XR is a good Deal or you have to make for the lower price, too many compromises? We have tested the Smartphone.


The iPhone XR has a contrasting color on the back of matching aluminum.

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No Home Button, almost the only Display, at the top a recess (Notch): viewed From the front, the iPhone XR fits seamlessly in Apple’s X-design line. The back is, however, a Statement: With Black, White, Red, cheerful Yellow, baby blue, and the Orange hue of coral, the XR is so much color choice as for a long time. The frame is color-matched to the back and is in contrast to the iPhone X and XS is not stainless steel but made of aluminum. The power in the use but no difference, especially since many phones are stuck anyway, and wrapped in protection.

The housing is dust – and waterproof according to IP67 Standard. This is not the same class of protection as in the case of the S models, the iPhone but once in the sink, you do not have to Worry. Then you should dry it just long enough before it comes back to the power outlet.

The face unlock, Face ID, the Sensors are stuck in the top of the screen is also identical to that of the iPhone XS.


The iPhone XR has no Home Button and unlocked with the face. The technique for this is located in a recess at the upper edge of the screen.

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That Apple has learned from the mistakes of the iPhone 5C, is proof the processor. In 2013, the group installed the slower predecessor, whereby the device was compared to the more expensive model unattractive. This year it is no compromises here: The iPhone XR the same A12-Bionic Chip that powers the iPhone XS and XS Max. This is the fastest processor on the market, which refers itself to the new 3 Pixel XL and the Huawei Mate 20 Pro on the courts.

The processor is 15% faster than the previous A11 and optimized for many tasks in the Background, such as the portrait image calculation (more on that later in the cameras). Below is an Overview of the results of the Geekbench-4-test program:

Single-Core Score

Multi-Core Score

iPhone XR



iPhone X



iPhone 7 Plus



Galaxy Note 9



Future-proof the model is on top of that. The iPhone XR is likely to get a long time, new operating system versions, such as the top model. Three, four years, is certainly on the safe side, and receives in this period, all the necessary Updates that Apple has not stuffed in the rule, only security vulnerabilities, but also new data protection and privacy-Features nachliefert. This is especially in the case of cheap Android manufacturers don’t, of course.


on the left of the iPhone XR (6.1 inch), on the right, the iPhone XS (5.8-inch).

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The biggest difference to the top model is the screen. First, the Obvious, the size of The Screen of the XR measures a massive 6.1 inch, so that it lies exactly between the iPhone XS (5.8-inch) and XS Max (6.5-inch). Compact this is, but most people should be able to operate the Smartphone with one hand.

The iPhone XR Apple is not the one with the X-Generation, introduced in OLED technology, but LCD, like there was in previous models, albeit in a slightly improved Form. The illumination is uniform, the brightness high, the color accuracy with the XS to be identical, also in terms of speed, you can feel no differences from the top model. You put the two phones next to each other, not to recognize, however, that the contrasts in the XR are not quite as saturated as in the case of OLED-Screens.

in Addition, the frame around the Display is slightly larger than the S models, what several testers felt but disturbing.


Close-up of the frame around the Display. On the left of the iPhone XS, on the right, the XR. At normal viewing distance the difference is not quite so noticeable.

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For discussions provided in advance anyway, another Detail: the resolution. This is not at 1792 x 828 pixels, which is less than the smaller iPhone XS (2436 x 1125), but also as in the case of almost every modern Android Smartphone. On paper, this is a huge difference. In reality, it is only at very close Inspection.

The iPhone XR is a Display with a pixel density of 326 ppi, that corresponds to the sharpness of the smaller-X-models (iPhone 5/5S/5C/SE/6/6S/7/8), and is still more than it is about E-Book readers Standard. In this respect one can give to the skeptics to make it clear: You are welcomed to the blocks on the Homescreen of Pixels. Clearly, anyone who presses the nose against the Display and the font is inspected, you will not notice that the letters a filigree curved so as on the more expensive models. At normal viewing distance and will not be covered, however, and is likely to be the majority of people have no, 300 Euro extra value.


The iPhone XR is a bit thicker (8.3 mm) than the XS (7,7 mm).

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A Feature that has been deleted on the iPhone-XR, is 3D Touch. A typical example of this is the flashlight icon is in the control center: A single click activates the light, with a fixed pressure, it controls the intensity. The iPhone XR Apple is now the so-called “Haptic Touch“: if You activate the secondary function of an App by placing your Finger on the screen.

Presumably, Apple dispensed with for reasons of cost, to the function. Miss you already, only the least: Technically, the 3D Touch was a clever idea, intuitively, the function, however, was never. As always, you had to try only once, what is the App supports it, whether it has any more value and the Whole then also still remember. The users were hot so therefore never.


The iPhone XR has on the back of a camera, can record, thanks to Software Tricks but still portrait photos.

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The second major difference relates to the camera. Singular. On the back of a lens is in contrast to the iPhone XS. The 12-Megapixel camera is identical with the main camera of the XS that scored highly in our Test, with very good photos. The two main photo-new this year – Intelligent HDR and an adjustable Depth-of-field – are supported by the iPhone XR thanks to Software Tricks, fortunately, also.


The portraits of the iPhone XR are convincing, even in the dim light.

Thus, a respectable portrait, despite the lack of a dual lens taking photos. It’s not working for people very well, for landscape details, and objects, but, unfortunately, (see photo gallery). The Software is quite optimized clear to human portraits, the most common use scenario. Photographing but life on a regular basis still, better go for a model with dual camera. Then you also have the two times the optical Zoom, the XR is not supported unfortunately.

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The portrait effect of the iPhone XR.

Overall, the camera makes the XR excellent photos. Their strength is the realistic Capturing of light effects, compared to older generations, especially shooting in dim are engined light better. During the day, the photos are very rich in detail. The differences to the iPhone XS in most situations.

Whether it is the best Smartphone camera, we will find out in the next few weeks, if we let the four currently best camera Smartphones-the iPhone XS and XR, the Huawei Mate 20 a and the Pixel 3 in the photo duel compete against each other.


The battery is wirelessly or via a Lightning charging cable.

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the cheapest model of a 2018er, of all things-Lineups has the best battery life. The reason is obvious: Due to the lower screen resolution, the processor has to hunt less pixels on the screen, whereby the power consumption is reduced. In our Test, the iPhone XR by held, depending on the use of one to two days. It can wirelessly via Qi charger charging, but must be purchased separately. The attached load, part loads, unfortunately, very slowly. How to do it better, showed Huawei with the Mate 20 a: In the scope of delivery includes a 40-Watt power supply is included, which recharges the battery in half an hour, to 70 percent.

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use The iPhone XR belongs next to the iPhone XS and XS Max of the first Apple phones with Dual-SIM support. Thus, it is possible to use two phone numbers on one device (such as a service and private). However, eSIM, i.e., an electronic SIM card is one of the two SIM cards. Supported in Germany, currently only used by Telecom and Vodafone, and that too only under certain conditions. Telefónica (O2) is still working on the implementation. Any Chance of an eSIM are likely to have in the near future, customers of discounters (Aldi Talk, Discotel …) or subsidiaries of the network operators (such as Congstar). To be able to use this feature, you need iOS 12.1.


The iPhone XR offers many of the features of the XS for less money.

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With the iPhone, XR shows the Apple, and the group has learned from the 5C debacle. The combination of a three-digit price and good technical equipment is likely to make it to the Apple phone, the is Hiking in the coming months at the most common over the counter. Because it has no real weaknesses. Technically, everything in it, is the hallmark of the more expensive models is almost: A large screen, Dual-SIM, Intelligent HDR, a good camera and reliable face unlock. The largest pounds is the A12 processor. Not only is it lightning fast, and offers the same clever Software Tricks of the expensive models, but the next few years promises regular Updates.

For the lower price you need to take some swabs. The Display is not quite as sharp and the contrast is not as rich as in the top models, 3D Touch on Board. The camera has no Zoom and only a stripped-down portrait mode, the power in people, although great shots, landscape shots, but to Stumble. The frame is made of aluminum instead of stainless steel and the device is minimally thicker. Overall, this should also be Details of the many near the top of the priority lists.

anyone Who already owns an iPhone X, you should keep it. For owners of older models might be worth the switch alone because of the large screen. For the more expensive iPhone XS and XS Max, the more compact (or larger) form factor, the stronger the Display and the better camera.

Current Android Alternatives of the Huawei Mate 20 Per (1000 Euro), the Pixel 3 XL (around 1000 Euro) and the Galaxy Note 9 (750 Euro).

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By Christoph Fröhlich