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iPhone 11 vs. iPhone XR: Which iPhone is the better buy?

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id="article-body" class="row" section="article-body"> Apple iPhone 11
$699 at Apple
Apple iPhone XR
$749 at Amazon
When Apple introduced its iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max in September, the company surprised many people when it set the base model, the iPhone 11, at just $699 (£729, AU$1,199). That's $50 cheaper than last year's iPhone XR when it debuted. Because of the new lineup, the company also lowered the iPhone XR's price to $599 (£629, AU$1,049). With the new prices in mind, and with the holidays fast approaching, we compare the new iPhone 11 with 2018's iPhone XR to see which phone is the better buy today -- especially if you're considering gifting one of these for the giving season.

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Apple iPhone 11
The future-proof iPhone
Sarah Tew/CNET 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 $100 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.

$699 at Apple $700 at Best Buy $700 at Verizon Wireless Apple iPhone XR
The better value
Josh Miller/CNET It might have last year's 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 social media, too. In general, if you're on a tight budget, the iPhone XR is still a great value. We'd suggest either pocketing that $100 for something else or using it to upgrade to the128GB model and still have $50 left over. Read our Apple iPhone XR review.

$749 at Amazon $599 at Apple $600 at Best Buy How we tested
Design: Nearly identical and still as durable
The iPhone 11 and XR look nearly identical -- the quickest way to identify them is by the iPhone 11's extra camera and square bump. But besides 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, and the phones have the same 6. In case you cherished this short article and you desire to acquire more information with regards to Item_4197964 (List.ly) i implore you to check out our own web page. 1-inch LCD display with the same resolution and pixel density.

Besides the number of rear cameras they have, the iPhone 11 and XR look similar.

Angela Lang/CNET We performed a series of drop tests on the iPhone 11 and XR, and both phones are quite sturdy. We dropped the iPhone 11 on its front and back on smooth concrete from 3 feet, 6 feet and 8 feet, 7 inches. On all drops, the phone's back glass and screen didn't crack. There was a small, cosmetic scratch above the camera lens from 8 feet, but the camera lens was completely fine.

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When we dropped the iPhone XR last year, we dropped it 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 eye-level (or around 5 feet), the iPhone XR survived a fall on its back with no new damage, but when we dropped it on its screen, the display ultimately cracked. Though 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 we took it out on dives last year, however, the iPhone XR kept on ticking even after 19 minutes underwater at a depth of 5 meters. In our water tests, we were unable to drown the iPhone 11 or iPhone 11 Pro, both phones surviving 30 minutes at a whopping 12 meters underwater. When it comes to water resistance, the iPhone 11 far exceeds both its own promises and the iPhone XR's hardiness.

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