Is the iPhone XR still a good phone?


January 6, 2021

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It’s one of our most popular models, but is the iPhone XR still a good phone? If you want a stylish all-rounder that’ll save you a fair few quid, we say, yes!

The iPhone XR is perfect if you want a great phone without having to pay for all the bells and whistles of Apple’s highest-end gadgets. Since its release, the XR has received rave reviews , praising its ability to deliver big performance for less money. This impressive balancing act reportedly made it the most popular smartphone in the world in 2019 and one of the most popular in 2020.

With many of the same features as other iPhone models, the XR is a good way to get the iPhone experience without the premium price tag. We added it to our Raylo Certified Refurbished range several months ago, giving you an even better way to get your hands on on

Why Raylo refurbished?

At Raylo, we offer a great range of Refurbished phones, starting at £14.99/mo. When we collect a smartphone at the end of a lease, we refurbish it so it can be used by another customer. Every phone reused is one less phone that needs to be manufactured – a process that’s quickly draining precious natural resources. It’s also one less phone dumped or left in a drawer. It also means we can offer it to you at a lower price than a brand new phone – a win for the planet and your pocket. All our refurbished phones go through a 70-point check to make sure everything’s in good working order. They come with the same perks as our brand new phones, including a case, screen protector, 24-month warranty and 30-day money-back guarantee. 

So, what does the iPhone XR have to offer?

Here’s everything you need to know about the key features of the iPhone XR.

Look and feel

  • 6.1” liquid retina display
  • Made from glass and aerospace-grade aluminium 

With its slim body and large screen, the iPhone XR sports the iconic look that has made Apple’s flagship product a must-have over the years. Featuring the same screen and casing as the pricier iPhone 11, it certainly doesn’t feel ‘budget’, as is just as much of a pleasure to use as you’d expect. 


  • 12MP wide camera
  • Portrait Mode
  • 4K video recording with stereo sound

One of the most noticeable differences between the iPhone XR and more expensive models is the single lens on the back. If you’re a photography professional or enthusiast then the iPhone 12 Pro’s ultra-wide and telephoto lenses do give you more functionality. But for everyday use, the XR is capable of producing truly great shots. Apple have even managed to train the phone’s A-12 bionic chip to produce Portrait Mode photos without the need for a second lens. It only works on people (not animals or objects), but it’s an awesome feature that’ll make your subject stand out from the background and give your snaps a professional look. 

The numbers

  • Water resistant to 1 metre for up to 30 minutes
  • 16 hours of video playback

When it comes to battery life, you’ll get 16 hours of video playback, which is just behind the 17 hours offered by the new iPhone 12 Pro. It’s also resistant against splashes and spills, as Apple do their bit to save phones dropped down toilets everywhere. 


  • Face ID
  • Animoji/Memoji
  • Wireless charging

The iPhone XR has all the handy features you’ll need day-to-day, like Face ID to unlock, Apple Pay to buy stuff and Siri to make you feel less alone. Its glass back also means it’s compatible with wireless charging. It’s not all grim practicality, though, there’s plenty of fun to be had with Apple’s Memoji feature, which lets you text people an animated version of your head, because, why not.  

Colours and storage options

  • 6 colours
  • 3 storage sizes

If you’re someone who likes to stand out from the crowd, the XR has a wider range of colours than most other models. You can choose from blue, white, black, yellow, coral or (Product)RED. You can also choose a 64GB, 128GB or 256GB storage size – depending on how many pictures, videos and apps you have.

The smart phone choice

With all the features Apple fans know and love, but at a much lower price than the top-end models, the iPhone XR continues to be the smart smartphone choice. 

While Apple have nudged the dial forward on performance and features in their latest models, the fundamentals remain the same. The iPhone XR is the most cost effective way to experience all the things that make iPhone great -– in 2020 and beyond.