iPhone XR vs iPhone 11: Which phone is the right one for you?

iPhone 11

The newer of the two models, the iPhone 11 was launched in 2019 and comes with a high-quality camera and a fast A13 Bionic -processor. Even a couple of years after its release, the iPhone 11 is still an excellent choice due to its powerful processor and other up-to-date technology. You don’t even have to pay a great deal to get a functional iPhone 11, as long as you can find a refurbished model from a reliable reseller.

iPhone XR

Although the iPhone XR was released in 2018, it is still a valid choice for those who are looking for an affordable but modern smartphone. Even though the iPhone XR is in some ways less advanced than the iPhone 11, there are many similarities between the two. In case you don’t need all of the improvements and additional features of the iPhone 11, the XR is a great and more affordable option out of these two Apple smartphones.

Comparing iPhone XR and iPhone 11

When comparing different smartphones produced by Apple, the different iPhone models may seem very similar on the surface. You don’t need to worry, because we can help you choose the right one for you and interpret some of the technical jargon. So let’s see whether the iPhone XR or the iPhone 11 could be your next smartphone.

iPhone XR vs iPhone 11: Size

When it comes to size, there is no difference between these two iPhone models. Both the iPhone XR and iPhone 11 have a 6.1-inch display and weigh only 194 grams. With a screen of 6.1-inches in diameter, both devices are great for watching videos, playing games and using social media. Even though both the iPhone 11 and XR are slightly larger than some other models, such as the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone XS, the 6.1-inch display is still comfortable and small enough, so that the phone is good for everyday use.


Both the iPhone 11 and XR are also equipped with a Liquid Retina HD display. The LCD display of the iPhone 11 and XR is not quite as advanced as the display in many newer models, many of which have a sharper Super Retina XDR display. Still, the screen in the iPhone 11 and XR is capable of producing satisfying images and smooth video playback. 

Both models also offer True Tone, a lightning feature that adjusts the screen’s brightness and colours based on your surroundings. With True Tone, the display’s image, as well as the experience of using the phone, is more pleasant for the eyes.


One noticeable difference between the iPhone 11 and iPhone XR is their rear camera. While the iPhone XR includes a single 12-megapixel wide camera, the iPhone 11 has a second ultra wide camera in addition. The iPhone XR is also lacking the iPhone 11’s Night Mode feature that makes it easier to take high-quality photos also in dark and low light settings.

The iPhone 11 wins this round also in regards to its 12-megapixel front camera, which supports 4K video recording as well as shooting slo-mo video. Meanwhile, the iPhone XR’s front camera is a more modest, yet still sufficient, 7-megapixels with an optical image stabiliser for smoother video recording and Portrait Lighting for studio-quality lighting effects.

Processor and battery life

Another aspect where the iPhone 11 excels against the iPhone XR is its processor. Instead of the iPhone XR’s A12 Bionic -chip, the iPhone 11 contains a more advanced A13 Bionic -processor, making it faster and more powerful. The iPhone XR’s A12 Bionic -processor is still well capable of providing a fast user experience, even for playing games and using augmented reality.

Both phones have a long-lasting battery life, although the iPhone 11’s battery lasts a bit longer than that of the XR. Regardless of your choice, both the iPhone 11 and XR will last you throughout the day with a single charge. Both phones also support wireless charging as well as fast charging, getting you from 0% to 50% battery capacity in just half an hour.

Colours and styles

When it comes to how the phones look, we will not tell you which model to choose. Both the iPhone 11 and XR come in six different stylish colours. You can get an iPhone 11 in black, green, yellow, purple, red and white. The iPhone XR does not pale in comparison with its black, blue, coral, red, white and yellow styles. If you are looking for a colourful and uniquely coloured smartphone from Apple, both the iPhone XR and 11 will not disappoint. 


Finally, one important difference between the two iPhones is their price. When buying a refurbished iPhone 11 or iPhone XR from a reliable supplier, you can get both models for an affordable price without making any compromises with quality. Here at Swappie, we offer refurbished iPhones in four different conditions ranging from Acceptable to Like New. 

Another aspect affecting the price is the phone’s storage capacity. You can buy an iPhone 11 with 64, 128 or 256 GB of storage space. The iPhone XR is lacking the 256 GB option, but still offers a great deal of storage for photos, apps and whatever you need to save on your mobile device.

If the phone’s price is what you are interested in, then the iPhone XR takes this round. Depending on the phone’s condition and capacity, you can get a refurbished iPhone XR from Swappie for less than 400 €. Even the more expensive options are less than 500 €. The cheapest options for the iPhone 11 start at a bit over 500 €. Whether you pick the iPhone 11 or XR, you can get an affordable and functional Apple iPhone conveniently from Swappie.

iPhone 11 vs iPhone XR: Which Apple smartphone should you buy?

So which one should you choose? If you don’t need some of the iPhone 11’s additional features or you are looking for a slightly cheaper option, get the iPhone XR. However, if a more powerful processor, dual rear cameras and some other extra features of the iPhone 11 are your thing, then go with the iPhone 11.

Both phones are equipped with wireless charging, face-ID for easy and secure identification as well as lasting battery life. Both phones are also waterproof at least up to 1 metre. So, compare the two models and see which one looks better for your needs.

Choose the iPhone XR if you value:

  • Lower price: Being an older model, the iPhone XR will cost you less than the iPhone 11.
  • Stylish colours and designs: The iPhone XR comes in six stunning and vibrant colours that will not disappoint.

Choose the iPhone 11 if you value:

  • Speed and performance: With an A13 Bionic chip, the iPhone 11 has enough processing power for a variety of tasks.
  • Dual rear-camera: The iPhone 11 has 12-megapixel ultra wide and wide cameras at the back.
  • High-quality front camera: As opposed to the XR’s 7-megapixel front camera, the iPhone 11 has an impressive 12-megapixel camera at the front, making it perfect for selfies and FaceTime calls.

Getting a refurbished iPhone

Have you decided already which iPhone to choose? Once you are settled on the right model for you, check out some of Swappie’s refurbished iPhones. Browse different options for refurbished iPhone XR and iPhone 11 models, ranging from slightly used phones to ones that are as good as new Apple smartphones. 

Instead of buying a new iPhone and paying more, consider getting a refurbished iPhone from Swappie. All Swappie’s iPhones go through our rigorous 52-step testing process. In addition, we offer a 12-month warranty as well as a free 14-day right to return.

So, check out Swappie’s selection of refurbished and affordable iPhones for a cheaper, smarter and environmentally friendly option for a new smartphone.