Apple has launched the new lineup of its flagship iPhone. Apple has dropped four new iPhone 12 models, offering consumers a broad spectrum of features and price points. Let’s have a candid iPhone 12 vs. iPhone XR comaprison.
If you’re looking for a new iPhone in a mid-level range, then you’ll probably be looking at the new iPhone 12 or 2018’s iPhone XR. We’re comparing these devices to the lookout which is the best option of the two and — if you’re already rocking an iPhone XR — whether it’s time to upgrade.
Design, durability and display
In terms of display both the phones share the same screen size as the 6.1-inch display. The new iPhone 12 features an OLED display, whereas the XR uses a regular LCD. The OLED display brings a richer visual experience to the new iPhone 12, as OLED displays feature true blacks and a wider contrast ratio. It offers a higher pixel density than the XR display, so it’ll look sharper and crisper.
The iPhone 12 brings one of the most applauded designs in the history of the iPhone, the iPhone 4, ditching the sloped sides for an aluminum frame and a glass back. The aluminum frame did make it feel a bit light in an almost “cheap” way, but considering the cost savings over the Pro models, it’s hard to complain.
Considering the iPhone XR’s design has been around for three years, we’re in favor of this beautiful resurrection of a retro design. The iPhone 12 also features a new Ceramic Shield mechanism Apple claims will bring a new level of toughness to your smartphone glass. Apple claims this will lead to better drop performance and fewer shattered screens.
The iPhone 12 comes in a rainbow of bright colors that are absolutely stunning in person. So if you like to express yourself through your phone then there are myriad options to choose from.
It can be said with a decent new design and improved durability, the iPhone 12 wins the show. In this game of iPhone 12 vs. iPhone XR most of time iPhone is the winner.
The iPhone 12 features Apple’s new groundbreaking A14 processor. It represents a huge leap forward in performance, with almost 12 billion transistors. Apple guarantees blazing speeds and performance from this new chip, and given Apple’s past performance, we believe them.
The iPhone XR is rocking the A12 Bionic from 2018. The A12 is certainly a powerful processor that can stand on its own, but with the leaps in processing power each year, two years certainly make a difference. Furthermore, if you’re looking to pick up a new phone today, it’s usually best to grab the one that will last the longest — and Apple’s A14 Bionic will be running iOS smoothly for years to come.
When it comes to battery life, the iPhone 12 performed as expected when it came to battery life. You can easily make it through the day at full charge. Under “normal” use it can stand the whole day with 30% remaining. Both phones include fast charging and wireless charging, though the iPhone 12 has faster 18W charging as well.
In this way, great battery life and a faster processor make the iPhone 12 the winner.
The iPhone XR features a single rear 12-megapixel lens, the iPhone 12 features dual wide and ultrawide rear lenses, both clocking in at 12MP each, giving it an immediate edge. The iPhone 12 also supports Night Mode, which iPhone XR does not support. While the XR will still take good low-light photos, it won’t be able to match the iPhone 12’s software for low light performance. With almost similar video recording capabilities at 4K and 1080p, the iPhone 12 also brings HDR video recording. This is one other the features of iPhone 12 vs. iPhone XR.
Both the iPhone 12 and the iPhone XR feature amazing and identical cameras and photo or video performance. The iPhone 12 is absolutely going to be the winner here.
Updates and Software
Both of these iPhones can run the latest firmware which is iOS 14. Since both these devices will get similar updates for years to come, it’s quite obvious that these devices are tie in this particular category.
The iPhone 12 is 5G capable and is one of the first 5G-enabled iPhones. 5G phone is more future-proofed than one that only runs 4G LTE.
While both the iPhone XR and iPhone 12 support wireless charging, the iPhone 12 has an upper hand with MagSafe for iPhone. With this technology, you align your charger with your device’s wireless charging coils. Apple believes this it will make charging more effortless and open a whole new ecosystem of cases and chargers that can magnetically clip to the back of the phone. There are only two cases available, and neither got stellar ratings when we reviewed their charging capabilities.
Hence here Apple iPhone 12 is better.
Price and availability
The iPhone XR is now available at $499 as starting price. It’s available on all major U.S. carriers. The iPhone 12 is also out now, with a starting price of $799.
iPhone 12 is better
Both the phones are similar when you consider their processing power and perform on par with each other in daily use. But when you want a phone that stands out from the crowd, due to its sleek design, 5G capability, MagSafe charging, and a superior camera., iPhone 12 is recommended.
If you already have an iPhone XR, you can wait for one more upgrade cycle — but if you’re looking for a new phone, and can’t decide between these two, then the new iPhone 12 is the right way to go.