Refurbished iPhone XR Review – Better Than Ever!

We’ll be honest with you, price is one of the most important things when buying a phone. Apple iPhone XR is one of the best-selling iPhones and there’s a reason for that, it is durable, feels premium in the hands and performs like a beast but it is costly and not everyone can afford a new iPhone XR. Here’s where a refurbished iPhone XR comes to the rescue, you can buy the cheapest iPhone XR 128gb online and it may even come with a warranty at a much lower price compared to a new one. 

The iPhone XR was launched in September of 2018 and it well received by the consumers but is it worth going for a refurbished iPhone XR in 2021 and should you upgrade to it? Here, we’ll discuss the iPhone XR in detail and let you know if you should if you go for a refurbished iPhone XR in 2021.

Let’s discuss!


The iPhone XR has a 6.1-inch screen and a 79% screen to body ratio. The dimensions are 150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3 mm. The phone feels comfortable in the hand and has glass on the front and the back along with an aluminium frame in the middle. It feels premium in the hands and you can tell just by holding it that it is a flagship device.

Apple switched to the all glass design with the iPhone 8 and I feel, that was a good decision. If you go for a refurbished iPhone XR, I’m sure you’d love the design and premium feel of the device. And on top of all that, it is durable. It has a Oleophobic coating on the front and the glass is scratch resistant but we’ll talk about it in detail in a bit.


It has a 6.1-inch liquid Retina IPS LCD with a resolution of 828 x 1792 pixels and a pixel per inch density of 326. The glass on the front and the back is Gorilla glass and it is scratch-resistant, it also has an oleophobic coating on the front like previous iPhones. The oleophobic protect the phone from splashing everywhere on the screen, it also has an IP67 water and dust resistant rating. It is rated to survive in up to 1m of water for 30min, which is impressive.

 You might be wondering if a phone with Liquid IPS LCD display is worth buying in 2021 then yes, the display on the iPhone XR is excellent and most of the times you wouldn’t even notice that you are using a phone with an LCD display. All LCDs aren’t the same and Apple has done a marvellous job with the display.

The phone has good viewing angles and the colours are excellent, the display is also perfect for content and content consumption.


The iPhone XR has a 2942mAh lithium-ion battery that can easily last you a day. It can be charged up to 50% in 30 mins thanks to the 15W fast charging support. It can also be charged wirelessly through a QI certified wireless charger which is great.

In a world full 4000+mAh battery phones, 2942mAh may seem lacking but thanks to Apple’s hardware and software integration and optimization, it easily lasts you a day. In our tests with a refurbished iPhone XR, it performed exceptionally well and the battery life was commendable but it may vary according to your usage.


The iPhone XR is equipped with a 12 megapixel with f/1.8 aperture and OIS (Optical Image Stabilization). It also supports HDR and can record in 4k resolution at 60FPS and 1080p at impressive a 240FPS.

It comes with capable camera setup but how does it perform? The pictures taken with the iPhone XR came out stellar with excellent dynamic range, colour accuracy and sharpness. Apple knows their cameras and it’s the best camera phone you can buy at this price. The video recording is also excellent and thanks to the optical image stabilization the videos remain stutter-free even if you are walking, the usual jitters and shakes when making a video are minimal and the videos look amazing.

It has a 7-megapixel selfie camera with f/2.2 aperture which takes selfies with good details, colour and dynamic range. To summarize it, it’s a capable camera setup backup by one of the best mobile OS.

Performance & Capacity

This is why we love refurbished phones, you can get flagship performance and a fraction of a cost. The refurbished iPhone XR is equipped with Apple’s A12 Bionic chipset and 3GB of ram, it a Hexa core processor and the GPU side of things are handled by Apple’s very own GPU.

The performance of the XR is stellar and it performs like a beast. The A12 Bionic processor handles everything with ease with no visible hiccups. Gaming performance is also smooth with no signs of heating up, if you’re looking for flagship performance at a budget price then you should definitely go for a refurbished iPhone XR.

The iPhone XR comes in 3 different capacities, 64GB, 128GB and 256Gb. The base 64GB model will be enough for people who don’t take a lot of pictures or store their data in the cloud, but for people who religiously take selfies and have a lot of data, we recommend going for either 128GB of 256GB storage option as the storage on the iPhone XR is not expandable. 


In the smartphone realm, Apple is praised for its software and hardware optimization. The iPhone XR was launched with the iOS 12 but was then upgradable to the iOS 14. The iOS 14 has plenty of new features like Homescreen widgets and other performance tweaks. It feels smooth and everything is fluid and seamless. If you buy a refurbished iPhone XR, you can be sure that it’ll keep getting software support from Apple at least for a few years minimum.

Wrapping Up

A refurbished iPhone XR would be your best bet if you’re in the market for a new phone, make sure you buy it from a reputable retailer. To wrap things up, the iPhone XR was designed by keeping previous iPhone iterations in mind, it has a great camera setup, flagship chipset and it feels premium at a budget price.