iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy?

CNET | 9/20/2019 | Lynn La
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Available in retail stores today, Apple's's newly launched iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max feature the latest A13 Bionic processor, multiple rear cameras and plenty of updated camera and video tricks. But just because the 2019 iPhones are finally out, that doesn't mean previous models are obsolete. Now starting at the lower price of $599, £629 and AU$1,049, the iPhone XR is one of the few options you have if you want a big-screen iPhone, but don't want to pay upward of $1,000 for the latest models. Its key features include last year's A12 Bionic chip, vibrant color options and a camera that's on par with the iPhone XS -- without an extravagant price tag.

But 2017's iPhone 8 Plus, which starts $50 less than the XR at $549, £579 and AU$949, is also a fantastic phone. It sports a classic iPhone design, complete with the familiar physical home button. Indeed, despite being an older model, the phone has many of the same advantages as the iPhone XR.

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To help decide which phone is right for you, I dive into the two phones' designs, cameras, hardware features and prices to see what phone fits what needs the best.

Note that these products are independently chosen by our editors, based on hands-on testing. CNET may get a share of the revenue from the sale of products from the links.

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With its gesture navigation, animated emojis and face unlock, the iPhone XR ensures that you'll be more acclimated to the latest lines of iPhones than with the iPhone 8 Plus at just $50 more. It's also a great phone in and of itself. Clocking in the longest battery life of the 2018 iPhones, the iPhone XR lasted a fantastic 19 hours and 53 minutes. It also has an excellent big screen in...
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