If there's one thing that the iPhone XR excels over the iPhone XS, it is the battery life and backs up Apple’s claims that it offers the best battery life of any iPhone.
We were using the phone lightly without the SIM card for the first three days and the battery dropped from a full charge to 43% which means that the standby time on the iPhone XR is crazy good!
We then switched to it as our primary phone and even with our regular usage, the phone lasted a full day every single day. Of course, your mileage will vary but we’re really impressed with what Apple has done with battery life on the iPhone XR.
It’s hard to definitively state why this battery life is so much better on this phone than any other iPhone we’ve tested, as there aren’t that many differences to note.
The same engine runs at the heart of this handset, the A12 Bionic chipset that’s present in the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. The XR is supported by only 3GB of RAM, compared to the 4GB seen on the XS pair, but that’s more about general snappiness and heavy lifting in apps than any real, obvious, effect on battery life.
So with that covered, it must be the fact that it’s slightly larger and can hold a better battery pack inside, as well as the more efficient screen.
When it comes to charging the battery, Apple doesn't offer much in the box. Like the iPhone XS, you get the basic 5V/1A charger with a USB-A cable that takes its own sweet time charging the phone. If you want faster charging, you'll need to spend extra.
You’ve also got the capability of wireless charging on offer meaning if you do find the phone not charging from being wet, you can still shove the power in somehow.
The only weird thing here is the score in our battery test, where we loop a 90-minute video at full brightness and see the final result - it only managed a 20% drop, which is more than many other phones of cheaper price points.
However, the handset also started to get rather warm during this time too - so we’re going to have to try that one again as we were expecting less that 10% battery drop.