X
CNET logo Why You Can Trust CNET

Our expert, award-winning staff selects the products we cover and rigorously researches and tests our top picks. If you buy through our links, we may get a commission. Reviews ethics statement

iPhone XR's Product Red model blazes bright in crimson

In addition to black, white, blue, coral and yellow, Apple's latest iPhone XR flaunts a flashy, vibrant shade of red.

Scott_Stein.jpg
Scott_Stein.jpg
Scott Stein
apple-iphone-xr-red-9774-008
1 of 34 Josh Miller/CNET

Although Apple's latest iPhone XR has a camera that lacks optical zoom, and its LCD display is a step below the iPhone XS' OLED screen, the iPhone XR is the best iPhone for the price.

It also comes in an array of colors including white, black, blue, coral, yellow and red, seen here.

apple-iphone-xr-red-9551-003
2 of 34 Josh Miller/CNET

The phone is available for preorder now and hits stores on Oct. 26. We found the iPhone XR delivers 95 percent of the high-end iPhone XS experience at 75 percent of the cost.

apple-iphone-xr-red-9860-001
3 of 34 Josh Miller/CNET

There are compromises though: The screen and the camera take small steps back from the XS models, along with a few other feature nips and tucks.   

apple-iphone-xr-red-9524-001
4 of 34 Josh Miller/CNET

Starting at $749 (£749, AU$1,229), the phone is hardly cheap -- but the XR (middle) still costs considerably less than the $999-and-up iPhone XS (right) and the iPhone XS Max (left).    

apple-iphone-xr-red-9839-019
5 of 34 Josh Miller/CNET

Like many Apple products, the iPhone XR comes in a Product Red version. A percentage of the sale price goes to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, and it costs the same as the other colors.

apple-iphone-xr-red-9561-004
6 of 34 Josh Miller/CNET

Top tip: Go for the $799 128GB version. Apple finally included a middle storage tier, instead of jumping straight from the $749 64GB (fine, but not quite enough) to the $899 256GB (probably more than most people need).   

Click or swipe through for more pictures of the iPhone XR in red.

apple-iphone-xr-red-9796-013
7 of 34 Josh Miller/CNET
apple-iphone-xr-red-9788-012
8 of 34 Josh Miller/CNET
apple-iphone-xr-red-9858-020
9 of 34 Josh Miller/CNET
apple-iphone-xr-red-9648-007
10 of 34 Josh Miller/CNET
apple-iphone-xr-red-9776-009
11 of 34 Josh Miller/CNET
apple-iphone-xr-red-9753-007
12 of 34 Josh Miller/CNET
apple-iphone-xr-red-9547-002
13 of 34 Josh Miller/CNET
apple-iphone-xr-red-9834-018
14 of 34 Josh Miller/CNET

On the back of the phone is a single 12-megapixel camera. That impacts photos two ways: no 2x optical zoom or extra levels of digital zoom; and no telephoto-enhanced Portrait-mode photos.

apple-iphone-xr-red-9899-003
15 of 34 Josh Miller/CNET

You can still tweak lighting options on the iPhone XR though.

apple-iphone-xr-red-9689-001
16 of 34 Josh Miller/CNET

On the front is a 7-megapixel camera with Face ID.

apple-iphone-xr-red-9700-002
17 of 34 Josh Miller/CNET

Face ID lets you unlock your phone with facial recognition.

apple-iphone-xr-red-9565-005
18 of 34 Josh Miller/CNET

Check out more photos of the iPhone XR in day-to-day uses.

apple-iphone-xr-red-9731-004
19 of 34 Josh Miller/CNET
apple-iphone-xr-red-9620-004
20 of 34 Josh Miller/CNET
apple-iphone-xr-red-9629-005
21 of 34 Josh Miller/CNET
apple-iphone-xr-red-9746-005
22 of 34 Josh Miller/CNET
apple-iphone-xr-red-9658-010
23 of 34 Josh Miller/CNET
apple-iphone-xr-red-9643-006
24 of 34 Josh Miller/CNET
apple-iphone-xr-red-9582-002
25 of 34 Josh Miller/CNET
apple-iphone-xr-red-9595-003
26 of 34 Josh Miller/CNET
apple-iphone-xr-red-9781-010
27 of 34 Josh Miller/CNET
apple-iphone-xr-red-9674-012
28 of 34 Josh Miller/CNET
apple-iphone-xr-red-9822-016
29 of 34 Josh Miller/CNET
apple-iphone-xr-red-9749-006
30 of 34 Josh Miller/CNET
apple-iphone-xr-red-9652-008
31 of 34 Josh Miller/CNET
apple-iphone-xr-red-9785-011
32 of 34 Josh Miller/CNET
apple-iphone-xr-red-9805-014
33 of 34 Josh Miller/CNET
apple-iphone-xr-red-9572-001
34 of 34 Josh Miller/CNET

Though it's not as top-notch as the XS models, the iPhone XR is built to be the best everyday phone in Apple's iPhone lineup, based on price, battery, speed and key features like the camera. It's a good size and, very nearly, a perfect phone for its price.

For more info, read CNET's iPhone XR review.

More Galleries

2022's Best TV Shows You Can't Miss on Netflix, HBO, Disney Plus and More
John Cena attends Warner Bros. premiere of The Suicide Squad, in costume as Peacemaker.

2022's Best TV Shows You Can't Miss on Netflix, HBO, Disney Plus and More

95 Photos
The Best Games on Nintendo Switch in 2022
zelda-cnet-2.jpg

The Best Games on Nintendo Switch in 2022

36 Photos
US Air Force at 75: These Are the Aircraft It's Flown
110403-f-ka253-155

US Air Force at 75: These Are the Aircraft It's Flown

45 Photos
Toyota C-HR Prologue Sharpens Up the Small SUV
Toyota C-HR Prologue

Toyota C-HR Prologue Sharpens Up the Small SUV

11 Photos
The 51 Best VR Games
astro-bot-rescue-mission-screen-02-ps4-us-18may18

The 51 Best VR Games

53 Photos
Movies Coming in 2022 From Marvel, Netflix, DC and More
thor4

Movies Coming in 2022 From Marvel, Netflix, DC and More

85 Photos
2024 Acura Integra Type S Looks Sharp in Camouflage
2024 Acura Integra Type S

2024 Acura Integra Type S Looks Sharp in Camouflage

9 Photos