Refurbished iPhone XR – Insane Value For Money

Today we will be discussing refurbished iPhone XR to find out the value it offers and tell you if you should buy a refurbished iPhone XR. We’ve actually been a proponent of getting your devices refurbished as you can save a lot of money this way. You might be asking yourself why you should go with a refurbished iPhone XR, to put it simply, you get insane value and deals on iPhone XR in Australia start at $449 AUD. Now one of the reasons we like getting refurbished products from Phonebot is because they refurbish gently used products and also replace the battery if need be.

Specs Overview

So, let’s just begin with the key specifications. The iPhone XR has a 6.1-inch Liquid Retina IPS LCD with a resolution of 1792 x 828 with a Pixel Per Inch density of 326 and 625 nits of max brightness. On the rear, it is equipped with a single 12-megapixel camera capable of up to 4k recording in 60m frames per second. It has 3GB of ram. It is powered by Apple’s A12 Bionic chipset and a 2942 mAh battery.


The iPhone XR weighs 194 grams and it feels a little bit chunky as well. The phone is 8.3 millimetres thick and it has Gorilla Glass on the front and on the back. Also, the iPhone XR is capable of IP67 dust and water resistance, however, Apple doesn’t recommend intentionally submerging your phone into water. Overall, the build quality is excellent and the refurbished iPhone XR feels premium.

Dimensions: 150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3 mm
Build: Gorilla Glass Front, Gorilla Glass Back, Aluminium frame.


The curved edges and rounded corners feel very nice and it feels comfortable to hold in the hand. The display gets plenty bright at 625 nits and will definitely beat out a lot of other phones. Not every phone gets this bright and in addition, the iPhone XR does have plenty of colours on board. The display is not overly saturated but it does have a good colourful display. And it also has support for Dark Mode, Night Shift and True Tone. Videos look excellent and sharp on this phone. The iPhone 12 clearly is a better display because of the OLED panel and this being LCD but if you prefer liquid crystal displays you’ll prefer this one over OLED which can strain certain people’s eyes depending on how you adjust to them.

Software & Performance

The software feels just like any other iPhone, it’s incredibly smooth. The A12 Bionic chipset performs like a champ and if you bought this phone in 2018 you’d still have had rock-solid performance, there’s no slowdown whatsoever. The iPhone XR has 3Gb of ram and it still performs exceptionally well on the day-to-day with that 7nm Apple chipset. Apple was ahead of its time here with the CPU and you’re also able to run your favourite games on here without any lags or stutters. It does warm up a little bit just like most phones but it’s because of the glass back. It can be upgraded to the latest iOS 14 which makes it future-proof.


When it comes to storage you could get a refurbished iPhone XR all the way up to 256GB which I think is fantastic. You should go for a higher capacity variant if you have a lot of data. Apple doesn’t offer expandable storage on their phones.


Let’s talk about the cameras, the iPhone XR does have a 12-megapixel rear camera which is able to record video in up to 4k resolution at 60 frames per second. The video recording is exceptional in good lighting and it also has Smart HDR. The photos also look amazing and I like how it’s just a single lens and it makes the camera really simple to use versus having all these extra lenses on these new phones. All in all, I’m still pretty happy with the results.

The iPhone XR has a 7-megapixel camera on the front which is capable of recording videos at 60 frames per second in 1080p resolution. Here, the photos look also good, it is no iPhone 12 but the I found that the front camera is capable is everything. The colour accuracy is also good along with the great details in the selfies.

Battery life

The battery life on the iPhone XR is pretty excellent, this phone doesn’t have the largest battery but thanks to the great optimization of iOS, it can go the distance. It has a 2942mAh battery and the battery life is actually more impressive than some other iPhones that are currently on sale today. It can easily get you through the day without any problems.


If you’re in the market for an iPhone right now this might be the best time to get a refurbished iPhone XR because iPhone 12 has been launched. Apple has done an exceptional job with the iPhone XR and if you’re in the market for an iPhone, it really doesn’t make sense to buy a brand new one considering that refurbished phones offer the same performance at a discounted price.