Test : iPhone XR

Why a Refurbished iPhone XR is affordable superior functionality

Since the very first iPhone was launched more than a decade ago, every September there’s a customary annual rush to own the latest model. As the technology improves and more features have been added, the price tag has steadily crept up to a front-page grabbing £1000. But that’s all well and good if you simply can’t do without the very latest iPhone—a lot of us out here can’t either. But what if all you want is a lightning-fast iPhone with excellent features without stretching your purse strings too much?

Presenting the iPhone XR

Well, Apple in the recent past has had the presence of mind to keep the previous generation iPhone available to buy. But even better, as more people trade in their iPhones from last year and upgrade, there are now a lot of pre-owned iPhone XR phones for sale. Depending on which model you had, you can now upgrade your smartphone for a whole lot less money. Also, by using a refurbished iPhone XR, you help reduce the 20 to 50 million tons of e-waste that ends up in landfills each year.

Low prices and saving the planet in a single stroke is music to anyone’s ears, but how do you ensure that you won’t get yourself a useless piece of junk? For a start, you’ve come to the right place—congratulations are in order. Back Market works only with certified professionals and has so far managed to thwart the creation of at least 1,700 tons of e-waste. But, we digress—back to your refurbished iPhone XR. Here’s what to look out for.

While Apple has fired out two new iterations since the XR (in the form of the 11 and 12 models) the iPhone XR still has a gorgeous screen, great camera, and is quick enough to handle pretty much anything you can throw at it. Here are the phone’s specs in a nutshell.

iPhone XR: Key specs

Display: 6.1-inch Liquid Retina IPS LCD (~326 PPI density)


  • Height: 150.9 mm

  • Width: 75.7 mm

  • Depth: 8.3 mm

Weight: 194g

Main camera: 12MP f/1.8, 1.4µm, wide 26mm, PDAF, 1/2.55", OIS

Selfie camera: 7MP f/2.2, standard 32mm.

Video recording:

  • 4K@24/30/60fps,

  • 1080p@30/60/120/240fps,

  • HDR, stereo sound rec.

Battery life:

  • Li-Ion 2942 mAh

  • Wireless Talk time: Up to 16 hours

  • Wireless Video playback: Up to 14 hours

  • Wireless Audio playback: Up to 65 hours

  • Internet use: Up to 13 hours

Water, splash, and dust resistance: Rated IP67 under IEC standard 60529. It can be immersed in up to 1m of water for 30 minutes.

CPU: Hexa-core (2x2.5 GHz Vortex + 4x1.6 GHz Tempest)

Charging compatibility:

  • Fast charging 15W, 50% in 30 min

  • Qi wireless charging

  • USB Power Delivery 2.0

What am I really getting with refurbished?

Apple is a luxury brand that charges notoriously high prices for its products, making a refurbished iPhone XR a great affordable alternative. Now before Apple fans quickly whip up pitchforks and swarm us for calling out these high prices, let’s get a few points clear. When you decide to save between 30 and 70% on your mobile phone deal by buying an iPhone XR from Back Market, what you'll most likely get is a smartphone that someone bought and decided to send back within its return period.

As a minimum, used smartphones from Back Market have been tested to ensure that they have no faults, wiped of all personal data, and factory reset. Most even have the screen and other parts replaced to ensure that you get a product that's crack-free. There may be subtle signs of wear and tear—light scratches and scuff marks on the refurbished iPhone XR outer casing.

You may, however, find a refurbished iPhone XR that’s in perfect condition. As we mentioned before, some of these phones are bought new, not used, and later returned to the retailers. The great part about buying a used iPhone XR from Back Market is that you’re able to see the exact quality of each refurbished item. And with our one year warranty, 30-day money-back guarantee, and certified refurbishers, getting a used iPhone XR is backed by several precautions and safety nets.

Not to mention that Apple released the iPhone 12 and prices for refurbished iPhone XR smartphones have dropped even further. You can now get a restored iPhone XR for as low as £369.00. Considering Apple’s lofty prices, it may also be a great idea to check out what deals we have on refurbished MacBooks and iPads.

Why Buy a Refurbished iPhone XR from Back Market?

There are loads of benefits to getting your refurbished iPhone XR, especially at Back Market. Let’s take a look at a few that we think would resonate with people that love Apple products as much as we do.

Save Money

It’s a fact that you save anywhere between 30% and 70% when you buy a used iPhone than if you were to go for a new product. For example, you can get a refurbished iPhone XR for around £350. If you’re buying a Grade “A” used iPhone XR, you’ll get a device that you couldn’t tell apart from a brand new one for a fraction of the cost. How cool is that?

30-Day Money-Back Guarantee

At Back Market, we take pride in our customers’ satisfaction in their purchases. So if you’re not wowed by your new iPhone XR, we’ll gladly take it back, even when you’ve checked it out for 30 days.

Environmentally Friendly

By buying a refurbished iPhone XR from Back Market, you contribute to saving the environment. On top of doing your bit to reduce the 20 to 50 million tons of e-waste that are landfilled every year, you also help cut down on the carbon footprint from the creation of new iPhone XR smartphones. Have we also mentioned that at Back Market, we not only help cut on e-waste, but we also planted over 100,000 trees in our lifetime as a company.

Quality Refurbished iPhone XR

Although we sell a wide selection of used products, we only work with certified professionals to restore each iPhone XR that you see on the Back Market platform. To ensure a high level of reliability, we oversee every step of the restoration process as stated in our quality charter. As such, each device is clean, tested, and fully functional before it is dispatched. Also, you get to see the condition of your iPhone XR before getting it shipped home. Unlike on other platforms where you don’t really know what to expect, Back Market thrives on full disclosure and transparency.

Warranty Included

All smartphones from Back Market come with a 12-month warranty. Some products even come with more extended warranties. This means if any of the parts on your refurbished iPhone XR become faulty during your first year using it, we’ll replace the parts free of charge.

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Written by Brian,  Marketing Manager Back Market UK & Ireland

When not talking about the latest eco-friendly tech and reducing our carbon footprint, Brian enjoys the odd game of football, a classic horror (book or film) or just to kick back with a beer or a proper Scottish whisky. Slàinte Mhath!

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