How to choose the best iPhone XR color for you

Source: CNet

The iPhone XR comes in six pretty new colors. But which is the best iPhone XR color?

Before I answer that question for you, let’s understand why Apple had to launch a phone with vibrant color choices.

Most people prefer to pay for design rather than features. And that is why Apple’s iPhone is primarily so popular. Especially, the latest version– the iPhone XR — which is available in an array of six vivid colors. Six! (White, Black, Blue, Yellow, Red, Coral)

The iPhone XR isn’t much different internally from its higher-priced elders–the iPhone XS and XS Max. It has the same processor, a similar camera with all the features that you can get on the $1000+ iPhone XS, and effectively longer-lasting battery life. The only catch here is that the XR has an LCD display as opposed to the OLED display in the iPhone XS and XS Max.

That said, there are a few aspects that could help you determine the perfect choice of color in the iPhone XR.

  1. Wear and tear
  2. Adding a case
  3. Show off quotient

1. Wear and tear

Glass is one of the most delicate materials you could have on a smartphone. However, they are no longer just a prop to make your phone look beautiful. Glass backs have become functional in a way that they provide for wireless charging which has become popular and is widely in use all over the world.

Still, the slightest misuse of the device could lead to a scratch, no matter how minute; as with time, the scratches will multiply until they become a clusterfuck of scratches. That clusterfuck, however, can be overshadowed by the right background color. Thus, if you’re pondering over the title of this post, do consider this point. So, if you’re thinking about what iPhone XR color may suit you, please consider this point.


Glass can show signs of wear and tear. And the biggest example of wear and tear on a glass surface is a scratch. The thing with scratches is that their appearance differs based on the background against which they are placed. A scratch is more clearly visible against a dark/black background on glass than on a light background.

So if you decide to buy the XR and use it for years; white, yellow or coral is the best suggestion. The black, red and blue finishes show scratches much easier. And if you want evidence, consider iPhone 7 ‘s jet black variant. Its back was not made of glass but had a similar finish. And it shamelessly flaunted scratches as if they were a feature than a flaw.


Smudges are just as annoying as scratches. But the bright side is they don’t last long. However, if you want to use your iPhone after eating a donut, you might also want to decide the right color to make these smudges almost invisible.

Like scratches, fingerprints and smudges appear more prominent on most dark backgrounds. The black color, for example, is the best color if you ever want to flaunt a smudge-ridden iPhone. The colors on which the smudges won’t show up are coral, yellow and white.

P.S. This is a cool trick. Use this image as wallpaper to detect even the smallest smudges on any type of display:

2. Adding a case

You have an iPhone. You’ve spent way too many dollars on an overpriced product. So it’s only natural not wanting, say, a two-day-old iPhone to inflict damage upon itself. What do you do?

Slip it into a case.

However, putting a case on splendid colors would be a crime. It would be the moral equivalent of trapping a butterfly into a jar and cutting off its oxygen intake.

If you so badly need a case, however, you can always go for a transparent one. Here’s a pretty good one for the iPhone XR. And if you’re someone who doesn’t feel a thing for transparent cases, you can always opt for contrasting cases.

Check out these awesome cases for the iPhone XR.

So, if you absolutely want a case to protect your iPhone XR, I recommend choosing the black variant of the iPhone XR. This is because black glass doesn’t give out the sense of vividness that other color variants do. It’s unappealing enough to be okay with hiding it.

That said, let’s see for whom every color is meant to be. I’m just going to assume certain points since colors are the least objective.

iPhone XR Color: White

White iPhone XR

Who is it for?: Someone who loves minimalism and cleanliness. White may be too bright of a color. So if you’re a person who doesn’t seek attraction, look out for other options. But if you are a total show-off (and that’s a good thing when it comes to iPhones), go for white.


  1. Appears clean, and sometimes flashy
  2. Will be really easy to spot.
  3. Appearance is more professional.


  1. Can catch dirt easily, imprinting a yellowish stain at the back.
  2. Too simple of a color.

iPhone XR Color: Black

Black iPhone XR

Who is it for?: People who don’t care about the appearance of their phones. Also, people who love black. Apparently, there’s a separate, strong fanbase for the color black.


  1. Exudes professionalism.
  2. Won’t show stains easily.


  1. Looks boring, to be honest.
  2. House for a ton of smudges.
  3. Not the best choice if you want to flaunt your new XR.

iPhone XR Color: Blue

Blue iPhone XR

Who is it for?: People who are seeking a change from the usual colors but don’t like exposing their iPhone much.


  1. Looks unique.
  2. Won’t be seen in the crowd much, thus a better chance to show off.
  3. Induces passion… seriously. No kidding!


  1. Won’t be seen in the crowd much.
  2. Looks a bit childish.

iPhone XR Color: Red

Red iPhone XR

Who is it for?: People who want to donate to help prevent AIDS, and those with a fashionable outlook for life.


  1. Widely attractive.
  2. Terrific color to show off your phone, and grab attention to yourself. 
  3. It helps people fight AIDS.


  1. It can bore you after some time’s usage. 
  2. Too bright a color to be on a phone. 
  3. It highlights smudges and scratches instead of hiding them.

iPhone XR Color: Yellow

Yellow iPhone XR

Who is it for?: People who love flashy colors, sunshine, and lemon. It’s a fresh color and not so common. This makes it a perfect color for all genders.


  1. Enchanting. De facto a brightening color.
  2. Hides a scratch like a pro.


  1. Shows smudges to an extent.
  2. Too bright a color on an iPhone. 
  3. Can highlight dirt acquired on invisible scratch.

iPhone XR Color: Coral

Coral iPhone XR

Who is it for?: It’s a wonderful color, hence, it’s for everyone up for a change. But beware! Most people are supposedly going to buy this color making it pretty common since it’s so unique. If uniqueness is what you’re looking for in your iPhone XR, consider other color options; maybe yellow. But if you’re on the lookout for wonder and don’t care about choosing a different path than the crowd, coral might be the best.


  1. Can get girls, for sure.
  2. Alluring


  1. Can show smudges easily.
  2. Won’t fit in well with cases.

No matter what color you choose, its significance is only going to reduce at the end of the day. A few months later, you won’t even find the device attractive anymore. Although, that notion shouldn’t stop you from getting those luscious colors. Especially since the iPhone XR’s usability and reliability are the de facto highlights.

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