Apple iPhone 13 Review

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The battery life of Apple’s iPhone 13 (beginning at $799) is much superior to that of earlier midrange handsets.

Although we are grateful for the iPhone 13 mini’s improved portability, the iPhone 12 mini’s underwhelming sales showed us that most users value a strong battery over a small size.

The battery boost is therefore so significant that it’s absolutely worth the $100 premium over a standard-size iPhone 12, even though other improvements from the previous model are essentially undetectable here.

Additionally, there are many positive improvements in power and camera quality if you’re upgrading from a previous iPhone. As a result, the iPhone 13 is both our Editors’ Choice winner and the best option for the majority of customers.

Design: Minor Upgrades – Apple iPhone 13

The iPhone 13 resembles the iPhone 12 quite a bit. It is almost exactly the same size as the iPhone 12 at 5.8 by 2.8 by 0.3 inches (HWD) and 6.1 ounces, but it weighs a third more. Some cases made for the previous model work while others don’t due to slightly changed side button positioning.

On the front and back, there are two differences to be aware of. According to Apple, the “notch” at the top of the front has been slightly reduced—by 20%. The two camera lenses are somewhat bigger and arranged diagonally rather than vertically on the back.

Five different colors are available: blue, pink, red, “midnight” (a blue so dark it may be mistaken for black), and “starlight” (a subtle off-white, like eggshell).

Similar to the iPhone 12, the iPhone 13 sports a stunning 6.1-inch, 2,532-by-1,170-pixel OLED display with Apple’s True Tone color management and a wide color range. According to Apple, the average brightness is now 800cd/m2, up from 625cd/m2 on the iPhone 12.

Eyeballing it, I don’t notice a change; when DisplayMate Labs’ testing findings are out, we’ll rely on them to confirm that number.

The ordinary iPhone 13 features a 60Hz display, whilst the iPhone 13 Pro models have 120Hz screens, which is one of the differences between the two models.

This won’t be a major impact if you’ve never used a 120Hz display. The iPhone 13’s display is fluid and smooth, and 60Hz displays have long been the norm.

However, after utilizing 120Hz screens on OnePlus and Samsung phones for almost a year, I found going back to 60Hz to be a little unsettling. Reading news stories while navigating across websites felt a little jarring. However, unless you’re accustomed to using a modern flagship phone, you probably won’t give it a second thought.

Performance: iPhone Is exactly what iPhone Is

The A15 CPU from Apple is produced using the same 5nm technology as the A14. Apple claims that the performance of its 6-core CPU and 4-core GPU is the quickest ever.

I only noticed an 8% increase in single-core CPU performance and a 13% increase in GPU performance compared to the iPhone 12 on the Geekbench benchmark.

The real-world Basemark web browser benchmark, which increased from 766.86 to 1042.93 as the phone accelerated web page loads, showed a far greater improvement.

The fact is that new iPhones always function flawlessly, at least at first, as a result of Apple’s close integration of hardware and software. They may have difficulties in the future. In its first week, the iPhone 13 was unaffected by anything I could throw at it, including Genshin Impact and Microsoft Office.

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The performance of the 13-inch and 13-mini iPhones is same. In our benchmarks, the 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max both feature a fifth GPU core, which also significantly improved test performance.

But why do you need the fifth GPU core if the four already work perfectly well for running apps? It is for the 120Hz screen, which is one of the more expensive Pro series’ distinguishing features.

Battery: Why Are You Here?

With the introduction of the power-hungry 5G, Apple achieved a significant improvement in battery management and capacity with the iPhone 12 series, but most of that was lost in practical usage. With the iPhone 13 base model’s real full-day battery life and the 13 Pro’s two-day battery life, the iPhone 13 series righted the ship.

It is not about battery size in this instance. The iPhone 13’s battery capacity isn’t significantly bigger than the 12’s, but we don’t know the technical specifications.

But compared to the A14 and X55 in the iPhone 12 series, the new A15 CPU and X60 modem seem to be significantly more efficient, resulting in much longer video playback time and real-world usage time.

Now, even the iPhone 13 tiny is superior to the iPhone 12 model. The main reason I believe you’ll ultimately want to get a conventional 13 is because there is still a significant price difference between the 13 mini and the standard 13.

I didn’t have any battery concern after using the iPhone 13 as my primary device for a weekend. In contrast to my Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3, which was constantly running low on power, it was essentially always ready to go.

That demonstrates how Apple’s effective hardware and software work together. One of Apple’s “secrets” throughout the years has been the fact that Android phones often lose more battery life when in standby than do iPhones.

The phone charges rather quickly, just like the iPhone 12. Its Lightning connector is compatible with 15W magnetic MagSafe charging, which was introduced with the iPhone 12 series, as well as 7.5W Qi wireless charging. If you connect it to a 20-watt USB-C PD power converter, you can enjoy relatively quick charging speeds.

The same but different radios

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra and other popular smartphones this year, as well as the iPhone 13, both employ the Qualcomm X60 modem. Like the iPhone 12, it has Bluetooth 5.0 and Wi-Fi 6.

There are five distinct worldwide models, each supporting a different set of 4G and 5G bands. On these variations, we have complete details in a different story.

Regarding the call quality of the iPhone, which has been satisfactory for several generations, there isn’t much to say. All three US carriers’ voice codecs and calling methods (such as voice-over-Wi-Fi and voice-over-LTE) are supported by the iPhone, and the speakerphone on the device has a respectable volume and clarity.

I frequently used the iPhone 13 with Bluetooth headsets from Plantronics and Jabra and saw no skips, pops, or dropouts.

The phone has one physical SIM slot that can hold one physical SIM card or two eSIM cards. (The physical SIM is disabled if you choose to use two eSIMs.)

You require a QR code from your cellular provider in order to load an eSIM; unlike the iPad, you cannot select the carrier from a menu.

Testing revealed no discernible, verifiable differences in performance between the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 on current networks. Having said that, I believe the X60 improvement is a contributing factor in the longer battery life of the iPhone 13.

There are significant performance differences between the iPhone 11 and prior models if you’re upgrading from one of those models, which the majority of consumers will do.

In many situations, 4×4 MIMO, which is included on the iPhone XS and 11 Pro but absent from the XR or basic 11, significantly enhances 4G data performance.

And while our Fastest Mobile Networks testing revealed that 5G is a major benefit for T-Mobile users right now, it is also likely to have similar effects for AT&T and Verizon subscribers starting next year. However, right now, 5G only really matters for T-Mobile consumers.

Melissa Valentini

I am a journalist graduated from the University of New York. In addition, I write short stories and chronicles as a hobby. I currently write for the Techeneis.