The 60 Hz display is really the only thing that keeps the iPhone 13 from being the most competitive phone on the market. He perfects his predecessor and skillfully overtakes his rivals
Apple iPhone 13 full review
With four iPhone models in 2020, most people have decided between the iPhone 12 and the 12 Pro. Are overdue iPhone upgrades facing the same problem with this year’s increasing upgrades, or is the standard iPhone 13 the smartest choice of the band?
Apparently, there are very few changes compared to last year’s iPhone – a new color palette to choose from (including the new “green”, which will be available from March 18, 2022), rear cameras are now placed diagonally, and a new show – a new running view is available. has a silicone part – but in addition, 13 almost resembles a carbon copy of its predecessor
As always with the iPhone formula, this year’s review is an exercise to see if Apple’s new standard model feels like a valuable upgrade and at the same time gather enough new features to create a truly competitive price / performance balance. wider smartphone market
Design And Build
Beautiful design Excellent color choices (including the new green color) High level of water resistance Last year, iPhone fans felt nostalgic when Apple switched from the round geometry of the 11th series to the sheet-edged view, which was first seen in 2010. iPhone 4, but with all the precision you expect from the annual iPhone fitness program for the next decade.
Visually, this aesthetic stance is really appreciated, although the changes made to the vanilla iPhone from last year to this year may sound less dramatic and bizarre. While the design language of the iPhone 11 doesn’t scream for overhaul and is more comfortable to hold, the strong lines and straight edges used by the iPhone 12 and 13 help set the iPhone apart from many of its round rivals. Android side of the fence; Not to mention the practical benefits of a perfect grip – even at the expense of some elegance.
The Pro series is available in finer material finishes, such as a mirror-polished stainless steel frame, while the standard 13 and 13 Mini are available in a wider range of colors. White, black, green and red additions have appeared in the last two generations of the iPhone, but last year Apple also introduced a warm blue color for this year’s collection.
Then there’s line 13’s signature color (pictured) – a new pale pastel pink that most closely resembles what Pantone describes as “Pure Pink” (after a quick online search). Sitting in a darker pink aluminum frame, this finish has a surprisingly low elegance that not all color groups benefit from. I think this year may be the color of choice for the entire iPhone 13/13 Pro series.
The official Silicone Bag also offers a nice sharp contrast with MagSafe in the Pink Pomelo presented by Apple in our review; If you want to shake the finish a little more delicately, protecting the frame, which sometimes has hard edges, from scratches and scuffs, otherwise it will no doubt be in everyday use.
At 174g, the 13 is slightly heavier than its predecessor, but still weighs much less than the 200g, which most phones are starting to notice. This new camera module also adds a thicker touch – it’s worth being aware of for those who are worried about the characteristic sway of placing a phone with such a protruding camera on a flat surface.
The signature physical alert slider is always a nice addition, with haptic sound on both sides and next to the sleep / wake / Siri / Apple Pay buttons. Apple still refuses (and can’t) switch to USB-C from Lighting, but even though your Mac and iPad use a more universally accepted port today, sticking to Lightning means it’s an existing port. the accessory ecosystem will not win. Disable immediately on the 13th
For those prone to accidents, the water resistance of the phone should also be taken into account, which significantly exceeds the interpretation of the IP68 certificate industry standard; Tested to withstand up to 30 minutes of immersion in up to six meters of fresh water (for comparison, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is only IP68 certified up to 1.5 meters, and most other competitors have only been tested in 1 meter of water).
Screen and sound
Spectacular colors and contrast leave its 60Hz competitors behind. At first glance, the small notch adds nothing. At first glance, the 13 model looks like a 6.1-inch 19.5: 9 Super Retina XDR AMOLED panel used in the iPhone 12. According to Apple, it offers beautiful vibrancy and excellent viewing angles, along with improved brightness of up to 800 nits in bright sunlight (12 peaks at 625 nits under the same conditions) and HDR content up to 1200 nits.
At the same time, sharp-eyed iPhone users can also see a significant physical difference in the notch. Although Apple has not yet completely eliminated it, it has reduced its footprint by about 20%. As before, there is a front camera and TrueDepth system (used for Face ID and Memoji), but the headset is slid upwards, towards the edge of the frame, without affecting the sound quality.
While it may seem like a smaller notch advance, iOS doesn’t use the extra pixels left on both sides with the same icons and indicators as always. If anything, this is an improvement this year that feels like a box-checking exercise that is perhaps the most progressive of all. Overall, we are all still hoping for the rumored notch-free iPhone 14 screen.
One of the other highlights of this year’s iPhone product is the adoption of Apple’s trademark ProMotion for the high-speed display technology already found on the iPad Pro, which provides super-smooth visuals in addition to device perception. sensitivity and fluidity
As the name suggests, ProMotion vanilla stays out of the iPhone 13, although it finds its way into both Pro models. While it fits Apple’s marketing framework – helping it differentiate the Pro better than its standard sister – it’s probably the most disappointing flaw in the 13’s excellent display, and as a result puts it far behind the curve; Most of the competing phone manufacturers offer a high refresh rate display not only on the flagship devices, but also on mid-range devices.
Fortunately, iOS has long outperformed Android, which means that even at 60 Hz, content is always displayed more subtly on the iPhone. However, upgrading to 90Hz is the standard this year, and the Mini iPhone would be good for Apple
Like the rear window and last year’s model, it protects Apple’s Ceramic Shield screen, and independent reports show that it’s no less (or more) durable this time around than the 12th series.
Stereo speakers offer well-balanced sound, which isn’t as clear as Google’s Pixel 5, but results in richer mid-range sounds. If you want wired audio, Bluetooth 5.0, and an understandably tight AirPods integration with just one Lightning port at your disposal, you’ll need compatible headphones or a 3.5mm adapter. as well as spatial sound and sound insulation during on-board calls
Software and features
iOS 15 is as accessible and easy to use as ever iOS 15 adds meaningful features like Focus Modes FaceTime finally supports Android and Windows users is the first set of iPhones, which is the latest incarnation of the system.
Our exclusive iOS 15 feature offers a detailed look at all the new features it brings to the table, as well as improved FaceTime call, redesigned content delivery in messages, richer Apple, and now the ability to connect directly with Android and Windows users. . Maps and more
Notification Summary is especially noteworthy because it allows you to group non-essential notifications (you can decide what is important or not) in pop-up summaries at selected intervals (up to eight times) throughout the day, thereby reducing the number. Unnecessary tweets or Instagram posts can otherwise distract you
When it comes to distractions, the Anxiety function has been expanded with Focus Modes: special profiles that you can personalize to block notifications from certain apps, hide selected home screens full of certain apps, and schedule them to turn on and off automatically. With Default Personal, Work and Sleep Focus Modes, it helps you better segment the iPhone as it is for you throughout the day.
You can also whitelize contacts whose Focus modes are allowed to bypass “Do Not Disturb” mode, and this feature can even automatically notify whitelisted contacts who are trying to contact you via iMessage.
While not perhaps the sexiest upgrades in iOS history, they are (and probably will be) features that will help eliminate the less annoying aspects of Android smartphone ownership (mainly notifications overload and distractions).
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The latest additions to iOS, such as NFC, Apple Pay contactless payments (widely used these days), the company’s popular Siri voice assistant (hands-free with the “Hey Siri” wake-up command) and widgets, and home screens are also more convenient. review.
Even superior to the most powerful Android flagships, the A15 Bionic should perform well for long-term performance. Excellent for gaming and other demanding applications. The company is known for the high performance of its phones
The entire iPhone 13 family features Apple’s elegant 5nm A15 Bionic chip, the main difference being its GPUs: four cores on the 13 and 13 Mini, and five cores on the 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max.
This small difference will probably not have a noticeable impact on daily use and will only apply to those who are considering an iPhone to create a serious mobile game or video; in this case, a more powerful version of the A15 and ProMotion support in the Pro / Pro Max is up to you.
Those who want to develop 3D or AR experiences supported by the iPhone will benefit better from the extra graphics power of the Pros, but these extreme cases should highlight how capable the standard model is.
In terms of performance, the iPhone 13 Proves to be one of the toughest smartphones on the market, surpassing last year’s high-end iPhone 12 Pro Max and some of this year’s most capable (and more expensive) Android flagships.
Due to the 60Hz refresh rate limit, the display graphics criteria are kept stable at 60 frames / s, but it is clear that the A15 has a significant amount of space that should be valuable for heavy users, gamers, or those holding more than the same iPhone. several years between improvements
Battery and charging
Charging speed is still relatively low Excellent battery life
With no charger in the box, with the exception of the Pro Max series, the iPhone 13 still has any other iPhone battery (even bigger than the iPhone 13 Pro) and Apple offers a longer service life, one of the phone’s biggest recent improvements. model of the year.
Officially, 13 are designed to last more than 12 to 2.5 hours, and the results of our battery comparison reflect this. Despite Apple’s promise of “all-day battery life”, in practice, iPhone 13 users will see no problems during two days of use and will remain good for a long time in terms of battery degradation.
In real life, the phone also managed 8.5 hours of screen operation with a single charge, several hours ahead of its direct rival, the Samsung Galaxy S21. It even surpasses last year’s 12 Pro Max with a larger battery (average 7.5 hours of screen time).
In addition to a larger battery and a more efficient chipset, Apple has also added Smart Data mode, which switches from 5G to 4G LTE and results in lower power consumption, while at the same time performing tasks that do not necessarily require high mobile speeds.
When it comes to filling, 13 packs are not close to the front. The 13 series represents second-generation iPhones with an out-of-the-box power adapter and is now only included in the Lightning cable from USB-C.
Although the charging speed of iPhones has improved in recent years, they are still lagging behind the competition, especially when it comes to phone manufacturers like Xiaomi, their latest version is the Xiaomi 11T Pro, which even lowered the price of the 13 Mini but has extremely high speeds. fast 120W. Charges the phone’s giant 5000 mAh battery in just 20 minutes.
In the case of the iPhone 13, Apple says that the wired charge peaks at 20 watts and is tested with a 27-watt (Motorola-made) PD charger, which promises to be 50% charged in 13 to 30 minutes, but still takes 1 minute to fully charge. Lasts .75 hours (although hd is 80% charged after one hour – enough for one day use)
MagSafe once again features features that make it easy to charge up to 15 watts from compatible chargers, as well as support for a growing cash register ecosystem and magnetically connected accessories. You can also charge the iPhone 13 wirelessly using any standard Qi charger, although speeds are limited to 7.5 watts, as they were last year’s iPhones.
Perfect selfies No telephoto camera Kinematic mode is good for shooting. Exceptionally dynamic range, but Smart HDR can work
At first glance, the unusual diagonal sensor placement of the 13 (and 13 Mini’s) dual rear camera system seemed like a workout to differentiate it from its otherwise similar-looking predecessor. However, the new list of photo enhancements seems to be the real reason for the phone’s offset snappers.
As of last year, you still get a pair of 12Mp sensors on the back: fI1.6 aperture main snapper and ultra-wide f / 2.4 of 120˚ viewing area, updated ISP and improved Depth, Fusion and Smart HDR 4 processing.
The main wide angle, with a larger 1.7µm pixel (from 1.4µm at 12) that allows more light to enter, received the biggest improvements with the sensory sliding optical image stabilization previously exclusive to the 2020 Pro Max. , in less time; Provides brighter, sharper images in low light
The other two new additions come in the form of Cinema Mode, which automatically captures frames between objects when shooting video (you can re-focus frames you’ve already taken) and Photo Styles, which change the applied color science and contrast, unlike filters. . It helps you capture your shots while intelligently maintaining features such as skin tone accuracy that is no different from Leica’s Movie Modes, introduced by Huawei for the first time in the 2016 P9 series.
Using a “standard” photo style for most experiments, the iPhone 13 offers beautiful images that prevent even excellent noise in low light. The colors are rich and have excellent contrast, supported by the widest dynamic range I’ve ever seen on a smartphone camera. It should be noted that Apple’s algorithm works hard to preserve as much detail as possible in the open, but as other sources have reported, it sometimes triggers bright elements such as the sky and simply blows it up.
This wide dynamic range shifts to low-light shots and is more pronounced when switching between basic and ultra-wide sensors, and offers sharper contrast frames for comparison. It can also capture images from impressive dark scenarios, even if shooting in extreme low light doesn’t drive uber flagships like the Galaxy S21 Ultra.
When shooting macros and portraits with the main lens, fine details are best preserved, but Apple’s display never goes beyond its limits, and compared to the standard camera settings of similar competitors such as Google’s Pixel, it is more natural and generally aimed at warmer shots. 5
Video quality (peaks at 4K / 60 frames with Dolby Vision HDR) offers the same incredible dynamic range and color reproduction offered by frames. The handheld device also offers competent stabilization on all three lenses (e.g., front and rear), and Cinema Mode is a fun new addition.
However, like Apple’s HDR technology, it can be activated during recording after testing on the front and rear cameras. Although the new regime can detect and track objects as intended, an automated system will sometimes guess itself and focus on the object in the foreground, even if they are still looking the other way. This is probably a problem that can be solved by Apple, but the ability to re-focus content after shooting until they release an update is the biggest asset of this new feature.
Also, by carrying an amazing amount of the phone’s rear camera system, you get one of the best selfie cameras on the market right now; Including 4K video recording, Smart HDR 4, large dynamic range, robust stabilization and even Cinema Mode. It offers a cut-off view by default, but you can push it to a wider viewing area to fit your friend more into the frame if you want.
For everything that the 13’s camera system brings to the table, but one notable drawback is the lack of a telephoto snapper. During the years when the first multi-lens iPhone 7 Plus debuted in 2016, major iPhones had fewer sensors than the company’s Plus / Pro models. agility, you will have to go to Pro
Overall, the zoom quality is undoubtedly the biggest weakness of the camera system, and although it is distinguished by 5x magnification, there is very little that can save image quality (especially fine detail) when it comes to remote shooting, as shown in the examples above.
price and availability
Despite the upgrades brought to the table by the iPhone 13 and the launch of the iPhone 12 with twice the main memory (128 GB), prices have not changed much compared to last year, starting at 779 pounds / 899 euros / 799 US dollars. UK prices are actually £ 20 less than last year)
While it’s still not as cheap as the original required price of the iPhone 11, the 13 makes it more competitive against full-fat flagship competitors such as the Samsung Galaxy S21, Oppo Find X3 Pro and Xiaomi Mi 11 – all of which are already available. Prices fell after the corresponding sale.
From September 24, 2021, you can buy directly from the Apple website (USA, UK, France, Spain, Germany, India, Australia) or from retail stores such as Amazon (UK, France, Spain, Germany, India) you can.
The strengths of last year’s model are only enhanced by the iPhone 13, which offers the best performance on the market, backed by superior camera quality and improved battery life as required by fans.
However, all of these remarkable improvements also highlight its weakness, which makes it feel like it’s designed to push people to the more expensive 13 Pro. While the 60Hz refresh rate on another excellent screen keeps it from being one of the best, there’s no indication that Apple plans to improve charging speeds or add a telephoto camera to anything other than Pro phones.
If you need a higher refresh rate or better enlargement options in your life, there are a number of Android alternatives that should be provided at almost any price point, otherwise your only choice will really be this year’s more expensive iPhone 13 Pro or iPhone 13 Pro Max.
Of course, 60Hz is good enough for some, and the dual rear camera still covers a number of photographic scenarios. If that sounds good enough to you, the iPhone 13 is built to last in every way.