iPhone 13 Review
Minor chipset update, brighter display, longer battery life and amazing camera tweaks, reduced Face ID notch.

Table of Contents

Models Comparison

Design and Features

The iPhone 13 doesn’t get a radical redesign from previous iPhone 12. Its size and shape are almost same as iPhone 12, though the iPhone 13 has gotten just little bit thicker and 10 grams heavier. It’s still easy to hold, but continues to be just wide enough that it can be hard to reach over to the opposite side for one-handed swipe navigation.

Apple has shifted around the cameras, arranging them diagonally. Interestingly, while We expected the new camera bump to be the reason old cases might not fit, it’s actually that Apple has repositioned the power and volume buttons – so much for the waste reduction from leaving a charging brick out of the package. Notable changes design is the cameras on the rear are now arranged diagonally instead of vertically.

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Apple made a couple minor changes to the display. There’s now just a little bit more viewable display than iPhone 12 as Apple has condensed the Face ID hardware and shrunk the notch at the top of the screen by 20%. It’s not the much noticeable difference though, and the extra screen real estate isn’t really put too much of use, still just showing the time in the top left corner and three status icons in the top right.

iPhone 13 can reach a peak brightness of 800 nits in everyday use, where the iPhone 12 was topped out at 625 nits. we don’t think that extra boost for the iPhone 13 isn’t exactly a game-changer, especially since the Both phones share the same 1,200-nit peak brightness when viewing HDR content. The base iPhone 13 is all the more disappointing while considered next to the iPhone 13 Pro models, which got the long-awaited 120Hz ProMotion upgrade.

Button placement is slightly different than the previous iPhone. The power button is lower on the right side, and the same thing goes with the ringer switch and volume buttons on the left side.

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The iPhone 13 comes with six colors. These include pink, blue, midnight (black), starlight (aluminum white/silver), red and green. Apple bring some new options into the mix, including pink for the iPhone 13. Sadly, a new Sierra Blue only available for the iPhone 13 Pro series.

Now the iPhone 13 also comes in green. Apple added the color during the Apple Event on March 8, 2022.

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Software

The iPhone 13 comes running with iOS 15, even though it’s worth noting that won’t be a major point of differentiation from the iPhone 12 or even iPhone 11, since both of those phones can also update to the new OS.

 iOS 15.1 update lets you listen to music or watch movies or TV shows with friends or family via SharePlay.

New Focus feature in iOS 15, which lets you filter notifications based on what you’re doing. And notifications themselves have been refined, complete with a new summary view so you don’t get overwhelmed by constant alerts.

The new operating system comes with a few quality-of-life and small feature updates for default apps from iMessage to Apple Maps. It’s no dramatic overhaul, and in use feels largely consistent with my experience on the iPhone 12. That means it’s been reliable and smooth, but it also comes with some of the same nag points, such as the rather basic keyboard and an inability to structure the home screen however one might want. The App Library also remains a bit clunky, sorting apps that don’t always make sense: Google Voice and Gmail in the Productivity & Finance folder, for instance.

Gaming and Performance

From day-to-day use to gaming, it almost never shows a struggle. Just getting the phone going from a standstill is also conveniently quick. Working a lot more quickly than I’ve experienced on any Android phone I can think of.

The iPhone 13 appears to handle some things a bit better than the iPhone 12. Last year, I ran PUBGM and then switched apps, and when I came back to Sky it had to be reloaded – a fairly slow process. On the iPhone 13, I was able to switch away from PUBGM, launch another app or two, and then switch back and resume from exactly where I was without needing to reload. The initial loading of the app really fast.

Camera

 All two shooters have new Sony IMX 7-series sensors behind, Main camera (Sony IMX703, 1.9 μm, 26 mm) And Ultra-wide-angel (Sony IMX772, 1μm, 13 mm) while the ToF (Sony IMX590) and front-facing camera (Sony IMX514, 1μm) inherited the sensors of the iPhone 12 Pro Max.

The sensor-shift stabilization technology makes for a steady shot on the main camera and helps in low-light.

The iPhone 13 continues to perform well in darker scenarios. The most noticeable benefit is in how it manages to negate hand movements that would have otherwise ruined an image. I’ve shifted my hands around on many an Android phone while taking a photo in night mode with a long exposure, causing it to come out a blurry mess. The iPhone 13 continues to avoid that, apparently with solid stabilization and an awareness of when I’ve moved the phone enough that the rest of what is getting captured can’t be used to finalize the image.

Known Issue

Some iPhone 13 users are facing pink screen bug. The bug is often fixed with a phone restart, although the problem has persisted for some, forcing Apple to send out replacements.

Verdict

Pros

+Brighter display

+Great cameras

+Compelling Cinematic video mode

+Class-leading performance

+Very good battery life

 

Cons

– Lacks 120Hz display

-Slower charging than rivals

-Cinematic mode capped at 1080p

Once again, Apple's made the iPhone 13 far more powerful than its Android competitors thanks to its 5G-ready A15 Bionic chip. If the raw performance doesn't interest you, photographers can play with the new Photographic Style filters in the camera app, while videographers will be excited by the new Cinematic mode focus-racking ability.

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