iPhone 13 review: Apple delivers a delightful upgrade

iPhone 13 review: Apple delivers a delightful upgrade

Posted on: 30 Oct, 2021

The iPhone 13 and 13 Mini received a number of significant upgrades including new cameras, a bigger battery, more storage and a brighter screen. The iPhone 13 is a delightful upgrade to last year's already wonderful iPhone 12 family. Some will be disappointed because it's not radically different from previous models, but that's actually part of the charm. Familiarity has been one of the keys to Apple's success with the iPhone, and the iPhone 13 and 13 Mini are those same reliable friends that seemingly never change.


The iPhone 13 starts at $829 (£779, AU$1,349) and the 13 Mini at $729 (£679, AU$1,199). That's for the base model, which comes with 128GB of storage. If you buy and activate your phone on a carrier plan, that price drops by $30, and that's before adding on the impressive deals from carriers.

People who review gadgets for living will tell you that 120Hz screen was the most anticipated feature in an iPhone since it has debuted in Android smartphones (2017 Razer Phone). It was rumored to be a part of iPhone 12 Pro Max list of features but instead it took Apple another year to implement it. What does it all mean for an average person? Absolutely nothing. People who don’t know what to look for, don’t share the excitement. However, once they start using the screen of this quality, they will most definitely feel the benefits of the new ProMotion display Apple used in iPhone 13 Pro Max. Keeping the screen size and resolution the same as last year (6.7 inches, 1284x2778px, 458ppi, Super Retina XDR) Apple have perfected the color accuracy and brightness once again. The screen easy outputs 1000nits in auto brightness settings when viewed in direct sunlight. At the same time automatically managed variable refresh rate keeps battery drain under control without having compromise the fluidity of motion. The screen can be capped at regular 60Hz by the setting hidden under accessibility menu. Previous years iPhone 11 Pro Max and 12 Pro Max both suffered from color shifting when viewed under extreme angles and black smearing while scrolling when brightness was set to minimal. Apple creatively masked some of these problems with introduction of dark themes across all their devices, but this year’s iPhone 13 Pro doesn’t need it, low brightness is not followed by a drop in image quality. All these small changes result an extremely comfortable reading from the screen during day or night. One more thing, the infamous notch became smaller and now is less in the way, yet still present. The display is covered with Ceramic shield that was introduced with iPhone 12 last year. After using iPhone 12 Pro Max for a year without screen protector I can say it is indeed stronger then on iPhones before it.

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