iPhone 13: What You Need To Know

Published on 09/01/2022
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When we claim that the iPhone 13 is the best iPhone for most people, we mean it. Although it may appear that Apple has simply moved one of the phone’s back cameras since the model from the previous year, we assure you that there have been more significant improvements. The iPhone 13 is the new standard for premium phones because to its improved camera hardware and software, bigger display, and larger battery.

Thanks to its 5G-ready A15 Bionic CPU, Apple has once again made the iPhone 13 far more powerful than its Android competitors. Photographers can experiment with the new Photographic Style filters in the camera app if the raw performance doesn’t interest them, while videographers will be thrilled by the new Cinematic mode focus-racking capability.

The standard iPhone 13 has a few drawbacks. In comparison to certain Android phones, the charging is still somewhat slow. The fact that a 120Hz display and telephoto zoom are only available on the iPhone 13 Pro variants further irks me. However, this new iPhone is the greatest phone for the money, according to our in-depth assessment of the iPhone 13.


Price And Storage

The iPhone 13 is currently available and has storage options starting at $799 for 128GB (up from the measly 64GB on the iPhone 12), and going up to $899 for 256GB and $1,099 for 512GB. For the most recent savings, check out our page of Apple Store coupons.

The entry-level device costs £779 in the UK, while the 256GB handset costs £879 and the 512GB variant costs £1,079.

These are not inexpensive phones, but there are several deals and trade-in incentives from wireless carriers and Apple that can help you save money. For the most recent deals, be sure to visit our iPhone 13 deals page.

The Galaxy S22, the iPhone’s main competitor in the smartphone market, costs the same $799, which helps put the price of the iPhone 13 into perspective. In this comparison, the Galaxy S22 and iPhone 13 are compared on the basis of pricing alone. However, T-Mobile is now offering one to small company owners as part of their new Business Unlimited Ultimate Plus for iPhone service.

Design And Colors

– A smaller notch increases the immersiveness of the display.
– Change button placement somewhat
– The hues pink and blue stick out.
– Released a new shade of green in March 2022

For the iPhone 13, there are only basically two noticeable design changes. First, instead of being positioned vertically, the back cameras are now arranged diagonally. Second, and perhaps more significantly, the notch is now 20% smaller while maintaining the excellent TrueDepth camera system and Face ID you’ve come to anticipate since the iPhone X introduced these features four years ago.

In all honesty, the iPhone 13’s lower notch doesn’t significantly alter how it is used on a daily basis. Neither notch bothered me while I watched videos side by side in landscape mode at full-screen.

When using apps with a white background in portrait mode, like Gmail, I did enjoy the small notch more. The notch on the iPhone 13 is thinner, but it swoops down a little more. The iPhone 13’s button location differs somewhat from that of the iPhone 12’s. The volume control and ringer switch are lower on the left side, and the power button is lower on the right side.

The iPhone 13 has flat corners, a strong Glass back, and a front display with CeramicShield protection. Additionally, you continue to receive IP68 water resistance. Unfortunately, Touch ID is not a feature of the iPhone 13, which would have been a welcome addition for many of us because Face ID has trouble with masks. A Touch ID sensor integrated into the power button, like on the iPad mini 6, might have sufficed in place of the sensor in the display that many Android phones currently offer.

Display

– Easier to view in direct sunlight with a brighter display
– Fantastic contrast and colors

Unfortunately, the iPhone 13 lacks the iPhone 13 Pro’s adaptive 120Hz refresh rate, but it still has a fantastic OLED display. This Super Retina XDR display is 800 nits brighter than the iPhone 12 and 28% brighter than the iPhone 12 from last year.

The overall display quality is still outstanding. I was intrigued by the neon code surrounding Neo as he went down the street in the Matrix Resurrections teaser. In another image, Neo’s beard’s individual hairs could be seen when he looked up into the sun.

In our lab testing, the brightness of the iPhone 13 averaged 795 nits, whereas the iPhone 12’s brightness was 569 nits and the Galaxy S21’s brightness was 702 nits. Additionally, the iPhone 13 measured 110.2% of the sRGG color gamut and 78.1% of the DCI-P3 color gamut, where greater percentages are preferable. The Galaxy S21 scored 77.4 and 109.2 while the iPhone 12 scored 81.1 and 114.5.

The iPhone 13 panel also has excellent color accuracy, scoring a Delta-E of 0.26. (lower is better.) In contrast, the Galaxy S21 and iPhone 12 both had a 0.29.

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