iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini: Review, Key Specs, and Price
For a few months now, iPhone lovers have been waiting for the launch of the iPhone 13 which is expected to be the next big deal after the iPhone 12 Pro Max.
It’s finally here! Apple finally release the iPhone 13, 13 Mini, 13 Pro, and 13 Pro Max are released on September 16th, 2021, and are made available on September 24th, 2021.
Although these iPhones look quite similar to each other, and even with iPhone 12 models, there are still some differences to take note of.
In this blog post, we will be taking a look at iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini. Let’s see what these two phones are made of!
iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini Review
DISPLAY: A better display
iPhone 13 is has a pretty good-looking display with lots of new additions to make it all better. Apple has done a great job here and we should see some new improvements to the way we consume media on the iPhone.
The iPhone 13 comes in at 6.1-inches and 5.4-inches for the iPhone 13 mini.
Well, we still have the same old notch (in 2021 😤). But this time it’s much smaller and still able to fit in the single selfie camera, Face ID, and the receiver. This makes for 20% more real-estate for viewing media than the iPhone 12.
Moving forward, these new sets of displays are much brighter with up to 800 nits of max brightness when viewing outdoors so you don’t need to squint your eyes while using the device outdoors.
For HDR content like HQ videos and games, it could go up 1200 nits. Not only do you get very bright colors, but you also enjoy the best of the Super Retina display.
DESIGN: Designed with the environment in mind
The iPhone 13 retains that flat, boxy, and durable design from last year. It has an aluminum build which is IP68 water and dust resistant.
At the front, we have the signature ceramic shield screen protector which Apple claims to be much more durable.
There are not many differences between the 12 and 13 in terms of design. But the camera bump on here is slightly higher with the dual-camera setup now arranged diagonally.
The front of the device also sees a 20% reduction in the notch but is still able to fit in the front camera, earpiece, and Face ID.
This year’s iPhones are the first set of smartphones to ship with materials that can be recycled. This is done with the environment in mind. As we know, the charging brick was left out of last year’s iPhones and this year’s as well — for similar reasons.
IMPORTANT: The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini comes in 5 different colors, namely: pink, blue, midnight (black), starlight (aluminum white/silver), and red
But overall, it’s a good-looking device as is expected from Apple. But there’s more to the beauty of the iPhone 13…
CAMERA: Better Photos are Coming
Probably the best part of the iPhone 13 is the new cameras. We still retain the dual 12MP wide and ultrawide lenses. But this time, it’s a much bigger sensor capable of capturing more light which translates to much better-looking photos.
Not much of an update was made to the front-facing camera. But you still get better-looking selfies.
The new processor on this device also aids in producing impressive photos. This aids the iPhone computational photography which is one of the best out there.
In terms of video quality, Apple introduced the Sensor shift optical image stabilization from the iPhone 12 Pro to this year’s iPhone 13. This ups their game against other competitors in terms of smartphone video quality.
Sensor shift stabilization allows for much more steady videos. So while your hands may be shaking while recording, the video doesn’t shake as much, rather you get slight shakes from the sensor.
You still get to shoot up to 4K videos at 30fps while the rest of the competition is putting up with 8K. This is made possible by a bigger sensor but unfortunately, we’ve had the 12MP set up right from the iPhone 7 series. Nonetheless, it’s still the best smartphone out here for videos.
Apple introduced a new feature known as Cinematic Mode for videos. Cinematic Mode allows you to shoot Cinema–grade videos on your smartphone. It’s the first of its kind on any smartphone. This feature is used in the filmmaking industry to put the subject into perspective while blurring the background.
This is done manually by the videographer. On the iPhone 13 however, it happens automatically once you start shooting. It records in Dolby’s vision, which is made possible by the A15 Bionic.
PROCESSOR: Do more with the new Chipset
Apple continues to widen the gap in the smartphone processor category with the A15 Bionic chipset. It’s a 5nm chip and currently the fastest SoC on any smartphone.
It’s not just fast but also power efficient. This translates to a stable performance where you get improvements in battery life. Apple is promising a 1.5 hr and 2.5 hr improvement on the 13 and 13 mini over its predecessors from last year.
The A15 is pretty impressive with gaming as it doesn’t heat up unless put to the works for a prolonged time. Although the competition seems to be catching up with the likes of Samsung and Xiaomi doing great, Apple still leads the chasing pack.
This new chipset allows for more AI and Machine Learning capabilities. You get better photos via computational photography, videos quality is improved as well among a host of other things.
SECURITY: New Privacy Features
Apple is known for its commitment to the privacy of its users. Something we don’t see much often with other OEMs. This year, they’ve added some subtle improvements to improve user privacy.
Siri now uses on-device speech recognition. So your speech and questions don’t leave the device. Additionally, there’s much better intelligent tracking that prevents you from being profiled online using your IP address.
MagSafe: More Functionalities
MagSafe was introduced last year on the iPhone 12 and this year, it comes with even more functionalities and accessories.
You now get more charger options and even a battery pack. For accessories, we do have a lot of them to make your iPhone more functional. There are also leather wallets as well as the new Fine-mine feature that allows you to know the last location your wallet got disconnected from your iPhone.
MagSafe is in its second year and I expect it to get better with time.
The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini – Key Specs
- Main camera: 12MP (main), 12MP (ultrawide)
- Front camera: 12MP
- Display: 6.1-inch | 5.8-inch (iPhone 13 mini) Super Retina XDR OLED , HDR10, Dolby Vision
- Network: 5G / LTE / HSPA / GSM
- Memory: 4GB RAM
- Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB ROM
- Software: iOS 15
- CPU/GPU: A15 Bionic/Apple GPU
- Connectivity: Bluetooth, NFC, GPS, WiFi 6
- Sensors: color spectrum, proximity, gyroscope, accelerometer, fingerprint (optical)
- Colors: Red, Starlight, Moonlight, Pink, Blue
- Weight: 174g
- Released Date: 16th of September, 2021
- Price: $699 – $799
Price of the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini
The iPhone 13 costs $799 for the baseline model while iPhone 13 Mini starts at $699.
- In Nigeria: iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini will cost #456,000 and #399,000 respectively.
- In India: iPhone 13 will cost Rs. 89,900 and Rs. 69,900 for the iPhone 13 mini.
Conclusion: Is iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini Worth Buying?
Nothing too exciting here, but maybe a worthy upgrade from the 12 with a new camera, chipset, and battery, and OS. It’s a solid device for its price range…