The iPhone 13 doesn’t add many new features to the iPhone 12, but it does improve on the iPhone 12 in key categories — most notably battery life, power, display, and cameras – to make it one of Apple’s most stunning all-around devices.
Everything about the iPhone 13 is, however, a little better than before, as some components are greatly improved.
The iPhone 13’s battery life is its defining feature. Previously, iPhones were not known for their long battery life, but we were unable to run the iPhone 13 out of power on any day while we tested it.
When it comes to battery life, Apple has finally mastered it, and it’s now significantly superior to previous iPhone models.
Meanwhile, the iPhone 13’s new A15 Bionic engine is tremendously powerful, and when combined with 4GB of RAM, it’s capable of rapidly and efficiently executing several apps and tasks.
The iPhone 13 features a new dual camera that improves image clarity, while the company’s Sensor-Shift optical image stabilization (OIS) technology, which was previously only available on Apple’s Pro Max handsets, are amazing smartphones to overcome blur in other devices.
Even the iPhone 13’s screen is a little better than previous standard iPhone screens, which is a major improvement if you’re moving from an iPhone XS or older. The OLED technology used here allows for a brighter picture than ever before, with incredible picture quality.
Apple’s new iPhone will cost you as always, with the iPhone 13 starting at Rs 79,900 ($799 / £779 / AU$1,349) – however this year you get 128GB of storage instead of the 64GB of the iPhone 12.
The latest iPhone has a flat-edge design, which was first seen on the iPhone 12 series. That means the phone’s shape is a little more angular than previous models’ rounded finishes, but it’s still easy to use one-handed.
The phone’s front and back panels are both made of glass, but only the front panel features Apple’s trademarked Ceramic Shield technology, which first debuted on the iPhone 12 last year. Apple claims that this glass is four times as resistant to drops as prior iPhone glass, although we wouldn’t recommend testing this claim.
The iPhone 13 series is dust and water-resistant to IP68 standards, which means it can withstand immersion in up to six meters of water for 30 minutes. Don’t expect this phone to be completely waterproof, but it should be able to withstand the occasional splash.
The quiet switch, volume controls, and SIM tray are all located on the phone’s left edge. The power button is located on the right edge, making it easy to locate with your thumb or finger while attempting to wake the device.
The iPhone 13 comes in five colors: Blue, Midnight, Starlight (a cream hue), Product Red, and Pink (the color shown throughout this review).
These colors are very faint, so if you don’t like any of them, you might want to wait and see if Apple releases more colors in the future — the company released a purple iPhone 12 six months after it was first released.
If you own an iPhone 12, keep in mind that the old model’s cases will not fit the new device.
While the iPhone 13’s battery is still being tested, the preliminary data provided by Apple looks encouraging. The iPhone 13 is expected to last 2.5 hours longer than the iPhone 12, and the iPhone 13 Mini is 1.5 hours longer than the iPhone 12 Mini.
The iPhone 13 is compatible with 20-watt chargers, which we found to provide adequate but not exceptional rapid charging. The phone was charged from zero to 26 percent in 15 minutes and 51 percent in 30 minutes.
Wireless charging is back, and if you have a suitable charger, you’ll be able to charge at 15W. That’s not the quickest wireless charging on the market, but it’s still handy if you don’t like having to plug your phone in or if you’re outside and have a Qi charger handy.
The iPhone 13 and iPhone 12 both have the same camera specifications. The front and back cameras in iPhone 13 have 12-megapixel sensors.
The new camera configuration on the iPhone 13 gives the wide-angle camera a bigger sensor and sensor-based stabilization. The iPhone 13’s cameras have a new diagonal structure that allows for a larger sensor, while the ultra wide camera’s new sensor helps it gather more light. Photographic Styles, which allow you to modify the way your camera develops your photographs, are also included in the iPhone 13’s software.
The iPhone 13 has a 6.1-inch display with a resolution of 2532 x 1170 pixels. The display is an Apple Super Retina XDR OLED, which produces a clean and brilliant image — the brightness has been improved on the iPhone 13, and it can compete with rival smartphones in direct sunlight.
That resolution translates to 460 pixels per inch, which isn’t the finest we’ve seen on the market but is plenty for regular use – we never felt the need for a higher resolution, even when viewing videos or playing games.
The handset’s screen is surrounded by narrow bezels, and the notch at the top takes up a portion of the display. The notch on iPhone 13 is 20% smaller than iPhone 12 providing a bit more screen space.
Everything’s a bit better in the new iPhone
The iPhone 13 adds a slew of new features to what was already the finest iPhone for the vast majority of consumers. The longer battery life is the most appreciated feature, as even for a 5G phone, the iPhone 12’s battery endurance was lacking. For the owners of iPhone 12 owners, the update to the new iPhone is not advisable, but if you have an iPhone 11 or earlier device, the iPhone 13 is well worth it.
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iPhone 13 Review
|Screen Size||15.49 cm (6.1 inch)|
|CPU/Processor||A15 Bionic Chip, Hexa-core Processor (2x2.65 GHz Lightning + 4x1.8 GHz Thunder|
|Storage||128GB 4GB RAM, 256GB 4GB RAM, 512GB 4GB RAM|
|Primary Camera||12-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (ultrawide)|
|Battery||Li-Ion 3240 mAh, non-removable (12.41 Wh)|
|Release Date||14 September 2020|
|Display Type||Super Retina XDR OLED, HDR10, Dolby Vision, 800 nits (HBM), 1200 nits (peak)|
|Size||15.49 cm (6.1 inch)|
|Screen Resolution||2532 x 1170 Pixels, 460ppi,|
|Protection||Scratch-resistant ceramic glass, oleophobic coating|
|Type||Dual 12MP Camera System (Wide and Ultra Wide) Wide: f/1.6 Aperture, Ultra-Wide: f/2.4 Aperture, 120 Degree FOV|
|Features||Smart HDR 4, Digital Zoom up to 5x, Dual-LED dual-tone flash|
|Videos||Cinematic Video Stabilisation (4K, 1080p, and 720p), Sensor-shift OIS for Video (Wide)|
|Types||Single 12MP TrueDepth Camera, f/2.2 Aperture|
|Features||Smart HDR 4|
|Video||Shallow Depth of Field (1080p at 30 fps), HDR Video Recording with Dolby Vision up to 4K at 60 fps|
|Operating System (OS)||iOS 15|
|Chipset||Apple A15 Bionic (5 nm)|
|CPU||Hexa-core (2x2.65 GHz Lightning + 4x1.8 GHz Thunder)|
|Dimensions||146.7 x 71.5 x 7.7 mm (5.78 x 2.81 x 0.30 in)|
|Weight||174 g (6.14 oz)|
|Built Quality||Glass front (Gorilla Glass), glass back (Gorilla Glass), aluminum frame|
|Internal||128GB 4GB RAM, 256GB 4GB RAM, 512GB 4GB RAM|
|Type||Li-Ion 3240 mAh, non-removable (12.41 Wh)|
|Charging||Fast charging 20W, 50% in 30 min (advertised) Qi magnetic fast wireless charging 7.5W|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, dual-band, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||Yes, 5.0, A2DP, LE|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS, QZSS|
|Sensors :||Face ID, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, Siri natural language commands and dictation, Ultra-Wideband (UWB) support|