Review of Apple iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini: Upgrade Time
This is partly because carriers want to encourage the adoption of 5G, all of which these new iPhones support. (My phone lenders sometimes connect to the 5G network here in San Francisco; I didn’t notice a huge difference in speed during those hours.)
One feature that makes the iPhone 13 and 13 Mini feel much faster than previous models is Apple’s latest system-on-a-chip. It’s called the A15 Bionic, and as usual, Apple is targeting billions of transistors and advanced graphic and artificial intelligence capabilities. In fact, early benchmark tests, including those run by my colleague Julian, showed little improvement in computing power from last year’s A14 Bionic chip. And the iPhone 13 Pro models actually have a more powerful GPU, which helps with power 120-Hz display refresh rate that’s specific to the Pros.
The most touching representation of the A15 Bionic’s performance leap is in the photo and video capture of the iPhone 13. I spent the past week carrying a few phones – iPhone 11, iPhone 12, and iPhone 13 – capturing the media in different lighting settings and environments. The shorter version I saw a significant jump in quality when I compared the photos and videos captured on the iPhone 11 compared to those on the iPhone 13. But the gap between the cameras on the iPhone 12 and iPhones 13 not as great.
Both the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 have two 12-megapixel rear cameras. One of them is a wide angle camera, and the other is ultrawide. However, the width of the iPhone 13’s camera has more sensors, which are believed to be increasingly lighter. On a night out with a friend, I shot photos of him both in Portrait mode and in standard photo mode on all three iPhones, and the one shot on the iPhone 13 was undoubtedly the very best, with crisper detail, true color, and no halo effect
Another notable feature is the Cinematic video mode, which uses AI to create a deep live video capture effect. and shift the focus of your movement from subject to subject, or as a person or object inside the frame looking in the other direction. This is the look that makes me happy about the iPhone 13, even if the video quality is elevated to 1080p HD in Cinematic mode. I shoot cat videos, hiking-with-friends videos, and video-made (meta) videos. The changing bokeh effect adds drama and context to some shots, and I find myself using-and overusing-it all the time. The iPhone 13 also has better optical image stabilization, so videos are mostly shake-free. (This latter feature is especially evident in some video clips for review; some were shot with an older iPhone, and others with an iPhone 13.)
The iPhone 13 cameras have several “Photographic Styles” built in to change the color or condition of your photos. Apple says these are not filters; many people interpret them as filters. I used both of them and was bothered by them.
The iPhone 13 Pro’s rear camera module features a telephoto camera, as well as advanced digital and optical zoom – 3X optical zoom in, 2X optical zoom out, and digital zoom up to 15X. The iPhone 13, by comparison, has 2X optical zoom out and digital zoom up to 5X. Pro phones also shoot in Apple’s RAW mode, which means that photos have similarities to the usual RAW description combined with Apple’s image processing. That’s why real pros, or people who brag about being pros, might want to investigate these cameras. But again: The iPhone 13’s cameras are still good.
And finally, battery life: I admire the battery life of the iPhone 13, but I remain disappointed with the battery life of the iPhone 13 Mini. Is the iPhone 13 Mini the phone I want to take on a hike this week? Yes, yes then; I even forgot it was in my pants pocket. It’s a fun little computer, and it has all the features of the iPhone 13. However, after a day of use-tracking a hike, browsing Twitter, it doesn’t seem to I’ll stop, and shoot videos for this review — the Mini’s battery is reduced to 10 percent at bedtime.
The iPhone 13, on the other hand, beat my expectations. After a day of many uses, I woke up in the morning and the iPhone 13 also had 40 percent juice in it. The phone has a physically more battery life than the iPhone 12 does, and the retooled processor also provides increased power efficiency. As with all battery tests, it’s hard to provide a convenient hurray without trying to charge the phones even a few more cycles. But so far I’ve been happy to take an extra gram weight on the iPhone 13 instead of increasing the battery life.
The iPhone 13 also charges the fastest, finally bringing the iPhone the fastest of some high-end Android phones.
Some critics say it’s an iterative year for the iPhone, and they’re not wrong. But this is what we expect from today’s flagship smartphones: support for 5G, ultra -responsive displays, better battery life, desktop -grade processors, and cameras put to shame. point-and-shoot. The question for consumers is more about where they are in the upgrade cycle, and what kind of technology they can get in their pocket for a certain price. The iPhone 13 seems to be an answer to that question – and that’s good.