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Friday, 03 December, 2021

IPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini Detailed Review: The one that most people will buy

With each new generation of phones from various manufacturers, we anticipate significant advances. Our personal gadgets currently handle text and video communication, music, movies, gaming, Web surfing, news, social networking, banking, health tracking, smart device control, and the occasional phone call, so there isn't much more that a smartphone can do. There hasn't been any substantial new features or use cases that necessitate a speed boost. Foldable aren't really taking off, VR isn't really catching on, and 5G, while quicker and better, isn't changing people's behaviors just yet.

It's no wonder, therefore, that upgrade cycles have prolonged and focus has turned to lower-priced sectors, which are benefiting from feature upgrades that trickle down from higher-priced segments. Even Apple is taking a year break from major redesigns, instead focusing on minor tweaks and quality improvements in key areas with the iPhone 13 family. While the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max (Review) are the new top-end flagships, the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 small are geared at mainstream users who want a new model but don't require sophisticated camera capabilities or don't want to pay as much. Last year's iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 small are quite identical to the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini.

The good news is that you receive two of the more costly iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max's standout features: Cinematic Mode and Photographic Styles. At the same starting price, you get twice the storage and a quicker CPU, but you don't get features like a 120Hz display refresh rate or a macro-capable camera, which are increasingly common even on Android phones that cost a quarter as much. If you're undecided about whether the iPhone 13 or iPhone 13 small is right for you, we'll help you decide.


The iPhone 13 and 13 mini have the same height and breadth as their predecessors from the iPhone 12 series, but are 0.25mm thicker and 11g heavier. The weight is evident, but it does not make a significant impact. The convenience and ease of use of the smaller iPhone 13 mini is, of course, its key selling point. It's still one of the lightest luxury smartphones available today, weighing only 140g. The notches on the front of all iPhone 13 models have been reduced in size by around 20%, although they are now somewhat higher than previously.

The volume controls on the left and the power button on the right are somewhat lower and more accessible. The most noticeable difference is the new diagonal camera configuration on the back, which stands out from Apple's normal minimalist style and may not be to everyone's taste. The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 small both have flat aluminum frames with glass on the back and Apple's proprietary Ceramic Shield material on the front, which is touted to be resistant to drops and scratches. These phones are dust and water resistant to IP68 standards.


The normal iPhone 13 features a 6.1-inch screen, while the smaller iPhone 13 mini has a 5.4-inch screen. These are clear OLED Super Retina screens with greater brightness of up to 800nits in normal use and 1200nits when HDR material is shown. Both support Apple's True Tone feature, which changes color temperature based on environmental illumination and the large DCI-P3 color gamut. Unfortunately, this version lacks a high refresh rate and an ambient display, both of which are surprising given Apple's high costs. The new Apple A15 Bionic SoC is the primary attraction on the inside.

The business maintains that the A14 Bionic, which was released last year, is still better than the competition, and that its lead has grown. Despite the identical SoC designation, the iPhone 13 and 13 mini feature one fewer GPU core than the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max. You get twin eSIMs, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5, GPS, NFC for Apple Pay, and Ultra-wideband for location awareness, as well as 5G and LTE capability. There's no fingerprint reader, and Apple's 3D Face ID won't function if you're wearing a mask, which is a bummer. For stereo sound, the earpiece also serves as a second speaker.


In practice, the iPhone 13 mini is a really practical phone. It's comfortable to handle and work with, and it won't tire you out. On the negative, by today's standards, the tiny screen makes material feel a little tight. If you've been using bigger phones, you may find that typing takes some getting used to. Games with a lot of controls, such as Call of Duty Mobile, may be difficult to get used to, but Asphalt 9: Legends, with only one button for each thumb, was a blast. Many individuals are upgrading from earlier smartphones, as well as others who don't care about entertainment and don't want a large screen.

Except for the iPhone 12 mini, the iPhone 13 mini doesn't really have much competition if you're seeking for a little phone. If rumors are to be believed, this might be Apple's final tiny premium iPhone for the foreseeable future. The iPhone 13's normal size provides you a lot more breathing room, and it's also simpler to hold in landscape for gaming. This may be the best option if you read a lot or view movies on your phone on a regular basis. The displays on both phones are bright and sharp, and the information appears fantastic. Colors are bright but not oversaturated, and viewing angles are excellent.

Although iOS 15 is really well optimized, it's a shame there isn't a high refresh rate. The iPhone 13 is significantly less smooth than the iPhone 13 Pro, however some individuals may not notice this. When viewing films, the new notch is still distracting, but most games have adjusted their layouts so you don't miss much. iOS 15 continues to diminish content density, and it's disappointing that the area to the sides of the notch isn't better utilized, such as reintroducing the charge level % display. The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini both include dual speakers that produce a wide, powerful sound.

It's audible at high volumes, but the low-end is noticeably lacking, as one would anticipate. Both versions were swift and responsive in normal use. When launching applications, multitasking, or simply using the iOS 15 UI, there is no slowness or other issues. Face ID takes a second at times, but it also unlocks the phone the instant you look at it, before you ever think about doing anything. AnTuTu recorded 8,08,727 for the iPhone 13 and 8,14,866 for the iPhone 13 mini in terms of benchmarks. For comparison, the iPhone 13 Pro scored 8,42,386 thanks to its additional GPU core, whereas an iPhone 12 running the identical iOS and AnTuTu software scored 6,94,580.

For the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 small, Geekbench 5 showed nearly similar single-core scores of 1,729 and 1,725, as well as multi-core scores of 4,481 and 4,499, respectively. The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini got 8,535 and 8,945 points on the 3DMark Wild Life test, respectively, while the iPhone 13 Pro scored 9,743. The iPhone 13 received a 72.4 stability rating in the Wild Life Stress Test, with a high score of 8,766. This reduced to 54.8 percent on the iPhone 13 small, which is more thermally limited, but it did peak at 9,080 before decreasing. This implies that unless you have intensive workloads running for a long period, you won't notice a difference in performance with the physically smaller model.

The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini, while having one fewer GPU core than the Pro versions, performed admirably in games and testing. After a time, their rears did feel a little warm, but the games on both phones were fun. Although Apple does not disclose RAM or battery numbers, the smaller iPhone 13 mini plainly has a lower battery capacity. It lasted for a whole day of use, but there wasn't much left over, so you'll probably want to charge it every night. The iPhone 13 fared somewhat better, lasting over a day and a half. The iPhone 13 lasted 14 hours and 54 minutes on our HD movie loop test, while the iPhone 13 tiny lasted 12 hours and 17 minutes. Both phones charged up to roughly 50% in an hour using a spare Apple charger, and it took a little over two hours to fully charge.


The primary and ultra-wide cameras don't have the same characteristics as the Pro versions, and there's no telephoto camera at all. Macro images are also not possible with the ultra-wide camera. Sensor-shift stabilization, on the other hand, is now standard across the whole lineup. The resolution of the three back cameras, as well as the front one, is 12-megapixels. You also get Cinematic Mode, which changes focus between subjects in a video automatically, and Photographic Styles, which allow you to customize how your phone handles color and tone in images. While Cinematic Mode is entertaining, it isn't practical in everyday settings.

Photographic Styles provide some exciting creative options, but you should be aware of when this tool is activated and off, as it will alter how all of your photos are processed, and you won't be able to erase it. During the day, photos taken with the primary cameras on both phones were sharp and detailed. Even indoors, the colors are precise, and the exposures are typically exactly correct. Night Mode is turned on by default, however you may change the exposure length or turn it off. As a result, the images are bright and detailed. Both phones' ultra-wide cameras take amazing pictures throughout the day, with no loss of detail unless you look extremely near.

The quality deteriorates more at night than with the primary camera. Portrait photos are beautiful, but they require some space between the photographer and the subject. Portraits are feasible owing to the TrueDepth 3D sensor, and selfies are clear and natural-looking. Videos may be shot at up to 4K 60fps, with Dolby Vision HDR support. Clips taken with the main camera are adequately stabilized, and clarity is outstanding in both 1080p and 4K. The ultra-wide camera produces shakier images, but the clarity is still decent if you're standing still.

Pricing and colors available:

In Nepal, the beginning pricing are the same as the previous versions. Furthermore, the basic variations provide you twice as much storage. The iPhone 13 small costs Rs.120,990 for 128GB and Rs.137,990 for the iPhone 13. Similarly, the iPhone 13 mini is available at Rs.137,990 (for the 256GB model) and Rs.171,990 (for 512GB variant). Similarly, the iPhone 13 is available for Rs.154,990 (256GB model) and Rs.189,990 (512GB variant).

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