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Apple iPhone 13 Smartphone (2021)

MSRP 799 USDNEX score 90%

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Product Overview

iPhone 13 is Apple's 2021 mainline smartphone for the holiday season. Unveiled a month earlier than its predecessor, the iPhone 13 is virtually indistinguishable in terms of design, except for the rear camera placement.
Just like the iPhone 12, the 13th iteration of the world's most popular premium smartphone has a 6.1-inch OLED display flatly placed in an aluminum chassis with glass front and back. Perhaps to make the difference appear to be greater, Apple renamed black and white colors options to Midnight and Starlight respectively.
In this release, Apple is silent on the performance improvements of the A15 Bionic chip, preferring to compare it to the competition. Considering that the previous chipset represented a marked leap in performance, we can assume that the A15 Bionic, just like the iPhone 13, is an marginal evolution of its predecessor.
Last but not least, Apple is claiming a strong improvement in battery life for the iPhone 13. This is in part reflected in the phone is slightly thicker chassis.
As before, Apple also released the iPhone 13 mini with much of the same specifications (except size and display) for those who value the compactness of a phone.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Longer battery life than the iPhone 13
  • 120Hz ProMotion screens
  • Excellent low-light photos
  • Long-lasting battery
Cons
  • Nothing in particular

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 90% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Great camera performance
  • Fantastic 120Hz display
  • Great battery life
Cons
  • Slow 120 Hz refresh rate
  • Limited battery life
  • No IP certification
  • No wireless charging
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Specifications

Connectivity

Ports
Lightning (USB 2.0)
Wireless Connectivity
WiFi 6 + Bluetooth 5.0 + NFC

Construction

Camera | Front
12 MP, f/2.2, 23mm, 1/3.6
Camera | Rear | Ultra-Wide
12 MP, f/2.4, 120˚, 13mm
Camera | Rear | Wide
12 MP, f/1.6, 26mm, 1.7µm, dual pixel PDAF, sensor-shift OIS
Colors
(PRODUCT)RED, Starlight, Midnight, Blue, Pink
Material
Ceramic Shield front + Glass back and aluminum design
Speakers
Stereo speakers

Dimensions

Size | Depth
0.30 inch (7.65 mm)
Size | Height
5.78 inches (146.7 mm)
Size | Width
2.82 inches (71.5 mm)
Weight
6.14 ounces (174 grams)

Display

Brightness
800 nits max brightness (typical); 1200 nits max brightness (HDR)
Contrast Ratio
2,000,000:1 contrast ratio (typical)
Display Diagonal
6.1 inch
Display Type
OLED, Super Retina XDR display
Gamut
P3, True Tone
Pixel Density
460 ppi
Resolution
2532 x 1170

Function

AI
Siri
Bluetooth Profiles
A2DP, LE
Chipset
A15 Bionic chip, 5nm
Fast Charging
Up to 50% charge in 30 minutes @ 20W
GPS
A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS, QZSS
Graphics
4‑core GPU
Operating System
IOS 15
Operating Temperature
32° to 95° F (0° to 35° C)
Processor
CPU 6‑core CPU with 2 performance and 4 efficiency cores + NPU 16‑core Neural Engine
Security
Face ID
Sensor
Face ID, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
SIM
5G, single or dual Nano SIM
Touch Screen
Haptic Touch
Video Recording
4K 60p / FHD 240p
Weather Resistance
Rated IP68
Wireless Charging
Qi, up to 7.5W / MAgSafe, up to 15W

Performance

Battery Life
Up to 19h video playback / 75h audio playback
Storage
128, 256, or 512 GB

Production

Availability
2021-10-24
Debut
2021-09-14

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

gizmodo[1]

Sentiment Score 96%
Reviewers from gizmodo have found the following***:
The iPhone 13 Pro is the more well-rounded camera system capable of a wider variety of great shots. The 13 and 13 Mini undeniably have compelling price tags for flagship phones. If you're not an Android person and simply want to know which iPhone to buy, I don't have a one-size-fits-all recommendation.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Faster than last year's iPhone
  • Excellent battery life
  • Great cameras
Cons
  • No telephoto camera
  • No headphone jack

androidauthority[2]

Sentiment Score 83%
Reviewers from androidauthority have found the following***:
With a starting price of $799, the iPhone 13 is the device most consumers are likely to pick based on its balance of cost and capabilities. It covers the sub-flagship basics with a large, pixel-rich screen, all-day life, and a toughened, water-resistant chassis. The iPhone 13 may be tough to sell to hardened Android fans.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Gorgeous, bright display
  • Ultra-fast performance
  • Excellent battery life
  • Fast charging
Cons
  • No telephoto camera
  • No headphone jack

digitaltrends[3]

Sentiment Score 88%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following***:
, and clarity than you typically get in lowlight settings. You can record 4K at 60 frames per second, 30 fps, and 24 fps for video. The iPhone 13 strikes an outstanding balance between size, performance, and price. It's smaller than the gargantuan iPhone 13 Pro Max, but offers more screen real estate.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Great camera performance
  • Great battery life
  • Excellent lowlight camera
Cons
  • No telephoto lens for 3x optical zoom
  • No waterproofing

gsmarena[4]

Sentiment Score 88%
Reviewers from gsmarena have found the following***:
The Apple iPhone 13 is a very capable smartphone with one of the fastest chipsets. It is ideal for photography and video capturing on the go, great for bloggers and vloggers on a budget. It also does a brilliant job at streaming your favorite shows and playing demanding games. And for such a compact device, the battery life turned out pretty good, too.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Fantastic 120Hz display
  • Great battery life
  • Great cameras
Cons
  • No wireless charging
  • No 5-year warranty

laptopmag[5]

Sentiment Score 89%
Reviewers from laptopmag have found the following***:
The iPhone 13 runs iOS 15, which was released in mid-September. The new OS comes with a slew of exciting updates that enhance FaceTime calls, notifications, Safari, Apple Maps, and more. iOS 15 now lets users blur their background during FaceTime, which is a nice touch.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Gorgeous, colorful display
  • Cinematic Mode works best when there are two distinct subjects in the frame
Cons
  • Limited battery life

notebookcheck[6]

Sentiment Score 84%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following***:
Under load, the iPhone 13 becomes noticeably warm with up to 43.6 °C (~110.5 °F) The controls are not an issue, either: The accurate touchscreen and gyroscope work flawlessly. With the latest iPhone, we were able to browse the web for more than 17 hours.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Bright 120 Hz display
  • Fast Wi-Fi
  • Long battery life
  • Fast charging
Cons
  • Slow 120 Hz refresh rate
  • No IP certification

pcmag[7]

Sentiment Score 91%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
In terms of zoom, the iPhone 13 (like the iPhone 12) falls down on the job. The 13 has two lenses, a standard wide and an ultrawide, which most of the competition has moved past by now. To get the 3x zoom which is common on Android competitors, you have to step up to the $999 iPhone 13 Pro.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Bigger, brighter screen than the iPhone 12
  • Great battery life
  • Longer battery life than iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 mini
Cons
  • No 3x zoom lens
  • No telephoto lens

techradar[8]

Sentiment Score 88%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following***:
The iPhone 13 comes running iOS 15 out of the box, so you can enjoy all the latest software features. Apple doesn't seem to need a lot of RAM to make the most of its A15 Bionic. Your storage options are 128GB, 256GB or 512GB. Wireless charging makes a return here, and if you've got a compatible charger you'll be able to hit 15W.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Improved battery life
  • New Focus mode
  • Improved cameras
Cons
  • No wireless charging
  • No headphone jack

tomsguide[9]

Sentiment Score 92%
Reviewers from tomsguide have found the following***:
The iPhone 13 improves on what was already the best iPhone for most people. I especially like the longer battery life, as the iPhone 12’s endurance was underwhelming even for a 5G phone. While the Pixel phones don't sell in numbers, they do offer serious competition when it comes to cameras.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Fantastic performance
  • Long battery life
  • Great cameras
Cons
  • No wireless charging
  • No 120Hz display

whathifi[10]

Sentiment Score 99%
Reviewers from whathifi have found the following***:
Apple claims the iPhone 13 delivers all-day battery life and that it should last two and and a half hours longer than the iPhone 12. The internal speakers cope fine with most things sent their way thanks to their even-handed approach. There's a decent amount of detail and clarity – just don't expect much in the way of hefty bass. The iPhone 13 is undoubtedly worthy of five-star status.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Gorgeous screen
  • Excellent battery life
  • Excellent cameras
Cons
  • No wireless charging
  • No headphone jack

User Reviews

References

1. ^ iPhone 13 Review: Just Get the Pro Instead. [gizmodo]. https://gizmodo.com/iphone-13-review-just-get-the-pro-instead-1847749252. 2021-09-28. Retrieved 2021-09-28.
2. ^ Apple iPhone 13 review: Powerful pocket pal. [androidauthority]. https://www.androidauthority.com/apple-iphone-13-review-3031081/. 2021-10-06. Retrieved 2021-10-13.
3. ^ Apple iPhone 13 review: The iPhone for the masses. [digitaltrends]. https://www.digitaltrends.com/cell-phone-reviews/apple-iphone-13-review/. 2021-09-30. Retrieved 2021-09-30.
4. ^ Apple iPhone 13 review. [gsmarena]. https://www.gsmarena.com/apple_iphone_13-review-2325p6.php. 2021-10-01. Retrieved 2021-10-03.
5. ^ iPhone 13 review: Night Mode improved, but here's what hasn't. [laptopmag]. https://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/iphone-13-review. 2021-10-02. Retrieved 2021-10-05.
6. ^ Apple iPhone 13 Smartphone Review - High-quality Apple phone with an even brighter display. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/Apple-iPhone-13-Smartphone-Review-High-quality-Apple-phone-with-an-even-brighter-display.572153.0.html. 2021-10-13. Retrieved 2021-10-13.
7. ^ Apple iPhone 13 Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/apple-iphone-13. 2021-09-28. Retrieved 2021-09-28.
8. ^ Hands on: iPhone 13 review. [techradar]. https://www.techradar.com/reviews/iphone-13. 2021-09-21. Retrieved 2021-09-22.
9. ^ iPhone 13 review: Everything you need to know. [tomsguide]. https://www.tomsguide.com/reviews/iphone-13. 2021-09-22. Retrieved 2021-09-23.
10. ^ Apple iPhone 13 review. [whathifi]. https://www.whathifi.com/reviews/apple-iphone-13. 2021-10-01. Retrieved 2021-10-05.

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