Collected the first iPhone 13 reviews. Is it worth paying extra for the Pro?

Today, foreign publications have released the first reviews on the iPhone 13 and 13 mini. All reviewers note decent autonomy, improved shooting quality and admire the cinematic mode.

By tradition, we have collected the most interesting of the reviews.

The lack of ProMotion is the only negative of the iPhone 13 and 13 mini.

Unlike the iPhone 13 Pro, which have 120Hz ProMotion displays, the iPhone 13 and 13 Mini have a regular matrix. However, compared to the iPhone 12, it is 28% brighter. When I set my iPhone 12 and 13 to their maximum brightness on a cloudy day, it had a tiny edge. You can be sure that you will not notice the difference with the naked eye.

But where you will definitely see the difference is in the cameras. Apple has improved both sensors to capture more light than before. But there is a drawback – the camera modules have become larger, so iPhone 12 cases will not work.

The photographs with the ultra-wide-angle module are slightly darker than with the “two”, but they are better exposed. Pictures have significantly less noise, neutral colors and crisp lines.

Previously, I preferred to take photos on the Google Pixel, because the camera on iPhones was noticeably yellow. The iPhone 13 no longer has this problem. Moreover, everyone can use a set of photo styles. These are not just filters: Photo Styles do not affect the tone and warmth settings of the entire image in any way.

The neural network works in detail with all objects in the photo. The only thing is that pictures with photo styles cannot be exported in RAW.

The iPhone 13 has an incredibly long lifespan.

The entire iPhone 13 lineup now has a base storage capacity of 128GB. I’m sincerely impressed that Apple finally did it, although I think 128GB should have appeared at the minimum a year or two ago.

The bangs have become 20% narrower horizontally, but this is not worth rejoicing. The freed up space is not used by Apple in any way. Although the display of the charge as a percentage could fit there.

Inside the iPhone 13 is the new A15 Bionic processor, which is more powerful than the A14, but in practice I didn’t notice the difference. Note that the chip has become more energy efficient. Coupled with a more capacious battery, the autonomy of smartphones has really become more.

One day I took off my iPhone 13 at 7 in the morning, and I got it only by midnight. And all day I was testing cameras, watching videos, surfing the Internet, playing games and answering in messengers.

The Verge editors have not yet been able to fully test the autonomy of the 13 mini, but from Engadget’s experience, we can say that the smartphone can work 13 and a half hours under average load. In any case, the 13 mini really lives longer than its predecessor.

Cinematic mode is something.

Cinematic mode in the iPhone 13 is just a break from the pattern. It doesn’t just blur the background, it adds depth. For example, you want to focus on some distant object, in which case the foreground will be blurred.

Then you change the focus back, and the background is blurred. Almost everyone to whom I showed a video shot in this mode could not believe that it was made on a smartphone.

Moreover, the option can work automatically. The only thing is that the cinematic mode cannot work in low light conditions. In this case, the smartphone will offer to turn on the flash.


After reading all the reviews, I realized that the iPhone 13 has extremely useful innovations. New unusual features or design solutions are cool. But if we consider the “trenachki” from the point of view of a minor update (which they are), then the most important things have been improved here.

The iPhone 13 and 13 mini have become more autonomous, the area of ​​camera sensors has increased, making smartphones the best devices for mobile photography at the moment. The only thing missing is the 120Hz ProMotion screen.

This is only found in the iPhone 13 Pro. Read about what Western journalists say about him in a separate article.

Source: — Новости высоких технологий, обзоры смартфонов, презентации Apple by

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