Fix My Crack's iPhone 13 Review

Fix My Crack's iPhone 13 Review

Fix My Crack’s iPhone 13 Review

Autumn is here with us yet again. Just as the leaves start to fall off the trees and the winter chills start to creep in, Techtober is upon us once again. Apple, being the juggernaut that it is, has released this year’s series of flagship phones ready to take on the competition and affirm itself on the pecking order. But will they be able to live up to the expectations?

Well, that’s up to you, the reader, to deduce. My job is to simply give some insights on the tech: the mini, the 13, the pro and the pro max.


The iPhone Mini


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The 13 iPhone mini (photo by apple insider)

The iPhone 13 Mini is the baby of the bunch, if we can call it so. It’s powered by the industry leading A15 bionic chip (it’s like powering your VW beetle with a jet engine). The small device fits comfortably in the palm of your hand. As the name suggests the features are like the 13 but only scaled down. Don’t be fooled by the small stature though, as the new Mini on the block packs quite a powerful punch and can easily mince through daily mundane tasks. The battery is average and will take you through most of the day, considering you use the phone moderately. As for the screen, the mini has an OLED panel with deep blacks and infinity contrast ratio (videos and pictures look amazing).

A new addition to this year’s mini is the 5G connectivity which is in all the other iphone 13 models as well, however, while in use will indeed take a toll on your battery. Also, it’s important to note that 5G waves are no cause for worry, I may delve into this in my next post, but simply put, they have less energy than light and hence less harmful. All you need to be concerned about is what new content you could be downloading with the new unlocked speed.  As for the cameras, the rear camera is adequate, but the selfie camera can be disappointing. Similarly, the screen’s 60Hz refresh rate is unacceptable, especially since higher refresh rates are seen on cheaper android phone models.  

The iPhone 13


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The iPhone 13 mini (left) and iPhone 13 (photo by the verge)


The base model iPhone 13 comes with a few upgrades that could tempt you to get it. Like the Mini it comes with the A15 bionic chip and a 60Hz refresh rate (Once you go 120Hz you don’t go back). The 13 also packs in a new set of camera sensors. This should make your photos and videos punchier. The 13 also features improved image stabilisation and allows the sensors to receive more light for improved night photography. The screen is larger than the Mini’s and features an “all day battery.” Apart from the larger screen real estate and a bigger battery, the differences between the 13 and the 13 mini are minute.  


The iPhone 13 Pro

The 13 Pro is quite like the base model apart from the addition of the 120 Hz screen, which has been a long time coming. The new screen allows you to have buttery smooth scrolling and the animations are quite refined. The 13 Pro’s implementation of the feature could justify apple’s delayed entry to the world high refresh rates, but as expected from apple they take time to refine their products to suit their enthusiastic audience. The phone comes with a new array of cameras and sensors which like the 13 step up the night-time photography. The phone also features a cinematic mode for content creators but for the general public this might as well be a gimmick. On the downside the boxy nature of the device and the outdated lightning port doesn’t help with usability.


The iPhone 13 Pro Max


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iPhone 13 pro and 13 pro max  (photo by Patrick O'Rourke @Patrick_ORourke)

The don, the big kahuna, the 13 Pro Max. Just from the name you can tell it’s at the top of the food chain. This device comes with the new 120 Hz pro motion display, like what we see on the iPad Pro (2021). The screen is also bright and vibrant having a peak brightness of 1200 nits (very bright) when consuming HDR content. You won’t have any problem reading in the summer sun. The battery life on this model has caused ripple effects across the industry, and rightfully so. The new chip, combined with the larger battery allows the device to have 9+ hours of screen on time.

To the average consumer, this phone can comfortably make it through two days of normally battery usage. The new night-time photography is not class-leading, but you get what you pay for. Finally, the new array of cameras with sensor shift technology allows you to take stable videos. You literally have a world class “cinema” grade camera in your pocket. A true wonder of a phone. Moreover, the post image processing and editing tools have been advanced on this model.


In conclusion, the new line up is quite impressive. However, you might want to take a keen look on the pro models as they offer a better value for your money. Talking about money, the new iPhones come in at a similar price compared to last year’s models and solely depends how deep your pockets are. Now for the daunting question, is it time to upgrade? My response would be if you are financially able, and absolutely need the extra battery life, night photography, and 120 Hz screen, then you should get the pro models. However, iPhone 11 and 12 models, it may be more rewarding to skip this year’s upgrades and see what apple has in store for us next year since the difference between the devices will be much less impactful.


Those are my two cents on the new models, which brings me to the end of my review, until next time, stay charged!!


SATG - Sir Allan the Great