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 13 iPhone mini (photo by apple
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 mini (left) and iPhone 13 (photo by the verge)
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.
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.
13 Pro Max
iPhone 13 pro and 13 pro max (photo
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.
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
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