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New Apple iPhone 13 Review: Better Mid-range iPhone


The new Apple iPhone 13 is here. It comes with the latest phone tech that aims to challenge the mid-range market, promising better performance, longer battery life, and a great camera experience. But will it deliver as promised? What about the iPhone 12, is it good enough to surpass it? Let’s find out more from the iPhone 13 review.


New Apple iPhone 13




Display 6.10-inches Super Retina XDR OLED, HDR10, 1170 x 2532 resolution, 460ppi;
Chipset, GPU Apple A15 Bionic (5 nm): 6-core | Apple GPU (4-core graphics).
Storage RAM 128GB 4GB RAM | 256GB 4GB RAM | 512GB 4GB RAM
OS iOS 15
Battery 3240mAh | supports fast charging 20W | supports wireless charging 15W
Camera, Video

Dual camera sensor | 12 MP (wide), f/1.6, 26mm, 1.7µm, dual pixel PDAF, sensor-shift OIS | 12 MP (ultrawide), f/2.4, 120˚, 13mm | Video – up to 4K@24/30/60fps, up to 1080p@30/60/120/240fps, HDR, Dolby Vision HDR (up to 60fps), stereo

Selfie, Video

12 MP (wide), f/2.2, 23mm, 1/3.6″ | Depth sensor: SL 3D | Video – up tp 4K@24/25/30/60fps, up to 1080p@30/60/120fps

Other Features 146.7×71.5×7.7mm, 174g | Glass front (Gorilla Glass), glass back (Gorilla Glass), aluminum frame | IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 6m for 30 mins) | Apple Pay (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX certified) | FaceID, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer; NFC | Siri natural language commands and dictation, Ultra-Wideband (UWB) support.




  • Fast processing chip
  • Takes good quality pictures & videos
  • Good battery life
  • Sharp, & accurate color display


  • Similar design & features to the iPhone 12
  • Only 60Hz refresh rate display
  • Limited zoom functions 





So what is this iPhone 13 you ask? Let’s assume you don’t know. Well, the iPhone 13 is a new smartphone release from Apple. It comes with a 6.1-inch screen, dual camera lens, and is available in amazing colors.

Inside, it’s powered by a 3240mAh battery that supports fast and wireless charging.

Next are the storage models. It starts from 128GB and ends with the 512GB model. All iPhone 13 models include 4GB of memory.

Lastly, the new A15 Bionic chip that’s responsible for the performance. Does that sound good to you? Let’s move on and see what’s to like about the new Apple iPhone 13.



What’s to Like


So what’s to like about the new Apple iPhone 13? Lot’s actually. Here are reasons why you should think about getting this smartphone. 



Great Battery Life

Firstly, the new Apple iPhone 13 comes with a 3240mAh battery, that supports fast charge and wireless charge. On testing done, you are guaranteed up to 17 hours of video playback, 16 hours of web browsing, and up to 20 hours of talk time.

If you use it in moderation, you are looking at up to 4 days of battery life. If you can get your hands on a 20W charger (no chargers included inbox), the iPhone 13 will refill 54% in 30 minutes. For a wireless charger, you are looking over 2hours full charge.

In short, the iPhone 13 has good battery features and long battery life.      


Fast and Quick Performance

Next is the performance. The iPhone 13 comes with the new A15 Bionic chip, which includes 6-core CPUs made up of 2-cores for performance and 4-cores for energy efficiency. This means that the A15 chip prioritizes battery life more than performance, which works out as a must for smartphones.

The performance is the best all-around. As you scroll, you can see how smooth it moves. As you play games and use other apps you will see how gorgeous the graphics are and how fast it runs. There’s no other reason but to say this is one performance smartphone.

The third feature is the display. When you see the iPhone 13 you see a 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR OLED screen. It also supports HDR10 and Dolby Vision.

It just means that it’s a really good quality screen. The screen delivers sharp images and great quality videos, excellent color accuracy, and good brightness.


Good Camera Improvements

The iPhone 13 smartphone comes with a dual-lens camera system, that features a 12MP wide lens and a 12MP ultrawide lens.

The wide lens lets in 47 percent more light, and the ultrawide lens offers better low-light performance, which helps to enhance picture quality. You can expect great quality pictures with clear, sharp images and smooth video playback. 

The front camera comes with a 12MP wide lens which includes a FaceID for facial recognition. The FaceID works also in low-lit areas, whether you have a beard, sunglasses, a hat, or a mask.

Overall, the iPhone 13 comes with a standard camera system with improvements here and there, such as FaceID to enhance facial recognition. The overall goal is for the iPhone 13 to produce better camera pictures and videos. 


Other Great Features

The iPhone 13 remains very durable with water resistance, dust resistance, and scratch resistance thanks to the “Ceramic Shield” include, which is tougher than normal smartphone glass. 

The loudspeaker delivers a decent voice and decent sound quality, thanks to stereo speakers found on top where the notch is located and at the bottom of the smartphone.  



What’s not to Like


There are some features to note before you purchase this phenomenal smartphone here. 



Standard Refresh Rate

Firstly, there’s no option to switch refresh rates between 60Hz and 120Hz. But is available in more expensive models in the series: iPhone 13 Pro and the iPhone 13 Pro Max.

It is not a bad thing as the lower standard 60Hz refresh rate contributes to the long battery life. But it affects the motion smoothness of the smartphone as you scroll.


Limited Zooming Functions

Because there’s no telephoto lens, the zoom function here is limited to only 2x optical zoom and 5x digital zoom.

At 5x zoom, the image quality starts to drop quite badly. If you want better zoom functions, check out the high-end flagship Pro and the Pro Max iPhone 13 models.  


Same Smartphone Design

Next, the design and other features of the smartphone are all the same as the iPhone 12. The only difference you can see with the design is the positioning of the camera lens at the back of the smartphone. Instead of them being vertically placed, it’s positioned diagonally.

Overall, these are worth noting before you consider getting the new Apple iPhone 13 smartphone. If you are considering an alternative, there’s the Apple iPhone 12, or the cheaper Apple iPhone 11





The new Apple iPhone 13 is one of the best smartphones to come out this year. It has great performance, a gorgeous-looking display, an excellent camera, and great battery life.

This phone I recommend to those who love to take pictures or record videos on the go. And if you’re a gamer, this smartphone can play the latest and best demanding mobile games out now.

If you were expecting major changes from the iPhone12 to the iPhone 13, then I suggest you don’t really need to upgrade. The looks and most of the features are the same, except for the diagonal positioning of the dual-lens camera at the back.

But if you get the new iPhone 13, you can enjoy the enhanced features that result in better battery life, better performance, and camera improvements.

So I’ll leave you with me saying, click on the buttons and buy the new Apple iPhone 13. It is yet another great, premium, mid-range smartphone that will satisfy you in every way possible.

If you have any questions, pointers, or general comments about this review, or the Apple iPhone 13, you can leave them here below.

If you want to voice your opinions, it would be great if you would share them here below. Thank you for checking out this great review. Keep safe. Stay safe. Until next time.


Apple iPhone 13








Other Features


The Good Stuff

  • Fast processing performance
  • Takes great pictures & videos
  • Good battery life
  • Sharp & color accuracy display

The Bad Stuff

  • Similar design to iPhone 12
  • Only 60Hz refresh rate display
  • Limited zoom functionality


Working in construction projects full time, and promoting mobile computing devices part-time, I'm an ICT and project management graduate using this platform to help fellow web surfers find tech solutions to solve daily problems.

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