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A review of the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini

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Taking into account Apple's three-year smartphone update cycle, the 2021 model was supposed to
be a logical evolutionary development of its predecessor. A revolution from the new iPhone was not
expected, especially the naming itself confirmed this – with the number 13 Apple clearly did not
intend to start the countdown of the new generation of its main product. The iPhone 13 lineup, as
expected, retained the general design features of its predecessor, but received minor cosmetic
changes as well as improved performance and camera capabilities.

Design of iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini

The shape of the body is the same as its predecessor, the iPhone 12. This is understandable – the
design update cycle has taken shape, and the shape has yet to become boring. The connecting frame
has crisp right angles, in the style of the successful and concise iPhone 4. The same rectangular edges
are found on the current iPad Pro. So the iPhone 13 complements Apple's selling lineup of devices.
There's nothing unexpected here.

The iPhone 13 has been given a lightweight and sturdy aluminium body. Just the kind used in the
aerospace industry. The screen is covered by a particularly strong Ceramic Shiled glass, the same
which was used in the previous model. Not everyone likes sharp edges, but the fact that it looks
stylish is hard to deny.

Most of the front side is occupied by the screen. It has a cutout for the front camera, speaker and
Face ID sensor. It has to be said that such solutions seem a little out of place, but at least Apple has
reduced the cutout – it's now not as big as on the iPhone 12. It's hard to call it a compromise, but at
least the manufacturer has tried to do something with its 'monobrow'.

The iPhone 13 mini differs from its older sibling only in size. The release of another "mini" was
expected, because the compact model turned out to be popular – there are almost no powerful
devices of similar form factor on the market. The size of the smartphone allows you to operate it
with one hand, which we have become accustomed to. The 5.4-inch screen seems to be a good
solution for fans of compact devices.

The dimensions of the iPhone 13 mini:
Length: 131.5 mm
Width: 64.2 mm
Thickness: 7.65 mm
Weight: 140g

 

 

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Overall dimensions of iPhone 13:

Length: 146.7 mm
Width: 71.5 mm
Thickness: 7.65 mm
Weight: 173g
Both smartphones have a glass back. On the back, the top-left corner features an area with two
camera modules – a wide-angle and an ultra-wide-angle – protruding. But whereas the previous
model had the modules positioned one above the other, the iPhone 13 has them diagonally apart.
The flash has also moved to the corner of the pad.

The location of the control elements, too, remained the same. On the left edge, there are volume
keys, a sound profile switch, and a SIM card slot. On the right edge there is a power/lock button. The
upper part of the smartphone is devoid of functional elements, but on the bottom you can find the
main speaker, microphone and Lightning port. It is responsible for both charging and data transfer.
The microphones and speakers also remain in the same place.

Colours of iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini
Apple's new smartphone will appeal to a wide variety of people, which is why five colour options are
offered at once. Long gone are the days when one had to choose between a black and a white
iPhone. That said, the colours are interesting. The same black is called 'dark night', there is also a red
(PRODUCT)RED variant, white 'shining star', blue and pink. The latter is new, and the shade is soft
and unobtrusive.

iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini display

The iPhone screens are the benchmark for most competitors, if not in resolution, then in quality.
Since the previous generation, Apple's smartphones have received a new type of display with the
loud and challenging name Super Retina XDR OLED. In such screens, each pixel glows on its own. This
allows you to achieve a truly natural black colour. To make it appear, the right pixels are simply
switched off. Apple claims that the new smartphone matrix is capable of delivering 800 cd/m2 of
standard brightness (28 percent brighter than its predecessor) and 1,200 cd/m2 for HDR viewing,
with a contrast ratio of up to 2,000,000:1. The picture is still bright, juicy and realistic – it's hard to
compete with the iPhone 13 in terms of screen quality. The screen gives you a glimpse of the tiniest
shades of colour. The picture looks as natural as possible.

Both iPhone 13 models include HDR and True Tone support, as well as an industry-standard P3 wide
colour gamut. Pressing the screen is haptically responsive, the display is protected by an oleophobic
coating and there's multi-touch support. However, these features have already become basic for
several generations of the iPhone. However, the notch on top of the screen, the famous 'fringes',
have been reduced by 20%. There is no revolution with this element, and the software has already
been adapted to it. But there will be a little more space for the image.

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