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Apple iPhone 13 smartphone review

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Last year there were so few differences between the regular iPhone and the Pro model that both
gadgets could have been put into one review. But now the boundaries between the two have been
split a little. For some users, this difference will be quite significant. But for others, the "younger"
version will be a great excuse to save a couple of hundred dollars. We've already been introduced to
the iPhone 13 Pro, and in today's review we take a look at the upgrades in the iPhone 13 and go
through the differences from the Pro version.

iPhone 13 bundling
All iPhone models come with the same bundle. And it's minimal for a smartphone, because with the
device there's just a charging cable (USB-C-to-Lightning), a sticker and a "paper clip" for opening the
SIM card tray. I guess with any expensive gadget one would like to have a more complete package,
but on the other hand this could really reduce the amount of rubbish on the planet and in the long
run have a positive effect on the environment.

Admittedly, it won't work in all cases. For those users who will want to stock up on all the supported
accessories, it will only add boxes to the house and extra costs. And there is a lot of room for speed,
because there is a huge selection of iPhone cases and all sorts of protective films / screenshields,
could use a powerful power supply or induction charger (all variants of standard Qi and MagSafe are
supported), for corded headsets have adapters, all kinds of car holders and other gadgets (flashes,
camera lenses, external microphones, etc.). And most of the time, such accessories are noticeably
more expensive than for Android smartphones.

Design and usability
Redesigning all of Apple's smartphone models this year wasn't part of the company's plans, so the
iPhone 13 resembles last year's model in almost everything. Apple has long maintained a similar look
for smartphones over the years, so no global changes were expected this time around. Nevertheless,
the gadget still looks quite nice. And the manufacturer did not leave us without a few "hints" on how
to distinguish the old model from the new one.

 

 

iPhone 13 Pro Max in Silver and iPhone 12 Pro Max in Pacific Blue. Manhattan, New York, USA October 9, 2021.

 

 

The most noticeable change on the body is the camera unit. It is not as radically enlarged as the Pro-
model, but it is still bigger. Because of this, users who update the smartphone every year will have to
get new cases as well. And with that, the sensors on the protrusion are now arranged diagonally,
which clearly indicates the new model.

The camera unit situation has affected cases in yet another aspect. Last year, cases for the iPhone 12
and iPhone 12 Pro were compatible with each other and you could ignore which model the accessory
was intended for. But this year, not only have the camera units changed, but different models have
different sizes. So when buying a case it is worth looking closely at what kind of iPhone it is intended

for. However, given the very decent range, this is unlikely to be any difficulty. Only, as in our
particular case, some of the cases may slightly interfere with the protective film and glass, which
eventually leads to air getting under them (you can see it in the pictures).

The materials of the case have not been affected by the changes. It's still glass on both sides and an
aluminium frame in the colour of the case. The smartphone is protected against water and dust
according to the IP68 standard. But this time the choice of colours consists of five rather than six
options. All of them have changed shades slightly, and the green and lilac cases are gone. They have
been replaced by the new Pink. Of other things, White is now called Starlight and Black is now called
Midnight. The remaining colours are Blue and (Product) Red.

Since the smartphone hasn't changed much, the arrangement of the buttons and connector are also
the same. And the sound switch, a favourite of many users, remains in its place. The only variable
that occurs (as with other models) is the 5 mmWave antenna, which may not be on models in certain
regions. But everything else will clearly be familiar to all iPhone users.

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