The Apple iPhone 13 is obviously a very minor upgrade over the iPhone 12, and we cannot think of a single reason why any iPhone 12 user should jump on it.
But the iPhone 13 is also one of the best current smartphones on the market for its beautiful design, increased durability, powerful hardware, superb speakers, and excellent camera experience day and night. And for such a compact device, the battery life turned out pretty good, too.
Of course, there are plenty of offers on the market, and the competition within Apple's own series is already tough enough. Let's say you are using an older model iPhone, should you get this €900 iPhone 13 or another iPhone?
Well, the iPhone 12 is now at least €100-150 cheaper than the iPhone 13, while carriers are pushing even bigger promotions as they are getting ready to replace the older model with the new one. And it's pretty much the same device with a slightly bigger notch and a missing Cinematic video mode. We can't blame anyone that would skip these features and get the iPhone 12 at a large discount instead.
The iPhone 11 is also still on sale, and it's now cheaper at about €500-€550. It is one particularly powerful smartphone that's great for gaming, plus it is also a dual-glass IP68-rated device. It has a 6.1" LCD screen and a familiar 12MP dual-camera, supports Face ID, and its 12MP selfie shooter is really good, too. Not to mention that battery life is great, too.
You can, of course, get the €800 iPhone 13 mini if you want the most compact yet most powerful iPhone, which is identical to the iPhone 13, but smaller. Or, if you want to get the best compact iPhone right now, the €1150 iPhone 13 Pro will offer you a 120Hz display, more powerful graphics and much better ultrawide and telephoto cameras. It is a significant update over the iPhone 12 Pro and will surely get the most attention. We guess most people will get it for the versatile photography skills with the added autofocus on the ultrawide and its 3x zoom lens, so you should consider it, too.
And if you are into Android phones of similar size and capabilities like the iPhone 13, you may want to explore the Samsung Galaxy S21 5G, or the Asus Zenfone 8, or maybe the Realme GT 5G. These are all not-so-large phones with 120Hz OLEDs, powerful processors, and great cameras, plus they are all cheaper! The Realme GT is not water-resistant, but it's quite affordable, so it's worth mentioning.
The Apple iPhone 13 is a very capable smartphone - it has one of the fastest chipsets and one of the best camera kits - that's why it is ideal for photography and video capturing on the go, great for bloggers and vloggers on a budget. It also does a brilliant job at streaming your favorite shows and playing demanding games. Its speakers are surprisingly nice, too.
The iPhone 13 is a premium-looking smartphone with great all-around protection. But it's not just the good looks; it's also built to last with that Ceramic Shield and sapphire covers for the lenses.
There is also another thing that seems to be an iPhone-exclusive - the promised 5 years of major updates. That's a whole lot more than any Android device can offer, but also understandable since Apple makes a limited number of phones and has full control over every aspect of them.
The iPhone 13 is not a perfect smartphone - the notch is still huge as Apple doesn't want to resurrect the Touch ID yet, the 120Hz display is exclusive to the more expensive Pro model, and it just won't allow for faster than 25W charging, though the last one could be somewhat responsible for the longer battery lifespan of the iPhones.
There are also controversial aspects that will never change - the aim towards a port-less phone, the minimalistic retail bundle that reduces electronic waste, the iOS-specific file manager, among other controversial Apple policies.
But there are two undeniable facts - no iPhone is a bad phone, on the contrary - every iPhone is designed to excel at a wide variety of tasks, and it does. And secondly, no review will make a decided Apple user to reconsider their iPhone purchase/upgrade because of that. So, go get your new iPhone and enjoy it, it is yet another good one, in case you needed to hear it from us.
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