We expect big improvements with each new generation of phones from various manufacturers. But this time it is not happening. Foldables aren’t really taking off, VR has limited appeal, and although 5G is faster and better. Further, it isn’t yet changing usage habits. The iPhone 13 mini and iPhone 14 are very similar to the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini.
Further, the good news is that you get two of the headlining features of the far more expensive iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max. These two features are Cinematic Mode and Photogarpahic Styles.
Moreover, Apple is taking a year off from significant overhauls. Instead delivering subtle refinements and quality bumps in key areas with the iPhone 13 family. Moreover, the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini are for mainstream buyers.
The buyers who want a brand new model, but don’t need advanced camera capabilities or don’t want to spend quite so much. In the phones, you will get twice the storage and a faster processor at the same starting price. But on the downside, you don’t get features like a 120Hz display refresh rate or a macro-capable camera. If you wondering whether it’s worth buying the two phones, we’ll help you make a decision.
iPhone 13 mini and iPhone 13 price
First of all, the iPhone mini starts at Rs. 69,900 for 128GB, while the iPhone 13 starts at Rs. 79,900. You can also add Rs. 10,000 each to double that to 256GB. For the first time, there’s a 512GB tier for non-Pro iPhones. But that will cost a further Rs. 20,000. It will further bring the price for both Rs 99,900and Rs. 1,09,900 respectively.
iPhone 13 mini and iPhone 13 design
Both the iPhones are the same height and weight as the iPhone 12 series predecessors. The weight is slightly noticeable but doesn’t make too much of a difference. The main appeal of the smaller iPhone 13 to us of course how convenient and easy to handle.
Further, these phones have IP68 ratings for dust and water resistance. Both the phones have also a flat frame made of aluminum. Further, they have glass on the back and Apple’s own Ceramic Shield material on the front. It is also resilient to drops and scratches.
With the smaller iPhone, 13 mini has a 5.4-inch screen. the standard iPhone 13 has a 6.1-inch screen. Further, there are crisp OLED Super Retina Pannels, with higher brightness of up to 800nits in typical use, also 1200nits with HDR content.
Further, both support the wide DCI-P3 colour gamut and Apple’s True Tone feature. It also adjusts colour temperature based on ambient lighting. Sadly, there’s no high refresh rate this generation and no ambient display. Both are disappointing considering Apple’s premium prices.
Further, You get support for 5G as well as LTE, dual eSIMs, WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5, GPS, NFC for Apple Pay, and Ultra-wideband for location awareness. There is also no figherporint sensor. The earpiece doubles as a second speaker for stereo sound.
iPhones usage and performance
In actual use, the iPhone 13 mini is an extremely convenient phone. Further, the standard-sized iPhone13 gives you much more room to breathe and is also easier to hold in the landscape for playing games. Moreover, both phones have bright, crisp screens and the content look great. Colours are also vibrant without being oversaturated, and viewing angles are great.
The notch is still intrusive when watching videos, but most games have not adapted their layouts so you don’t lose anything. Both iPhones are also featuring stereo speakers, which deliver expansive, loud sound.
Further, in everyday use, both models were quick and responsive. In the benchmarks, AnTuTu reported 8,08,727 on the iPhone 13 and 8,14,866 on the iPhone 13 mini. In the 3DMark Wild Life test, both phones scored 8,536 and 8,945 respectively.
Apple doesn’t officially talk about RAM or battery capacities, but the smaller clearly has a weaker battery.
iPhone 13 mini and iPhone 13 cameras
now, coming to cameras. The ultra-wide camera cannot take macro shoots either. However, sensor-shift stabilization is now standard across the entire lineup. Both the camera have Photos shot are crisps. Colors are accurate and exposures were usually just right, even indoors, Night mode is enabled automatically and can tweak the exposure length or disable it if you want.
There’s no sought both the phones work smoothly. The smaller iPhone, in particular, could be a good upgrade if you are currently using an older iPhone. On the other hand, the iPhone 13 is more in the line with the current market and is, more versatile. Further, both the phones are somewhat sandwiched between the latest Pro models and their own predecessors. The phones might not be exciting new phones, but they keep the ball rolling and they g=do give potential iPhone buyers a lot of new options.