Apple iPhone 13 Pro review
The new iPhone model you should purchase is the iPhone 13 Pro. You may recall that the iPhone 12 Pro Max’s larger camera sensors gave it improved low-light performance and a 3x optical zoom instead of a 2x. Not this time, though. The 13 Pro iPhone is identical to the 13 Pro Max (aside from battery capacity and screen size, of course). Consequently, you may obtain the best features without breaking the bank or your hand.
Each of those components is created when the potent A15 Bionic chipset. 120Hz ProMotion display, long-lasting battery, and superb camera performance are combined. we’ve updated our evaluation to reflect how it’s been doing several months into its lifespan.
Design: Apple iPhone 13 Pro
There are five other color options for the iPhone 13 Pro. including the Sierra Blue featured in our images, in addition to Alpine Green, silver, gold, and graphite. Apple’s Ceramic Shield glass covers the front and back, and a squared-off stainless steel band runs around the edges to distinguish it from the iPhone 13’s
The Ring/Silent switch, the volume controls. and the power button—used to call up Siri and turn the screen on and off—are all there and functional. The Lightning port is surrounded by bottom-firing speakers on both sides. Yes, Apple has continued to use its exclusive Lightning port. which may irritate users of USB Type-C devices, such as the iPad. For the 2023 iPhone, there are reports that Apple may convert to USB Type-C.
The iPhone 13 Pro is 7.65mm thin yet 203 grams hefty. This places it on par with the Samsung Galaxy S22+, OnePlus 10 Pro, and the iPhone 12 Pro. which it replaces. Despite being useable with one hand, the iPhone 13 Pro’s squared-off edges aren’t very comfy to grasp. The ergonomics are enhanced by the use of a case. It may simply fit into your pocket and blend in due to its relatively small size. You will start pushing the boundaries of one-handed use if you buy the iPhone 13 Pro Max to acquire a bigger screen.
The iPhone 13 boasts IP68 dust and water resistance, combined with a unique glass Apple calls Ceramic Shield, like all other iPhone models. Although it appears to perform a good job of protecting the screen from scratches, it is not guaranteed to do so.
The screen developed a gouge within the first week of testing, however, it was only really noticeable when the light reflected off of it. Our long-term iPhone 13 Pro has accumulated a variety of like minor scratches after eight months of ownership, most likely as a result of being placed in pockets and bags. They can only be seen while the screen is off, and none of them influence visibility. Still, a screen protector is advised.
The top of the screen’s notch is 20% smaller than the one on the iPhone 12 Pro. but because it’s also a little deeper, there isn’t really much additional usable screen space. The iPhone 13 Pro can be unlocked with Face ID. which is still the most reliable and secure face unlock technology you’ll find on a phone. With the help of a recent iOS update. it now functions even while you’re wearing a face mask and is usable in virtually all lighting circumstances and a startling range of angles.
The camera module on the rear resembles the iPhone 12 Pro in terms of style. Three cameras are housed inside a sizable, square camera housing, although this time around. the camera bump sticks out from the rear of the phone a little bit more due to the larger camera sensors. It’s a reasonable exchange for enhanced camera performance. The stacked camera configuration and glass parts in the module’s overall design have helped to minimize the visual effect.
Although the iPhone 13 Pro doesn’t seem significantly different from the iPhone 12 Pro, the design has been upgraded and tweaked, making it one of the most elegant smartphones available. The materials utilized have shown to be quite sturdy over time, and the color scheme gives the iPhone personality. The build quality is excellent.
The iPhone 13 Pro has a substantial frame made of stainless steel. Compared to the 7.19 ounces that Apple claims the phone weighs, it feels heavier and more substantial. Although I’ve only had the phone for a short period, I did experience wrist and pinky tiredness when using it—more so than with the iPhone 12 Pro I use every day.
The design of the iPhone 13 Pro is basically the same, so rather than being a radical improvement over its predecessor, it feels more like an iterative improvement. Apple, in my opinion, played it safe this year by concentrating on improving the display and camera. You may now do your own repairs on your iPhone due to Apple’s new iPhone Self-Service Repair kits but approach carefully because you’ll need some technical know-how.
Display: Apple iPhone 13 Pro
One of the greatest selling points for the iPhone 13 Pro is its screen, and this isn’t only in terms of size. has a 6.1-inch Super Retina OLED screen, 2,532 x 1,170 resolution, and 460 pixels per inch (PPI) density. Apple has excellent viewing angles, is bright and clear, and has a brightness rating of 1,000 nits with an increase to 1,200 nits for HDR content. Even in bright sunshine, outdoor visibility is great, and HDR10 and Dolby Vision are also supported by the display.
All of that is wonderful, but the 120Hz ProMotion high refresh rate is what truly makes it stand out. With the introduction of ProMotion in 2017, Apple was able to raise the refresh rate for many types of video from the industry-standard 60Hz to 120Hz. It’s fantastic to see this on both the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max because it’s a technology that Apple has been sluggish to implement outside of the iPad Pro despite the fact that it’s become common on Android flagship phones.
The iPhone 13 Pro uses a low-temperature polycrystalline oxide (LTPO) panel. which allows it to dynamically vary the refresh rate from as low as 10Hz when doing something simple like browsing to up to 120Hz for something demanding like rapidly scrolling or gaming. This makes Apple’s implementation of ProMotion particularly special. The iPhone 13 Pro benefits from the same sort of implementation that was originally created to conserve battery life on the Apple Watches. always-on display.
Do not listen to those who claim that you won’t notice. the difference since the ProMotion OLED screen is incredibly fluid and enjoyable to use in practice. When Apple debuted the iPad Air (5th generation) without a ProMotion screen, we compared it to the iPad Pro with a ProMotion screen. and the differences between the two are easy to see. The smoothness is immediately apparent, and prolonged usage is less taxing on the eyes. High refresh rate displays are typical on Android devices, so having one on the iPhone is a really welcome feature. Going back to a conventional 60Hz refresh rate is challenging after becoming accustomed to any high refresh rate panel.
Not all apps utilized the 120Hz refresh rate in the early days of the phone’s existence. However, this has changed in the months after the iPhone 13 Pro launched, with practically all popular applications now supporting the ProMotion screen.
On a phone, the video looks fantastic as well. Even though the screen is covered in flat glass, there aren’t many reflections, the colors are warm, it’s quite bright, and the high resolution displays a lot of information. The speakers are powerful and have nearly no distortion, even at higher levels. It is also a delight to look at.
Efficacy, endurance, and connectedness:
The iPhone 13 Pro comes with 6GB of RAM, and the most recent A15 Bionic engine. and a variety of storage choices, including 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB. As much storage as you can afford is what we advise. There is no way to add more physical storage capacity to your iPhone in case you run out. but you may pay for more iCloud storage instead.
Performance is excellent no matter what you do. Demanding games like Genshin Impact and Asphalt 9 operate without a hitch, applications open quickly and without lag. the camera is always lightning-fast, and the operating system’s animations are flawless. Performance hasn’t suffered even after eight months; it still keeps up with the newest Android devices. and, in many situations, outperforms them. Everything you can throw at the iPhone 13 Pro it can take and then some.
The iPhone 13 Pro’s 3,095mAh battery keeps up for a respectable period of time despite all of its power and the enormous, dazzling screen. Even if it isn’t nearly as durable as the iPhone 13 Pro Max, it will happily withstand a full day of rigorous use. It will last two days if you utilize it more wisely, which includes using the camera, streaming music, social networking, and other apps.
When you use it for power-hungry apps like GPS navigation. or when it shifts between Wi-Fi, 4G, and 5G connectivity, it does suffer. When these two circumstances are combined, the battery may not be able to endure an entire workday. The iPhone 13 Pro has dual-band Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0. as well as compatibility with 5G, Ultra Wideband, sub-6GHz, and mmWave. Signal and connection have always been flawless.
The Pro is compatible with MagSafe and enables 20-watt fast wired charging 15-watt MagSafe charging, and 7.5-watt Qi wireless charging. just like the other iPhone 13 models do. When using the optional 45W Apple fast charger. charging takes about 70 minutes, which is somewhat longer than it does on many Android devices, such as the OnePlus 10 Pro. Since a charger is not included in the package. charging times may be slower if you use an older Apple charger or another brand.
video and cameras:
The camera systems on the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max are identical. and they represent an improvement over the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini. Three 12-megapixel sensors are included: a 12-megapixel wide-angle, 12-megapixel telephoto, and 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera with a 120-degree field of view. This camera array produces very amazing picture results. All of the photographs on this page were taken in Standard mode, which is the most realistic, using the Camera app
Since the debut of the iPhone 13 Pro, we have conducted a number of camera comparisons, all of which provide you with a fantastic understanding of the capabilities of the camera system. It comfortably defeated the OnePlus 10 Pro, but it fell short of the Google Pixel 6 Pro, and although it triumphed over the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, the contest was quite tight. When compared to the earlier Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, it was likewise quite similar.
The performance versus the iPhone 12 Pro, where the older phone prevailed, was the biggest surprise. The 13 Pro’s camera appears to have become better over time thanks to software upgrades, but it will never fully match the 12 Pro’s superior camera setup. Comparatively, the iPhone 13 Pro’s camera produces photographs that are more authentic and take a little longer to share. When using a phone, edit the images before publishing them on social media as usual. Fortunately, the iOS photo-editing app is top-notch and loaded with functionality.
Features and software:
The iOS 15 operating system comes preinstalled on the iPhone 13 Pro. We delved further into each feature, but some standouts include enhanced notification summaries, text scanning capabilities in the camera app, tabs for Safari, and future support for saving vaccination records and other data.
One of the simplest and most dependable smartphone software platforms to learn is Apple’s iOS. All popular apps are readily available for the platform and can be downloaded through the App Store, ensuring excellent app compatibility. While it’s not as configurable as Android, you can still personalize the phone and get it to perform swiftly and rationally. Setting up the phone takes very little time.
Although there were a few issues when iOS 15 first launched, improvements have subsequently made it more error-free. There are some peculiar issues, but many of them will only arise under extremely particular circumstances.
One persistent issue we have is when the Settings app crashes after connecting to a pair of AirPods, necessitating two manual closes of the app before it functions once again.
Pricing and accessibility:
The 128GB model of the iPhone 13 Pro starts at $999, but extra storage costs more. You must spend $1,099 for 256GB or $1,299 for 512GB to obtain them. Costs $1,499 for the biggest 1TB iPhone 13 Pro. Add $100 to all of these costs if you decide you want the bigger iPhone 13 Pro Max.