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Updated January 10, 2024·

If camera quality is a top priority and you're focused on high-quality photos and videos, then the Apple iPhone 13 offers better results and includes features like Dolby Vision video recording. However, the OnePlus 9 provides respectable camera performance and also offers a higher refresh rate display, which can make scrolling and gaming feel smoother. For the screen size, the OnePlus 9 has a slightly larger display which could be beneficial for media consumption, but the iPhone 13 has a higher pixel density for sharper images. The iPhone 13 boasts a bit longer battery life. In terms of performance, both have powerful processors suitable for most tasks, but the OnePlus 9 offers more RAM. The iPhone 13 typically carries a higher price tag, so the OnePlus 9 may give you a better bang for your buck, especially if you're looking for solid performance with a more modest investment. Remember, choosing between iOS and Android will affect your software experience and ecosystem compatibility. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Apple iPhone 13
  • Good for taking photos
  • Very good for recording videos
  • Very good display quality
  • Very good performance
Advantages of the OnePlus 9
  • The OnePlus 9 has no clear advantages over the Apple iPhone 13.

Key differences

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Overall Camera Quality

7.7
iPhone 13
9
7.0
The Apple iPhone 13 and OnePlus 9 both have good overall camera quality, though the Apple iPhone 13 has somewhat better overall camera quality.

Photo Quality

7.5
iPhone 13
9
6.7
The Apple iPhone 13 takes good photos, while the OnePlus 9 takes only fair photos.

Video Quality

8.0
iPhone 13
9
5.9
The Apple iPhone 13 takes very good videos, while the OnePlus 9 takes poor videos.

Screen Size

The Apple iPhone 13 has a screen size of 6.1 inches and the OnePlus 9 is 6.55 inches.

Cost

$629
iPhone 13
9
$399
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The Apple iPhone 13 has a price of $629 and the OnePlus 9 costs $399.
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Key similarities

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Battery

7.1 Hours
iPhone 13
9
6.9 Hours
The Apple iPhone 13 has 7.1 hours of battery life. The OnePlus 9 has 6.9 hours of battery life.

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How the Apple iPhone 13 and the OnePlus 9 compare to other phones

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Spec Comparison

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Apple iPhone 13OnePlus 9
Apple iPhone 13OnePlus 9

GENERAL

Price
$629
$399
Brand
AppleOnePlus
Operating System
iOSAndroid
Release Date
September 24, 2021March 26, 2021

SCREEN

Screen Size
6.1"6.55"
Resolution
2532 x 11702400 x 1080
Variable refresh rate
NoNo
Pixels Per Inch
460402
Display Type
OLEDOLED

INTERNAL

Processor
A15SD888
Internal Storage
128 GB128 GB
RAM
4 GB8 GB

CAMERA

Overall Camera Quality Score
7.7/107/10
Photos Score
7.5/106.8/10
Videos Score
8.1/105.9/10
Rear Cameras
Main, UltrawideMain, Ultrawide
Main Camera
12 megapixels + OIS48 megapixels

BATTERY

Battery Life
7.1 Hours6.9 Hours
Battery Capacity
3240 mAh4500 mAh
Wireless Charging
YesYes
Wireless charging Speed
15 W15 W
Reverse wireless charging
NoNo

PHYSICAL

Size
5.78" x 2.81"6.29" x 2.92"
Weight
6.14 oz6.77 oz
Back Material
GlassGlass
Stereo Speakers
NoNo

CONNECTIVITY

Dual SIM
YesNo
Bluetooth Version
5.05.2
A2DP
YesYes
WiFi Version
66
NFC
YesYes
US 5G Bands
(SA/NSA/Sub6/mmWave)1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 20, 25, 28, 29, 30, 38, 40, 41, 48, 66, 71, 77, 78, 79, 258, 260, 261 (SA/NSA/Sub6) 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 20, 25, 28, 30, 38, 40, 41, 48, 66, 77, 78, 79(SA/NSA/Sub6)1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 25, 28, 38, 40, 41, 48, 66, 71, 77, 78

OTHER FEATURES

Biometric unlock
Face unlockFace unlock, Fingerprint sensor: Under Display
Unlockable Bootloader
NoYes
Color
Blue, Pink, Midnight, Starlight, Green, RedAstral Black, Arctic Sky, Winter Mist
Stock Android
N/ANo
SD Card
NoNo

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Apple iPhone 13

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James Peckham | September 2022
"The iPhone 13 isn’t a game changer for Apple’s series of smartphones, but it’s an important iteration that offers better battery life, a better processor and an upgraded camera setup than iPhones that have gone before it. If you’re looking for a fast and capable smartphone, and don’t need the extra features of the pricier Pro model, this is a top choice."

OnePlus 9

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David Lumb | April 2021
"If you’re hunting for the best Android camera phone at this price, and one that doesn’t skimp on specs the OnePlus 9 is worth considering. Courtesy of a partnership with Hasselblad, the cameras offer better color correction, and both regular and ultra-wide photos look great. The OnePlus 9’s battery fully charges in under 30 minutes over a cable, and in 45 minutes using wireless charging. If you hate waiting for hours to charge your phone, you'll love the OnePlus 9."

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About Apple

The tech giant called Apple is synonymous with the most popular smartphone in the world: the iPhone. Known for their build quality and aesthetics, as well as for their excellent integration between hardware and software, iPhones have defined the smartphone industry ever since their conception and they continue to do so by setting new industry standards. Apple's own operating system, called iOS, is known for its simplicity and ease of use, and the company tends to complement it well by creating devices with some of the most powerful processing hardware available in the mobile world. The iPhone is also known for its robust ecosystem of accessories, as it facilitates a very seamless experience when interacting with other Apple products, more so than most of its competitors.

About OnePlus

OnePlus, established in 2013, is a smartphone brand that first became known for providing flagship-like devices, at a fraction of the cost compared to more expensive Android competitors. OnePlus focuses on creating smartphones with powerful hardware at reasonable prices. They also bring hardware features normally not seen in other Android phones sold in the US, such as their ultra-fast “Warp Charge” and the beloved “Alert Slider”.

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