Apple iPhone 13 mini

Apple iPhone 13 mini

Apple iPhone 13 mini

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BEST RATING
Videos:
4.4
CAMERA: Good7.7/10
SIZE: Small iPhone
BATTERY: Fair6.0/10

The Apple iPhone 13 mini is a mid-range priced phone with a compact design, featuring a 5.4-inch OLED screen with high peak brightness and crisp resolution. It was released in September 2021 and has a glass back along with iOS as its operating system, ensuring timely updates and smooth performance with its A15 processor and 4GB of RAM. This model offers dependable battery life, although there are phones with longer battery endurance. The photography experience is very good thanks to its 12MP cameras, both main and ultrawide, also capable of shooting high-quality HDR video; however, it lacks a telephoto lens and a higher refresh rate display. Additionally, wireless charging is available, but it doesn’t support a 3.5mm headphone jack, expandable storage, or a high refresh rate display. Overall, it strikes a balance between performance, camera quality, and portability, making it a strong choice for users valuing a smaller form factor. Give Feedback

this description is based on the product variant with some specs. At the time of writing, the variant with some specs cost some dollars.




Evaluation

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Pros
  • Compact and lightweight
  • High-quality OLED display
  • Excellent camera performance
  • Supports Dolby Vision recording
  • Powerful A15 processor
Cons
  • Relatively small screen size
  • No always-on display feature
  • No high refresh rate
  • No headphone jack

Ratings by Category

Videos:
4.4
The Apple iPhone 13 mini delivers very good video quality partly because it comes with excellent video stabilization and a very good video software experience, ensuring smooth footage and user-friendly operation. It also performs well in video dynamic range and low light conditions, resulting in clear videos with good contrast and detail even in challenging lighting.
Performance:
4.4
The Performance rating is based on GeekBench performance benchmark scores, combined with PerfectRec’s assessment of real-life typical use cases.
Overall Camera:
4.3
The Apple iPhone 13 mini boasts excellent cameras, particularly due to its top-tier photos software experience ensuring reliable performance across various conditions and a very good selfie quality which makes it great for self-portraits. Additionally, it delivers well on dynamic range and low light performance, ensuring detailed and vibrant pictures even in challenging lighting situations.
Photos:
4.2
The Photos rating is based on PerfectRec’s assessment of a variety of factors including resolution, dynamic range, low-light performance, versatility of shooting modes, and selfie quality, as well as software features, photo processing quality, and ease of use.
Battery Life:
3.0
The Battery Life rating is based on overall actual measured battery life during typical usage.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$600
Brand
Apple
Operating System
iOS
Release Date
September 24, 2021

SCREEN

Screen Size
5.4"
Resolution
2340 x 1080
Variable refresh rate
No
Pixels Per Inch
476
Display Type
OLED

INTERNAL

Processor
A15
Internal Storage
128 GB
RAM
4 GB

CAMERA

Overall Camera Quality Score
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7.7/10
Photos Score
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7.5/10
Videos Score
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8.1/10
Rear Cameras
Main, Ultrawide
Main Camera
12 megapixels + OIS

BATTERY

Battery Life
5.6 Hours
Battery Capacity
2438 mAh
Wireless Charging
Yes
Wireless charging Speed
12 W
Reverse wireless charging
No

PHYSICAL

Size
5.18" x 2.53"
Weight
4.97 oz
Back Material
Glass
Stereo Speakers
No

CONNECTIVITY

Dual SIM
Yes
Bluetooth Version
5.0
A2DP
Yes
WiFi Version
6
NFC
Yes
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

OTHER FEATURES

Biometric unlock
Face unlock
Unlockable Bootloader
No
Color
Blue, Pink, Midnight, Starlight, Green, Red
SD Card
No
Custom ROM Support
No

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Tom's Guide

Jordan Palmer | May 2022
"It’s the best small phone you can possibly buy, outpacing anything Android can offer. With the A15 Bionic system-on-chip, which includes a quad-core GPU, the iPhone 13 mini is a very powerful little phone. Fans of smaller handsets will love this phone, as it fits in many a pocket."

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