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Updated January 10, 2024·

The iPhone 13 Pro Max offers a significantly better camera with more features, such as a telephoto lens and higher photo and video quality, and has a larger display for an immersive experience, but comes at a higher price. In contrast, the iPhone SE (2022) is more affordable, has a smaller screen, and despite having a decent camera, it cannot match the 13 Pro Max's photography capabilities. The battery life on the 13 Pro Max is almost twice as long as the SE's. If budget is a concern and you prefer a more compact phone, the iPhone SE may suffice, but for top-tier camera performance, longer battery life, and a bigger screen, the iPhone 13 Pro Max is the superior choice. Give Feedback

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Key differences

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Overall Camera Quality

8.0
iPhone 13 Pro Max
iPhone SE (2022)
5.7
The Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max has very good overall camera quality, while the Apple iPhone SE (2022) has poor overall camera quality.

Photo Quality

7.8
iPhone 13 Pro Max
iPhone SE (2022)
5.5
The Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max takes good photos, while the Apple iPhone SE (2022) takes poor photos.

Video Quality

8.6
iPhone 13 Pro Max
iPhone SE (2022)
6.6
The Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max takes very good videos, while the Apple iPhone SE (2022) takes only fair videos.

Battery

9.6 Hours
iPhone 13 Pro Max
iPhone SE (2022)
4.9 Hours
The Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max has 9.6 hours of battery life. The Apple iPhone SE (2022) has 4.9 hours of battery life.

Screen Size

The Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max has a screen size of 6.7 inches and the Apple iPhone SE (2022) is 4.7 inches.

Cost

$599
iPhone 13 Pro Max
iPhone SE (2022)
$429
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The Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max has a price of $599 and the Apple iPhone SE (2022) costs $429.
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How the Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max and the Apple iPhone SE (2022) compare to other phones

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Spec Comparison

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Apple iPhone 13 Pro MaxApple iPhone SE (2022)
Apple iPhone 13 Pro MaxApple iPhone SE (2022)

GENERAL

Price
$599
$429
Brand
AppleApple
Operating System
iOSiOS
Release Date
September 24, 2021March 18, 2022

SCREEN

Screen Size
6.7"4.7"
Resolution
2778 x 12841334 x 750
Variable refresh rate
YesNo
Pixels Per Inch
458326
Display Type
OLEDLCD

INTERNAL

Processor
A15A15
Internal Storage
128 gb64 gb
RAM
6 gb4 gb

CAMERA

Overall Camera Quality Score
8/105.8/10
Photos Score
7.9/105.6/10
Videos Score
8.6/106.6/10
Rear Cameras
Main, Ultrawide, TelephotoMain
Main Camera
12 megapixels + OIS12 megapixels + OIS

BATTERY

Battery Life
9.6 hours4.9 hours
Battery Capacity
4352 mah2018 mah
Wireless Charging
YesYes
Wireless charging Speed
15 w7.5 w
Reverse wireless charging
NoNo

PHYSICAL

Size
6.33" x 3.07"5.45" x 2.65"
Weight
8.47 oz5.08 oz
Back Material
GlassGlass
Stereo Speakers
NoNo

CONNECTIVITY

Dual SIM
YesYes
Bluetooth Version
5.05.0
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, 78, 79, 258, 260, 261 (SA/NSA/Sub6)1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 20, 25, 28, 29, 30, 38, 40, 41, 48, 66, 71, 77, 78, 79(SA/NSA/Sub6)1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 20, 25, 28, 29, 30, 38, 40, 41, 48, 66, 71, 77, 78, 79

OTHER FEATURES

Biometric unlock
Face unlockFingerprint sensor: Front
Unlockable Bootloader
NoNo
Color
Alpine Green, Graphite, Sierra Blue, Gold, SilverMidnight, Starlight, Red
SD Card
NoNo
Custom ROM Support
NoNo

Comparison summary

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Better BatteryApple iPhone 13 Pro Max
Better ScreenApple iPhone 13 Pro Max

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Tom's Guide

Mark Spoonauer | March 2023
"The iPhone 13 Pro Max is that rare phone that gets a 5-star rating from us. You get blistering performance and a very responsive 120Hz display. Plus, the battery life is among the best we’ve seen from a 5G flagship. Some may simply prefer the iPhone 13 Pro because it’s smaller and lighter, as there are no other functional differences between the two handsets. But if you prefer a bigger screen, the iPhone 13 Pro Max is the closest thing to perfect you can get in a phone."

Apple iPhone SE (2022)

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Ars Technica

Samuel Axon | March 2022
"Thanks to the inclusion of the A15 chip, the SE is likely to be supported for years to come. That makes it the best deal in smartphones today for folks who just want something simple and don't care about the frills. The iPhone SE is a great deal if you're more interested in the basics than the latest flashy features.. It's also a great option for people who prefer to use their phones one-handed—a dying breed, we know."

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.

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