Sep. 27
2021

Unlocking iPhone 13: Tech Specs Review and Best and Worst Features

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Each year Apple releases a new iPhone series, we know that it only gets more expensive. However, this year is an exception. This year’s entry-level iPhone 13 in the series is priced just the same as the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini, and Apple dropped heir prices dropped so people are encouraged to buy the latest iPhones this year. 

That should make you think just how fast the iPhone depreciates in value. The iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 only differ by $100, which makes the latter, being the latest, the more viable option for many. But is it really? 

Before you upgrade to the iPhone 13, let’s take a look at what you’re actually buying and discuss any new features or new design upgrades versus the iPhones before it and the flagship Android devices within its price range.

Pros 

  • Ceramic Shield for better protection 
  • IP68 water and dust resistance 
  • Updated 6-Core CPU and Chipset 
  • Added new camera sensors 
  • Better Camera stabilizers 
  • Long battery life 

Cons 

  • The design didn’t change from last year’s iPhones 
  • The new camera alignment didn’t offer any new value 
  • No power brick in the box
  • No plastic shrink wrap for added protection 
  • The camera bump is still there and thicker
  • It is heavier than the iPhone 12 

Unlocking iPhone 13: Design and Build Quality

There is a good reason why the iPhone 13’s price is just the same as the iPhone 12’s. It’s because they hardly changed anything on the outside. The design of the phone is just the same as the iPhone 12, even the build materials used are the same. 

Can be argued, but we dare say the iPhone 13’s design is recycled from that of the iPhone 12.   

Moreover, the aluminum frame and the corning glass front and back cover are just the same. Apple says there is a 1mm difference between the two, but you can hardly see that when both are laid flat on a surface. 

The notorious camera bump in the back is still there, albeit with a little difference in the arrangement.  The cameras are of the same quality.

There is a substantial difference in the weight of the two phones because the iPhone 13 packs a bigger battery than that of the iPhone 12, which of course, explains why the iPhone 13 has longer battery life. The iPhone 13 has 3,227 mAh.

Related: Unlocking iPhone 13? Get a permanent carrier unlock for your iPhone here.

On the other hand, the iPhone 13 is sitting on Apple’s fastest and latest chipset and with a faster RAM and bigger internal memory. 

iPhone 13 Tech Specs vs Iphone 12 vs Android Flagships

iPhone 12 iPhone 13 iPhone 13 Pro Samsung Galaxy S21 5G
Battery life2815 mAh3,227 mAh3,095 mAh4,000mAh
RAM 4GB6GB6GB12GB
ROM 64GB 128GB128GB128GB
Front Cam12 MP, f/2.212 MP (f/2.2)12 MP (f/2.2)10 MP, f/2.2
Rear Cam12-megapixel (f/1.6) + 12-megapixel (f/2.4)12-megapixel (f/1.6) + 12-megapixel (f/2.4)12 MP, f/1.5 + 12 MP, f/2.8 + 12 MP, f/1.812 MP, f/1.8 + 64 MP, f/2.0 + 12 MP, f/2.2
Build Gorilla Glass Front & Back, Aluminum FrameGorilla Glass Front & Back, Aluminum FrameGorilla Glass Front & Back, Stainless Steel FrameGlass front , plastic back, Aluminum Frame
ProtectionIP68 dust/water resistant IP68 dust/water resistant IP68 dust/water resistant IP68 dust/water resistant
Screen Size 6.1” OLED6.1” OLED6.1” OLED6.2” AMOLED 
Price $729.99 $799.99$999.99$799.99

When it comes to the price and the features, it’s clear that the iPhone 13 is just so-so compared to the iPhone 12 and its Android competition. For the same price, Samsung Galaxy S21 has 3 high-powered cameras at the back with better aperture and higher megapixels than that of the iPhone 13. 

Compared to iPhone 12’s memory capacity, iPhone 13 has more RAM and more internal memory, and with a faster chipset, there will be a huge difference when it comes to speed and real-time user experience. 

Related: Unlocking iPhone 12: Full Review, Features, and Flaws

Is it worth the price tag? 

So, is the iPhone 13 worth upgrading to? 

Compared to its predecessor, the iPhone 13 does have features that might make it worth the consideration to upgrading. If you’re looking for a faster experience or better memory, it does hold a lot more power and memory than the iPhone 12. 

Is it worth the $100 price difference? What do you think? 

Let us know in the comments section!

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