Apple iPhone 13 Pro vs Apple iPhone 13 full review

Apple has introduced the new iPhone generation consisting of the four models: iPhone 13, 13 mini, 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max. While the two standard models have received a small update, the Pro models see much larger innovations. That means: If you really want something new, you have to opt for a 13 Pro or Max, which will cost you at least £949/$999.

What the 2021 iPhones have in common

All four iPhone 13 models share these features:

  • Apple A15 Bionic: probably the fastest mobile CPU
  • New camera: Improved low-light, cinema mode, optical image stabilization (OIS) with sensor shift
  • Better battery: Longer running time
  • More storage: All start at 128GB
  • Smaller notch: The notch is now narrower, but slightly thicker
  • 5G: Fastest mobile phone standard
  • Ceramic Shield: Strong screen protection

What is different?

But the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max also include these features that the standard models do without:

  • Super Retina XDR display with ProMotion: Variable frame rate from 10 to 120Hertz
  • Even better camera: Macro mode, 3x optical zoom
  • Apple A15 Bionic: Better graphics performance (5-core, rather than 4-core)
  • More storage: Additional 1TB storage optionThe differences in detail

120 Hertz

While Apple does not incorporate many features that users know from the Android competition into the iPhone 13 models - including a fingerprint sensor under the display glass, always-on function, higher resolution 48MP camera with 8K videos and better periscope zoom - Apple users can now enjoy a high 120Hz refresh rate. However, to get this feature you need to buy one of the two Pro models, or wait until the iPhone 14 launches in 2022.

A15 Bionic

All models feature the A15 Bionic chip, which according to Apple is the best chip in any smartphone. Given that the A14 in the iPhone 12 is also known to be a better performer than the top CPUs in Android phones, this is a credible claim.

However, the A15 Bionic is not identical in all four iPhone 13 variants. The two Pro models boast an additional GPU core, which increases graphics performance by 50 instead of "just" 30 percent compared to that of competing chips. It remains to be seen how this affects every day use, but in games it could certainly make a difference.

Camera

All iPhone 13 models have an improved camera, but the resolution is still 12MP. Apple has enlarged the image sensor of the main camera (wide angle) on the Pro handsets, so the individual pixels are larger and thus contain more image and light information, which is especially useful in low-light photography. The Pro versions also have an extra telephoto camera on board and you can zoom 3 times optically here. Plus, with the Ultra Wide camera you can produce macro recordings, which is not possible with the standard devices.

Storage

The smallest storage size is now 128GB. Previously, you the iPhone 12 and 12 mini started at 64GB with additional options of 128GB and 256 GB. Now you can configure all four variants with 128GB, 256GB and 512GB. If you need a lot of storage space, only a iPhone 13 Pro (or Pro Max) offers a 1TB storage option.

Price

A major difference between the Pro and standard iPhone 13 handsets is the price. If you want to buy an iPhone 13 Pro, you have to put at least £949/$999 on the table. An iPhone 13 costs a whole £200/$200 less at £749/$799 euros.

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Verdict

Do you really get £200/$200 worth of new features with the Pro models? Sure, you get some great extras. The problem that the iPhone 13 series has is that many of the features unique to the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max have existed on the competition for years - even the entry-level models.

Another factor to consider before spending the money is the fact that the features in the 2021 Pro iPhones are expected for the standard iPhone 14 models in 2022, so you might prefer to wait.

If you need a new phone now and feel that the iPhone 13 Pro is out of your price range you may be considering the iPhone 13, but our advice would be that the iPhone 13 isn’t significantly different to the iPhone 12, so you could save even more money by buying the 2020 iPhone, which has fallen in price.

With that in mind you might like to check these latest deals on the iPhone 12:

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