Apple iPhone 13 mini Review

By Yvonne

Most powerful small smartphone

Beautiful build

Better battery life than iPhone 12 mini


Shortest battery life of iPhone 13 family

Operating System iOS 15
CPU Apple A15
Dimensions 5.18 by 2.53 by .3 inches
Screen Size 5.4 inches
Screen Resolution 2,340 by 1,080 pixels
Camera Resolution (Rear; Front-Facing) 12MP, 12MP; 12MP
Battery Life (As Tested) 12 hours, 20 minutes

Apple's 2021 smartphones include the iPhone 13 Mini, which is priced at $699 and it is both the smallest and most affordable. This is the reason that mini will not be a top-seller. However, it is worth considering if you are seeking for a smaller phone. The conventional iPhone 13 offers the most potent combination of performance and battery life for the price. However, if you're prepared to sacrifice a bit of battery life for size, the iPhone 13 mini is the most powerful tiny phone currently available.

What Happened to the iPhone 12 mini?

There has been an internet rant for years about how phones are getting larger. According to the popular narrative, smaller phones make you less addicted. These phones are easier to hold in one hand and can be stored in small pockets. It is easier to snap photos, particularly selfies with one hand. Also, it is easier to keep small smartphones close to your head for calls.

 iPhone 13

That's at least how it works. At a charming 5.2x2.5x0.3ins (HWD), the iPhone 12 Mini was the first flagship smartphone to hit the market. It was then abandoned by everyone; the iPhone 12 mini was the least-sold iPhone 12 line.

Why? It was at least partially due to battery life. The iPhone 12 mini had the lowest battery life of the 12 series. This is especially true when you consider the 5G network power draw and iPhone users revert to bigger, stronger cells. This is why the iPhone 13 standard-size model I recommend over the iPhone 12 mini for this year's iPhone 13 upgrade.

Body: Svelte and Satisfying

It is the lightest and smallest premium smartphone available. It measures 5.2 inches by 2.5 inches by 0.3 inch and weighs 5.0 ounces. The iPhone 13 is 5.8 inches by 2.8 inches by 0.3 in, which is 6.1 ounces. However, the iPhone 13 mini (5.8 inches by 2.8 inches by 0.3 in, 6.1 ounces) and it fits into many of the same cases. This phone's little size offers an altogether new viewpoint on its use. This phone is more utilitarian than obsessive.

Like base 13, 12 and 12, the main differences are the smaller, more prominent "notch" at the front and larger, diagonally arranged cameras at the back. Five color choices are available: blue, red, pink, red and starlight (a subtle off white, similar to eggshell).

The iPhone 13 mini

It is referred to as a mini-midnight, and it was a profound mental experience. I inquired with our photographer if it was black. The color appears to be black because it is sufficiently dark. The color is dark enough that it gives the impression that it's black. But then, you realize there's something wrong. It's not only great color, but it's also very interesting.

Like the iPhone 13, the 5.4 inch OLED screen has a resolution of 2,340 by-1,080-pixels (similar to the 13 mini). It is slightly smaller than the iPhone 13's display at 6.1 inches, however it contains fewer pixels overall because it is smaller.

The display has an extensive color range and Apple's True Tone colour management. Apple claims that the maximum typical brightness was increased from 600 cd/m2 in the iPhone 12 mini to 800cd/m2 here. It's hard to see with my eyes. DisplayMate Labs has sent me testing results so I will be able to confirm Apple's decision.

Phone 13 mini

Battery and Performance: A Step Up

It offers a much longer battery life than the iPhone 12 mini, its predecessor. In fact, the battery test showed that the iPhone 13 mini performed about the same as the iPhone 12 standard. This will make the mini more appealing to some customers.

The iPhone 13 mini

The battery lasts as long as the larger model, but there is no throttle, lower quality cameras, or less signal performance. It is a great iPhone mini.

The mini has the lowest battery life among the iPhone 13 models. It's also the one that I would pick up occasionally and need to recharge. The mini's short battery life is a problem.

Battery life for iPhone 13
iPhone 13 Pro Max
iPhone 13 Pro
iPhone 12 Pro Max
iPhone 13
iPhone 13 mini
iPhone 12
iPhone 12 mini
iPhone 11
iPhone XR
Video playback time 18 hours
Video playback time 16 hours
Video playback time 15.5 hours
Video playback time 15 hours
Video playback time 12.33 hours
Video playback time 11.66 hours
Video playback time 9.66 hours
Video playback time 5.66 hours
Video playback time 5 hours

iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13

Who Should Get the mini?

The iPhone 13 mini can handle 4G/5G, it runs iOS 15 with the new A15 process, and has one front-facing 12-megapixel camera and two back 12-megapixel cameras. It's identical to its brother, the iPhone 13. For more information on all these features, please see my iPhone 13 review.

Apple's ability to pack this much power into a small, lightweight phone is not something I want to diminish. It's hard to find an Android vendor that offers something like this in the US. The Samsung Galaxy S21, which is about the same size as the iPhone 13 standard model, not the 13-inch mini. The Sony Xperia 5 II has a width of 2.6 inches, but is much larger than the mini. It also doesn't support wireless charging or 5G.

There are many other choices. The iPhone 13 mini costs $699 and is better than the $699 iPhone 12. It also has a longer battery life, which makes it a more attractive choice over the $599 iPhone 12 Mini. This iPhone 13 mini is a better choice than the 499 iPhone 11 because of its superior battery life. 5G technology will also help improve signal quality and coverage over the next 2 years.

The decision to switch is with the iPhone SE at $399, because it is much cheaper and therefore is in a completely different category. Although the SE may be less powerful, it is still an excellent entry-level smartphone for light or new users.