Short review of iPhone 13 Pro
After reading Choosing the iPhone 13 Series but still confused? This is a brief review of the iPhone 13 Pro from users directly after using it for 2 weeks. Who knows it can help, for sure this iPhone 13 Pro is the first base model to be chosen for the iPhone 13 series.
If the budget is not enough, you can go down to the regular iPhone 13. If you just want a pure cell phone without entertainment (watching videos), you can choose a cheaper one, which is the iPhone 13 mini. If the budget is still sufficient and the screen size feels too small, you can go up to the iPhone 13 Pro Max.
So let’s start with the hardware.
Heavy and thick
Okay, this phone is one of the newest and best from Apple for the iPhone series, the iPhone 13 Pro. Indeed, there are more expensive and bigger sizes and screens, but the innards are actually the same.
The first impression is that this phone is heavy and bulky. Previously, I used the Samsung S10+ for almost 3 years with larger screen size, 6.4 inches, compared to 6.1 inches on the iPhone 13 Pro.
The thickness is there, but when viewed from the specifications, the difference in thickness is only 0.1 mm. However, in the sense that when held as more than that, perhaps because the edges of the screen on the S10 + have a curve whereas the 13 Pro is boxy.
The weight is also clearly 175 grams different compared to the 204 grams on the iPhone 13 Pro. Phones weighing over 200 grams at this time clearly can’t be said to be light.
This is because, apart from the increased battery capacity of the iPhone 12 series, it is also due to the stainless material in the frame of this phone. It’s different when holding the regular iPhone 13, with its aluminum frame that feels light when held.
Because of its weight and thickness, it can be considered that this phone is not very comfortable to hold for a long time. It could be a positive thing that means we will not last long playing with cellphones, and of course, it will be negative if holding this cellphone is used for work.
For some reason, in today’s era, Apple still applies the notch. Although smaller than the iPhone 12 series, this notch still covers a larger screen than phones with punch-hole cameras.
In normal use, there are actually no problems with the notch, playing social media, even watching videos, is not annoying. The problem comes when it comes to Face ID. Apple argues that it still uses the notch because there is still a Face ID system in the notch.
Face ID is sophisticated and secure. Not just any old face unlock. But in this pandemic, Face ID is very inconvenient. Have to swipe or open the mask frequently to access the screen, or to enter services that require Face ID, such as mobile banking services.
It would be better if the notch was removed and replaced with a punch hole, so security could use the fingerprint sensor on the side button.
The screen quality is unquestionable. The color is sharp and natural. For former Samsung users who are more vibrant, the iPhone 13 Pro screen is comfortable on the eyes.
The size of 6.1 inches with a resolution of 1170 x 2532 pixels (460 PPI) is still easy to use and doesn’t feel small. The smaller screen is nice, it can reach from corner to corner without having to change the position of the hand.
The screen is also brighter. Apple claims it can go up to 1200 nits on the highest brightness. Even though it is bright, it is still within reasonable limits when the room is dimly lit.
In my opinion, the 120Hz refresh rate is not noticeable. Even when I’m still moving around with the S10+, which is still 60Hz, there’s no difference that makes me not want to use a 60Hz screen again. It could be that many applications are still not optimal for this 120Hz; it could also be because of the adaptive refresh rate they have.
I think the use of 120Hz is because of its LTPO screen technology which can indeed go up to 120Hz but also has the advantage of an adaptive refresh rate that lowers the refresh rate to 10Hz when displaying static images.
The advantage of the refresh rate, which can be up to only 10Hz, of course, helps reduce battery usage. The result is that the battery can last longer with the same battery size. The good thing about this iPhone 13 Pro is that the battery size has increased from 2815 mAh to 3095 mAh. This makes the iPhone 13 Pro more durable than the previous series.
Still, from the side of the screen, moving from the curved screen on the edge of the S10+ to the flat screen on the iPhone 13 Pro is not a loss. The curved screen is great for swiping from the side of the screen, but the flat screen isn’t a drawback either.
In terms of sound, the sound of the iPhone 13 Pro speakers is indeed more bassy, but for loudness or not, it still feels the same as the S10+. Both use stereo and Dolby speakers, so it feels the same. Maybe if you switch from a cellphone that doesn’t have stereo speakers, it will feel much different.
The first drawback is that the Dolby or spatial audio feature is useless if you don’t use an Apple audio device or Beats. For example, when using Bluetooth TWS or regular headphones, the sound is indeed more surround, but the quality drops and sometimes it breaks. I haven’t tried it when using audio support because I don’t have it yet.
The second drawback is the absence of a headphone jack. Yes, this means you have to rely on Bluetooth to listen through headphones or earphones. I’m too lazy to use a dongle.
Lightning in 2021?
Lightning is meh. It’s not suitable for mobile phones in 2021 to use a lightning connection. Lightning is the equivalent of USB 2.0. It can’t transfer fast (480 Mbps), and it can’t fast charge more than 20W.
Why is there a ProRes video if the connection for the transfer uses lightning? There are no pros at all. Imagine moving gigabytes of video, but the transfer could take hours.
If ProRes is the reason for buying an iPhone 13 Pro or Pro Max this year, hold off. It is better to wait for Apple to provide a better alternative data transfer.
The first thing that stands out in the software section of the iPhone 13 Pro is the UI animation. UI animations on iOS are still way above Android’s UI, in a good sense. There are some Android UI animations that are still jaggy whereas sometimes there are animations that seem to falter.
The existence of the 120hz screen also helps the UI animation be smoother. But because it’s the nature of iOS that the UI animations are good at 60Hz, as previously stated on the hardware, this 120Hz only helps a little.
Apps on iOS are indeed limited compared to Android. The locked OS and strict App Store regulations by Apple keep apps from doing the things that can be done on Android phones. For example, customization or changes in the system.
The limitation of the application is, for example, when transferring WhatsApp from Android to iOS. On WA Android, WA backup uses regular file storage or uses Goggle Drive, while on iOS it uses iCloud Drive without access to the files.
WA still adheres to a conventional file backup system, unlike Telegram. So the backup file must be moved to a new phone if you want to move the phone. Things that can’t be done from Android to iOS until WA provides an official way.
The battery side, even though this is hardware, but from the software side (iOS) that can carry an iPhone battery as good as this. It has often been heard that the iPhone 13 series is good in terms of battery life, even for the iPhone 13 Mini, which last year’s edition was very poor in battery life.
This is none other than the optimization of the iOS side on the iPhone, which is known to be good, coupled with the increased battery capacity this year. No matter how big the hardware (capacity) of the battery is, if the software (OS) is not optimal it will run out quickly too, that’s what happens on Android phones.
This iPhone 13 Pro battery can last all day. Six hours of screen time can be easily achieved. Usually, with a nearly 3-year-old S10+, the full battery position in the morning will start below 20% at 1–2 pm. But on the iPhone 13 Pro, up to 6 pm, it’s still around 40%. Even the S10+ when it was new wasn’t this good.
The first thing that is obvious is that the camera on this phone is big. With the same position as the previous iPhone 12 Pro, but in terms of the size of the lens and the sensor is better.
But the most wow thing is the camera bump, it is big!. It’s true that if you put it, the phone will go up, very much compared to the average S10+.
The photo quality is excellent and reliable in all situations. It’s definitely better than the S10+ for night photos, where Samsung’s signature is that it starts to feel like watercolor when the photo is dark. The iPhone 13 Pro is generally brighter.
The Deep Fusion technology that’s been around since the iPhone 11 and the larger sensor definitely help. But in my opinion, for photos in bright conditions, today’s flight ship phones are of the same quality. Only the difference will be seen at night.
This iPhone 13 Pro night photo won’t light up everything, unlike there are not in the night. But it will look more like the original. To make it brighter, it can actually be just seconds taking pictures from the standard auto.
Another thing that I have seen before using the S10+ is that there is more clarity on this iPhone 13 Pro. In fact, it tends to be too much in my opinion. Indeed, sharing on social media would be good, but it’s not natural anymore.
Then what is often said is that when you change the lens, you won’t recognize the color change. But in my opinion, the lens shift in the camera application is very smooth compared to Android, but the color change is still there.
Regarding photo processing on the iPhone 13 Pro, even though it uses the new A15 Bionic, there is still a delay after taking the photo. Almost a second later where there seems to be a difference in the processing results.
On the other hand, Apple is still Apple, thanks to a combination of hardware and software that is tightly controlled to produce good but expensive products. We ourselves as buyers must be smart. What is this iPhone for?
For me, this is a phone that can be used for work and play for the next 3 years. Software updates are guaranteed with good performance and a camera that is ready at any time.
Originally published at https://devilpenakut.com on December 4, 2021.