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The Rewind: iPhone 13 mini – the last of the best smartphone? – 9to5Mac

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January 6
Jeff Benjamin
– Jan. 6th 2022 8:30 am PT


Rumors have suggested that Apple’s mini iPhone, which first came on the scene with 2020’s iPhone 12 mini, won’t be long for this world. Although Apple released the iPhone 13 mini last summer, it’s possible that its release is the last “mini” iPhone that we’ll see. That’s unfortunate, because as I discuss in this episode of The Rewind, the iPhone 13 mini is my favorite smartphone of all time.

As I’ve stated many times in the past, iPhone 4-era design, with its flat edges, sandwiched between two pieces of glass, was my favorite iPhone design up until last year’s iPhone 12. With that release Apple perfected an already great design by removing the Home button in favor of what roughly amounts to an edge-to-edge display.
By adopting swipe gestures for navigation and Face ID for authentication, Apple was able to delete the Home button. This gave way to a much larger display than we had with the 3.5- and 4-inch displays found in the iPhone 4 and 5, respectively. The iPhone 13 mini features a 5.4-inch display, yet it’s placed inside a chassis that’s only 0.31 inches taller and 0.22 inches wider than the iPhone 5. Granted, the iPhone 13 mini sports a roughly 2:1 aspect ratio versus the decidedly wider 16×9 aspect ratio of older generation phones, so it’s not exactly apples to apples.
But what really makes this smartphone so great is its handheld usability. I can easily navigate around iOS with just one hand, and finger fatigue is much less of an issue than it is with larger phones. It’s also easier to store the iPhone 13 mini in a jeans pocket, and it looks better than its siblings when mated with accessories like the MagSafe Battery Pack and the iPhone Leather Wallet.
While it doesn’t feature the lofty battery life, pro camera features, and display improvements of its bigger brother, the iPhone 13 mini is the pinnacle of iPhone design, if you ask me. When you combine its proportions, materials, and user experience, it doesn’t get any better than this.
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The iPhone 13 mini features 800 nits max brightness (typical), which is a decent improvement over the iPhone 12 mini’s 625 nit max brightness. This results in a device that’s a little bit easier to use while in bright conditions, but it’s one area where the iPhone 13 Pro separates itself from the baseline models.
The iPhone 13 Pro features significantly higher typical brightness (1000 nits), and more importantly, ushers in ProMotion support to the iPhone for the first time. ProMotion, which first debuted in the iPad Pro, brings variable refresh rate technology to the iPhone, making it possible to enjoy 120Hz refresh rate for smoother scrolling and improved text rendering while scrolling.
ProMotion is one of the key features that had me strongly considering going with the iPhone 13 Pro as my daily driver, but I ultimately decided that I valued the portability of the iPhone 13 mini more.
Last year I came close to making the iPhone 12 mini my main device, but the battery life wasn’t quite good enough to make that happen. This year, primarily thanks to a more efficient A15 chip, Apple addressed the battery life issue on its smallest iPhone. Although it won’t compare to the ridiculously long-lasting Max model, the iPhone 13 mini improves just enough for me to usually get through a full day’s usage.
On most evenings I end up with 10-15% battery life remaining, although on occasion I’ve had to top it off to make it through a full day. With the iPhone 12 mini, I almost never made it through a full day without needing to recharge.
With that said, I’ve grown accustomed to keeping the MagSafe Battery Pack around to help get through days when battery life may be an issue. As I noted in my hands-on review of the MagSafe Battery Pack, this is a device that works with all MagSafe-enabled iPhones, but seems to have been specifically designed with the iPhone mini in mind.
The iPhone 13 mini comes with 128GB of storage, meaning Apple has doubled the storage of its baseline devices while charging the same $699 price. These days, 64GB of storage in a smartphone is doable, but having 128GB in the base model is a big win for customers, and enough storage for the average user.
MagSafe is probably the best smartphone accessory lineup that we’ve seen since smartphones became mainstream with the original iPhone. Besides my MagSafe-enabled iPhone Leather Case, my second most-used MagSafe accessory is the iPhone Leather Wallet. The Leather Wallet conveniently attaches magnetically to the back of the iPhone 13 or to the back of a MagSafe-enabled case. Apple recently improved the Leather Wallet by adding Find My support so that you can track it in the Find My app if it’s ever lost or misplaced.
The aforementioned MagSafe Battery Pack, of course, is an accessory I use here and there when necessary. At $99, it should probably cost half of what it does, but you can’t beat the ease of use and iOS integration.
A couple of additional MagSafe-enabled products that I use sparingly are the MagSafe Duo (review), which I’ve relegated to only using while traveling, and the Moment Multi Threaded Mount for MagSafe. Moment’s accessory is particularly intriguing, in that it provides a quick and easy way to mount your iPhone to a camera rig, which is great when using your iPhone for functions like monitoring and camera control.
All iPhone 13 models include Apple’s newest A15 system on a chip. From the cheapest iPhone 13 mini to the most expensive iPhone 13 Pro Max, you more or less get similar CPU performance across the board. Granted, there are discrepancies in the amount of GPU cores and memory when comparing baseline and pro devices, and this may make a difference depending on the apps you use.
Generally speaking, though, the CPU performance for an iPhone 13 mini closely resembles the performance of an iPhone 13 Pro Max. With this in mind, the iPhone 13 mini proves to be a great value. You’re getting latest-generation CPU performance in a package that costs hundreds less than the top of the line iPhone 13 Pro Max.
The iPhone 13 mini’s redesigned dual camera system improves on the already competent setup found in the iPhone 12 mini. The wide angle camera features a bigger sensor with larger pixels for improved light gathering, and the ultra-wide camera comes equipped with a faster sensor for better low light performance.
Another noteworthy improvement is sensor‑shift optical image stabilization support for the wide angle camera, a feature that was previously exclusive to last year’s pro model. Sensor shift is also geared toward improving low light photography, and speeds up Night mode capture by helping to keep the camera stabilized while shooting handheld.
There are added software improvements, like Cinematic mode, which brings rack focus video capability to the masses, and Photographic Styles to add in-camera personalized looks based on tone and warmth adjustments.
As good as the iPhone 13 mini camera system is, the cameras make for the biggest differentiator between the iPhone 13 Pro and the baseline iPhone 13. The Pro version includes a telephoto lens, along with professional features like Apple Pro RAW capture for photos, ProRes capture for videos, macro support, improved Night mode performance, etc. Perhaps most notably, the iPhone 13 Pro features a faster aperture for better low light capture in both its wide and ultra wide cameras.
There’s no question that you sacrifice several noteworthy camera enhancements by skipping out on the pro models. Nevertheless, the iPhone 13 mini features a camera system that’s capable of taking fantastic-looking photos and videos.
The iPhone 13 mini isn’t the most feature-dense Apple smartphone that you can buy today, but it’s the best looking iPhone, and feels the best in the hand when using it. If you’re an iPhone mini fan, remember how this feels, because it’s probably not going to be this way for long. Chances are this is the last year of the iPhone mini based on rumors, which is sad, but not all that surprising given the reports about sales figures for Apple’s smallest smartphone.
If the iPhone 13 mini does turn out to be the last mini iPhone in Apple’s lineup, I can say that I enjoyed it to the full, and may continue to use it even after its time in the spotlight has passed.
What do you think about the iPhone 13 mini? Would you be disappointed if we don’t see an iPhone 14 mini? Sound off down below in the comments with your thoughts.
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A smartphone’s camera details are usually plastered front and centre in the promos, and for good reason. Our phones have become the de facto tool to click photos and store our fond memories digitally. Understandably, the quality of the photos goes up a notch if the user spends top bucks on a brand new phone. To that note, 2021 saw the launch of a slew of camera-centric flagships with incredible features, but which one is the best? Enter, the Best Camera Phone of 2021 – Premium award. In this category, we’ve ignored the price tags and have picked all the smartphones that we thought offered the finest overall camera experience in 2021. But the award will only go to one phone, so to ensure absolute objectivity, our nominees were thoroughly inspected by the Indian Gadget Awards jury of over 40 experts from the Indian tech media community, and the results are in. Check out the winner of the Best Premium Camera Phone of 2021 award.

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The iQOO 7 Legend is a fantastic gaming phone and one that really pushed the boundaries with its long list of features. While the smartphone’s headlining feature is undoubtedly its SD888 SoC, the device’s 48MP main sensor deserves some credit too. To that note, the shooter excels at delivering great photographs in all lighting conditions. Plus, its Ultra Stable Mode combines  OIS and EIS to give the gimbal-esque stabilisation when recording videos. The smartphone’s assisting shooters are no slouch either and the unit’s 13MP ultra-wide camera (that doubles up as a macro lens) and its 13MP telephoto shooter click quality stills as well. There’s even an Extreme Night Mode on this device that offers amazing low-light shots, and a Video Pro Mode that gives users granular control over their video settings.

The Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra is truly an ‘ultra’ in all regards. The device’s main sensor is a 50MP 1/1.12″ unit which is the biggest sensor on any phone to date, offering a pixel size of 1.4 micrometres. As capable as the main camera is, the snapper is accompanied by a 48MP periscope telephoto camera that offers up to 120x digital zoom, and a 48MP ultra-wide camera with a 128-degree FoV. Pictures clicked from the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra have a remarkable amount of detail in them and the shots also have great dynamic range. What’s more, the phone also supports 8K video recording, aside from offering a host of other photography and videography focused features.

No surprises here. Apple’s latest top-end flagship, the iPhone 13 Pro Max is also a nominee for the Best Camera Phone of 2021 – Premium category. The larger sensors on this year’s iPhones have enhanced their photography performance even further. The iPhone 13 Pro Max gets a trio of 12MP sensors, with one of them grabbing a wide lens that makes use of the company’s sensor-shift technology, another utilising a telephoto lens 3x optical zoom shots and an ultra-wide angle sensor, which allows users to paint on a larger canvas. What’s more, the company’s upgraded Smart HDR 4 leads to stunning photos no matter what kind of scenario they are clicked in. This device also comes with the Cinematic Mode, which offers professional-grade video effects and there’s even support for capturing RAW video.

The Vivo X70 Pro+ is among the most impressive phones of 2021 and the smartphone offers a ZEISS-backed camera setup with ZEISS T* coating to avoid lens flare. The phone comes with two main cameras – a 48MP gimbal-stabilised snapper and a 50MP Ultra Sensing GN1 sensor that has regular OIS. While these are able to dish out spectacular photos and videos, the phone also offers two telephoto cameras of 8MP and 12MP resolutions, which together provide up to 60x digital zoom. Suffice it to say, the photography and videography experience of the Vivo X70 Pro Plus is as diverse, as it is fulfilling.

As is customary with any Samsung flagship, the Galaxy S21 Ultra also snaps gorgeous stills with plenty of vibrancy and details in the frame. The device ships with a 108MP f/1.8 wide camera which works alongside a pair of 10MP telephoto cameras. The assisting sensors allow users to snap photos at up to 100x digital zoom, a feature aptly dubbed ‘Space Zoom’ by the company. And, then there’s the 12MP ultra-wide camera that also returns stunning images. All said and done, the phone offers a complete camera setup with plenty of incredible features like support for 8K video recording, a Super Steady mode to mimic gimbal-like shots, and much more.

OnePlus is the go-to brand for performance-fiends, however, the company’s OnePlus 9 Pro managed to sway a lot of budding photographers to the company’s doorsteps too. To that note, the brand partnered with photography-giant Hasselblad in an attempt to finetune the phone’s colour science. The partnership worked brilliantly as the OnePlus 9 Pro delivers natural-looking photos with realistic colours under all kinds of light. The phone’s camera setup includes a 48MP main camera, a 50MP ultra-wide snapper, an 8MP telephoto sensor, and a 2MP monochrome sensor which, when put together, offer a complete camera setup.

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Kodak has launched magnetic wireless chargers in India that are compatible with Apple iPhone 12 and Apple iPhone 13 series. While one is for use in the car, the other one is for juicing up an iPhone 12 or iPhone 13 series handset at home or office. Both of the chargers offer 15W maximum charging power. Kodak announced a licensing agreement with Bengaluru-based Georgian Enterprises to sell such consumer electronics in the Indian market. The US-based photography company also said that it will launch more exciting products in future.
As per the company, the Kodak Magnetic Wireless Charger for car (15W) and for home (15W) is available for an introductory price of Rs. 2,499 on Amazon. As per Kodak, the charger will be soon be available on Flipkart as well.
Kodak Magnetic Wireless Charger for car (WCM101C) can be fitted onto a standard Car AC vent with easy to detach vent hook and grip-locking ring. It features a square body with neodymium magnets around its edges. As per the company, the charger keeps the iPhone safe from scratches, and prevents it from slipping while the user is driving. It sports a 360-degree rotating ball mount allowing users to stick the phone in any orientation.
Kodak Magnetic Wireless Charger for car is equipped with an intelligent charging chip and offers a maximum power of 15W. It is certified with high protection features such as over-voltage, over-current, over-temperature and over-charging, Kodak says.
Meanwhile, the Kodak Magnetic Wireless Charger for home or office (WCM201) also offers a high-speed 15W desk chargercum-stand. It comes with the similar neodymium magnets for a secure hold as the one in the car charger, however, it has a compact kickstand allowing users to position the phone in upright position.
The Kodak Magnetic Wireless Chargers for car and home are compatible with Apple iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max and iPhone 12 mini. Kodak is offering a bundled wire, and a compatible USB car or wall charger with up to 20W power is needed to get the chargers running.

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