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The iPhone 13 mini, to the test: power and better cameras for Apple’s smallest mobile


The iPhone 12 mini does not appear to have been a best seller, according to reports from various industry analysts. Despite this, the Cupertino company does not want to stop betting on those users who prefer small mobiles. Because, if the iPhone 13 mini stands out for something, it is above all because of that: it is one of the most powerful compact phones on the market. This terminal, which is not the most convenient for all users, is available in five colors – pink, blue, black, white and red – from 809 euros.

The design of the iPhone 13 mini is very similar to its predecessor. The terminal maintains an elegant finish, the same square edges and a 5.4-inch screen. The notch —The visible mark that is usually at the top of the mobile screen and houses the front camera — is slightly smaller than that of the iPhone 12 mini. In a sector that is increasingly committed to audiovisual content and large screens, it is possible that for some users the iPhone 13 mini is too compact. But for others, those dimensions can make a difference: In addition to being a lightweight terminal, using it with one hand is comfortable and can be easily stored in almost any pocket.

While the most powerful iPhones incorporate a refresh rate of 120 Hz, the iPhone 13 mini still stays at 60 Hz. This parameter refers to the number of times the screen is updated per second. The higher it is, the smoother the scrolling between screens and animations. Most of the high-end mobiles on the market already incorporate a rate that reaches 120 Hz.

In the photographic section, the iPhone 13 mini is identical to the iPhone 13. The terminal incorporates a main camera and an ultra-wide angle of 12 megapixels each, but it lacks a telephoto. Both sensors are located diagonally within a slightly protruding square camera module. Although these mobiles are somewhat less ambitious than their older brothers, the results achieved with the rear cameras are good. The captures are very natural and a good level of detail is achieved, especially during the day. The cameras, especially the wide angle, suffer somewhat more at night and in low light conditions. In these cases, zooming in on the photo loses a bit of sharpness.

The iPhone 13 mini is available in five colors: pink, blue, black, white, and red.Isabel Rubio

One of the novelties of the iPhone 13 is the possibility of using photographic styles. The user can choose from several presets (high contrast, bright, warm or cool) and also modify the tone and temperature before capturing any image. This feature is useful for adjusting camera settings on the fly rather than post-filtering each image.

Apple also makes a strong bet on video recording year after year. The quality that is achieved with the smallest Apple mobile is remarkable. In addition, the new iPhone 13 released a cinematic mode that allows you to record people, pets and objects with a depth effect. The system can also change the focus automatically depending on where the subject is and where it is looking. This mode is quite useful for blurring part of the shot for an artistic touch. After recording, the user can further adjust the blur level of the background.

One of the strengths of the iPhone 13 mini is that, despite being small, it incorporates one of the most powerful processors on the market. Like its older brothers, it has the Apple A15 Bionic. The terminal, in addition to being compatible with 5G networks, executes the apps without any delay. Its performance has been very positive in practically all cases: both when using social networks and when playing games or taking photos and videos. The internal storage of the phone starts from 128 GB. There is also a 256GB version and another that reaches 512GB.

Among the aspects with room for improvement in the iPhone 13 mini is autonomy. Apple does not disclose the capacity of its cell phone batteries. In the presentation of the terminals, the apple company promised to have improved it. Although the battery is much better and may be sufficient for an average user, if the terminal is used demandingly or is used to take photos and videos for hours, it may not reach the full day. Also, Apple doesn’t include a charger in the iPhone 13 mini box. Some users will therefore have to buy it separately.

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