Apple iPhone 13 review: Everything you need to know

The iPhone 13’s brighter display, longer battery life, and powerful cameras make it the best iPhone for most people

iphone 13 from the back


The iPhone 13 (from $799) may not look all that new — other than the new camera lens layout — but under the hood, it’s a better flagship all around. Some might see it as an incremental upgrade over the iPhone 12, but it’s definitely got a lot going for it.

The new iPhone’s display is brighter than its predecessor’s. The battery life is noticeably longer. And Apple has improved an already great camera with new sensors and computational photography features that make you feel like a pro (even on a non-Pro phone).

Yes, the A15 Bionic powering the iPhone 13 is once again the fastest chip in the land. But it’s more about what this chip lets you do. This includes Cinematic mode, which adds depth of field to your videos while automatically shifting focus, and Photographic Styles for changing the look of your pics.

More iPhone 13 reviews: Our verdict is in

  • iPhone 13 Pro Max review: The best new iPhone overall
  • iPhone 13 Pro review: Stellar cameras in a compact design
  • iPhone 13 mini review: Small phone with big performance

The regular iPhone 13 has some flaws. The charging is still relatively slow compared to some Android phones. And I don’t like that only the iPhone 13 Pro models get a 120Hz display and telephoto zoom. But based on my in-depth iPhone 13 review, this new iPhone is the best phone for the money.

Check out our iPhone 13 mini review if you want all the same features of the iPhone 13 in a smaller design. Want a 120Hz display and telephoto zoom? See our iPhone 13 Pro review. And our iPhone 13 Pro Max review is the place to go if you want the biggest screen.