iPhone 13 Pro reviews: battery life, ProMotion and cameras are major wins

iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max have made their way into the hands of reviewers. Most of the media outlets have praised the improved cameras and features, ProMotion display, and longer battery life on the new smartphones.

Here is our selection of some of the best iPhone 13 Pro reviews on the Internet that can help you decide whether you should upgrade or not.

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iPhone 13 Pro reviews round-up

The Verge

Dieter Bohn of The Verge gave the iPhone 13 Pro a score of 9 out of 10 and praised the implementation of the high refresh rate display, amazing battery life, and camera system. He echoed what we also believe here at iThinkDifferent: iPhone 13 Pro is a great upgrade if you are coming from an older iPhone, but if you are on iPhone 12 Pro, you would be happy with what you have for a little while longer.

The story of the iPhone 13 Pro is a story of iteration, sure, but iteration matters. iPhone 12 Pro owners will have to pay a lot of attention to see some of the differences and an upgrade probably doesn’t make a lot of sense. But if you’re using something older, all that iteration comes on top of the major improvements from the iPhone 12 Pro — the upgrades will be very noticeable.

ProMotion display is the perfect example of what you get with the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max. It’s an improvement that may only matter explicitly to a few but will subtly make life nicer for everybody who uses it. The battery life upgrade isn’t quite so subtle, of course.

The Wall Street Journal

Joanna Stern from The Wall Street Journal praised the longer battery life on the iPhone models, even claiming that iPhone 13 Pro Max could last more than a single day if you turn off 5G.

In my daily use, all four of the models lasted at least an hour longer than their predecessors. The Pro Max could easily go until the next day. If you want to stretch battery life further, you can turn off 5G. (Power savings aside, it’s a fun experiment to see how little 5G really adds to the smartphone experience right now.)

Tom’s Guide

Mark Spoonauer from Tom’s Guide gave iPhone 13 Pro Max 5 out of 5, and called it the “best phone period”. He praised the still and video capture capabilities of the new cameras, 120Hz ProMotion display, and the battery life, which is the best on a 5G phone so far.

The iPhone 13 Pro Max is that rare phone that gets a 5-star rating from us. You get superior cameras and video recording capabilities — including the very compelling Cinematic mode and macro mode — blistering performance and a very responsive 120Hz display. Plus, the battery life is even better this time around and among the best we’ve seen from a 5G flagship.

Spoonauer also said that the phone could use faster charging, as it’s slower than the competition. He also lamented the 1080p limitation for Cinematic mode.

CNBC

Patrick Holland from CNBC gave the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max 9.2 out of 10, which is yet another amazing score for the smartphones. He sang praises of the cameras, ProMotion displays, build quality, and the new 3x zoom. However, he did not like the heavy weight of the phones, as well as the notch, which has been a part of iPhones for many years now.

Holland also ran some benchmarks to compare A15 performance to A14, and the new SoC was ahead by 10%-15% in all tests.

Powering everything is Apple’s new A15 Bionic chip. The GPU on the Pro models has five cores instead of four on the 13 and 13 Mini. During my time testing the phones, it didn’t have any trouble handling gaming, editing photos or having a bunch of apps open at the same time. Check out the benchmark test results below.

Wired

Julian Chokkattu from Wired praised the new camera systems, battery life and ProMotion display. However, he felt that 128GB as base storage is too low for the Pro models, and they have few features that justify their price.

Great performance. Battery comfortably lasts a full day, if not a little more. Excellent camera systems. The new Cinematic Mode for videos is tremendously fun. 120-Hz screen refresh rate makes everything look smooth.

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