Is the iPhone 13 worth buying in 2024?

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This is the iPhone 13, and today I will tell you whether you should buy it in 2024 or not. If this article helps you in decision-making, then I have a task for you: you need to follow us on Google News.

Design & Display

iPhone 13 Design

In terms of design, it looks exactly like the iPhone 14. It features the square design with flat edges, and even the rear camera lens is diagonally aligned. The front display notch is also similar to the iPhone 14.

iPhone 13 Display

Now, talking about its display, it is quite impressive. However, it lacks one key aspect, which is that its display panel has a refresh rate of 60Hz. In today’s market, if you go for any other phone in this price range, you can easily find a 120Hz or 90Hz display.

In terms of display quality, it comes with the Super Retina XDR Display. If you’re consuming content or playing games on this device, you’ll experience top-notch quality with accurate colors. Overall, you’ll have a great experience. I would rate the display at 4.5 out of 5, deducting 0.5 due to the 60Hz panel.

Even though the display has a 60Hz refresh rate, the phone doesn’t feel sluggish while using it. Additionally, it has a brightness of 800 nits, which means you won’t face any issues with visibility in direct sunlight.

Performance

iPhone 13 Performance

Now, many people may think that the display of the iPhone 13 is its downside, but let me tell you that its performance is amazing. It comes with the A15 Bionic chip, which is so powerful that you won’t experience any lag while gaming, editing, or performing any other tasks. While it may heat up if you’re gaming in hot conditions, it still performs exceptionally well.

The A15 Bionic chip indeed competes head-to-head with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, which is used in devices like the OnePlus 11 that launched this year. So, the performance of the iPhone 13 is extremely powerful and can be considered overpowered.

Additionally, the iPhone 13 also supports 5G, so you won’t face any problems in terms of long-term compatibility.

Cameras

Now, you must already know the camera specifications of the iPhone 13 since you’re considering buying it, and that’s why you clicked on this article. And I have tested it to some extent, and below are some examples.

iPhone 13 Back Camera
iPhone 13 Front Camera

Battery & Charging

iPhone 13 Charging

Now let’s talk about its battery life and charging. Nowadays, people focus on the wattage of charging and how long the phone lasts. But let me tell you that if you’re using this phone for normal tasks like browsing Instagram, using WhatsApp, making phone calls, it will last around 18-20 hours. And if you’re doing tasks like editing or gaming, it will last for about 4-8 hours.

It supports 25W wired charging and 15W wireless charging, which means you can fully charge the phone in about 1-2 hours.

Software Updates

iPhone 13 Software Updates

Now let’s talk about its main feature, software updates. It was launched with iOS 15, which means you can easily expect to receive software updates until iOS 20 or even iOS 21.

Let me give you an example: I have an iPhone 11, which is 5 years old, and it still supports iOS 17. So, if you hold onto the iPhone 13 for 6 years, you can be assured that you will receive software updates throughout that period.

Final Thoughts

So overall, speaking from my perspective, I found the iPhone 13 to be quite impressive for daily use. The only downside I noticed was the 60Hz display. However, even if you consider buying the iPhone 14 or iPhone 15, you would still get a 60Hz display, so we can disregard this point as it doesn’t hold much significance.

If we discuss its price, buying an iPhone 13 would cost you approximately $600-700. I believe that spending such a substantial amount on it may not be worthwhile. Instead, I would recommend considering it as a worthwhile investment in 2024 if you can find it on sale for $400-450. However, if that’s not the case, exploring second-hand or refurbished iPhone options would be prudent.

If you’re contemplating purchasing a new iPhone, I would suggest opting for the iPhone 15, even though it costs an additional $200, but the differences are huge.

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