Apple recently launched the latest batch of smartphones with the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max and iPhone 13 Mini. We’ve tested every single iPhone to determine which is the best contoh available right now.
Of the iPhones released in September, we’ve dished out full reviews for all four of them – the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro and the iPhone 13 Pro Max and iPhone 13 Mini.
Along with the new phones, this list also includes older handsets like the iPhone 12 and iPhone 11 series, along with top mid-range picks like the much more affordable iPhone SE dua. While not all of these are still sold by Apple, they can be found elsewhere often at very enticing prices.
For some people, an Apple phone is the obvious choice. For others, our guide to the best Android phones will be more helpful. We’ve also published a definitive list of the best mobile phones available right now, so make sure to check that out if you’re open to both operating systems. How we test
Learn more about how we test mobile phones
Every phone we review goes through a series of uniform checks designed to gauge key things including build quality, screen accuracy, battery life, performance and camera prowess.
These include formal synthetic benchmarks and scripted tests, plus a series of real world checks, such as how much battery it loses per hour streaming video.
We also make sure to use every phone we review as our primary handset for at least 4 days to ensure our review is as accurate as possible. You can see a more detailed breakdown of our testing methodology in our how we test phones guide.
iPhone 13 ProThe best iPhoneProsGreat to finally see a 120Hz display on an iPhoneGood battery lifeSeriously impressive camera systemConsOther phones have better zoomThe notch feels dated
The iPhone 13 Pro is the best iPhone available right now, offering Apple’s most complete package yet with a handful of advancements over the iPhone 13.
This includes a faster 120Hz ProMotion display, a telephoto camera, a longer-lasting battery, more storage and a faster CPU. Everything else, including the sizes of the phones, are pretty much the same. With that said, the improvements here are excellent.
This is the first time we’ve seen an iPhone with a 120Hz adaptive refresh rate, helping Apple keep up with its Android competitors. The handset also has the best battery life we’ve ever seen on the smallest Pro iPhone.
The camera array consists of a 12-megapixel (f/1.lima) wide lens, a 12-megapixel (f/1.8) ultra-wide lens and a 12-megapixel (f/dua.8) telephoto lens, allowing the phone to take advantage of 6x optical zoom and 15x digital zoom.
There’s also Apple ProRes video support, along with a LiDAR scanner for portraits in Night Mode, faster autofocus in low lighting and advanced AR experiences.
The 13 Pro is powered by Apple’s latest A15 Bionic chipset, which includes a six-core CPU, 16-core Neural Engine and a five-core GPU. Finally, there’s up to 1TB of storage for the first time in an iPhone.
Reviewer: Max Parker Full review: iPhone 13 Pro review
iPhone 13The best iPhone if you haven’t upgraded in a few yearsProsMuch improved battery lifeBright, vivid OLED displayExcellent main cameraConsNo ProMotionNo optical zoom
Next up is Apple’s iPhone 13, the best overall iPhone if you’re shopping around for your first upgrade in a number of years. This is because Apple offers a number of updates over previous years without a Pro price.
The iPhone 13 features a vivid 6.1-inch OLED display and a 20% smaller notch over past generations.
The phone is powered by the new A15 Bionic with a six-core CPU, 16-core Neural Engine and a four-core GPU, along with up to 512GB of storage. The more efficient A15 also offers significant battery life improvements.
The dual camera is the best you’ll find at this price, with a 12-megapixel (f/1.6) wide lens and a 12-megapixel (f/dua.4) ultra-wide lens capable of recording 4K 60fps video with support for Dolby Vision.
The phone doesn’t pack the telephoto lens available on the 13 Pro meaning there’s no optical zoom, but it does feature 5x digital zoom.
Reviewer: Max Parker Full review: iPhone 13 review
iPhone 13 MiniAnother miniature marvelProsSmall but supremely powerfulExcellent camera systemImproved battery lifeConsNo ProMotionNo proper zoom cameraLacks the endurance of the other iPhone 13 models
For the second year running Apple has released what is easily the best small phone around. Unlike many other dinky phones we’ve reviewed over the years, the iPhone 13 Mini doesn’t sacrifice its performance for size.
In fact, most of this phone is exactly the same as the larger iPhone 13. Just with a lima.4-inch screen as opposed to a 6.1-inch version. That means you’re getting the same A15 Bionic chipset with 5G, the same dual camera array on the back and the same OLED panel.
We marked the iPhone 12 Mini down for its weak stamina and the improvements to the battery life here are certainly welcome. It might still be the iPhone 13 contoh that lasts the least amount of time per charge, but it does now roughly last as long as the full-size iPhone 12 contoh.
The reason why most people will buy this phone though is the size. It’s pocketable, usable in one hand and generally a pleasure for anyone who spends more time messaging and calling as opposed to gaming and video watching.
Reviewer: Max ParkerFull review:iPhone 13 Mini review
iPhone 13 Pro MaxThe biggest iPhone for 2021ProsHuge screen is gorgeousThree very good camerasReally impressive battery lifeProMotion finally on an iPhoneConsSelfie camera needs an upgradeNotch feels tiredOther phones have better zoom
The iPhone 13 Pro Max is the biggest iPhone in the current generation, making it the best choice if you’re looking for a Pro with a more spacious display. However, it does come at a cost as the only model price at over £1000.
The iPhone 13 Pro Max packs a 6.7-inch OLED display, making it 0.6-inches larger than that of the standard Pro. It also takes advantage of the same 120Hz ProMotion display and the smaller notch found across the iPhone 13 range.
The Pro Max packs the same triple camera array as the Pro, along with the same A15, a five-core GPU and up to 1TB of storage.
Battery life is excellent too, outlasting major releases from Samsung, OnePlus and more mainstream flagship phones this year.
Reviewer: Max Parker Full review: iPhone 13 Pro Max review
iPhone 12 ProThe best iPhone 12 modelProsA very welcome redesignReliable cameras in all situationsAccurate HDR displayGreat sizeConsHigh refresh rate screen feels sorely missed on the Pro modelPro Max bags the bigger camera upgrades
Before the iPhone 13 event this September,the iPhone 12 Pro was the best phones Apple had to offer.
Improvements over the regular 12 include more RAM, a slightly brighter screen, stainless steel sides, an extra camera on the back alongside LIDAR for faster low-light focusing and 128GB storage as standard. Things like screen resolution, battery life, main camera quality and design are all very much the same.
On the back of the iPhone 12 Pro there are three cameras. All three are 12MP and take strong shots in a load of situations. The zoom is similar to the iPhone 11 Pro and the ultrawide now benefits from the Night Mode. The main sensor has a slightly wider f/1.6 aperture than the previous-gen iPhones which lets more light in, again helping when you’re in tricky situations.
Inside the 12 Pro you’ll find the very fast Apple A14 Bionic chipset, support for 5G network and 6GB RAM. There are some hefty storage options too, up to 512GB but not the 1TB found on the 13 Pro.
The biggest missing feature here was the ProMotion 120Hz display, something you’ll now be able to find on the iPhone 13 Pro and the 13 Pro Max. Having a faster – that’s anything above the standard 60Hz – display makes scrolling smoother and games more responsive.
Reviewer: Max Parker Full review: iPhone 12 Pro review
Apple iPhone 12The best iPhone 12 for most peopleProsFantastic new designVery reliable camerasExecptional performanceConsScreen lacks some of the benefits you’ll find elswhereThe notch remains annoying
Last year, we said the iPhone 12 was the model most people should buy as it inherited a lot of features previously exclusive to the Pro line. However, this title has since been succeeded by the iPhone 13.