The iPhone 13 Pro Max, to the test: a gigantic mobile with an autonomy to match | Technology


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If the iPhone 13 mini is a mobile designed for lovers of small phones, the iPhone 13 Pro Max is the opposite: a gigantic terminal designed for users whose priority is to have a large screen. This device incorporates several advances: a better screen, more powerful cameras, a new processor and a more ambitious autonomy. However, it still has room for improvement. In addition to being among the heaviest mobiles on the market, faster charging is missing. The best Apple terminal is also the most expensive: it is available in four colors – graphite, gold, silver and blue – from 1,259 euros.

Its design is practically the same as its predecessor. Apple has slightly reduced the notch – the notch at the top of the screen that houses the camera – to try and offer a more immersive experience. Although a priori It is a positive change, in the daily use of the mobile there is not much difference. The other main design change is that it incorporates a larger rear camera module. Apple has enlarged the sensors to try to crown itself as the king of photography. With this modification, the iPhone 12 Pro Max cases are no longer compatible with those of the new terminal.

But if the iPhone 13 Pro Max is characterized by something, it is because it is one of the largest and heaviest phones on the market. It measures 16 centimeters high, 7.8 centimeters wide and 7.6 millimeters thick. It also weighs 238 grams, compared to the 226 grams of its predecessor and the 204 grams of the iPhone 13 Pro. These dimensions give way to a large 6.7-inch screen. Although consuming audiovisual content on this panel is a joy, it is a phone that for some users will be too bulky. It is designed to be handled with both hands at the same time, it is somewhat wide and cannot be stored in just any pocket.

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The screen has, finally, a refresh rate that reaches 120 Hz. This was one of the most anticipated developments for Apple phones and has only reached the two most powerful devices of the company. The refresh rate is the number of times the screen is refreshed per second. The higher it is, the smoother the user experience when transitioning between screens or viewing animations. Most of the high-end mobiles of the competition have long incorporated a rate that reaches 120 Hz.

The iPhone 13 Pro Max (right), compared to the iPhone 13 mini (left).
The iPhone 13 Pro Max (right), compared to the iPhone 13 mini (left).I.R.

How to be the king of photography

In the photographic section, the iPhone 13 Pro Max is, without a doubt, among the best mobiles on the market. The terminal incorporates the same system as its younger brother, the iPhone 13 Pro. In addition to a 12 megapixel front camera, it has three rear cameras – main, ultra wide angle and telephoto lens – with the same resolution: 12 megapixels. In general the results are quite good, especially with the main sensor.

Realistic images are achieved with a good dynamic range, adequate contrast and a high level of detail. The ultra wide angle has improved somewhat in low light conditions. The apple company claims it can take brighter and sharper photos thanks to a much larger aperture and a new autofocus system that provides a 92% improvement in low-light environments. However, on some occasions some noise still appears in the captures.

Video recording is another of the strengths of this phone. In addition to the stabilization being very good, the Cupertino company has opted for advanced machine learning algorithms so that “everyone can immortalize cinema-quality moments even without professional experience.” One of the novelties of the new iPhone is that they incorporate a cinema mode. This option allows you to record people, pets, and objects with a depth effect and make automatic focus changes. The user can adjust the background blur to give a more professional finish to their creations. This mode can be useful for shooting certain shots, especially in bright conditions.

Better performance and autonomy

The iPhone 13 Pro Max is compatible with 5G networks and incorporates the A15 Bionic. It is one of the most powerful processors on the market. The performance of the phone is very good in all cases: both when playing games, when browsing the Internet, making recordings or using augmented reality applications. In none of these cases has any type of lag or delay. The mobile is available with several storage options: with a capacity of 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB and the new option of 1 TB.

Among the highlights of this terminal is the battery. Its duration has increased significantly and it is now possible to go more than a day without charging the mobile even when it is used intensively. Even so, faster charging is missing. Some phones allow you to fill your battery in just half an hour. But in tests carried out by this newspaper with a 20 W charger with MagSafe – a wireless accessory that incorporates magnets to attach to the iPhone and fill its battery – the mobile has taken more than two hours to fully charge.

Also, Apple does not include a charger in the box. Last year the apple company made this decision citing environmental reasons. However, it still maintains its refusal to adopt a universal charger for its phones. The measure created a stir among multiple users, as it forces some customers to buy it separately. On the company’s website, the price of this accessory starts at 25 euros.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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