iPhone 13 – Should you upgrade your handset?

Discover the real benefits if upgrading to the iPhone13.

Are you thinking of upgrading to any of the iPhone 13 handsets? Well, you’re in the right place. This article is a straight-talking comparison of your options without the usual sales fluff, so you can decide whether an upgrade is right for you.

Like many of us, we love to hate Apple. We love how easy they are to use and would even associate learning a new OS system with learning a new language, but we also hate them. They replaced the USB plugs with a USB-C and overnight the plugs became obsolete… not to mention how expensive they can be, replacing the chargers alone will cost you £19.00.

So, is an upgrade really necessary?

Meet the iPhone 13 family

iPhone 13 line-up comprises of four devices: the iPhone 13, Mini, Pro and Pro Max. All the models have the same ceramic shield covering the display, and an IP 68 rating for dust and water resistance, meaning they can endure being submerged in 6 metres of water for 20 minutes.

The iPhone 13 and 13 Mini are hardly upgrades from the iPhone 12 and 12 Mini, which are already wonderful phones. Apart from a better camera and longer battery life, it’s hard to tell the difference between the devices, apart from the 13s being heavier.

On the other hand, the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max are both a considerable upgrade from the iPhone 12, and includes some exciting new features, but the only difference between the Pro and Pro Max, is the size. Otherwise, they are the exact same phone.

New features

One of the most significant benefits is that you now have the option to purchase an Apple iPhone that has 1TB of storage. Although, it is significantly more expensive, but what did you expect? It’s Apple we’re talking about here.

Apple has genuinely enhanced their devices by introducing the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max; they have the most advanced pro camera system for an iPhone ever. The camera could be hugely beneficial to those who work within professional services. You will now be able to take Teams and Zoom calls from your phone without the fear of a pixelated video or harsh feedback. Accompanied by our Cloud Phone system service, you can work on the go with full confidence. Read more about this here.

The devices have a Super Retina XDR display. This is something that Apple calls ProMotion and the improvement is noticeable in everyday use. The high resolution won’t drain power either, its smart AI will switch from 10Hz to 120Hz, and the Pro models promise 2.5 hours of extra battery life.

Finally, all models have an Apple-designed A15 Bionic chip, home to 6-core CPU with 2 performance and 4 efficiency cores, 5-core GPU, and 16-core Neural Engine.

Basically, the A15 is the world fastest smartphone chip.

What if your city does have 5G?

If your area has 5G coverage, then I would recommend upgrading to an iPhone model that’s 5G compatible – see our comparison table below. In Portsmouth, we can get 5G on the O2 network. Our Operations Director, Ria, has an iPhone 12 with a download speed of 230Mbps, which is much faster than the 70Mbps she gets on her home fibre broadband!  That’s super quick.

What’s the cheaper option?

Let’s not be too hasty! There are cheaper Apple options available, for example, have you considered the iPhone SE2?

From just £389 you can do most things that the newer models can for less, and you can rely on it. The bonus for business users is that Apple will produce and support the SE models for longer than their other handsets. This means that while the lovely iPhone that you paid a fortune for may already be obsolete, the SE2 will continue to be in production for a long time.

However, the SE2 is not 5G compatible and has the A13 Bionic Chip. With that being said, it should do everything that the more expensive iPhones do.

Here’s a quick comparison

iPhone 13 iPhone 12iPhone 11iPhone SE2
5G compatibleYesYesNoNo
Base price (inc VAT)£779£679£489£389
Size/weight146.7 x 71.5 173g146.7 x 71.5 173g150.9 x 75.7 194g138.4 x 67.3 148g
CameraDual 12MP camera systemDual 12MP camera systemDual 12MP camera systemSingle 12MP Wide camera (Wide)
HDRSmart HDR4Smart HDR3Next gen Smart HDRNext gen Smart HDR
VideoCinematic mode
SIMDual SIM & Dual eSIMDual SIMDual SIM


Is it worth upgrading to the iPhone 13?

In conclusion, this depends on the age of your current model and your needs.  For example, if you have an iPhone 12, it’s probably not worth upgrading.

If you are looking to spend your money on an iPhone, choose one that’s appropriate to you, not because it’s new.

If you’re struggling with your decision, our In-house experts are on hand to discuss what phone best fits your requirements, alternatively, you can look through our current Business Mobile plans.

Remember, we’re different at easyNetworks. We promise to give you honest advice and the best value products on the market.

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