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Generation-duel: Apple iPhone 13 vs. iPhone 14 Review

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Generation-duel: apple iPhone 13 vs. iPhone 14 Review


On the outside, the iPhone 13 and iPhone 14 look alike like peas in a pod. How big are the differences under the hood? The test shows that.
In years past, new iPhones could be identified by some design feature. When comparing iPhone 12 to iPhone 13 , for example, the diagonally arranged cameras on the back clearly indicated an iPhone 13 . That’s over now: the iPhone 14 also has the same camera arrangement. Connoisseurs could recognize the iPhone 14 by the new colors (lighter blue, bright red or the new color violet). But the more important question is: How do they differ in terms of performance?
iPhone 14 vs. iPhone 13
iPhone 14 vs. iPhone 13: The case dimensions and the position of the buttons are identical.

Size and housing: are there differences?

Both iPhone models come with a 6.1-inch display with OLED technology in an angular housing (aluminum frame, glass back). There are only differences in the colors here: The blue is stronger on the iPhone 13, the red on the iPhone 14. The light purple version is new. In addition, the camera block on the iPhone 14 is a touch larger, so that the iPhone does not fit perfectly in tight-fitting cases (e.g. from Apple) at the top right. Apart from that, many iPhone 13 cases should continue to be used, at least temporarily. According to our measurements, the proportion of the display on the front is 85 percent.
Duel score: 1:1 – both offer a valuable, handy design
iPhone 13 case on an iPhone 14
iPhone 13 case (original from Apple) on iPhone 14: The case holds, but the wider camera block means that the front protrudes slightly over the edge at the top right.
It doesn’t matter whether it’s the iPhone 13 or iPhone 14: Both generations come with an excellent OLED display. Brightness is high at 833 candelas per square meter for normal content and almost 1,100 candelas for HDR. The sharpness is very good at just over 460 ppi. And thanks to OLED technology, both deliver crisp contrasts with the high color fidelity typical of Apple. The display of our iPhone 14 test sample was only a touch better in terms of color reproduction. The fact that the refresh rate remains at the outdated fixed setting of 60 Hertz affects both models – people who are sensitive to judder are better off using a Pro model with up to 120 Hertz. The maximum brightness of the 14 Pro models is well above the 2,000 candela mark.
Duel intermediate result: 2: 2 – almost identical displays
Graphics performance: iPhone 13 vs. iPhone 14
Graphics performance: The iPhone 14 is significantly stronger in the 3DMark “Wild Life Extreme” benchmark.

Speed ​​comparison: Two types of A15 processors

Both smartphones run on Apple’s A15 Bionic processor. But the difference is in the details: In the iPhone 14, Apple uses the better A15 version, which was previously reserved for the iPhone 13 Pro. That means: one more core for graphics performance. There may also be other speed optimizations, such as RAM. Result: The iPhone 14 is definitely a bit faster than the iPhone 13. Even in the pure CPU test, it is a good ten percent ahead of the iPhone 13 in the Geekbench multi-core test with around 4,700 points. The advantage increases for graphics-intensive apps in the 3DMark benchmark “Wild Life Extreme” to a good 13 percent (2900 vs. 2560 points). For a tough rating, however, this small advantage does not weigh enough – because in this comparison only really relevant differences are evaluated.
Duel standings: 3:3
Generation duel: iPhone 13 vs. iPhone 14 in the test
iPhone 14 (light blue) and iPhone 13 (dark blue) have two cameras on the back (12 megapixels, main and ultra wide angle). Only the Pro has a Tele.

Camera comparison: 12 megapixels are enough!

On paper, the camera configuration of the iPhone 13 and iPhone 14 is the same: two 12-megapixel rear cameras, one main camera and one ultra-wide-angle camera. There is also a 12-megapixel camera at the front. In the test, however, there were surprisingly strong differences: the main camera makes a leap in quality, even catching up with the camera of the iPhone 14 Pro in daylight. You can see: For the image quality without RAW mode alone, you don’t need a 48-megapixel mode. In low light, on the other hand, our testers preferred the photos of the iPhone 13 – the AI ​​​​apparently does not pay off in every situation. An important innovation for selfie fans: The front camera now has an autofocus. This is particularly noticeable with selfies in portrait mode, where the focus point can now be set manually on the background.
Intermediate duel score: 3:4 – the new iPhone has better cameras
Camera comparison: The iPhone 14 shows details more clearly and with more contrast
Camera comparison (main camera): The iPhone 14 shows details more clearly and with more contrast than the iPhone 13.

iPhone 13 and iPhone 14 battery comparison

Runtimes and charging speeds of modern smartphones are impressive, but both issues are still a source of frustration. When it came out, the iPhone 13 series had achieved new top values ​​in the smartphone upper class in terms of battery life. The iPhone 13 lasted almost twelve hours (11:51 hours) in the COMPUTER BILD endurance test (continuous operation using a robot finger)! To our surprise, the iPhone 14 performed much worse here, giving up after 9:13 hours with one charge. It is unclear whether this is due to the device firmware, iOS 16 or the built-in hardware. But even in the repeated test run, the result remained the same. At least with intensive continuous use, the iPhone 14 is not a battery miracle (the new iPhone 14 Plus or the iPhone 14 Pro Max are more recommended here). Pity: When it comes to the charging speed, the iPhone 14 is a little faster at 1:53 hours (the iPhone 13 comes to 2:15 hours), but overall the charging speed of both is so slow that you will rather charge them overnight. And a 22-minute shorter charging time doesn’t matter again.
Intermediate duel result: 4:4 – the new one needs more power when used intensively

Conclusion : iPhone 13 vs. iPhone 14

The duel ends in a draw, just like in the final score. Both vintages have a valuable and handy design, a bright OLED screen and the same operating system. The iPhone 14 has advantages with the camera and could benefit from further improvements in the image processing software (Photonic Engine) in the future. On the other hand, the iPhone 13 lasted longer in the battery test. In the end, the clearly lower price speaks for the iPhone 13, for the iPhone 14 more detailed extras, such as accident detection. Real innovations such as RAW photos in 48 megapixels, 1 to 120 Hertz display, a new processor and a better telephoto are only available this year with the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max.
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