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The iPhone 13 Pro through the eyes of a man who's been using Android all his life. The most honest test

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A journalist talks about her first impressions after buying her latest iPhone

I'm Nastya, a journalist from the editorial office of 93.RU. For eight years I have been using Samsung
phones, and the other day I bought my first iPhone – the 13th Pro. Below are my first impressions
after four days of use – in the range from "ah-ah-ah wow" to "yep, not what I was expecting.

Android tiresome.
In 2013, I was first faced with the choice of buying the Samsung S4 mini or the iPhone 5. And I chose
Android. In 2017, I looked at the two flagships again and wondered whether to take the Samsung S8
mini or the Iphone 7. Yet at the time, the Iphone for me was noticeably inferior both in camera and
appearance – while the Apple screen was flanked by thick frames, Samsung was one of the first in the
world to release a frameless smartphone. I ended up bringing home the sleek S8.

Another four years passed, and Android started to make my nerves and brains boil at times. The
phone's memory was perpetually jammed, the picture glitched at times, and the camera was morally
tired by 2021. The thing for which I valued Android so much – the ability to customize and set
everything in the world up to the screen saver during charging – also stopped catching on. I wanted a
phone that would solve issues without me and not let me down with a frozen screen at the moment
when I need to click an incident in the street.

Without even comparing this time, I just went to the shop for a new operating system and bought an
Iphone with a pro camera.

So, the look of the iPhone.
The new Iphone has a cool (umm, kayf!) glass back, shiny edges and a larger camera unit compared
to version 12. And they've also narrowed the 'fringes' at the top by 20% – they say no one liked them.

Another four years passed, and Android started to make my nerves and brains boil at times. The
phone's memory was always jammed, the picture would occasionally glitch, and the camera was
morally tired by 2021. The thing for which I valued Android so much – the ability to customize and set
everything in the world up to the screen saver during charging – also stopped catching on. I wanted a
phone that would solve issues without me and not let me down with a frozen screen at the moment
when I need to click an incident in the street.

Without even comparing this time, I just went to the shop for a new operating system and bought an
Iphone with a pro camera.

So, the look of the iPhone.
The new Iphone has a cool (umm, kayf!) glass back, shiny edges and a larger camera unit compared
to version 12. And they've also narrowed the 'fringes' at the top by 20% – they say no one liked them.

But what I don't like is that the iPhone becomes a brick in the case. Well, really: it has the same
length as my last phone, and it looks much more massive, as if you can only lift it off the table with a
jack. The thing is, the phone itself is a bit thicker, too, thanks to the bigger battery.

By the way, another of the features: the camera is unusually convex, so if you put the phone with the
back panel down, it can wiggle a little when you touch it.

Screen
The 13th iPhones have an OLED display called the Super Retina XDR. My old Samsung has an
AMOLED screen – and it's considered a better version of OLED (although that didn't stop it from
burning out a year and a half after purchase). Be that as it may, the screen is top-notch. Apple has
increased its brightness in the latest version – and it really is VERY bright. On a sunny day, you almost
didn't have to make a curtain out of your hand, you can see all the notifications as it is.

The picture when scrolling is noticeably smoother than on my previous phone. The creators say that
the iPhone now supports a screen frequency of up to 120 Hz. This means that the picture changes
without jerks and joints. At the same time, the phone doesn't run at this frequency continuously, but
sets it autonomously when needed, so that the battery doesn't drain as quickly.

And it's not just in the contacts department. A couple of times I couldn't open the phone because a
notification was overlaid on the curtain you have to pull to open it. I understand that this is a raw
version of the new, 15th iOS, but are you serious? I left Android because of similar bugs, and then
suddenly there is such a problem on the most advanced device in the world…

And by the way, iPhone's screen is more yellow than Samsung's. Probably safer for the eyes and the
right thing to do. But I miss the true white colour.

Portland, Oregon, USA – Oct 1, 2019: A man strides past an Apple Store in downtown Portland. The big screen inside is seen advertising Apple’s fastest A13 Bionic chips in the new iPhone series.

Camera

Camera and photography is still one of the most important things about the phone for me.
Therefore, at this stop we stay a little longer.

It seemed that the quality of the general view pictures went forward just a little bit. Below are two
pictures for comparison: from iPhone and Samsung. Find three differences.

But! All the charms of the iPhone are in the modes and details. For example, the wide-angle camera
is definitely better (I've seen and studied what the pictures were like on the camera of the 12th
iPhone). The close-up shots were impressive too, see for yourself:

Overall, I haven't done a deep dive into the settings yet. But there is a feeling that you can get almost
professional shots with them. Still, there is an unpleasant nuance: a couple of times while switching
between camera modes, the screen suddenly got blurry and stopped shooting. This could only be
cured by locking and unlocking the phone. Should this be the case with an expensive phone?

And I have to admit that I haven't yet had the shock-excitement of using the camera. But that's
hardly the iPhone's fault: in my opinion, the evolution of camera phones has slowed down and
moved on in recent years. And while it used to be possible to catch your breath when looking at new
generations of phones, now the transition brings up the thought: well, yes, okay, but what else will
surprise you?

But a few more perks of the iPhone
Switching to software from Apple has been very easy – plus or minus it is immediately clear where to
find what settings and which way to go. I think it would have been much harder to go from an iPhone
to an android.

Battery. The phone takes no more than 40 minutes to charge, and I walked with it for 44 hours
before it was fully discharged! Yes, usage was average, but the Samsung had to be charged 2-3 times
a day by the fifth year of wear!

The keyboard is very comfortable. It's wide and more responsive.

And also an incredible feature that I only dreamed of: when you need to throw a lot of photos in a
messenger or in the Cloud with files, you – incredibly – just choose and throw. On android, you had to
go through fire and brass pipes: go from messenger to the file cabinet and find the folder where the
pictures are stored. And often you could only send one at a time.

I was surprised by the volume of the sound and the loudspeaker volume. YouTube sounded as if it
were from a portable speaker.

Huge selection of cases. Even though they make the iPhone look kachkomen, it's cool to change the
look of your phone. The industry is coming up with new wrappers for it hourly, and you can't help but
take advantage of that. For other phones, there's no such choice.

It took me a long time to figure out where to put Face ID, on the plus side or the minus side. It really
is very convenient and simplifies everyday life – the scanner is triggered even when the face is
strongly to the side. On the Samsung, especially when there was hardly any memory left, the
fingerprint scanner slowed down and didn't open the phone until the fourth time. Still, Face ID
doesn't always work. It's not that the phone takes a long time to identify my face, but it just prompts
me to open it immediately with my password. Perhaps I just don't understand something.

And where's the tar?
Still, I can't keep quiet about what I didn't like or brought discomfort. For example, the iPhone does
not have a permanent display of the charging percentage at the top of the screen. And that's weird.
One can only hope that it will appear.

There is no clipboard – and here it is a disaster! On the Samsung with it you can copy as many
words/abbreviations/links as you like and paste them elsewhere at the same time. On the iPhone, on
the other hand, you can only copy one thing at a time.

Also, the phone has crossed the threshold of the weight at which it is comfortable to hold with one
hand. Yes, your hand will hold for a minute, but then the phone becomes the sponsor of your
cramps. There's also the width of its screen, which makes it impossible for even my long fingers (I'm
almost 180 centimetres tall) to reach the language change button while typing. However, this is a
matter of taste and someone is quite happy with the two-handed format.

And what without this: where is your button "back" to return to the previous page? The lack of an
arrow causes panic and stupefaction.

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