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Which iPhone to buy instead of the iPhone 13

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For those who aren't chasing the latest features and want to save money

The iPhone 13 has been announced, with older iPhone models losing value. Let's work out which
model to choose if you want to save money and don't crave the latest and most expensive flagship
from Apple.

Keep in mind that some of the models shown will go out of production. Therefore, it is better not to
procrastinate with the purchase.

Under 40,000 roubles – iPhone SE (2020)

The display is small by modern standards – 4.7 inches with a resolution of 1334×750 pixels. Similar
characteristics were in the iPhone 6/6s/7/8, if you still use one of these models, the difference in
clarity and screen size will not be noticeable.

The performance is enough to keep up with all your games: PUBG and Call of Duty Mobile run
smoothly. And even Fortnite runs at high 60fps graphics settings. That's thanks to Apple's A13 Bionic
processor and 3GB of RAM. The same processor is in the iPhone 11. However, for games the screen is
small: your fingers cover what is happening on the screen.

There is just one 12 megapixel camera on the back. It takes portrait pictures with a beautiful
background blur only when shooting people. You can't blur with a pet or a kitchen chair – iPhones
with an extra camera can do that.

There's also no optical 2X zoom with no loss of quality and a wide-angle module for capturing large
objects that wouldn't fit in a normal camera frame – keep that in mind if you want to take a picture of
a monument or a group of friends.

Battery life. Apple promises up to 8 hours of online video playback or up to 40 hours of music
playback on a single charge. Smartphone owners complain that with active use the battery needs to
be charged twice a day: in the morning and again during the day. But fast charging saves the day –
with a 20W adaptor, the smartphone will recharge 50% in 30 minutes.

IP67 water protection: the smartphone will withstand being submerged for up to 30 minutes in a
metre. This will save the device from an accidental encounter with juice or coffee, but you shouldn't
dive with it.

Memory. There are 64GB, 128GB and 256GB options. If you rarely take pictures and only use the
smartphone for social media, music and a couple of toys, 64GB will be enough for you.

Who it suits
The iPhone SE (2020) is an option for those who are used to iOS or want to try it but aren't going to
splurge, and fans of the classic miniature iPhone with a button under the screen.

APPLE iPhone SE 2020 64Gb smartphone, MHGR3RU/A, red

From 40 to 50 grand: iPhone 11 or iPhone XR

Display. The screen in both smartphones, as well as the dimensions of the body, are the same: 6.1
inches with a resolution of 1792×828 pixels and brightness of 625 nits. So the feel in your hand and
pocket, the clarity and brightness of the screen, is the same.

Galati, Romania – February 17, 2016: Apple Watch Sport 42mm Silver Aluminum Case with Black Sport Band displaying the apps screen with the iPhone 6s displaying the home screen on white. The Apple Watch is the latest device

Performance. The iPhone 11
is newer, it has a more modern Apple A13 Bionic processor (the iPhone XR has A12). The 11th model
also has more RAM: 4GB versus 3GB.

Because of the newer and more efficient hardware iPhone 11 will be longer supported by game
developers, but so far the "old boy" iPhone XR
does not give up and pulls League of Legends Wild Rift or Marvel Future Revolution at maximum
graphics at 60 FPS.

Cameras. The iPhone 11 has two main cameras compared to one on the XR. The additional wide
angle camera is inferior to the main camera in terms of photo quality, but it catches the frame an
entire building and blurs the background when taking pictures of any objects: a car, a cup of tea, a
wristwatch. On the iPhone XR, portrait mode only works with people.

Another advantage of the iPhone 11 is the "Night Mode", with which it preserves more details when
shooting in low light conditions: in a café with dim lights or outside at night with a couple of working
street lamps.

Battery life. The smartphones have almost identical battery life, with 17 hours of video playback on
the 11th model and 16 on the XR. Both models support fast and wireless charging.

The iPhone 11 has better water protection: it will withstand a two-metre dive of up to 30 minutes,
while the iPhone XR will only withstand a metre. But do not swim with the smartphones, it is a
protection for a last resort – from spilled coffee or a fall in the pool.

Memory. Both smartphones are available in 64GB and 128GB versions, with the iPhone 11 also
having a 256GB version. If you don't like deleting apps, uploading photos and videos to the cloud or
your computer, the 256GB iPhone 11 is your choice.

Which one to choose
The iPhone 11 takes better photos, lets you store entire albums of photos and will last longer than
the XR to support demanding games.

APPLE iPhone 11 128Gb smartphone, MHDH3RU/A, black

From 60 to 75 thousand rubles – iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Mini

The displays on both smartphones use OLED technology. It produces a richer and more contrast-rich
picture than IPS in the iPhone 11, XR or SE (2020). OLED matrices have also allowed for thinner bezels
around the screen and a smaller smartphone body:

The iPhone 12
smaller than the iPhone 11 with the same 6.1-inch screen diagonal,
iPhone 12 mini
smaller than the iPhone SE (2020) with a larger screen diagonal: 5.4 versus 4.7 inches.
If you compare the iPhone 12 or 12 mini head-to-head with older versions of iPhones, you'll notice
that small objects like friends' messenger avatars look sharper on them. This is because of the higher
resolution screens: 2532×1170 pixels on the iPhone 12 and 2340×1080 pixels on the iPhone 12 mini.
But you won't notice any difference in the clarity of the displays on the 12 series themselves.

Performance of the iPhone 12 and 12 mini is faster than the 11, XR and SE due to Apple's newer A14
Bionic processor. And while even the "old-school" A12 Bionic in the iPhone XR pulls all the toys,
there's definitely no need to worry about the performance of newer iPhones. The iPhone 12 and 12
mini have 4GB of RAM each, just like the iPhone 11.

Cameras. The iPhone 12 and 12 mini are similar in features to the iPhone 11: a primary sensor and a
wide-angle module for capturing large objects and blurring the background with any subject in the
frame.

But the iPhone 12 and 12 mini shoot better in the dark. "Night mode" photography works on all
three cameras: main, wide-angle, front (the iPhone 11 only has the main camera). And the main
camera has a lower aperture (f/1.6 instead of f/1.8 on the 11), which helps it capture more light
when shooting in dark conditions.

The iPhone 12's battery life is no different from the iPhone 11. The smartphones will definitely last
for a day of active use. Which is not the case with the 12 mini. Like the iPhone SE (2020), it will last
3.5-4 hours of screen time with active use. So if you play a lot of games or constantly use a navigation
device, the 12 mini will need to be charged twice a day.

Water protection is better than previous iPhone models. The standard is IP68, like iPhone 11, but
instead of two metres for 30 minutes the iPhone 12 and 12 mini will withstand all six, according to
Apple's claims. But it's not worth checking.

Memory in the devices is the same: 64, 128 or 256GB. The recommendations are the same: if you
rarely delete old apps and photos, shoot a lot and play games, choose the 256GB model.

Which one to choose
iPhone 12 is for people who want a bigger screen and a full day of battery life. If you like a
smartphone that's easy to use with one hand and you only need the gadget for a couple of calls and
messenger replies, go for the iPhone 12 mini.

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