iPhone 13 Pro Max Review

7.8
Expert Score

The Ultimate Flagship King?

The Good
  • Superior battery
  • Cameras
  • ProMotion technology
The Bad
  • Heavier than an average phone
  • Excessively wide display

Is the iPhone 13 Pro Max the ultimate max smartphone? We do know that the iPhone 13 Pro Max came with some major upgrades & the biggest battery in any iPhone to date. But will iPhone 13 Pro Max rise to be this year’s Flagship king?

Let’s dive into the review to find out.

Design & Display

Apple went for an overall heftier design for the iPhone 13 Pro Max. As compared to other flagships like the Galaxy S21 Ultra or OnePlus 9 Pro; the iPhone 13 Pro Max is definitely a wide phone for some hands. The iPhone 13 Pro Max comes with a shiny stainless steel frame that adores collecting fingerprints. Except for the hard edges that can be ignored by using a case, Apple left very little to be desired so far as the design is concerned.

Weighing 240g, the phone is heavy for a smartphone in general. You might want to hold it once, before going forward to buy it.

Due to the larger primary camera sensor of the iPhone 13 Pro Max, the camera bump is more prominent. The iPhone 13 Pro Max, like the iPhone 13 Pro, comes with a smaller notch that is 20% smaller in size when compared to the previous iPhones. 

As for the screen itself, it’s a 6.7-inch Super Retina XDR OLED with ProMotion technology. The ProMotion delivers adaptive refresh rates of up to 120 Hz which can go as low as 10 Hz to accommodate whatever is being displayed. The display is Dolby Vision compliant too. It also manages 1050 nits at maximum when auto-brightness is on, which makes it one of the brightest panels on the market! 

iPhone 13 Pro Max will be available in four stunning shades including Graphite, Gold, Silver, and Sierra blue.

Performance & Hardware

Performance-wise the iPhone 13 Pro Max is ridiculously fast due to its new A15 Bionic chipset, which right now is the best chipset in the market. The iPhone 13 Pro Max like the iPhone 13 Pro is equipped with an extra powerful GPU that has five cores instead of its usual four. This results in huge GPU performance improvements over its direct predecessors. The iPhone 13 Pro Max comes with iOS 15 out of the box. The latest software update includes better features than before with improvements to apps like Maps, FaceTime, Wallet & Photo apps.

The device comes with 6 GB RAM & allows the user four storage options to choose from. A 128 GB option, a 256 GB option, a 512 GB & a 1TB option. The 1 TB option may seem pretentious but if you’re into photography or gaming it’s not a terrible option to have.

The phone comes bearing a decent set of speakers that only adds to your overall experience.

It’s still a rugged phone that can survive up to 30 minutes in 6 ft water. 

Battery

If we talk about screen time, the iPhone 13 Pro Max is getting closer to an additional three hour screen time as compared to the iPhone 12 Pro Max, all thanks to the upgraded power-efficient chip inside it.

One of the key selling features of the 13 Pro Max has to be its battery life. The iPhone 13 Pro Max houses a 4352 mAh battery that is the biggest battery Apple has put in an iPhone to date. The phone also comes with reverse charging & a fast charging feature. Annoyingly enough the iPhone 13 Pro Max doesn’t ship with a charger in the box. This means that you’ll have to purchase one separately.

Cameras

This year if you want the better cameras you no longer need to choose the Pro Max model! Both the iPhone 13 Pro & the iPhone 13 Pro Max have similar cameras. 

The iPhone 13 Pro Max like the iPhone 13 Pro features a quad camera setup. The rear camera bump contains three cameras with a LiDAR sensor. It has a 12 MP main camera lens, supported by a 12 MP telephoto that allows a 3X zoom & a 12 MP ultra-wide sensor that lets in more light & has autofocus. The 12 MP main sensor here has larger pixels than before. 

The LiDAR sensor helps the three cameras to shoot better portraits with faster autofocus in low light. In broad daylight, the 13 Pro Max produces impressive shots with the main camera with a wide dynamic range. 

The cameras come with different photographic styles that help you to achieve an expressive look. The auto-focus allows you to get some extreme close-ups with the ultra-wide camera in good light. The night mode is quite impressive and strikes a balance between brightening up the dark image and retaining enough detail to make it look convincing.

Final Verdict

While this might just be the supreme iPhone due to a superior battery, better cameras & a higher refresh rate, it might still not appeal to everyone. It’s huge & comes with an equivalently hefty price tag which matches the wide & varied range of software & hardware features it holds. 

If the larger display & the price doesn’t bother you then this is the best iPhone in the market right now.

 

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