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iPhone 14 vs. iPhone 13: Is 14 luckier than 13? – Digital Trends

You know summer has ended when Apple unveils its latest series of iPhones. This year, it’s the iPhone 14‘s turn to take center stage, offering a number of improvements to its predecessor from last year, the iPhone 13. This includes a pair of upgraded rear camera lenses and a new Emergency SOS Over Satellite feature. However, with a very similar design and the same internal processor, does it really warrant an upgrade if you already own last year’s model? We find out in this comparison test pitting the new iPhone 14 against the veteran iPhone 13.
Fast charging (20W charger sold separately)
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Fast charging (20W charger sold separately)
MagSafe wireless charging (15W)
Qi wireless charging (7.5W)
If you’ve seen the iPhone 13 before, then you already know exactly what the iPhone 14 looks like. Apple has made no real design changes this time out, with the iPhone 14 sporting the same squared sides of its predecessor and the same camera module with the two rear lenses arrayed diagonally. It still looks sharp, but it’s obviously not going to win any innovation awards.
Exactly the same goes for the newer phone’s display. At 6.1 inches and featuring a Super Retina XDR OLED, it even contains the same number of pixels as the iPhone 13: 2532 x 1170. Users will therefore enjoy the same crisp and clear visuals regardless of their choice, although neither boasts a 120Hz refresh rate (like the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro).
Rounding off their equality, both devices are just as durable as each other. They each feature Ceramic Shield glass, as well as an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance. No prizes for guessing that this round is a tie.
Winner: Tie

Again, you’re going to find it difficult to separate the iPhone 14 and iPhone 13 in the performance stakes. Both house Apple’s A15 Bionic processor, and both run on 4GB of RAM. The A15 is still a very speedy chip, so both will perform very well for 99% of tasks, but don’t expect the iPhone 14 to do anything the older device can’t.
They also come with the same amount of internal memory as standard: 128GB. This can be bumped up to either 256GB or 512GB with both phones for a little extra outlay. Neither offers a slot for microSD cards, so don’t go too crazy with the photos and downloads.
Turning to the battery, Apple is claiming the iPhone 14 can manage 20 hours of video playback. It isn’t, however, sharing the exact size of the new phone’s battery, so we can’t directly compare it with the iPhone 13 until we complete a full review. Similarly, Apple has said that the iPhone 14 can recharge to 50% in only 30 minutes, but this is something we’ll have to see for ourselves first.
Winner: Tie

It’s here where things become semi-interesting. The iPhone 14 has the same basic dual-lens rear camera setup, but Apple has updated the lenses themselves in subtle ways. Its 12-megapixel main (wide) lens features a larger sensor and slightly more pixels, along with an f/1.5 aperture (as opposed to the f/1.6 aperture on the iPhone 13). It’s rounded off by a 12MP wide-angle camera (identical to the iPhone 13’s) and a new 12MP front camera with autofocus and low-light photography improvements.
At this early stage, it isn’t possible to say that these minor upgrades offer a significant improvement in photograph quality. That said, Apple is promising “2.5x better” low‑light photos using the main wide lens and “2x better” low-light pics on the ultrawide. Still, without getting our hands on the new devices, we can’t corroborate this just yet.
Winner: Tie

The iPhone 14 runs on iOS 16 right out of the box, while the iPhone 13 will be updated to this new operating system very soon. This makes them equal in the software department, with iOS 16 providing a number of helpful new features, such as customizable lock screens and an un-send/edit feature for iMessages.
In terms of updates, the iPhone 14 will be supported for one more year than the iPhone 13. However, because Apple tends to support its mobiles with core software updates for around six years, this difference isn’t going to hurt many people in practice.
Winner: Tie

In the past, you may have struggled to find a difference in special features between an iPhone and its immediate successor. This is not quite the case this time around, despite the iPhone 14 and iPhone 13 being nigh-on indistinguishable in many other respects. The iPhone 14 comes equipped with a brand new Emergency SOS Over Satellite feature so that it can send emergency messages even without a phone signal (it uses satellites instead). On top of this, it also has a Crash Detection feature that works by detecting sudden rises in G-force (and sounds associated with car accidents).
Such features could potentially be life-saving for a fair number of people, so even though the iPhone 14 has no other new special features, these two additions give it the win.
Winner: iPhone 14

The Apple iPhone 14 will be available to pre-order directly from Apple start on September 9. It starts at $799, with the 256GB and 512GB models costing $899 and $1099, respectively. It will be supported by all major networks and sold widely online.
The iPhone 13 can still be bought from Apple, with its starting price being bumped down to $699. It’s also supported by all networks and still sold widely.
Yes, there is really very little in it, but the iPhone 14 gets the win. Its two new emergency features may make a real difference to the lives of at least some people, while there remains a possibility — which we still have to test for — that its cameras and battery will be better than the iPhone 13‘s. Of course, the designs, displays, software, and performance of both phones are more or less identical, so if you already own an iPhone 13, there really isn’t any need to upgrade.
Samsung’s Galaxy S23 has arrived to the masses, and it’s one of the best Android phones you can get right now, especially the S23 Ultra. However, for those who don’t need all of the fancy bells and whistles, like the S Pen and 200MP main camera, the regular S23 is also plenty powerful for the average person, especially if you prefer smaller devices.
I’ve been using the Galaxy S23 for the past few weeks, and so far, my experience has been delightful. I know that it’s still early on in the year, but for me, the S23’s small size is perfect and comfortable. Android also does a lot of things better than iOS, like individual volume controls and notifications, for example. But I am still primarily using my iPhone 14 Pro — despite Apple having some big flaws, such as overprocessing images after you capture them.
Folding smartphones are a staple of the Android smartphone world in 2023. And this year, we expect Google to join the foldable ranks with the long-awaited Google Pixel Fold.
Rumors of the Pixel Fold have existed for a long time, but all signs are pointing to 2023 finally being the year it makes its grand debut. And what a debut it’s shaping up to be. From all of the latest renders, hands-on images, specs, and more, here’s everything you need to know about the Google Pixel Fold.
Google Pixel Fold: design
For another year, Google’s next-gen phones are out in the wild months ahead of their grand reveal at a fancy event. Just a day ago, the Pixel 8 Pro was unceremoniously leaked, and now, the standard Pixel 8 has also received the same treatment. OnLeaks and MySmartPrice have shared reported renders and a 360-degree video depicting the upcoming Google phone from all angles.
The design changes are subtle, but easy on the eyes. Just like the Pixel 8 Pro, the corners are once again more rounded on the Pixel 8. The frame is metallic, and there’s a horizontal camera strip at the back with a metallic luster on top. Akin to the Pixel 7, we get two cameras on the Pixel 8, sitting in a pill-shaped cutout.
Another small aesthetic tweak is the earpiece grill at the top, which is now more prominent than what we saw on the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. If the current-gen Pixels are any indication, the Pixel 8 is going to offer an excellent in-hand feel. Talking about in-hand feel, though, it appears that Google is once again pandering to the small phone loyalists.
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