I’ve been using the iPhone 13 mini for about a week on and off and I think I’m at a point where I’m ready to share some impressions of using it.
Size and weight
The first thing that hits you is how great it feels in the hand. Takes me right back to the days of the iPhone 5. I used it with and without a case and either way it’s small and light compared to what I’m used to (iPhone 11). I forget I’ve actually got the phone in my pocket and there have been times I’ve gone looking for the phone only to realise I have it in my jeans pocket!
Part of looking at this phone was to help some RSI issues and it certainly does seem less strenuous to handle than the heavy 11.
At 5.4” it’s a step down from my 6.1” iPhone 11 and it’s taking me a bit to get used to. Reading in portrait is a bit uncomfortable for me nowadays. I already bump the font up and with my eyes I think ultimately the screen is a little too small for me, as much as I hate to say it. It’s a warmer screen than my 11 and less bright to my eyes. I’m not seeing a huge difference in quality between the OLED on this model and the LCD on my 11.
Battery is ok for my use. Now the background indexing has taken place it’s perfectly ok for my use. I’ve not yet hammered it on a long day trip but whilst it’s not up to the all day on my iPhone 11 it should be fine. At the end of a typical day I’m left with around 40% compared to around 60% on my iPhone 11.
If battery is a key factor for you though don’t buy the iPhone 13 Mini, get an 11 or 13.
Changing your relationship with your smartphone
Ultimately if I’m going to use the Mini day to day I have to change the way I use my phone. My iPhone 11 has become my iPad, I use it for everything including writing up this post.
On the mini it’s less convenient for me to do all of these things but maybe that’s a good thing.
Having a phone that encourages me to use it less might not be a bad thing. Maybe I’ll even get an iPad again for those times I want a bigger screen.