I’m two weeks in with the iPhone 13 Mini and I think it’s close to being my favourite iPhone ever. It’s got what I like about the 11 and 13 in a size that’s more reasonable (for me).
The battery has been great, not far off the bigger 13 in my use. I’m not even thinking about reaching for a charger with it.
The camera on all iPhones since the 11 have been amazing for a smartphone. The 13 Mini has the same camera as the 12 Pro Max and it’s been impressive.
The only thing I’m still getting used to is the squared off sides, which are easier to live with on the smaller 13 but I do find uncomfortable after a while. I keep going back to the Apple leather case just for comfort really rather than protection.
I’d love to know sales figures but in my experience of seeing them in public I’d estimate they make up less than 5% of the overall sales, this is still a large number at Apple scale but it sounds like not enough to keep the model going.
Hang on a bit and you’ll start to see them coming down in price, if you’re after a smaller device then definitely don’t dismiss it.
I’ve been using the iPhone 13 mini for almost two weeks now and whilst not as good as the iPhone 11 or 13, I’m my day to day it’s perfectly good. In a normal day I’m left with around 30-45% at the end of the day.
I’ve listened to music most of my work day, used social media, watched a few videos and did messaging and email.
On day trips I’ve been charging in the car on the way so I’ve not really stress tested it for this scenario. But, it wouldn’t bother me going a whole day out with no charger available.
If you’re coming from an 11 or 13 then you’re looking at about a 30% reduction in what you’ll be used to now.
Unless you’re gaming or streaming your life then you’ll be fine with the iPhone 13 Mini.
With the launch of the iPhone 14 this year we’ll most likely see the end of the iPhone mini model, whilst it’ll be a sad day for us Mini fans it’s also a chance to keep onto your device as long as possible.
The amount of e-waste is already unacceptable so my hope is that we’ll all keep using our mini’s as long as possible and not buy a new device this year.
Just because the new shiny iPhone 14 will be out there we don’t need to sacrifice our need for a smaller, more ergonomic device for it.
Using the mini I’ve come to appreciate having something I can chuck in my pocket and forget it’s there, I’m no longer serving the form factor. It’s freeing and I’m back to the days of pre iPhone 6.
I’ve been working through some RSI issues that have resulted in me switching devices a bit lately. I’ve had to stop playing guitar and video games and also rethink how I’m using my device. The iPhone mini size (13 in my case) seems to be the best compromise of form factor for me right now, I’m getting used to the screen size but I love everything else about it. In fact I’ve just sold my iPhone 11 and iPhone 13 to fund it so I’m all in.
I’m using the 256GB 13 mini in starlight (or silver, no idea why it’s called starlight to be honest) along with the golden brown Apple leather case. I’ve been using the case just to add some grip but on the mini it’s not necessary if you have Apple Care +. It’ll most probably come off all of the time soon but even with it on the phone feels a nice size to hold and put in your pocket.
Don’t worry about battery, it’s got plenty to get you through the day with normal usage. If you’re a heavy gamer though you might want to invest in a battery pack if you’re out and about. I find that with my usage it gets me through a day and a half fine.
When you pick storage consider this being the last mini sized iPhone for a while, we may never see another. I don’t think that this form factor will be the future SE, if you want a mini sized iPhone get one now. With that in mind pick as much storage as you can afford, I went middle of the ground with 256GB. My other phones were 128GB so I thought to figure proof it I’d go with more storage. I use iCloud photo storage so this extra space is for future iOS updates and storing my music locally.
I’ve got zoom mode enabled and the font is bumped up a couple of clicks so the icons may seem larger than yours.
I’m only using the apps that come with my iPhone for productivity, that’s mail, calendar, notes and reminders. They all suit my needs and it’s nice not switching or thinking about switching apps all of the time.
I’m still using Glass for my photo sharing, Tweetbot is my twitter client of choice, reeder for RSS and WordPress for blogging.
I don’t listen to a lot of podcasts anymore so overcast is now in the App Library. It’s been nice not always having something in my ear to listen to for a change.
Now I’ve got my own car again maps has worked it’s way back to my Home Screen.
Here’s my wallpaper.
Overall right now I’m happy with this setup. I’m trying to use it less and when I do be intentional about it.
The iPhone 13 mini seems to have a small but dedicated fan base and I can see why now I’m using one.
Both Jonathan and Garrett seem to feel the same way, it’s nice to use a smaller device that’s not uncomfortable and (for me) gets out of the way.
Also, remember that Apple isn’t going to take your existing mini from you when the 14 comes out, if you’re happy using it then don’t upgrade.
Having used an iPhone 13 mini I really have a soft spot for it. It’s comfortable without sacrificing the performance, camera or battery. I came across this open letter from Mark Ellis and the bit that got me thinking was his comments on the lack of a marketing campaign for the Mini.
In my own experience I’ve had to explain what the iPhone 13 mini is when it’s been spotted and I’m generally receiving positive comments about it. Especially from people that are hanging onto their iPhone 7 sized devices because they don’t want to move to a larger iPhone.
I had a think about all of the marketing campaigns I’ve seen here in the UK and it’s either the Pro or the regular 13, I can’t remember a single one showing the iPhone 13 mini.
Rumours are that there will be no iPhone 14 Mini. Just like Apple still sell the 12 Mini I’d imagine that when the 14 launches we’ll see a £100 price drop on the 13 Mini and it’ll stick around discontinuing the 12 Mini.
It’s a shame that the Mini never got the full weight of Apple behind it, I wonder how well it would have done if it was actually marketed.
I’m back on the iPhone 11 and RSI issues aside I’m still impressed at how fast this phone is on the latest iOS. It’s a testament to the head room that’s in the A series of processors from Apple.
It’ll be 3 years this year that it’s been out and for the money I feel is the best value iPhone out there.
The battery is still mega, the camera is on par with the latest 13 (in my testing) and if you’re ok with a larger device it’s still the iPhone most people should buy.
It’s been the iPhone I’ve had the longest and I do have some affection for this device. The screen is bright and colourful and to my eyes whilst not as sharp as the iPhone 13 with it’s OLED is brighter.
It’ll be a shame when Apple discontinue this model this year but you can still pick them up used anywhere else.
If you’re looking for a great all rounder in a smartphone then the iPhone 11 might be the one to get.
I’m just over a week now with the iPhone 13 Mini and I’ve got to say that’s it’s the best small phone I’ve used. Whilst it has the same drawbacks as the usual 13 models in that it feels better with a case it’s easily the most comfortable phone to use since the iPhone 5.
My reason for giving one a try over my iPhone 11 was to try to help with some ongoing RSI issues. On that front it does seem to have helped a bit but in general I’ve stopped using my iPhone so much so may just be coincidence but when I am actually using it in hand, wow it’s so much better.
The two main concerns were battery and screen size.
Let’s do battery first. In my testing this week the battery is around 20% less at the end of the day compared to my few years old iPhone 11 (with 99% battery health). It’s great for me, gets me through the day with between 40-60% left at the end of it.
Screen is something I’m still getting used to. My eyes have gotten used to 6.1” but I’m adjusting. I’m also getting in the habit of using my iPad Mini in my phones place at home. 5.4” is still a good size but in 2020 it’s amazing how that feels small now.
The camera is excellent and build quality superb as you’d expect.
I’m still within my return window and having a good think about keeping it. In this economy it’s harder to justify but if I sell my iPhone 11 I’ll at least be able to contribute towards it a bit.
As I’ve been switching iPhone models I’ve been looking a lot at the used market and I think that the iPhone 11 is still the best value phone to get in 2022. Released in 2019 it’s still a great phone for any level of user. It’s camera holds up well against the 13, it’s got battery for days, a large screen and will continue to be supported on the latest version of iOS for at least another 3 years.
The only downside is the weight, which is definitely something you notice.
I feel that if you want a new phone on a budget you go for an SE but for anyone else get yourself a used 11. You can pick them up for £300 nowadays on auction sites and having used a 13 recently you aren’t missing out on that much in real day to day terms.
It’s also a good alternative if you encounter eye strain from the OLED models of iPhone.
Let me know if like me you are still using one daily.
I’ve been using the iPhone 13 Mini again since last week and now the initial indexing has taken place I’m back to figuring out what a normal day using it is like. Coming from an iPhone 13 where I didn’t even think about charging and could sometimes go two days between charges, what do I think about the swap to the iPhone 13 Mini?
Well for my use, it’s gets me though the day with between 40% and 55% left. That’s taking some photos, listening to music, some social media, messages and mails.
I’m definitely using it a bit less than the 13 but that’s intentional. I’m trying to be on my devices a bit less at the moment so it’s all good.
If I hadn’t have had a 13 or even an 11 the Mini would have been some of the longest battery life I’d had in an iPhone, I’d say for most people it’ll be fine. I guess what I’m trying to say is don’t write off the Mini just because you are concerned about potential battery life.