Long-term iPhone 6s user tries out the iPhone 13 Mini

So, let me get this straight first- this is not a Tech Review or an In-Depth Review of the iPhone 13 Mini or its siblings. This was me, a 5 and a half year-long iPhone 6s user walking into an electronic store and being the Tech Enthusiast I am, trying out all the new iPhones that were recently launched.

Since I have been a 6s user for this long my obvious taste was in nothing larger than the iPhone 13 mini.

Reduced Notch on iPhone 13 compared to iPhone 11
Reduced Notch on iPhone 13 compared to iPhone 11

This year’s mini has the same dimensions as the iPhone 12 mini launched in October last year except for 2 things:

  • It weighs 6 grams more than the iPhone 12 mini (and 2 grams less than the iPhone 6s)
  • The notch is 20% smaller than the iPhone 12 lineup (or so they say).

My first reaction on seeing the iPhone 13 mini: It’s so tiny! Partially, because it was between the iPhone 12 and 13 Pro Max. I felt as if someone had set my eyes on 0.5x in ultra-wide mode.

iPhone 13 Mini is Tiny
iPhone 13 Mini is Tiny

The first thing that comes to mind for a 6s user is the size and so I immediately put my 6s next to the 13 mini for a quick height check.

iPhone 13 Mini Vs iPhone 6s Size Comparison
iPhone 13 Mini Vs iPhone 6s Size Comparison

As you can see the 13 mini is tiny. I did have a silicon case on my iPhone 6s but I can assure you that even without it, the 13 mini is a bit shorter in height than the 6s. However, what it lacks in height it compensates well in diagonal width making the screen dimensions 5.4" compared to the 6s which has a 4.7" display — and that is exactly what any iPhone 6s/7/8 user would love while upgrading to this 13 mini.

iPhone 13 Mini from front
iPhone 13 Mini from front

Now about the notch — I was so excited to see the 13 mini that I actually forgot to test the display ratio while streaming. Recently, I had read on Reddit that while watching a video with aspect ratio18:9 (most YouTube videos), may project the notch on the iPhone 13, 13 mini, and Pro model a little more vividly. Now, I believe this is something that App Developers can modify and provide an update for the new iPhone lineup — so no issues there

Let’s talk about colours. This going to be short: I love black. I did not get to see the Midnight Black iPhone 13 Mini demo. I sad. But… (there is always a but) I did like the pink colour which I spent almost half an hour with. It kind of grew on me as I held the petite 13 mini in my hand. I might have to visit another store just for the Midnight Black though.

iPhone 13 Mini Pink Colour
iPhone 13 Mini Pink Colour

Now, for the camera. Again, since I was testing this all out in a store — all phones were tightly mounted for security reasons and could not be taken farther than 10–20cms from the charger. However, I got to try out the hyped “Cinematic Mode” from the front camera and I would say I am on the edge for this one. Again, I could not do any kind of extensive testing (without being called out by the security) so don’t take my word for it. However, I was hoping for the iPad feature “Centre-Stage” to make it to the iPhone camera this year. That would have been a super useful feature instead of the cinematic mode.

iPhone 13 Mini Camera
iPhone 13 Mini Camera

And now finally, for the 60Hz display. C’mon, Apple. This was not cool to see in 2021. Reason: The iPhone 13 Pro sitting right beside the mini, really made the 13 mini feels like a slow coach. I got to record the 120Hz Adaptive Refreshing-cum-ProMotion display on the iPhone 13 Pro Max and the 60Hz Non-Adaptive Refreshing-cum-SlowMotion display on the iPhone 13 mini, in slow-mo on my iPhone 6s, and boy, were the Android peeps right — 120Hz is AMAZING! It’s so smooth…

iPhone 13 Mini at 60Hz Vs iPhone 13 Pro Max at 120Hz

Cameras look fancy (and diagonal on the back), weight is still less than the 6s, 8, X, or later iPhones, colours are nice (though a purple would have looked sweet) and to be honest, the Mini feels very comfortable and easy for one-hand use just like the 6s. For any iPhone 6, 6s, 7, or 8 users, the iPhone 13 mini would be perfect as it also got a significant battery upgrade this year.

So that was me — walking into an electronic store and reviewing a plausible successor of my iPhone 6s.

There are things like CPU scores, GPU scores, Camera and Battery tests that you would never see here because as I said this was not a Tech Review article. For that kind of thing, I subscribe to MKBHD, Rene Ritchie, Max Tech, and Mrwhosetheboss on YouTube, and I think you should too if you haven’t yet and are interested.

-Aditya Darekar

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