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A few days after the official US sale started, I was able to have a iPhone 13 Pro Max for evaluation. In particular, the last iPhone that I could test was the 11 (also in its Pro Max version) and I had high expectations regarding this new model.

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That I thought? As I have skipped a generation since my last contact with an iPhone -which is the recommended minimum for smartphone users- I have felt a quite important change. In design? Not so much, but rather in software and operation. Of course: from what I’ve been reading and seeing on the Internet, the jump from the previous version of the phone has not been dramatic, so you have to be careful. But, In summary, my experience It was very good and above all that I will tell you in this review.

The iPhone 13 Pro Max does not offer, at first glance, many novelties in terms of design, but it has gone through multiple updates.  (Photo: Bruno Ortiz B.)
The iPhone 13 Pro Max does not offer, at first glance, many novelties in terms of design, but it has gone through multiple updates. (Photo: Bruno Ortiz B.)

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

MODEL iPHONE 13 PRO MAX
DIMENSIONS 160,8 mm x 78,1 mm x 7,6 mm
WEIGHT 240 grams
SCREEN 6,7″ Super Retina XDR ProMotion [tasa de refresco variable hasta 120 Hz], resolution 2,778 x 1,284 pixels. 19.5: 9
OPERATING SYSTEM iOS 15
PROCESSOR A15 Bionic
RAM 6 GB
STORAGE 128/256/512 GB and 1 TB
CHAMBERS Rear: 12 MP f/2.8, 77mm, 3x óptico [Telefoto]
12 MP f / 1.8, 6P, 120º [Ultrawide]
12 MP f/1.5, 1,9um [Sensor principal]
Frontal: 12 MP f / 2.2
BATTERY 4,352 mAh. 20W fast charging and 15W wireless charging.

THE VIDEO ANALYSIS

THE UNBOXING

A DESIGN WITHOUT MUCH NOVELTY

We know that Apple does not usually make dramatic changes to the designs of its smartphones. In the case of iPhone 13 Pro Max this is fulfilled. Of course, the team is bigger, more voluminous … heavier. The buttons, the nano SIM tray, the speakers, the lightning input… everything is still in place.

The distribution of the buttons and other spaces in the iPhone 13 Pro Max remains as in previous models.  (Photo: Bruno Ortiz B.)
The distribution of the buttons and other spaces in the iPhone 13 Pro Max remains as in previous models. (Photo: Bruno Ortiz B.)

Although there are minimal changes, such as the reduction of the notch. The camera module has also grown slightly. But beyond that, there are no major changes. Ah, the front edges are quite noticeable and the equipment is IP68 certified [hasta 30 minutos a una profundidad máxima de 6 metros].

The audio quality of the iPhone 13 Pro Max is one of its highlights.  (Photo: Bruno Ortiz B.)
The audio quality of the iPhone 13 Pro Max is one of its highlights. (Photo: Bruno Ortiz B.)

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE

What can we expect from a team of this range? That it be fast, that it be powerful and that it be able to solve my day-to-day problems. East iPhone 13 Pro Max complies and well. Its OLED screen is remarkable: a lot of brightness, a lot of contrast, a lot of color, it does not suffer under natural light, very good viewing angles.

One of the novelties is that this iPhone 13 Pro Max It includes something that other brands of equipment already offer: the 120 Hz screen refresh rate. Yes, it is running late, but it comes with an added: something that Apple has had in calling ProMotion. It is a functionality that allows the equipment to decide when it raises up to 120 Hz. Yes, it adjusts that refresh rate according to the content. That, perhaps, is part of what allows the device to better manage its autonomy, another novelty [al menos, para mí]. But I’ll tell you about that a little later.

I also found iOS 15 and many new features, especially in the organization, a little in the design, in how the apps have been arranged. But I consider many of those changes positive. Another feature that caught my attention was the Concentration Mode, which helps you avoid distractions and focus on what you have to do.

The iPhone 13 Pro Max allows you to know the news of the new iOS 15. (El Comercio)
The iPhone 13 Pro Max allows you to know the news of the new iOS 15. (El Comercio)
The iPhone 13 Pro Max allows you to know the news of the new iOS 15. (El Comercio)
The iPhone 13 Pro Max allows you to know the news of the new iOS 15. (El Comercio)
The iPhone 13 Pro Max allows you to know the news of the new iOS 15. (El Comercio)
The iPhone 13 Pro Max allows you to know the news of the new iOS 15. (El Comercio)

It is iPhone 13 Pro Max It is compatible with the 5G networks that are being used in Lima – although the speed and quality of the signal will depend a lot on the area where you are – and it has good connectivity in general. In audio matters he responds very well. Face ID is very good, even in low lighting, but I missed a fingerprint sensor. Taking into account that It is iPhone 13 Pro Max It brings the A15 Bionic processor and 6GB of RAM, it is undoubtedly capable of doing a great job.

The new iPhone 13 Pro Max is compatible with 5G networks that are used in the country.  Unfortunately, this service is still not stable throughout the city and depends on the signal quality of the place where you are connecting.  (Trade)
The new iPhone 13 Pro Max is compatible with 5G networks that are used in the country. Unfortunately, this service is still not stable throughout the city and depends on the signal quality of the place where you are connecting. (Trade)

THINGS TO IMPROVE

I found the menus can be confusing. I find the organization of the menus in Android to be a bit clearer and more intuitive. Although perhaps it is the custom.

I was surprised that in an Apple device, which precisely cares about the details so that the user experiences are memorable, it has encountered some problems in that regard. As which? Since not being able to place the battery percentage next to its icon on the main screen [hay que deslizar hacia abajo el panel de control para verlo], until it is so evident to the macro lens when we get too close to an object with the camera app active [aunque sobre eso también les detallaré más adelante].

The iPhone 13 Pro Max is operated with gestures on the screen.  In addition, the control panel has been renewed.  (Trade)
The iPhone 13 Pro Max is operated with gestures on the screen. In addition, the control panel has been renewed. (Trade)

In certain graphic works [como, por ejemplo, al momento del uso de iMovie] I felt a rise in the temperature of the equipment.

CAMERAS: A LEAP SINCE 2019

I already mentioned that the last iPhone I tried was the 11 Max Pro. Comparing with some photos that I took with that device and that I have saved, I can say that I did notice an improvement in the cameras section. Both in photo and video [sobre todo en los resultados de la cámara wide] and what you can do in low light.

But the novelty that everyone is talking about is the Cinematographic mode, which allows you to focus on faces and automatically capture a video by blurring the background. However, we have already seen this in devices from other brands. Although, as always, it is appreciated that Apple includes one more function to its very good camera application, I feel that it still needs to develop much more. If using this mode there is more control over the environment [estar usando un trípode, que se mantenga la fuente de iluminación, que los movimientos del objeto no sean muy bruscos, etc.], The scores are very good. If the situation is different, we can go from noticing an unnatural blur to not being noticed at all. Night Mode works well, although it requires a good pulse.

I forgot: something interesting is that the option to apply default filters.

The brightness in the photos with the wide angle of the iPhone 13 Pro Max has improved a lot.  (Photo: Bruno Ortiz B.)
The brightness in the photos with the wide angle of the iPhone 13 Pro Max has improved a lot. (Photo: Bruno Ortiz B.)
The front camera of the iPhone 13 Pro Max also performs well.  (Photo: Bruno Ortiz B.)
The front camera of the iPhone 13 Pro Max also performs well. (Photo: Bruno Ortiz B.)
The new iPhone 13 Pro Max now includes the ability to take Macro photos and videos automatically.  (Photo: Bruno Ortiz B.)
The new iPhone 13 Pro Max now includes the ability to take Macro photos and videos automatically. (Photo: Bruno Ortiz B.)
The night mode of the iPhone 13 Pro Max is quite efficient, although it requires certain conditions to obtain the best results.  (Photo: Bruno Ortiz B.)
The night mode of the iPhone 13 Pro Max is quite efficient, although it requires certain conditions to obtain the best results. (Photo: Bruno Ortiz B.)

A GOOD BATTERY, BUT …

Users of last year’s model had already pointed out improvements in the autonomy of the equipment, one of the weaknesses that Apple had been dragging for quite some time. In the case of iPhone 13 Pro Max I was surprised that the battery lasted so long: a full day without problems.

The iPhone 13 Pro Max offers great autonomy, despite its robust configuration.  However, its loading is not as fast as you would expect.  (Trade)
The iPhone 13 Pro Max offers great autonomy, despite its robust configuration. However, its loading is not as fast as you would expect. (Trade)

However, in terms of cargo it does not necessarily do well. It has 20 W fast charging and 15 W wireless charging. It took me just over two hours to fully charge from 0% to 100% using the MagSafe.

I had the opportunity to test the MagSafe to charge the iPhone 13 Pro Max.  It is an interesting but restrictive alternative.  (Photo: Bruno Ortiz B.)
I had the opportunity to test the MagSafe to charge the iPhone 13 Pro Max. It is an interesting but restrictive alternative. (Photo: Bruno Ortiz B.)

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IT’S WORTH IT?

For many who have been following the evolution of the different generations of Apple smartphones, the iPhone 13 Pro Max has not brought much news. In “The New York Times” they consider that this update “is one of the most modest” in recent years.

The style that Apple's mobile devices continue to offer continues to be the main attraction.  (Photo: Bruno Ortiz B.)
The style that Apple’s mobile devices continue to offer continues to be the main attraction. (Photo: Bruno Ortiz B.)

However, I must emphasize that in my particular experience it has seemed an extraordinary device. Not only because of its configuration and operation, but also because of knowing that Apple’s mobile operating system is usually privileged with early releases or updates of different applications. It is iPhone 13 Pro Max it gave me a great overall performance, with very little room for improvement. I think it is worth it for those who are already used to working with iOS devices, but especially if you have enough money to make this investment. Of course, after this time of evaluation I have verified that to enjoy the update of a device like the iPhone more it is better to leave a space of one or two generations before renewing.

And what about the price? Until the moment this note is published, There are still no official prices for its commercialization in Peru. However, this iPhone 13 Pro Max I could prove it thanks to Fexpress, which can help you buy it in the US. from S / 5594.00

THE SUMMARY

IN FAVOR AGAINST
Improved autonomy. For some it can be difficult to use due to its dimensions and weight.
The improvements to its cameras are minimal, but are still appreciated. There are some adjustments that must be made in the iOS, although it is quite stable.
They are not the first to implement them, but it is also appreciated that they offer the refresh rate of 120 Hz and the Cinematic Mode for video.
Its screen offers great quality.

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