Apple crushes rivals with a'see in the dark' camera, 5G, and increased storage.

CHRISTMAS is approaching, which means it's time to upgrade your iPhone.

I've been testing out Apple's iPhone 13 in preparation for the holiday season to see if it's up to par.

Spoilers: It's fantastic.

Hello Siri, I'd like to FaceTime Santa.

This year, there are four new iPhones: two regular models and two Pro models.

The iPhone 13 Mini or iPhone 13 are the best buys when it comes to value for money. They start at $699/£679 and $799/$779, respectively, which is a £20 discount compared to last year.

Because both models are nearly identical, the only difference is the screen size: 6.1 inches or 5.4 inches.

For me, the Mini is too small.

But, since I adore the colossal 6.7-inch Pro Max, this comes as no surprise.

The Mini will be ideal for a large number of people.

Both devices feature Apple's Super Retina HDR OLED screen, which is better than your TV.

It's extremely color accurate, and it's now 28% brighter - up to 800 nits for standard content, or 1,200 nits for HDR.

The device that surrounds the screen is, of course, also very appealing.

It has the same premium squared-off design with a gleaming back, a smaller "notch" jutting out onto the display, and a brand new color option: Pink!

In general, not much has changed.

Why fix something that isn't broken?

Apple's new A15 chip, which has 15 billion transistors - tiny electronic switches that get computing done - powers the iPhone 13.

It's lightning fast, and the iPhone 13 flies through the air.

According to tests, it outperforms Android competitors.

Given the price, that's incredible.

This chip has also paved the way for significant improvements in battery life.

You'll get an extra 1.5 hours of battery life on the iPhone 13 Mini compared to last year's model.

And for the iPhone 13 itself, that time jumps to 2.5 hours.

Although there is no charging block included in the box, you do get a cable, and wireless charging is also supported.

The camera improvement is most likely the big news for everyday users.

Your late-night snaps and selfies will look a lot better now that the iPhone 13 is significantly better in low-light.

It's noticeable, and I'm continually impressed by how quickly the iPhone improves in low-light situations.

To reduce image blur, there's also sensor-shift optical image stabilisation.

Also new are Apple's Photographic Styles, which are special snapping presets designed to make your photos look cooler.

They're completely optional, but changing the contrast or color tones of your photos is a simple way to add a little flair.

The other big addition for video is Cinematic Mode, which allows you to have a Hollywood-style depth of field.

It also has a new feature that allows you to switch the focus between two people in a video, just like in movies.

It's simple to do because the mode takes care of everything.

You can even change the focus after the video has been recorded, which is a cool feature.

Oh, and the iPhone 13 shoots in Dolby Vision HDR, which is pretty cool for a phone that costs less than $700/£700.

The front-facing TrueDepth camera has many of the same features as the back-facing camera, which is impressive.

So you'll still have access to Cinematic Mode, Apple's new Photographic Styles, Night Mode selfies, and more.

The real "sleeper" upgrade here is that the iPhone's base storage has now been doubled.

It used to be 64GB, but now it comes with 128GB as standard, which should be more than enough for most people.

The new iPhones, like last year's iPhones, all support 5G internet.5G is becoming faster and more widely available, so now is a great time to upgrade.

It's possible that your current SIM already supports 5G.

Last but not least, Apple's new iPhone software, iOS 15, has been added.

It has some cool features, such as Focus mode, which allows you to block out distractions from certain apps and messages, and Portrait Mode for FaceTime calls.

Although the iPhone 13 isn't significantly different from the iPhone 12, who upgrades their phone every year?

If you're upgrading from an iPhone 11 or earlier, you'll notice significant improvements.

And if you're coming from an iPhone 8, the iPhone 13 is a complete upgrade.

Although no iPhone is "cheap," the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini offer exceptional value when compared to Android competitors.

As usual, this is a phone that simply works - and works exceptionally well.

That is, after all, what you are paying for.

Apple has refined an already great iPhone into a truly exceptional mobile device, according to The Sun.

It outperforms any Android competitor for the price - and is difficult to fault.5/5

The iPhone 13 Mini and iPhone 13 are now available for pre-order, and will be available for purchase on September 24. For more information, visit our iPhone 13 pre-order page.

All prices in this article were accurate at the time of publication, but they may have changed since then.

Before making any purchase, always conduct your own research.

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The SIM-free handsets are available for purchase on Amazon;

All four handsets are available at BestBuy in the United States, where you can buy them outright or on a monthly plan.

There are also numerous iPhone 13 deals available from reputable retailers such as Carphone Warehouse, Fonehouse, and Mobiles.

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