Which iPhone 13 should I buy?


I'm upgrading to the iPhone 13, but I can't decide which model to buy. Are the iPhone 13 Pro or Pro Max worth the extra money? What about the Mini?


Make no mistake -- all four iPhone 13 models are great phones. For most people, the decision boils down to two factors: price and size.

If you want a small iPhone, get the iPhone 13 mini. If you want a big iPhone, get the iPhone 13 Pro Max. And if you want something in between, get the iPhone 13 -- or the iPhone 13 Pro, if you don’t mind paying more for a high refresh rate display or a 3X telephoto zoom lens.

Want something that looks and feels just like the iPhone 13 but costs even less? Pick up a gently used iPhone 12 on Swappa instead, for hundreds less!

Will Verduzco on Swappa
Swappa Staff

The iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max share most of the same specs and features. No matter which iPhone 13 you buy, you’re getting a blazing fast A15 Bionic chip, a sharp and vibrant Super Retina XDR OLED display, amazing battery life, and great cameras. But there are a few differences...

The biggest difference is price. The iPhone 13 mini is the cheapest model, starting at $699 MSRP at the Apple Store. The iPhone 13 costs $100 more, starting at $799 MSRP. The iPhone 13 Pro is $200 more than that, starting at $999 MSRP. And finally, the iPhone 13 Pro Max is the most expensive, starting at $1099. That’s a lot of money for a phone, no matter who you are. Fortunately, selling your old phone is a great way to fund your upgrade, and you'll get twice as much for your old phone by selling on Swappa. Then, when it’s time to buy, find the best iPhone 13 deals on Swappa.

The other big difference is size. As its name implies, the iPhone 13 mini is the smallest, coming in at 131.5 x 64.2 x 7.7mm and packing a 5.4-inch screen. The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro are a bit bigger at 146.7 x 71.5 x 7.7mm with 6.1-inch screens. Finally, the iPhone 13 Pro Max is more phablet than phone, and it packs a giant 6.7-inch screen and measures in at 160.8 x 78.1 x 7.7mm.

Finally, there are several advanced features only found on the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max, such as a 120 Hz Pro Motion high refresh rate display, a 3X Telephoto zoom lens, and support for Apple Pro Res.

[Learn more about the iPhone 13 models and how they stack up in our iPhone 13 review. Then snag the best iPhone deals on Swappa.]

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