Apple iPhone 12 Mini Product Review
Date : Sep 20, 2021
Author : Alexander B
Finally! A small iPhone from Apple, right? Well, it’s not as small as you think, it is, however, relatively small compared to their recent designs. And let’s just say it’s not big. The thing is what makes this mini version of the iPhone 12 special is not its size. It’s rather the fact that you don’t have to make many sacrifices in order to switch to a smaller phone. We’re used to making a lot of compromises only to hold a smaller screen when switching to a phone’s mini version. However, with the iPhone 12 mini, you only sacrifice a little, if anything at all. Let’s just get right into our review.
Comparison with the iPhone 12
So the apple iPhone 12 mini can basically do anything the iPhone 12 can do. It comes with the same exact features and capabilities except for two main things.
The Screen size
Obviously, the first thing you have to give up moving from the 12 to the 12 mini is the size of its screen. Not a very bad compromise considering most users switching to the 12 mini would originally decide to switch for the practicality of the screen and overall size of the phone. Some people just prefer to be able to reach the other end of their phone with their thumbs.
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The Battery Life
Choosing a smaller phone means choosing a smaller battery. This is the only other compromise you’re going to have to make. So if you’re aiming for intense use throughout the whole day, you may want to keep your eye on the battery icon or switch to Battery Saver to prolong the duration of use.
Yepp, that’s it. Compared to the iPhone 12, the mini version does not really strip you of anything else other than those two.
It costs from £699 for the 64GB model, £749 and £849 for the 128GB model, to £849 as well for the 256GB model.
The 128GB model is considered the most practical for it’s only around 72 to 100 pounds less than the regular iPhone 12, so it’s not really considered a cheap mobile. It’s like you’re paying extra for the 5G compatibility. Of course, 5G is not why you should consider buying this phone, however, it is worth knowing that it’s an added feature that Apple could have overlooked for the purpose of making the phone smaller. But they didn’t.
Generally, the iPhone 12 comes with spectacular flat aluminium rails and a sturdy screen that is enhanced to be more drop-resistant. The camera setup in the iPhone 12 is also improved with a wider aperture for the main camera making its performance way better in low light. Of course, the iPhone 12 Mini comes with all these design aspects, except smaller and more practical.
The glass back and aluminium side frames come in 5 different colours. Black, White, Blue, Green, and Red. However, the colours in the iPhone 12 and 12 mini reflect a more vibrant tone rather than the pastel variations we have seen in the past.
The design is also comfortable for holding and reaching around the screen. The corners are slightly rounded and the frames or edges between the front and the back are right-angled which makes the phone a little more convenient for people with small hands.
The iPhone 12 and the apple iPhone 12 mini both come with a new Apple A14 Bionic processor that can power the device around 20% faster than the old Apple A13 chip. The processor system is not only good for powering the iPhone 12 mini or making the device incredibly fast. Well, it does compensate a lot for the regular drain of the 5G. We’ll get to that later. But let’s get into how the new processor chip excels in making this model unique.
The photography is a lot more computational thanks to the A14 chip. You get more detail in every photo you take and the main camera aperture works better in low light. This means you can capture better portrait mode pictures in any setting or condition. The phone also comes with an ultra-wide camera, however, without telephoto.
The video quality of the camera can adjust to many different lighting conditions. There is also the HDR Dolby Vision feature for the video capturing which enhances the range of colours going from bright to dark. You’ll have to watch out for that feature if you’re trying to use professional desktop video editing apps when shooting your videos.
This new system allows you to attach wireless chargers and cases to your device with built-in magnets. It consists of a ring of magnets located at the back of the phone, under the rear glass. The magnet ring aligns with the MagSafe wireless charger and allows for using the phone while it’s wirelessly charging. The MagSafe wireless charger in the 12 mini, however, maxes out at 12 watts of wireless charging instead of 15 watts. Regardless, the smaller battery makes up for that difference and the mini charges in around the same time the regular version does.
The impressive thing about this phone is that Apple managed to fit 5G in such a small phone. We’ve already gone through how they could have made the phone smaller by sacrificing 5G compatibility. The phone could have also been a lot cheaper. However, they included the millimetre-wave version of 5G which provides the phone with unbelievable speed when it comes to downloading speed.
- Impressive OLED Screen.
- MagSafe system.
- Great battery life for a small phone.
- The cheapest model in the iPhone 12 series.
- Comfortable grip and attractive design.
- FaceID instead of TouchID.
- Big notch for a small phone.
- File management for IOS needs to be better.
Verdict and Rating
Rating: 4.9 stars
The apple iPhone 12 mini is a more ergonomic version of the regular iPhone 12, and of most other models in the series. It is much more convenient to hold and navigate. Users have said that they love the pocketable design, although a smaller version would have been better. Well, if it wasn’t for the 5G. What makes it unique, despite anything, is that you don’t have to make any compromises whatsoever to switch to a smaller, more practical phone.