iPhone 12 mini review

Big phones with large screens have ruled the smartphone market for the past couple of years. However, a lot of people are still craving for a smaller iPhone that fits their hands. Apple is certainly aware of that and finally launched the iPhone 12 mini this year. I am lucky enough to have the phone for testing. Here is my hands-on review.

Display

The iPhone 12 mini comes in at 131.5 x 64.2 x 7.4mm with a 5.4-inch display. That’s significantly smaller than any recent iPhone models. Plus, the mini size means this device is lightweight too. In fact, the only iPhone that is lighter than this model is the old iPhone 5.

Honestly, I felt pretty comfortable holding the 12 mini in hand. You can easily use the device one-handed. In fact, I have small hand, so swiping through things one-handed is difficult with a larger screen device. Personally, I miss the feeling of a small iPhone in my hand.

Performance and Specs

Apple A14 chip, Hexa-core CPU, Apple GPU (4-core graphics) with 5G support

Actually, you’re not sacrificing much with the mini when compared to the regular iPhone 12. Features like a Super Retina XDR OLED panel with Apple’s new Ceramic Shield protection are still there. Plus, the 5nm A14 Bionic is also on board too, meaning it can deliver the same performance like the rest of the iPhone 12 lineup. Here are the test results:

iPhone 12 mini may be small, but it certainly doesn’t lack power!

The only thing you should consider here is choosing the right storage. Options are 64GB, 128GB and 256GB. The fact is 64GB isn’t enough for a lot people these days. So, I recommend you go for the 128GB model.

Camera

Dual 12MP camera system

Apple says low-light performance is the main improvement over the last iPhone gen. And, indeed, the 12 mini’s camera does prove that it can shoot very well in dark environments. Here is an example:

Without Night mode vs Night mode

The biggest change here is the introduction of Dolby Vision HDR. This is a solid upgrade for those who want better video quality. Honestly, it’s still worth buying the iPhone 12 mini, even if it’s only for the Dolby Vision.

However, unlike the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max, there’s no telephoto sensor here – that means your zooming won’t look that impressive.

Price

The iPhone 12 mini price goes up for more storage. Here is the chart for full pricing:

Region64GB128G256GB
US$699$749$849
UK£699£749£849
AU$1,199$1,279$1,449

iPhone 12 mini is available at physical Apple Stores worldwide and online now! But, note that it comes without a power adapter or headphone in the box.

Battery

With a 2,227 mAh battery, the iPhone 12 mini can last for up to 15 hours of video playback. Although the battery life should last for a full day of normal use, this might not be enough if you spend more time on mobile networks.

Unfortunately, the mini will charge about 20% slower than the other 12 models with MagSafe. According to a support document, the charger is limited to 12W peak power delivery instead of 15W like the rest of the lineup.

Pros and Cons

Pros Cons
  • Smaller design looks great
  • Fantastic display
  • Good value
  • Middling battery life
  • Slower MagSafe charging

Is It Worth Buying?

This may seem obvious, but the 12 mini’s biggest selling point is its unique size. Besides, the iPhone 12 mini has the most reasonable price in the iPhone 12 family. But, it doesn’t feel like a “cheap” iPhone at all!

The 12 mini specs and user experience are far better than its previous models. So, if you are on a budget and prefer a smaller device, this is the perfect option for you.

Do you think about upgrading your phone with a new iPhone 12 mini? Let us know the answer in the comments!

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