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