Apple iPhone 12 Mini Review

Apple launched Their Premium Budget smartphone named iPhone 12 Mini. iPhone 12 Mini was released on October 13, 2020. Apple iPhone 12 Mini is priced at $699 in the US and 69,900 Indian Rupees @ 64GB Base Variant.

iPhone 12 Mini features the Apple A14 Bionic chip from Apple Itself. this chip is made of 5nm LPP (Low Power Plus) FinFet process. this processor is divided into 2 parts; the first part features 2 x High power cores which are clocked at 3.1GHz Which are named Lighting, The second part features 4 x A55 high powered cores that are clocked at 1.8GHz Which are again named as Thunder. it has Apple 4 core GPU. Coming to the AI Department it does not have Ai built in the processor, it has AI Optimizations which helps in AI Capabilities.

I will divide the review into pros & cons. let’s see quick specs of Apple iPhone 12 Mini and Jump into the review.

Apple iPhone 12 Mini Specs

  • 5.4” Full HD+ Super Retina XDR OLED Display with 60Hz Refresh Rate
  • Apple A14 Bionic CPU
  • Apple 4 Core GPU
  • Single Nano Sim + E-Sim
  • 4GB LPDDR4x Ram
  • 64 / 128 / 256 GB Internal Storage
  • Dual Camera 12 MP f/1.6, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS (Main) + 12 MP f/2.4, 13mm, (Ultra Wide)
  • 4K@24/30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps, HDR, Dolby Vision HDR (up to 30fps), stereo sound rec
  • 12MP f/2.2, 32mm front camera
  • 2160p@24/30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120fps, gyro-EIS
  • 2227mAH battery with 18W fast charging, Qi wireless charging 15W 
  • iOS 14
  • Face-ID / Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, dual-band, hotspot / Volte
  • Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE
  • Siri / Dolby Atmos with Hi-Res Audio
  • Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, QZSS
  • NFC / Lightning Port

Review:

5.4″ Full HD+ Super Retina XDR OLED Screen :

Here in the Display Department, iPhone 12 Mini Features an Excellent Full HD+ OLED panel with Notch Edge screen with 476 pixels per inch, the colors are vibrant and enjoyable, viewing angles are also Excellent. There are No issues & problems with screen quality. It is very bright to see in direct sunlight.

Stereo Speaker and Headphone Jack:

In iPhone 12 Mini, Apple Used the traditional Stereo Speaker System and it is 30% louder when Compared to Stereo Speaker System used in iPhone 11. we can see this traditional Stereo Speaker System in iPhone 12 Pro Smartphone also. 

Apple Has Removed Headphone jack In their Smartphones From iPhone’s. This Time Apple Took Another Step and Ditched Lighting Headphones in the Favour Of Carbon Footprint. You have To get Lighting headphones Separately at $19. Coming to Lightning Port and earphones, the Lightning Port was equipped which provides a punchy and clear sound. there are headphones in the Box which sounds good. A bad thing is there is no 3.5mm to Lightning Port connector in the box. 

Build Quality : 

iPhone 12 Mini is Build with a 7000 Series Aluminium Frame on the side and back of the Device Is Protected with Tough Glass. This time Apple Has Used Ceramic Shield to Protect the iPhone Screen while Dropped. it provides a good look and feels Because it is made with Aluminium and Glass. There are no issues of creakiness with the build quality. On iPhone 12 Mini the bezels are Almost Zero.

Face ID:

iPhone 12 Mini has face unlock feature. It works Nice in Normal and Night Conditions Very Quickly and And Securely to recognize the user. 

Battery life:

My iPhone 12 Mini lasted a Full Working day with heavy usage On LTE and at the end of the day, I had 2% in iPhone 12 Mini which is good for a 2227 mAh Battery. We got 5.8 Hours of Sot ( Screen on time) on using Mobile data which is good. you will get above 6.3 hr Battery life if you use Continuously on WiFi.

On 5G on the End Of the day I had No juice Left in iPhone which is Ok For Its size and Battery Capacity. We Got Screen On time about 4.7 Hours.

The ideal drain of the iPhone 12 Mini is very low. the 20W Fast charging makes a difference and charges 50% Battery in 30 min which is a bit good. There is also MagSafe charging for iPhone 12 Which Charges Wirelessly at 12W.

iOS :

Here the iPhone 12 Mini comes with the iOS 14 Operating System. This time Apple has introduced Widgets, Picture-in-Picture Mode, App Library, Updated Maps with Cycling Mode & Virtual keys through Carplay. This is a Hole New Step in iOS History. We cannot see the unnecessary apps that are wasting Ram on the phone. we can get years of iOS Version Upgrades and of security updates on iPhone 12 Mini very Quickly at a time.

Performance: 

My iPhone 12 Mini managed to do day to day tasks very well like the iPhone 12. there are no issues and problems with the UI. there are no heating issues with iPhone 12 Mini It Feels a bit warm In Outdoor Conditions While Recording 4K & Dolby Vision Videos and Gaming.

Ram Management : 

Ram Management is not well on this iPhone 12 Mini device. it features 4 GB ram variant and I did not notice any lags with the 4GB Ram device and there are reloading of apps on this iPhone 12 Mini Multitasking experience is average.

Coming to Gaming, we played Asphalt 9 & Call Of Duty at highest graphics setting without lags & frame drops in the game. We had a smooth game play and does not heats much.

Storage:

in iPhone 12 Mini, Out of 64 or 128GB or 256GB Storage, we get 60 or 118GB or 240GB.

Call Quality :

The Call quality on iPhone 12 Mini is outstanding and there are no issues with cellular call quality. We have taken long calls in a day, and the other party doesn’t complain about call quality. The earpiece is present in Top Bezel Which Acts as a Stereo Speaker Too. 

Rear Camera: 

Coming to the Camera Department, iPhone 12 Mini features a Dual Camera setup on the back of the device and a Single camera on the front of the device. let’s divide the cameras and look at the performance of them

1. 12MP Primary Camera: the 12MP main Camera With OIS is Outstanding and features a Fixed Aperture of F/1.6. iPhone 12 Mini has PDAF Autofocus systems. The daylight pictures are excellent and contain exquisite details Which are like the natural photo. Exposure is in control with a Decent Dynamic range to take good pictures in good lighting conditions. In low light conditions, the images are clear and Sharp without noise which is good to see. Autofocus is very fast due to Laser and PDAF systems. The Main Camera images are nearly Equal to iPhone 11 Images.

2. 12MP Ultra Wide Angle Camera: the 12MP ultra-wide-angle lens on iPhone 12 Mini does a good job in good lighting conditions and features a Fixed Aperture of F/2.4. it captures a much wider picture in 108˚ field of view with good details. exposure is in control with a decent dynamic range. in low lighting conditions, the 12MP Camera captures good photos with decent sharpness. Night mode works well.

The Night mode in the camera Ui Makes sense and Allows to click Some Good Pictures In Night time. In iOS 14 is Improved a lot When Compared to iPhone 11 Night mode.

Video recording can be done up to Dolby Vison HDR, HDR, 4k@60fps. the video footage has excellent Colours with great sharpness and decent dynamic range. In Dolby Vision Video Recording the Colours are Punchy with good Details And great Audio Capture to Stereo Quality Mics. Stabilization is good in Dolby Vision, 4k@60fps And 1080p FHD recording Due to Optical Image Stabilization. The video quality in the low night conditions is very good with good Sharpness and Decent Dynamic range Due to night mode.

Slow Motion Video & Time Lapse Recording is Good in 1080P with good details and accurate colors.

Selfie camera :

iPhone 12 Mini has a 12MP punch hole camera with 80˚ field of view. it has a fixed aperture of F/2.2 the Picture quality is good and captures pictures in a Wide view in good lighting conditions it also captures Good lowlight images. AI beautification mode is available. Photos are well detailed and contain a decent dynamic range.

This single-camera can be used to take portraits images from the front with the Help of Artificial Intelligence. the Slo-fies are Very good and Interesting.

Widevine L1 support:

 iPhone 12 Mini has Widevine L1 support to stream HD videos from Amazon Prime or NetFlix which is good to see.

In Box Contents:

In iPhone 12 Mini smartphone box Apple provided Brided Lightning cable, iPhone.

Pros

  • Unique Small Boxy Design, Cheapest iPhone in 12 Series’
  • Smallest 5G Smartphone In the Market
  • Good OLED Display
  • iOS 14 & Updates for 5 Years
  • Awesome Quality Loud Speakers
  • Fastest Chip with 5G Capabilities
  • Superb Camera Quality and Details With all 2 Cameras, Awesome Selfie and Video Quality
  • Good Battery Life With 20W Fast Charging
  • MagSafe Accessories
  • IP68 Water and Dust Resistant

Cons

  • No high Refresh Rate
  • No Fast Charger & Headphones in Box
  • No 3.5mm Jack and Audio Adapter
  • Options & settings should be Same Hosting App Not in Settings
  • No Touch ID, Face ID is Not Useable In Pandemic Situation.
  • Notch is bit Large

VERDICT

Who can Get iPhone 12 Mini SmartPhone view: 
if you want a True Flagship Phone with Bright OLED Full HD+ screen, with Apple 14 Bionic Chip and 20W Wired fast charging, Dual Rear Camera Setup & iOS 14 then you can go with iPhone 12 SmartPhone. If you want the Same Full-Screen Design Smartphone with Same Performance In Android

Pixel 4a

Samsung Galaxy Galaxy S20 and if you want better cameras Within a Lower Price Range then

LG Velvet

OnePlus 8

Huawei Mate 40 can be your Alternatives to iPhone 12 Mini

If you are using iPhone 12 Mini then Share your experiences with us in the comment section below and Stay tuned to MobiRadar for more Reviews like this

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