iPhone 12 Mini Review : Apple’s Best Tiny Phone Ever

The iPhone 12 mini is designed for those who have imagined a small phone but without compromising on its quality. Apple did an exceptionally nice job by turning it into a reality. It isn’t impeccable, with typical battery timing and a high cost with just 64GB of storage, but putting those negatives aside you will be in love with what the iPhone 12 mini can do in its tiny set. The camera is adaptable, the screen is amazing, it arrives with packs of power and the new benefits of 5G.

iPhone 12 Mini Evaluation

Quick Review

The iPhone 12 mini is an achievement, with exclusive technology and the best design merging to create a phone that can strive with other top handsets on the marketplace, with its smaller body than you ever imagine for a leading device. That’s the iPhone 12 reinterpreted, but in a shorter form feature that will be perfect for people in search of the compact phone than exclusive makers – comprising Apple, that able to present for the last few years.

This is the miniature iPhone, you will see it as soon as you choose it. While comparing this phone with iPhone SE 2020 it seems small. It does not lose any premium edge as found on iPhone 12. You will find a somewhat enhanced capability with the iPhone 12 Pro Max or iPhone 12 Pro. Because it has more prevailing engines, longer batteries, and a variety of other tweaks.

This iPhone 12 mini has a premium glass design called Ceramic Shield with Aluminum edges that’ll give you a flashback to iPhone4. It has five colors (black, white, red, green, or blue).PLAY Additional feature is its 5G next-generation technology that offers super-fast speed of web browsing and downloading. Apple uses new attractive magnetic technology that can connect the wireless charger and other accessories.

Release Date and Price

  • The iPhone 12 mini is available to buy now around the world
  • Starting at AU$1,199 / $699 / £699, prices rise for more room
  • The charging block and headphones are absent in the packaging

The iPhone 12 mini price starts at $699 / AU$1,199 / £699 with 64GB storage. As storage increases price goes up too. After being delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, iPhone 12 mini is now available around the world. The iPhone 12 mini launched in October 2020 and was released on 13 November 2020. The iPhone 12 mini arises without a charger or headphones in the packaging. You have to buy the right charger and headphones separately.

iPhone 12 Mini Design

  • The miniature iPhone for next generation
  • Easy to hold and work for one hand
    iPhone12 mini
    Image Credit: Apple

The iPhone 12 mini’s design is its exclusive marketing point, and it’s a substitute for those who need a tiny iPhone. It emulates the iPhone 12 design, but in a small body that’s easier to cover your hand around. Despite the small size, the phone still accomplishes a large screen of 5.4 inches. The iPhone 12 mini has dimensions of 131.5 x 7.4 x 64.2 mm. Although, its weight is 135 grams still so light that can easily slip into a pocket without feeling any weight.

If you want a small iPhone without any worry about cost, then the iPhone 12 mini is the right choice. This set is available in five different colors. So, you can choose between blue, red, white, green and black. It looks like a good combination of ‘standard’ colors and choices for those who want somewhat a bit bright for their phone.

iPhone12 Mini Display

  • Fantastic Retina XDR OLED tech is inspiring
  • 476 pixels per inch high
  • 60Hz display instead of 120Hz
    iPhone12 mini
    Credit: Apple

The iPhone 12 mini has an extraordinary screen which is the best feature in iPhones. For the first time, the Apple company has brought its Super Retina XDR OLED technology to all its new iPhones. LCD tech is noticeably different from LED technology. The screen of 5.4 inches is very comfortable to reach all corners of the phone using one hand. Its resolution is higher than iPhone 11  ( res-1080 x 2340 ) which differs noticeably.

The display prepared HRD10, which means you’ll see more features in light and dark areas while watching content coded with this technology. The distinction is most remarkable when you are watching video from Netflix or iTunes. Images and photos will be more clear and better with this technology. Many Android companies are now adding high refresh frequency screens on phones, which create evener images when you’re playing games, watching a video, or scrolling your Twitter feed, but iPhone 12 mini lacks this feature.

The 12 minis are still working upon a 60Hz display. The scrolling capability isn’t as inspiring as on some other phones that cost a similar amount. If you’re swapping from a phone that has a higher refresh level, you’ll oversight it here.

iPhone 12 Mini Rear Cameras

  • The camera utilizes two 12MP rear snapper
  • 12MP selfie camera works bizarrely good too
    iPhone 12 mini camera
    Image credit: Apple

There’s a 12MP wide-camera with an f/1.6 gap, a 12MP ultra-wide rear camera with 120-degree field vision, and an f/2.4 gap. No telephoto device here, as on the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max. It means zoomed images will not be so impressive. Apple’s cameras are among the most capable automatic shooters on the market, and the snappers on the iPhone 12 mini performed very well in our testing.

Night Mode runs with both the rear cameras (including the selfie camera).  It is found that Night Mode made good-looking shots. Although, it depends upon the movement of your subjects. If subjects are not moving then night mode will click good pictures.

iPhone12 mini camera
Credit: GSMarena

If you’re taking in almost-complete dimness then night mode will struggle to brighten the exposure. Pictures will feel like taking in daylight. However, the background will be altered and maybe fill with colors due to the focus on your face. In iPhone mini 12 video recording is so impressive. You can record video in 4K at 24, 30, or 60 orders per second, and Full HD recording is accessible along with specs like slow-mo.

The front selfie camera is also 12MP which is more suitable for video calling and selfies. The quality is remarkable, Portrait mode runs extremely well just because of the 3D depth sensor that heavy lifting. It also powers the Face ID.

Specs of iPhone 12 Mini

SpecificationsiPhone 12 Mini
Displaysize: 5.4inches Super Retina XDR OLED Resolution:1080 x 2340 pixels Scratch Resistant Ceramic Glass
DesignDimension: 131.5 x 64.2 x 7.4 mm, 625nits
135g weight
front and back Glass Aluminum Frame
Rear CameraDual: 12MP main ,12MP Wide, Video record at
4K@24/30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps
Selfie Camera12MP Dual Selfie Camera HDR
video record at 4K@24/30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120fps
Battery2227mAh non removable
20W fast charging
50%in 30 minutes
ColorsBlack, White, Red, Green, and Blue
PriceAU$1,199 / $699 / £699,
iPhone12 mini in hand
Image credit: GSMarena

Performance of iPhone 12 Mini

  • Specs: 4GB RAM with the new Apple A14 chipset
  • The selection of 128GB/ 64GB / 256GB of storage
  • 5G connection for next generation

The iPhone 12 mini might be small, but it indeed doesn’t lack energy. Apple’s latest chipset, the A14 Bionic chip, is a similar process that is present in the rest of the iPhone 12 family, and it’s the very potent engine that the company ever made for a smartphone. When we place the chipset in the pace though, the A14 Automatic chipset always accomplished to stay abreast of everything we wanted it to do, comprising running realistically challenging games.

The iPhone12 mini has 4GB of RAM storage. If you want a bit more power for top-end video then the iPhone 12 Pro series contain 6GB of RAM, but most people are satisfied with 4GB. One issue is the committed storage: you’ve got the range of 64GB, 128GB, or 256GB for the iPhone 12 mini. If you want more, you have to choose from an iPhone 12 Pro which begins at 128GB and goes high up to 512GB.

64GB RAM isn’t considered as much space on a phone these days. Because people did not take time to fill it up with files, apps, videos, images, or other media.  We have seen that after just a week of adding photos, apps, and media on phone it reaches nearly to limit, you’ll need more room and storage full notification occurs after some time.

iPhone12 Mini Battery Life

iPhone12 mini charger
Credit: toms guide
  • Battery standby a full day long after a normal use
  • Battery tries for more stand

The iPhone 12 mini would standby for a full day from one charge, but on heavy tasking, it may die off at 10 pm. It happens on the most exhaustive day though, and on other hectic days, the phone can also stand till bed-time. In mid to end intensity use day, the iPhone 12 mini can standby with 22% left in the container which can work for four hours and twenty minutes, and a variety of tasks can perform in the background such as notifications and music playback.

From switching 4G to 5G connectivity battery timing also drops down earlier. According to Apple, the iPhone mini 12’s battery will stay up to 15 hours of video playing. The iPhone12 mini charging is so fast that it takes 30 minutes to charge from zero to 60% charging.

Factors Regarding Buying Decision
Purchase It If:
  • Want a Tiny iPhone:

If you want a smaller device and having a craze for iPhone then iPhone 12 mini is the super perfect option for you. It is one of the tiniest 5G connectivity phones on the marketplace too.

  • Excited about 5G:

If you’re excited to take benefit of the 5G connection, then iPhone 12 mini must be one of your first choices. At the same time, 5G is an emerging technology yet, but if you are in search of the upcoming mobile data speed you must purchase the 12 mini so that you’re forthcoming-proofed.

  • An Inexpensive iPhone 12 mini

The iPhone 12 mini is an inexpensive member of the iPhone 12 group but actually, it is not a cheap iPhone. The specs and capability are much better than the iPhone SE (2020). If you want a cheap set of iPhone so go for iPhone 12 mini.

Don’t Purchase it if:
  • Want the very top end from Apple:

The iPhone 12 Pro Max is the conclusive victor of this group of phones. If you want the very top features with high-end cameras and some fanciful enactment then you have to look there. It may be costly but top-end set from Apple.

  • You need top-end wireless charging

Wireless charging much slower in iPhone12 mini than other iPhone 12 families. So, if you want wireless charging faster then you should go for other iPhones of this family.


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