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Apple iPhone 12 (mini) Review Rundown

ApplePublished on 21 Mar 2021Last Edited on 23 Sep 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*

Overview

Photo of Apple iPhone 12 & iPhone 12 mini Smartphones
Neoscore* 86%
  • Great value for money
  • Great performance for the price
  • Great battery life
  • Nothing in particular

Summary

Apple's iPhone 12 comes in two sizes, the 6.1-inch standard iPhone and the 5.4-inch iPhone mini. It is positioned midway between the company's affordable iPhone SE and the top-of-the-range iPhone 12 Pro. With an expansive edge-to-edge Super Retina XDR display, a new Ceramic Shield front cover, and the A14 Bionic chip, the iPhone 12 is a gorgeous device with improved durability and appearance.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

Rundown

digitaltrends[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 83%
Reviewers from Digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
Unlike modern Mini cars, the iPhone 12 Mini is actually small. It's shorter, narrower, and lighter than the iPhone 8 (and latest iPhone SE) You can't help but feel a sense of nostalgia when you come to the 12 Mini from any other phone. If you're going to live glued to your phone, this just isn't the phone for you.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Slim, lightweight design
  • Excellent camera performance
  • Excellent battery life
  • Excellent performance
Cons[**]
  • Battery life could be better

digitaltrends[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 86%
Reviewers from Digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
The iPhone 12 is exactly the same size as the 12 Pro — Apple's own cases are interchangeable. With a case on the phone, the only way you can tell it's not a Pro is the missing third camera lens. The main, ultra-wide, and selfie cameras are all identical hardware, backed up by the same camera processing.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Very good battery life
  • Same software as the 12 Pro
  • Great camera performance
  • Long-lasting battery
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

nextpit[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 81%
Reviewers from Nextpit have found the following[***]:
The iPhone 12 Mini is the most affordable of Apple's flagship smartphone series. Starting at £699 in the UK, it is positioned exactly midway between the company's affordable iPhone SE (£399) and the top-of-the-range iPhone 12 Pro (£999) The iPhone 12 and 12 Mini launch in a total of five colours: white, black, blue, green, and a special red version for which every unit sold contributes directly to the Global Fund to combat COVID‑19.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Slim bezels
  • Super Retina OLED display
  • Decent battery life
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

nextpit[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 85%
Reviewers from Nextpit have found the following[***]:
The iPhone 12 is the first Apple smartphone that was not designed by Jony Ive. The back section keeps the matte glass plate that was already used on the iPhone 11 Pro. Magnets at the back of the iPhones as well as in special MagSafe accessories enable wireless charging of up to 15 watts.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous design
  • Beautiful display
  • Long battery life
  • Super Retina display
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

notebookcheck[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 72%
Reviewers from Notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
The Apple iPhone 12 mini presents itself colorfully and is available in white, black, green, blue and red. Compared with the iPhone 12 Pro, the Mini feels tiny and fits easily in the palm of the hand. The main camera can record videos in Ultra HD with up to 60 frames per second and DolbyVision at best. The iPhone 12mini is powered by an Apple A14 Bionic with 4 GB of working memory.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Bright OLED display
  • Long battery life
  • Fast SoC
  • Long-lasting battery
Cons[**]
  • Only 12 months of warranty

notebookcheck[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 85%
Reviewers from Notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
In 2020, Apple launched four different iPhone models. The two more expensive models are the Pro and Pro Max while the more affordable options are the smaller iPhone 12 mini and the iPhone 12. All iPhone 12 devices are equipped with 4 GB of RAM, which seems to be enough for Apple's iOS. iOS14 even works with the iPhone 6S, which was first released 5 years ago.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Great OLED display
  • Good battery life
  • Long-lasting battery
  • Decent cameras
Cons[**]
  • Not as fast as the iPhone 11

pcmag[7]

Sentiment Score[*] 86%
Reviewers from Pcmag have found the following[***]:
If you have an iPhone more than a year old, one of the four new iPhones is worth your money. The iPhone 12 and 12 mini's screens are slightly brighter than the iPhone 11's LCD at 625 nits max brightness. After years of uneven performance, iPhones are back on par with leading Android phones in terms of network performance.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Excellent low-light camera performance
  • Excellent battery life
  • Good performance
Cons[**]
  • Not as good as the iPhone 11, XS, or iPhone 11

pcmag[8]

Sentiment Score[*] 92%
Reviewers from Pcmag have found the following[***]:
The iPhone 12 mini (starting at $699) is the smallest and most affordable phone in Apple's late 2020 iPhone quartet. It's sure to appeal most to owners of older iPhones (particularly the iPhone 5 through 8), as well as anyone fed up with a handset that doesn't fit into their pocket. The mini is also the best value in the iPhone 12 family, packing premium power and the latest features into a smaller build.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Small, compact design
  • Good battery life
  • 5G and Night photo mode
Cons[**]
  • Battery life could be better

phonearena[9]

Sentiment Score[*] 88%
Reviewers from Phonearena have found the following[***]:
The iPhone 12 strikes all the right notes — great display, great hardware, pretty colors, standard-setting camera, fast Face ID. In fact, it's kind of hard to recommend to spend the extra $200 for the iPhone 12 Pro. The regular 12 just covers everything you might need, minus the 2x telephoto lens.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Beautiful OLED display
  • Fast Face ID
  • New MagSafe accessories
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

techadvisor[10]

Sentiment Score[*] 91%
Reviewers from Techadvisor have found the following[***]:
The iPhone 12 mini is the cheapest option in Apple's 2020 line-up. It looks great, has the highest pixel density of any iPhone in history and offers the same cameras as the main flagship. Apple offers an IP68 waterproof rating and there's a Ceramic Shield at the front which aims to protect the display. Apart from being smooth and easy to use, Apple has added something that I've always wanted on an iPhone – an official MagSafe charger.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Super Retina display
  • MagSafe works through official and third-party cases
  • Great battery life
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

whathifi[11]

Sentiment Score[*] 86%
Reviewers from Whathifi have found the following[***]:
The iPhone 12 sports a new design, a new screen and is powered by a new processor. It's also capable of performing some new party tricks including, for the first time, 5G support. The iPhone 12 is £100 ($100) more expensive than the iPhone 11 across all its different storage sizes.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Beautiful OLED display
  • Long battery life
  • 5G support
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

whathifi[12]

Sentiment Score[*] 91%
Reviewers from Whathifi have found the following[***]:
The iPhone 12 Mini costs £699 ($699, AU$1199) for the 64GB model. It's the smallest and lightest iPhone in Apple's current line-up. Apple has squeezed in the exact same camera set-up on the Mini as on the standard 12. The Mini can also record video in Dolby Vision at 30 frames per second. It provides a wonderfully quick and satisfying user experience.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Fantastic OLED screen
  • Excellent camera
  • Excellent battery life
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

references

  1. 1. ^ Apple iPhone 12 Mini review: Tiny yet mighty. Digitaltrends. 17 November 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  2. 2. ^ Apple iPhone 12 review: The best iPhone for most people. Digitaltrends. 30 October 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  3. 3. ^ Apple iPhone 12 Mini review: petite yet powerful. Nextpit. 04 December 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  4. 4. ^ iPhone 12: my first weekend with the latest Apple smartphone. Nextpit. 03 November 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  5. 5. ^ Apple iPhone 12 mini Review - Small smartphone with small display. Notebookcheck. 25 December 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  6. 6. ^ Apple iPhone 12 Smartphone Review - Apple phone with 5G. Notebookcheck. 07 November 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  7. 7. ^ Apple iPhone 12 Review. Pcmag. 31 October 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  8. 8. ^ Apple iPhone 12 mini Review. Pcmag. 18 November 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  9. 9. ^ Apple iPhone 12 Review. Phonearena. 28 October 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  10. 10. ^ Apple iPhone 12 mini review. Techadvisor. 11 December 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  11. 11. ^ Apple iPhone 12 review. Whathifi. 14 December 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  12. 12. ^ Apple iPhone 12 Mini review. Whathifi. 29 January 2021. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  13. *. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher's own rating, if available, as a result.
  14. **. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher's own bullets points, if available, as a result.
  15. ***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher's own, if available.

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