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Apple iPhone 12 (mini) Review Rundown

ApplePublished on 21 Mar 2021Last Edited on 14 Nov 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*
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Overview

Neoscore* 0%
Pros**
  • Great value for money
  • Great performance for the price
  • Great battery life
Cons**
  • 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

androidauthority[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 92%
Reviewers from androidauthority have found the following[***]:
At $699, the iPhone 12 Mini is one of the most powerful smartphones you can get for the price. At $49 more, the OnePlus 8T offers 65W wired charging and a 120Hz display. Samsung's Galaxy S20 FE is a great option if you value these things in your device, and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 packed into it.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Incredible performance
  • Super-fast charging
  • Great battery life
Cons[**]
  • No wireless charging
  • No telephoto camera

androidauthority[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 75%
Reviewers from androidauthority have found the following[***]:
At $799, the iPhone 12 certainly provides a lot of value for the price in certain areas. It has some of the best performance you'll find on a smartphone. There are a few things missing from that iPhone 12 that you can get from similarly-priced Android phones. If you care about software and photo quality more than anything, the Google Pixel 5 is a great option.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Great performance
  • Great battery life
  • Great cameras
Cons[**]
  • No telephoto camera

digitaltrends[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 84%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
The $700 iPhone 12 Mini plays in a category all its own: A truly small phone with an otherwise top-end experience. It's small enough to be manageable in anyone's hands and pockets, yet has full-blown iPhone 12 capabilities. But not everyone feels so strongly about size, and in that case should be wary of its weaker battery life.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Small and compact design
  • Excellent cameras
  • Excellent battery life
Cons[**]
  • No water resistance
  • No headphone jack

digitaltrends[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 94%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
Camera performance is fantastic by the measure of a $999 iPhone 12 Pro, meaning it's particularly great for $200 less here. The main camera consistently produces bright, crisp, and colorful photos with a bit of a warm and punchy profile that's pleasing but not overblown. The draw of Dolby Vision HDR is interesting but not practical at this point.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Excellent camera performance
  • Excellent battery life
  • Excellent performance
Cons[**]
  • No wireless charging
  • No headphone jack

nextpit[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 87%
Reviewers from nextpit have found the following[***]:
Apple says it has made some improvements in image processing this year thanks to the new A14 Bionic processor. I was pleasantly surprised by the results I was able to capture with the iPhone 12 Mini. There's more detail in a wide range of lighting conditions this year, and Apple is continuing to build on the progress it made with its smartphone camera system last year.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Super Retina OLED display
  • Great battery life
  • Super fast charging
Cons[**]
  • No telephoto lens
  • Battery life could be better

nextpit[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 93%
Reviewers from nextpit have found the following[***]:
New blue iPhone is cool and solid to the touch. While the back of the basic model is covered with fingerprints and the aluminum frame exudes a nice and matte experience, the iPhone 12 Pro and its shiny stainless steel frame requires more wipe downs each day. The ugly CE marking is more embedded in the glass directly below the Apple symbol, having been relegated to a flat surface.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous design
  • Good battery life
  • Good cameras
Cons[**]
  • No telephoto lens
  • No 5G support

notebookcheck[7]

Sentiment Score[*] 79%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
The iPhone 12 mini is powered by an Apple A14 Bionic with 4 GB of working memory. The viewing angle stability of the OLED display is on a very good level. There is only a minimal brightness loss at flat viewing angles, but no color inversions. Up to 7.5 watts can be pumped into the iPhone via a Qi charging surface.
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Pros[**]
  • Small and compact
  • Good battery life
  • Good cameras
Cons[**]
  • Mediocre camera performance
  • No telephoto lens

notebookcheck[8]

Sentiment Score[*] 92%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
The iPhone 12 is equipped with an OLED display with a resolution of 2532 x 1170 pixels. The display also has an HDR certification and should offer up to 1200 nits brightness. As OLEDs can be turned off, they offer perfect black in theory, which means that the contrast ratio is very high. No matter from which side you look at the iPhone 12, colors and brightness remain unchanged.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • High-quality OLED display
  • Good battery life
  • Fast SoC
Cons[**]
  • No headphone jack
  • No wireless charging

pcmag[9]

Sentiment Score[*] 93%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following[***]:
If you're dissatisfied with your older phone's low-light performance, you'll see a distinct improvement with the 12 series. The 12 Pro absolutely brings additional capabilities; the 2x zoom is sharper and the Night Portrait mode is really dramatic. The iPhone 12's camera and Night mode are are absolutely good enough for most people.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Superb low-light camera performance
  • Dolby Vision HDR video recording at 60fps
  • Great battery life
Cons[**]
  • No 4x4 MIMO
  • No headphone jack

pcmag[10]

Sentiment Score[*] 91%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following[***]:
The iPhone 12 mini has the best price-to-power ratio of any iPhone right now. It has a beautiful screen, a lovely design, a terrific camera, and 5G for $100 less than the iPhone 12. It will serve you well for up to four years; it's a good investment.
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Pros[**]
  • Beautiful screen
  • Excellent camera
  • 5G for up to four years
  • Great battery life
Cons[**]
  • Battery life could be better

phonearena[11]

Sentiment Score[*] 95%
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
  • Great battery life
Cons[**]
  • No wireless charging
  • No headphone jack

techadvisor[12]

Sentiment Score[*] 83%
Reviewers from techadvisor have found the following[***]:
The iPhone 12 mini is the cheapest of the 2020 range starting at £699/US$729. You can order it direct from Apple as well as the likes of Amazon, Carphone Warehouse, Currys PC World, John Lewis, Argos and Very. It's pretty good value in the iPhone world, but that market has far better value when you consider the kind of specs you can get for half this price or even lower. There are very few specifically small phones, though, with namely the Google Pixel 4a springing to mind.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Comes with a MagSafe charger
  • Great battery life
Cons[**]
  • No 5G

theverge[13]

Sentiment Score[*] 94%
Reviewers from theverge have found the following[***]:
The iPhone 12's photos seem to finally be stepping back from over-brightening shadows on faces. Compared to the iPhone 11, the iPhone 12 needs to drop into night mode less often. The new design is elegant and modern, but it's hard to tell you to buy a phone because it's pretty.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous OLED screen
  • Good battery life
  • Good cameras
Cons[**]
  • No 5G
  • No headphone jack

tomsguide[14]

Sentiment Score[*] 86%
Reviewers from tomsguide have found the following[***]:
With such a small frame, the iPhone 12 can't help but lose out to its brethren where battery life is concerned. The iPhone 12 mini doesn't ship with a charger, though using Apple's new 20-watt brick, we saw 60% in 30 minutes. All iPhone 12 models launch with iOS 14 — the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Sleek, lightweight design
  • Excellent battery life
  • 5G connectivity
Cons[**]
  • No wireless charging
  • No headphone jack

whathifi[15]

Sentiment Score[*] 94%
Reviewers from whathifi have found the following[***]:
The iPhone 12 is the latest in a successful line of smartphones from Apple. The OLED screen delivers even more punch than the iPhone 11's LCD display. The iPhone 12 supports Dolby Atmos and Apple's own spatial audio processing, available to enjoy through the AirPods Pro and the recently announced Airpods Max.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous OLED display
  • Excellent battery life
Cons[**]
  • No telephoto lens
  • No headphone jack

whathifi[16]

Sentiment Score[*] 92%
Reviewers from whathifi have found the following[***]:
The iPhone 12 Mini is a smaller, more pocket-friendly version of the iPhone 12. It is smooth and speedy to use, with a great camera and great sound. The battery life takes a hit, but that doesn't really detract from this hugely talented phone. It offers the top features of the 12, but a smaller phone for the money.
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Pros[**]
  • Sleek, compact design
  • Superb camera
  • Great battery life
Cons[**]
  • Battery life could be better
  • No Earpods

wired[17]

Sentiment Score[*] 79%
Reviewers from wired have found the following[***]:
The iPhone 12 Mini's screen is big enough to read emails, scroll on Twitter, or look at maps when it's docked in your car. It can be used as an entertainment device, for how-to videos on YouTube or dance duets on TikTok. Its speakers aren't spectacular, as you might expect from a physically smaller device.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Small, light, and airy
  • Small, airy, and portable
  • Long battery life
Cons[**]
  • No 5G support
  • No wide-angle camera

wired[18]

Sentiment Score[*] 88%
Reviewers from wired have found the following[***]:
If the iPhone 12 existed in a vacuum, its camera would be spectacular. Compared to the iPhone 11 camera, it's not a huge leap forward. Apple is big on magnets this year. It has revived MagSafe, which was a proprietary name for Apple's laptop connectors.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Bigger, better-than-average cameras
  • Better battery life than the iPhone 11
  • New MagSafe charging system
Cons[**]
  • No 5G support
  • Battery life could be better

References

1. ^ Apple iPhone 12 Mini review: Pint-sized power (Update: Video!). androidauthority. 2020-11-24 Retrieved 2021-10-13.
2. ^ Apple iPhone 12 review: Awkwardly standard. androidauthority. 2020-11-13 Retrieved 2021-10-13.
3. ^ Apple iPhone 12 Mini review: Tiny yet mighty. digitaltrends. 2020-11-17 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Apple iPhone 12 review: The best iPhone for most people. digitaltrends. 2020-10-30 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ Apple iPhone 12 Mini review: petite yet powerful. nextpit. 2020-12-04 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
6. ^ iPhone 12: my first weekend with the latest Apple smartphone. nextpit. 2020-11-03 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
7. ^ Apple iPhone 12 mini Review - Small smartphone with small display. notebookcheck. 2020-12-25 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
8. ^ Apple iPhone 12 Smartphone Review - Apple phone with 5G. notebookcheck. 2020-11-07 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
9. ^ Apple iPhone 12 Review. pcmag. 2020-10-31 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
10. ^ Apple iPhone 12 mini Review. pcmag. 2020-11-18 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
11. ^ Apple iPhone 12 Review. phonearena. 2020-10-28 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
12. ^ Apple iPhone 12 mini review. techadvisor. 2020-12-11 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
13. ^ Apple iPhone 12 review: raising the bar. theverge. 2020-10-20 Retrieved 2021-10-13.
14. ^ iPhone 12 mini review: This is a revelation . tomsguide. 2021-06-10 Retrieved 2021-06-12.
15. ^ Apple iPhone 12 review. whathifi. 2020-12-14 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
16. ^ Apple iPhone 12 Mini review. whathifi. 2021-01-29 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
17. ^ Review: Apple iPhone 12 Mini. wired. 2020-11-09 Retrieved 2021-10-13.
18. ^ Review: Apple iPhone 12. wired. 2020-10-20 Retrieved 2021-10-13.
*. 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.
**. 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.
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