The iPhone 12, along with the iPhone 12 mini, were unveiled on October 13th, 2020. With a new design and support for 5g connectivity, you might be wondering if it’s worth it to upgrade to Apple’s latest flagship product.
I’ve had the phone for nearly a month now, here are my thoughts in my Apple iPhone 12 review.
The iPhone 12 is a successor to the iPhone 11 and features a flat edge design – which is aesthetically comparable to iPad Pro. Sporting a 6.1-inch screen, the iPhone is thinner and smaller than its predecessor.
The packaging has changed also. In a bid to reduce their carbon footprint Apple has remove the wall plug from all shipping iPhone12 units. The box is lower in profile, reflecting the reduced packaging, and allowing for greater efficiency in shipping. There is still a USB charging/connectivity cable included, although this has changed to a USB-C connector.
All 2020 iPhone models, including the iPhone 12, use Super Retina OLED displays, which has improved contrast and brightness over previous iPhone models’ LCDs.
The feel of the iPhone 12 is lovely, anyone who had an iPhone 4 or 5 will immediately feel at home with the 12 – it sits in your hand very nicely.
The Sim card slot has moved from the power button side to the volume button side. That took a moment to figure out when swapping from my iPhone 11. Also, you can find the built-in microphones at the bottom of the iPhone 12.
The screen itself comes as a 2532×1770 pixel resolution display, at 460 pixels-per-inch. To improve durability, the iPhone 12 has a “Ceramic Shield” cover that Apple claims to have four times better drop protection.
I must confess, the day before my case arrived I managed to drop my iPhone. Waist height, outside, onto hard rough ground. Fearing a record-breaking Apple Care claim with 2 days of ownership, heart in mouth, I picked it up and the screen was in tact. There was a small scuff on the aluminium housing, but I then angled the screen into all directions and couldn’t see any mark or even light scratch. Not scientific, but a solid pass for screen durability.
Although the standard glass cover is no longer used on the front of the phone, the back part is still made of glass. The phone comes in five colours; white, blue, green, black, and red.
The iPhone 12 benefits from IP68 water and dust resistance and can be submerged below 6 meters of water for 30 minutes at most.
The iPhone 12 Cameras
There are two cameras on the iPhone 12. And the primary camera features 12 megapixels as with previous generations of phones. However, the lens is equipped with seven elements and a larger f/1.6 aperture, which results in brighter and sharper images, even in low light.
The second camera is a 12-megapixel f/2.4 ultrawide camera that offers a 120-degree field of view. Both cameras run faster from previous generation iPhones as it benefits from Apple’s Deep Fusion computational photography system.
Some Sample Images
Changes from iPhone 11
According to Apple’s statement, the 6.1-inch iPhone 12 is 11% thinner, 15% smaller, and 16% lighter than the iPhone 11. But the dimension is not the only difference.
For one thing, the PPI has increased to 460ppi vs. the iPhone 11’s 326ppi. As mentioned previously, the screen resolution is an OLED display instead of the LCD Liquid Retina HD display of the iPhone 11. The new iPhone’s cameras also now support Night Mode and Deep Fusion, technologies that improve photo quality.
Also, the iPhone 12 now supports 5g connectivity, along with a faster A14 Bionic chip.
Difference between iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro
At first glance, the iPhone 12 Pro is a huge 6.7-inch phone compared to the 6.1 inches iPhone 12. Naturally, that means you’ll have bigger display options on the iPhone 12 Pro. Although that’s not all, the iPhone 12 Pro also has more advanced cameras and offers unique colour schemes.
The camera on the iPhone 12 is a triple-camera array. It has more astounding depth sensing for photos and videos, and if you’re serious about photography, you’re going to prefer this version over the vanilla iPhone 12. The optical zoom camera on the iPhone 12 Pro is also far superior.
Apple iPhone 12 Review Summary
Lastly, the iPhone 12 Pro body is made of stainless steel vs. the aluminium design of the iPhone 12 and looks more luxurious.
In conclusion, if you feel the sleeker look and a third camera justifies the iPhone 12 Pro‘s extra price, then definitely go for it!