Every annual iPhone announcement is usually one of the most prominent events of the year, even if there are very few really revolutionary or even surprising things on smartphones. The iPhone 12 is one of four models announced by Apple this year, and is in many ways the least remarkable. It doesn’t have high-end flagship cameras or a new LiDAR sensor like the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 pro Max, and it doesn’t introduce a new size category that defies industry trends, that’s where the iPhone 12 mini comes in.
The normal iPhone, in the middle of the road, 12 6 66,999, however, should be Apple’s bread and butter model for next year and could be very popular. Here are my first impressions.
The iPhone 12 series introduces a significantly different (and heavily leaked) design style for the first time since the iPhone X.We now have a flat band that runs along the periphery of the phone and not on a curved frame. The corners are rounded, but the front and back of the iPhone 12 meets its frame at 90-degree angles. There is no curved edge glass flowing into the metal and no beveled or beveled edges. It’s almost like the generation of the iPhone 5, except even more minimalist.
The look is pretty strict, and frankly, even if it’s not a big change, the iPhone lineup needed a little freshness, and that serves the purpose. The sides do not swell outward, which helps to reduce the volume. The iPhone 12 is significantly smaller in all dimensions than the iPhone 11 and iPhone XR (reviews), and also much lighter. It weighs 162g and is 7.4 mm thick, compared to 194g and 8.3 mm.
If you are afraid that the flat sides will make the iPhone 12 uncomfortable, think again. The form is slightly less organic, but the reduced volume compensates for this. Owners of old iPhones will remember that such corners are very easy to dent when the phone falls. Apple promises reinforced glass on the back and its new protective tempered ceramic material on the front, but you will definitely want to buy a cover. It also seems that the edges of the aluminum frame could be chipped and scratched over time.
There is still a very visible border around the screen and Apple is sticking to a huge notch. Android companies that copied a few years ago have overtaken Apple’s design with smaller notches and now even smaller front cameras integrated into the screens. Of course, none of them offer Apple’s Secure Face ID hardware, but again, many people prefer a fingerprint sensor that they don’t get here.
On the back, the dual camera module looks identical to the iPhone 11, but the hardware has been updated. You get the same primary and ultra-large 12-megapixel cameras as on the iPhone 12 Pro, and both support both night mode and deep fusion. Apple promises a better light capture of 27% with the main camera through an aperture of f/1.6. Also, the 4K Dolby Vision HDR video recording comes to this model, which should produce very sharp and vivid clips.
Although the iPhone 12 is more expensive than most people had hoped, the iPhone 12 offers almost all the features of the iPhone 12 Pro for two-thirds of the starting price. You don’t get the higher amounts of memory of the flagship, the camera with optical zoom, the Dolby Vision video recording at 60 frames per second, the LiDAR sensor and the stainless steel body, but that seems easy without taking into account the price difference.
You get the same Apple A14 Bionic SoC as the iPhone 12 Pro, along with the same 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR OLED display with 1170×2532 pixels (but no 120Hz refresh rate), a 12-megapixel front camera, an IP68 rating, 17-hour battery life, MagSafe Magnetic Wireless powered compatibility (though you’ll need to buy Apple’s own power adapter), and 5G network support (below 6 GHz).
Of course, there are several high-performance Android devices that cost half less and promise all the features you want. The advantage of Apple is the integration of iOS 14, the cameras, the general ease of use and, of course, the value displayed.
Stay tuned for 360 gadgets for a detailed review, coming soon, in which we will delve into the features of the iPhone 12, build quality, software, performance, cameras, battery life and much more.