On the heels of the new iPhone 12, the 12 Pro Max and 12 Mini have hit Australian shelves.
Much of the spotlight was stolen by the 12 Pro Max biggest screen, the best cameras and the eye-watering $ 1849.
But bigger is not always better.
Apple has a point to prove with the iPhone 12 Mini – yes, it’s smaller – but the Mini is in no way weaker than the standard iPhone 12.
The 0.7 inch difference does not sound like much, but it does make a world of difference in your palm and pocket when you think it’s too thinner and lighter.
It may look comical on a table near its larger siblings, but 12 Mini is infinitely more practical for everyday use and exercise in my testing.
People with larger hands may find it difficult to text on a smaller screen, but I have no problem. In fact, I found it easier to text with one hand than I have in years.
The smaller form factor of iPhone 12 Mini comes with another inherent advantage: its size is clearly the standard for Apple’s Magsafe.
Apple’s best Magsafe accessory so far, the Wallet, fits perfectly on the back of the iPhone 12 Mini. The wallet sits directly with the sides and bottom of the phone with the smallest gap between it and the camera module.
Therefore, it feels more cohesive and tough in hand than on the larger iPhone 12 and 12 Pro Max, which last dwarf the wallet.
Apple does not announce the battery sizes, but the tires show that it is a 2227 mAh battery in the 12 mini compared to the 2815 mAh camera in the iPhone 12.
That should not come as a surprise because the phone is physically smaller and because it makes a smaller screen, I did not notice any dramatic difference in the battery life between the two.
On long working days I still reached the charger by 16:00 after a 6:00 start, which is okay, but far from the best battery life in 2020.
Ultimately the mini wins the prize.
It’s easier to stomach $ 150 off the iPhone 12 for a starting price of $ 1199, though with 64GB of storage.
Now it’s the cheapest way to get 5G on an Apple phone, especially compared to the iPhone 18 Pro Max.
With this extra money you get the Apple’s biggest screen at 6.7 inches, which is undoubtedly SFC for those who watch a lot of videos or are hard at work.
The extra real estate also means that you need a second hand for the iPhone 12 Pro Max.
Unless you have shock-sized hands, you will struggle to reach every corner with one hand.
The biggest selling point of iPhone 12 Pro Max is however the cameras.
Sensor-shift stabilization delivers the smoothest video on the iPhone 12 line, which I already considered best-in-class for recording HDR video at 4K.
The lenses themselves are bigger than on the 12 and 12 Pro, so by light size, more light is sensors on the iPhone 12 Pro Max; A feature that should theoretically take clearer photos and videos with low light.
You also get 2.5x optical zoom (up to 2x on the 12 Pro and 1x on the Mini), images in night mode and faster auto-focus thanks to the LiDAR sensor.
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