iPhone 12 & 12 mini review best baseline iPhone ever [Video]

In my recent Top Features video walkthrough showcasing the iPhone 12, I didn’t yet have the iPhone 12 mini in hand, so I was only able to provide commentary on Apple’s large 6.1-inch baseline smartphone. Now that the iPhone 12 mini has arrived, I’ve been able to examine both smartphones in light of Apple’s entire flagship lineup. Watch our hands-on iPhone 12 & 12 mini review video for the details.

iPhones 12

Apple released four brand new iPhones this year:

  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 mini
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max

The majority of iPhone 12 features are common to every model in the lineup. Differences in size, camera, and battery life may help you decide which iPhone 12 is best for you, but all of them provide much of the same experience. After going hands-on with all models for the past week, I’ve concluded that most people will be happy with the regular iPhone 12, as it provides the best overall balance of camera, size, battery life, and price.

All four iPhone 12 models are powered by an industry-first 5-nanometer Apple A14 system on a chip, which brings forth modest performance gains in terms of CPU and GPU. However, the most impressive performance benefit is with the Neural Engine, which now hosts 16 cores and is up to 80% faster. With each new iPhone generation, machine learning gains more importance, as it lends greatly to the advances in computational photography, which gives the iPhone a distinct advantage over “dumb” traditional standalone cameras.

Video: iPhone 12 and 12 mini review

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Everyone gets the good display

If you’re coming from an iPhone 11 or iPhone XR, one of the first things you’ll notice about the iPhone 12 is the display. The Super Retina XDR display is no longer a so-called Pro feature, so now everyone gets to enjoy the benefits of an OLED display with a 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio and perfect black levels.