It’s been a big year for iPhone, with the iPhone SE releasing in April, the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro in October and now, this week, the iPhone 12 Mini and 12 Pro Max.
I’d already fallen in love with the cameras on the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro; and aside from the extra telephoto camera and LiDAR Scanner on the 12 Pro, there really wasn’t much difference between the two. Now after spending a few days with the extreme ends of the iPhone 12 family, it’s nice to see there’s really something for everyone in the range.
Beginning with the Baby Bear, it’s funny how tiny it feels. It’s still almost a centimetre larger in both height and width than the iPhone 5 (which seemed massive in its day), but it looks minuscule in comparison to most current smartphones. After years of phones getting progressively larger, there’s something comforting about a phone that will finally fit into the pocket of a pair of women’s jeans, and it feels nice in the hand.
Although the 5.4-inch screen is significantly larger because of its lack of bezel, the body is even smaller than the 2020 iPhone SE. It has the same camera, screen quality and processor as the truly excellent iPhone 12, with slightly less battery life, but more than enough for a full day’s use.