It’s been a tough year for the whole world, and fancy gadgets aren’t something you buy in times of crisis. The iPhone production wasn’t affected by the pandemic that much, and we still saw the iPhone 12 generation premiere last October. It was interesting, sure, but also very conservative and… unoriginal if you will. But it’s been quite a while we’ve seen big technological leaps, so a new design and 5G connectivity will have to do.
The iPhone 12 is yet another glass phone with an OLED screen, a couple of cameras, and speedy hardware. In fact, the 1080p OLED screen is probably the iPhone 12 (and 12 mini) most attractive feature, a very welcome upgrade over the iPhone 11’s 720p LCD.
But when a company can’t offer noticeable improvements over the previous generation and knows that very well, then what happens? Well, a redesign, of course, and if done right – voila – we have a winner.
First, we want to thank Apple for not naming its latest phones iPhone 12 5G, iPhone 12 mini 5G, and so on. We get why makers want to stress on the 5G capability, but c’mon – it’s not the big deal companies are trying to make it, not just yet anyway.
Well, even if it isn’t a giant technological leap, and despite the ongoing pandemic, the iPhone 12 series received a very warm welcome. The new iPhone 12, in particular, was out of stock for quite some time, and there is a good reason for that – it has most of the Series 12’s new features at a reasonable price. It has the new OLED, a good pick of cameras, a flagship chipset, the new nostalgic design, and, oh well, 5G.
Sadly, we saw a severe reduction of the retail bundle – gone are the charger and the headphones. And if you thought this would not spread onto the Android market, Samsung and Xiaomi – its biggest players – are already making the same moves.
So, it’s been four months since this reviewer had replaced his iPhone 11 Pro Max with the iPhone 12, and we can now get a thorough look at whether the generation jump was worth it and if we made the right purchase by choosing this particular model. Yay or nay? This is the iPhone 12 long-term review.
Versions: A2403 (International); A2172 (USA); A2402 (Canada, Japan); A2404 (China, Hong Kong)
|NETWORK||Technology||GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE / 5G|
|LAUNCH||Announced||2020, October 13|
|Status||Available. Released 2020, October 23|
|BODY||Dimensions||146.7 x 71.5 x 7.4 mm (5.78 x 2.81 x 0.29 in)|
|Weight||164 g (5.78 oz)|
|Build||Glass front (Gorilla Glass), glass back (Gorilla Glass), aluminum frame|
|SIM||Single SIM (Nano-SIM and/or eSIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by) – for China|
|IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 6m for 30 mins)
Apple Pay (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX certified)
|DISPLAY||Type||Super Retina XDR OLED, HDR10, 625 nits (typ), 1200 nits (peak)|
|Size||6.1 inches, 90.2 cm2 (~86.0% screen-to-body ratio)|
|Resolution||1170 x 2532 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~460 ppi density)|
|Protection||Scratch-resistant ceramic glass, oleophobic coating|
Wide color gamut
|PLATFORM||OS||iOS 14.1, upgradable to iOS 14.4|
|Chipset||Apple A14 Bionic (5 nm)|
|CPU||Hexa-core (2×3.1 GHz Firestorm + 4×1.8 GHz Icestorm)|
|GPU||Apple GPU (4-core graphics)|
|Internal||64GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 4GB RAM, 256GB 4GB RAM|
|MAIN CAMERA||Dual||12 MP, f/1.6, 26mm (wide), 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF, OIS
12 MP, f/2.4, 120˚, 13mm (ultrawide), 1/3.6″
|Features||Dual-LED dual-tone flash, HDR (photo/panorama)|
|Video||[email protected]/30/60fps, [email protected]/60/120/240fps, HDR, Dolby Vision HDR (up to 30fps), stereo sound rec.|
|SELFIE CAMERA||Dual||12 MP, f/2.2, 23mm (wide), 1/3.6″
SL 3D, (depth/biometrics sensor)
|Video||[email protected]/30/60fps, [email protected]/60/120fps, gyro-EIS|
|SOUND||Loudspeaker||Yes, with stereo speakers|
|COMMS||WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, dual-band, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||5.0, A2DP, LE|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, QZSS|
|USB||Lightning, USB 2.0|
|FEATURES||Sensors||Face ID, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer|
|Siri natural language commands and dictation
Ultra Wideband (UWB) support
|BATTERY||Type||Li-Ion 2815 mAh, non-removable (10.78 Wh)|
|Charging||Fast charging 20W, 50% in 30 min (advertised)
USB Power Delivery 2.0
Qi magnetic fast wireless charging 15W
|Stand-by||Up to 17 h (multimedia)|
|Music play||Up to 65 h|
|MISC||Colors||Black, White, Red, Green, Blue|
|Models||A2403, A2172, A2402, A2404|
|SAR EU||0.99 W/kg (head) 0.99 W/kg (body)|
|Price||$ 749.00 / € 808.00 / £ 715.00 / ₹ 79,449|
|TESTS||Performance||AnTuTu: 568674 (v8)
GeekBench: 4067 (v5.1)
GFXBench: 58fps (ES 3.1 onscreen)
|Display||Contrast ratio: Infinite (nominal)|
|Camera||Photo / Video|
|Loudspeaker||-24.4 LUFS (Very good)|
Endurance rating 84h
Disclaimer. We can not guarantee that the information on this page is 100% correct.
|64GB 4GB RAM||$ 749.00||$ 829.00|
|128GB 4GB RAM||$ 879.00||€ 888.00|
|256GB 4GB RAM||$ 979.00||€ 999.01|