iPhone 12 is both the most popular and most underrated smartphone. It will definitely become the best-selling model in 2020, but at the same time there is less attention to it in the media than to the rest. 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max are the most expensive, 12 mini is compact, 12 is too basic. He does not change the idea of familiar things and therefore generates too few topics for discussion.
This is undeserved. I found a lot of reasons to talk about it after four months of use. I chose it as my main device and tested it in almost every possible use case. In particular, I went on vacation to Istanbul and globally appreciated the camera. Looking ahead, I will say: this is the most breakthrough Apple smartphone when compared to the previous generation.
The most popular iPhone is no longer budget
Let’s digress from the user experience and talk about model positioning. The iPhone 12 is the successor to the XR and 11. These are simplified alternatives to expensive models. And the line is developing. Upgrading from XR to 11 was almost pointless, with only an ultra wide-angle camera module and night mode. Moving from XR or 11 to iPhone 12 is a step forward in terms of design and functionality.
In 2018, Apple released the iPhone XR – with all the features of the latest models, but with stripped-down screen characteristics and a reduced number of main camera modules. The smartphone turned out to be so successful in terms of marketing that in the summer it became the most popular in the world. Moral: people are ready to pay for the latest iPhone, even if it is not the top one in terms of characteristics, the direction needs to be developed.
Important: then the default choice was XS or XS Max, and XR remained those who did not have enough budget for a top model. Everything changed in 2019. Then came the successor XR – iPhone 11, and it was already the default choice, and 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max – an option for those who need a “new expensive iPhone.”
In 2020, Apple released iPhone 12. It became the default choice and also partially removed the status of “simpler iPhone”. The smartphone has a high-resolution AMOLED screen, like the 12 Pro, and a body with a thin bezel around the screen. This is progress in terms of design and functionality. And the niche of the “simpler iPhone” was taken by 12 mini – it is the most affordable and has an obvious drawback in the form of a weak battery.
There are two differences between the 12 and 12 Pro – the first has a double camera, the second has a triple camera with a LiDAR sensor. However, the rejection of the additional module and sensor seems to be not a limitation of functionality, but a smart economy. The telephoto module doesn’t get much attention unless it’s periscopic like the Huawei Mate 40 Pro, and the potential of the LiDAR sensor has yet to be revealed. Accordingly, it’s okay to pick the iPhone 12, even if you have the money for the 12 Pro.
The body has become more comfortable and neat
The iPhone 12 is neater, smaller, and more presentable than the XR and 11. Compared to the iPhone XR and 11, it’s smaller and lighter. Its dimensions are 146.7 x 71.5 x 7.4 mm, weight – 162 g. For 11 and XR – 150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3 mm, weight – 194 g. With the first one I walk, I feel which body is thin and light. Moreover, I remember how I met XR and 11 in the store’s showroom. Great weight and thickness were the first things that were noticed tactilely.
More advanced technologies require less cabinet space. Apple ditched the unnecessary, without sacrificing anything and adding a new user experience. AMOLED display does not need space for backlighting, because there is no light, the light is emitted by the LEDs of the screen, and the frame can be made as thin as possible. In parallel, from the point of view of functionality, the device has become better: the screen has not decreased (6.1 inches), but its resolution has become three times higher (2532 × 1170 versus 1792 × 828). Add to that True Tone support and you have the best display on the market.
The main change in the iPhone 12 is the sharp edges of the case. I walked around without a case to appreciate the change and compare the feel to my iPhone 7 with rounded edges. There are no significant changes. It is more of a marketing ploy to remind of history and to mark a new generation. On the street I wear an iPhone in a transparent MagSafe case, and at home I take off and enjoy the naked body. In the first case, the edges are rounded, in the second, they are sharp, there is no fundamental difference.
The more important change is Ceramic Schield glass. It is four times stronger than regular tempered glass and is more pleasant to slide your fingers over it. Rather, it is the reason to carry the device without a case, and not the side edges in the style of the iPhone 5.
There is no charge, you will definitely have to buy
The main innovation of Apple in 2020 is the rejection of complete power supplies for smartphones. Official goal: to make the world greener and reduce the production of adapters.It’s only strange that iPhone charger sales have increased in 2020. Conclusion: people take them specifically for new smartphones. I felt the need for it too. After the first day of use, I connected the “dvenashka” to the unit from the iPhone 7. First thought: “What a horror.” With it, the smartphone charges in 4-5 hours.
Option two: use a MacBook charger or take another one. I chose the latter to avoid changing cables.
Another accessory for the “two” is the MagSafe magnetic charger. She caused the most conflicting emotions. On the one hand, it is convenient and unusual. It’s nice to put your smartphone on the charging pancake, and not stick a wire into it. and the magnet ensures precise fit. On the other hand, the charger and case (case) collect dust. When connected with a magnet, it is pressed down, circles appear on the back panel or case, and the smartphone loses its presentability.
MagSafe can also be used with an external battery. Only now, with a pancake attached to the body, will you look stupid. However, this is a matter of familiar things. With AirPods in 2017, a person also looked ridiculous, only in 2021 the market for wireless headphones is growing rapidly, and Apple is the most popular headset manufacturer. I admit that the same will happen with MagSafe.
The camera is easy to use and versatile
In December, I had the perfect opportunity to appreciate the camera’s full potential. A trip to Istanbul for a week: attractions, ferry rides, evening parties on the colorful streets and night walks. Many shooting scenarios.
Looking ahead, I will conclude: the iPhone 12 camera is versatile and takes decent pictures in any use case. Let’s take four scenarios: the landscape of a park in the Princes’ Islands, a portrait of a cat, an evening market, and a night portrait on a selfie camera. In all four cases, different shooting parameters are needed, and in each the camera produced excellent images.
The ultra-wide-angle module impressed me separately. First of all, it perfectly aligns the edges, there is no “fish-eye effect” at all. In addition, photo processing algorithms work almost perfectly. For example, there is excellent HDR – the pictures are three-dimensional, even the sun’s rays are well displayed.
The iPhone 12 has an ultra-wide-angle module, and it works well. Reviewers have already compared it to the Huawei Mate 40 Pro camera. Standing on the defense – the competitor’s photo is obtained with more light, but on the iPhone 12 it looks more natural. Another feature of the width is shooting with HDR. Objects are three-dimensional, the sun’s rays are also drawn, it turns out effectively.
iPhone 12 is the only smartphone with which I fell in love with the ultra-wide-angle module and saw its main advantages. It produces spectacular photos and videos from places with limited space. For example, a photo of the house of Leon Trotsky on the Princes’ Islands in Turkey.
The camera app is the best in the mobile market. It is the simplest and most convenient to use. Most of all I like switching between modules. The button is located above the shutter button, it is convenient to reach it with one hand. And the frame enlargement is regulated with the help of a digital roulette, when using it, the thumb makes natural movements for it.
The only thing that upset me was the lack of optical zoom. I alternated the iPhone 12 with the 12 Pro, and when using the second I used this module stably. It also makes it easier to adjust the zoom in the camera app. The frame magnification changes when you press the zoom button. The iPhone 12 only has two values (0.6 and 1.0), the iPhone 12 Pro has three (0.6, 1.0, 2.0). In this regard, the camera of the second device is more versatile. And this is where the disadvantages end, the device perfectly shoots in almost any conditions.
The uncompromising smartphone
For five months of using only two components, I thought: “I am missing something.” It is a telephoto camera and portrait mode night. A worthy compromise in exchange for 20,000 rubles in savings. And it’s worth understanding that I’m looking at the device from the point of view of a reviewer who has tested several dozen smartphones in the last year alone and knows what competitors offer. For an ordinary user, the telephoto is definitely not the most important component of the camera, so he may not even notice its absence.
As a result, the iPhone 12 seemed to me the most balanced Apple smartphone and, in principle, in the mobile market. It seems to be a stripped-down version of the 12 Pro. A year ago, the iPhone 11 offered compromise between body and screen. Therefore, the iPhone 12 is Apple’s most progressive smartphone. The most popular line is rapidly progressing.
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