Apple iPhone 12 Mini review: Pint-sized power

If you’re looking to buy a new iPhone in 2020, you’ve frankly got a ton of options. From the super-affordable $399 iPhone SE to the $1,199 iPhone 12 Pro Max, Apple now offers an iPhone in every pricing tier. But beyond pricing, it also offers iPhones in a variety of sizes. While you previously had to pick up an iPhone SE to get something on the smaller side, Apple’s new iPhone 12 Mini is a fantastic mixture of premium and pint-sized.

But what are you missing out on by picking up Apple’s iPhone 12 Mini, and is it actually comfortable to use? Find out in Android Authority‘s iPhone 12 Mini review.

About this iPhone 12 Mini review: We spent seven days with the iPhone 12 Mini. It was running iOS 14.1. Android Authority purchased the unit directly from Apple for the purpose of this review.

What is the iPhone 12 Mini?

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Credit: David Imel / Android Authority

The iPhone 12 Mini is the smallest of the four iPhone 12 models that Apple released in the second half of 2020. It is effectively a miniature version of the standard iPhone 12. It even sports the exact same internals, not counting battery capacity, making it one of the fastest small phones you can get in 2020. With Apple’s class-leading A14 Bionic SoC and stellar camera system, it might be hard to find competition in this form factor.

The display of the iPhone 12 Mini is just 5.4-inches, which is quite a bit smaller than even Google’s tiniest offering for the year, the Pixel 4a. While small screens are often compensated by big bezels, the iPhone 12 Mini doesn’t have this problem. It sports the same minimal bezels as the bigger, more expensive iPhone 12 models. This means the phone still feels fairly immersive, even in a body this small. While it certainly won’t be as immersive as most phones with bigger displays, the small form factor is great for those who like their phone to take up as little space as possible.

Is it comfortable to use?

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Credit: David Imel / Android Authority

For me, the iPhone 12 Mini is incredibly comfortable to use. It’s refreshing to use a phone where I can reach the top of the screen with my thumb. That said, two-handed typing can feel a bit cramped compared to a larger display. I almost always opted…