Apple iPhone 12

Apple iPhone 12

Apple iPhone 12

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BEST RATING
Performance:
4.3
CAMERA: Good7.3/10
SIZE: Medium iPhone
BATTERY: Fair6.3/10

The Apple iPhone 12 offers a good balance between price and features, with a midrange cost and adequate storage. Launched in 2020, it operates on iOS with a glass body and houses a 2815 mAh battery. The 6.1-inch OLED screen provides clear visuals with very good screen quality but lacks a high refresh rate, sticking to the standard 60Hz. Camera performance is good for both stills and video, supporting HDR video with Dolby Vision, and the main camera has 12 megapixels. Notably, the iPhone 12 does not have a headphone jack or expandable SD card storage but is equipped with 5G capabilities, wireless charging, and is water-resistant. Give Feedback

this description is based on the product variant with some specs. At the time of writing, the variant with some specs cost some dollars.




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Pros
  • Good still photo quality
  • Good video recording quality
  • Supports Dolby Vision HDR video
  • High-quality OLED display
  • Robust A14 processor
Cons
  • Moderate battery capacity
  • No high refresh rate screen
  • Limited to 60fps at 4K video
  • No SD card expansion

Ratings by Category

Performance:
4.3
The Performance rating is based on GeekBench performance benchmark scores, combined with PerfectRec’s assessment of real-life typical use cases.
Overall Camera:
4.2
The Apple iPhone 12's cameras are highly praised for their ability to take great selfies, thanks to a high-quality front-facing camera. Additionally, the phone performs well in other important photography aspects like resolution, software, dynamic range, low light scenarios, and overall camera versatility, which includes a strong set of rear cameras that offer a wide-angle view.
Videos:
4.1
The iPhone 12 captures good videos primarily due to its excellent video software experience and stabilization, which ensures smooth and professional-looking footage. Additionally, its capabilities in dynamic range and low-light performance contribute to high-quality video in various lighting conditions, with good microphone quality for clear audio capture.
Photos:
4.0
The Apple iPhone 12 captures good selfies due to its high selfie quality, and it also performs well in various lighting conditions with good software experience, dynamic range, and low light performance, enhancing overall photo quality. Additionally, its camera versatility allows for a range of photo opportunities, albeit with less capability compared to phones with more specialized features.
Battery Life:
3.4
The Battery Life rating is based on overall actual measured battery life during typical usage.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$600
Brand
Apple
Operating System
iOS
Release Date
October 23, 2020

SCREEN

Screen Size
6.1"
Resolution
2532 x 1170
Variable refresh rate
No
Pixels Per Inch
460
Display Type
OLED

INTERNAL

Processor
A14
Internal Storage
64 GB
RAM
4 GB

CAMERA

Overall Camera Quality Score
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7.4/10
Photos Score
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7.1/10
Videos Score
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7.3/10
Rear Cameras
Main, Ultrawide
Main Camera
12 megapixels + OIS

BATTERY

Battery Life
6.2 Hours
Battery Capacity
2815 mAh
Wireless Charging
Yes
Wireless charging Speed
15 W
Reverse wireless charging
No

PHYSICAL

Size
5.78" x 2.81"
Weight
5.78 oz
Back Material
Glass
Stereo Speakers
No

CONNECTIVITY

Dual SIM
Yes
Bluetooth Version
5.0
A2DP
Yes
WiFi Version
6
NFC
Yes
US 5G Bands
(SA/NSA/Sub6/mmWave)1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 20, 25, 28, 38, 40, 41, 66, 71, 77, 78, 79, 260, 261 (SA/NSA/Sub6) 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 20, 25, 28, 38, 40, 41, 66, 77, 78, 79

OTHER FEATURES

Biometric unlock
Face unlock
Unlockable Bootloader
No
Color
Blue, Purple, Green, White, Black, Red
SD Card
No
Custom ROM Support
No

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Pocket-lint

Stuart Miles | March 2022
"The iPhone 12 offers many of the important things that you want from the iPhone: a decent camera, 5G, great screen, fast processor. For the group of people who want a new iPhone without the price tag of the iPhone 12 Pro or iPhone 13 range, this is a great choice. There's no settling for second best with this smartphone."

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