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Updated January 10, 2024·

If camera quality is a top priority for you, the iPhone 14 offers better performance in both still photo and video capture compared to the iPhone 12 mini; however, it does come with a higher price tag. For those concerned about battery life, the iPhone 14 also has a more extended battery performance. While the screen size on the iPhone 14 is larger, which can enhance your viewing experience, it may affect portability and one-handed use compared to the more compact iPhone 12 mini. Both phones do not have a high refresh rate display or always-on capabilities, so if these features are not crucial for you, it might not impact your decision. Keep in mind that the iPhone 14 offers more storage in its base model and is equipped with a newer processor, which generally implies better performance and longer software support. If you're budget-conscious, the iPhone 12 mini's lower cost might be more attractive, especially if you're content with a good-enough camera and decent battery life in a smaller form factor. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Apple iPhone 12 mini
  • The Apple iPhone 12 mini has no clear advantages over the Apple iPhone 14.
Advantages of the Apple iPhone 14
  • Good battery life

Key differences

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Overall Camera Quality

7.3
iPhone 12 mini
iPhone 14
8.0
The Apple iPhone 14 has very good overall camera quality, while the Apple iPhone 12 mini has good overall camera quality.

Photo Quality

7.1
iPhone 12 mini
iPhone 14
7.9
The Apple iPhone 14 and Apple iPhone 12 mini both have good photos, though the Apple iPhone 14 takes somewhat better photos.

Video Quality

7.2
iPhone 12 mini
iPhone 14
8.8
The Apple iPhone 14 takes very good videos, while the Apple iPhone 12 mini takes good videos.

Battery

5.1 Hours
iPhone 12 mini
iPhone 14
7.3 Hours
The Apple iPhone 12 mini has 5.1 hours of battery life. The Apple iPhone 14 has 7.3 hours of battery life.

Screen Size

The Apple iPhone 12 mini has a screen size of 5.4 inches and the Apple iPhone 14 is 6.1 inches.

Cost

$238
iPhone 12 mini
iPhone 14
$729
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The Apple iPhone 12 mini has a price of $238 and the Apple iPhone 14 costs $729.
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How the Apple iPhone 12 mini and the Apple iPhone 14 compare to other phones

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Spec Comparison

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Apple iPhone 12 miniApple iPhone 14
Apple iPhone 12 miniApple iPhone 14

GENERAL

Price
$238
$729
Brand
AppleApple
Operating System
iOSiOS
Release Date
November 13, 2020September 16, 2022

SCREEN

Screen Size
5.4"6.1"
Resolution
2340 x 10802532 x 1170
Variable refresh rate
NoNo
Pixels Per Inch
476460
Display Type
OLEDOLED

INTERNAL

Processor
A14A15
Internal Storage
64 GB128 GB
RAM
4 GB6 GB

CAMERA

Overall Camera Quality Score
7.4/108.1/10
Photos Score
7.1/107.9/10
Videos Score
7.3/108.8/10
Rear Cameras
Main, UltrawideMain, Ultrawide
Main Camera
12 megapixels + OIS12 megapixels + OIS

BATTERY

Battery Life
5.1 Hours7.3 Hours
Battery Capacity
2227 mAh3279 mAh
Wireless Charging
YesYes
Wireless charging Speed
12 W15 W
Reverse wireless charging
NoNo

PHYSICAL

Size
5.18" x 2.53"5.78" x 2.81"
Weight
4.76 oz6.07 oz
Back Material
GlassGlass
Stereo Speakers
NoNo

CONNECTIVITY

Dual SIM
YesYes
Bluetooth Version
5.05.3
A2DP
YesYes
WiFi Version
66
NFC
YesYes
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(SA/NSA/Sub6/mmWave)1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 14, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 38, 40, 41, 48, 53, 66, 70, 71, 77, 78, 79, 258, 260, 261 (SA/NSA/Sub6)1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 20, 25, 26, 28, 30, 38, 40, 41, 48, 66, 70, 77, 78, 79

OTHER FEATURES

Biometric unlock
Face unlockFace unlock
Unlockable Bootloader
NoNo
Color
Blue, Purple, Green, White, Black, RedBlue, Purple, Yellow, Midnight, Starlight, Red
SD Card
NoNo
Custom ROM Support
NoNo

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Apple iPhone 12 mini

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James Peckham | September 2022
"If you’re going to opt for an iPhone and you want a smaller device without buying up the latest iPhone 13 mini, this is the perfect option for you – and it’s one of the smallest 5G phones on the market too. The camera is versatile, the screen is fantastic, it comes with reams of power and the added benefits of 5G and MagSafe mean this is a phone that will last you for years to come."

Apple iPhone 14

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Lance Ulanoff | October 2022
"The iPhone 14 is a capable smartphone with a seriously snappy CPU, lovely screen, and good cameras. The iPhone 14’s camera array is better than the iPhone 13’s, and will make most mobile photogs very happy. It also lasts more than a day on a single charge. This isn’t the fastest or most feature-rich iPhone, but it’s light, fast, and attractive."

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About Apple

The tech giant called Apple is synonymous with the most popular smartphone in the world: the iPhone. Known for their build quality and aesthetics, as well as for their excellent integration between hardware and software, iPhones have defined the smartphone industry ever since their conception and they continue to do so by setting new industry standards. Apple's own operating system, called iOS, is known for its simplicity and ease of use, and the company tends to complement it well by creating devices with some of the most powerful processing hardware available in the mobile world. The iPhone is also known for its robust ecosystem of accessories, as it facilitates a very seamless experience when interacting with other Apple products, more so than most of its competitors.

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