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Updated January 10, 2024·

If camera quality is a priority for you, the iPhone 12 mini has a significantly better camera system than the Motorola Moto G (2023); it offers better still photo and video quality, and also provides advanced features like HDR video recording with Dolby Vision. However, if battery life is more crucial for you, the Moto G outlasts the iPhone 12 mini on a single charge. The Moto G also has a larger screen, which could be a boon for media consumption, but keep in mind it has a lower resolution LCD compared to the iPhone's higher resolution OLED. The iPhone is equipped with a more powerful processor which means better overall performance, but the Moto G comes with twice as much internal storage for the same budget price. Lastly, the iPhone runs on iOS and the Moto G on Android, which aligns with different ecosystem preferences. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Apple iPhone 12 mini
  • Good for taking photos
  • Good for recording videos
  • Very good display quality
  • Good performance
Advantages of the Motorola Motorola Moto G (2023)
  • Very good battery life

Key differences

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Overall Camera Quality

7.3
iPhone 12 mini
Motorola Moto G (2023)
4.5
The Apple iPhone 12 mini has good overall camera quality, while the Motorola Motorola Moto G (2023) has poor overall camera quality.

Photo Quality

7.1
iPhone 12 mini
Motorola Moto G (2023)
4.5
The Apple iPhone 12 mini takes good photos, while the Motorola Motorola Moto G (2023) takes poor photos.

Video Quality

7.2
iPhone 12 mini
Motorola Moto G (2023)
4.3
The Apple iPhone 12 mini takes good videos, while the Motorola Motorola Moto G (2023) takes poor videos.

Battery

5.1 Hours
iPhone 12 mini
Motorola Moto G (2023)
8.9 Hours
The Apple iPhone 12 mini has 5.1 hours of battery life. The Motorola Motorola Moto G (2023) has 8.9 hours of battery life.

Screen Size

The Apple iPhone 12 mini has a screen size of 5.4 inches and the Motorola Motorola Moto G (2023) is 6.5 inches.
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Key similarities

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Cost

$238
iPhone 12 mini
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$250
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The Apple iPhone 12 mini has a price of $238 and the Motorola Motorola Moto G (2023) costs $250.

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How the Apple iPhone 12 mini and the Motorola Motorola Moto G (2023) compare to other phones

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Spec Comparison

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Apple iPhone 12 miniMotorola Motorola Moto G (2023)
Apple iPhone 12 miniMotorola Motorola Moto G (2023)

GENERAL

Price
$238
$250
Brand
AppleMotorola
Operating System
iOSAndroid
Release Date
November 13, 2020May 25, 2023

SCREEN

Screen Size
5.4"6.5"
Resolution
2340 x 10801600 x 720
Variable refresh rate
NoNo
Pixels Per Inch
476270
Display Type
OLEDLCD

INTERNAL

Processor
A14SD480+
Internal Storage
64 GB128 GB
RAM
4 GB4 GB

CAMERA

Overall Camera Quality Score
7.4/104.5/10
Photos Score
7.1/104.5/10
Videos Score
7.3/104.3/10
Rear Cameras
Main, UltrawideMain, Macro
Main Camera
12 megapixels + OIS48 megapixels

BATTERY

Battery Life
5.1 Hours8.9 Hours
Battery Capacity
2227 mAh5000 mAh
Wireless Charging
YesNo
Wireless charging Speed
12 W0 W
Reverse wireless charging
NoNo

PHYSICAL

Size
5.18" x 2.53"6.46" x 2.95"
Weight
4.76 oz6.67 oz
Back Material
GlassPlastic
Stereo Speakers
NoNo

CONNECTIVITY

Dual SIM
YesYes
Bluetooth Version
5.05.1
A2DP
YesYes
WiFi Version
65
NFC
YesNo
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)2, 5, 7, 12, 14, 25, 26, 29, 30, 41, 48, 66, 70, 71, 78

OTHER FEATURES

Biometric unlock
Face unlockFace unlock, Fingerprint sensor: Side
Unlockable Bootloader
NoNo
Color
Blue, Purple, Green, White, Black, RedInk Blue
Stock Android
N/AYes
SD Card
NoYes

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Apple iPhone 12 mini

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TechRadar

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."

Motorola Motorola Moto G (2023)

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Android Authority

Ryan Haines | September 2023
"If you're after Motorola's simplest, most affordable 5G experience, you'll find it in the Moto G 5G (2023). It covers the basics nicely and holds onto creature comforts like a headphone jack and expandable storage, though Motorola's update promise is still lacking and there's still no NFC for contactless payments. An upgraded 120Hz refresh rate, decent primary camera, and battery-sipping processor help to make the Moto G 5G (2023)'s price cut even more valuable."

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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.

About Motorola

Motorola, a well-known name in the smartphone world, has a long-standing legacy in the industry, with a history dating back to the early days of mobile phones. The brand is mostly known for striking a balance between affordability and functionality, as well as providing a clean and straightforward interface with their software skin on top of Android. While they have traditionally been prominent in the budget and midrange categories, Motorola has also occasionally ventured into the high-end category for smartphones.

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