Apple iPhone 12 Mini: Small But Mighty

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The Apple iPhone 12 Mini is not a cheap smartphone by any means, However, its the least expensive one of the line, introduced by the manufacturer in late 2020.

Apple iPhone 12 Mini lineup is available in five color options: black (pictured above), white, green, blue and (PRODUCT)RED.

If you use Apple iPhone 12 Mini smartphone for some time, you’ll realize that this is a very handy device that includes several useful and time-saving features.

However, if you want to do even more with your iPhone, especially if you are an aspired creator, the latest iPhone 12 Pro Max would be a better option for you. We recommend checking out our iPhone 12 Pro Max Review piece, prior to taking the plunge.

Size & Display

The Apple iPhone 12 Mini is 2.53 inches in width and 5.18 inches in height. Weighing only 4.76 ounces it is just 0.29 inch wide. This iPhone model is a sturdy one, thanks to the Ceramic Shield technology. It features a multi-touch 5.4 inch widescreen Super Retina XDR display, same as an iPhone 12 Pro model offers.

Connectivity & Operating System  

iPhone 12 Mini supports GSM/EDGE and has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and 5G data connectivity. Moreover, it has a 12 MP dual-camera camera system, that maintains video setups MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, MOV file formats, and stereo audio in mp4 m4v. The iPhone 12 Mini also has stereo earphones with an in-built microphone. Visual Voicemail enables you to choose the message that you think is most essential instead of having to listen to every message in the order it was received.

It has Protected AAC, audio formats AAC, MP3 VBR, AIFF, WAV, and Apple Lossless. The Apple iPhone has a stereo headphone mini-jack of 3.5mm and also a 30-pin dock connector. It, of course, supports iOS 14 that features pinned conversations in Messages, Widgets, and App Clips, for example.

Power Management

It has an in-built rechargeable lithium-ion battery which offers video playback of up to seven straight hours. The battery life is determined by several factors. For example location, cellular network, EDGE connectivity, sign 3.5 mm strength, usage, feature configuration, and others

Ease Of Use

The iPhone 12 Mini is without a doubt a highly functional cell phone. Apple pushes its performance even further by offering little, but very convenient perks. For example, the snap-on MagSafe case, turbo wireless charging, and five new color finishes to choose from.

The Apple iPhone 12 Mini is your best friend when it comes to Tik Toks and Instagram posts. Many Gen-Z users appreciate the ability to take professional quality pictures with ease, thanks to the six creative lighting effects app. These effects come in Studio Light, High-Key Light Mono, and Natural Light variations.

A14 Bionic Chip Performance

The Apple iPhone 12 Mini has 4GB of RAM memory and is currently the fastest A14 Bionic processor, available in a smartphone. Sure, this phone is small, but the A14 chip allows it to run multiple operations at the same time without a snag, shooting in Dolby Vision, all while making its battery work more efficiently. The same chip is being used on the iPhone 12 Pro model.

iOS 14.2

iOS 14.2 operative system is currently available for every iPhone model, starting with the older 6S phone to the latest iPhone 12. The iOS is loaded with shortcuts that are extremely convenient and time-saving. Users also reported that the Safari app is more responsive and works faster in the iOS 14 version.


Just like the iPhone 12, the Apple iPhone 12 Mini model has a front-facing selfie camera and a main (back) dual-camera system, both are 12 MP. The dual-system camera offers Wide and Ultra Wide cameras, both are now supporting the Night mode, which is perfect for taking photos in a low-light setting. The Night mode turns on automatically, allowing iPhone 12 Mini users to maintain image clarity and brightness. It supports HEIF and JPEG formats, offers advanced red-eye correction, 2x optical zoom out, and digital zoom up to 5x.

Storage Size & Pricing

The Apple iPhone 12 Mini comes in three storage size options: the most affordable being the 64GB one, and it will cost you $729 plus tax. This size option is sufficient if you don’t plan on shooting and storing numerous photos and videos, downloading lots of music or movies, and/or playing many games. The other two options would be 128GB and 256GB, costing $779 and $879 plus tax respectively.

How Much Is An iPhone 12 Worth?

You can do an iPhone trade-in for cash with Gadget Salvation, quick and easy. Visit our site, answer a few questions about your phone, print a prepaid UPS shipping label, package, and send it in. That’s it! You will get paid via one of the following methods: PayPal, Zelle, Venmo, or a paper check.  The choice is yours.

Here are some examples of what you can expect to receive, depending on the condition and specs of your iPhone.

The Verdict

The Apple iPhone 12 Mini smartphone has all the same great features as the base iPhone 12 model. It comes in a smaller size and at a better price. The model has subpar battery life and it requires a 20W power charger, as the older 5W adapters just won’t do. The iPhone 12 Mini is still a great 5G-capable phone with an amazing camera and sleek appearance. This model is especially perfect for fans of the original iPhone SE.

If you want to try out the Apple 12 Mini, selling your old phone to offset the new purchase cost might be a way to go. Whether you own an iPhone or any other smartphone, Gadget Salvation is here to help you get the most value out of it! Just shoot us a quick email or chat with our online reps to get started.

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