Like the iPhone SE when it was released in 2016, the iPhone 12 mini bills itself as the perfect smartphone. Its size, characteristics, design, price, everything is optimized. While the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro have a 6.1-inch OLED screen and the 12 Pro Max, marketed as the 12 mini on Friday, November 13, displays a diagonal of 6.7 OLED inches, the iPhone 12 mini is content 5.4 inches. Frankly, this is an almost ideal size. Obviously, when you first use it, it looks a bit small, especially if you have large hands. We are so used to (a) seeing large smartphones that as soon as their size returns to “normal”, we are a little surprised. But, very quickly, you get used to it and you can finally do everything again on your smartphone with one hand, as before. And this without having the feeling of seeing very small. Because a 5.4-inch screen is big enough to navigate without worry, and with pleasure, on a mobile phone. And since it is OLED, the picture quality is impeccable.

Green is THE color to choose for the iPhone 12 mini.

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The design is also very good. It also looks furiously like this iPhone SE previously cited, which took the design of the iPhone 5 and 5s. We appreciate, as on the other iPhone 12, the flat edges and, above all, the fact that the screen now takes almost the entire front of the smartphone, while there were still borders at the top and bottom on iPhone SE.

At the top, the iPhone 12 mini, at the bottom, the iPhone 12.

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In terms of technical characteristics, the iPhone 12 is quite similar to the iPhone 12: Super Retina XDR display with 2,000,000: 1 contrast, A14 Bionic chip, IP 68, two 12-megapixel photo sensors (1 ultra large aperture angle ƒ / 2.4 and field of view of 120 ° and wide-angle with aperture ƒ / 1.6), HDR Dolby Vision video recording up to 30 frames per second and up to 60 frames per second in 4K, compatibility with MagSafe wireless charging. We still note that the autonomy announced by Apple is a little less on this 12 mini than on the 12 (15 hours in video playback for example against 17 hours) but that the screen resolution is however slightly better on the 12 mini (476 pixels per inch against 460 pixels per inch on the 12). The colors are the same for both phones: green, blue, black, red, white. We recommend the green, it is very beautiful and it is not more expensive than the others.

The iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max go on sale November 13. The HomePod mini has been available since November 6, 2020.

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The price, precisely, of this iPhone 12 mini will be its major asset. It’s not as affordable as the iPhone SE was in 2016 and the iPhone SE 2 is now (starting at $ 489). The iPhone 12 mini is available from 809 euros. As was the iPhone 11 in 2019. As a result, the iPhone 12 goes to 909 euros. Frankly, paying 100 euros more to have a slightly larger screen is not very interesting. So opt for the iPhone 12 mini. While still being aware that the storage capacity extends from 64 to 256 GB. The big flaw of this iPhone 12 mini is therefore there: with all the data that we have for years on our smartphones (photos, videos, music…), a possibility of choosing a storage of 512 GB (as on the iPhone 12 Pro) would have made this small format an absolute perfection. With certainly a price which would not be so “advantageous” any more since one would then exceed 1000 euros (the 256 GB version costs 979 euros).

Despite everything we have just said, if you want large screens, a photo module pushed to its maximum and colossal storage capacity, forget everything and throw yourself on the iPhone 12 Pro Max which is also available at purchase from Friday, November 13. Be careful though: it is available from 1259 euros. It is therefore 400 euros more than the iPhone 12 mini. We say that, we say nothing …

The iPhone 12 Pro Max, with its 6.7-inch OLED screen, is on the left, the iPhone 12 mini, with its 5.4-inch OLED screen, is on the right.

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