Apple iPhone 12 Long-Term Review: Knockout Design, Camera & Battery


The iPhone 12 sports a gorgeous new design, full 5G support, great cameras and even better performance. However, the lack of a charger in box and limited base storage are drawbacks, especially with the iPhone 13’s arrival.

Outward appearance

What draws you to investing in a new mobile phone? After all, this is something that is going to be accompanying you around wherever you go, allowing you to access everything you could need to tap into your communication and reference sources, not to mention providing an excellent and reliable camera. So, as well as containing the latest in streamlined software, it’s going to have to be compact and look sleek and professional whenever you flip it from your pocket.

The iPhone 12 doesn’t disappoint on the design front. Apple has always gone out of their way to combine functionality with supreme design considerations. Can you think of any of their products, from iPods to iPads, MacBook Air laptops to Apple watches, that have looked anything other than lustrous and attractive? This high bar was certainly achieved as far back as the universally-acclaimed iPhone 4, and this latest upgrade has taken that stunning design and added polished stainless still to give it a contemporary feel, not to mention a third camera on the back of the device.

Retailing at around the £999 mark, the iPhone 12 Pro sits in the middle of three impressive devices, the smaller iPhone 12 Mini (£699) and the iPhone Pro Max, due for release imminently (just over £1,099). The latter will benefit from having a much more powerful camera. The iPhone 12 Pro is of an equal size to the iPhone 12, the most obvious difference being the Pro has a stainless-steel body with highly-polished sides, as opposed to aluminum sides.


So much for its appearance. Here’s how this gadget has been put together in terms of the functionality offered to its user.

Dimensions: 71.5 x 146.7 x 7.4m in size, weight 187g.

The iPhone 12 Pro weighs in at 187g. The screen is 6.1 inches, offering a ‘Super Retina XDR’ lens, using organic light-emitting diode technology. It is capable of producing razor-sharp HD images, at 460 pixels-per-inch (the industry average for prints is 300 PPI).

The iPhone 12 features sturdier drop-resistant ceramic shield, and also has the MagSafe charging/accessory system built into its back.

It is powered by an Apple A14 Bionic processor, offering 6GB RAM, and awesome storage of 128, 256, or 512 GB. The Operating System is iOS14.

How about that camera? There are three 12MP rear cameras with lidar (light-detection and ranging for automatically sensing the optimum exposures for your snaps) as well as a 12MP front-facing lens.

Connectivity? LTE (long-term evolution) for Wi-Fi, lightning ultra-wideband and GPS, and Bluetooth 5.

The phone is water-resistant to the depth of six meters for up to 30 minutes.

Overall functionality

So how does this equate to performance? In a word – excellent. This slick device is super-fast when it comes to processing your photos, uploading them to your social media, and you’ll notice the difference when playing games, watching videos, streaming movies, or accessing your playlist.

5G access is similar to iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro, matching any competitor.

Battery life is similarly top-of-the-range, with charges lasting for up to 40 hours, even if you’ve been using screen time to watch videos or access apps. It only takes half an hour to charge the phone to 50% capability; two hours for the full 40-hour boost. Note that the power adaptor is separate.

Overall, the iPhone 12 has only the hottest and newest features, making it easy and satisfying to use. So, if you’re thinking about whether to buy it or not, rest assured – you have no reasons to hesitate! With a high response speed of applications, it’s easier and faster than ever to scroll your Insta, open Spotify for a new Discover Weekly playlist.

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