iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max, and iPhone 12 Mini: Which is the good one?

The complete family of iPhone 12 is here and how it happens every year with Manzana, the question is the same Is the new iPhone worth it? and above all What is is good? Is the standard version or the Pro better? And if it is the Pro, the normal Pro or the Pro Max? And how about the Mini? Is it very Mini? I have had the opportunity to test all four devices in the last few days, and honestly they all have their own characteristics that make them unique.

Perhaps the greatest benefit of having so many options is precisely the opportunity to choose the model that best suits our needs, activities and of course personal preferences. And it is that although it may seem an exaggeration, Today, our telephone has become an extension of our personal, professional and of course social life. But what are the characteristics and differences that make each of these phones unique? It’s a difficult task, but someone had to do it, so if you are thinking about changing phones and still don’t know which one, maybe this will help you make a better decision.

Design and resistance

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All four iPhone 12 models feature a slightly squarer and less curved design compared to their predecessors, which has earned them some comparisons to the iPhone 5 design. These edge adjustments allow each device to be smaller, and at the same time lighter without sacrificing screen qualities. In fact, the ergonomic sides make the phone much easier to grip.

All iPhone 12s are designed with a protective layer of ceramic nano-crystals called Ceramic Shield making them the toughest phones ever made. In addition, the new line of iPhones also incorporates the MagSafe magnetic system that helps improve wireless charging and allow the use of magnetic accessories.

IPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max, and iPhone 12 Mini feature the A14 Bionic processor, Apple’s most advanced chip ever. Also, the four models are compatible with 5G networks, which allow a faster download speed and which translates into a better quality of streaming video playback, a better experience in real-time video games, and of course the possibility of performing HD video calls through FaceTime.

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Size and design of the iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max / Photo: Sopitas

The Pro models are made of stainless steel that incorporates a textured matte glass on the back, while the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini have an aluminum structure and reinforced glass on the back, which makes them much brighter. .

In terms of colors, the iPhone 12 Mini and iPhone 12 are available in blue, red, white, black and green. For its part, the iPhone 12 Pro are available in silver, graphite, gold and pacific blue.


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The biggest difference between each of the four iPhone 12 models lies in the screen and not precisely in the quality of it, but in the size, for obvious reasons. Despite its size, the iPhone 12 Mini has a 5.4-inch screen, while the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro offer 6.1-inch screens, the same screen size as the iPhone 11, but with a better resolution. offering 2,532 × 1,170 pixels and a density of 46 dpi compared to the 1,792 × 828 pixels and 326 dpi of the iPhone 11.

Finally, the iPhone 112 Pro Max offers a 6.7-inch screen and the great novelty of this generation is that ALL the screens are OLED, with HDR definition, True Tone and with touch of haptic response, in addition to incorporating an oleophobic coating resistant to fingerprints, which allows you to have a much cleaner screen of fingerprints.


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Comparison of iPhone 12 cameras in low light situations. / Photo: Soup

Uff! This is where things get good, not only because of the cameras that each team incorporates, but because of what each of them is capable of achieving when combined with Apple’s A14 Bionic chip.

The iPhone 12 and 12 Mini They feature dual 12 megapixel cameras with wide angle (ƒ / 1.6 aperture) and ultra wide angle (ƒ / 2.4 aperture and 120 ° field of view), 2 x optical zoom out and up to x5 digital zoom , and optical image stabilization. This advanced camera system provides 27 percent more light for photos and videos with less noise in low light conditions. The two phones have night mode in both the rear cameras and the front camera, which is 12 Megapixels.

For its part, the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max have a triple camera system: a wide angle, ultra wide angle and telephoto sensor, the latter is what makes the difference with the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini, since it allows to achieve a 4x optical zoom without quality losses,

The two iPhone Pro have three sensors: a wide angle, an ultra wide angle and a telephoto sensor. The latter, which the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini lack, is used to achieve a 4x optical zoom (that is, a zoom without any loss of quality).

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We captured this sunset in Reforma to compare the cameras of the 4 iPhone 12 models / Photo: Sopitas

The telephoto lens is also 12 megapixels, with apertures of ƒ / 2 on the iPhone 12 Pro and ƒ / 2.2 for the Pro Max. This telephoto lens also has a zoom digital up to x10 and x2 optical zoom in, x2 optical zoom out and the aforementioned x4 optical zoom range on the iPhone 12 Pro; and up to x12 digital zoom, and x2.5 optical zoom, x2 out, and x5 range on the iPhone 12 Pro Max.

To this must be added that the two Pro models also incorporate a depth LiDar sensor that is used to perform distance measurements in close environments, improving the experience in augmented reality applications, as well as to improve the portrait photographs in which they are blurs the background.

Combined, this system offers a 5x optical zoom range, making it the best camera system ever seen on iPhones.

iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro: Video

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Angel de la Independencia taken with iPhone 12 Pro Max / Photo: Sopitas

As far as video is concerned, all four models are capable of recording 4K video at 24, 30 or 60 frames per second. All four are also capable of recording in the Dolby Vision standard, but while the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini do so at 30 frames per second, the Pro models do so at up to 60 frames per second, offering cinematic quality in each. the videos you take. As if that were not enough, they also have an impressive kinematic stabilization system for 4k video and an extended dynamic range of recording.

Although the benefits offered by the cameras of the iPhone 12 and 12 mini are exactly the same, when we talk about the iPhone 12 Pro and the 12 Pro Max there are some differences that are worth noting, especially if you are a photo professional or the video.

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The main differences that make the iPhone 12 Pro Max the jewel in the crown lie precisely in the camera where it offers and a larger size of pixels in the wide angle, which allows more light to enter and automatically improves resolution and detail. Of the photos. At the same time, the size of the 12 Pro Max allows the sensor to move for optical image stabilization, increasing stability when taking photos and videos, reducing noise in low light conditions.

For its part, the telephoto lens of the Pro Max offers more zoom than the iPhone 12 Pro, although it also offers a smaller aperture that reduces the amount of light that enters the sensor, compared to the Pro.

iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro: battery

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One of the things that is not mentioned much about the benefits of incorporating an improved processor, such as the A14 Bionic, is the optimization it makes of all resources, which translates into a better performance of our battery. Each of the four iPhone 12 models improve their performance compared to their predecessors, in addition to incorporating wireless charging with MagSafe chargers that connect to the phone magnetically.

Being the smallest phone, the Mini is the one that offers the smallest battery, which according to Apple allows video playback of up to 15 hours, video streaming of up to 10 hours and audio playback of up to 50 hours

The iPhone 12 and 12 Pro have video playback of up to 17 hours, video streaming of up to 11 hours and audio playback of up to 65 hours.

For its part, the 12 Pro Max, being the largest device, also offers the greatest autonomy with up to 20 hours of video playback, up to 12 hours of video streaming or up to EIGHTY hours of audio playback.

So which one would you buy?