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Apple iPhone 12 Review

      A gentleman once said to me that sometimes a new approach becomes more important than having a new idea. While reviewing the iPhone 12, I revisited the idea and realized how Apple's new flagship iPhone is talking without being fundamentally different. More than Apple's charm, I'd say it's the sheer simplicity and clever implementation that makes the iPhone 12 a desirable smartphone. What sets the iPhone 12 apart from the competition is that each feature tries to solve simple problems and for me it is Apple's biggest win.

The moment you unbox the iPhone 12, you'll find that the flat-edges of the phone remind you of the 2010 iPhone 4, one of Apple's best design products. Returning to the square edges on the iPhone is a perfect time travel ride for the Steve Jobs era. But the similarities end there.

For me, the iPhone 12 is the culmination of the iPhone X and iPhone 4. The result: a modern smartphone with a large screen that extends from edge to edge by 6.1 inches. There is a 'note' that houses the phone's Face ID camera and yes, there is no Touch ID or Home button.

The power and volume buttons are where you would expect them to be. At the bottom of the phone is a Lightning port with stereo speakers. The iPhone 12 has an IP68 dust and waterproof rating and no 3.5mm headphone jack. However, you will get a glass finish at the back and it has Apple's new MagSafe technology (on which later). The iPhone 12 has two cameras, which are placed inside a square.

Unlike many major smartphones that have a macho look and are targeted at gents, the iPhone 12 seems more "gender neutral". The phone is available in black, white, red, green and a new navy blue shade. I found the new navy blue option more attractive; Blue is also my favorite color.

I found a subtle difference between the iPhone 12 and its predecessor in terms of design language. The new iPhone is smaller and lighter than the iPhone 11 but still carries a 6.1-inch display. Apple also manages to make the bezels thinner on the iPhone 12. With flattering edges and a thinner and lighter profile, the iPhone 12 feels comfortable to hold in one hand. The size of the iPhone 12 is correct and I did not face any problem while holding the phone for a long time.

The OLED display on the iPhone 12 is a jump from the LCD screen of the iPhone 11. This means that the display on the iPhone 12 is similar to the iPhone 12 Pro, which also uses a Super Retina XDR display with True Tone technology. What is different from an OLED LCD display? OLED stands for organic light-emitting diode. Without going into technical details, the OLED screen produces a perfect black and better contrast ratio. The LCD display cannot match the OLED display.

If you are upgrading from iPhone 6, 7 or even iPhone XR to iPhone 12, you will see a big difference. The 2532X1170 display of the iPhone 12 is very sharp and vibrant and seems to be very stunned. Whether you are a film buff, a content producer or someone who likes to play mobile games, you will appreciate the iPhone 12 OLED screen.

The screen on the iPhone 12 lacks a high-refresh rate display, which means that the number of displays is refreshed by itself every second. I don't think having a 90Hz or 120Hz screen on a smartphone is such a big deal. I am happy with the 60 Hz display of the iPhone 12.

Another important thing to note on the screen is a special protective cover that Apple calls the "ceramic shield", which says that it is four times more resistant to damage from drops. I also loved stereo speakers. They get up so loud and make a sound in the room.

Specifications

Screen: 6.1in Super Retina XDR OLED Screen (460ppi) | Processor: Apple A14 Bionic | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64, 128 or 256GG | Operating System: iOS 14 | IP rating: IP68 (water resistance) | Camera: Dual 12MP rear camera with OIS, 12MP selfie camera. Connectivity: LTE, 5G, Wi-Fi 6, NFC, Ultra-wideband, GPS, Bluetooth 5 | Dimensions: 146.7 mm x 71.5 mm x 7.4 mm | Weight: 162g |

The iPhone 12 runs iOS 14, which brings a lot of improvements with the first major interface to Apple's mobile operating system. There is a lot to like about iOS 14 such as redesigned widgets, improved app icon management, fewer blocker notifications, new translation apps and the ability to choose the default browser and mail app. But iOS 14 is also available on older iPhones like the iPhone 6s and 7, so getting the iPhone 12 for iOS 14 is not something you consider.

Under the hood, the iPhone 12 uses Apple's latest A14 bionic chipset, the same processor that powers other phones in the iPhone 12 lineup. The A14 is built on the 5-nanometer process, which is an improvement over the 7-nanometer process of the A13 Bionic. The A14 feels extremely fast and during the review, the phone did not stutter or freeze even once. While I didn't get the iPhone 12 much faster than last year's iPhone 11, those coming from older iPhones would get a big jump. Although I noticed that the game loads faster on the iPhone 12 compared to the iPhone 11 but not many people will notice it.

In my battery tests, the iPhone 12 charges approximately once a day. I fully charged the iPhone 12 at around 7:00, and it still has some battery left at 11:15. The battery is as thin and light as the iPhone 12. But I want to make it clear that I am a heavy user and therefore my needs are different. With Wi-Fi turned on, I use multiple apps a day, check my Gmail's myriad times, stream live on Apple Music, chat with colleagues and friends on WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger , Watch YouTube videos and sometimes edit copies on the phone itself. It takes 30 minutes to get up to 50 percent juice using a 20-watt charger.

The iPhone 12 also supports Apple's new MagSafe charger, which is magnetically attached to the back of your phone. It is a bit expensive at Rs 4,500, but you get 15 watt speed during wireless charging. On any given day, the new MagSafe charger is better because most Qi-capable chargers are limited to 7.5 watts.

With the MagSafe charger, Apple is trying to resolve common issues people have with commonly available Qi wireless chargers. Don't worry, Apple is not forcing you to buy a MagSafe charger. The iPhone 12 still works with regular wireless charging pads. But I think MagSafe will be the default charging system on iPhones of the future.

Camera and Image Quality

Many readers have asked me about the camera performance of the iPhone 12. I'm sure the dual-camera system on the iPhone 12 will be better than the single shooter on the iPhone 7 and iPhone XR.

The iPhone 12 comes with a 12MP wide lens. Aperture has been improved from ƒ / 1.6 to / / 1.6 on the previous generation iPhone 11, which says that Apple increases low-light performance by 27 percent. This means that the iPhone 12 camera will be better at taking low light shots. The wide lens is paired with a 12MP ultraviolet lens. The front has a true-death sensor selfie and a 12MP camera for video calls. For the first time, Apple's Night Mode can be used on all three cameras, including a front-facing camera.

I took about 50 images on the iPhone 12 last week and I have to say how much I loved the shots captured by this phone. The good thing about the iPhone 12's camera is that it shoots exactly the way my eyes see it. The images retain the natural color of the subject and surroundings, making the photos mostly believable. There is no doubt about this, that the photos look natural and somewhat realistic. The iPhone 12 has more detail and the sharpness and contrast of the images are now better than the iPhone 11.

In low-light, the iPhone 12 is capable of capturing images that are good to see. Photos are a bit sharper and the iPhone 12 manages to retain more detail. Jumpers from iPhone 5s / 6 to iPhone 12 will see a significant improvement in low light, as their phones lacked dedicated night mode.

I can also see the improvements made in the ultra camera. Portrait mode works just as well as the iPhone 11. The Night Mode Selfie also impressed me. Thanks to the new Night Mode selfie option, it is now possible to take self-portraits in low light conditions. The phone will automatically detect when your surroundings are dark enough and it will use the night mode feature to make the selfie brighter.

Negative points

Apple's fancy new flagship EarPod does not come with headphones and charging adapters. The company says it is removing those goods to cut its carbon footprint. However, the phone comes with a cable that has a USB-C connector. If you already have a USB-C plug in your house, no problem. But if you do not have a charging adapter, you will have to pay Rs 1900 on a new USB-C connector. This has increased the price of iPhone 12 by Rs 2000.

Verdict

If you want to upgrade your existing phone and there is a discount of Rs 79,900 for the new smartphone, then I will not stop you from buying the iPhone 12. You get the 6.1-inch OLED screen, the classic design of the iPhone 4, the super-cool A14 bionic chipset, capable cameras, all-screen front, Face ID and long battery. What else do you want in the phone?

Honestly, there is no alternative to the iPhone 12 Mini unless you want the iPhone 12 Mini, which is 5.4 inches in size and priced at Rs 69,900. I personally like the iPhone 12 Mini a lot, but I won't buy it completely because it costs less than the iPhone 12. I have an affinity for small phones and I find them easy to use. That said, the iPhone 12 is not a big phone and there are enough reasons for Apple to buy the most 'full iPhone' ever.

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