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iPhone 12 Mini Review: One-Handed SmartPhone

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Now, In the year 2021, the maximum phone size is bigger than Ever.

Again, so-called one-handed phones are also big. It’s quite thin and small. While Apple revealing the iPhone 12 Mini including the iPhone 12, 12 Pro, and the most bigger version iPhone 12 Pro Max. Then, It was a great time for small smartphone admirers like myself. iPhone lovers have been waiting for a long time to make Apple a small iPhone like iPhone 5,iPhone 5S, or the original iPhone SE. 

A few months earlier in 2020, Apple raised our hopes up a little, because it launched the latest iPhone SE that packed the whole system of the iPhone 11 Pro inside the compact body of the iPhone 8. This is a decent phone for such a price, though the design is backdated; three years old.

A thought may come to your mind that if you make something smaller; there might be something trade-off, continuously I am asking myself what specifications Apple compromised to built a small phone in 2021.

But still, the iPhone 12 Mini has all the specification iPhone 12’s got—only it’s smaller. iPhone 12 Mini has the same flagship configuration and design, compatibility for 5G and OLED with HDR displays.

The display panel is protected by Apple’s ceramic protector. The iPhone 12 Mini has IP68 certification which means 12 Mini is waterproof and dust resistant. Now, Apple introduces MagSafe and it offers us wireless chargers and accessories. iPhone 12 Mini runs the same iOS 14 operating system; the chip is an A14 Bionic processor as well as the same cameras. Both iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini have the same configuration, the difference is one phone is big and another isn’t.

iPhone 12 Mini vs iPhone 12
iPhone 12 Mini vs iPhone 12

A 5.4-inch OLED display is available on the iPhone 12 Mini and costs: 

  1. USA-$729
  2. Europe-£699
  3. Australia-$1,199

If you buy it from Virgin Mobile Phones Store USA or Canada, you will get a discount. Virgin mobile offers sweet pay:

  1. Down payment $1008; Buy your phone upfront Plans from $28/MO.
  2. $208 down; $3334/MO.for 24 months

With this phone and service offer, you can save almost $145 USD.

On these phones, operators often run a range of discounts and offers, mainly when you exchange in an old iPhone.

As a whole, the small body size, iOS 14 swipe-friendly navigation, and close to zero screen-to-body ratios consider this small smartphone almost ideal… Um yeah, for me. But perhaps it won’t be for you. For one-handed use, the small screen is fantastic, for reading or viewing articles you might not be happy with the small display panel.

There are going to be a lot of users who find the onscreen keyboard buttons too small. For those users, the tech giant Apple is offering the iPhone 12 and the bigger version iPhone 12 Max pro. Still, Apple beats all the competition by launching a one-handed useable iPhone.

The iPhone 12 Mini : Small and Lightweight

iPhone 12 Mini Size Comparison
iPhone 12 Mini Size Comparison

Because of its polished aluminum edges and a glossy glass back panel, the iPhone 12 Mini appears like a premium variety of the iPhone 5, which is a positive thing. In reality, it’s slightly larger than the iPhone 5 and shorter than the iPhone SE 2020. iPhone 12 Mini also has a relatively high screen-to-body ratio than the SE, and that is perfect for watching video content and also viewing additional information, such as extra chat threads, notifications from the Messages apps, and E-mails.

The glass back captures fingerprints and dust extremely quickly. If you want to avoid this you should use a good quality case; it also helps you to avoid drop damages. Without a case, you’re actually holding your own personal crime evidence CSI: Texas crime scene…Just kidding.

Actually, you’re holding your own personal Just like the rest of the iPhone 12 mobile phones, you’re either going to like or dislike the boxy edges. I think they’re great, particularly on a phone of small size. The boxy edge provides me a safe hold on the phone without having any complications. Flat boxy edges also give users advantages, they can stand the iPhone 12 Mini on its side, for taking pictures or watching video content.

If you distinguish between the 12 and 12 Pro iPhones, the main thing you notice screen looks small, and the iPhone 12 Pro Max wins the race easily with a 6.7-inch OLED display panel. Some people may don’t like this small screen but it is the influencing point for me to choose the iPhone 12 Mini. Cause, I want to touch every section of the display with easy thumb movement. It’s really very comfortable.

The last generation,iPhone 11 Pro is slightly bigger than it, 11 pro has a 5.8-inch OLED panel. It also can not satisfy me. Because I cant operate it one-handed. And if I wanted to reach the top, I often had to stretch my thumb or relax my grip, and it would eventually drop my iPhone.

The ios 14 has a brilliant application that enhances our one handed useability is known as reachability. If you swipe down on the bottom portion of the screen then the top screen portion’s icons come to the middle. It helps you many times when you have multiple works on the top side of the screen.

Another one thing, I notice that the typing accuracy is increased by iPhone 12 mini, I use it more than one week for review purposes. I hardly find any mistakes in typing on those days. You can easily put the iPhone 12 Mini in the pocket, it’s very small that you easily put it in the Jeans coin pocket.

Top-Notch Camera Power : iPhone 12 Mini

The iPhone 12 Mini camera features are as same as iPhone 12 like the rear camera,ultra-wide, and selfie camera. They capture outstanding photographs and videos and reliably provide excellent pictures. The iPhone 12 Mini can also capture video content:

                    1. Up to 4K  -Frame Rate-60 per second

                    2. 4K-Frame Rate 30 per second in Dolby Vision.

Conclusion

Apple iPhone 12 Mini
Apple iPhone 12 Mini

If you are searching for any flagship and premium good-looking smartphone, then iPhone 12 Mini undoubtedly the best one in 2021. You will get a top-notch one-handed user experience and hardware with Apple’s security features.

Do any thoughts regarding about iPhone 12 Mini and its features come to your mind? In the comment section, please share your valuable opinion. Our tech experts will be glad to answer as fast as possible to your query or message.

An Engineer, Youtuber, Sportsman and National Level Shooter with a Taste for Technology and Gadgets. Loves to Review Tech and Play the Most Demanding Games out there.

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  1. Taurino

    November 22, 2020 at 5:24 pm

    Very good information, thanks

    • Eby T

      November 22, 2020 at 6:41 pm

      You are welcome. Thanks

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Fastest Growing 5G Smarphone Brand Globally : Q3 2021 Reports

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According to a recent survey, Realme was the fastest-growing 5G Android smartphone brand in the world in Q3 2021, with sales up 831 percent year over year (YoY). Realme’s sales also outperformed global 5G smartphone sales, which increased by 121 percent year over year.

In India, where 5G technology has yet to be implemented, Realme’s 5G sales climbed 9,519 percent year over year. According to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), 5G telecom services would be available in certain Indian cities in 2022, a year when demand for 5G devices is likely to increase.

According to Counterpoint Research’s monthly Market Pulse Service report, Realme’s sales growth enabled the company maintain its sixth-place ranking in worldwide 5G Android smartphone sales for the second quarter in a row.

Realme India CEO Madhav Sheth stated earlier this year that the company aspires to be India’s 5G leader. In addition, the company is working to introduce 5G technology to the sub-Rs. 10,000 market. Realme’s excellent multi-channel strategy and a large 5G offering across pricing bands, according to Research Director Tarun Pathak, helped it expand the fastest.

Its sister brands Oppo (165 percent growth) and Vivo (147 percent growth) came in second and third place in the worldwide market, respectively, selling mid-to-high-end 5G smartphones. BBK Electronics, based in China, owns all of these businesses.

Another Chinese firm, Xiaomi, came in fourth place with a 134 percent year-over-year increase in 5G smartphone sales. Samsung came in fifth place, with a 70 percent increase from Q3 2020. In Q4 2020, Apple, the current 5G market leader, will enter the 5G smartphone market.

“5G has permeated the market far faster than its predecessor. As 5G technology advances, we enter the next phase of expansion, which will be aided by maturing and expanding device portfolios. Furthermore, due to the increased availability of 5G components, the firms actively promoted 5G handsets,” Pathak noted.

In terms of regional growth, Realme 5G smartphone sales increased 9,519 percent year over year in India, a country that will introduce 5G technology in select locations in 2022. China had the second-best growth, with 5G sales increasing by 830 percent year over year, making it one of China’s fastest-growing 5G smartphone brands. Europe had the third-highest growth rate.

“As 5G rollouts increase up, Realme’s 5G expansion in emerging regions has also positioned it well for the future.” All OEMs will need to focus on affordability and accessibility in order to take advantage of the massive 5G opportunity,” said Varun Mishra, Senior Analyst.

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Pixel 5A Reviewed: The Best of Google and Android

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The Pixel 5A is a fine phone, but it’s not perfect. There are a few flaws to be aware of: its security support policy is adequate but not exceptional. It also strangely lacks software support for C-band 5G frequencies, which US carriers will begin using in the coming years. It’s only available in the United States and Japan, and it’s not even available through the big carriers in the United States.

However, Google has managed to remedy some of the shortcomings of its prior A-series models while also lowering the price. That’s not bad for a dull update.

SCREEN, PERFORMANCE, AND BATTERY FOR THE GOOGLE PIXEL 5A

The Pixel 5A has a 6.34-inch 1080p OLED screen, which is somewhat larger than the 4A 5G’s 6.2-inch screen. That’s hardly a massive screen, especially when compared to the 6.5-inch and larger screens found on inexpensive Android phones. It also employs a regular 60Hz refresh rate, so you won’t enjoy the smoother scrolling experience that comes with higher refresh rates like 90 or 120Hz. From the $300 OnePlus N10 5G’s 90Hz screen to the $500 Galaxy A52 5G’s 120Hz panel, this is a feature that has progressively trickled down from the flagship class and is now available in smartphones around the 5A’s price point.

The screen of the 5A isn’t very impressive, but it’s large enough that it doesn’t look as out of place next to the competition as the 4A and 4A 5G do. It’s also just a good screen – the OLED technology produces rich contrast, and it’s bright enough to be viewed outside in direct sunlight without difficulty. The same cannot be said of some of its competitors’ displays, no matter how large they are.

The processor and memory specifications remain unchanged from the 4A 5G: the Pixel 5A employs the same Snapdragon 765G chipset with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage as the 4A 5G. Apps load swiftly, and I didn’t notice any noticeable lags or problems when going about my everyday duties and scrolling through social media.

Complex image processing processes are also completed in a second or two in the background, allowing you to continue snapping portrait mode images without having to wait for each frame to complete processing. I appreciate it as someone who takes far too many portrait mode shots of her cat in the hopes of getting the perfect shot.
The Pixel 5A’s improved battery life over its predecessor is a bigger deal. It has a 4,680mAh battery, compared to 3,885mAh on the 4A 5G. That’s a lot closer to the 5,000mAh batteries that the competition uses. Google calls it “all-day” performance, with up to 48 hours of battery life if extreme battery saver is turned on.

In my real-world tests, I got better results – a day of moderate use with approximately three hours of screentime often drained it down to only 70%. If you’re a heavy user who spends a lot of time on Wi-Fi, you should get at least a day out of the battery, and if you’re a light user who spends a lot of time on Wi-Fi, you should get at least 48 hours.

IP RATING AND BUILD QUALITY OF THE GOOGLE PIXEL 5A

The Pixel 5A has an IP67 dust and waterproof rating, which means it can be immersed for up to 30 minutes in three feet of water. Outside of the Samsung A52 5G and iPhone SE, official IP ratings are uncommon in the $500-and-under category, so this is one area where the 5A shines.

The phone has Gorilla Glass 3 on the front panel for screen protection, and a metal unibody behind the outer plastic shell. I like the matte surface on the plastic panel because it’s less slippery than a shiny finish and hides smudges better.

SOFTWARE FOR GOOGLE PIXEL 5A AND 5G CONNECTIVITY

Google Pixel 5A
Google Pixel 5A

The 5A comes preloaded with Android 11 and comes with Google’s standard three-year OS and security update agreement. Although this is a longer lifespan than most inexpensive phones, Samsung just began providing four years of security upgrades with its A-series handsets, and Apple will patch the six-year-old iPhone 6S this fall.

The Pixel 5A, of course, comes with 5G connection. It will be available on all major US carriers and, unlike the 4A 5G, will not be available in a mmWave-compatible configuration. Verizon insisted on selling phones that could connect to its super-fast, hard-to-find mmWave 5G network, so Google, like many other companies, created a more expensive version of the 4A 5G that could connect to the network for Verizon’s retail shelves. This time, that will not be the case, and no one will be disappointed.

This year, there is only one color option: black. You may add some color to your life with one of the colorful case options, which are designed to protect your phone from drops and bumps. Some, like “black moss” and “maybe moon” (which also sound like Neko Case song titles? ), are more neutral, but I chose “likely lime” for my review unit, and I do not like it. It has a little Nickelodeon vibe about it from the 1990s. Please return the fabric case to me.

The absence of mmWave 5G isn’t a big deal, but the 5A’s lack of C-band capability at launch is. The nice mid-band material that carriers will gradually begin adding at the end of this year and over the next few years is known as C-band. Although the Pixel 5A has the necessary hardware and FCC certification to use C-band, Google has yet to enable software compatibility for these frequencies. It may add support in the future, but it makes no promises.

It’s surprising that Google won’t commit to supporting C-band when there are a slew of budget and midrange phones on the market right now, starting at $279 for the Galaxy A32. T-Mobile consumers won’t have to worry as much because the company won’t be dependent on the C-band as much. However, if you’re on Verizon or AT&T and expect to keep your phone for the next two to three years, this might become a significant disadvantage when those carriers enable C-band and (theoretically) strengthen their 5G networks.

CAMERA- GOOGLE PIXEL 5A

The camera technology on the 5A doesn’t appear to be particularly intriguing on paper, but it adds up to a lot more than the sum of its parts. Optical image stabilization is included in the 12.2-megapixel main back camera, which is rare for a camera under $500. This type of lens-based stabilization ensures that more of your images remain sharp, which is particularly useful in low-light situations.

A 16-megapixel ultrawide camera is also included, as well as an 8-megapixel selfie camera. When compared to rival phones’ triple- and quad-rear camera arrays, this may not seem like much, but those third and fourth cameras are usually low-quality macro and depth sensors that aren’t really useful anyhow.

If those specifications sound familiar, it’s because they’re the same as the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4A 5G, which is fine for this model. Despite the lack of new sensors or lenses, the 5A still has the greatest photo quality in the midrange segment, thanks in large part to Google’s intelligent image processing. While many of the Pixel 5A’s competitors can capture good images in bright outside light, Google remains the budget class’s low light winner.

What was true of the imaging capabilities of the 4A and 5 is likewise true of the 5A. It does a good job with high-contrast scenarios, and colors are portrayed more organically than on a Samsung phone. Portrait and night mode images are among the best you’ll find on a midrange phone, however you’ll notice their limitations when photographing more difficult subjects. When it comes to equipping the Pixel 6 to compete with the world’s Samsung and Apple flagships, Google has a lot of work ahead of it. It can afford to hold stationary for another year in the budget class because it has such a strong start.

There are phones in the $400 and $500 range that have more flashy distinguishing features than the Google Pixel 5A. The Samsung Galaxy A52 5G comes with a 6.5-inch display with a 120Hz refresh rate. The TCL 20 Pro has a curved display similar to that of a flagship phone and supports wireless charging. The Motorola Moto G Stylus features a large display and a stylus, of course.

The Pixel 5A, on the other hand, is a good all-arounder with a wonderful UI, quick software upgrades, and all of the essentials covered at a fair price. The 4A 5G was already a good phone, but the 5A’s clever additions, like as waterproofing and a larger battery, make it easier than ever to recommend it to a wide spectrum of individuals.

There’s also the issue of C-band 5G and whether or not Google would support it in the future. It’s difficult to envision the corporation refusing to support it after the frequencies are widely used, but we feel you shouldn’t buy a device today because of a hypothetical update tomorrow. Customers of Verizon and AT&T should be aware of this.

It’s a shame the Pixel 5A will have such a limited distribution, both in terms of countries where it will be accessible and in terms of where it will (and won’t) be sold in the United States, because it’s a phone I’d suggest to a lot of people. It outperforms the competition in some areas, like as camera quality and waterproofing, while falling short in others, such as screen size and battery life.

Because of its restricted availability, it appears to be more of a “if you know you know” device than the phone you recommend to your uncle when he wonders what to get with his two-year carrier upgrade package. That’s a shame, because this is a very boring, very decent phone that I believe many people would enjoy.

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