If battery life is a big concern, Apple’s iPhone 12 mini is not for you

The Verge‘s Dieter Bohn is of the opinion that the best iPhone for most people is the iPhone 12, but the iPhone 12 mini is his favorite – expect for its battery life or lack thereof.

The smallest, thinnest, and lightest 5G smartphone in the world, iPhone 12 mini features the advanced technology of iPhone 12 in a compact design with an immersive edge-to-edge display.
The smallest, thinnest, and lightest 5G smartphone in the world, iPhone 12 mini features the advanced technology of iPhone 12 in a compact design with an immersive edge-to-edge display.

Dieter Bohn for The Verge:

Despite the smaller screen size, you don’t miss out on as much as you might expect. Compared to the regular iPhone 12 with a 6.1-inch screen, there are maybe one or two lines of text that are cut off. What you actually miss out on is that sense of immersion you can get from a bigger screen when you’re playing a game or watching a movie. Those were the only times this screen felt cramped…

It’s amazing until the battery dies, anyway.

I don’t want to sugarcoat it nor be overly dire about it, but the battery life on the iPhone 12 mini is noticeably worse than on the iPhone 12, which itself was a step down from the battery-champ iPhone 11. For me, it’s good enough, but it does mean I’m already using it differently than I use bigger phones.

Without making any effort at it, I have consistently drained the iPhone 12 mini’s battery by early evening. I’d say it’s fair to expect the 12 mini to clock up something near four hours of screentime with stuff like web browsing, Facebook, and taking photos. Intense games give you a chance to watch the battery percent tick down minute by minute.

So it’s not bad, but it’s definitely not great. My feeling after a little less than a week is that getting through a day requires a little bit of battery management.

MacDailyNews Take: If you pound your iPhone all day long and don’t want to have a “charging strategy” to get through the day, then iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, or, especially, the capricious iPhone 12 Pro Max are better choices.

13 Comments

  1. “What you actually miss out on is that sense of immersion you can get from a bigger screen when you’re playing a game or watching a movie. Those were the only times this screen felt cramped…”

    Really? IT”S A PHONE! Not an entertainment device…!!!

    1. So, you are saying it is worse than my iPhne 6? Dont think so. I have bo troubke getting throught a day on my iP6, and have a charger sitting by my den chair and night table for recharging when necessary. [Not to mention I have a battery pack good for thee days of charging.). What problem?

  2. Er… Who isn’t concerned about battery life? When you load a smartphone with decent features, you figure consumers are going to try to get a lot of use out of that smartphone. You wouldn’t just use such a powerful smartphone to make phone calls. I understand some people might want a smaller smartphone, but it seems too much of a compromise if Apple is only going to put in a tiny battery with a high-end processor. If I were to have such a small smartphone with limited battery capacity, I would definitely get one of those smartphone cases with an auxiliary battery built into it.

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