Another year, another new iPhone series – θήκες κινητών– . Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the iPhone 12, the first iPhone with 5G and the first smartphone with a 5nm architecture processor. Its improvements over last year’s iPhone 11 are numerous, but with one exception. Let’s see them all together in the review that follows.
All about iPhone 12
Design, quality of construction
The iPhone 12 has not changed as much in terms of design and relationship with the previous model. The elongated notch remains housing the 12 Megapixel True Depth camera and the rest of the advanced sensors. The square setup that hosts the Dual Camera remains the same. What has changed is that its edges – the finish – are no longer rounded but perfectly flat giving a more industrial feel to the construction. I described it as a tile when I first caught it in our hands.
It maintains the same screen size as the iPhone 11 (6.1 ″) but overall is thinner, lighter and less bulky than that and has smaller bezels. The construction material of the chassis is aviation type aluminum and the back glass is glass! Most interesting of all is a new screen protector called Ceramic Shield. It consists of a mixture of micro-crystals of ceramic and glass creating a material that is 4 times more resistant to drops than the iPhone 11, according to Apple.
Colors and capacity
Available in five colors, black, white, red, blue and green and in versions with 64GB, 128GB and 256GB built-in memory. It is IP68 waterproof, has Dolby Atmos stereo speakers with the best sound we have ever heard and Face ID function to unlock recognizing your face. Unfortunately it does not have a fingerprint reader and this is not good in this day and age when we wear a mask.
A14 Bionic 5G processor
The iPhone 12 incorporates the new A14 Bionic 5G six-core processor with quad-core GPU, the world’s first 5nm processor. Reducing the size of the processor transistors, increases its performance and battery performance, consumes less as we say. The iPhone 12 does not have this with the least consumption. Its battery drains quickly and without a screen with a high refresh rate.
Super Retina XDR OLED screen
Its screen is wonderful, Super Retina XDR display OLED technology, custom made exclusively for Apple with 460ppi, increased dynamic range and even more faithful color reproduction. It has a brightness that reaches 1200 nits and meets the Dolby Vision, HDR10 and HLG image standards. Its refresh rate is 60Hz and we would not mind if it was higher. But I can not imagine how fast the battery would drain, especially if the use of the mobile phone is combined with the use of 5G networks.
Dual camera 12MP + 12MP
In this year’s iPhone 12, Apple retained the dual 12 + 12 Megapixel camera, developed the photo editing software and made the wide sensor that now has f / 1.6 even brighter. The ultra-wide sensor as well as the 12 Megapixel selfie camera remained the same as the iPhone 11. If you want a triple camera with an extra tele-photo sensor but also the super-duper LiDAR you should go to one of the iPhone options 12 Pro and Pro Max increasing the acquisition cost.
The photos taken by the iPhone 12 in good lighting conditions are very good. You will have the same good result in places where the light is reduced. It has OIS optical image stabilization and 2x optical zoom that can reach 5x digitally.
Video Dolby Vision
In terms of video, we find the new Dolby Vision 30fps recording function, but from what I learned from colleagues abroad, the material stands out if you see it on the iPhone 12 screen and the difference on other screens is not so strong. Otherwise it can shoot FullHD and 4K 30 and 60fps videos in both options and here we have OIS that works perfectly.
The selfie camera or True Depth if you speak the language of Apple is 12 Megapixel and can shoot videos up to 4K at 60fps and slow motion video at 120fps.
The best 5G smartphone in global sales in October
The data of the market research company Counterpoint Research certifies the dominance of the iPhone 12 in the new field of competition of 5G smartphones. These data refer to October and show that the delay in the start of sales of the iPhone 12 did not constitute a commercial brake.
More specifically, according to Counterpoint Research, the iPhone 12 had a market share of 16%, while the iPhone 12 Pro had conquered 8% of the 5G smartphone market. The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra came in third with a 4% share, followed by the Huawei Nova 7 with a 3% share. The Huawei P40 closes the top five, also with a market share of 3%.
The iPhone’s positive commercial performance is also confirmed by the fact that it recorded high market shares in October, although it had not started selling worldwide since the beginning of that month, which according to market analysts shows that it will record even better commercial performance in the competitive 5G smartphones market.
All these features, innovative or not, must be supported by a strong battery and at this point it does not seem to be doing very well that of the iPhone 12. Despite the energy efficient processor A14 its lifespan seems to be shorter than that of the iPhone 11. In capacity, however, yes it is smaller. Let’s talk about MagSafe, a new accessory ecosystem based on magnets that integrates the iPhone 12 chassis. MagSafe is a bunch of new Apple accessories like the 15W wireless charger. Third parties are licensed to present their own compatible MagSafe accessories.
Let’s close with the UI and the iOS 14 version that the iPhone 12 wears out-of-the-box. I like to use it, it is easy to use and it has access to the best app store for smartphones. Better late than never ! – we have widgets on the home screen, App Library that categorizes our applications and Picture in Picture mode ideal for Multi-tasking.
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