Why I Purchased The iPhone 12 Mini In Particular
For starters, my XS Max’s glass back was shattered, and it was getting ready for retirement. I adore that phone, but I have to say that it lost its lustre when I realised I’d find cracks all over it when I removed the case. To be honest, I had promised myself that I would keep the iPhone 14 “out of sight, out of mind” until the price decreased, but I couldn’t help myself when the prices plummeted.
And, no, I didn’t choose the mini simply because it was the cheapest (though that’s a good enough reason if you just want an update to tide you over until Apple releases anything worth upgrading for). Honestly? The screen size of the iPhone XS Max had a significant role in its success. I was bored of the huge-as-hell screen that I couldn’t even operate one-handed. Using it while laying down was frequently a one-way ticket to getting my face smacked by its large screen, which I despise.
Plus, I’m working with women’s pockets, you understand? They don’t even create pockets big enough for our phones, let alone that massive apparatus I’m meant to call portable.
Another key reason for this switch was that I had the 64GB model (the XS didn’t come in a 128GB model), which was hardly enough space for anything. I wanted more capacity, dammit, and 256GB on the 12 mini was a good price.
Why not the 13 mini, then?
It was, uh, discarded. If you didn’t already know, when the iPhone 13 was announced, the prices for the iPhone 11, 12, and 12 mini were reduced (and the 12 Pros were discontinued). I know the 13 mini has a better battery life and would have gotten me to the latest generation of the iPhone. But, in reality, I’m all about value, and the 13 doesn’t offer much more than the 12. Camera quality is excellent, but I have a DSLR, so it doesn’t really matter to me. And, with its 4K front camera, optical image stabilisation, and ultra-wide lens, the iPhone 12 mini is a nice upgrade over the XS Max in terms of camera.
If I hadn’t wanted the smallest phone possible, I would have gone with the good old iPhone 12. (Also, the iPhone 13 does not come in purple, and the pink one is hideous.) That is something I will never be able to get over.)
When it comes to batteries
There is no way out of it. The battery in the iPhone 12 mini is, to put it mildly, extremely small. But all is not lost.
Sure, the battery life is pitiful when compared to my previous superphone, which could sometimes last two days with light use. I could watch videos on my XS Max for hours without it dying, whereas now I have to switch to my iPad if I want to watch a movie or a series. So that stings a little. But, to be honest, I have a great power bank that works with both my iPad and iPhone, and the 12 mini charges so quickly that it helps to balance the scales.
Still, leaving the house without a power bank has unfortunately become a no-no, which is frustrating. But this is what I chose! And, so far, I’ve been pleased with my upgrade, thanks to my increased comfort with using and carrying around my device.
Thus, here it is: my comparison of the iPhone XS Max with the iPhone 12 mini Vs the iPhone XR. iPhone 12 mini. For me, the 12 mini is unquestionably the best. Have you ever wished your iPhone was a little smaller? And what are you going to do about it? Tell me in the comments!