He lost accessories, doesn’t have a telephoto camera or sports a LiDAR sensor, but he got a new color, OLED screen, a powerful A14 Bionic processor and, of course, support for 5G. This is the iPhone 12 review, one of the “most accessible” handsets of the current generation and which should be the next cell phone for many people who are thinking about changing their iPhone now.
More expensive, with prices ranging between R $ 7,999 and R $ 9,499, will the iPhone 12 be able to follow the path of its predecessors with consistent sales figures? Is it worth migrating from iPhone 11 to 12? And for whom is it indicated? I have tested the Apple smartphone in the past few weeks and I share all the details in this thorough review.
Video 12 iPhone review
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The human being is a little afraid of changes. At first, the flattened sides of the new iPhones made me feel a little strange, but after I had contact with the device, things changed. The design team went back in time and rescued those flat sides that generate a good nostalgia, making the consumer remember the iconic iPhone 4 and, above all, the iPhone 5.
After a few days of use, I can say that I really liked the bold design with an excellent aerospace aluminum finish on the sides and glass on the rear. The iPhone was slightly smaller, thinner and 16% lighter and all this is even more evident with the device in hand. The lean size contributes to a good footprint that, at the same time, gives a feeling of firmness and security, in addition to ensuring good usability.
In other numbers, we are talking about a device that weighs only 162 grams, against 194 of the iPhone 11. The width has also been reduced, but it is worth noting that this does not mean that the media consumption has been impaired, on the contrary, but I explain it better below .
This shiny glass on the back easily accumulates fingerprints, so I recommend the use of a case and advance that the iPhone 11 accessory does not fit on the iPhone 12, of course.
Unlike the more expensive models, this range comes to the market with several color options: my favorites are blue and black, respectively, but Apple sent to Tecnoblog the green iPhone 12, which is also very beautiful. White and red (PRODUCT) RED versions are available.
Another point highlighted by the company is resistance. Like the previous generation, the iPhone 12 is IP68 certified, in other words, it can withstand splashes, water and dust. The smartphone also gained a good reinforcement on the front, which takes us to the next review topic.
Screen and sound
One of the main advances of the iPhone 12 is on the screen. Apple, finally, abandoned the LCD with protruding edges and brought the OLED from the most basic model, the 12 Mini. So, you can expect a more intense brightness and high resolution, which further favors the consumption of videos and games. In numbers, the iPhone 12 maintains the large 6.1-inch screen, but now with 2532 x 1170 pixels – high numbers that say a lot.
Before talking about the details of the display, I go back to the point of safety and resistance, as this iPhone has the Ceramic Shield, which made the screen more resistant thanks to the addition of nanoceramic crystals mixed with the glass, however it is not protected against scratchs. I even tapped it there to do a test, but I didn’t notice any big difference, compared to 11.
Did I expect a smaller notch? I expected it. The most curious thing is that I can’t hate this Apple format, maybe it’s because there is the true facial recognition sensor (Face iD), much safer than that method of analyzing photos of some Androids. If it is to have an efficient security, then I am in favor of this type of notch, still.
As expected, the experience when watching movies, series and YouTube videos is fantastic, remembering that it supports Dolby Vision, HDR10 and HLG. The OLED panel guarantees vivid colors, deep black, excellent contrasts and viewing at different angles is very good. Regarding quality, I really have no criticism, because the iPhone 12 delivers a complete immersion in any mobile activity.
However, Apple ignored the trend of the year and left the 90 Hz and 120 Hz refresh rate aside, especially for more fluid browsing. Okay, many rumors already indicated the absence, but this can be a little frustrating for some consumers, since devices in the same price range as the iPhone 12 have already received the technology. Samsung, for example, has been betting more and more.
Controversial aside, in the audio, I love the iPhone 12 sound system – present on other iPhones too -, which uses both speakers, both the connections and the main output, to deliver a more immersive sound.
As for the Software, I don’t think I need to say much about the great experience of using the iOS system. And probably the person who will purchase an iPhone 12 is already familiar with the Apple ecosystem.
As soon as I turned on the device for the first time, he asked to update iOS to 14.2. The version has so many essential security and privacy features that I love and use a lot. The home screen is very beautiful, the widgets are great, but I wanted more freedom to edit the application folders, as in Android.
In addition, I also like Face ID, AssistiveTouch for quick access (which I’ve used since the iPhone 4) and the dark mode works well. Updates are guaranteed for a long time, which is an essential point that makes Apple stand out in the market.
Well, let’s talk about another important evolution. Although it does not have a telephoto lens or LiDAR on the iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max, this model can perform accurately in any situation. I wasn’t surprised and I suppose neither are you, am I? To be honest, I was surprised, yes, but with the improvements. I made some records with the iPhone 11 to help with the comparison.
The iPhone 12 has two rear cameras, the main 12-megapixel camera with an aperture of f / 1.6, which now captures more light, and the secondary is the ultra-wide 12 MP camera with an aperture of f / 2.4. The big breakthrough here is in processing, which has been improved, and is capable of delivering good images even in the most complex scenarios.
The main camera of the iPhone 12 produces pictures with great definition, strong brightness and vibrant colors, since the saturation has been a little higher compared to the iPhone 11, yet I do not consider it exaggerated. The texture and the way the device works in the composition, valuing all the information in the scene, also won me over. Exposure is good, but it can happen that the light bursts in some points of the image.
Ultrawide has undergone an improvement and Apple promises sharper edges with noise reduction. In practice, it follows the recipe of the main camera with strong colors and satisfactory definition, but the distortion is still evident, although subtle.
All cameras now have Night mode, including the front one. And Deep Fusion technology comes in as an ally to “dramatically improve texture and details in low-light photos,” says Apple. The feature continues to do a good job and, on the iPhone 12, I noticed that the logs get brighter and with less noise.
The front, 12 megapixel, remains great: delivers selfies with excellent sharpness and approaches the natural, showing all the imperfections of the face (rs). Depending on the environment, portrait mode is accurate.
The iPhone 12 records in 4K at up to 60 frames per second and the same goes for the front, which is interesting for content creators. The possibility of recording with HDR Dolby Vision is the icing on the cake for this and other iPhones launched in 2020. The video performance was formidable and the device produces films with strong colors, active brightness and excellent stabilization.
Hardware, battery, MagSafe and 5G
As for hardware, we now have the Bionic A14 and everyone already knows that Apple’s processors are powerful. Even better is seeing the iPhone 12 with the same performance as the most expensive devices in the family. And, unsurprisingly, the applications open with agility, work without gagging, the games run without losing breath and, during my tests, I didn’t notice any other difficulties.
This good behavior will be felt, especially, by owners of old iPhones, because if you already have an iPhone 11, you won’t even notice that much difference. The Bionic A13 is still a great processor.
This generation also rescued MagSafe for charging and other accessories. Apple did not make the wireless power product available with the iPhone 12 that I tested and, as everyone already knows, there is no more power supply and headset in the box, which consequently reduced in size.
The cable is still sent, but one end is the traditional Lightning and the other is USB type C. Yes, Apple follows with its exclusive and old connector. If you want MagSafe to charge, you will have to pay R $ 499 more.
Since many Apple product owners have 5 and 10 watt adapters at home, I decided to do a power test with both. I started with the first, of a meager 5 watts that the company sent, and he made the iPhone 12 register 100% after 3h09min; that time dropped to 2h10min with the 10 watt power supply. The test was done with accessories that I already had at home and not with the Apple cable with USB-C.
Still on the battery, we had a setback: the iPhone 12 has 2,815 mAh capacity, while its predecessor has 3,110 mAh. I did an intense test with two hours of Netflix, one hour of YouTube, 10 minutes of Sonic Racing and finished with 15 minutes of video calling on WhatsApp. I started with 100% and the percentage dropped to 54% after these activities. A good number, especially considering that the device was connected to Wi-Fi all the time and the screen brightness was at maximum.
The 5G is another strong brand of the iPhone 12, but that should not be taken into account now, in December 2020, keeping in mind that the person who purchases this phone will first take advantage of the other cutting-edge features that Apple offers.
In addition, you will benefit from 5G super-fast internet on other smartphones a few years from now, if you don’t want to change the iPhone 12 anytime soon, of course. But if you want to understand more about it, our author Lucas Braga published a complete article about 5G in Brazil and the iPhone 12.
iPhone 12: is it worth it?
In fact, the question here is: who should buy the iPhone 12? This model, specifically, aims to serve that consumer who already has an Apple smartphone, however old. I recommend it to anyone who owns an iPhone X, 8, 7, and 6, because you will enjoy the best features the company has to offer today: the best (and updated) interface, an improved photo set and one of the best existing processors .
Does it make sense to migrate from iPhone 11 to 12? It depends. The previous model remains on the market with an excellent technical file, but it loses some points, since the screen is LCD and also owes the MagSafe, camera improvements and support for recording in Dolby Vision. Despite this, I believe that these updates do not justify the switch now, but that is my opinion. If you have no financial limitations and if you want to enjoy the news of this model, go ahead!
It is clear that the absence of a charger and handset generates a huge discussion that will not end soon. But if this is wrong? I would say yes, and Apple’s environmental goal is both controversial. Eu também acredito que a empresa deveria ao menos descontinuar o Lightning, que é tão antigo, e abraçar de vez o USB-C. E, por fim, a taxa de atualização de 120 Hz seria muito bem-vinda.
Se optar pelo iPhone 12, é bom começar a rever o orçamento para incluir os acessórios ausentes. No Brasil, a versão testada pelo Tecnoblog, de 256 GB, sai por R$ 9.499; o de 128 GB sai por R$ 8.499 e a opção mais em conta, de 64 GB, ficou em R$ 7.999. Caro, porém um dos melhores smartphones do mercado, um iPhone poderoso que eu investiria.
iPhone 12 — ficha técnica
- Tela: Super Retina XDR (OLED) sem bordas de 6,1 polegadas com resolução de 2532 x 1170 pixels;
- Processador: A14 Bionic;
- RAM: 4 GB;
- Armazenamento: 64 GB, 128 GB ou 256 GB (sem suporte a cartão de memória);
- Câmeras traseiras:
- Principal:12 megapixels, abertura ƒ/1,6;
- Grande angular: 12 megapixels, abertura ƒ/2,4 e campo de visão de 120°;
- Câmera frontal: 12 megapixels, abertura ƒ/2,2;
- Bateria: 2.815 mAh, sem carregador na caixa;
- Sistema operacional: iOS 14;
- Conectividade: 4G, 5G, Wi‑Fi 6 (802.11ax) com MIMO 2×2, GPS, Glonass, Galileo, QZSS, Bluetooth 5.0, Lightning, NFC (Apple Pay), Siri;
- Sensores: Face ID, barômetro, giroscópio de três eixos, acelerômetro, sensor de proximidade e de luz ambiente;
- Peso: 162 gramas;
- Dimensões: 146,7 x 71,5 x 7,4 mm;
- Cores: azul, verde, vermelho, branco e preto.
- Tela OLED excelente para filmes, séries e jogos
- Design compacto, leve e bonito
- Performance excepcional com o A14 Bionic
- Conjunto fotográfico aprimorado
- Gravação em Dolby Vision
- Suporte ao 5G é um diferencial
- MagSafe é outro diferencial
- Bateria não evoluiu
- Ficou devendo taxa de atualização de 120 Hz
- Lightning (ainda?)