November 30, 2020

Buyers Guide to the iPhone 12

A no frills recap on everything you need to know guide comparing all 4 models of the iPhone 12 series.

Buyers Guide to the iPhone 12

Pretty much everyone knows Apple released 4 new phones this quarter - the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. We even covered a full recap of the initial announcement, which included some surprises here.

This handy chart shows you that the iPhone 12 series holds both the biggest and smallest phones in iPhone history. Source

With four flagship models this year, there's bound to be some confusion and wrong decisions made. That's why we put together this quick iPhone12 Dummy Guide for anyone who is still trying to decide on which model to buy.

Editors Note: And I know not everyone reads our long 1000 word articles to the end 😤 Is ok I still love all our readers.

Features Recap

Pacific Blue is a whole mood. Source

Battery Life

The iPhone 12 Mini may be small but it boasts a big difference in battery life as compared to past models. This super small phone (smaller than iphone 6) offers 15 hours of video playback (local), 10 hours of video streaming, up to 50 hours for audio playback and about 7 hours of web surfing.

Read about how the iPhone 12 Mini stacks up against the iPhone SE (2020) in our review here.

Make a splash and take a splash with increased water resistance for the entire iPhone 12 series. Source

Screen + Water Resistance

Both the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 sport the same Super Retina XDR Display, both with the same 460 ppi resolution. The maximum brightness on the Pro is also slightly more intense if you crank it up to the maximum settings. (Editors Note: Protect your eyes and lower brightness pls!)

Both models are also water resistant to a depth of 6 metres for up to 30 minutes, unlike the previous iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro whereby the 11 Pro model could resist water 2 metres more than the 11.

Find out more about the difference between the Pro Max and the regular iPhone 12 here.

Say cheese cause the iPhone 12 does cameras like never before. Source


The iPhone 12 Pro Max has the absolute best camera among all 3 models. The 12 Pro Max has an all new sensor which is 47% larger,  improving photo quality in low light settings by 87%. It also has a brand new sensor-shift stabilization feature for super smooth video and sharp photos. The Pro Max has a longer 65mm telescopic zoom compared to 12 Pro with 52mm zoom.

The entire iPhone 12 series also comes with Night Mode for all cameras now, allowing you to shoot crisp looking photos in both the heat of the day and the cool of the night. Check out some of these night shots for yourself in a little photo walk we did here.

The iPhone 12 series has the smallest and biggest iPhones ever made yet. Source

Look & Feel + Protection

The iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max feature surgical grade stainless steel as bands with lustre finishing for that premium feel, while 12 and 12 mini has an aluminum airspace and band that makes for a slightly different texture.

The series also features a fancy glass finish on the back as well as Apple's new Ceramic Glass technology for its main screen which claims to be four times more resistant to breaking.

I don't know how anyone lives with 64GB. Upgrades people, upgrades! Source


Don't skimp on that capacity upgrade. If you are getting the regular iPhone 12, don’t miss out on the crazy good value upgrade - with just ~$70 you can upgrade from a 64GB to a 128GB.

How to pick the best iPhone for you

It might have taken something akin to rocket science to make the phone but picking one out is a lot easier. Source

To simplify decision making, assume that 4 phones = 4 kinds of people in this world. Check out the quick list below to see how your phone habits roughly dictate which iPhone 12 model you should get 🤔

Don't underestimate the little guy! Source

iPhone 12 Mini - Great camera quality, new phone, really loves small phones like iPhone 4, but doesn't want to spend too much money. Only downside is the low battery life. Packs an incredible amount for the value. If you are a desk bound person, working long hours in front of the computer who rarely uses your phone, then the 12 Mini might be the one for you.

More than your average joe. Source

iPhone 12 - Get a 12 if you are looking to upgrade from your older model of iPhone 11. With the new specifications and features, it is definitely worth the upgrade. Compared to the Pro and Pro Max, this one is a lot lighter because of the aluminum. If you are on your phone for a long time, on calls, watching videos or gaming, you can opt for the 12 as it is much lighter and more comfortable to hold for a long period of time. Great value for money for the upgraded specifications and features.

Not your ordinary upgrade. Source

iPhone 12 Pro - If you really care about RAM to make your iPhone go fast despite a gauntlet of app running in the background - the Pro clocks in with 6GB of RAM compared to iPhone 12 which only has 4GB. Not to mention the improved camera specifications - As compared to the regular 12, the 12 Pro is able to zoom two times more with better picture quality as well.

Peek Performance & Beauty. Source 

iPhone 12 Pro Max - This phone has the best camera performance - main camera sensor that is larger and longer zoom lens. With a 6.7 inch screen, you will be able to get an all immersive media consumption and gaming experience. This phone has the best battery life out of all. If you are into gaming or if you are a person who loves taking ~professional looking pictures on your phone, the iPhone 12 Pro Max is for you.

Want a fourth option? No iPhone at all. Check out our review of 5 other amazing 5G compatible phones as well as the Samsung Galaxy S20FE which matches plenty of the features of the iPhone 12 at a more competitive price.

Whichever phone you end up choosing, be sure to pick it up from with our Circles.Life Combo Plans so you can save on your dream phone! We'll give you all the usual benefits like phone vouchers every 2 years with none of those silly lock-in contracts.

This article was contributed by user Tris Kong