Iphon 12 Review after 7 days used
I switchedover to it full time. I’m recording out of the forwardfacing camera from it in 4k 30. And I think it looks pretty good. And the forward facing cameraand rear camera are great. We’ll talk more aboutthose in a little bit, but let’s first talk about whatit’s like to use now. Like I said, I switched over to this device fulltime and I switched from the 12 pro. And the first thing I noticedis how much lighter it is. The iPhone 12 pro is made of stainlesssteel and glass where the iPhone 12 is aluminum and glass. There is definitely a weightdifference between the two of them. I appreciate the matte finish onthe outside band of the iPhone 12, although I would’ve liked to havethe matte finish on the back as well, because this is a fingerprint magnetbecause of that, I’ve been using a case, although I don’t normally use cases a lot, but I’ve been using this clear case andmaybe I’ll do a separate review on this. There’s not a ton to talk about, butI do like it and it’s holding up well, and this phone justfeels great in the hands. I really missed the iPhone 5and 5S and iPhone 4 design. So this is sort of a combination of bothbecause you have glass front and back, but you also have an aluminumframe or on the outside edge, which kind of is a combination ofboth of those phones. It feels great. In your hand,
it’s harder to drop,I think, than the previous version, the iPhone 11 with the curved edges. And I was never personallya fan of those curved edges. I just liked the squared offdesign personally better. And I’ve been waiting for it ever sincethat of course is very subjective and you may or may not like that, but you’ll see the back is completelycovered in fingerprints already. And it’s just from merecording the beginning ofthis video. However, this year, this display is covered in ceramic shield. So it’s four times less likely tocrack when you drop it. However, I already got a scratch on thisphone and I don’t know how, and I mentioned that in my 12 proreview, but if I turn off the display, you can see here right by my fingernail. You can see that there’s actually ascratch. So there’s a scratch right there. Not sure where it came from. You can actually feel it if yourun your fingernail over it. And so the phone is lessprone to actually cracking, but has the same sort ofscratch resistance. It is glass. So unless they switched tosomething like Sapphire, you’re not going to gain anyscratch resistance, really, but it does seem to be holding upfairly well. Although I would still say, put a screen protector on it. It had less scratches at thispoint than my iPhone 11 did. Now the display of the iPhone 12 is reallynice. It’s got great viewing angles. It goes up to 625 nits of brightness. That’s one of the disadvantagescompared to the iPhone 12 pro, where that goes up to 800. However,most people won’t notice this outside. It’s as bright as an iPhone 11, forexample. So if you’ve used an iPhone 11, you’ll have the same sort ofbrightness level outside. Now, the display looks great,has very deep blacks. As you can see in the upper right here, those pixels are turned off andit’s very vibrant and looks great. And it is controlled using PWM. The brightness is controlled flickeringthe display to do that. It’s how mostly, almost all OLEDs are controlled. Andso the screen is always flickering, even though you can’t see it with youreyes, as you increase the brightness, it’s flickering as youbring it down. It’s not, and this causes eye strainfor a lot of people. One in 10 are actually affectedand I’m typically affected, but this phone I’ve had zero eyestrainwith there’s something different from the 11 pro and even the ones before that, the iPhone 10 and 10 S I really couldn’tuse because they really hurt my eyes. They fixed a lot of it withthe iPhone 11 and 11 pro max, or the 11 pro and the 11 pro max. Butthe iPhone 12 I’ve had zero issues. So this display is, must be at a very high PWM rateso that it won’t bother your eyes. I know it’s something that still botherssome, but for the most part I’ve had, I’ve had zero issues with this display.I’m really happy with it that way. Now speed. Overall, this has the, A14 bionic CPU in it with 4 gigsof Ram. And I know some people say, why doesn’t it have six,like the pro. And honestly,
I haven’t found thatyou needed it. In fact, the video that I made with the iPhone12 pro I recorded it with the 12 pro and HDR edited it on the new iPad air,which also has four gigs of Ram, fully edited, two layersof video with 4k HDR. And most of the time it was supersmooth until I played back the entire video. So that’s on abigger screen this screen. I don’t think you’re going tohave an issue with any of that. Everything is nice and smooth. I’vehad pretty much zero slow downs. I haven’t really noticed any issues here. Everything’s super fast and smoothtransitions are great going into settings. I haven’t had any lock ups,freezes or anything like that. So I don’t think four gigs ofRam is that big of a deal. Now, maybe because there’s only four gigsof Ram compared to the six of the pro. Maybe that’s why we only get 30frames per second of HDR video. So if we go into record video, you can see HDR only allows 30frames per second under this notice here. So maybe that’s why you needthat extra two gigs of Ram as a buffer. I’m not sure, however, it seemsplenty fast just in general. And most of the time you wouldn’tuse 60 frames per second, unless you’re recordingit for slow motion. So it’s not mostly really an issue foranybody unless you really wanted that faster frame rate for maybe screenrecording or video recording or something where you wanted to show the speedof a display. Otherwise, it’s great. Now with the iPhone 12 series,we have Qualcomm modems with 5g. Now the Qualcomm modem aloneleads for better connectivity. I haven’t found an area whereI have no service. You’ll see, I have two bars now and I generally getgreat speeds. So if I go to speed test, for example, we’ll go into speed test.Let me turn off wifi and I’ll hit go. We’ll wait for it just a moment. Andyou’ll see the speeds are quite good. So they’re better than 4g,usually double in the area I live. That’s going to vary where you live,but you’ll see now. Well, there we go. It’s bouncing up to over80 megabits per second, with two bars inside a brickbuilding. So that’s pretty good. It’s using T-Mobile six for 5g.I don’t have millimeter wave. And most of the worlddoesn’t get millimeter wave. The millimeter wave antenna on the sideis really used for Verizon in some areas with, at and T. And hopefullywe see it in more areas, but it’s more line of sight. And Idon’t think that’s a big deal for most. I think sub six is where it’smore important. So you’ll see, I’m getting 78 down by15.6 up. If I was outside, I’ve had 140 megabits per seconddown with only two bars of service. So I find this to be really good.I was getting half of that with 4g. So for me, it’s an advantage.It’s not for everybody. It just depends whereyou live. Of course. Now, one thing to know is if you’reusing 5g and you’re using dual SIM, so you’re using a SIM card with the SIM, you can’t use them simultaneously anduse 5g. You have to deactivate one, then use 5g, then reactivateboth. For some reason, you can’t do that onthe iPhone 12 or 12 pro. So it’s just something to point out. It doesn’t personally affect meas I don’t have dual Sims enabled, but for those of you that do you wantto keep that in mind is that may be a problem for you, butyou’ll still get 4g speeds. And that’s leads me into battery lifebecause the phone switches between 5g and 4g 5g typicallyuses more power than 4g. And the phone willintelligently understand when5g is an advantage and then turn it off. People that have tested this have notfound much of a difference using 4g versus 5g, but I wanted to share with youthe battery life on this phone. So if we go to my batterysettings here, of course, battery health on this phone will be ahundred percent because it’s brand new. But if we go over the last six days, you’ll see here’s when I switchedover to the iPhone 12 and here is,
Oh, here’s yesterday three hoursand 24 minutes of screen on time, four hours and 19 minutesof screen off time. And I used about 65% of the battery. Now I’m finding with regular use six tosix and a half hours of screen on time with this phone, depending on whatyou’re doing. You’ll see today. I’m almost at three hours of screenon time and I haven’t used 50% of the battery and I haven’tcharged it at all either. So most people I’m seeing as well asmyself is six to six and a half hours. I’m getting about a half hour more batterylife out of the iPhone 12 than I am with the iPhone 12 pro. And I think that as Jonathan Morrisonsaid is due to the screen brightness being 600 nits instead of 800 nits withthe 12 pro. If you’re outside a lot, of course, the screen is going to be at a higherbrightness and it’s going to use more power. So I think it reallydepends on your screen brightness. That may be a big factor as well as thatextra Ram that could use a little bit more power. I don’t think it’s a ton, but maybe it uses enough power tomake that half hour difference. This may be patched infuture updates. I don’t know, but right now that’s what I’mseeing now, as far as the cameras, while you already saw the video outof the forward facing camera at the beginning of the video,but all cameras are great. Just like the iPhone 12 pro counterpart. They’re great with theexception of not having LIDAR, which helps with autofocus and portraitmode. You can do portrait mode at night. Them, you can also do night shot or night modeusing the wide and ultra wide lenses. And they’re really great. They’regreat at photos and video. So take a look at some of thephotos I was able to take with this. And some of them. [Inaudible]. No, the speakers of thephone are pretty good. I’ve noticed that they soundmore in stereo than lastyear. The more I use them. So if we go over to myiPhone, 12 pro boxing, you’ll see, this is the video. Letme jump ahead here a little bit. And let me turn the video up. This is the 512 gigabytePacific blue, iPhone 12. So what I’ve found is thespeakers are nice and loud. I have no issue hearing them. They’replenty loud for most people. However, at the highest volumes, some peoplehave said they sound a little tinny. I would say that they’re clear, but they lack sort of depththat maybe the iPhone 11 had. At least that’s what I found in mycomparison. So when I’m using this, I find that they sound great. They go a couple of decibels louder thanlast year, but they’re not as I guess, Basey or as rich as last year, speakers at the highervolume at lower volumes. I don’t think you can tell thedifference for the most part, unless you’re an audio engineer and youlistened to these things regularly. Now, as far as fast charging, while you can charge this up to 50%from zero using the 20 watt fast charger from Apple, but there’smag safe this year and mag safe. Well as sort of controversial,depending who you ask, it’s valuable. Other people don’t think it is. It uses magnets to attach to the backand it uses cheap wireless charging. You’ll see it holds onnicely to the phone. And that’s something that somepeople like and others don’t. If you pull it out off from thephone, of course it stops charging, but some people don’t like that. Youhave to actually detach it. They said, why not just plug in a cable? I’m kindof indifferent to this. I like both. I like that I can use the phonewhile charging and it’s wireless. And then it frees up a port. MaybeI need to connect something to it, import some camera footage or dosomething else. You can do that. So I kind of like it for that. And Ithink this really is for the future. Some future accessories, I would love to see what they’regoing to do in the future. Of course, some people say the magnetsaren’t strong enough. I suppose they could make strongermagnets in whatever attaches to it. And then using the case with it. I likeit as well, because you have, again, the same sort of attachments.It recognizes the case. And I think this is leading to awireless future right now you have a magnetometer and NFC, thephone will actually recognize, watch what’s attached to it.So when you connect a case, it knows that that’s aclear case attaching to it. So if you turn the screenoff, let me take the case off. Let me show you what this lookslike. And we’ll go back home, put the case on, and you’ll see it recognizes that it’sa case attached. If you put a blue case, it kind of shows up blue. If youput a red case, it shows up red. So it knows what’s attached to the device. So that’s something Ithink is really nice. And I think it’s leadingto a wireless future. If Apple can get this to communicateproperly and at high speed, I don’t think it’s a problem. So for some people having issues withoutsomething like a lightning port to actually connect and diagnoseit, this could present a problem. If there was a problem with thewireless antenna, of course, that could be the same withthe lightning port as well. So I think it is leading to awireless future. Now, in conclusion, if you’re going to pick up an iPhone 12and you’re going to update to say 128 gig model, you’re only$150 off from the 12 pro. So you really need to weigh the differencebetween having the LIDAR sensor and telephoto lens versuswhat you have with the 12, you will get a slight batteryhit with the iPhone 12 pro. So you may want the iPhone 12for that reason. But in general, I would pick up the iPhone 12 pro overthis one for that additional hundred and $50. I really like the size of this phone. It feels very comfortable in my handscoming from an 11 pro max down to this size. I had no issues. watching. Thisis Aaron. I’ll see you next.