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(Pocket-lint) - When it launched, the iPhone 12 series represented a big shift in design language from the previous models; with all models making a nostalgic return to the iPhone 4's squarer design. The series comprised of the iPhone 12, the 12 Pro, the Pro Max, and this, the iPhone 12 mini.  All offering a similar hardware loadout, but with the physical size being the main differentiating factor between the four variants

The iPhone 12 mini is the smallest and the first compact Apple device to feature an all-screen front (unlike the also small iPhone SE). It's since been followed by the iPhone 13 mini. And now that it's a little older, the 12 mini is a lot more affordable than it was at launch. 

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It might be mini by name, but the iPhone 12 mini is mighty by nature. It's the device that will make you appreciate the little things in life.

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Our quick take

The Apple iPhone 12 mini might be the smallest of the iPhone 12 models, but it is a fantastic little device that shouldn't be underestimated. It has a lovely lightweight compact design, absolutely stunning display, great cameras, and delivers a smooth and fluid performance. Even more than a year since launch. 

Its battery life isn't amazing and the lack of telephoto lens does mean you can't zoom in when taking photos without losing quality, but they are really the only things we can complain about.

For those considering upgrading from the iPhone 6, 6S, 7 or 8, the iPhone 12 mini is the perfect choice if you want to keep a small handset. It will also reignite a love for compact devices if you've gone bigger in the past though.

The iPhone 12 mini might be small, but it's certainly mighty. Sometimes the little things in life are the best.

Apple iPhone 12 mini review: Appreciate the little things in life

Apple iPhone 12 mini

5 stars - Pocket-lint editors choice
For
  • Lovely compact design
  • Beautiful display
  • Great cameras
  • Fluid performance
  • 5G connectivity
  • MagSafe charging (optional)
Against
  • Battery life not amazing
  • No telephoto lens
  • Design catches fingerprints easily
  • No wall plug in the box

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Design

  • Finishes: Black, White, Blue, Green, (Product)Red
  • Dimensions: 131.5 x 64.2 x 7.4mm / Weight: 135g
  • IP68 water- and dust-resistant

The Apple iPhone 12 mini has an identical design to the larger iPhone 12 - just in a smaller and more compact format. It's cute - very cute in fact - and exceptionally light too, making it a genuine delight to use day-to-day, especially one-handed. Having used bigger phones for a long time before, we didn't realise how much we missed a smaller devices until the 12 mini came along.

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The flat edges of the aluminium frame offer a refreshing change to the rounded edges we have seen from Apple since the iPhone 6 and they are more comfortable and secure in the hand too. They say fashion always comes back around, and in the iPhone 12 mini's case, it's the iPhone 5's design that made a comeback - but with some great changes and far more exciting colour options.