iPhone 12 Mini review: Apple goes big on a phone so small

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The iPhone 12 Mini does something many of us wanted: It's a truly small phone without compromises. Making a device that comes in different sizes doesn't seem like a big deal. And yet it is because it's an iPhone. I spent a week putting the iPhone 12 Mini through its paces to see if it makes sense, in 2020, to have a phone this small.
0:00:00 Introduction
0:01:03 "It's just a small iPhone 12"
0:02:01 Does it make sense to have this phone?
0:02:40 Design & reachability
0:03:30 I have a complaint
0:05:22 In my pocket
0:05:56 How are the cameras?
0:06:29 Photos & Videos
0:07:56 Why you may not like it
0:08:14 What about the battery?
0:08:58 Performance
0:09:23 And then, there's 5G
0:10:16 MagSafe
0:11:08 At the end of the day
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  • Best review of the mini and I’ve watched a ton

    Stephen OlsenStephen Olsen11 päivää sitten
  • 2 gb of Ram

    Finn GaywoodFinn Gaywood14 päivää sitten
  • Informative video. I was curious about which game you were playing. Just wanted to try it out. Looks interesting to me.

    Aniket GuchaitAniket Guchait14 päivää sitten
  • Hi, I have 11 pro now and I like 12 mini, what advice do you give me to go from 11 pro to 12 mini or wait until next year, I also think that the battery is smaller for mini but I don't know what to do? thanks

    Lucian MunteanLucian Muntean21 päivä sitten
  • I love my mini as well. Pretty awesome and it’s very snappy.

    512TXS DIY512TXS DIY24 päivää sitten
  • One or the Best video about IPhone12 mini!! Thanks!!

    Courtemanche FrancoisCourtemanche Francois28 päivää sitten
  • Patrick, you are just awesome! Love your reviews and originality. A tech poet. What`s not to love? :-) Best for 2021.

    Mario CoutureMario Couture29 päivää sitten
  • Got mine fixed permanently by *dr.clark26* ōn !G He’s fast and reliable !!

    Lizzy WilliamsLizzy WilliamsUukausi sitten
  • Got mine fixed permanently by *dr.clark26* ōn !G He’s fast and reliable !!

    Lizzy WilliamsLizzy WilliamsUukausi sitten
  • I could see Rod Serling doing this video presentation.

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  • Disappointed it doesn’t include EarPods and wall connector.. Apple is so selfish for this

    Akira Ahu MaipiAkira Ahu MaipiUukausi sitten
  • You are natural for doing reviews..CNET should pay you handsomely sir.

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  • 😍😍

    Justin's CinemaJustin's CinemaUukausi sitten
  • ❤❤

    Justin's CinemaJustin's CinemaUukausi sitten
  • The best part this marvelous IPhone12 Mini was not designed by J. Ive ......was tired of tinny iPhones from his time he sacrifice functionality for aesthetics....

    Charlie DiazCharlie DiazUukausi sitten
  • best phone i've have ever seen

    joseph philip Capobiancojoseph philip CapobiancoUukausi sitten
  • You just watch the likes of Android manufacturers start making smaller phones next year when the see the sales on the 12 mini

    Richard JonesRichard JonesUukausi sitten
  • Apple could have priced this phone at $1500, call it IPhone 12 Steve Jobs Edition.

    pijeszpijeszUukausi sitten
  • Very nice

    It's me yantiIt's me yantiUukausi sitten
  • It’s the perfect size.

    P SP SUukausi sitten
  • Best review I’ve seen. I love my iPhone 12 mini. The blue is gorgeous. Feels so light. I find myself navigating through apps and texting a lot faster now. Plus, I’m always near chargers and usually put it in low pwr mode when not in use. Great phone ! Slap a case on it and you’re good to go.

    Notorian38Notorian38Uukausi sitten
  • But the voice recognition sucks. My Android phone dictates my voice perfectly.

    OnecentOnecentUukausi sitten
  • 🥦🥴👍🏼🇩🇪

    BanditmitKreditBanditmitKreditUukausi sitten
  • I just got one couple days ago it’s wonderful! It’s what a phone should be like IMO.

    JoaquinJoaquinUukausi sitten
  • For CNET to call the 12 mini tiny, I find it insulting. You want tiny, look for the unihertz atom

    PINK USERPINK USERUukausi sitten
  • will buy it when price comes down

    Shoibal sami mustafaShoibal sami mustafaUukausi sitten
  • As an owner of a 5SE I jumped at the chance to get this one when the 5 died. It is lovely the only complaint I have is the large notch at the top of the screen. Hides the points on my Word Link game.

    Jim ZelenyJim ZelenyUukausi sitten
  • I actually don't understand why people call this a small phone. To me, it is a regular sized phone for the regular human being, unlike those latest massive Phones that should instead be called IPADS cause of how big they are.

    NucleusNucleusUukausi sitten
  • I don't what crappy area you live at but I get 200mbs+ on at&t nationwide 5g

    bandrewbandrewUukausi sitten
  • Everyone's talking like they shrank the iPhone 12 to make the mini and how amazing it is... Guys, they made the mini first and made it bigger to make the 12 😂

    David ManningDavid ManningUukausi sitten
  • Your awesome 👏

    VedantVedantUukausi sitten
  • iPhone 12 mini is great but the battery is too small

    checkacolacheckacolaUukausi sitten
  • I bought one, and I’m so excited to receive it the next week 🥰

    Souhail HamdounSouhail HamdounUukausi sitten
  • A small phone with an amazing camera and a amazing battery is the absolute combo and need. Perfect buy with a great tablet for anyone.

    dream travellerdream travellerUukausi sitten
  • I wanted to switch to ios for this but I cannot transfer my work files because iTunes.

    Ag3nt0fCha0sAg3nt0fCha0sUukausi sitten
  • i am swapping my 11 pro for 12 mini. cant wait

    bob peckerbob peckerUukausi sitten
  • I ordered one for the nostalgia of the 5, 5s and the se which I still have. But I can’t seen to let me 11 pro max go such a beast of a phone.

    Jose D. CruzJose D. CruzUukausi sitten
  • Held on to my old SE for 4 years and now I've ordered a white Mini to replace it. Feels like I've been waiting for this phone forever and now it's here. I love the feel and convenience of a smaller phone. When I want to consume media, I use my 27-inch high-res computer screen (LOL) or my tablet.

    Audrey G.Audrey G.Uukausi sitten
  • Ordered one today. My first ever smartphone. Been resisting modern tech for years but finally caved in. Not keen on the look of those big paddle phones and I'm coming from an internetless Blackberry 3g. Judging by all the reviews, I think I got it right first time. Looking forward to using Apple pay, not sure what else will interest me about the phone but who knows.

    piggypiggy pigpiggypiggy pigUukausi sitten
    • @CNET Thanks! Will do.

      piggypiggy pigpiggypiggy pigUukausi sitten
    • Let us know how it goes for you!

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  • I was thinking of this phone but what dose that internet look like. I mean nowadays people do all there shopping on there phone. If you have to zoom in constantly then that’s going to get old really really quick. There’s a reason why phones are bigger. If your just going to make calls and text take photos and that’s it. This phone will be great but other then that....it’s just a novelty

    Tommy DegreorioTommy DegreorioUukausi sitten
  • Great Video🤍 I also filmend and Unboxing of my new silver Iphone 12 pro max and I’ve loved using it so far. 🥰it would mean the world if you guys can give it a look and show me some support as a new youtuber🥺💕thank youu😘😘

    E-aestheticsE-aestheticsUukausi sitten
  • Nice video. Is tat bad the typing experience? I have thick fingers and that makes me boubt between the mini and the regular 12. I love the size of the mini. Cheers

    Victor GalvanVictor GalvanUukausi sitten
  • Thank you so much apple, thanks a lot for launch it.. although I can't afford it, im pretty sure android will follow

    Michael AMichael AUukausi sitten
  • My SE Mk1 is better and smaller than this one!

    First PrototypeFirst Prototype2 kuukautta sitten
  • The best part about this small phone is that it actually has a 'big enough' screen at 5.4". I played around with one in Best Buy yesterday. The phone is physically sized exactly between the original iPhone SE and the iPhone 8, bigger than the SE, but not as big as an iPhone 8. AFAIC, it is the perfect physically sized phone. But the screen is bigger than both those phones!! I think Apple has a real winner on their hands here. By the way, if you hate really large phones but don't want to go as small as the Mini, I have to say that the iPhone 12/12Pro is actually a really nice sized phone considering it has a 6 inch screen, actually smaller sized than the old iPhone 8+

    Mike T.Mike T.2 kuukautta sitten
  • This guy review is the best i have ever seen !

    Shunka AyamiShunka Ayami2 kuukautta sitten
  • Sounds like a real treat! Love how it has most of the big phone features in a compact size. You've convinced me to get one :-)

    J CJ C2 kuukautta sitten
  • Hey CNET, Tthis guy is awesome, you should feature more of him!!

    GreenfinGreenfin2 kuukautta sitten
  • Thanks for the review. You convinced me to consider it. Although it would be hard to move from my iPhone 11 Max Pro to 12 mini. We will see...

    Omar AlOmar Al2 kuukautta sitten
  • Yeah. Agree. Mini is a winner.

    Atomic Z06Atomic Z062 kuukautta sitten
  • Great review 👍, will get one for sure!

  • This phone reminds me of the iphone 5 and 5s and the ios 7, the nostalgia is real everybody was so hyped with the iphone 5 and 5s

    Nikolas LitantoNikolas Litanto2 kuukautta sitten
  • It also charges on a Mophie round charger. I have had the same Mophie since iPhone 2008.

    P SP S2 kuukautta sitten
  • I hate to sound trollish, but notch-notch...notchy notch and son of a notch. What the notch is the notch so notch with the notch?

    Bradley SneedBradley Sneed2 kuukautta sitten
  • you forgot to mention that the battery life isn't the same in your intro.

    ShaxxieShaxxie2 kuukautta sitten
  • Steve jobs be like : this does put a smile on my face

    David SDavid S2 kuukautta sitten
  • I wished the mini has 512gb...

    Emil AmirEmil Amir2 kuukautta sitten
  • This would be a great budget friendly phone for kids and teenagers

    Nana mensahNana mensah2 kuukautta sitten
    • Or for people with small hands who prefer a smaller phone

      Nana mensahNana mensah2 kuukautta sitten
  • Perfect size for me. I will buy one after the holidays when user reviews are positive. Great video. Thank you.

    River RockRiver Rock2 kuukautta sitten
  • Can't wait to open my iPhone 📲 12 mini even though I carry a Samsung Galaxy Note 9 as u know it's pretty big which I'm use to but I've been wating for a phone 📱 this small. All the reviews I've seen are awesome 👍 about the new mini 12 📲 I can't wait for Christmas 🎁 to open it

    Cardena 305Cardena 3052 kuukautta sitten
  • Ugly notch, pathetic battery life , no fast charging. Over all mini does not justify 600$ price tag..

    ravi dravi d2 kuukautta sitten
  • I’m on a 7+ and I’m strongly considering the mini. I can barely type on the 7+ one handed, so... reachability

    Shayne BuchananShayne Buchanan2 kuukautta sitten
  • I am so confused! Regular 12 or the mini? Though I prefer a smaller form factor but the battery and keypad are definitely a bummer.

    fallstreakfallstreak2 kuukautta sitten
  • Watching this on my mini right now. It’s everything I need it to be. Going to have it for years hopefully.

    OneoceanOneocean2 kuukautta sitten
  • I like this reviewer. Well humored, informative.

    OWL POVOWL POV2 kuukautta sitten
  • 5:45 that is also called coin pocket..

    Gourabjit SinghaGourabjit Singha2 kuukautta sitten
  • Phones are big that’s what she said

    It’s SharpishaIt’s Sharpisha2 kuukautta sitten
  • The only thing i don't like on iphone 12 mini is that camera shape.

    ĆAKKOĆAKKO2 kuukautta sitten
  • I just dump my Xs Max for mini best decision I ever made on a phone..

    Joe LJoe L2 kuukautta sitten
  • What is it missing, a charger perhaps

    Senthil KrishnanSenthil Krishnan2 kuukautta sitten
  • What?? No banana for scale? Instant dislike! JK, nice vid!

    Сергей АнохинСергей Анохин2 kuukautta sitten
  • Battery life 👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎. Battery life sucks. Iphone 9 best.

    Simanta KalitaSimanta Kalita2 kuukautta sitten
  • 6:30 what's that track playing? Shazam says it's Soundboy Burial by Mister T. It sounds VERY similar but it's not the track.

    Andrew Sh.Andrew Sh.2 kuukautta sitten
  • I went to Apple store wanting a 12 pro... but I saw the mini Needless to say.. I forgot about the pro and bring home the mini...

    masculine1967masculine19672 kuukautta sitten
  • Is that a watch pocket? I'm always thinking it's a coin pocket...

    Ricky XuRicky Xu2 kuukautta sitten
  • I think it’s awesome. Can’t wait to see it in person. But I’m holding out for a foldable iPhone still.

    Cridkid1977Cridkid19772 kuukautta sitten
  • I'll buy this with stock android😂❤️

    Vardhan BataviaVardhan Batavia2 kuukautta sitten
  • The only legit CNET reviewer, IMO.

    Irvan HerviansyahIrvan Herviansyah2 kuukautta sitten
  • It’s not as small as i thought id be, but im satisfied! At least i can upgrade my 2016 SE now lol

    Kween keELa KamarudinKween keELa Kamarudin2 kuukautta sitten
  • Ihope🙏 someone give me iphone to use my daily vlog😞

    Jame- SXJame- SX2 kuukautta sitten
  • I think it’s still too big. Move in the right direction though

    Seven KSeven K2 kuukautta sitten
  • what is the game at 1:40 ?

    CécemelCécemel2 kuukautta sitten
  • Bought it for my wife. She is happy.

    mimimotormimimotor2 kuukautta sitten
  • Still to big compare my Motorola Razr flip phone! I just got a refurbished one and is only cost my $250.00! Bargain!

    HW2800HW28002 kuukautta sitten
  • A small beast 🔥 *12 mInI*

    RD- -SDRD- -SD2 kuukautta sitten
  • CNET: Apple goes big me: Yea that NOTCH is still big

    Little BLittle B2 kuukautta sitten
  • If Apple put the pro camera on the mini to make a 12 pro mini I would be persuaded to get it.

    iggytseiggytse2 kuukautta sitten

    GAMER TRIXXGAMER TRIXX2 kuukautta sitten
  • looks lik apple beat android at making my dreams of a small 5.5in "full" screen phone. im kinda heart broken.

    Carlo de GuzmanCarlo de Guzman2 kuukautta sitten
  • I might return after long time (didn't use iPhone since 5s)

    Ege BaykalEge Baykal2 kuukautta sitten
  • Ordered one and finally LOVE an updated original SE that I loved for a long time! I HATE large phones.

    Elijah LElijah L2 kuukautta sitten
  • Tons of people reporting iPhone 12 mini Lock Screen issue regarding a case and screen protector. Are you able to confirm this as an issue on your end?

    Benjamin VegaBenjamin Vega2 kuukautta sitten
  • ياريت يصير عندي

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  • حلو بس غالي

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  • I've had my 7 for three years now and the battery suffers when I browse or check email. Had enough of it but didn't want to get the 11 because of the size. Thank you apple for this mini-Now I have to spend hours finding the right deal for me at the right price.

    Jav CJav C2 kuukautta sitten
  • I wish it were as small as the original SE without the bezels. But hey, I’ll take it. Simply HATE the bulk of my X.

    Raphael FerreiraRaphael Ferreira2 kuukautta sitten
  • tells a bit of a lie at 6:48 He obviously hasnt checked out the mi 10 ultra or the note 20 ultra or the mate 40 pro

    Mr KMr K2 kuukautta sitten
  • I love the build on the iPhone 5, felt quality, will have to check this mini one out

    SkyFlow OriginalSkyFlow Original2 kuukautta sitten
  • iPhone 4s/Air3 iPad user. iPad has spoiled me. Love the 4s and will order a 12mini iPhone BUT I can see where Siri will need to VoiceAssist the usability gap on the 12mini going forward. Siri is critical on this form factor. Apple gets Siri one better than Google, we can look forward to a next Gen of small form factor products.

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  • :)

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