So let’s dive into some of my favorite things about the iPhone 12, with some downsides about the device along the way, and first up I want to talk about MagSafe. MagSafe is both a new charging standard for the iPhone, as well as a new way to accessorize. Your iPhone., It uses magnets to precisely align the MagSafe wireless charger sold separately to the iPhone 12. So you can be confident that it’s on the charger correctly. And after using it for six months, I got to say it’s solved. One of the main problems I’ve had and most people I think, have had when they’ve used a wireless charger where you don’t perfectly align your phone on the charger and then you wake up the next morning and you find out your phone didn’t. Charge. MagSafe also enables new accessories for your iPhone, like a wallet attachment or something like the new Belkin wireless charger stand, which has a place to stick your iPhone AirPods and Apple Watch.. Another new thing with the iPhone 12 is its design. Apple, went back to the classic flat edges. It originally debuted with the iPhone 4, which came out into 2010. It’s, not as comfortable to hold as Apples, rounded sides in my experience, but the aesthetic of the phone is nice.. The iPhone 12 also saw weight reduction, which is a big deal and makes the phone feel really nice to hold for long periods of time with it weighing 164 grams.
It’s, not as lightweight as something like my Pixel 5. But it still feels nice and it doesn’t feel too heavy to hold.. The screen is still 60 Hertz, which I’m hoping at this point Apple would have at least upped it to 90 Hertz, but the animations are so smooth on iOS. It does make it less noticeable that you’re on a 60 Hertz display. Apple, did upgrade the screen panel to OLED for the 12, so blacks, look pure black and overall, the OLED panel looks really good. And I’ve had no issues with it. Next up battery life. The Battery life on the iPhone 12 is pretty good.. I see around 4.5 to 6 hours of screen time on a full charge, depending on what I’m doing with the phone, so I’ll typically see less screen time when I’m listening to a lot of music or podcasts. That drain the battery through background activity.. Overall, though, there’s only been like one day where I’ve had to worry about the battery life on this phone, and that was on a day where I forgot to charge the phone the night before so I’ve almost been able to go a full two days on a Charge with this phone, which is great. Next let’s talk about performance., The iPhone 12 delivers just absolutely buttery, smooth animations and fantastic performance.. I haven’t had a single issue with this phone’s performance in the past six months: no lag, no stuttering, nothing., Just solid performance for capturing photos and video playing videos and music and podcasts, etc.
The only thing I don’t really do on. My phone is game, so I can’t talk about that as much, but pretty much everything else. I’Ve used my phone for has worked flawlessly. All right now. Let’S talk about the camera. Overall, I think the iPhone 12 has a pretty good camera., With both the ultra wide and the regular lens. You get some flexibility in the shots you want to take, but the digital zoom is definitely a bit lackluster and it’s, not something you’re going to want to rely on a whole lot.. The photos that come out of the iPhone’s camera are pretty comparable to other phones. In this price category, and the main thing you’ll really notice, is how the iPhone photos look compared to photos from other phones like a Pixel or a Samsung. Phone. Apple tends to have a bit of a warmer tone with their photos and they love to bring up the highlights., Sometimes a bit too much. In my experience versus the Pixel, which has a more cooler high contrast, look. Now, where the iPhone really shines for me is in its video quality., It just produces some really nice footage. Colors, look great the auto white balance and exposure adjustment works well in auto mode. For a phone camera, the video footage is some of the best I’ve seen.. Now the iPhone 12 does come with Dolby Vision support, but until more devices support it so far, I’ve stuck with the regular H.
26.4 codec. Now. Another thing Apple has done quite well with the camera, is put in some pretty powerful photo editing tools directly into the photos app on iPhone., And this is one area where you can definitely tell that this phone’s processor can handle almost anything you throw at it.. Edits happened, pretty much instantaneously. One thing: this phone does exceptionally well and it’s, not exactly an exclusive feature to the iPhone 12, but it is a big part of my experience with it is handing off audio from the iPhone to another device is a really smooth experience On the iPhone., For example, when I get out of my car and have headphones in as soon as I shut my door on my Tesla, it turns off the audio system from my phone and the iPhone immediately switches to playing audio on my headphones again without me. Having to do anything., The iPhone 12 also works really well with Apple’s wireless headphones and earbuds specifically.. All you have to do is have your headphones on and then pick up the iPhone and start using it and they’ll automatically switch over to your iPhone.. The iPhone 12. Also integrates pretty well with other third party wireless earbuds.. I use my Pixel Buds all the time with my iPhone 12 and they work well together. As soon as I put them in my ears. The phone automatically connects to them too, though it won’t automatically switch them over to my iPad or Mac, like my AirPods and AirPods Max will.
Next iOS 14.. Now, while IOS 14 is not exclusive to the iPhone 12, when you get an iPhone 12, it does make it feel like a fresh new iPhone in a few key ways. First home screen, customization with widgets and the app library feature which basically allows you to not Have any more multiple pages of home screens., It makes this phone feel new and not as bogged down by previous iOS customization restrictions.. Ios 14 has also gotten subsequent updates over the past six months and that’s just another benefit of having an iPhone. You do get updates directly from Apple in a timely manner, which is not always the case. If you have an Android phone, though, that has been getting better from some of the big phones from big manufacturers like Samsung, OnePlus and, of course, Google, with the Pixel 5, which we just recently reviewed.. The iPhone 12 can now pair with Apple’s new AirTags. Thanks to a software update and utilizing the U1 Ultra wideband chip found in the iPhone 12, as well as the iPhone 11., It allows you to precisely find the location of an AirTag or tap a HomePod Mini to transfer music from the phone to the HomePod, which Works really well.. Also, thanks to a new software update, you can utilize an Apple Watch to unlock your iPhone when you’re wearing a mask.. Now you’ll notice a pattern here. All of the recent software updates of late make the iPhone work better with other Apple products and that’s, one of the main reasons in 2021 to get or upgrade to a new iPhone.
The Apple ecosystem.. The iPhone 12 is one of the gateways into the Apple ecosystem.. With it, you can get all of your text. Messages on your other Apple devices like iPad., So to all of your friends who have iPhones you’ll, show up as a blue bubble, not a green bubble, and that doesn’t really matter to me at all. But it may have ramifications for you, especially with your family or at school. And Apple, knows: this. It’s, using a bit of psychology and sociology to create an atmosphere of the haves and the have nots and that’s. Why iMessage does not exist on Android.? Not only can you get texts on your other devices, but you can also make and receive phone calls from a Mac. Ipad, Apple Watch or HomePod Mini and Apple makes it ridiculously easy to be able to transfer a call from one Apple device to another.. The same is true with AirPlay the proprietary tech that Apple uses to be able to stream media from one Apple device to another.. You can AirPlay pretty much anything on your iPhone to an Apple TV and if you have a HomePod, Mini or AirPlay, to enabled speaker like a Sonos or Bose speaker or like my Onkyo receiver, it’s really easy to create speaker groups on the fly and move music From one speaker to another. The other two accessories that make my iPhone even better are the Apple Watch and AirTags.. Now the Apple Watch is basically an extension of your iPhone.
. It helps me screen notifications tracks. My fitness shows me the time and the current weather does sleep tracking and more. AirTags are a brand new accessory for your iPhone and allows you to attach them to things like keys or luggage, and the iPhone 12 will use its U1 chip. To give you that precise location of that item. And the cool thing is Apple uses the iPhone 12s taptic engine to buzz the phone when you get closer to the air tag and it gets more intense as you hone in on your AirTag. Alright. So those are all the things I really like about the iPhone 12 and before we get to downsides. I want to talk about one thing that is new with the iPhone 12, that for me, isn’t, really a plus or a minus and that’s Apple, removing the five watt charger from the iPhone box.. I think Apple made the right call, here. It’s, very likely when people get an iPhone 12 they’ll already have a charger. They can use to charge their phone and the 5 watt chargers that Apple was putting in these iPhone boxes. Anyways are just horrible., They’re terrible., You shouldnt use them to charge your iPhone. If you want it to charge quickly, you should use a 20 or 18 watt charger, not a 5 watt charger.. So I don’t miss these things at all, and I think it was the right call. Now let’s talk about the downsides with the iPhone 12 and first up music.
. You still cannot set a default music streaming service for Siri to play from on the iPhone 12, though, during the six months I’ve had the 12 Apple did roll out an update. Where Siri will ask you what app you’d like to use to fulfill music requests and then it’ll remember that.? So now you can just tell Siri to play whatever music you want and it’ll play it from your favorite service and not default to Apple Music.. Next up storage. For an 800 US starting price, this phone should start at 128. Gigabytes of storage, not 64.. Another issue I’ve had is with phone calls. For whatever reason, when you’re on a phone call using wireless earbuds or wireless headphones, and it doesn’t matter. If they’re made by Apple or somebody else, the lowest volume you can set, that call volume, two is actually too high.. It’S, like the volume level, is different for phone calls and music. In terms of the volume floor, that Apple has implemented and it looks like I’m, not the only one. Who’S noticed this and had this issue.. The final thing I dont like about the iPhone 12 is the App Store. You can’t download anything you want from the web onto your iPhone.. You must go through the Apple App Store, and this is the way it’s always worked on iPhones and I’d. Be okay with that, if it was consistent with how Apple treats all of its platform products like, say, the Mac .
.., but it doesn’t., I can download whatever I want from the web on my Mac without being required to go through the Mac App Store.. So why is the iPhone any different? Is it a security thing? Is the Mac Less secure than the iPhone? Well, we now know the answer to that question. Thanks to the Epic Games versus Apple lawsuit., When asked if they thought the Mac was less secure than the iPhone during deposition in the lawsuit Apple Executives said, the Mac is just as secure as the iPhone.. So if the iPhone is no more secure than the Mac estated by Apple’s own executives, the only other reason I can think of why Apple would keep forcing everyone to download anything on an iPhone through the App Store is because of revenue., Because Apple gets a percentage Cut for all subscriptions sold by major companies on the App Store … and if that’s the decision and that’s. The reasoning behind it I’d argue that that decision is harming the experience on the iPhone. Now that’s just my opinion on Apple’s App Store Policies, and I know this is a heated subject. So let me know in the comments what you think. Should Apple open up the iPhone and make it more like the Mac I’m interested to see what people think. Alright. So those are the pluses and minuses when it comes to the iPhone 12 experience. Now do I recommend getting an iPhone 12 Yes. Who do, I think, should get one.
I think the iPhone 12 is a great choice for anyone with an iPhone 10 or older who’s. Thinking about an upgrade or anyone enticed by the Apple ecosystem and wants a great phone that will work well, have stellar performance battery life, a great camera and will get updates for years to come.. The iPhone 12 can be purchased at a variety of retailers and starts at 799 US dollars and comes in a variety of colors, including a newly released purple color. Now, if you’re interested in Apple accessories definitely check out the links below to some of our reviews of Other Apple products and links to some of my favorite Apple accessories in the description below.. I hope you found this video helpful and if you did and liked it make sure you hit that thumbs up button below and subscribe to the channel to see more six months later, reviews like this one on Apple and other tech products. For 6 Months Later I’m.