The first Apple phone with 5G connectivity is also the most powerful and toughest model so far. And it's home to a better, brighter screen and an excellent dual camera, too.
What's the iPhone 12 got to offer?
The standard edition of the iPhone 12 really is a fantastic smartphone.
Thanks to 5G support, it's better for streaming, gaming and browsing. While the excellent dual lens camera makes it easy to get great snaps, even in really challenging low light conditions.
Billed as 'oops-proof' and the toughest iPhone so far, the iPhone 12 is 4x more durable than its predecessors and 4x as likely to withstand a drop from height.
And the incredibly powerful A14 processor means it's battery efficient and works with a staggering sense of 'zip'.
Design and display
In keeping with iPhones from the last few years, the iPhone 12 is dominated by its OLED screen.
Measuring 6.1 inches and featuring Super Retina XDR technology, it's strikingly bright and crisp and is fantastic for watching video while you're on the move.
But the iPhone 12 isn't just great to look at. It's more water-resistant too. And that's not all.
The iPhone 12's screen is fashioned from super robust Ceramic Shield material. That makes it four times more durable than previous iPhones and affords you much more peace of mind in the event that you drop your phone.
Colour options are black, white, red, green and blue.
The iPhone 12 features a dual-lens rear camera set-up, which pairs a 12-megapixel standard wide lens with a 12-megapixel ultra-wide lens.
Most impressively, both cameras are equipped with a Night Mode for better results in low light conditions and photos that are brighter and packed with detail.
There's also a revamped Portrait Mode that marks a major step up from the iPhone 11 range and works harder to artfully blur the background and bring your subject into sharper focus.
The option to record 4K HDR video with Dolby Vision and Night Mode on the front camera completes a very impressive suite of camera features.
Battery and processor
The iPhone 12 is home to a large 2775mAh battery that offers faster, more efficient wireless charging than previous iPhones, as well as speedy wired fast-charging that will get you from zero to 50% in 30 minutes when you use a 20W charger (sold separately).
Battery longevity is also boosted by the A14 processor that Apple bills as the 'fastest chip in a smartphone'.
That means it offers performance that’s 50% faster than the iPhone 11. And you can expect 50% faster graphics for a better gaming experience too.
The iPhone 12 is compatible with 5G networks. That means faster downloads, the option to stream 4K content smoothly and buffering-free FaceTime calls in HD.
What's the cheapest iPhone 12 deal?
If you're keen on the iPhone 12 but equally keen to keep your costs down, we'd suggest you take a look at iPhone 12 contracts from 'value' networks, such as giffgaff or Tesco Mobile.
You'll most likely miss out on customer incentives and other freebies that the likes of O2 and EE offer. But that may not bother you, given that you'll be paying more affordable monthly premiums.
Which networks sell the iPhone 12?
Sold on the iPhone 12, but not sure which network to choose? We take a look at each of the main carriers below and give you a snapshot of what they've got to offer.
EE is the UK's widest ranging 5G network, with speeds to match. All of which makes it a really good bet for would-be iPhone 12 buyers.
O2 is probably the best network for freebies, thanks to its Rewards and Priority schemes. Which get you money-off at high-street outlets and priority ticket booking at O2 venues, respectively.
Vodafone offers an extensive 5G service, as well as some very attractive Red Entertainment plans.
Three is keenly priced, as far as household-name networks go. And its 5G service compares very well too.
Trade-in to get money off an iPhone 12
You can sometimes cut the cost of an iPhone 12 by trading in your current phone for part-exchange.
iPhone 12 specs
|Release Date||23/10/2020 00:00:00|
|Sim Card Type||Nano|
|Form Factor||Candy Bar|
|Size||71.5mm x 7.4mm x 146.7mm|
|Battery Type||Lithium Ion|
|Display Size||6.1 inches|
|Resolution||1170 x 2532 inches|
|Pixels Per Inch||460 ppi|
|Touch Screen Type||Capacitive|
|Processor Cores||6 Cores Cores|
|Internal Storage||64, 128, 256|
|Primary Camera||12 MP|
|2nd Camera||12 MP|