Creamy Muffins

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Hello. Long-time lurker, first time poster here!

Anyone else having a difficult decision between the iPhone 12 Mini and the iPhone 12 Pro? I’ve been a fan of the smaller form factor (owned a 4, 5s, and SE1) for years and after 2.5 years with the X, I switched my device to the SE2 back when that came out earlier this year.

While the SE2’s size is nice, I do miss the larger screen of the X when watching Netflix and playing games.

Pros of 12 Mini:
- price
- nice compact size

Pros of 12 Pro:
- stainless steel
- nicer colors
- releases sooner
- camera (I am not huge on photography though)
- 6 GB RAM? (Unclear on this)



I’d like to hear other’s thoughts in this too!

Thanks for reading :)
 
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rKunda

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I’d set aside most features. The mini is plenty good. Unless there’s a make or break feature if the pro (in which case you wouldn’t be conflicted), decide if you want a smaller phone or a larger one.

If it’s a budget issue get the cheaper one. Don’t put yourself out for a phone.
 
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Ladybug

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My thoughts are if your main uses are for calls navigation audio mail messages and social media then the Mini is a good choice.

If you are into gaming and watching movies in addition to the above then a larger phone would likely be a better choice.

If you already have an iPad or MacBook for your games and movies then
you might want to consider that. Only you know how you are going to use your device.

Remember Apple gives you 14 days to test it out. Perhaps try the larger phone (Pro) and see how that works out for you. Best of luck whichever you choose and welcome to MacRumors.
 
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menist

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The regular 12 seems to be better for your type of usage. Its the same experince minus the telephoto and extra 2GB of ram of the Pro.
 

Nozuka

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Was going for the Mini first and now it looks like i'm getting the Pro after all... (unless i change my mind again)

Main reasons:

- Battery life
- Color
- RAM
- Mini seems to have a weird resolution, that requires weird scaling of content.... so might not look as sharp, even though it has higher DPI
- I don't want to wait any longer ;)
 
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Creamy Muffins

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My thoughts are if your main uses are for calls navigation audio mail messages and social media then the Mini is a good choice.

If you are into gaming and watching movies in addition to the above then a larger phone would likely be a better choice.

If you already have an iPad or MacBook for your games and movies then
you might want to consider that. Only you know how you are going to use your device.

Remember Apple gives you 14 days to test it out. Perhaps try the larger phone (Pro) and see how that works out for you. Best of luck whichever you choose and welcome to MacRumors.

I wish we could test it out for 14 days but they don’t do that here in South Korea unfortunately! I actually own an iPad and Macbook Pro, but the phone is usually what I’ll use when lying in bed at night.

Was going for the Mini first and now it looks like i'm getting the Pro after all... (unless i change my mind again)

Main reasons:

- Battery life
- Color
- RAM
- Mini seems to have a weird resolution, that requires weird scaling of content.... so might not look as sharp, even though it has higher DPI
- I don't want to wait any longer ;)

Is the higher RAM confirmed or still speculation? I feel like 6 GB of RAM would give me a better reason to get the Pro.
 

Ladybug

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I wish we could test it out for 14 days but they don’t do that here in South Korea unfortunately! I actually own an iPad and Macbook Pro, but the phone is usually what I’ll use when lying in bed at night.

From everything you have said it certainly sounds like a larger phone is the best choice for you. I’m sorry you don’t get the 14 days so I can understand how making the right choice is crucial. The larger phone will of course have more ram and your games will benefit from that. Please keep us updated and let us know how it works out for you. Best wishes.
 

Creamy Muffins

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The regular 12 seems to be better for your type of usage. Its the same experince minus the telephoto and extra 2GB of ram of the Pro.

I considered it but I narrowed it down to the mini and the pro since if I’m going to get a 6”1 phone, I’d rather just fork over a little more money for the nicer colors and more RAM.
 

jm31828

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Was going for the Mini first and now it looks like i'm getting the Pro after all... (unless i change my mind again)

Main reasons:

- Battery life
- Color
- RAM
- Mini seems to have a weird resolution, that requires weird scaling of content.... so might not look as sharp, even though it has higher DPI
- I don't want to wait any longer ;)
I am curious, what is the deal with the mini resolution/scaling- has there been a discussion here that seemed to point to this being an issue?
 

Cryates

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I am curious, what is the deal with the mini resolution/scaling- has there been a discussion here that seemed to point to this being an issue?
It will scale the content from the 5.8” 11 Pro resolution down to the fit the smaller display. This means line-for-line it will match the amount of content that can be displayed, but text, icons, buttons, etc will be slightly smaller.
 
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jm31828

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It will scale the content from the 5.8” 11 Pro resolution down to the fit the smaller display. This means line-for-line it will match the amount of content that can be displayed, but text, icons, buttons, etc will be slightly smaller.
Ah, gotcha. Thanks for that clarification!
 
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