Is iPhone 12 worth buying in 2021

Iphones are one of the best selling phones out there. As you may know, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, 12 pro, and 12 pro max are the latest entrant to the market. iPhone 12 looks more promising than its counterparts for the price and features. But, Is iPhone 12 worth buying in 2021. Let’s see in detail.

Let’s do a comparison.

The ideal candidate to compare iPhone 12 is iPhone 11 from the previous year. I would have compared it against the likes of Samsung one plus etc. But, I really like to do apples to apple comparison. Hence, my choice is the iPhone 11 itself. Priced cheaper by $200, iPhone is a strong phone to compete against iPhone 12 in every possible way. Let’s see one by one in detail. 

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Is iPhone 12 worth buying in 2021
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Iphones and performance go hand in hand always. Even a 5-year-old iPhone works butter smooth. A14 Bionic chip in iPhone 12 is very very powerful. Everyday tasks are done with ease. A 14 is a 5nm chip and it is less power-hungry. The processor is Hexa-core (2×3.1 GHz Firestorm + 4×1.8 GHz Icestorm) All the operations in the phone are dismissed in seconds. Apple GPU is great for gaming. Very powerful and snappy.

This doesn’t mean the performance of A13 Bionic is bad. Remember, A13 is the predecessor of A14 and is being used in iPhone 11, 11 pros, 11 pro max lineups. The Apple A13 Bionic chip is also snappy. It has a Hexa-core (2×2.65 GHz Lightning + 4×1.8 GHz Thunder) processor. It is a 7nm process. They are not as good as 5nm Chips but not bad at all. Apple A13 can power the iPhone 11 butter smooth. Since both are very good enough for a day to day tasks, you don’t miss out much with A14 chips. With $200 less iPhone 11 is worth buying than iPhone 12.


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The camera is one part where the iPhone wins most of the competition. The iPhone camera is too good that you don’t actually need a secondary camera while touring, YouTube making, etc. The video camera is fantastic and no other camera phones can match it. Let’s look at the specifications by gsmarena.

Apple iPhone 12 has a 12 MP, f/1.6, 26mm (wide), 1.4µm, OIS as the primary camera, and 12 MP, f/2.4, 120˚, 13mm (ultrawide) as a secondary camera. The video specification is [email protected]/30/60fps, [email protected]/60/120/240fps, HDR, Dolby Vision HDR, stereo sound rec. There is a dual-tone flash that takes care of night duties. The selfie camera is great too at 12 MP, f/2.2, 23mm (wide), 1/3.6”. Also, iPhone 12 has a night mode.

Let’s look at the camera of the iPhone 11.

The specs go like this. Main camera:12 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, OIS, 12 MP, f/2.4, 120˚, 13mm (ultrawide), 1/3.6” The video camera is [email protected]/30/60fps, [email protected]/60/120/240fps, HDR with stereo sound. The front camera specification is 12 MP, f/2.2, 23mm (wide), 1/3.6”.

You can see both the camera from iPhone 11 and iPhone 12 are similar in specifications. But they are different. The camera sensor is different and slightly bigger in iPhone 12. And therefore, the image quality is better than iPhone 11. The video camera is different as well. Now, the iPhone 12 supports Dolby Vision HDR.

But is it worth the difference of $200?

I don’t think so. The iPhone still sport one of the best cameras in the mobile world. They were the best camera last year. The video quality is similar. iPhone 11 has the best video recording quality after iPhone 12. You don’t miss much from iPhone 11. 

Unless you want Dolby vision recording and night photograph, you will be happy with iPhone 11. Hence iPhone 11 is worth buying while iPhone 12 is not worth buying in 2021.

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Battery life

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The battery life of the iPhone 11 was incredible. It has a capacity of 3110 mah battery and it is enough for a phone of very optimization. It gives a standby time of 17 hours and a music playback time of 65 hours. Even for heavy users, the battery life will be top-notch. Following iPhone 11, iPhone 12 too has great battery life. Although the capacity is less (Li-Ion 2815 mAh), due to the efficient processor and AMOLED panel, the battery life is the same as iPhone 11. It returns a standby time of Up to 17 h (multimedia) and a music playback time of up to 65 hours.


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The display is where things change. iPhone 12 has an AMOLED screen like the higher models. iPhone 11 sport an LED-LCD display. Both displays are calibrated well. The OLED has a better resolution. The blacks are deeper and the texts are slightly sharper. The contrast in OLED is higher. Also, iPhone 12 is brighter than iPhone 11. Also, iPhone 12 is edge to edge and has slightly smaller bezels. Where the iPhone 12 display excels is in the movie-watching experience. LCD cannot simply compete with AMOLED as far as displays go. But, if you’re an avid movie watcher, you should get something like ASUS ROG 3 phone. 

iPhone 11 is not bad at all. It is one of the best LCD screens in the mobile world now. For general usage, occasional videos, browsing, etc LCD display is enough. It has a 1792×828 resolution at a pixel density of 326 PPI. Wheres, the iPhone 12 has a resolution of 2532×1170 pixels and a pixel density of about 460 PPI. Although the difference in the paper is huge, the real-life difference is minimal.

In terms of display, you can be satisfied with iPhone 11 if you’re satisfied with phones like iPhone 7, iPhone 6s, etc. All these have the same ppl of 326. They are sharp in real life. If you want an AMOLED display get the iPhone 12 and if you are okay with the normal display, you can save $200 by going with iPhone 11. This makes iPhone 11 worth buying and iPhone 12 not worth buying.


Both the phones have stereo speakers. They sound incredible for a smartphone but the iPhone 12 is a tiny bit louder. Definitely, it doesn’t warrant a price tag of $200. This makes iPhone 12 not worth buying and iPhone 11 worth buying.

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iPhone 12 has 5G. It is a plus point. But, currently, 5g isn’t established depending upon where you’re living. So, it doesn’t make sense to buy a phone with 5g now for most people. Instead, you can save $200 now and get a better phone when 5g is really available. iPhone 11 has 4g and it is more than enough for another 2 to 3 years. This makes iPhone 12 not worth buying.

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iPhones are iPhones. It doesn’t matter what iPhones you choose. Be it iPhone 11 or iPhone 12, the performance will be incredible. You cannot go wrong with either of the two. However, my advice will be to get an iPhone 11 now, save $200 and after few years, get a flagship. Thanks for reading.