The rails on the iPhone 12 are matte finish aluminum, and I choose them for the shiny steel on the Pro models. Regrettably, the rear glass is incredibly glossy, very susceptible to picking up fingerprints, and as vulnerable to choosing up tiny little micro-abrasions as ever. The majority of people will put a case on their phone anyhow.
Apple says it’s four times better, which is an advantage due to the fact that screen repair expenses have gone up this year. I can’t check that with our evaluation unit (at least, not intentionally), however, I did have a totally accidental drop to concrete from 3 feet that stopped my heart but only put a barely noticeable ding in the aluminum.
If you look at the aluminum rail, you’ll see a bunch of antenna lines and even a small plastic section on the side for the Ultra-Wideband (UWB) mmWave antenna. They break up the proportion a bit (particularly on the bottom), but it doesn’t bother me. I have actually also ended up being notch-blind at this point, however, I must keep in mind that Face ID still requires a huge cutout at the top of the screen.
I suppose the one silver lining for Android producers mainly whiffing on Face Unlock is that their phones are much easier to get into when you’re wearing a mask. In general, though, this design simply feels more classy and confident than a previous couple of years of iPhones, including even the big iPhone X redesign.
If this is the design we’ll be living with for the next six years, I will not complain. Among the reasons Apple had the ability to decrease the size of the iPhone 12 is that it has switched to an OLED screen. That helps in reducing the bezels and also keeps them ideal even all the methods around the phone, while at the very same time keeping the actual viewable screen the very same.
I prefer the look of OLED to LCD because of its blacker blacks, so I’ve been waiting for this change. Together with the switch to OLED, Apple has also increased the pixel count to 1170 x 2532. If you haven’t been immersed in mobile phone tech conversations, you have blessedly prevented the grumbling that previous iPhones didn’t even technically hit 1080p.
The OLED screen is exceptional, with great contrast and colors however no high refresh rate. Numerous Android phones at this price point (and almost all of them that expense more) have a 90 or 120Hz revitalize rate, which makes scrolling and animations smoother and that’s a really big drawback on Apple’s side.