5 features iPhone 12 lacks that would have been pretty great
The iPhone 12 made a big impression in our test and has some great features like, a fresh design and support for Apple’s new one . But there are some things missing that we would like to see in an ideal world. No, they’re not deal breakers and not even features that we’d find on an iPhone, but they should be kept in mind, especially if you’re thinking of switching from Android.
1. Expandable storage
Apple never allowed you to add a microSD card to any of their phones, and the new generation, including the iPhone 12, is no exception. While this may not be a problem for many of you, you need to think carefully beforehand how much space you are likely to need and how much built-in storage you can afford. Apple charges a premium for more storage space, with the 64GB iPhone 12 priced at $ 829 and the 256GB model priced at $ 979.
If you areYou may not have thought much about it as many Android phones allow you to insert a microSD card to add more base storage. If you plan to record a lot of 4K video or download a lot of large, graphically demanding games, you should check out the higher capacities.
2. Fingerprint scanner
Apple has withdrawn the classic home button with itsa few generations ago (without the Of course) replace it with FaceID instead, which uses facial recognition to secure your phone. For the most part, it works well and we didn’t really miss it. Until the coronavirus pandemic broke out and wearing face masks became the norm when we are out and about in public places. So we’re re-entering PIN codes to access our phones.
While we don’t want a big button on the front of the phone to come back and squish the screen, many Android phones, including the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra and even affordable phones like the OnePlus Nord, have fingerprint scanners built into the display itself. They’re invisible and don’t take up any extra space on the phone. This makes it an elegant solution for biometric security when face scanning is not an option.
3. Screen refresh rate of 120 Hz
All iPhone 12 models have screen refresh rates of 60 Hz, which has been a disappointment for many. A faster refresh rate gives the phone a smoother look and feel when you’re using it, with no motion blur as you move between screens, and everything feels a little faster. It’s a feature available on Android phones, including the and .
It’s likely that Apple went with 60Hz to improve battery life, especially since adding 5G makes the phones even more power hungry. Is that important? Personally no. If you hold the iPhone 12 next to the OnePlus Nord with its 120Hz display (like I did) you might notice a small difference, but I honestly don’t think you would ever notice it in everyday use.
The powerful processors in the iPhone 12 models ensure that the performance always feels snappy, which results in a smooth experience despite the lower refresh rate and I would pull a better battery over a faster screen every day.
4. Telephoto lens
The iPhone 11 Pro.with its standard wide angle view and with the super wide angle lens. What it can’t do is zoom in with the iPhone 12 Pro’s telephoto lens. or with previous generations like that
Whether this is important to you depends on how seriously you take your photography and how often you need to get closer in a scene, or whether you prefer to capture as much as possible in front of you.
For me, photography skills are my number one priority when it comes to phones, so I want this telephoto lens to give me extra shooting opportunities on the go. If you’re a more casual shooter you may not miss it and will be perfectly pleased with the excellent shots you can get from the other two lenses.
is an image format that takes advantage of some of the cameras’ computerized photo capabilities (including HDR merge) but allows for deeper editing options, much like a raw image file captured on a professional DSLR. It may be a great compromise between Full Raw and the standard JPEG the camera spits out, but it’s a feature reserved for the iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max.
It’s arguably a neat niche feature that will only appeal to the most dedicated photographers (), as with the telephoto lens, the more casual Sagittarius among you will probably never give a second thought to your absence. There’s a chance Apple will roll out the feature to phones beyond the Pro line. However, it’s more likely that Apple will reserve them as an elite feature to justify the upgrade cost.