Our Opinion

The Apple iPhone 12 mini 64GB is a significantly better phone, but the Google Pixel 4a is significantly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much you want to spend! But if budget is not a constraint then we recommend the Apple iPhone 12 mini 64GB

Apple iPhone 12 mini 64GB  Google Pixel 4a 
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Excellence Score
88.7
66.9
Value for Money Score
61.5
66.7
Price ₹ 64,490 onwards ₹ 31,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Nov, 2020 Oct, 2020
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Apple iOS 14Expected update to next Apple iOS version Android 10, Upgradeable to Android 11Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.4 inches 5.81 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 477 pixels per inch) 1080x2340 pixels (~ 444 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Display Type OLED AMOLED
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features Super Retina XDR OLED, Dolby Vision, HDR display, True Tone, Wide color (P3), Haptic Touch, Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating OLED, Always-on display, HDR
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 3.1 GHz 2.2 GHz
Processor Type Hexa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Apple A14 BionicRanked #1 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 730GRanked #20 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Apple GPU Adreno 618
RAM 4 GB 6 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port Lightning USB-C
Primary Camera 12MP + 12MP 12.2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 12MP: f/1.6 aperture; 26mm focal length; 1.4um pixel size; dual pixel PDAF; OIS, 12MP: f/2.4 aperture; 120-degree ultra-wide; Lens correction, Video: [email protected]/30/60fps; [email protected]/60/120/240fps; Dolby Vision HDR; stereo sound rec., Portrait mode with advanced bokeh and Depth Control, Portrait Lighting, Brighter True Tone flash with Slow Sync, Panorama (up to 63MP), Night mode, Deep Fusion, Smart HDR, Wide color capture for photos and Live Photos, Advanced red-eye correction, Auto image stabilization, Burst mode, Photo geotagging, Audio zoom, QuickTake video, Time-lapse video with stabilization, Night mode Time-lapse, Extended dynamic range for video up to 60 fps, Cinematic video stabilization (4K, 1080p, and 720p), Continuous autofocus video, Take 8MP still photos while recording 4K video, Playback zoom F/1.7 Aperture, 27mm Focal Length (Wide), 1/2.55" Sensor Size, 1.4um Pixel Size, OIS, Dual Pixel PDAF, Auto-HDR, Panorama
Secondary Camera 12MP 8MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.2 Aperture, Portrait Mode, Depth Control, Portrait Lighting, Animoji, Memoji, Video: [email protected]/30/60fps; [email protected]/60/120fps, HDR, Cinematic Video Stabilization, Live Photos, Retina Flash, Auto Image Stabilization, Burst mode, Night mode, Deep Fusion, HDR video recording with Dolby Vision up to 30 fps, Time-lapse video with stabilization, Night mode Time-lapse, Extended dynamic range for video up to 30 fps, Cinematic video stabilization (4K, 1080p, and 720p), QuickTake video, Wide color capture for photos and Live Photos, Lens correction, Retina Flash, Auto image stabilization F/2.0 Aperture, 24mm Focal Length (Wide), 1.12um Pixel Size, Auto-HDR
Internal Memory 64 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM + GSM
Thickness 7.4 mmSlim 8.2 mmMedium
Weight 133 gmLight 143 gmLight
Width 64.2 mmComfortable for one-handed use 69.4 mmComfortable for one-handed use
Audio Output Lightning 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, IP68 Rated (up to 6m for 30 mins)
Battery Capacity 2227 mAh 3140 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes, 20W Fast Charging (50% in 30 min) Yes, 18W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 18.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Other Features Charging Adapter not included in the box; 12W Fast Wireless Charging; 7.5W Qi wireless charging; Siri; iBeacon microlocation; NFC; TV Out; Lightning Connector; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; Supports Dolby Vision and HDR10 Content; AirPlay Mirroring; Photos and Video out to Apple TV (2nd generation or later); Video Mirroring and Video Out Support; Dolby Atmos; Spatial audio playback UFS 2.1 Storage; DLNA; NFC; Google Cast; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Elegant, 'new' charming design, that resonates with the iPhone 4 and 5 models - it has flat aluminium sides and a flat-screen, the glossy back comes in plenty of colours to choose from - it’s the smartphone equivalent of jewelry
  • At the front, the bezels are narrower and Apple is using the new sapphire crystal shield to provide better drop protection than previous iPhones
  • It's cute - very cute in fact - and exceptionally light too, making it a genuine delight to use day-to-day, especially one-handed
  • The back of the phone features Apple’s new MagSafe magnetic wireless charging and mount system - it let's accessories to attach at the back of the phone magnetically, Apple has some of its own accessories like a wireless charger, a wallet and many cases that attach to the back - Apple is hoping a MagSafe ecosystem will develop as third parties find more use for this execution
  • IP68 water and dust resistance - the iPhone 12 series can take a dunk of up to 6 meters, compared to 2 meters on similarly rated phones
  • Face ID is plenty fast and accurate (though, it could be a pain to use while wearing a mask)
  • The iPhone 12 mini features an OLED, 5.4-inch, Full HD+ Super Retina XDR display that looks bright and vibrant, it has blacker blacks - the bezels are a lot thinner all around too, which certainly makes for a far better viewing experience when watching Netflix or scrolling through social media
  • As always iOS 14 continues to be a clean, intuitive, and smooth experience - additionally, you will get regular updates for years to come, something beyond any Android manufacturer could provide
  • Apple has added few customisation options with the new iOS 14 - you can now use custom icon packs and add widgets to your home screen
  • Incredibly rapid performance from the new A14 Bionic - Apple remains the undisputed king when it comes to mobile CPU performance - iPhone 12 series is the fastest phone available in the market - you can throw anything, be it heavy games, AR, or numerous app, it handles everything with ease
  • iPhone 12 mini features the same cameras as on the iPhone 12, just in a smaller package - the primary cameras now has wider ƒ/1.6 aperture to allow in slightly more light, night mode is available on all cameras on the iPhone 12 mini and even a night portrait mode
  • The primary camera's image quality is pretty spectacular - it produces some of the best looking images, with plenty of bright colours and rich detail
  • The ultra-wide camera remains the same as the last year's iPhone 11 - it adds some software improvement and the images look pretty dramatic as the iPhone 12 mini trades detail for space - the night mode on the ultra-wide also works well
  • Low-light photography is excellent with the wider aperture, you will get clearer, brighter shots, a nice improvement in image quality and sharpness in dim lighting conditions
  • Night mode is impressive, the iPhone 12 mini needs to drop into night mode less often, but when it does, you get bright, sharp images that look amazing - they still feel like they were taken at night and the camera doesn't over-blow it
  • Video quality iPhones have always been the best in class, the iPhone 12 mini continues that tradition and even adds Dolby Vision, a first for any mobile camera - the Dolby Vision adds features for Pro filmmakers to use that no other phone provides
  • Very good selfies come out of the front camera on the iPhone 12 mini - the wider view can accommodate more people in selfies - night mode selfies portrait is a great new feature and produces impressive results
  • Overall, the cameras remain excellent and on the top of the chart, right there with the Note 20 Ultra and Pixels of the world
  • Excellent stereo speaker setup - the Dolby Atmos support is still present, with the Apple-exclusive spatial audio feature
  • The Apple iPhone 12 mini might be the smallest of the iPhone 12 models, but it is a fantastic little device that shouldn't be underestimated - it has a lovely lightweight compact design, absolutely stunning display, great cameras, and delivers a smooth and fluid performance
  • Cute, minimalist design - the matte textured polycarbonate back makes it feel much nicer and less slippery
  • One of the more compact Android smartphones - the result is a handset which is extremely easy to handle, and one-handed use is almost effortless
  • Extremely light-weight, tipping the scales at just 143g
  • The signature coloured lock button is still present and adds a little flair to the overall esthetics
  • The fingerprint sensor is placed at the back, and recognition is fast
  • The screen is a 5.81-inch, Full HD+ OLED panel, and it looks fantastic - the screen provides bright, clear and colourful visuals, watching the HDR content is a pleasing experience, with excellent detail and colour reproduction
  • The Google Pixel 4a also features an always-on display, which will permanently display some useful things like the time, date, battery level, weather and notifications
  • Of course, one of the key selling points of the Pixel series, is the clean, stock version of Android directly from Google, along with three years of promised updates (which are generally delivered almost as soon as they are launched)
  • Then there are some interesting Pixel-only features like the search giant's Recorder app, which can live-transcribe meetings and conversations, help you make notes and some other useful stuff
  • Good performance from the reliable Snapdragon 730G - it can handle any app or game that you run with ease - the heavy games like COD: Mobile also runs well with medium graphics
  • Excellent 12.2MP camera at the back - the camera shines in bright daylight photography: details are well resolved without oversharpening and there's barely any noise - images have great colour and dynamic range, and maintained more contrast than other devices currently on the market
  • Low-light photos are quite good, dynamic range and details are great - adding the Google's Night Sight to the mix and the photos are generally more exposed in the shadows and offer a white balance that's more true to life - it improves the detail and reduces the noise
  • The Pixel 4a supports Astrophotography - it is meant for capturing the starry night skies or moonlit landscapes, depending on the scene, the camera can take anywhere from 1 to more than 3 minutes to capture a shot
  • Portrait mode is impressive with good subject separation and natural background blur
  • The front-facing 8MP camera on the Google Pixel 4a is a solid snapper and produces selfies with good colour and detail
  • There's the obligatory selfie portrait mode, which can apply background blur for artsy self-portraits, and Night Sight is also available on the front camera - this worked well when you try to snap a selfie in lighting that is less than ideal
  • Overall, the images are nearly indistinguishable from the much pricier Pixel 4, that never launched in India - which makes the Pixel 4a arguably the best camera at this price
  • Decent battery life from the 3140 mAh battery - it can last a full day of regular use
  • Decent fast charging from the 18W fast charger in the box, it can fill the phone up in about 90 mins (though, at this price there are better fast charging options available from competition)
  • The Pixel 4a is a simple, no-nonsense phone, it isn't trying to do anything flashy, and if you’re tired of big, expensive phones and just want something compact that works, and works well, it is a good choice to consider
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • The notch is still present and is significantly larger than any other competing flagship phones
  • There's no high refresh rate to be found on the iPhone 12 mini, so, you're stuck with that 60Hz refresh rate instead - it has become the standard for almost every Android flagship phone out there right now
  • Siri still lags as a virtual assistant - it would be great if Apple would put much more effort into making Siri a little more competitive with the Google Assistant
  • The 2x telephoto lens and LiDAR for improved focus in low-light, is exclusive to only Pro models
  • Apple has added 5G support to all iPhone 12 models, however, they leave out the support for faster 5G mmWave in Indian models - there's also no infrastructure for 5G availability in India and there might not be for years to come - 5G is good to have as an option that makes the iPhones future proof, but not a game-changing feature
  • Average battery life - the iPhone 12 mini gets the smallest battery out of the bunch, it will require a charge to get through the day
  • The iPhone supports improved 20W fast charging, but Apple isn't providing a charging adapter with the new iPhones at all - so, if you don't have an adapter lying around or you want to use that fast charging, you will have to buy that separately
  • Though, if you want a more 'normal' form factor and want better battery, get the bigger iPhones
  • The materials used don't look or feel particularly premium
  • The performance isn't the best for the price - there are plenty of similarly priced handsets offering newer chipsets, more RAM, and a variety of storage options, like the OnePlus Nord
  • However, if you want more from your phone, there are better options available that offer better design, performance, battery and fast charging, like the OnePlus Nord
Expert Reviews
  1. It's an incredible feat that the smaller model has all the great features of the bigger model
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  2. Apple's smallest is a one-handed phone user's dream
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. For small phone fans only
    engadget.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. It’s a baby iPhone
    wired.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Tiny package, big bang
    techcrunch.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. The first iPhone in a long time to be designed around ergonomics instead of screen size
    theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. This will be an excellent upgrade for anyone still clinging to an iPhone 6s or older
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Big Changes By Going Small
    forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. The soccer mom's antidote to big and tall phones
    mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. Impeccable design, scores big in performance, easy to carry around
    economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. Built To Scale As How Users Want Flagship Compact Phones
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. Its lightweight and compact design, stunning display, great cameras, and smooth performance are all big plusses
    pocket-lint.com in-depth Read Review »
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  1. The Google Pixel 4a offers a fully rounded Pixel experience in a compact size and at a budget-friendly price point
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Google's impressive single-camera smartphone photography arrives in an affordable, one-hand-friendly design
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. A compact phone that's easy to use, a beautiful screen, and one of the best cameras in this price range, the Pixel 4a is hard to beat
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. If you’ve always wanted the better camera system but prefer a smaller and compact sized Android smartphone, the Pixel 4a is your best option
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Equal Parts Impressive & Discouraging, Depending On What You Need From It
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. The perfect phone for 2020
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Pixel 4a is the photography relief the budget segment needed
    stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  8. Affordable and compact with a stunning camera
    thenewsminute.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. engadget.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. wired.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. theguardian.com in-depth Read Review »
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  17. mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. digitaltrends.com in-depth Read Review »
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  20. economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
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