Remember those days when phone screens were less than five inches wide? In a world where big screens are the norm, Apple has brought back small phones last year with the iPhone 12 mini and its 2021 successor, iPhone 13 mini. Both share the same specs as their 6.1-inch counterparts, so essentially you choose the size that appeals to you.
If you're looking for pocketability, then the mini is no contest. But is it worth the upgrade from the iPhone 12? With the minimal upgrades offered, we'd say not, but if you're coming from a much older model, there are lots of great features that could tempt you to make the switch.
Its size is a big plus
Admittedly, after years of using a bigger-sized phone, the iPhone 13 mini took some getting used to. Nevertheless, it didn't take too long to fall in love with how easy and comfortable it is to grip it while on the go—no more hand cramps! While it can be argued that it's bigger than the 4.7-inch iPhone SE, the mini's 5.4-inch screen can be classified as a small phone and is powered by Apple's top processor.
Giving a sense of nostalgia, the mini is also kind of a throwback to 2011's iPhone 4S in terms of its flat-edged design, which was one of the best-selling iPhones ever produced and the first to incorporate Siri. It was also the final Apple product announced prior to Steve Jobs' death the following day.
In the 2021 iteration, the mini has a tough ceramic shield which makes it more resistant to damage from drops, aerospace-grade aluminium flat edges with an attractive matte sheen, and comes with five new colours—Pink, Blue, Midnight, Starlight, and Red.