When Apple unveiled the iPhone 12 series, they introduced the world to the smallest 5G phone ever created: the iPhone 12 mini. As someone who never quite embraced the larger iPhone models like the Pro Max, and truthfully found the size of any iPhone since the iPhone 8 to be less appealing, I was absolutely thrilled. Unfortunately, the battery life received a fair share of criticism, so I decided to wait it out, hoping Apple would address this concern.
And then, the era of the mini began.
The magnificent iPhone 13 mini made its debut, and without a moment’s hesitation, I traded in my iPhone 12 Pro on launch day. It took me just one day to readjust to the delightful compactness of the phone, and once I did, I was head over heels for the mini. It was perfection personified. The device effortlessly fulfilled all my smartphone needs, while allowing me to once again reach the top of the screen comfortably with just one hand. A remarkable feat!
Apple had indeed resolved the battery life issue, and for an entire year, I reveled in the unparalleled iPhone experience it provided. Having personally owned every iPhone since the iconic iPhone 3GS, I can confidently declare that, with the iPhone 4 as a close runner-up, the iPhone 13 mini easily claimed the title of my all-time favorite iPhone in recent memory.
As I grappled with Apple’s decision not to continue the mini trend with the iPhone 14, my heart sank. Although I could have clung to the past, I ultimately accepted my fate and transitioned back to the Pro realm with the iPhone 14 Pro. Undoubtedly, it has been an excellent phone, particularly considering my penchant for hiking and camping, thanks to the newly introduced Emergency SOS via satellite feature.
Yet, my mind keeps drifting back to the iPhone 13 mini and the sheer joy it brought me. It was more than just a phone—it was an embodiment of pure fun. And then, along came the Zenfone 10.
Could I possibly switch to Android?
Today, Asus officially unveiled the Zenfone 10, the next generation of its compact yet powerful Android phone. I still recall when reviews for the Zenfone 9 hit the scene, with many hailing it as the Android equivalent of the iPhone mini. I understood the sentiment at the time, but with my contentment with the iPhone 13 mini and the news of its discontinuation yet to fully sink in, I didn’t feel compelled to make a drastic move.
However, the allure of the Zenfone 10, coupled with my ongoing commitment to the iPhone 14 Pro, is becoming harder to resist. Forget the technical specifications—although I am aware that the Zenfone 10 boasts impressive features like the latest Qualcomm processor, innovative camera capabilities, and a stellar display—it’s the size, and the size alone, that holds an enchanting allure for me.
While the allure of the Zenfone 10 is strong, I find myself hesitant to dive into the Android world, considering how deeply entrenched I am in the Apple ecosystem. Introducing an Android phone into the midst of it all would undoubtedly disrupt the seamless integration I currently enjoy. As much as I admire the Zenfone 10’s impressive features, it serves more as a reminder that could potentially sway me back to the iPhone 13 mini, bidding farewell to the Pro models once again.
Having been a loyal participant in the iPhone Upgrade Program since its inception years ago, this situation marks the first time I am contemplating breaking away from the yearly upgrade cycle and holding on to the past. The Zenfone 10 serves as a poignant reminder that we, the aficionados of small phones, experienced an unparalleled era when the iPhone mini graced our lives.
Perhaps there’s a glimmer of hope that Apple will resurrect the mini form factor in the form of a new iPhone SE. That remains our best bet for now. Until then, I find myself gazing longingly at the Zenfone 10, wishing it could be transformed into an iPhone, embracing the familiar comfort and familiarity of Apple’s ecosystem once more.