Apple released 4 flagship phones last year in the same series- iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Mini, and the iPhone 12 Pro Max. The iPhone 12 models are the first ever series to have 5G connectivity from all Apple devices, and it’s the only one that supports the fastest 5G technology available in the world. Whatever extra speed means for you, these are the phones that allow you to experience the fastest 5G networks.
When it comes to the prices, the iPhone 12 Mini is the most affordable among the four, but for the features, a lot of people are inclined to believe it is the iPhone 12 Pro.
But is it worth buying?
iPhone 12 Pro Top-level Overview
- Sturdy, beautiful build
- Gorgeous colors in matte finish
- Faster chipset
- Long battery life
- Very expensive
- Stainless steel sides is fingerprint magnet
- No significant upgrades, the camera is so-so
Design and Build Quality
What you’ll like:
The iPhone 12 Pro comes with superior, gorgeous metallic colors with matte finish and it has a glossy camera bump. The iPhone 12 has a glossy finish and a matte camera finish on the back. The iPhone 12 Pro and the Pro Max were designed to look like the iPad Pro with flat edges.
Moreover, the sizes of the phones are not the primary determining factor for the price in this series.
The iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Pro are of the same size as both are 6.1 inches in length, but the price of the Pro is significantly higher. When it comes to comfortable hold, it is the perfect fit for the hand and is not awkward to hold such as the gigantic Pro Max, which is 6.7 inches tall, and the Mini which is 5.4 inches.
What you won’t like:
The stainless steel sides give the phone that shiny flagship-only luster, but it does come with downsides. One, it is prone to gathering fingerprints, and second it makes the phone substantially heavier than its predecessors or the ones it came with in this series.
One would expect that Apple will adapt to the market and upgrade the display in this new series, but unfortunately, there’s no improvement at all from the iPhone 11. The refresh rate is still the same and is definitely inferior to the standard Android high-end phone displays that have a 120Hz refresh rate. If you’re gaming a lot, you will definitely see the significant difference between the iPhone 12 display versus the latest flagship Android phones.
|Tech Features||iPhone 12||iPhone 12 Pro||iPhone 12 Pro Max|
|Screen size||6.1″ Super Retina XDR display||6.1″ Super Retina XDR display||6.7″ Super Retina XDR display|
|Processor & OS||A14 Bionic chip, iOS 14||A14 Bionic chip, iOS 14||A14 Bionic chip, iOS 14|
|Durability||IP68 Water Resistance||IP68 Water Resistance||IP68 Water Resistance|
|Battery size||11 Hours talk time||11 Hours talk time||11 Hours talk time|
|Camera||Night Mode, Deep Fusion, Advanced Dual-Camera System||4x Optical Zoom Range, Night Mode, Deep Fusion||5x Optical Zoom Range, Night Mode, Deep Fusion|
What’s in the box:
The 12 pro and 12 have the same primary sensor and ultra wide sensor but it has an additional 2x telephoto zoom camera – not Space Zoom which is in android flagships like Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G. The iPhone 12 Pro Max on the other hand, offers 4X Optical Zoom, which is also one reason why it’s more expensive.
The camera zoom captures crisp photos only if there’s enough light source. When the lighting is bad or when you’re taking pictures at night, the phone detects that your main camera can take better pictures than the telephoto zoom camera lens.
The iPhone 12 Pro has dual optical image stabilization but all the bigger, much more significant camera upgrades are on the iPhone 12 Pro Max.
The Pro Max contains Sensor Shift Image Stabilization which means the stabilization is on the sensor and not on the lens itself. This technology has been previously used only in DSLRs, but with iPhone 12 Pro Max has better than ever camera stabilization.
Augmented Reality in the iPhone 12 models are definitely more immersive and accurate compared to their predecessors because they have LiDar scanners. These scanners also help you measure the height of anything, even people, accurately.
The LiDar camera can also be used for AR games and also helps with camera enhancements, which made Night Mode possible in this series.
Should you buy the iPhone 12 Pro?
The iPhone 12 Pro is a great phone overall, but if you’re willing to spend $100 more, you can have the Pro Max, which is undeniably the best in this series. Although, the large size of the Pro Max would make you think it is going to be a bit challenging to hold, it can be a good phablet, and who knows, the future Apple OS might allow multi-tasking and with its big screen, you will not need to upgrade.
Between iPhone 12 and the 12 Pro, there’s not much of a difference. The display, design, notch, haptics, except for the slight camera features are very much the same for these two devices. Their price difference is $170- and we think a slight compromise in the camera also makes the iPhone 12 a good buy in this series.