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Apple iPhone 12 Pro (Max) Review Rundown

ApplePublished on 21 Mar 2021Last Edited on 27 Sep 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*

Overview

Photo of Apple iPhone 12 Pro & iPhone 12 Pro Max Smartphones
Neoscore* 84%
  • Longer telephoto lens than last year's iPhone
  • Improved battery life
  • Gorgeous design
  • Nothing in particular

Summary

The iPhone 12 Pro comes in two sizes (6.1 and 6.7 inches) three different memory versions and is one of the most expensive smartphones you can buy in 2020. Covered in Ceramic Shield front, they stand out from the standard iPhone 12 with a stainless steel chassis, an additional telephoto camera and a LiDAR Scanner. They also comes in more subtle colors.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

Rundown

androidauthority[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 89%
Reviewers from androidauthority have found the following[***]:
The iPhone 12 Pro has a 6.1-inch super retina display with a resolution of 2,532 x 1,170 and a pixel density of 460ppi. It uses a new Ceramic Shield glass which is supposed to make it more shatter-resistant, though Apple also claims that the new flat design is also a big reason behind that shatter-resistance. The stainless steel is a huge fingerprint magnet, and it can start to look grimy pretty quickly.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Fantastic design
  • Fingerprint magnet is a huge magnet
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • Not as good as the iPhone 11 Pro
  • Not the best value for money

digitaltrends[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 88%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
The iPhone 12 Pro Max is about 9% taller, 9% wider, and 20% heavier than the 12 Pro. Apple bifurcated the Pro line with an altogether new main camera sensor on the Pro Max. The Ultrawide camera is identical to the other iPhone 12 models — really good by ultrawide standards.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous display
  • Great camera
  • Great battery life
  • Improved camera system
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

digitaltrends[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 78%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
The iPhone 12 Pro has less to differentiate itself from the “standard” model than last year's Pro, yet still commands a $200 premium. The 12 Pro takes a familiar 12-megapixel sensor and pairs it with a new lens that has a wider f/1.6 aperture, leading to a claimed 27% improvement in low-light performance. The battery life is actually smaller than the 11 Pro's.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Dolby Vision HDR video recording
  • Great battery life
  • Long-lasting battery
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

nextpit[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 84%
Reviewers from nextpit have found the following[***]:
The iPhone 12 Pro comes in three different memory versions and is one of the most expensive smartphones you can buy in 2020. In contrast to the basic version, the Pro model is available in more subtle colours. The new iPhones are all equipped with the brand new A14 Bionic processor, which Apple had already shown off in the iPad Air before the new range of smartphones was introduced.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Bright, vivid OLED display
  • Fast A14 Bionic processor
  • Long battery life
Cons[**]
  • Only three cameras at the back

notebookcheck[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 86%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
The iPhone 12 Pro Max is the most expensive and largest device in Apple's 2020 iPhone line-up. The camera module and the large notch at the top of the display are the most prominent similarities to its own predecessor, the iPhone 11 Pro Max. For the first time ever Apple's iPhones support fast 5G connectivity.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • High-contrast display
  • Fast 5G connectivity
  • High-quality case
  • Good battery life
  • Fast Wi-Fi 6
Cons[**]
  • Only one year of warranty

notebookcheck[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 80%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
Apple's smartphone is one of the first devices to be equipped with an SoC manufactured in a 5 nm process, Apple's A14 Bionic. For the first time ever, Apple is also selling an iPhone mini with a particularly compact design starting at just $699. Find out what other details Apple improved over the last generation and how the iPhone performs against its Android competition in our review.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Bright, high-contrast OLED display
  • Fast Wi-Fi
  • Long battery life
  • Long-lasting battery
  • Fast SoC
Cons[**]
  • Only one year of AppleCare+

pcmag[7]

Sentiment Score[*] 83%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following[***]:
Of the four models in the iPhone 12 lineup, the 12 Pro looks like the top value if you're serious about photography and video. The 12 Pro's LiDAR sensor, Night Portrait mode, and telephoto lens aren't available on the lower-cost models. The iPhone/Galaxy Note equation is complicated by the two phones' different approaches to camera apps.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Lightweight, compact design
  • Long battery life
  • Night Portrait mode and telephoto lens
  • Long-lasting battery
Cons[**]
  • Not as powerful as the iPhone 12

pcmag[8]

Sentiment Score[*] 74%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following[***]:
The iPhone 12 Pro Max has the longest battery life of any iPhone, ever. At 6.33 by 3.07 by 0.29 inches and 8.03 ounces, it's slightly taller and heavier than the iPhone 11 Pro Max. Like the 12 Pro, the Pro Max comes in your choice of dark blue, gold, gray, or silver.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Longest battery life of any iPhone
  • Longer battery life than the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro
  • Long-lasting battery
Cons[**]
  • Mediocre cameras

tomsguide[9]

Sentiment Score[*] 90%
Reviewers from tomsguide have found the following[***]:
The iPhone 12 Pro is the biggest leap between iPhone generations in years, both inside and out. Apple has moved away from the rounded design of the last few iPhones to a flat-edge look. The phone starts at $999, which is the same price as the iPhone 11 Pro.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Great cameras
  • Fast charging
  • MagSafe wireless charging
  • Long battery life
Cons[**]
  • Slightly heavier than the iPhone 11 Pro

tomsguide[10]

Sentiment Score[*] 87%
Reviewers from tomsguide have found the following[***]:
The iPhone 12 Pro Max offers the best cameras on any phone, and that's saying something considering how good the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra and Pixel 5 are. With its 6.7-inch OLED display, the iPhone 12pro Max's OLED panel is smaller but brighter than the 6.9-inch Galaxy Note20 Ultra. The iPhone 12Pro Max has a strong competitor in the Samsung Galaxy S21, which features powerful dual telephoto cameras up to 10x.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous 6.7-inch OLED display
  • Long battery life
  • Excellent cameras
  • MagSafe accessories
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

whathifi[11]

Sentiment Score[*] 90%
Reviewers from whathifi have found the following[***]:
The iPhone 12 Pro Max is the best phone that Apple has made. It has an OLED screen, eliminating one of the key differentiators between the standard and Pro iPhones of previous years. The Pro models also boast an extra, telephoto lens that adds an optical zoom to the impressive suite of camera features. These new iPhones are the first to get 5G compatibility, making for faster data connections for those with an appropriate contract and coverage.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous OLED screen
  • Impressive camera performance
  • Great battery life
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

wired[12]

Sentiment Score[*] 81%
Reviewers from wired have found the following[***]:
The iPhone 12 Pro Max is the iPhone to buy if you want the best camera experience on a smartphone. The larger body of the Pro Max has allowed Apple to stuff a larger image sensor into the main camera. The bigger the sensor, the better the image quality, the more detail you see in the frame.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Improved low-light performance
  • Improved sensor-shift stabilization
  • Long battery life
Cons[**]
  • Smaller sensor than iPhone 11 Pro

wired[13]

Sentiment Score[*] 74%
Reviewers from wired have found the following[***]:
Even at $1,000, the iPhone 12 Pro doesn't get you all of the best tech. To get the really good stuff, you have to spend $100 more and get the Pro Max. This Pro has a triple-camera system just like Pros past: a main camera paired with an ultrawide and zoom.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Lidar scanner improves photo quality
  • Night mode is better for dusk-like scenes
  • Long battery life
  • Long-lasting battery
Cons[**]
  • Not as good as the iPhone 12 Pro Max

references

1. ^ Apple iPhone 12 Pro review: All the right angles. androidauthority. 2020-11-18 Retrieved 2021-10-13.
3. ^ Apple iPhone 12 Pro review: A step above. digitaltrends. 2020-10-26 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Apple iPhone 12 Pro review: a new design that rules?. nextpit. 2020-11-11 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max Smartphone Review – Large High-End Apple Phone. notebookcheck. 2020-12-03 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
6. ^ Apple iPhone 12 Pro Review - Powerful Smartphone with Retro Styling. notebookcheck. 2020-11-18 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
7. ^ Apple iPhone 12 Pro Review. pcmag. 2020-10-31 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
8. ^ Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max Review. pcmag. 2020-11-18 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
9. ^ iPhone 12 Pro review. tomsguide. 2021-06-10 Retrieved 2021-06-12.
10. ^ iPhone 12 Pro Max review. tomsguide. 2021-06-10 Retrieved 2021-06-12.
11. ^ Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max review. whathifi. 2021-01-15 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
12. ^ Review: Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max. wired. 2020-11-09 Retrieved 2021-10-13.
13. ^ Review: Apple iPhone 12 Pro. wired. 2020-10-20 Retrieved 2021-10-13.
*. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher\'s own rating, if available, as a result.
**. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher\'s own bullets points, if available, as a result.
***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher\'s own, if available.

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