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Apple iPhone 12 Pro (Max) Review Rundown

ApplePublished on 21 Mar 2021Last Edited on 14 Nov 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*
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Overview

Neoscore* 0%
Pros**
  • Longer telephoto lens than last year's iPhone
  • Improved battery life
  • Gorgeous design
Cons**
  • 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[*] 87%
Reviewers from androidauthority have found the following[***]:
If you already have an iPhone 11 series device, I don't suggest buying an iPhone 12 Pro. The iPhone 12 Mini is also a fantastic option, sporting the same specs as the iPhone 12, but in a much smaller form factor. If you're someone who would rather spend that money on accessories, the standard iPhone 12 will likely be fine for you.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Slim, premium design
  • Great battery life
  • Long-lasting battery
Cons[**]
  • No 120Hz refresh rate
  • No headphone jack
  • No wireless charging

digitaltrends[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 85%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
The iPhone 12 Pro Max is defined by three things: Its huge size, its long battery life, and its more capable camera. Only those who want a large phone, with its big screen and extra space to work and play, should buy one. Samsung's Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is the obvious pick, with a huge display and excellent set of features.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Incredible display
  • Excellent battery life
  • Excellent cameras
Cons[**]
  • Too big for one hand
  • No IP68 water resistance

digitaltrends[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 86%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
Dolby Vision is an amazing tech demo, but one that has many caveats. Thankfully, SDR video is still great. Battery life is good, the screen is fantastic, and the A14 Bionic paired with ample memory and 128GB of base storage is giving you years of runway to keep this phone for a long time.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous OLED display
  • Excellent battery life
  • Excellent performance
Cons[**]
  • No 5G
  • No Dolby Vision
  • No wireless charging

nextpit[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 88%
Reviewers from nextpit have found the following[***]:
The iPhone 12 Pro's TrueDepth camera also impresses with 12 megapixels and comes with ƒ/2.2 aperture and HDR 3. Bokeh mode has been made available again. Deep Fusion and the night mode at the front delivers some really good results with an additional or two seconds of exposure. The Selfie camera shows off its full potential only in daylight.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Excellent battery life
  • MagSafe for iPhone
  • Fast charging
Cons[**]
  • Slow charging
  • No 5G
  • No charging adapter

notebookcheck[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 94%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
Overall brightness distribution as fairly even and balanced, and colors were pretty accurate. Keep in mind that you may want to disable TrueTone should you require utmost display color accuracy as Apple’s ambient light-based color adjustment feature can distort colors quite a bit. The iPhone 12 Pro Max comes with a set of stereo speakers: A dedicated speaker at the bottom and the earphone itself.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • High-quality OLED display
  • Excellent battery life
  • Fast charging
Cons[**]
  • Display could be brighter
  • No wireless charging

notebookcheck[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 95%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
The iPhone 12 Pro features two speakers for media consumption, the earphone itself and one extra speaker at the bottom. The speakers can get very loud and showed a fairly balanced soundscape on medium volume. However, mids were rather thin, resulting in lack of depth and prowess of the iPhone's competitors. You can connect Bluetooth headphones for an improved audio experience.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • High-quality OLED display
  • Fast SoC
  • Excellent battery life
Cons[**]
  • No wireless charging
  • No headphone jack

pcmag[7]

Sentiment Score[*] 87%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following[***]:
The 12 Pro adds a 12-megapixel telephoto camera with 2x zoom lens. The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has an even more intense true 5x optical zoom. The 12 Pro's true photo chops shine in Night Mode, where the LiDAR scanner speeds up autofocus and enables Night Portrait Mode.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Sleek design
  • Excellent battery life
  • Great cameras
Cons[**]
  • Only 64GB of storage

pcmag[8]

Sentiment Score[*] 79%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following[***]:
On paper, the Pro Max's camera has some advantages over all the other iPhone 12 cameras. The Pro and Pro Max support bokeh Portrait mode at night; the mini and 12 do not. The iPhone Pro line has some super-high-level camera features that the lower-cost iPhones don't.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Super-long battery life
  • Large, bright screen
  • Long-lasting battery
Cons[**]
  • No headphone jack

tomsguide[9]

Sentiment Score[*] 86%
Reviewers from tomsguide have found the following[***]:
The iPhone 12 Pro is a serious step up from the iPhone 11 Pro, but that's not who this flagship is really for. It's for those who own older iPhones who are looking to upgrade, such as the iPhone XS, iPhone X or iPhone 8. The iPhone 12 faces stiff competition from the Samsung Galaxy S21, with a dynamic 6.2-inch AMOLED display.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Attractive design
  • Fast performance
  • Good battery life
  • Good cameras
Cons[**]
  • Slow charging
  • No wireless charging

tomsguide[10]

Sentiment Score[*] 91%
Reviewers from tomsguide have found the following[***]:
The iPhone 12 Pro Max's 6.7-inch screen is a lot larger than the 6.1-inch panel on the 12 Pro. It also offers a bigger optical zoom (2.5x vs 2x) and larger digital zoom (12x vs 10x) Samsung's Galaxy S21 Ultra is a great alternative with its more powerful cameras and dynamic 120Hz display.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Powerful 120Hz AMOLED display
  • Big, bright 120Hz display
  • Long battery life
Cons[**]
  • No wireless charging

whathifi[11]

Sentiment Score[*] 93%
Reviewers from whathifi have found the following[***]:
The iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max add a LiDAR scanner that improves low-light autofocus and allows bokeh portraits to be taken in Night Mode. Apple claims it lasts for up to 20 hours of video playback, compared with 17 hours for the other models. The Pro Max has a larger screen, making for a much more cinematic experience, but the standard iPhone 12 delivers a more crisply defined image.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous OLED screen
  • Great battery life
  • Great sound
Cons[**]
  • No wireless charging
  • No charger included

wired[12]

Sentiment Score[*] 100%
Reviewers from wired have found the following[***]:
The iPhone 12 Pro Max is the best camera phone on the market. It's still a two-handed phone, but I like the larger 6.7-inch screen on this year's model. Apple has four new phones in its 2020 lineup, so if you're upgrading this year, you have a lot of options.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous OLED screen with 120Hz refresh rate
  • Excellent battery life
  • Long-lasting battery
Cons[**]
  • No wireless charging
  • No headphone jack

wired[13]

Sentiment Score[*] 74%
Reviewers from wired have found the following[***]:
The A14 Bionic processor is powerful, offering speedy access to apps and running them smoothly. It would've been nice to see a screen refresh rate faster than 60 Hz, especially since 90 or 120 Hz has become the norm on flagship Android phones. The battery life is solid, getting me through a full day of average to heavy use.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Super-fast 5G speeds
  • Great battery life
  • Great display
Cons[**]
  • No wireless charging
  • No 5G support

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.
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