iPhone 12 Pro Max: Review, Key Specifications and Price

iPhone 12 Pro Max was released on October 13, 2020. It has 6.7 inch screen size with corning ceramic shield as its display protection.

A not-so-worthy successor to the iPhone 11. Today, we’ll be taking a look at the twelfth iteration of the iPhone – the iPhone 12. More specifically, we’ll be reviewing the iPhone 12 Pro Max alongside its key specs and features. 

Apple seems to be prepared for the future while it continues to make great strides in the present. But how well does the iPhone 12 Pro Max perform? Is it worth the hype, the price, or even an upgrade from the 11

Let check it out;

iPhone 12 Pro Max Review

  • The Camera: iPhone 12 Pro Max

Obviously, the biggest talking points about the iPhone 12 Pro Max has to be this – the camera module! In terms of numbers, it’s not the biggest when compared to other non-iOS smartphones. But in terms of quality on display, the iPhone does a great job.

A big shout out to Apple, by the way, they’ve improved greatly in their computational photography and we get to see that here again. This, plus camera hardware improvements combines to produce some of the best looking photos from a smartphone camera.

Speaking of hardware, we’ve got a triple 12MP camera array at the back of this device. First is the main lens at f/1.6 aperture. We’ve got a 12MP telephoto lens with 2.5x optical zoom and a 12MP ultrawide lens with an aperture of f/2.4. At the bottom of the camera array, we got the LiDAR scanner which helps in light control.

There’s no EIS or OIS on this edition of the iPhone 12. However, we’ve got a much better system in place – sensor-shift stabilization. The iPhone 12 Pro Max camera also supports Dolby Vision HDR and 10-bit HDR–the first smartphone camera to do so. 

The front camera sits just right above the display. It’s also a 12MP lens which also doubles as a biometric scanner for Apple’s Face ID. Both front and back shoots videos in 4K and 1080P but the main camera takes it a notch higher with Dolby Vision HDR and 10-bit HDR.

  • The Design/Display: iPhone 12 Pro Max

If you still crave the nostalgia of having the iPhone 5, then you’re definitely going to love the 12. Apple decided to bring back the boxy design to its twelfth generation of the iPhone and it looks so good. The iPhone 12 Pro Max spots an all-glass body with stainless steel framing. Both sides of the device are protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

Apple gets a little generous at the front with a 6.7-inch Super Retina XDR OLED display. While we wait for Apple to start supporting the in-display fingerprint scanner, we have to make do with Face ID. 

And for some unknown reason, the notch still remains in this generation of the iPhone. Though an 87.4% screen-to-body ratio is ideal in today’s smartphone world, the Notch takes your viewing angles a notch lower (pun intended).

At the bottom, we’ve got the thunderbolt port (No USB-C) flanked by the double firing stereo speakers which sound good. The back of the iPhone 12 Pro Max looks clean.

We have the camera array at the top with Apple’s branding in the middle below it. All these, combined with good colors, makes this the best looking iPhone for me. Do let me know what you think in the comments.

  • Battery/Power: iPhone 12 Pro Max

We’ve seen improvements in the battery life of the iPhone in the last couple of years. The trend continues on the iPhone 12 Pro Max which comes with a 3687mAh battery. It’s a little lower than what we got on the 11 Pro Max but the software improvements and chipsets make up for the disparity.

This device supports fast-charging up to 20W, Qi wireless charge up to 15W. Standby time is superb and the same can be said about screen-on time. 

To power the device, you’ll be purchasing your own power adapter as Apple, due to environmental risk factors, decided to cut down on harmful waste by not shipping the power adapter with the box. Unless you’re getting an iPhone for the first time, you should own a charging adapter already. It however ships with a thunderbolt-to-USB-C cable. 

Sadly, we have to keep waiting for the USB-C iPhone. Are we going to get the USB Type-C on the iPhone 13? Or, with Apple trying to go portless, and with the introduction of MagSafe to the iPhone, should we expect a portless iPhone and just forget about USB Type-C? Feel free to share your thoughts on this in the comments.

  • Storage/Memory: iPhone 12 Pro Max

Yet again, another slight upgrade from its predecessor. Apple decided to bump the storage and RAM capacity on the Pro Max and rightly so. We have three storage options on the iPhone 12 Pro Max which include 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB. 

With the new camera system, it was imperative to bump up the base storage as these high-quality images would quickly fill up your space. The RAM also got upgraded to 6GB from the previous 4GB. This is enough to run day-to-day tasks.

  • Software: iPhone 12 Pro Max

So, we got a big announcement from Apple in a long while. It was an upgrade to its iOS platform. It was the biggest upgrade we’ve witnessed in a long while. Apple decided to loosen its restriction on iOS users as it released the iOS 14.

We did a round-up of the iOS 14 Update here, do check it out. Moving on, the new software from Apple looks really good on the iPhone 12 Pro Max. When compared to the previous version of iOS, this latest version gets the job done while giving you a clutter-free UI. 

  • Performance: iPhone 12 Pro Max

When talking about device overall performance, Apple gets the nod for this above other OEMs. This is what you get when the hardware and software components are made by you. 

We get the A14 Bionic chipset which has been ranked as the best SoC in 2020. Not just the best, its 5nm+ process makes it the fastest processor on a smartphone and the first smartphone to spot a 5nm+ chipset.

Using the device, you get a fluid operation even though there is no high or variable refresh rate like we have on the iPad Pro. Using a device of its price range, you get nothing but top-of-the-line performance.

  • Miscellaneous

While we wait for 5G to go mainstream, Apple has taken the liberty to support the 5G network on the iPhone 12 series. You can get 5G coverage–especially sub 6-millimeter waves–on the iPhone 12 Pro Max. And to conserve power, there’s a dynamic network switching feature that enables 5G only when needed. 

Another interesting feature that makes the iPhone 12 Pro Max special is the MagSafe support. This allows the use of different MagSafe accessories like wireless chargers or wallets to be snapped at the back of the iPhone. 

This is the first version and as expected, it has a few glitches here and there. Most especially when it comes to the grip at the back: a little force may push off the attached accessory. We expect improvements in the coming iPhones.

The iPhone 12 Pro Max which has an IP68 water and dust rating comes in three colors: Silver, Graphite Gold, and Pacific Blue.

Full Specification of iPhone 12 Pro Max

  • Main camera: 12MP main, 12MP telephoto, 12MP ultrawide
  • Front camera: 12MP 
  • Display: 6.7-inch, Super Retina XDR OLED (19.5:9 aspect ratio)
  • Network: 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G
  • Memory: 6GB RAM
  • Storage: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB
  • Software: iOS 14.1
  • CPU/GPU: A14 Bionic (5nm+ process)/Apple GPU
  • Connectivity: Lightning 2.0, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, WiFi
  • Battery: Non-removable Li-Ion Battery, 18W Fast charging, Qi Wireless and USB Power Delivery 2.0
  • Wireless Charging: Yes, 15W MagSafe
  • Waterproof: Yes, IP68
  • Sensors: proximity, gyroscope, compass, barometer, accelerometer
  • Color: Pacific Blue, Graphite Gold, Silver
  • Weight: 228g
  • Video: 4K@24/30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps, HDR, stereo sound rec.
  • Image: 2160p
  • Memory Card Slot: No
  • Resolution: 2778x 1284 pixels

Price of Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max

The price of iPhone 12 Pro Max is globally $1,099 but price may vary according to the forex rate in your country or the online store you’re getting the smartphone from.  iPhone 12 Pro Max cost ₹129,900 in India, N888,000 in Nigeria and $1,200 on eBay.

  • Slot Nigeria: N865,000
  • Konga: N888,000
  • Jumia Nigeria: 888,000
  • Flipkart India: ₹129,900
  • eBay: $1,200

CONCLUSION: Is the iPhone 12 Pro Max Worth Buying?

Definitely YES. iPhone 12 Pro Max is a worthy smartphone to buy as we have the best build up, features and design on it. It is very powerful, has the best camera so far, and iPhone with the longest battery life when compared to others.

When you combine the best Apple software and the best Apple hardware, you get the best Apple smartphone. The iPhone 12 Pro Max gives you the best of both worlds–a wonderful software experience all wrapped in a nice-looking hardware.

Currently, Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is having strong head-to-head with this Pro Max. But which of them is really the best? Check out the comparison on Androidsy here.

So, that’s it on the iPhone 12 Pro Max, what’s your take on this device?

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