It’s that time of year when we have the latest and greatest from Apple for reviews. While this has been an annual occurrence for years, its charm never fades. There are many reasons for this, but the most important is the propensity of each new iPhone to serve as a window into the future of smartphones.
This year’s iPhone 12 series is a bit special in this regard. While it definitely looks to the future with technologies like the world’s first 5nm chipset, LiDAR sensor, and the ability to record videos in Dolby Vision HDR, at the same time, it also looks back fondly with its beautiful, boxy design.
The iPhone 12 series is available in four models. Of the two, the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro are the same size but vary in terms of features. Interestingly, the difference between the two is not too much, with only a few extras that differentiate the Pro from the first. So in this iPhone 12 Pro review, we will try to understand if those extras are really worth Rs 1,19,900 that the company is asking for for the 12 Pro.
IPhone 12 Pro design: timeless beauty
With the iPhone 12 series, Apple has resurrected a design language that it previously abandoned. In recent years, the company gravitated toward smooth curves and a fluid design language. However, with the iPhone 12 series, we’ve seen square bezels, flat screens, and equally flat rear panels return. In a more refined way.
While all four iPhones released this year follow the same design language, the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 look virtually identical because they house screens of the same size in equal dimensions. But there are some differences that involve using glass with a matte finish on the back of the iPhone 12 Pro, rather than glossy glass on the iPhone 12.
This particular design element makes a big difference, giving the iPhone 12 Pro a sleeker, more understated appeal. The choice of matte rear glass apparently affects the color options as well. The iPhone 12 Pro comes in silver, graphite, gold, and blue, while the iPhone 12 is available in more striking colors like blue, green, red, white, and black.
Another difference is the shiny steel frame on the iPhone 12 pro, rather than matte aluminum on the iPhone 12. This makes the iPhone 12 pro appear more expensive, giving it a shiny look. At the same time, steel is also the reason why the 12 Pro weighs a few grams more than the iPhone 12. Aluminum is lighter.
The screen is also a bit different. Both the iPhone 12 have OLED screens that measure 6.1 inches and a resolution of 2532 x 1170 pixels, but Apple says the Pro phone has a brighter screen. We see it in use, even if the difference is not day and night.
In short, all the design elements of the iPhone 12 Pro come together to create a phone that feels classic and modern to me at the same time.
IPhone 12 Pro performance – works flawlessly
Under the hood, the iPhone 12 Pro includes the same core hardware found within the other iPhones released this year. This means the same A14 Bionic chipset. Manufactured using a 5nm manufacturing process, the A14 Bionic brings significant benefits to the iPhone 12 series. Apple claims that iPhone 12 series phones are up to 50 percent faster than other smartphones and approximately 40 percent faster than other smartphones. faster than iPhone 11 series phones.
While the claims based on Apple’s internal benchmarks are nice and good, the key question is how the phone performs in the hands of users. The answer is that while using the phone I never had to worry about performance for even a second. Whether for general use or gaming, the phone performed as well as expected. The iPhone 12 Pro doesn’t have a 120Hz display that none of the iPhones have, but I find that even then, while scrolling through the pages, it is very smooth. Launching applications is as simple as switching between them.
Browsing the web on the iPhone 12 Pro is a pleasure. The browser or open tabs never crash, even if there are dozens of tabs in the background.
Network performance is solid, although the 5G support offered by the phone currently cannot be used in India. I found the 4G connectivity accurate and solid. With my dual-band Wi-Fi router, the iPhone 12 Pro provided stable and fast connections.
IPhone 12 Pro camera: almost the best option for point and shoot
Apple prides itself on making its iPhones the simplest smartphones money can buy. While the jury is still out on that claim, it won’t be an exaggeration to say that the iPhone 12 series of phones is arguably the simplest point-and-shoot camera solution on a smartphone available at the moment.
While there are a number of good cameras on the smartphone market right now, the cameras on the iPhone 12 Pro are not only good but also extremely easy to use. This is for two reasons. One, the camera app on phones is as simple as ever. And two, the capable hardware includes the LiDAR sensor and the triple lens camera setup, which works seamlessly to create good images.
Unlike the iPhone 12, the 12 pro has three cameras. There is the 12 megapixel main camera. Then there is one with the telephoto lens, again using a 12 megapixel sensor and the third also uses a 12 megapixel sensor but paired with an ultra wide angle lens.
All three cameras are assisted by the LiDAR sensor that the phone uses to calculate the distance between the lens and the in-focus subject, thus improving autofocus speed and image quality in low-light scenes.
In terms of performance, the iPhone 12 Pro’s camera system working in conjunction with computational photography algorithms powered by Apple’s A14 Bionic chip can capture some fantastic shots. While Apple doesn’t offer much flexibility to actually change the outcome of these shots, better manual controls area available through third-party apps like Halide most of the time, the iOS camera app captures lots of detail and accurate colors for ensuring the point-and-shoot images are some of the best you can get with a phone.
This time, the night mode is compatible with all cameras on the iPhone 12 Pro. Although the best results in low light are obtained when you click the shots with the main lens of the phone.
Apple has also improved video recording. The iPhone 12 Pro can record videos in Dolby Vision HDR, which is very important. The difference between normal video and HDR-enabled video is striking, with the latter displaying more vibrant colors and a much higher dynamic range. Of course, this may not be a very exciting talking point for regular users, it will certainly be useful for video professionals who can fully utilize 4K 60 FPS footage shot with HDR and 10-bit colors.
IPhone 12 Pro Battery Life: MagSafe and More
The iPhone 12 Pro is one of the slimmest iPhones Apple has created to date, and it’s only been possible because the company slightly reduced the device’s battery size from last year. We know from teardowns that the iPhone 12 Pro battery has dropped from 3,046 mAh in the iPhone 11 Pro to 2,815 mAh in the iPhone 12 Pro.
But the battery life during actual use is more or less unchanged, probably because the A14 Bionic and other components are more energy efficient. In use, I easily get at least a day of battery life from the iPhone 12 Pro. In fact, on days with light gaming and fewer cases of turning on the camera, I manage more than a day of runtime on a single charge.
The iPhone 12 Pro supports fast charging via the 20W charger not included in the box and needs to be organized or purchased separately and is enough to fill 50-60 percent of the battery in about 30 minutes.
IPhone 12 Pro supports MagSafe charging, Apple’s latest wireless charging solution. But, as with all Apple, MagSafe is much more than a normal wireless charge. It’s a custom solution for iPhones, involving iPhone 12 series phones with magnets lined inside their back covers, surrounding a charging coil that can take up to 15 watts of power wirelessly. The magnets ensure that the phone is firmly attached to the MagSafe pad and that, unlike other charging solutions, the phone remains firmly attached to the charging pad. This basically ensures that you can even use wireless charging in the car or while using the phone. It’s a smarter and more convenient wireless charging solution than ever before.
Another great advantage of using MagSafe charging on iPhones is that it is slightly faster than previous generation technologies. At 15W, the MagSafe pad is capable of charging nearly 35 percent of the iPhone 12 Pro’s battery in about half an hour. Although in my use, I saw it mainly charging the battery around 25 percent in 30 minutes. I think this is because the charging speed of the MagSafe pad depends on the temperature of the accessory. While Apple claims a maximum wireless charging speed of 15W with the MagSafe charger, it also mentions that the charging speed depends on how hot the phone and accessory are running during the charging operation.
The MagSafe is quite expensive with a price tag of Rs 4,500. And not everyone will feel the need for it or find a use case for it. However, if you want a wireless charger that you can use in a car or want a wireless charger for your office or study table, MagSafe is a great solution.
IPhone 12 Pro review conclusion
The iPhone 12 Pro is one of those devices that is near perfect. It is perfect. From design to performance, it has everything your heart would want and then a little more is added to make the experience that much better. But it is expensive starting at Rs 1,19,900.
For many people, the iPhone 12 will be a more sensible option if they want a near-perfect phone because “the perfect one” comes at a premium. But if you don’t mind paying the premium and are looking for a compact phone for making a lot of calls, watching movies, clicking on simple yet great-looking photos, and browsing the web in a fast browser, the iPhone 12 Pro is the best for you. . can get.
Apple iPhone 12 Pro review
- Looks good
- Windy performance
- Good cameras
- A little expensive