New Apple iPhone 12 Pro Review: More means Better
Introducing the new Apple iPhone 12 Pro smartphone. The next new top-range smartphone in the Apple iPhone 12 series. It promises more features, better performance, more everything.
With so many more top-rated smartphones out there, does it have the will, that special feature to fully compete and win the top spot in the smartphone market? Let’s take a look at this review of the new Apple iPhone 12 Pro.
New Apple iPhone 12 Pro
New Apple iPhone Pro | DISPLAY: 6.1-inch, Super Retina XDR OLED, HDR10, 1170 x 2532 pixels | PROCESSOR: 6-core 5G Apple A14 Bionic (5nm) | STORAGE/MEMORY: 128GB 6GB, 256GB 6GB, 512GB 6GB | OS: iOS 14.1 | CAMERA: Triple camera, 12MP (wide), 12MP (ultra wide), 12MP (telephoto), dual-selfie, 12MP (wide), depth sensor | BATTERY: 2815mAh, supports fast & wireless charging | WEIGHT: 189g | RATING: 4.5 out of 5
The new Apple iPhone 12 Pro is a top-range smartphone that comes with a new look design, great durability features, and a great hardware spec that delivers insanely fast smartphone performance.
It also includes a quad-lens camera at the back and a dual-lens camera in front, that delivers stunning high-quality photos and videos.
The iPhone 12 Pro includes a battery that supports fast and wireless charging and a rich audio experience. To see what this smartphone has in more detail, let’s take a closer look.
Display & Design
With the display, the iPhone 12 Pro comes with a 6.1-inch screen with Super Retina XDR OLED technology, HDR10, 60Hz refresh rate, and HD+ (1170 x 2532) screen resolution.
It has the same screen technology and screen size as the iPhone 12 though, so expect the same great view quality with great detail, accurate colors, good contrasts, and brightness.
Many other top-range smartphones using higher refresh rates like 90Hz or 120Hz as it makes the overall navigation and scrolling smoother. The iPhone 12 Pro will be left behind in this instance as it sticks to 60Hz.
Overall, the iPhone 12 Pro comes with a stunning display. Though the overall quality is the same as the new iPhone 12, I guess Apple sticks to what works best.
In terms of the design, the new Apple iPhone 12 Pro is made of a combination of ceramic glass and a stainless steel frame. The steel frame gives it that nice premium look and provides even more protection, better durability such as resistance to scratches, dust, and water. Perfect for the outdoors.
Not much more to say about the design either as it is the same as the iPhone 12, except that it uses an aluminum frame.
In short, the iPhone 12 Pro comes with better durability and looks better compared to the iPhone 12.
Inside the iPhone 12, Pro is a 6-core 5G Apple A14 Bionic chip, which is currently the fastest performance chip.
With storage, the models start from 128GB with 6GB of memory, 256GB storage with 6GB memory, and the highest available is 512GB with 6GB of memory. So that’s three models to choose from.
No micro SD slot here to expand the memory, but there’s plenty of it to store in the iPhone 12 Pro.
As a side note, the iPhone 12 has the same performance chip but comes with 4GB memory in its three models. The higher memory just helps to manage multi-tasking.
The performance here is impressive. The A14 chip really does the job here in delivering fast, smooth and responsive performance for daily use and gaming. Speaking of which, the Apple GPU works well to deliver great detailed graphics and smooth gameplay.
Next is the new iOS 14. It really works well with new features and improvements from older iOS. It merges well with the hardware, providing smooth navigation and scrolling for daily use.
Overall, the performance of the new Apple iPhone 12 Pro is amazing. It’s fast and fluid for daily use, great-looking iOS and gaming is a blast. Not that this is a gaming phone but it has the hardware for it.
Moving on to the camera, the new Apple iPhone 12 Pro comes with a quad-lens camera and a dual-lens camera in front.
One is a 12MP wide camera. Next is the 12MP ultra-wide camera. The third is the 12MP telephoto camera which helps mostly with the zoom function. The fourth is a 3D depth sensor.
There’s also a small 3D depth sensor called the ‘LiDAR scanner’ that helps with a lot of functions. 1) To scan objects and displays them in 3D augmented reality on the iPhone 12 Pro, and 2) It helps to improve focus and accuracy when taking pictures or videos at night.
Apart from that, the new main wide camera takes great realistic photos taking all the great detail, colors, and accuracy. It takes the best quality photos overall of the three, even in night mode.
The ultra-wide camera also works well, fitting as much detail into a wide image. It equally takes good pictures, creating realistic photos, great colors, and accuracy. The image detail is not ground-breaking but passable as average.
Telephoto photos come out great with great details and good color accuracy, especially with the 2x zoom functionality. They are just as realistic as the other two and works well.
The dual-lens selfie camera works equally as well taking great photo portraits and videos in great detail. Not much to say here as it has the function and features of the iPhone 12.
The Apple iPhone 12 Pro can record 1080p and 4K high-quality videos and includes a great video stabilization function.
The short, the new Apple iPhone 12 Pro has a much more improved camera system compared to the iPhone 12. It takes excellent photos and high-quality videos. Much of the features and functions are similar except for the added telephoto-lens camera.
As with the other Apple iPhone 12 smartphones, the Pro is no different.
The audio output is excellent. You can really hear the quality of the sound as it plays from your phone, along with the bass and treble. It’s one of the best features of the new Apple iPhone 12 Pro. No earphones in the box upon purchase.
The iPhone 12 Pro comes with a 2815 mAh battery, which is also included in the Apple iPhone 12. It supports fast and wireless charging. Compared to the Apple iPhone 11 Pro that comes with a 3046 mAh battery, the predecessor wins in terms of longer battery life, which is disappointing.
No charger included in the box, just the smartphone, and the USB-C cable. If you get this smartphone, get a 20W charger as it can charge it from 0 to 59% in 30 minutes. Wireless charging is another option, using the ‘MagSafe’ feature on all iPhone 12 devices, but is slower at charging.
For security, the iPhone 12 Pro uses the standard FaceID and passcode to unlock. It works really well especially the FaceID as it unlocks the phone fast. Since we are wearing face masks thanks to the current pandemic, the FaceID function won’t work at all when it scans our faces with masks.
Overall, the new Apple iPhone 12 Pro has similar features compared to the iPhone 12. Compared to the previous model, the battery life is shorter but the audio is excellent.
Before I say my verdict, here are a few things to note. 1) The short battery life is disappointing. 2) The fact that we need to buy a charger for the iPhone 12 Pro is also a major shock. 3) The issue with the FaceID not working when we wear face masks. These are the major drawbacks of owning an iPhone 12, worse the iPhone 12 Pro.
The better iPhone here is the iPhone 11 Pro in terms of long battery life. The current model is shorter but there are reasons for that. The current 5G chip, although it promises fast connectivity and better upload or download speeds, it consumes more power off the battery. Luckily with the iPhone 12 Pro, you can switch to 4G/LTE, which uses less power, which increases battery life. But that does not really make up for the small battery. I’m sure Apple has its reasons.
The issue with the charger is also something to note. Seeing the price of the iPhone 12 Pro, it’s an expensive phone. The fact now we must buy our own charger is a shock. Yes, I’m sure there are those of us who have older iPhones and still have their chargers but what if they don’t work anymore. You will still need to buy a charger.
The challenge with the FaceID feature is not one to stress. Yes, the unlock function is great and fast but now we must resort to enter our passcode, or take a risk and take off our face mask to unlock the phone. Not much to say here.
My final verdict, the new Apple iPhone 12 Pro is a great smartphone. It comes with an improved premium design, better durability, comes with a great camera that takes stunning photos and videos, good audio output, and top-rated hardware that guarantees fast performance. But it has a short battery life and limited accessories on purchase.
If you a fan of Apple iPhone smartphones then this is for you. if you get a charger at home, you are safe. if you still have an iPhone 11 Pro keep it. Don’t get rid of it as it’s still a great smartphone to have.
I recommend the new Apple iPhone 12 Pro because of the following reasons:
Here are reasons why you should not get the iPhone:
Recommended by the true-loved fans of the iPhone series. Also for video editors, photographers, and creatives who want a smartphone to capture photos and record videos. Not really one for college students or budget users.
Thank you for reaching here thus far. I hope you found my review of the new Apple iPhone 12 Pro informative, thought-provoking, and casual.
So does more mean better? How do you feel about the charger not available in the box?
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That’s it from me. Stay safe. Keep well until next time.
Apple iPhone 12 ProUS$ 1549.99
- 5G network connectivity
- Insane smartphone performance
- Good performance triple-lens camera with 2x zoom
- Good audio speaker performance
- Good choice model options
- No iPhone charger & headphones
- Same battery life as iPhone 12
- Limited FaceID function with face mask
- No microSD to expand storage
- Pretty expensive