Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max - Review/Price/variant/design/display/camera/Battery/Performance/

 Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max

Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max Review


The iPhone 12 Pro Max is Apple's most ambitious iPhone ever, and naturally also has a strong premium. In my iPhone 12 Pro review, I mentioned that even though the smaller Pro model is a great offering, it is probably not the best option. If you're thinking of going out on your iPhone purchase this year, you should probably consider spending a little more and getting the iPhone 12 Pro Max instead. After using it for a week, I think I was right in making that assumption.

We've already covered the iPhone 12 Pro,  Rs. 119,900 in considerable detail, and since the 12 Pro Max, Rs. 129,900 is very similar, we'll mainly focus on what's different between the two models in this review. lets start.

Price and Variants

The iPhone 12 Pro Max is available in 129,900 similar storage variants and colors as the iPhone 12 Pro, starting at 128GB, Rs. 1,29,900, 256GB for Rs. 1,39,900, and 512GB for Rs. 1,59,900. About Rs. 10,000 premium on all variants of iPhone 12 Pro Rs. 79,900 in India. Apple again sent me the same Pacific Blue color, but both models are also available in Graphite, Silver and Gold.

Design, Look and Display

One of the main differences between the iPhone 12 Pro Max and the iPhone 12 Pro is their physical size. The iPhone 12 Pro Max is Apple's largest iPhone yet, and its shape seems to be amplified due to the flattened edges of the top and bottom of the glass and the flat frame. It is longer and wider than last year's iPhone 11 Pro Max at Rs. 108,609, but any previous. It is slimmer at 7.4 mm than the Max model. It is also a heavy phone, weighing 226 grams. I think I have very large hands, but even for me, the iPhone 12 Pro Max felt a bit too large to use comfortably before, and I also talk about one-handed use here I am not doing.

However, despite this, I became accustomed to it after a while. In the post-epidemic world, I would never think of using it as an everyday phone considering my traffic by public transport. However in our current situation, where almost everyone is working from home, I think I can adjust this size for daily use. It is still going to be a bit uncomfortable to carry in your pocket, even more so if you use a case.

Like the iPhone 12 Pro, the build quality is superb. You get a stainless steel frame that runs on all sides, the usual array of buttons and ports for an iPhone, and a frosted glass back panel.

Thanks to its physical size, the iPhone 12 Pro Max has the largest display ever used on the iPhone. It is a 6.7-inch OLED Super Retina XDR OLED panel, up from 6.5 inches of last year's Max model. It also has a higher resolution of 2,778 x 1,284 pixels than the iPhone 12 Pro, resulting in a slightly higher pixel density. However, everything including the brightness level, contrast ratio, color gamut etc. are the same. I really wish Apple had used a higher refresh rate panel at least on their Max models, but I think we'll have to wait until next year and expect the best.

Camera and Image Quality

Next, let's jump to the cameras, where Apple has made some major upgrades to the iPhone 12 Pro, on paper anyway. The main rear camera is new and is said to have a 47 percent larger sensor with larger (1.7 micrometer) pixels for better light performance than the iPhone 12 Pro. Apple has also used sensor-shift stabilization, which means that the lens itself can move slightly to compensate for lens shaking (known as OIS) rather than hand shaking on its own axes. This is the first time on an iPhone, but we have recently seen a similar implementation in the Vivo X50 Pro.

Finally, Apple has also moved to a new telephoto camera, which has a focal length (65mm vs 52mm), so you will now get 2.5x optical zoom and 12x digital zoom compared to 2x optical and 10x digital on the iPhone 12 Pro . One side-effect of having a 12x optical zoom range in a similarly sized body is that the aperture of the telephoto camera has had to be upgraded from f / 2.0 to less f / 2.2, but Apple says it made Has gone in other ways.

Apart from these changes, the rest of the camera features are the same as the iPhone 12 Pro. All sensors are still 12 megapixels, and all support Deep Fusion, Night Mode, Night Portrait and Smart HDR3. The iPhone 12 Pro Max can also shoot Dolby Vision HDR videos up to 4K 60fps. I have compared all the samples shot with the iPhone 12 Pro at the same time, to see how much the new sensor and lens made an impact.

In broad daylight, the detail differences between the two phones are mostly negligible. Even if you increase the images and pixel-peep, it is difficult to find many (if any) differences between the photos taken with the iPhone 12 Pro Max and the iPhone 12 Pro. The same goes for their ultra-wide cameras, but that's not surprising since Apple hasn't changed anything about the latter.

The iPhone 12 Pro Max's telephoto camera lets you zoom in a bit more optionally than the iPhone 12 Pro, which is nice, but once again, I don't see a huge difference in image quality during the day. Even after 12 x zooming all the way digitally, the image quality was more or less the same.

Close-up photos taken in good light looked great. The colors and details were spot on, and the exposure was well balanced. Portrait mode works very well, whether you use the main camera or the telephoto one. Again, the results I got were similar to the iPhone 12 Pro.

The benefits of the new sensor in the iPhone 12 Pro Max's primary camera are not very obvious in daylight shots, but it certainly helps in low light - though not in the way you might imagine. The iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max have similar f / 1.6 apertures, but due to the larger pixels on the Pro Max's main sensor, it doesn't need to keep its shutter open, as long as the 12 Pro does to capture. The iPhone 12 Pro Max will often keep its shutter open for the entire second low, and sometimes it won't even need to engage night mode.

In terms of the difference between the sample shots of the two phones, I noticed mildly better details in one landscape shot captured with the iPhone 12 Pro Max, but in most others, including close-ups, there was virtually no difference.  Because of the reduced exposure time in low light by Pro Max, it is easier to get sharp shots because you do not have to hold your hands for long.

The wide-angle cameras on both the 12 Pro Max and 12 Pro capture extremely weak details compared to their main cameras, but can still give the iPhone 11 Pro ₹ 84,900 series. Night portrait shots taken with the iPhone 12 Pro Max also look great. 

The selfie camera is similar to the iPhone 12 Pro, so, surprisingly, the results were once again very similar. Portrait mode works well, and night mode in low light helps produce very good exposure.

Videos shot at 4K during the day with great colors and details looked great. Dolby Vision HDR videos look even better when viewed on the display of the iPhone 12 Pro Max. The new sensor-shift stabilization is effective, as the video recorded with the Pro Max has no noticeable panic when shooting in broad daylight, something I noticed with the 12 Pro when both sides Shot the video together. The video recorded at night had good details and colors, and there is very little panic when walking. The stabilization is slightly better than the iPhone 12 Pro, but not the whole lot. Not so if you were expecting gimbal-level stabilization from the iPhone 12 Pro Max.

The camera upgrade to the iPhone 12 Pro Max over the iPhone 12 Pro makes capturing low-light photos easier, and gives you the benefit of higher optical magnification with a slightly better stabilization in video, along with a telephoto camera. Overall, the result is not a big jump in my opinion.

Battery life

According to the third-party report, the iPhone 12 Pro Max has a battery of 3,687 mAh, which is much higher than the battery capacity of the iPhone 12 Pro, but slightly less than the iPhone 11 Pro Max. Still, I found the battery life to be excellent, as the iPhone 12 Pro Max lasted two full days on a single charge through light use. Gaming and heavy use of the cameras made it a bit faster, but the battery is still enough to carry you through an entire day, and then some. In our HD video loop test, the iPhone 12 Pro Max lasted 16 hours and 52 minutes, which was better than the 12 Pro, but not as good as we've seen from many Android phones.

You can charge the iPhone 12 Pro Max quickly using any standard USB Type-C power delivery charger. With the 18W charger that came with the iPhone 11 Pro, I managed to get 47 percent in half an hour and 83 percent in an hour. You can use Apple's optional MagSafe wireless charger, but keep in mind that it is quite hot and will take longer to fully charge the phone than wired charging.

Boost and Performance

The performance of the iPhone 12 Pro Max is very similar to the iPhone 12 Pro, which is why I left this section for the very end. It uses the same Apple A14 Bionic SoC, has 6GB of RAM, 5G and all other good stuff like IP68 rating and eSIM functionality. 

The iPhone 12 Pro Max is a big and heavy phone, and you have to use it with both hands most of the time. If you like big smartphones then you can get accustomed to its unintentional size. I'm still afraid to fall out of my pocket while riding the bike, but other than that, the size started growing on me after about a week. Texting is easy, apps and games feel more immersive, and videos are more enjoyable. The display has also received high praise for color accuracy and contrast.

iOS 14 runs great, and my experience was similar to when I used the iPhone 12 Pro. However, I just wish that Apple would allow a better multitasking option on the 12 Pro Max to take advantage of all this screen space. If you switch to another app, the most popular video streaming apps will automatically run in picture-in-picture mode, but that's to a great extent what you can do. Reachability is also an issue with such a large display, but thankfully the old swipe-down gestures are meant to pull the screen's content down.

Like the iPhone 12 Pro, the iPhone 12 Pro Max is very hot when gaming. Games like The Pathless look great, but the steel frame and rear glass cause it to get very hot, that too after a few minutes. This causes a slight drop in Frame art in some games, as the system tends to lower the SoC slightly to keep the temperature as high as possible. Without a case, the phone becomes a bit uncomfortable to hold after a while.


At the end of my iPhone 12 Pro review, I said that you should probably look at the 12 Pro Max instead if you don't have any budget constraints, and after reviewing it, I think it's actually a better option. Yes, it is Rs. 10,000 more than the iPhone 12 Pro no matter which storage variant you choose, but you get a much larger display, longer battery life, and some improvements to the rear cameras. This model is definitely not for everyone, mainly due to its huge size, but if you can get used to it, it definitely provides the best iPhone experience you can get this year.

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