iPhone 12 Pro Max review

The iPhone 12 Pro Max is the best iPhone 12 of the bunch and comes with a stunning 6.7-inch display, amazing cameras, 5G, and longer battery life.

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Top cameras

Excellent battery life

Immersive 6.7-inch display

Superior performance

Convenient MagSafe charging

Against

Charger sold separately

A little weighty and bulky

No 120Hz display

iPhone 12 Pro Max specs

Price: $1,099
Display: 6.7 inches (2778 x 1284)

Colors: Silver, Graphite, Gold, Pacific Blue

CPU: A14

Storage: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB

Rear cameras: 12MP wide (f/1.6), 12MP ultra-wide (f/2.4), 12MP telephoto (f/2.2)

Zoom: 2.5x optical/12x digital

Front camera: 12MP TrueDepth (f/2.2)

5G: sub-6Ghz, mmWave

Battery: 3,687 mAh

Battery life: 10 hours 53 minutes

Size: 6.33 x 3.07 x 0.29 inches

Weight: 8.03 ounces

The iPhone 12 Pro Max is much more than a bigger-screen variant that’s the iPhone 12 Pro. With its 6.7-inch display, it is the largest screen ever to be seen in any iPhone. But the iPhone 12 Pro Max (from $1,099) stands up to its name in other ways, including the most advanced camera than the standard iPhone 12 Pro and considerably longer battery time.

Naturally, you’ll have the same lightning-fast A14 Bionic chip as well as 5G connectivity that is found in all different iPhone 12 models, but this is the Apple phone to buy to get the most quality of the best. Is all this worth the additional $100 over the standard Pro? Absolutely.

Read our full iPhone 12 Pro review for a version that is smaller

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Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra vs iPhone 12 Pro Max: Which phone wins?

Based on my experience it’s the best iPhone 12 of the range in the event that the large screen is what you want. If you’re thinking about it then take a look at the iPhone 12 Pro vs iPhone 12 Pro Max comparison.

The iPhone 12 Pro Max topped our Tom’s Guide Awards 2021 for phones across multiple categories. It was previously our top choice for the top smartphones. However the iPhone 13 series is now in the market, and that top position is now taken by iPhone 13 Pro Max. iPhone 13 Pro Max. The new iPhone series also means that the iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max are no longer available and it’s difficult to purchase a new model from this point from now. But nevertheless, this is the most complete information regarding the iPhone 12 Pro Max.

iPhone 12 Pro Max review price and date of release

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The iPhone 12 Pro Max came on the 13th of November in 2020. The phone was launched with a price of $1,099/PS1,099 and 128GB in memory. Upgrade to 256GB will cost $1199/PS1,199. The 512GB model is costing $1,399/PS1,399.

The iPhone 12 Pro Max generally costs more than $100/PS100 more than the regular iPhone 12 Pro regardless of the capacity of storage.

Be aware to be aware that the iPhone 12 Pro Max does not include a charger cable. A 20W fast charger retails at $19 while Apple’s MagSafe charger costs 39 dollars. Visit the iPhone 12 deals page to find the latest deals from retail stores as well as all the major wireless providers. If you buy one of the iPhone 12 Pro Max at Apple, for instance, you can get up to $525 off of the cost of the most recent iPhone when you sell the iPhone you currently own. (Only the latest models can get the same amount however older models like the iPhone XS Max fetches you an additional 320 dollars from Apple. )

iPhone 12 Pro Max review Design and colors

 

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The iPhone 12 Pro Max is an absolute beast when compared to the regular iPhone 12 Pro. The difference lies in having a device that can be used comfortably with one hand but, you are not.

However, you’ll receive a more expansive and immersive screen that can not only accommodate more content, however, it also includes an additional keyboard to type on and an in-built theater that can be carried around in your purse.

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The iPhone 12 Pro Max looks more expensive than the predecessor iPhone 11 Pro Max. This is due to its sleeker, modernized edges. The shiny, polished gold stainless steel I was using in my iPhone was really attractive. It’s like a phone model of jewelry. However, the metal surface is prone to picking up fingerprints quickly.

Apart from gold different choices for color include less slick graphite, silver, and the striking Pacific Blue I really like on the Standard iPhone 12 Pro.

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The screen notch in the iPhone 12 Pro remains pretty big, however, the TrueDepth camera is great to use Face ID. I’d love it if Apple could find an option to incorporate Touch ID in the display or on the power button, as it did with the latest iPad Air.

With 6.33 x 3.07 and 0.29 inches, and 8.03 ounces in weight, the iPhone 12 Pro Max is slightly heavier than the iPhone 12 Pro. It has a larger display, and it’s approximately the same dimensions, in addition to the fact that Apple has trimmed the edges of the display.

The iPhone 12 Pro Max is even more durable than the previous model. It has the Ceramic Shield display in the front and it’s rated to deliver four times the drop rate as well as an improved IP68 water resistance that drops to six meters, instead of the previous 4 meters.

iPhone 12 Pro Max review: Display

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Thanks to its 6.7-inch OLED display The phone’s OLED display is smaller but much brighter over its 6.9-inch Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. While viewing Stranger Things, I enjoyed the bright display that almost took me off guard that I was using a smartphone.

The iPhone 12 Pro Max also is the most accurate display in terms of color we’ve tested. The display registered 0.07 for the Delta-E test, which is where zero is the perfect number. Note 20 Ultra registered 0.24. Note 20 Ultra notched 0.24.

The screen of the iPhone 12 Pro Max’s screen averaged 654 nits during our tests in our lab, which is slightly more than the 662 nits on the Galaxy. In the outdoors, however, we found that the screen of the iPhone is easier to see under direct light.

The only thing that’s missing from the iPhone 12 Pro Max is the smooth 120Hz speed which would have allowed more smooth scrolling and better gaming, just like on the current Samsung flagships. Let’s hope that the iPhone 13 will be as smooth. iPhone 13.

iPhone 12 Pro Max review: Cameras

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The iPhone 12 Pro Max offers the best cameras on any phone, and that’s saying something considering how good the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra and Pixel 5 are.

The iPhone 12 Pro Max has a larger main sensor than the iPhone 12 Pro, which is designed to deliver an 87 percent improvement in low light conditions vs the iPhone 11 Pro Max. The main lens on the iPhone 12 Pro Max also features a fast f/1.6 aperture and a LiDAR sensor for faster autofocus.

You also get a 2.5x optical zoom from the iPhone 12 Pro Max’s 12MP telephoto lens, which is behind the Note 20 ultras 5x zoom but is better than the 2x on the iPhone 12 Pro.

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As you can be able to see from this collection of iPhone 12 Pro Max images it is a master even in dim light. I’ve been unable to capture a good image of the moon prior to when I tried this phone. The moon’s reflection might be more clear but the clouds surrounding it are extremely clear.

The iPhone 12 Pro Max camera’s Smart HDR 3 capability also was awe-inspiring in capturing the challenging scene of a stream with a backdrop of several trees that have a complex combination of shadows and sunlight.

To compare camera images Let’s begin with this image of mums that were taken with an iPhone 12 Pro Max. The iPhone’s image is brighter and richer yellow, whereas Pixel 5’s Pixel 5 shot turns the flowers into gold. The Pixel photo doesn’t have any pop. Pixel image.

The iPhone 12 Pro also beats the Pixel 5 in this shot of the produce. There’s a lot more shine to the peppers on the image of the iPhone. Google’s image appears dull and flat in comparison.

The iPhone 12 and Pixel 5 were more equally matched in this photo. The iPhone performs better in creating my facial expressions, particularly with the dark shadow. But, the yellow on the back of my Star Wars shirt looks more bright and vibrant and has more contrast in general with the Pixel.

How about zoom? At 7x an iPhone 12 Pro Max’s image of the mural appears good but the Pixel 5’s rendition looks like a watercolor.

Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has the most powerful and sharper zoom. At 12x, you can clearly make out the text that is across the street, on the sign for the fish market, or even the license plate number of the cars. Furthermore, Note 20 Ultra Note 20 Ultra can keep going until 50x.

In terms of low-light performance, The Pixel 5 has the edge in this Christmas tree image. The greens look lusher and you can get more details on the jade pieces. In the iPhone 12, Pro Max’s picture is more muted.

Outdoors The iPhone 12 Pro Max gets the thumbs up since it has a little more details in the flower and pumpkin. The Pixel 5’s photo is more vibrant, but it has some film overlay.

In this photo it is clear that each of the iPhone 12 Pro and Pixel 5 take great photos, however, they perform with different methods. The Pixel 5’s image has more details in my stubble and shirt however, the iPhone 12’s image is warmer and provides more consistent lighting on my face.

Last but not least, this Night Mode shot shows how Apple’s LiDAR sensor can give it an advantage. It is able to create portraits at night, unlike Pixel 5 cannot. As a result, my face is better focused when I shoot my iPhone 12 Pro Max shot.

iPhone 12 Pro Max review: Video

The iPhone 12 Pro Max uses sensors shift stabilization in order to ensure that things remain constant, unlike the optical stabilization of images. However, the results were remarkable. Even at a rapid speed, it was clear that this iPhone 12 Pro Max did an excellent job of keeping the park footage smooth even when the lens flare slipped in due to the sunlight.

This stunning panorama of the Manasquan river captured using the iPhone 12 Pro Max looks stunning. You can clearly see lots of ripples in the river and the tiny specks of cloud amidst the sky are sharply defined. This is because of The iPhone 12 Pro Max’s Dolby Vision HDR support for video. Even at 2.5x, the fidelity is outstanding.

iPhone 12 Pro Max review: Performance

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If you’re looking for a phone with the incredible performance it’s the A14 Bionic processor inside the iPhone 12 Pro Max, which comes with an impressive 6GB RAM is comparable. While playing the Arena combat game, I kicked struck, and impaled opponents with aplomb, and the game was as fluid and smooth as that of a console.

The iPhone 12 Pro Max also beat its predecessor, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra on the 3D Mark Wild Life graphics benchmark. Apple’s phone recorded 41 frames for every second as opposed to only 24 frames per second for Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. Galaxy.

It’s no surprise that as expected, the iPhone 12 Pro Max also outclassed the Android competitors in Geekbench 5. Apple’s phone scored 4,111 on the multi-core test, and 1,603 for single core. Compare this to Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, which scored just 1,603. Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, with Snapdragon 865 Plus chips scored only 3 294 and 985.

In our own test of video editing. We found that the iPhone 12 Pro Max just 28 seconds to convert an HD video to 1080p. This is compared to just 1 min and 16 sec with The Note 20 Ultra.

iPhone 12 Pro Max review: 5G

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In terms of sheer performance, it’s the A14 Bionic processor on the iPhone 12 Pro Max, coupled with the six gigs of memory, is without equivalent. While playing the Arena combat game, I kicked hit, and impaled my enemies with aplomb, and the game was as smooth and fluid as that of a console.

The iPhone 12 Pro Max also beat Galaxy Note 20 Ultra on the 3D Mark Wild Life graphics benchmark. The iPhone’s camera recorded 41 frames for every second as opposed to only 24 frames per second for Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. Galaxy.

It’s no surprise that the iPhone 12 Pro Max also beat the Android competitors using Geekbench 5. Apple’s phone scored 4,111 on the multi-core test, and 1,603 for single core. Compare that with Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, which scored just 1,603. Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, which has a Snapdragon 865 Plus processor scored only 3 294 and 985.

In our own test of video editing. We found that the iPhone 12 Pro Max just 28 seconds to convert the video in 4K to 1080p. This is compared to one minute, 16 seconds on The Note 20 Ultra.

iPhone 12 Pro Max review: 5G

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The iPhone 12 Pro Max supports every 5G model including sub-6GHz as well as mmWave. I tried the phone on T-Mobile’s network and observed decent speeds in Central New Jersey — but not a blazing speed.

With using theSpeedtest.net app which is available on it was found that the iPhone 12 Pro Max maxed out at 211 Mbps downloads, and 77.5 Mbps upload speed.

Similar to the other iPhone 12 models, the iPhone 12 Pro Max can instantly switch to 4G through the Intelligent Data Mode. This is useful in situations where the display is turned off like when you stream music.

iPhone 12 Pro Max review Life of the battery

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One of the most compelling reasons to buy an iPhone 12 Pro Max is the additional endurance you gain by using its bigger battery.

In Tom’s Guide Battery Test, which is a continuous web browsing experience over 5G networks, the iPhone 12 Pro Max lasted 10 hours and 53 mins. This is nearly two hours more than the standard iPhone 12 Pro, which was able to last for 9:06.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 20 Ultra was just a bit slower than that of the 12 Pro Max with a time of 10:26 over 5G. This fell to 7:59 with the 120Hz display option switched on.

iPhone 12 Pro Max review: Charging

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As with the rest of the iPhone 12 lineup, Apple does not include a charger inside the box of the 12 Pro Max. It could be the best choice according to what Apple has claimed however it’s also a hassle particularly if you need to quickly charge your phone.

A fast charger for $19 will drain an iPhone 12 Pro Max to less than 50% in 30 minutes. However, MagSafe is receiving more attention due to the fact that it uses magnets located at the bottom of the iPhone 12 Pro Max to quickly connect to a charger. The $39 charger has 15W that’s slower, however, it’s twice as fast as the earlier iPhone charging devices that wirelessly connect.

Remember that you’ll require an electrical power brick as well as a MagSafe adapter since they’re both sold separately.

It’s worth noting that the iPhone 12 Pro Max also is compatible with a variety of MagSafe accessories, such as wallets and cases to be attached to the device, along with Apple’s $229 MagSafe Duo charger, which charges both your iPhone along with your Apple Watch simultaneously. You’ll have to purchase an energy-efficient 20W charger in order for this device to function.

iPhone 12 Pro Max vs iPhone 12 Pro

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It’s true that the iPhone 12 Pro Max and iPhone 12 Pro share most of the same features however, there are some major distinctions. Both flagship phones feature the A14 Bionic chip 5G, OLED, and OLED displays The iPhone 12 Pro Max’s 6.7-inch screen is significantly bigger than the 6.1-inch screen that is on the iPhone 12 Pro.

Furthermore to, it is also worth noting that the iPhone 12 Pro Max offers the ability to zoom in on the subject more than its predecessor iPhone 12 Pro (2.5x vs 2x) as well as a greater digital zoom (12x instead of 10x). Additionally, the iPhone 12 Pro also benefits due to having a larger sensor for its primary broad camera. This allows for more light.

In addition to the larger screen, The primary reason to choose an iPhone 12 Pro Max over the standard iPhone 12 Pro is the longer battery time.

iPhone 12 Pro Max vs Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

The iPhone 12 Pro Max has an impressive rival with Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra. Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, with dual telephoto cameras that can provide 10x zoom optical. Additionally, it has an AMOLED display that is more vibrant, with a 120Hz display, more battery life, and S Pen support. The S21 Ultra costs $100 more in the beginning and is slightly in comparison to its predecessor, the iPhone 12 Pro Max in regards to picture quality and performance.

Read our comprehensive Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra vs iPhone 12 Pro Max face-off to determine which one is the best fit for you.

iPhone 12 Pro Max review: Verdict

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The iPhone 12 Pro Max lives up to its name in a couple of important ways. You’ll get a bigger display than the standard iPhone 12 Pro and a much longer battery lifespan. Personally, I did not find that the larger sensor gave better images than those you can receive from the other iPhone 12 models, but it’s nice to benefit from a greater zoom.

It’s all about what you’d like to do with a compact phone or if you prefer large screens. I am in the latter group, however, you’ll be able to get any of the iPhone 12 Pro models. In terms of Android competitors, it’s the iPhone 12 Pro Max put all of them on the spot with better cameras and more efficient performance. Its sibling, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is an excellent alternative due to its higher-quality zoom and a dazzling 120Hz display however, more importantly, the iPhone 12 Pro Max is nonetheless the better phone overall.

The iPhone 12 Pro Max remains an excellent phone, even after a year since its launch. It’s difficult to find after there’s an iPhone 13 Pro Max is being sold. It’s the iPhone 13 Pro Max improves over its predecessor, the 12 Pro Max in several ways, and is worth the extra cost in the event that you are unable to find the old phone in the stores since it’s been removed.

Mark Spoonauer

Mark Spoonauer is the global editor in chief of Tom’s Guide and has covered technology for nearly 20 years. In addition to overseeing the direction of Tom’s Guide, Mark specializes in covering all things mobile, having reviewed dozens of smartphones and other gadgets. He has spoken at key industry events and appears regularly on TV to discuss the latest trends. Mark was previously editor in chief of Laptop Mag, and his work has appeared in Wired, Popular Science and Inc. Follow him on Twitter at @mspoonauer.

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