While the iPhone 12 (Pro) will only be launched next Friday, the first iPhone 12 reviews are already pouring in. Various international media have already been allowed to test the first 5G phones from Apple. What do they think?
iPhone 12 reviews
The iPhone 12 and 12 Pro have a new flat-sided design, and Dieter Bohn’s The Verge can appreciate the design. “I love the new design. We’ve been living with curved edges on iPhones for six years since the iPhone 6 of 2014. It feels like a return to the iPhone 4 and 5 models; the last iPhones where I really loved the design. “
The tech journalist has especially high hopes for the cheaper iPhone 12. “The iPhone 12 will be the default choice for many people who buy an iPhone in the coming year, and it’s fortunate that the standard iPhone is so good. I think most people should have this device instead of the iPhone 12 Pro. “
Don’t buy because of 5G
Gareth Beavis from TechRadar sees the iPhone 12 as a minor upgrade with great potential. “Apple relies a lot on others to make it a success. The 5G networks need to be rolled out even more widely and manufacturers need to quickly come up with MagSafe accessories to make the new phone really attractive. The iPhone 12 doesn’t feel very different from the iPhone 11, although it has been given a higher price tag. “
A major improvement is 5G, but that shouldn’t be the main buying argument, Lauren Goode warns Wired. “Get the iPhone 12 if you’ve been waiting a long time for a fast phone with a great camera and prefer iOS. But don’t just buy the iPhone 12 for 5G. It should not be too expensive a vehicle for technology that you cannot take full advantage of yet. “
Chris Velazco from Engadget was impressed with both iPhones, noting that the difference between the standard model and the Pro version has narrowed. “This is what I find really interesting about these phones: they are even more alike than I expected before I started testing. The gap between the “regular” iPhone and the Pro has narrowed, which is great news for anyone who doesn’t want to spend more on a smartphone than necessary. But it also means that it is not easy to choose between the two. “
Despite the minor differences, there are also reviewers who clearly prefer the iPhone 12 Pro. Patrick Holland from Cnet for instance. “During my time with both phones, I found myself reaching for the 12 Pro more often. Not because of the telephoto lens or LiDAR scanner that the 12 lacks. I appreciated the textured frosted glass on the back, the glossy stainless steel band around the sides and the fact that despite weighing nearly 25 grams more, the 12 Pro feels more solid and premium.
Another important argument for choosing the 12 Pro instead of the 12 is the camera. The iPhone 12 Pro delivers exactly what we’ve come to expect from Apple – great photos in almost any situation, with balanced colors and beautiful detail, “said Nilay Patel of The Verge. “The iPhone 12 Pro is slightly improved over the 11 Pro in most situations, adding the ability to take actionable photos in even more difficult conditions.”
“All in all, the iPhone 12 Pro camera remains one of the most powerful and capable smartphone cameras on the market.” There is an important “but”: the 12 Pro Max isn’t out yet, and that camera is even better. “The only problem is that the iPhone 12 Pro Max will be released in a month,” he continues. “If you’re the kind of person who buys a new phone for the camera, I’d definitely wait.”