iPhone 12 Pro Review - Best But Not Worth the Money. 11

iPhone 12 Pro Review – Best But Not Worth the Money.

Some Days back when the iPhone 12 Lines up was released, there was a very strange thing which happened, there was very less difference between the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro, but the price difference was around $200, so what are things which justifies the $200 price difference.

Here is A Detailed Review of the iPhone 12 Pro.

iPhone 12 Pro Specification Table

SpecificationsiPhone 12 Pro
Display6.1-Inch Super Retina XDR OLED, ~86% Screen to Body Ratio.
1170 x 2532 Pixels Resolution, 19.5:9 Aspect Ratio.
460 PPI Pixel Density.
True-tone
CPUApple A14 Bionic
Hexa-core
GPUApple GPU (4-core graphics)
Memory6GB RAM
Storage128GB, 256GB, 512GB
NVMe
Camera/Optics12 MP, f/1.6, (Wide Lens), 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF, OIS
12 MP, f/2.0, 52mm (Telephoto Lens), PDAF, OIS, 2x optical zoom
12 MP, f/2.4,(Ultrawide Lens)
TOF 3D LiDAR scanner (depth)
Video Recording Options[email protected]/30/60fps, [email protected]/60/120/240fps, 10‑bit HDR, Dolby Vision HDR (up to 60fps), stereo sound rec.
Front Camera12 MP, f/2.2(Wide Lens)
SL 3D, (depth/biometrics sensor)
BatteryLi-Ion, non-removable
Fast charging 20W, 50% in 30 min (advertised)
ConnectivityWiFi 6.0
Bluetooh 5.0
SecurityFace-ID
Headphone JackNo

Specification Details
https://www.apple.com/in/iphone-12-pro/specs/

Design and Build Quality

The very same design as that of the vanilla iPhone 12, which is again the same as that of the older iPhone 4 and 5, Flat design, with flat and sharp edges, with flat screen and flat back, the only difference is the Stainless Steel frame in the 12 Pro.
The design is excellent and is very comfortable to hold in hand, and due to flat and sharp edges it has an excellent griping

The build quality is always excellent; Corning Gorilla Glass protects both the front and back, and it has an Aluminium Frame. The ceramic coating increases the shatter resistance exponentially. but, there is almost no improvement in scratch resistance.

Display

iPhone 12 Pro has the same display as that of the vanilla iPhone 12, the display is just a bit brighter.
It has a 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR OLED Display, with ~86% Screen to Body Ratio, a native resolution of 1170 x 2532 Pixels Resolution, a 19.5:9 Aspect Ratio, 460 PPI Pixel Density, and supports True-tone.

The Display is excellent, with deep blacks, excellent contrast, etc, but it’s the same one used on the iPhone 12, it would have been better if it had a 120hz Refresh Rate, then it could easily be called a Pro Display.

Performance

The Apple A14 Bionic, which was in the iPad Air, is also powering the iPhone 12 Series line-up.
The iPhone 12 Pro is powered by the Apple A14 Bionic, a Hexa-Core CPU with Apple 4-Core GPU.
As Said by Apple, it has 40% more transistors than the A13 Bionic.
And even the A13 Bionic was one heck of a processor; the A14 Bionic is the most powerful SoC out there as of now.
You won’t be able to differentiate between the 12 Pro and 11 Pro in day-to-day usage, as they both have an excellent SoC.

Memory and Storage

iPhone 12 Pro has 6GB of RAM and 3 storage options, 128/256/512GB of NVMe Storage.

Camera/Optics

iPhone 12 Pro has a Triple Camera system but has 3 Lenses and 1 Sensor, the LiDAR Sensor.

12 MP, f/1.6, (Wide Lens), 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF, OIS
12 MP, f/2.0, 52mm (Telephoto Lens), PDAF, OIS, 2x optical zoom
12 MP, f/2.4,(Ultrawide Lens)
TOF 3D LiDAR scanner (depth)

Video Recording options Include
[email protected]/30/60fps, [email protected]/60/120/240fps, 10‑bit HDR, Dolby Vision HDR (up to 60fps), stereo sound rec.
iPhone 12 Pro is the first smartphone in the world to record in 10-bit HDR and Dolby Vision HDR.

Front Facing camera has two sensors, but only one lens
12 MP, f/2.2(Wide Lens)
SL 3D, (depth/biometrics sensor)
[email protected]/30/60fps, [email protected]/60/120fps

There is literally no difference between the Shots from the Vanilla 12 and 12 Pro, in normal lighting conditions, there are some minimal improvements in the night light Auto Focus, night mode shots, and Fast Moving object Auto Focus Due to the LiDAR Sensor.

Now coming to the Extra 2X Telephoto Lens, It can easily be the best 2X Telephoto Lens out there on a smartphone, but when we go beyond the 2X, and if the Software detects that the Zoom shots from the main camera will be better, it uses the Primary lens instead of the 2X for most of the Zoom more than 5X.

The LiDAR Sensor is excellent for Depth Shots and Portrait modes, it Allows the iPhone 12 Pro to shot Night Portrait mode with top of the line edge accuracy, also all the apps which use AR can use the LiDAR sensor, and they work amazing with the LiDAR sensor, take for example the Measure App, the measurements from it are much more accurate than any other previous models.

As for videos, the iPhone 12 was the absolute best, but the iPhone 12 Pro, is even better than that Absolute Best.

Battery

iPhone 12 Pro has a 2815mAh battery with 20W fast charging.
It’s not as good as the 11 Pro, and even the vanilla 12 has a better battery life, but it can be due to that extra 2GB RAM which needs extra power, but even then it’s in the Top Notch range and will easily last for a day and a half with typical usage.

Audio

Same Audio Specs as that of the Vanilla 12, but has a tad bit better Audio Quality and louder volumes, but most of the people out there probably won’t notice the difference.

Security

For Security, there is Face-ID and Pin, but in these Pandemic times where masks are a must, Face-ID is Pretty much useless in outdoor conditions.

User-Interface

iPhone 12 Pro is running on iOS 14, its an excellent UI.

Extra

Its IP-68 Rated Water Resistance upto 6m for 30 mins.
Its also 5G Supported, and their one amazing thing in 5G, the iPhone 12 Pro, if used in a 5G supports area, will only use 5G when needed; if the tasks perform doesn’t need 5G speeds, then it will just be on 4G, and if the need arises for 5G then it will switch to 5G, it’s done to save battery.

There is Also MagSafe, which can be used to attach various things to the back of the smartphone, like the MagSafe Charger, which is a Qi Charger which charges at 15 W as compared to other Apple wireless charges which chargers at just 7.5W; you can also attach a magnetic wallet at the back.

iPhone 12 Pro Pricing in India

ModelPrice in IndiaPrice in the US
iPhone 12 Pro 128GBRs. 1,19,900$999
iPhone 12 Pro 256GBRs. 1,29,900$1,099
iPhone 12 Pro 512GBRs. 1,49,900$1,299

You Can Buy the Apple iPhone 12 Pro at Amazon, they give the best price one can get on a Geniune 12 Pro in India.

128GB

256GB

512GB

Conclusion

The iPhone 12 Pro is not good as the iPhone 12, I mean yeah it has some improvements, but most of the people out there will probably just go for the 12, or it’s better to wait for the 12 Pro Max.
For the Extra $200(₹40,000 in India)) what you are getting is an Extra 2X Telephoto Camera, extra 2GB of RAM, Double Storage(128GB), Stainless Steel Frame, LiDAR Sensor.
And if you are spending an extra $200 for it, it may be worth it, but it will be better if you wait for the iPhone 12 Pro Max.

Final Verdict

  • One of the Best CPU/GPU out there(Probably the Most powerful SoC out there)
  • Excellent Camera Setup
  • Excellent Selfie Camera
  • Excellent Build Quality and Design
  • Excellent Display(XDR OLED)
  • Excellent Battery life
  • NVMe Storage
  • WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC Support,
  • IP68 Rated(Up to 6M for 30 mins)
  • MagSafe
  • Lack of Charger in the Box

Visual Image Credits
https://www.apple.com/in/iphone-12-pro/

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