iPhone 12 Pro Max Review

Jake Minnick '21, Sports Editor

Released on November 13, the iPhone 12 Pro Max is the largest iPhone produced to this date.

Sporting a 6.7’’ Super Retina XDR display, the 12 Pro Max is a monster in more ways than one.

The larger OLED screen provides greater resolution for the user and more surface area to stream media or view images than any other iPhone before.

The device runs IOS 14.2 with 5G capabilities. Currently, full 5G capability is not globally available but here in New Jersey it runs at a decent speed.

The next-generation Neural Engine (A14 Bionic chip) allows the device to run in a smooth simultaneous manner while running daily tasks (surfing the web, texting, playing games, etc.) giving the user a friendly experience with the device.

I have had to the ability to purchase and review the device and let me tell you…it is massive.

Going from the iPhone XS Max you would think that it couldn’t have gotten that much larger, but immediately out of the package you can notice and feel the difference in size, screen size and weight.

The user experience has been phenomenal and nearly flawless. Setting up new iPhones with IOS14 is a seamless experience; turn the new device on, put it next to the old one, and select transfer date. Your photos, settings, apps, logins, and Apple ID transfer over in a timely manner (dependent on the amount of data that is being transferred).

Of course, the most enticing upgrade of the iPhone is the 3-system camera setup that was previously seen on the iPhone 11 Pro Max. It has definitely lived up to the hype. Sporting wide, ultra-wide, and telephoto lenses, the camera is able to capture wider angles and fresher images. The camera seemed to perform extremely well in low-light environments due to the new night-mode capabilities of the device. Taking images of nature and still objects also showed a significant improvement to the previous models. Most exciting, the iPhone 12 Pro Max is able to record 4k video with Dolby Atmos audio, and to add, the sound quality is fantastic.

The phone’s battery life also drastically improved. Totaling at 3,687 mAh battery, I was able to get nearly 24 hours of light use and until the early evening with heavy use. Compared to past iPhones, the battery held up well for a long period of time. The device ships with a USB-C to Lightning cord, but no power adapter. I purchased the Anker Nano 20W power adapter to go with my new device and cord. The promised fast charging abilities are no lie. I was able to get more than 50% battery charged in under 25 minutes, something we’ve never seen before with Apple products.

The new medical grade stainless steel sides and Pacific Blue colorway make this device feel as premium as the “Pro” label can provide.

The user experience on the iPhone 12 Pro Max stays unbeatable by other flagship models and is worth the upgrade if camera quality, size, battery, and quality are at the top of your list