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iPhone 12 Pro: Every Inch The Pro

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Last year’s iPhone 11 Pro was our favorite Apple device. It took a big step forward in the camera realm with a versatile triple rear camera and increased battery life – a constant cradle for many iPhone users. Apple launched four iPhone 12 devices this year, add the iPhone XR, SE, and 11, you’ve got a pretty diverse portfolio that crosses the price points. If you’re in the market for an iPhone upgrade, you are probably asking yourself a few questions: is the price premium (over iPhone 12) justified and is it a big leap? compared to the 11 Pro.

We’ll start this exam with a basic question. What is a premium smartphone experience? You may find different answers to this question, depending on who you are asking. For me, it starts with the moment you first hold a smartphone in your hand. This is where you justify the hefty price you claimed for the device of your choice. You are bound to experience this sensational moment when you grab the iPhone 12 Pro for the first time. Especially if you go for this year’s new shade – Pacific Blue (which we checked out); it is a device that you must experience firsthand. Videos or pictures just don’t do it justice.

Apple has taken a step backwards with its new flat-rim design that echoes the industrial design of the iPhone 5 and the nuances of the iPad Pro design pattern. It’s flatter than the 11 Pro and feels nicer in your hand than its predecessor. It is almost the same weight as the 11 Pro despite having a slightly larger 6.1-inch screen. The surgical-grade steel on the rim looks beautiful, especially in light, but you get the same notch we’ve grown used to on iPhones for a while now. The 12 Pro boasts of a ceramic shield (with nanocrystals infused into the glass) which Apple says is four times stronger than glass. The 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR OLED display (1170 x 2532 pixels / 460 PPI) looks stunning with deep blacks and vivid colors, but lacks the 120Hz refresh rate that is becoming more and more popular. standard in flagship devices.

Much like last year, the rear triple cam is a big part of Apple’s sales talk. The first thing I did after setting up the device was to take a quick series of comparison photos with the iPhone 11 Pro. The feature that stood out to me was Night Mode and Apple’s Deep Fusion now being available on all lenses and shooting scenarios. The 11 Pro didn’t offer a night mode when shooting with the ultra-wide lens. It’s the same with videos. Night mode time-lapse videos could become a thing on Instagram with the 12 Pro. The 12 Pro has the LiDAR sensor that we saw on the iPad Pro. While you can score some of its AR potential in the “future” box, this sensor is having a visible impact on low-light photography where the iPhone 12 Pro just might be the mobile shooter to beat.

Apple’s A14 Bionic chip is at the heart of this device; it’s crazy fast. This is the same thing we said about last year’s A13 chip in the 11 Pro, which has the edge over some of the powerful new smartphones of 2020. Apple has upped the entry level device. at 128 GB (64 GB for the 11 Pro); on time too. Apple doesn’t share battery specs, but the 12 Pro is in the same situation as the 11 Pro in our initial testing. We’ll add a caveat: With WFH in 2020, it’s harder to determine battery performance, even with heavy camera and video use.

During Apple’s iPhone 12 launch keynote, the company announced that it will be phasing out the power adapter and headphones from iPhone 12 cases. This is part of the company’s environmental initiative – according to reports. Apple estimates, these changes will reduce more than 2 million metric tons of carbon emissions per year, which is equivalent to taking nearly 450,000 cars off the road each year. While we believe more businesses should be inspired, this decision may not appeal to many users. You will need to find an outlet for a USB-C to Lightning cable or go wireless. Apple’s new MagSafe charger could be part of the mix; we will soon dive into MagSafe in a detailed explainer.

The high-end build and pro-grade camera (which we always play with, especially the video capabilities) is also a step up from last year’s 11 Pro, and this year the differences between the 12 and the 12 Pro seem less pronounced than the 11 versus the 11 Pro. The 12 also has an OLED display and a formidable dual camera. And then there’s the iPhone 12 Pro Max which arrives in mid-November with a bigger screen, better battery life, and a camera system with a few more upgrades. The iPhone 12 Pro remains our choice if you don’t mind the asking price; this mid-kid of the 2020 iPhone 12 lineup represents the best of both worlds. It has a great camera, looks premium and hits a sweet spot in terms of screen size and weight.

the iPhone 12 Pro comes in silver, graphite, gold and pacific blue and starts at Rs 1,19,900.

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