The iPhone 12 Pro Max is the biggest, heaviest, and most expensive version of Apple’s 2020 smartphone, and it’s a beast in every dimension.
The best iPhone in its class costs £ 1,099 and ranks above the 12 Pro (£ 999), 12 (£ 799) and 12 mini (£ 699).
The 12 Pro Max has the same new design as the rest of the iPhone 12 range: square sides, a front bezel with slimmer bezels, and a frosted glass back. It has the same drop-resistant “Ceramic Shield” technology covering the screen and the new MagSafe magnetic system on the back for wireless chargers and accessories, but that’s where the physical similarities end.
The huge OLED screen measures 6.7 inches diagonally, making all other iPhones a competition for Android super phones, like the 6.78-inch OnePlus 8 or the 6.9-inch Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.
The screen is amazing. Bright, sharp, like a tablet of this gigantic size. Watching HDR video is great, and there’s a good selection of stereo speakers too.
It usually takes two hands to hold, just like the super phone competition. It’s very wide and weighs 226 grams: 18 grams heavier than the Note 20 Ultra, 39 grams heavier than the smaller 12 Pro, or 64 grams heavier than the regular iPhone 12.
Thanks to the hard edges, I found the 12 Pro Max to be much easier to grip than its round and equally heavy predecessor, the iPhone 11 Pro Max. I can use it with one hand with a pinky finger in gymnastics and have never had any pain in my hand like I had when trying to grasp the 11 Pro Max bar of soap.
The iPhone 12 Pro Max has the same A14 Bionic processor as the regular 12, 12 Pro, and iPad Air, and has 6GB of RAM with storage starting at 128GB, double that of the 64GB iPhone 12. The performance is equally excellent in all aspects: fast, smooth and fast for processing photos and videos or when playing games. Speeds in 5G were similar, with slightly better reception than the iPhone 12 Pro and little impact on battery life.
The battery life is the leader in the category with more than 48 hours between charges (eight hours more than the iPhone 12) with a screen playback of more than seven hours. The phone will last from 7 a.m. from the first day until 7 a.m. of the third day using 5G for about five hours, and the rest will be spent on wifi.
It takes 30 minutes to charge the battery to 50% and 73 minutes to reach 90%, but it takes 2 hours and 13 minutes to fully charge with Apple’s 20W USB-C cable and power adapter worth £ 19, or more than three hours with MagSafe Wireless Charger.