A Hard Sell With The iPhone 12


The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini are the best base-model iPhones ever built. They offer an all-new flat-edged design, they finally get an OLED display, plus they offer the 5G support that will ensure future-proofing. But there’s one question — where does that leave the iPhone 12 Pro?

Sure, the iPhone 12 Pro has a third camera lens, but at first glance, that’s about the only thing that puts it ahead of the hundreds-of-dollars-cheaper iPhone 12. As a result, the iPhone 12 Pro has an uphill battle ahead of it. Much more so than the even-more-expensive iPhone 12 Pro Max.

So, is the iPhone 12 Pro worth it? Well, it kinda depends.

iPhone 12 Pro design and display

The entire iPhone 12 series has gotten a design refresh, and while it’s not a radical change, like the iPhone X was, but it does breathe a bit of new life into the iPhone. Gone are the rounded sides, in favor of a new flat-sided look that’s reminiscent of the iPhone 4 era. It’s a good look.

Image source: Christian de Looper for BGR

On the phone, you’ll get a glossy, stainless steel frame that’s color-matched to the rest of the device’s body, depending on the color you get. The headline-making color for this year is Pacific Blue, which is a nice deep blue. We’re reviewing the Space Gray model.

You might assume that the flat sides make for a sharp feel, but the iPhone 12 is comfortable to hold. I actually think the flat edges make for a device that’s easier to hold, though the glossy frame on the Pro models are a little slippery. Around that frame, you’ll get everything you would expect, including a ringer switch, volume rocker, power button, and Lightning port. There’s no USB-C port here folks, and we don’t expect one any time soon. There’s also a small patch on the right side of the frame, which is used for mmWave 5G support.

Like the standard iPhone 12, the iPhone, the 12 Pro has a hidden trick on the back. Support for the new MagSafe. MagSafe on the iPhone 12 series allows you to magnetically attach compatible chargers, as well as other accessories. It’s actually a pretty neat concept, and I’ve been using the wallet accessory with the iPhone 12 Pro since launch. The magnets are about…

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