Product: iPhone 12 Pro
Key specs: 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR display, 5G capable, Ultra Wide, Wide and Telephoto lens, Dolby Vision HDR video recording up to 60 fps, LiDAR scanner, A14 Bionic chip, water resistant to a depth of 6 metres for up to 30 minutes.
Price: ₹1,19,900 for 128GB base model
Apple is a walled garden. An incredibly pretty walled garden whose marbled walls are rather high, getting across is not cheap. And that’s just how it is. You can clamber, of course, you can EMI and exchange your way over and that’s when you will realise that you are not going back to the other side. Ever.
When Apple set its new iPhone 12 series free on the world this year, albeit later than their usual schedule, the reasons to cross over became all the more obvious. There were Android users who asked me if getting the new iPhone 12 devices were worth it – my answer was simple – “If you can afford it, go for it.”.
The iPhone 12 Pro, sells at a whopping ₹1,19,900 for the 128GB base model and sits between the more ‘regular’ iPhone 12 and the ‘really out there’ iPhone 12 Pro Max. If you want to save a few bucks, go for the iPhone 12 and maybe you will sleep easier, if you want to go “all in”, the iPhone 12 Pro Max is what you want. The iPhone 12 Pro Max made its debut in the markets a little after the iPhone 12 Pro, giving the latter very little time to really make its case for the buyers.
So, where does that put the iPhone 12 Pro? In a rather sweet spot, actually.
With three cameras on the back and the LiDAR sensor, the shiny metallic edges, the gorgeous new Pacific Blue colour, and a size that’s smaller than the iPhone 11 – the iPhone 12 Pro is ‘perfectly splendid’. And not in a mind-controlled, creepy way.
Let’s talk about the cameras first.
With the iPhone 12 series, photos are more social media-ready than ever before. In older iPhones like the iPhone 11, X, the iPhone XS etc, the photos were often ‘muted’ for the want of a better word. They were true to life in their colours and shades, the perfect palette for a professional photographer or a true-blood photo enthusiast to take them on and create things that no Android smartphone could produce. But it wasn’t for everyone. Apple’s iPhone cameras were not point-and-shoot ready. If you didn’t know how to edit them right, these would not get you your desired results on Instagram or Facebook.
Apple decided to change this starting with the iPhone 11 series. The colours started popping, they turned brighter and it was time you could just pull out your iPhone and take a photo that could go on Instagram without too much work. With the iPhone 12 series, it’s as point-and-shoot as it gets, but the photos are still more ‘muted’ than what the Google Pixels or the Samsung or OnePlus devices pull up.
The camera is the primary update in the iPhone 12 Pro as compared to its predecessors. There are three sensors on the back, you get a wider f/1.6 aperture on the main camera as compared to the f/1.8 that the iPhone 11 Pro had, and a LiDAR sensor. These two brought together means better performance in low light, it’s simple. The LiDAR sensor makes the iPhone 12 Pro focus faster in low light but you still need patience with the long exposure for the Night Mode (this is faster on the iPhone 12 Pro Max) which makes it tough to shoot moving objects at night.
Comparatively, the Google Pixel does better on the Night Mode as compared to the iPhone. However, with the other improvements packaged in, I had no qualms about using the iPhone 12 Pro as the main camera phone over the Pixel 4a – it’s actually that good this time.
The videos are pretty perfect. We have shot videos with the iPhone 11 and used it on the website without a glitch, the iPhone 12 Pro makes things look better and brighter.
Design-wise, Apple has made a change this time. It has ‘reimagined’ an old design, the one of the iPhone 5S, with shiny metallic edges and a matte glass back.
Measuring in at 6.1 inch, the iPhone 12 Pro feels very compact, smaller than the iPhone 11 actually. And I can’t even begin to tell you how great that is and how incredibly convenient. You no longer have to compromise on the display or prowess just because it is a ‘smaller’ phone, thanks Apple…….Read More>>