iPhone 12 and 12 Pro: Prints, Differences and Charging with MagSafe

We have been using the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro as main phones for the last 5 days and we tell you our impressions of the new Apple phone, the obvious differences from the previous generation and how that new design with the sides of the iPhone 5 feels in hand.

We already have Apple's new mobiles on hand, at least two of them, as Apple will release this year four (if we don't count the SE 2020 a few months ago) and that release has been segmented. The first to arrive have been the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro and within a few days will arrive the 12 Mini and 12 Pro Max.

It may seem strange, but although there are four models, the differences between them are very, very concrete. You no longer have to choose screen panel because they all have the same, the main cameras and the wide-angle are identical... and the reason for choosing between the four is the size, whether or not you want telephoto and whether you're compensated by the Pro Max's main camera.

The two that we have on our hands are... really similar to each other and the only difference are some details in the design and the two-magnification telephoto camera. Without further time, and as we continue with the analysis of the new iPhone 12, we leave our impressions after five days of use.

A spectacular screen on a body that reminds us of the iPhone 5

These first impressions of the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro are going to be brief, as we have the analysis in the oven and they are just a few strokes for those who can't wait any longer. We always start by talking about design and when we talk about Android mobiles, the design of a particular model may like it more or less, but there are many options both within the same brand and in others.

If we talk about the iPhone, the design is important because basically, if you want a new iPhone sold by Apple, right now you have two options: either the 12 or the 11-analysis -, or the XR... or the iPhone SE 2020- analysis-. They no longer sell the 11 Pro because the 12 is as 'Pro' as last year's "professional" model, except for telephoto.

That is, you're either going for one of the 2019 "non-pro" models... or you're going to get the new model with flat frames, like the iPhone 4/5. I love these flat sides, but I recognize that in the hand were somewhat more comfortable the rounded ones of previous generations.

That said, one of the first things that catch your eye when you pick up the new iPhone 12 for the first time is thickness, just 74 millimetres, and weight. 162 grams are spectacular in that size of 6.1" and it is really very, very comfortable to carry the phone in your pocket. The 12 Pro has the same dimensions (the sleeves are compatible, in fact), but the weight goes up to 187 grams.

One of the differences between iPhone 12 and Pro models is that the sides of the 12 and 12 Mini are textured aluminium (therefore matte) while those of the 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max are polished stainless steel. It's a bright, pretty finish, but the prints look nice.

The two models feature a nano-ceramic display (now we'll talk about this) and a glass back, but the iPhone 12's back finish is brilliant because of the textured matte finish of the Pro model. The Pro is nicer in hand as well as cleaner. In the camera module the opposite happens, the finish is matte for the 12 and bright for the 12 Pro (and the module of the 12 Pro is beautiful, everything has to be said).

Our models are the blue ones in each range. The blue of the Pro model seems beautiful to me, really, but the normal 12 wouldn't know how to describe it. It is a very, very intense blue that looks in very different ways depending on how the light influences, whether we are indoors or outdoors, etc.

The colour palette is richer on the iPhone 12 and they are all... curious. The red of the 'Product RED' is not that intense red of before, but something more coral or 'broken red', the green is a pretty nice clarity green and then we have the typical black and white.

Let's move on to the screen. the two mount the same Super Retina XDR panel, which is how Apple describes a 2,532 x 1,170-pixel HDR panel with a pixel density of 460 dpi.

It's a very good density and we're not really going to notice the individual pixels. On both mobile phones, we have a 60 Hz soft drink and it would have been nice to have 90 Hz, but the battery would not have endured the typical day of use.

The colours are vibrant and rich, the viewing angles are excellent and the blacks... well, it's an OLED panel, so they're the best we can get. In this sense, very well by the screen of the new iPhones.

The controversy comes with protection. Apple tells us that it has a protection of nanoceramic crystals that are up to four times more resistant to falls. It may be true, and from the videos we've seen, it's very resilient, but we're not going to try it. What I can tell you is that I have a scratch on the screen of the iPhone 12, all over the middle.

Many of them are no consolation of fools, but it has happened to Marques Brownlee, Topes de Gama, La Manzana Mordida, two colleagues who have bought it (and those do not have two iPhone 12s) and other YouTubers. I'm not going to say it's a problem, but there it is.

To finish with the screen, this time we don't have 2.5D sides as we did we had these last generations. This is an end-to-end flat screen and that doesn't stop it from navigating smoothly and comfortably. Actually, I expected a greater jump from the rounded edges, but the truth is that I have not noticed noticeable differences and the experience is very good. Also, this serves to protect the screen from falls.

iPhone 11 vs iPhone 12: Are you rounded or curved frames?

Before moving on to the A14, the heart of the new iPhones, let's dig a little deeper into the design and weight of the new iPhones compared to the previous generation. As I say, one of the things that catch my eye the most is thickness and weight, almost more than flat sides.

The iPhone 11 was 8.3mm thick and the 11 Pro was 8.1mm. The new iPhones have a profile of only 7.4 mm and that's a difference that looks small, but you can see them both in hand at the same time and, of course, if you're iPhone 11 users and you're jumping, you'll notice that too.

Weight also makes an important difference. Of the 198 grams of the iPhone 11 and the 188 grams of the iPhone 11 Pro, we move on to the 162 grams of the iPhone 12 or the 187 grams of the iPhone 12 Pro. The 12 Pro is on the line, but it's amazing how little the iPhone 12 weighs.

You don't have to compare it to other mobiles, just have that 6.1" screen on your hands with that low weight to realize that there's a very good job for Apple in this regard. Surely, thanks to a very small battery, but that's another issue.

The A14 can with everything

New iPhone, a new generation of Apple SoC. We have on our hands the controversial Apple A14, a chip with which Apple seems to have invented 5G modems and that is what all the new iPhone 14 and the new iPad Air mount.

Apple doesn't give too much data on the chip, but we know it has six cores, some of them at 3.00 GHz and it's built-in 5-nanometer lithography. In the Pro model, we have 6 GB of RAM per 4 on the iPhone 12 and, in the end, this is something that matters rather little when we talk about Apple due to the great communication between hardware and software.

We've done some testing on AnTuTu, getting 589,493 points on the iPhone 12 Pro and 596,796 on the iPhone 12. They are in line with the most powerful Androids, but in the end, the important thing is that the games move great and that the whole system goes seamlessly.

iOS 14 is a particularly closed system (although something else has been opened to customization with this new version) and that has bad and good things.

Among the good ones is that the total optimization to exploit the resources of the phone, something that Apple has always done masterfully and everything before us moves smoothly, practically without loading times and without strange animations.

Excellent cameras at full light and an angle that improves at night

And we move on to the cameras. It's one of the main reasons to switch mobiles every year and those of the iPhone 12, at least the three that aren't the Pro Max, where we'll have the real revolution, seem pretty conservative, but there are improvements here and there.

On the iPhone 12, we have two sensors of 12 megapixels, f/1.6 and stabilized for the main angle and f/2.4 for the ultra-wide-angle. The same configuration, but adding a stabilized telephoto of 2 magnifications, 12 megapixels and f/2 we have in the 12 Pro and the LiDAR that improves the focus a little more.

A smooth day of use with a controversial load

The battery is a controversial point with every generation of iPhone. With the industry moving in the 4,500/5,000 mAh as typical capacity and loads that are in the 30s, 65s and up to 120W per cable with models wirelessly charging at 50W, iPhone numbers don't impress.

Apple goes to safety and we have a 2,815mAh battery on both iPhone 12 and 12 Pro. In our tests, we are reaching the day of use without problems and without resorting to energy savings. I make intensive use of the phone, especially with many social networks, notifications, Apple Watch always connected and quite a few photos, so the autonomy is not outstanding, but enough for that day of worry-free use.

Regarding charging, we'll go deep into the analysis, but we have a USB Type-C to Lightning cable in the box... and that's it. The iPhone 12 supports 20W charging, but we need to buy the charger separately to enjoy that charging. Yes, it can be charged if we have another Lightning at home, but we're not going to enjoy fast charging if the charger isn't USB-C. With the 18W charger, we have 50% in just over half an hour.

In fact, these early days with the terminal, I would almost recommend buying the MagSafe more than Apple's official charger for Lightning. And yes, MagSafe works through Apple silicone cases and is capable of charging other Qi phones, although in this case, we won't have adhesion.

Continuing, but the new iPhone is still... an iPhone

An iPhone is an iPhone and we can't expect a company like Apple to reinvent the wheel in every generation. They are continuing phones for a few years that have a very good base and are improving here and there to offer very round mobiles and a very satisfying software experience.

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