For The Love Of Big Screens
HWM Singapore|December 2020
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Kenny Yeo

On paper, the iPhone 12 Pro Max is the ultimate iPhone. Not only does it have a larger display, it also has a larger camera sensor, and a more sophisticated image stabilisation system. This has caused consternation among many looking to upgrade to a new iPhone this year because everyone is wondering if the iPhone 12 Pro Max is better than the rest of the iPhone 12 range.

Like the smaller iPhone 12 Pro, the iPhone 12 Pro Max has squared-off edges and highly-polished flat sides that attract prints and grime like nothing else I’ve ever seen. If you can’t stand the sight of smudges, you’ll need to put the phone in a case. The flat sides give the iPhone 12 Pro Max a distinct look, but it also makes it feel like a slab. It’s about the same size as last year’s iPhone 11 Pro Max but in the hands, the straight edges make it feel larger.

The Super Retina XDR display is now 6.7 inches large – the largest of any iPhone ever. Apart from the somewhat annoying notch at the top, it’s just about faultless. It’s super sharp, crisp, vibrant, and has excellent contrast. But most of all, it’s the size that gets you. It’s expansive.

My only complaint is that its refresh rate is limited to 60Hz. This isn’t necessarily a dealbreaker, but most flagship Android devices have displays that have a 90- or 120Hz refresh rate and they look and feel more fluid and modern. Still, the iPhone 12 Pro Max’s display is easily one of the best I have seen on any smartphone.

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