Thoughts on iPhone 12 Pro Max vs iPhone 7 Plus

by Colin Berkshire

I upgraded my five year old iPhone 7 Plus for a new iPhone 12 Pro Max. I got a $1,500 model with maximum RAM.

It is genuinely surprising how little the iPhone has changed in five years. Here are my observations:

The Good:

  1. The most compelling feature is Dual-SIM capability. But it works poorly with Google-Fi.
  2. The iPhone 12 is styled like the iPhone 5. It is far more beautiful than the iPhone 7. And, it is less slippery in my hand.

The Bad:

  1. The screen isn’t as bright on the iPhone 12 Pro Max. My iPhone 7 screen is actually brighter.
  2. Face-ID doesn’t work with a mask. I am used to lifting my phone up and having it open, and now I have to enter my passcode all the time.
  3. Face-ID doesn’t open up to the Home Screen. With Touch-ID you press the button and it identifies you and opens up to the Home Screen. But its Face-ID you must go to through the extra motion of swiping up.
  4. To me, the iPhone 12 doesn’t feel faster, it doesn’t feel better, it doesn’t really feel different at all. I know it has far better specs, but they don’t seem to actually matter.
  5. I can’t believe that there is still no native VOIP support. Why can’t I put a VOIP extension from my office on my iPhone?
  6. The phone is much heavier feeling
  7. They still use a lightning port. Why on earth do they still have that? I know there is talk of eliminating all ports, but that would be terrible, too. I need to plug in to charge on airplanes. I don’t want to have to carry a charging puck in my briefcase. (What’s the big deal about wireless charging anyway?) They should just use USB-C like the whole rest of the world.
  8. I just hate the notch. It is ugly. They could have kept the notch but use it only for displaying battery and other status icons on a black background. Why do my videos need visual horns?
  9. Is 5G actually good for anything? I mean, really, does it actually allow something you do on a phone to really be faster?
  10. Why is it so expensive?