I usually get a new iPhone every year, I don’t have many hobbies or spend on other things so it’s my one treat a year. This year though I’m torn and I keep coming back to staying on the 11 Pro might be the best thing to do.
The iPhone 12 Pro doesn’t look to be much of an improvement to warrant a big outlay. It’s also slightly larger than a phone I already don’t like that much.
The iPhone 12 Pro Max is probably going to have a mega camera but I doubt I could manage it day to day without flaring up my RSI again. I did try an 11 Pro Max and found it to be very top heavy.
The iPhone 12 Mini is my perfect size but I know I’ll regret it every time I go to use the optical zoom (2x), which I use quite a lot on my 11 Pro.
All of this leads me to think that keeping my 11 Pro as it’s what I’m already using, doesn’t cost me anything to keep running and I have the camera I really like might be the best thing to do.
I’ve checked trade in price on my 11 Pro and I can afford a Mini or Pro Max so I’m going to sit it out for now until I see some evidence it’s worth shifting models this year.
What are you planning on doing?
With reviews coming in now for both of these models I’m finding it interesting that both MKBHD and John Gruber seem to prefer the feel and weight of the iPhone 12, something that’s got me rethinking any choices I may have been making.
Having a glossy back and aluminium sides looks to be better to keep hold of. The matte finish on my 11 Pro looks fantastic and doesn’t let it slide off surfaces but is more slippery to my hands. I’m not precious about stainless steel sides and personally prefer the look of the raw aluminium.
This really has me thinking about whether I go standard size 12 if the Mini turns out to be too small. I intend on testing one out somehow!
I’m still torn over the camera system on the Pro, that additional 2x is something I use a lot but I’m going to try not to use it as an experiment to see if I could manage without it.
I already know I’m not going near a Pro Max even if the camera is fantastic, it’s just too big.
I’ve been thinking a lot about the iPhone 12 and where it sits in the decision to upgrade from an existing iPhone then it hit me – I don’t see USB-C ever coming to the iPhone. This is a shame as I have a lot of them around now but with the new MagSafe I don’t see Apple adding USB-C to the iPhone.
If anything the rumours of a port less iPhone seem even more likely. If MagSafe can do data then the writing is on the wall and the iPhone 11 Pro might be my choice of iPhone for a long time.
With the impending release of the iPhone 12 Mini it’s got me thinking about form vs function?
With the iPhone X onwards I’ve never really been that comfortable with the size increase from the 7. For me the 7 was the perfect sized iPhone. But, I love having the best camera I can get on the iPhone each year, but this isn’t going to be happening for me going forward.
For me the choices this year are
- Stick with the 11 Pro. I keep the 2x zoom but left with a larger phone than I want
- Move to the Mini and lose the 2x but gain a more comfortable form factor
- Get a Max but know I’ll be suffering with RSI issues
Do you prefer to have the best spec or the most comfortable iPhone to live with?
I’ll most probably stick with my 11 Pro, the camera is still great and I’ll keep missing the smaller form factor but I’ll be saving money. I’ll most probably try to get my hands on a Mini to see what’s it’s like and if it’s a revolution for me I’ll switch and live without the zoom camera.
Great little post by Matt over at Birchtree showing some love for the camera we got with the iPhone 11 Pro. I was thinking just this morning that the jump from XS to 11 Pro was the biggest I’d noticed on the iPhone line up so far and why I haven’t felt the need to upgrade this year for the camera alone.
Here’s a few of mine.
One of the reasons I’m looking at getting a 12 Mini is returning back to the days when I didn’t even think about using a case. On my 11 Pro I’m without a case probably 80% of the time but I do find the matte texture on the back a bit hard to keep hold of sometimes. I hate, hate, hate cases…
My favourite iPhones are the jet black iPhone 7 and 5 – neither of these needed a case and felt better for it.
The screen on the 11 Pro is already too big for me and when I adjust my hand to reach a corner is when I feel I’m going to drop it.
I’m fully intending to use a 12 Mini without a case and see how it feels in day to day use.
I’ve always bought Apple Care+ on the new iPhones and with the new models it doesn’t look like you can transfer your current plan over to the new one.
If you’re looking at Apple Care+ on the iPhone 12 Mini, it’ll be £149. I throughly recommend you add this to your purchase price.
Whilst looking at the specs on the new iPhone’s it really struck me how the default payment now seems to be ‘get a finance plan’. The default option or the first presented on all of the screens with buy buttons is pay monthly. Personally I wouldn’t recommend using a payment plan on an iPhone, especially when you’re already paying monthly for your phone contract.
In 2020 we have so much uncertainty and if your finances change you’ll be stuck with a phone you may not be able to keep.
Save a bit on the side for a few months if you are thinking about the plan or sell some old tech you aren’t using (that’s what I’m doing) and wait a bit, that way you’ll also see reviews and be able to take a step back from the hype and make a more rational choice.
It turns out less than I was expecting. As you can see from the details (12 Pro on the left) it’s a little taller and wider but thinner and a tiny bit lighter.
I think if you’re coming from an 11 Pro you aren’t going to notice much difference moving to a larger 6.1″ screen.
I’ve been digging into the details of the new Apple devices as I found the presentation to be somewhat confusing. The first bit that interested me was the battery life.
(12 Pro: left & 11 Pro: right).
Reading the specs on the Apple site the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro should be getting just about the same battery life. You can see you’re getting one more hour of life on the 11 Pro with video playback but in real use I can’t image it’ll make a difference.