One month with the iPhone 12 Pro

I’m one month into using the iPhone 12 Pro as my daily phone and thought it would be timely to check in and share how it’s going.

I was tempted to get the iPhone 12 Pro Max, as I love a big screen. I’d also been using an iPhone XS Max for two years, so I just assumed I wouldn’t be downgrading in terms of screen size. But when @TheFrankFlyer got his 12 Pro, I was shocked by how much it felt like the perfect size.

One month later and I’m so glad I didn’t opt for the monster 12 Pro Max and glad I’m back to using a phone I can operate with a single hand.

Screen aside, it’s lightning fast (and the XS Max was no slouch), has a gorgeous screen, has a design that is stunning and can actually fit in my pockets. I’m a big fan, yeah.

One of the first things I bought after the phone was a case. I sported my iPhone XS Max case-free for months, in part to make it slightly smaller, but didn’t want to tempt fate with a brand new phone.

Initially, I bought Apple’s transparent plastic case, and have to admit it was one of the ugliest things I’ve ever seen Apple create. I lasted with it for less than a week before getting one of Apple’s leather cases, in black. The leather case adds next to no weight or heft, meaning it’s still a one-handed phone. But seriously, avoid that transparent case. It’s tacky as hell.

I wonder if this year represents zenith of big screen expansion. At 6.7 inches, the iPhone 12 Pro Max is a monster. I’m sure lots of people will like it, but the response to the iPhone Mini was incredibly interesting. People were clamouring for a smaller phone and Apple were finally making one.

I don’t think I’ll be going the Max route again. If at any point I need a larger screen to read something, then I have a choice of iPads. An interesting side-effect to buying a smaller phone is that my screen time each week has decreased. I’m less interested in staring at a phone screen for ages when it’s smaller. It’s more of a phone and (amazing) camera, less of a social media time-sink and library.

Phones as phone. What a radical departure!

(Photo by Daniel Romero on Unsplash)

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