The first plus-sized phone I used was the iPhone 6+, followed by the 7+. By the time I had the 7+ for a year I was desperate to downsize to a regular phone.

So it was with some trepidation I chose the Pacific Blue iPhone 12 Pro Max. Online reviewers exclaimed its hugeness, a gigantic phone that might as well be called an iPad Mini.

What have I done?

Early Signs

In eager anticipation, I ordered a new case to arrive before the iPhone. The Nomad leather folio arrived a few days before the pre-order gates opened.

I panicked.

Had Nomad sent me the wrong case? The size was small, and on the side, I read "iPhone 6 7".


And it came from Hong Kong. With my glasses on it read the new iPhone 6.7". But the case barely looked bigger than my current iPhone XS. Was the Pro Max the giant monolith reviewers have led me to believe?

When DHL brought my phone on 14th November, I was thrilled. The iPhone 12 Pro Max is not a small iPad, it is an iPhone slightly, yes slightly, more enormous than iPhone XS. Less than 2cm taller and 7mm broader.

That's all.

But compare those figures with the standard iPhone 12 Pro.

The Max is 14mm taller, and 7mm wider than the non-Max. Hardly a defining measure between massive and medium.

The squared edges and frosted glass back make the phone feel and look like an entirely new product compared to the slippery slab of ice that was my iPhone XS and last year's 11s.

The screen offers excellent space, and my reduced collection of apps don't get lost.

I'm going minimalist and making more use of iOS 14's library. I wouldn't care if I had only one widget on the home screen, space is beautiful.

While the steel edge attracts fingerprints, remember that edges are for feel not for staring. I've not taken any notice of fingerprints; they don't register.

The iPhone 12 Pro Max feels like a sharp, solid piece of tech, offering more grip. Some may feel the phone is less comfortable to hold compared to rounded iPhone generations, but to me, it feels different, not uncomfortable.

The iPhone feels heavier, but that means it feels like a £1200 phone.

Deep Dive

I love blue.

My car is blue, most of my clothes are blue and sometimes so is my mood. My favourite song is Mr Blue Sky. So when Apple release a blue iPhone, it's a no-brainer.

Pacific Blue looks okay on and YouTube, but in real-life it is drop-dead gorgeous. Thank God Apple has moved away from producing only dull grey and white phones.

Due to the pandemic, there was no in-store pick-up option.

The home delivery option gave me some concern. Though given the drop tests on YouTube, I needn't have worried. iPhones work despite massive abuse. However, there were no signs of any abuse to the package. All arrived in top condition.

It breaks my heart to see drop and scratch tests on YouTube. Smashing phones on concrete or rubbing them with sandpaper makes the new iPhones seem like a cheap throw-away product.

But it will take me two years to pay mine in full. So I appeal to YouTube vloggers, stop right now!

I'll not choose in-store pick up again. The home experience is so much more superior.

No crowded shop, no apple employees asking lots of questions and unboxing the new iPhone for you.

In the comfort of my own home, I had the pleasure of unboxing and using the on-screen blue QR misty cloud code thingy to transfer my data from the old to new phone. Set up was a breeze.

Other Observations

  • The lens array is chunky and larger than the standard Pro models.
  • Volume and power buttons are slimmer, and I do question their longevity, appearing less sturdy compared to older phones.
  • Sound from the speakers is fantastic.
  • No charging brick included, so to help the environment, I bought the new 20W charger. 😉
  • MagSafe purchased too, to keep my Apple Watch charger company.
  • Heaven knows why Apple includes one pointless sticker in the box.

During the COVID pandemic, I have gone naked around the house more often; I mean my iPhone has. With being out and about less frequently, the case is off, and the naked iPhone can show off its premium feel.

For a couple of years, I've been satisfied with Nomad's Folio leather case. So I ordered the Max version to dress up the iPhone 12 Pro Max when I go to the shops.

Why Why Why?

I wanted the Pro Max not so much because of the larger camera sensor, but because I wanted my next iPhone to look and feel different.

And it does.

The keyboard is slightly larger for writing and publishing directly from the phone.

Apple has made the right decision to offer different types of iPhone 12s. There's one to suit all preferences. The iPhone Mini is not only small; it is premium.

You will not miss out going small.

The fuzzy line appears between the standard and Max sized phones. The size difference isn't vast.

Buy the iPhone you prefer - colour, size, capacity. Let the camera sway you a bit, but be assured; there is no bad iPhone.

iPhone 12 Pro Max; it doesn't feel enormous; it feels like an iPhone.