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Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max: Best Used with Case

Stylish yet expensive: iPhone 12 Pro Max. Think twice whether or not you may want to protect your investment
Stylish yet expensive: iPhone 12 Pro Max. Think twice whether or not you may want to protect your investment
The iPhone 12 Pro Max is a great smartphone with a new, fresh design. Its build quality remains superb yet fragile despite Ceramic Shield, and repairs are more expensive as well.
Florian Schmitt (translated by Finn D. Boerne), 🇩🇪 🇮🇹
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Apple’s iPhone 12-series features a new design edgier language reminiscent of older Apple smartphones, and makes the devices stand out among its huge number of high-end competitors.

This is also true for its largest member, the iPhone 12 Pro Max, the largest, most expensive, and best equipped currently available Apple smartphone. This new generation is also supposed to offer improved damage protection thanks to Ceramic Shield glass.

Unfortunately, various drop tests performed online have shown that this supposed improved protection is hit and miss for the largest of this year’s iPhones. Thus, if you want to play it safe you should probably put the iPhone 12 Pro Max in a case, particularly because:

  • Out of warranty screen replacements will set up back a whopping $329 plus tax.
  • Warranty is limited to just 12 months.
  • While you can extend this warranty to 24 months or longer via AppleCare+ it will add another $199 to the iPhone 12 Pro Max’s already high price and cost a service fee of $29 each time.
  • Should you shatter the glass at the rear the entire case will have to get replaced.

Thus, if you intend to protect your $1,400 iPhone 12 Pro Max you may want to put it either in an original Apple or a third-party case.

The iPhone 12 Pro Max is still fairly large and heavy, and a case will only make this worse. And as always it always pains to hide such a good-looking device in a case. However, the resulting peace of mind might well be worth it.

Find out more about the iPhone 12 Pro Max and why it continues to be a great tool for professionals and ambitious hobbyists in our extensive review.

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Florian Schmitt
Editor of the original article: Florian Schmitt - Managing Editor Mobile - 856 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2009
I initially wrote about gaming laptops when I joined Notebookcheck in 2009. I was then involved with the setup of the comparison portal Notebookinfo and worked with social media concepts for large companies like BMW and Adidas, while also returning to work for Notebookcheck in 2012. Nowadays, I focus on smartphones, tablets, and future technologies. Since 2018 I have been Managing Editor for mobile device reviews, working alongside my colleague Daniel Schmidt.
contact me via: @FloSchmi26, LinkedIn, Xing
Finn D. Boerne
Translator: Finn D. Boerne - Translator - 420 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
Born in the United States and raised in Germany I became acquainted with both languages from an early age and turned this into my profession later in life. Computers have always played an important role in my life, and my love for all things digital is a huge part of my daily routine. Virtual Reality has captured my imagination and interest in particular, and I cannot wait to see what the (near) future will bring.
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Florian Schmitt, 2020-12- 3 (Update: 2020-12- 3)