Consumer Reports names iPhone 12 Pro Max the ‘Best iPhone’

iPhone 12 Pro Max review: The industrial design will leave you breathless.
The top-notch camera in the iPhone 12 Pro Max scored kudos from “Consumer Reports.”
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Consumer Reports on Thursday revealed its “Best Smartphones of 2021.” And Apple’s biggest and most expensive model beat every other iOS device. The iPhone 12 Pro Max was named the “Best iPhone”

The testing group shied away from the endless Apple vs. Android battle by not naming a top overall device. Instead, it picked a best iPhone and a best Android.

And Consumer Reports also pointed out that these days it’s hard to find a bad phone. “Even the most lackluster of smartphones represents an epic leap in technology from a decade ago,” pointed out Bree Fowler in a company blog post. “And that means you don’t have to buy the No.1-rated phone to get a great product.”

Why Consumer Reports picked iPhone 12 Pro Max

When picking an Apple device to recommend, the testing organization pointed that the iPhone 12 series includes the only ones with 5G support. That put them ahead of all previous iOS handsets.

As for choosing Apple’s top-of-the-line version, Fowler said “While the 12 Pro Max will cost you $100 more than its smaller sibling, the 12 Pro, it packs in several more hours of battery life, a slightly larger display, and a 2.5x zoom camera that gets you just a hair closer to the action than the 12 Pro’s 2x camera.” On the other side of the coin, she points out the Pro Max is bigger and heavier.

The Consumer Reports review of the iPhone 12 Pro Max has more details. But this information is locked behind a paywall.

Best Androids

The consumer testing group declared the Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G to be its “Best Android Phone.” It’s the top-scoring Android phone in the service’s rankings. Fowler said of the 6.9-inch handset that, “Yes, size-wise it’s a monster, but its stylus helps make all that real estate more manageable.”

The organization likes OnePlus, a niche maker of Androids. It declared the OnePlus Nord N10 5G its “Best Budget Phone” and the OnePlus Nord N100 its “Best Phone for All-Day Battery Life.”

Source: Consumer Reports