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Apple's iPhone 12 Pro Max held the title of most popular 5G smartphone in 49 of 50 U.S. states as of January 2021, according to PCMag, citing data from Speedtest.net parent company Ookla and research firm M Science.

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The methodology behind the rankings:
M Science directly tracks sales, and gave us cumulative sales figures up until Jan. 23. Ookla looks at the usage of its Speedtest apps on consumers' phones, and gave us data for tests taken in January. They agree that the iPhone 12 Pro Max is the most popular 5G phone in the US.
The standard iPhone 12 Pro was the most popular 5G smartphone in Vermont and the Washington, D.C. capital region, the report claims.

While the iPhone 12 Pro Max, iPhone 12, and iPhone 12 Pro took the top three spots in the rankings, the smaller iPhone 12 mini was far less popular, in line with reports indicating that the 5.4-inch device has faced lackluster sales. Samsung's Galaxy S20+ and Galaxy S20 Ultra rounded out the top five best-selling 5G smartphones.

iPhone 12 models support ultra-fast mmWave 5G in the United States, and rumors suggest that iPhone 13 models will expand mmWave support to additional countries.

Article Link: iPhone 12 Pro Max Named Most Popular 5G Smartphone in United States
 

JPack

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Mini lovers: "But 6.7" Pro Max is a niche device! If they stop making the mini, they should stop making the Pro Max."

Actual data: "Consumers love large phablets. The mini is the worst performing iPhone of the series, with the 12 mini ranking below several Samsung phones."
 
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SDJim

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It's interesting to me that the regular 12 is so much more popular than the Mini. It wasn't even in the running for me. I either wanted the Pro feature set, or I wanted the small form factor. Why would I want a marginally bigger phone castrated of the features of the identically sized Pro?
And don't tell me battery life. I am just shy of a power user most days and this Mini has held its own as well or better than my 11 Pro did.
 
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SDJim

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I’m actually surprised the max is more popular than the regular 6.1” pro.
Apple's reinvigorated ploy to reserve major camera upgrades for the largest models continues to work, unfortunately, which means they will continue to do it...
Also, we are reaching a point in the market where people expect phones to be massive.
 
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JPack

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It's interesting to me that the regular 12 is so much more popular than the Mini. It wasn't even in the running for me. I either wanted the Pro feature set, or I wanted the small form factor. Why would I want a marginally bigger phone castrated of the features of the identically sized Pro?
And don't tell me battery life. I am just shy of a power user most days and this Mini has held its own as well or better than my 11 Pro did.

You left out the most important point. The 6.1" model has a 26% larger display area compared to the mini. That's not a marginal increase.
 
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Not hard to do, when the rest of the completion is releasing garbage phones with garbage software. 😎🥇📱

Hardly see any android users here in Australia, wonder why. 🤔🤮🤢
 
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SDJim

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You left out the most important point. The 6.1" model has a 26% larger display area compared to the mini. That's not a marginal increase.
Those % metrics are silly to me. They make it seem like it's some massive difference because in linear metrics that would be major, but when talking about screens on a phone, the difference between these two is minimal (IMO, of course). I even have large hands and still two-hand type on the Mini just fine.

I think it mainly just comes down to the immortal feeling of bigger=better, and the close price of the Mini and 12. That, along with people now accepting the cons that come along with a large phone as normal. For me, I miss being able to forget my phone was in my pocket. Not having it jab me in the hip when sitting in my car and having to adjust it. Not having it so heavy it pulls down gym shorts. Not being able to use it with one hand. The Mini is magical to me because it is the closest thing we have had to the 5s since it was released. The 5s was the best phone design for its time of all time, IMO.
 
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It's interesting to me that the regular 12 is so much more popular than the Mini. It wasn't even in the running for me. I either wanted the Pro feature set, or I wanted the small form factor. Why would I want a marginally bigger phone castrated of the features of the identically sized Pro?
And don't tell me battery life. I am just shy of a power user most days and this Mini has held its own as well or better than my 11 Pro did.
This is exactly where I was (ended up with the mini and I love it). I'm not surprised the Max is a top seller, especially when it stands alone with the best features. However, the regular 12 if nothing else plays the psychological/marketing "medium" tier very well, with medium price, medium size, and medium features. Even if many people may be more satisfied going to one extreme or the other, they still often choose the medium because they feel it is the most versatile and carries the least potential for post-purchase regret. Exhibit A: the crossover automobile era. They suck at many things, but they're at least somewhat versatile and low-risk, so everyone keeps buying. Exhibit B: the index fund investment era. They have zero chance of beating the market, but they're a safe long-term play for hands-off types. Risk aversion almost sells itself these days.
 
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I used to change phones every 2 years and since I bought the XS Max in 2018 I was due in 2020. Imagine my disappointment when Apple released a larger version of iPhone 4 with only 1 feature that I could find usable over my current - 5G. That was simply not enough for me to spend a grand on this junk. If Apple wants my money they need to come up with something more original than scaled up 10 year old styling and some actual new features would be nice. Till then I'll keep my current phone. It does just fine.
 
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The Game 161

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this may change with 12s pro if features are the same but yeah apple marketed the pro max as better and bigger screen maybe more are interested in this
 
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Seanm87

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It's interesting to me that the regular 12 is so much more popular than the Mini. It wasn't even in the running for me. I either wanted the Pro feature set, or I wanted the small form factor. Why would I want a marginally bigger phone castrated of the features of the identically sized Pro?
And don't tell me battery life. I am just shy of a power user most days and this Mini has held its own as well or better than my 11 Pro did.

The iPhone 12 is a great phone. Has plenty of features and a good price point, plus a good sized screen. It was the one I went for. The pro was of no interest to me. It has a third camera and not much else over the standard 12.
 
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KOTN91

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It's interesting to me that the regular 12 is so much more popular than the Mini. It wasn't even in the running for me. I either wanted the Pro feature set, or I wanted the small form factor. Why would I want a marginally bigger phone castrated of the features of the identically sized Pro?
And don't tell me battery life. I am just shy of a power user most days and this Mini has held its own as well or better than my 11 Pro did.

Hardly. The gap between the standard 12 and the Pro is far less this year than it was for the previous 2 generations. The Pro has barely any extra features over the 12. Arguably the 12 is actually better than the Pro, as it is a far nicer looking phone as it doesn’t have that hideous 3 camera lens setup, and comes in far nicer colours. It’s also quite a lot lighter
 
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MacBH928

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The $1100 is the most popular phone? People talk about economy down...hmm..
 
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