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Hlvd

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Apr 17, 2020
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Got mine today, there’s definitely a difference but I’m not sure what?

It’s quicker but had assumed that was because it’s new and uncluttered, RAM difference then?
 

sjperformance

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Oct 7, 2013
1,091
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Miami 305
11PM vs 12PM this is what I notice different.

1. In Miami we have AT&T 5G. Getting better speeds on LTE as well.

2. Wifi connectivity better.

3. Hot spot...my kids devices connects faster and 4 devices connect at same time without issues.

4. 12PM feels like a different better phone. Better to hold. Feels better on my hands.

5. Better RAM totally noticeable.

6. My eyes see things better and improved on this screen. Emails etc.
 

BrettDS

macrumors 65816
Nov 14, 2012
1,489
632
Orlando

Out of curiosity, why do you say that? What benefits are you getting from 5G? In this area, at least, right now 5G speeds are comparable to LTE speeds and the 5G radio uses more power than the LTE radio, so I can get the same speed with less battery life with 5G.

And even if 5G did offer higher speed I’m not sure how beneficial that would be. LTE speeds are more than enough for streaming 4K video and downloading apps and browsing the web.

I’m sure that as technology changes and improves 5G will become a critical feature, but right now it really seems like more hype and marketing than anything with actual tangible benefits.
 

russell_314

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Feb 10, 2019
3,644
4,932
USA
Just FYI the OtterBox case for the 12 Pro Max doesn't have the tall ridge on the sides so it feels much thinner than the 11 Pro Max. The edges on the top and bottom are the same I think. For me that's a huge difference. It feels like a much thinner phone. This is XS Max but I have a friend with the 11 Pro Max and it's the same
 

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russell_314

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Gotta be honest I’m very surprised at how much 5G coverage there is. According to many it wasn’t as prevalent, but I’m seeing it frequently.
What you're probably seeing is Sub-6 5G. It's not the super fast mmWave 5G but still should be faster than LTE. mmWave just has way too many issues to make it practical for most areas. I'm seeing lots of 5G as well. It's my understanding that if you have it set to auto it will show 5G when it's available but only uses it when needed to save battery.
 

Dirtydutch

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Sep 19, 2015
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What you're probably seeing is Sub-6 5G. It's not the super fast mmWave 5G but still should be faster than LTE. mmWave just has way too many issues to make it practical for most areas. I'm seeing lots of 5G as well. It's my understanding that if you have it set to auto it will show 5G when it's available but only uses it when needed to save battery.
Yes definitely this. It is way superior to my LTE, but not nearly reaching the full capability.
 
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Actor0209

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Sep 16, 2015
11
4
No question, it’s the RAM. It’s incredibly noticeable how apps stay in memory so much longer than they did on any previous-gen phone.

For my uses, this has been the #1 best thing.

Anyone else? #1 favorite feature as compared to the 11 Pro Max?
HDR Video recording is off the charts amazing!
 
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Number 41

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Jun 15, 2009
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I’m coming from an 8+, so this entire thing feels like it’s from the future.

Also, I heard people talking about how 5G isn’t a huge deal unless it’s mm-wave, but I’m getting 4x speeds on TMo v. LTE previously. I’m blown away by how fast things download and load.

Also, it’s the exact same size as the 8+, but I wasn’t prepared for how much the added screen real estate changes how you hold / use the phone.
 

dmx

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Oct 25, 2008
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5G. I have coverage and working data in areas that LTE is congested and 100 percent unusable in. (We’ll see how long this lasts). I also have usable 5G data in areas I had *no* LTE service in, possibly due to improved Qualcomm modem.
Design/build quality. I always preferred the flat edges and it feels incredible. It felt awkward at first holding it, but after awhile feels fine.
General snappiness/performance. Everything is noticeably a hair faster, and apps stay loaded as well from the RAM.
Camera is great. I’ve done side by sides, and iPhone 11PM wants to use flash, and 12PM will use night mode, and the 12PM photos in these situations are far more true to life.
Overall - surprisingly solid upgrade.
 
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4sallypat

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Sep 16, 2016
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Out of curiosity, why do you say that? What benefits are you getting from 5G? In this area, at least, right now 5G speeds are comparable to LTE speeds and the 5G radio uses more power than the LTE radio, so I can get the same speed with less battery life with 5G.

And even if 5G did offer higher speed I’m not sure how beneficial that would be. LTE speeds are more than enough for streaming 4K video and downloading apps and browsing the web.

I’m sure that as technology changes and improves 5G will become a critical feature, but right now it really seems like more hype and marketing than anything with actual tangible benefits.
5G depends a lot on the carrier, geographical location of towers, Sub 6 and mm Wave tower access.

I am very pleased with my 5G coverage when I stream HQ video anywhere I don't have WiFi connection.

It's rare to see the 4G on the phone now but I know 4G is a lot faster with the Qualcomm modem and uses less battery than the 5G.

It will get better for all of us - I remember the 4G LTE spottiness when it first came out.
 
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