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iPhone 12 Pro Why I went with Graphite over Pacific Blue.

BorgCube

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The graphite definitely has a more metallic look to it. Almost regret getting my black silicon case... I want to use this phone nekkid (and just might end up doing it).

The phone looks amazing. I went from the 11 Pro Max which was way too heavy for me (after using + phones since the 6+).

I saw the blue in the store and ... I'm more of a green person so ... :p.
 
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kp98077

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forget the color! LOL how are you all liking the size?
-too small?
-perfect?
-too large?

it feels longer than usual, but thats good, easier in hand. easier to capture lengthier documents on the phone. etc.
 
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mashinhead

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I actually bought both the graphite and the pacific blue on launch day. I've had black phones since the 10. I like the way the light hits the frosted glass on that color. With the iPhone's modern materials the colors look very different depending on the light. I do not love the the frosted back glass of the pac blue in shadow. In light it looks great.

One thing I wanted to mention for the room, is that when you look at the phone top down. The stainless steel rim on the PAC BLUE is really great, it actually looks jet black. It looks darker than the graphite, which looks more stainless steel as the light hits it. Meaning you notice the rim more on the Graphite, than the Pac Blue.
 
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PhillyGuy72

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Tough tough choice. Decent video between Graphite vs Pac Blue.

Both look amazing. One brief part in the video - 3:27 mark where he's holding the blue and graphite, yet the Graphite looks ...well like Midnight Green?! (No, that is not the 11 Pro)

Like "mashinhead" said, depends on light angles hitting it.
Guess it explains why in the P.B. I see more blue in one pic, teal in another, dark gray-green in yet another.


***EDIT, another video (16:39 mark.) He does open the Graphite and notices the "greenish" color change at certain angles. Hmm.

 
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Pipper99

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I looked at all of the colors at the Apple store yesterday. Graphite looks good but kinda bores me: I prefer Pacific Blue.
 
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JeepGC

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I must say, it does look really cool in Graphite. However, I had black iPhones from the 3G-XS. I went with Midnight Green last year and Pacific Blue this year. Having a color besides black is refreshing IMO
 
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ScottC7

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I actually bought both the graphite and the pacific blue on launch day. I've had black phones since the 10. I like the way the light hits the frosted glass on that color. With the iPhone's modern materials the colors look very different depending on the light. I do not love the the frosted back glass of the pac blue in shadow. In light it looks great.

One thing I wanted to mention for the room, is that when you look at the phone top down. The stainless steel rim on the PAC BLUE actually looks jet black. It looks darker than the graphite, which looks more stainless steel as the light hits it. Meaning you notice the rim more on the Graphite, than the Pac Blue.
I purchased these two colors too, and am surprised how difficult it is to choose. Both colors are beautiful. I liked the Graphite more than I thought I would; and, having gotten the Series 6 Apple Watch in Graphite Stainless Steel, believe them to be a fantastic match (for whatever that’s worth). I agree with @mashinhead that in the light, the Graphite 12 Pro is just stunning (the Iron Man II reference is classic, by the way...love it). However, in certain darker environments/shadows, there can be a tinge of Midnight Green (or maybe putty), at least to my eye. I had the Midnight Green 11 Pro and by the end of the year, I was pretty tired of the color; I found I didn’t like it as much once the newness wore off. I have the same concern about the Pacific Blue. Also weighing on me is the fact that every time I’ve had an iPhone in a Black/Space Gray color, I’ve enjoyed it all year long with no regrets.

I do not use a case with my iPhone, and I think this year is by far the most difficult time I’ve had picking a color. Graphite is a safer choice, but the Pacific Blue, right now, is just fantastic.

Here are some pics I just shot of the two of them, in case this helps anybody else who is riding the fence.

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PhillyGuy72

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I purchased these two colors too, and am surprised how difficult it is to choose. Both colors are beautiful. I liked the Graphite more than I thought I would; and, having gotten the Series 6 Apple Watch in Graphite Stainless Steel, believe them to be a fantastic match (for whatever that’s worth). I agree with @mashinhead that in the light, the Graphite 12 Pro is just stunning (the Iron Man II reference is classic, by the way...love it). However, in certain darker environments/shadows, there can be a tinge of Midnight Green (or maybe putty), at least to my eye. I had the Midnight Green 11 Pro and by the end of the year, I was pretty tired of the color; I found I didn’t like it as much once the newness wore off. I have the same concern about the Pacific Blue. Also weighing on me is the fact that every time I’ve had an iPhone in a Black/Space Gray color, I’ve enjoyed it all year long with no regrets.

I do not use a case with my iPhone, and I think this year is by far the most difficult time I’ve had picking a color. Graphite is a safer choice, but the Pacific Blue, right now, is just fantastic.

Here are some pics I just shot of the two of them, in case this helps anybody else who is riding the fence.

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Thanks for these, great photos / comparison. Insane this is such a tough decision, but that Graphite is starting to look more and more appealing to me, especially the 1st, 3rd, and bottom photos. I will without question have a case on mine, hate to do it on this one because it's so nice. But a clear case will be in order though.
 
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mashinhead

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I purchased these two colors too, and am surprised how difficult it is to choose. Both colors are beautiful. I liked the Graphite more than I thought I would; and, having gotten the Series 6 Apple Watch in Graphite Stainless Steel, believe them to be a fantastic match (for whatever that’s worth). I agree with @mashinhead that in the light, the Graphite 12 Pro is just stunning (the Iron Man II reference is classic, by the way...love it). However, in certain darker environments/shadows, there can be a tinge of Midnight Green (or maybe putty), at least to my eye. I had the Midnight Green 11 Pro and by the end of the year, I was pretty tired of the color; I found I didn’t like it as much once the newness wore off. I have the same concern about the Pacific Blue. Also weighing on me is the fact that every time I’ve had an iPhone in a Black/Space Gray color, I’ve enjoyed it all year long with no regrets.

I do not use a case with my iPhone, and I think this year is by far the most difficult time I’ve had picking a color. Graphite is a safer choice, but the Pacific Blue, right now, is just fantastic.

Here are some pics I just shot of the two of them, in case this helps anybody else who is riding the fence.

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Based on these images I would take the blue. I agree with some that say even though the graphite looks great, it feels a bit bland this year maybe its because i've had it so much. The other thing is I've pref the black in the last few years because the rounded design made it look like one piece of black. The new design breaks that. The last picture is the most telling. Some have said that the blue in certain light looks more like the slate 5.
 
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PhillyGuy72

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Finally made it into the Apple Store via "appointment" to check out the 2 colors in person and well, it didn't make my decision any easier!

Both are beautiful, that I expected. But I don't know what to think anymore..LOL, it's crazy. The blue as mentioned already has this wild "color shift" to it. Very muted blue at one angle....little more blue looking down, then almost a gray'ish blue..perhaps dull teal at another angle. That is with my own eyes, I cant really say my XS Max picked up on this?

Graphite, same slight shift, lighter at one angle, darker at another and almost then a hint of the 11 Midnight Green at other angles. The shiny sides on both...very nice and on the Pac Blue, far better than I expected.

There is one thing I did notice and i HOPE this won't be a major issue. The matte back, I kind of fear this may be screatchprone? Example - over time in pants/jeans pockets, or maybe an accidental finger nail across the back? I pointed this out on the Graphite model.

**I may be over-blowing it, this could be a non issue and these have been on display only a few days..but of course many have touched it.






 
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IconIc215

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Finally made it into the Apple Store via "appointment" to check out the 2 colors in person and well, it didn't make my decision any easier!

Both are beautiful, that I expected. But I don't know what to think anymore..LOL, it's crazy. The blue as mentioned already has this wild "color shift" to it. Very muted blue at one angle....little more blue looking down, then almost a gray'ish blue..perhaps dull teal at another angle. That is with my own eyes, I cant really say my XS Max picked up on this?

Graphite, same slight shift, lighter at one angle, darker at another and almost then a hint of the 11 Midnight Green at other angles. The shiny sides on both...very nice and on the Pac Blue, far better than I expected.

There is one thing I did notice and i HOPE this won't be a major issue. The matte back, I kind of fear this may be screatchprone? Example - over time in pants/jeans pockets, or maybe an accidental finger nail across the back? I pointed this out on the Graphite model.

**I may be over-blowing it, this could be a non issue and these have been on display only a few days..but of course many have touched it.







Definitely Graphite for me after seeing your pics and the ones above. A nice clean look that will go with any color case. I had the Midnight Green last year and it lost its luster of having the latest color shortly after purchase. Unfortunately, that was also after the return period so had no choice. If you plan on keeping the phone more than one year, make sure your fine with the PB for that long and won't be regretting it a month or two down the line.
 
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mattdo93

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I purchased these two colors too, and am surprised how difficult it is to choose. Both colors are beautiful. I liked the Graphite more than I thought I would; and, having gotten the Series 6 Apple Watch in Graphite Stainless Steel, believe them to be a fantastic match (for whatever that’s worth). I agree with @mashinhead that in the light, the Graphite 12 Pro is just stunning (the Iron Man II reference is classic, by the way...love it). However, in certain darker environments/shadows, there can be a tinge of Midnight Green (or maybe putty), at least to my eye. I had the Midnight Green 11 Pro and by the end of the year, I was pretty tired of the color; I found I didn’t like it as much once the newness wore off. I have the same concern about the Pacific Blue. Also weighing on me is the fact that every time I’ve had an iPhone in a Black/Space Gray color, I’ve enjoyed it all year long with no regrets.

I do not use a case with my iPhone, and I think this year is by far the most difficult time I’ve had picking a color. Graphite is a safer choice, but the Pacific Blue, right now, is just fantastic.

Here are some pics I just shot of the two of them, in case this helps anybody else who is riding the fence.

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Best photos of Pacific Blue and Graphite side by side that I've seen on the web so far! I was stuck between the two but ended up choosing Pacific Blue because I've always loved blue colors and I'm based in the Pacific Northwest :)

I was gonna return if I didn't like it but your photos make me feel better that I made the right choice. Phone comes in 2 days so I'm super pumped! Planning on going caseless for the first time ever so definitely want to rock the PB color. However, if I was going to use a case, I'd prefer Graphite.
 
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Wags

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Finally made it into the Apple Store via "appointment" to check out the 2 colors in person and well, it didn't make my decision any easier!

Both are beautiful, that I expected. But I don't know what to think anymore..LOL, it's crazy. The blue as mentioned already has this wild "color shift" to it. Very muted blue at one angle....little more blue looking down, then almost a gray'ish blue..perhaps dull teal at another angle. That is with my own eyes, I cant really say my XS Max picked up on this?

Graphite, same slight shift, lighter at one angle, darker at another and almost then a hint of the 11 Midnight Green at other angles. The shiny sides on both...very nice and on the Pac Blue, far better than I expected.

There is one thing I did notice and i HOPE this won't be a major issue. The matte back, I kind of fear this may be screatchprone? Example - over time in pants/jeans pockets, or maybe an accidental finger nail across the back? I pointed this out on the Graphite model.

**I may be over-blowing it, this could be a non issue and these have been on display only a few days..but of course many have touched it.






Great pics! I just have seen in person. Yes, hard choice. I have always went with the darkest colors like black and space grey. This year, leaning towards the PB a lot. The graphite seems too shiny. The PB is almost closer to darker than graphite. Like you said, almost grey with certain lighting or angle.
 
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ScottC7

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Best photos of Pacific Blue and Graphite side by side that I've seen on the web so far! I was stuck between the two but ended up choosing Pacific Blue because I've always loved blue colors and I'm based in the Pacific Northwest :)

I was gonna return if I didn't like it but your photos make me feel better that I made the right choice. Phone comes in 2 days so I'm super pumped! Planning on going caseless for the first time ever so definitely want to rock the PB color. However, if I was going to use a case, I'd prefer Graphite.
Thanks! I’m glad the pictures helped you decide!
 
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LongWayHome

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Great photos.

I myself am still debating on getting the Pro Max. If I do it will be the graphite. I wish Apple would just give us a Black Pro model though...
 
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