iPhone 14 Plus proves that Pro Max is truly a pro now

Positives

  • The early battery life is great
  • He still has a solid performance
  • The cameras are great

During the past two years, Apple iPhone lineup Offered a variety of sizes and features. 5.4 inches iPhone mini The model was for those who wanted a pocket-friendly and affordable smartphone, while the standard 6.1-inch iPhone and iPhone Pro models were the same size but offered entirely different features — with the Pro model having a much better camera, battery life and durability.

Then there was the 6.7-inch Pro Max model, which stands tall above the rest of the group and offers the longest battery life and largest display of the group.

But this year, Apple changed its approach. iPhone 14 Mini is not an option. Instead, Apple went with a more consistent iPhone 14 lineup. There are now two 6.1-inch models in iPhone 14 And the iPhone 14 Prothen two 6.7-inch models in the version iPhone 14 Plus and the iPhone 14 Pro Max.

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The iPhone 14 Plus was available for pre-order along with the rest of the iPhone 14 lineup; However, it wasn’t slated for release until October 7. For the past few days, I’ve been using the iPhone 14 Plus as my daily device, replacing iPhone 14 Pro Max. I’m not quite ready to give a full review yet, but I’ve learned a few things so far.

iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus standing next to each other.

iPhone 14 (left) and iPhone 14 Plus (right).

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Bigger screen for less money

Since Apple moved to its level iPhone and iPhone Pro A mix of iPhone models, the only way to get an iPhone with a screen over 6.1 inches was to buy the most expensive iPhone model in that year’s version of the Pro Max. That means paying at least $1,100 for an iPhone, just because you want a bigger iPhone with a bigger battery.

However, this year, iPhone 14 Plus It starts at $899 for 128GB storage, $999 for 256GB, or $1,199 for 512GB storage.

This is a steal for the 6.7-inch iPhone, and what Apple promises will be the longest battery life of any iPhone.

Not only does a bigger screen mean more space for a bigger battery (more battery life in a minute), but it also makes your iPhone more intuitive and easier to use for a lot of people.

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With a larger screen, scrolling is less when reading emails or long messages, and you have a larger viewfinder when using the Camera app. Those are all obvious advantages for Android converts or those who have paid the premium for the Pro Max over the past few years, but for those who just wanted the cheapest iPhone with all-day battery, an iPhone with a big screen at the same time. Reasonable price is a foreign concept.

Music app on iPhone 14 Plus.

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Battery life is king

in iPhone 14 reviewI have described all its new features and impressive performance, but I’ve mentioned it a little bit more about the battery life. I could get a full day of use, but hardly. This means that on the days I travel for work, I will have to rely on some sort External battery pack Or higher up in the hotel – not bad practice in general, but something I’d better not have to do.

There is another area where the entire iPhone 14 lineup, including the 14 Plus, can be frustrating for some Apple switches to eSIM, instead of the traditional plastic SIM that is used to facilitate communication between your phone and your wireless carrier. Setup process with iPhone 14 Plus and transfer my phone number It was easy, but traveling abroad is likely to cause some headaches in the near term More carriers are adopting eSIM technology.

As I already said, the iPhone 14 PlusHowever, it does carry with it the promise of longer battery life than the smaller iPhone 14.

After four days of use, I can confidently say that the iPhone 14 Plus’ battery life is an improvement over the iPhone 14. I finished my days – which usually start around 6am and end after 10pm – with 30% or more battery remaining. That’s with about 5 hours of screen on time, according to the battery section of the Settings app.

However, the real test will come in the next few days when I start working. I fly to New York and come back to cover An event made by Google Where we finally learn everything there is to know about the Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro, and Pixel Watch.

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The iPhone 14 Plus It comes with me as my only phone, as I put the battery in its stride.

iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus next to each other.

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iPhone 14 Pro Max is really for Pro users now

Before the iPhone 14 Plus, it was Pro Max The alternative wasn’t really intended for customers who wanted or needed the Pro features. There were two clear camps. Either you want the Pro features, or you want a bigger screen.

You now have a great choice to make: a bigger iPhone with basic features or a bigger iPhone with Pro features.

I’m actually wondering if I need a Pro Max now with the iPhone 14 Plus.

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iPhone 14 Plus photo samples.

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iPhone 14 Plus uses the same camera system as iPhone 13 ProIncidentally , He still takes great pictures. Performance, too, is the same if not slightly better than the iPhone 13 lineup due to the use of the Apple A15 Bionic in the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus — with the only difference being an extra core on the five-core GPU. All for $899.

iPhone 14 Pro Max offers more, with New dynamic islandUpgraded camera system and longer battery life. But that also comes with a starting price of $1,099.

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I wish we had access to sales numbers to see the exact details of units sold by the model at launch, and then again a few months from now. I think the file Plus And the Pro Max The two models will become the most popular.

More iPhone 14 Plus coverage to come. What feature would you like me to test or what kind of questions do you have about the iPhone 14 Plus that I can answer in my full review? Let me know in the comments below!

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