Two big numbers prevented me from buying the iPhone 14 Pro Max

Since Apple About the iPhone 14 seriesI thought if this should be the year I go back to the bigger and more expensive version – the iPhone 14 Pro Max – after living with the smaller model since iPhone X went out. My mind went back and forth, but in the end, I couldn’t bring myself to do it. There are two big, nasty numbers that really bother me, and there’s nothing else traditional Apple “to help me get past them.”

Plus X to Pro

First, some history before getting into these problematic numbers. I’ve always gone for the Plus model for every iPhone, including iPhone 8 Plus. The larger screen graphic was great, but looking back, it was mostly because the bezels were taking up too much of the front. The smaller screens on the “regular” iPhone were more cramped and less pleasant to use. The iPhone X solved this dilemma, and I’ve lived happily with the smaller phone ever since.

iPhone 13 Pro camera module.
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why? I was traveling more at the time, and pulling out my bulky iPhone 8 Plus was a pain. I didn’t struggle with battery life either. The iPhone 13 Pro It was really cool as long as you don’t use Apple or Google Maps for hours and it easily lasts me a whole day out. Sure, the larger Pro Max’s battery will last longer, but I never thought a few extra hours would make much of a difference day in and day out.

However, over the past year, I’ve watched a lot of videos on my phone. I also enjoyed owning Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 And the Galaxy Z Fold 4The big, exposed screen makes media, photo editing, and working more fun than the iPhone 13 Pro. I don’t travel much so the size of the phone wasn’t as alarming as it used to be. In other words, the iPhone 14 Pro Max was calling.

about those numbers

In the end, it’s the iPhone 14 Pro listed in the email from Apple to confirm my pre-order, not the iPhone 14 Pro Max. I wanted to do it, but that something extra There’s no reason for me to go over two very annoying numbers that ultimately scared me: weight and price. The iPhone 14 Pro Max weighs 240 grams, and this Much. The Galaxy Z Fold 4 weighs only 23 grams, however I like to consider it folds and has two screens, one of which is 7.6 inches. This flexibility is the same reason I fetched the $1,699 price tag.

Someone is holding an iPhone 14 Pro and an iPhone 14 Pro Max.
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The other number is the price. I need a 256GB version of the iPhone, so at least I’m going to spend $1099 — or add an extra $100 to get an iPhone 14 Pro Max. Except I live in the UK, where iPhone 14 prices are exorbitant. The 256GB iPhone 14 Pro is already quite expensive at £1,209, then add an extra £100 to get the iPhone 14 Pro Max, which turns out to be around $1,516. Big money for a slightly bigger screen and battery, and a lot of extra pounds in weight.

What I needed at this point was that famous Apple “something else”. That little extra thing to make the iPhone 14 Pro Max worth spending close to what it did with the Galaxy Z Fold 4. Rightly or wrongly, I think Samsung’s foldable phone is worth the money. Not only is it a larger version of the S22 Ultra, but it’s easy to look at the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max that way.

But that extra thing isn’t there. Apple knows what it’s doing, and it’s clearly not worth differentiating the two too much, as it did with the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max, where The phone’s larger camera has some extra features. If this continues, I have a feeling BeforeThe pre-order basket includes iPhone 14 Pro Max. But without it, it was impossible to justify living with extra cost and extra weight.

Can Dynamic Island salvage the situation?

Of course, that’s how I made my decision, and luckily my lifestyle still fits the smaller iPhone 14 Pro. However, Joe Maring, mobile editor from Digital Trends, did the opposite. He’s upgraded from iPhone 13 Pro to iPhone 14 Pro Max, so I asked him why.

Dynamic island on iPhone 14 Pro.
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“There are the usual benefits of using a Pro Max – bigger screen, longer battery,” he said. “I’ve been using the regular Pro model since the XS, and the 6.1″ screen is starting to feel a bit cramped – especially when I’ve been reviewing larger Android phones all year round. It’s great knowing I can fit it in any pocket and use it fairly easily with one hand, But now it seems really limiting if I’m watching a YouTube video or after a Fitness+ workout.Longer battery life is an obvious but important advantage.I travel more than I did last year and would like to reduce my reliance on battery packs as much as possible when I’m out and about. The regular 14 Pro will probably have a lot of endurance, but I want to make sure I have as much battery as possible.”

It sounds very reasonable and certainly resembles the reasons why I tried the Pro Max this year. It is interesting that it uses dynamic island Feature as the reason I was looking for in order to take the plunge.

“I think the dynamic island pushed me a little over the edge. It’s hard to say without using it personally, but I have to imagine that the larger screen on the Pro Max would be fine for it – both allow the dynamic island to be larger and not take up as much of the screen under it.”

It’s a very good point. I haven’t used Dynamic Island yet, so I have no idea if the Pro Max’s larger screen will emphasize its strengths more, or if the smaller screen will get too cluttered and busy when it’s on.

Whatever happens, it’s too late now. Somewhere the iPhone 14 Pro is set up with my name on it. Unless Apple finds a reason to make the heaviest and most expensive iPhone truly different again, next year’s Dynamic Island may have me in my arms waiting for the iPhone 15 Pro Max, but it should be a much better experience if it’s going to make me ignore these two, unpleasantly large numbers.

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