Apple has eliminated this year the iPhone Mini instead returned to a larger maximum size in its standard iPhone 14 lineup, dubbed the iPhone 14 Plus. While it’s missing some of the newer and more innovative features of the iPhone 14 Pro lineup, like Dynamic Island and Always-On display, the iPhone 14 Plus is an extremely capable device and one of the most polished iPhone releases to date.
Coming from an iPhone 13 Pro Max, I actually really like the shiny design on the back of the iPhone 14 Plus. I’ve been using the purple model and love how understated it is, and also the fact that it brings the color to the sides of the device for a really well thought out finish. The front glass now features a tough ceramic shield with the actual casing made from premium-feeling aluminum.
The iPhone 14 Plus screen is absolutely stunning. It is a 6.7″ Super Retina XDR OLED screen with a maximum brightness of 800 nits (1200 when viewing HDR content). It’s not as bright as the new 14 Pro, but if you’re a regular iPhone user, you’ll be more than happy with this display. The notch that appeared on the iPhone 13 is still there on the 14 Plus with the new dynamic island and always-on display reserved for the Pro line.
The huge screen really brings iOS 16 to life with the plethora of new wallpaper options and widget functionality finally coming to iPhone to really shine on that beautiful new screen.
When it comes to battery life, Apple says this is the best battery life for an iPhone to date, and that was my experience too. Apple says you can expect up to 26 hours of video playback with the iPhone 14 Plus, and I definitely noticed getting a full day (and a few extra hours) with the iPhone 13 Plus. I can say without a doubt that when it comes to battery life, you will not be disappointed.
The other area where there is still a big difference between the 14 Standard line and the 14 Pro range is the cameras. There are still two lenses in diagonal formation, meaning you get a 12MP rear main camera and a 12MP ultra-wide lens, but there’s a big improvement over last year’s model.
While it’s not exactly the 48MP lens from the 14 Pro, a new main camera sensor will let in 49 percent more light according to Apple, resulting in up to 2.5x better low-light photos on the main camera and up to 2x better in low light. photos on the ultra wide angle camera. There’s also a brighter True Tone flash that allows for more even lighting.
Like other iPhones in recent times, it’s really hard to take a bad photo with the iPhone 14 Plus because of how well Apple blends hardware and software to let you take beautiful photos with ease. While I might like to see a few more advancements brought over from the Pro line, it’s still hard to fault the cameras on this iPhone.
Apple has put a lot of effort into security innovations this year, and they’ve been rolled out to the iPhone 14 Plus as well. Features like Crash Detection, which can tell when you’ve been in a car accident and automatically call emergency services like Emergency SOS (launching only in the US) is meant to help if you’re stranded in an unfortunate event.
The iPhone 14 Plus features the same A15 Bionic chip that was in the iPhone 13 last year, and while it seems like a bit of an odd decision considering it’s one place we typically see parity across the lineup, it’s still an extremely capable chip. . especially for games.
I know Xbox Game Pass has a great presentation, but Apple Acrade is just as good (from a mobile point of view), with a growing number of premium games from both recognizable and new franchises. Exclusive titles like Shovel Knight Dig, NBA 2K23 Arcade Edition, Jetpack Joyride 2, Sonic Dash, Amazing Bomberman, Cooking Mama: Cuisine, and Crossy Road Castle to name a few, but honestly there are dozens, if not hundreds, of worthwhile games play. compete with what’s on Switch from a third party/indie perspective.
There are also a number of other free-to-play titles, including Genshin Impact, Apex Legends, and Call Of Duty: Mobile, which all play fantastically on the iPhone 14 Plus thanks to the big screen. Whether you’re a die-hard gamer who just wants a quick fix on the go, or play exclusively on mobile, you really do rank in both Apple Arcade and the general app store.
Overall, the iPhone 14 Plus doesn’t largely reinvent the wheel from what we saw last year, but improvements to battery life and cameras, as well as a few other iterative improvements, really make it a great phone to have. will suit all iPhone users. , for both casual and high-end users.
iPhone 14 Plus is an incredibly well-rounded device that pushes the limits of what we know is possible. It’s still a phenomenal all-rounder that builds on the latest iPhone iterations to deliver an iPhone experience that’s premium in both design and function.
It’s nice to have the big screen back.
Battery life is phenomenal
I love the new purple color.
Camera improvements are minor, but still noticeable
Could have featured this year’s chip
There is no feature bigger than the iPhone 13