Apple iPhone 14 Plus review: The underrated phone

Apple iPhone 14 Plus review: The underrated phone

I was never a fan of big screen phones. But something changed in 2020: Most of my time was spent staring at the iPhone XS’s 5.8-inch screen late at night, while my newborn slept next to me. After all those sleepless nights, I realized I needed a phone with a bigger screen. So the following year, I finally switched to the iPhone 12 Pro Max, a stark contrast to my previous preference. Since then, the 6.7-inch iPhone remains my daily driver, whether scrolling through Instagram or watching shows on Netflix. But Apple it had reserved the largest screen for its Pro series until now. This year, it has changed the iPhone lineup by introducing a larger 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Plus.

Of course, the iPhone 14 series appears to be an incremental upgrade: Apple hasn’t swapped out the processor for one, sticking with the A15 Bionic that powered last year’s iPhone 13 series. The camera spec remains at 12MP, although Apple has claimed there are improvements, especially in low-light performance. But is that good enough for the iPhone 14 Plus to be a good choice? Here is my review where I try to answer some questions.

Apple iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Plus review, Apple iPhone 14 Plus review, Apple iPhone 14 Plus camera The highlight of the Apple iPhone 14 Plus is the large screen, which was previously limited to the Pro Max. (Image credit: Shruti Dhapola/ Indian Express)

Specifications of the Apple iPhone 14 Plus: 6.7-inch OLED screen | A15 Bionic Chipset | 128GB, 256GB and 512GB storage | 12MP+ 12MP ultra wide angle | 12MP selfie camera | iOS sixteen

Apple iPhone 14 Plus price in India: 89,900 rupees

Apple iPhone 14 Plus: So why would anyone consider this?

The iPhone 14 Plus is supposed to be a big-screen option for those who don’t want to pay the Rs 1.4 lakh price tag that the iPhone 14 Pro Max attracts. Thus, the iPhone 14 Plus is comparatively more ‘affordable’ as it costs Rs 89,900; Of course, at this price, it’s still more expensive than most other flagships on the market. So if you wanted an iPhone with a bigger screen and better battery life, the iPhone 14 Plus is your go-to option.

Apple iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Plus review, Apple iPhone 14 Plus review, Apple iPhone 14 Plus camera The iPhone 14 Plus in the new Blue color option. (Image credit: Shruti Dhapola/ indian express)

Apple iPhone 14 Plus: Has anything changed from the iPhone 13?

This is a difficult question to answer. With the iPhone series, updates are now incremental. And given the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus, comparisons to the iPhone 13 will be unavoidable. Apple has continued the notch design in the iPhone 14 Plus – the ‘Dynamic Island’ is reserved for the Pro. The processor is the same as the A15 Bionic, albeit with an additional core for graphics compared to older iPhones. Higher refresh rate on displays is also not an option here.

Apple iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Plus review, Apple iPhone 14 Plus review, Apple iPhone 14 Plus camera iPhone 14 Plus continues to deliver excellent day-to-day performance. (Image credit: Shruti Dhapola/ Indian Express)

Of course, since the iPhone 14 Plus has a larger form factor, it packs a larger battery. Apple generally doesn’t disclose battery size; reports claim it’s 4325mAh for the Plus. Apple’s own website lists a video playback time of 26 hours for the iPhone 14 Plus, while for the Pro Max it’s 29 hours. In my use, I found the battery life of the iPhone 14 Plus to be impressive. This is a phone that will easily last all day, even with heavy use. With moderate use, you can easily get a day and a half out of it. My usage included WhatsApp and Instagram, taking lots of photos, watching shows on various OTT apps, and some gaming. Battery life remains one of the strongest arguments for buying the iPhone 14 Plus compared to the iPhone 14 or even the older iPhone 13, which could be available at a better price.

Apple iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Plus review, Apple iPhone 14 Plus review, Apple iPhone 14 Plus camera The battery life of the iPhone 14 Plus is very good and will easily last more than a day. (Image credit: Shruti Dhapola/ Indian Express)

Let’s talk about performance now, the iPhone 14 Plus can handle most of the tasks without any problem. There are no performance lags, whether it’s gaming like Genshin Impact or just browsing Instagram or Facebook. I also didn’t face any significant heating. The iPhone is still the only device where I don’t have to worry about having too many tabs open in Chrome or Safari; I usually have between 100 and 120 open.

But is it significantly faster than the iPhone 13 or the same? That is a difficult question to answer. One way is to look at test numbers like GeekBench 5. The iPhone 14 Plus scored 1,734 in single-core tests and 4,704 in multi-core tests during my test. The previous iPhone 13 scored 1,725 ​​on Single and 4,615 on Multi-Core. The reason I bring up these tests, which I normally don’t, is because it’s hard to prove empirically that the iPhone 14 Plus is a step ahead.

Apple iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Plus review, Apple iPhone 14 Plus review, Apple iPhone 14 Plus camera The iPhone 14 Plus comes with the same A15 Bionic processor as the old iPhone 13. (Image credit: Shruti Dhapola/ Indian Express)

Apple iPhone 14 Plus: What about the camera? There is nothing new, right?

When I first started using the iPhone 14 Plus camera, honestly, I didn’t notice much of a difference. But as I’ve taken more photos, especially in low light, you can see that this marks a change, especially compared to the previous iPhone 13. With iPhone 14 Plus, you’ll get sharp, detailed photos. Colors are certainly sharper and I turned on the ‘Enriched Contrast’ option for Photo Styles. The iPhone 14 Plus continues to deliver great photos in well-lit settings, as you can see in the photos taken below.

Apple iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Plus review, Apple iPhone 14 Plus review, Apple iPhone 14 Plus camera A camera sample taken with the iPhone 14 Plus. (Image credit: Shruti Dhapola/ Indian Express)
Apple iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Plus review, Apple iPhone 14 Plus review, Apple iPhone 14 Plus camera A portrait image of a dog taken with the iPhone 14 Plus. (Image credit: Shruti Dhapola/ Indian Express)
Apple iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Plus review, Apple iPhone 14 Plus review, Apple iPhone 14 Plus camera Another image taken in sunlight with the iPhone 14 Plus. (Image credit: Shruti Dhapola/ Indian Express)
Apple iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Plus review, Apple iPhone 14 Plus review, Apple iPhone 14 Plus camera A photo of a horse taken on a farm with the iPhone 14 Plus (Image credit: Shruti Dhapola/ Indian Express)
Apple iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Plus review, Apple iPhone 14 Plus review, Apple iPhone 14 Plus camera Another camera sample taken with the iPhone 14 Plus. (Image credit: Shruti Dhapola/ Indian Express)

But the biggest difference I noticed was in low light. I took photos of some colored lamps outside a house and the iPhone 14 Plus gave great photos. I also took photos with an iPhone 13 and the colors just washed out, despite my best attempts. With the iPhone 14 Plus, I took photos at 2.5X zoom, and Apple still did a great job of preserving color accuracy and detail.

Apple iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Plus review, Apple iPhone 14 Plus review, Apple iPhone 14 Plus camera An image of a red candle taken with the iPhone 14 Plus. (Image credit: Shruti Dhapola/ Indian Express)
Apple iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Plus review, Apple iPhone 14 Plus review, Apple iPhone 14 Plus camera An image of lamps taken with the iPhone 14 Plus. (Image credit: Shruti Dhapola/ Indian Express)

The iPhone 14 Plus also worked well when I took photos of a candle I had lit in my bathroom with no other light source in the room. Selfies are also more detailed. Cinematic video has improved, though I still prefer what the Pixel 7 and Vivo X80 Pro are doing in this department.

Is this the best camera I’ve ever seen on a flagship? Of course not. The iPhone 14 Plus has its moments of struggle, especially if you use too much zoom in low light. Optical zoom is limited to 2x here, so keep that in mind. It’s still not the best or most convenient device to use for portraits. But if you’re wondering if the camera is the same, I’d say there are changes and improvements.

Apple iPhone 14 Plus: Should you buy it?

Yes, if you’re looking for an iPhone with a big screen and don’t have the budget or need a Pro variant. The iPhone 14 Plus doesn’t disappoint when it comes to camera and battery, and it manages to compete with the best in the market. business. But keep in mind that you’re paying almost Rs 90,000 for what is essentially a bigger screen. Those on an iPhone 11 or earlier may want to consider this upgrade option.

No, if you are an iPhone 13 user. I have used the iPhone 13 until recently and it is the main device for other members of my family. And it still works just as well. If you have an iPhone 13 and even an iPhone 12, it might make sense to wait and see before upgrading.

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