Apple iPhone 14 Plus Review

Sign out of iPhone mini, sign in to iPhone Plus! Indeed, the rumors came true, and this year Apple launched a non-Pro model that is larger than the mini model. We can only guess what Apple's plans for the mini model are, but today's review is all about Apple's newest addition to the iPhone series - the iPhone 14 Plus.

We thought the iPhone 13 would go down in history as the most insignificant iPhone update ever, but the iPhone 14 snatched the title. Look, the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus are based on the same Apple A15 Bionic chipset as the iPhone 13 model, and even the screen specs remain the same - OLED with around 460ppi, 800nits brightness and 60Hz refresh.

In fact, there are only four notable improvements to the iPhone 14 when compared to the iPhone 13 - a new main rear camera (lifted from the iPhone 13 Pro), an updated selfie camera with new lenses and AF, 2GB more RAM, and emergency SOS via satellite feature.

The new iPhone 14 Plus adds a few extras - a bigger screen and a bigger battery. The Plus model brings a Max-sized display to the regular series - even if it's only 60Hz.

The selfie camera, while retaining the 12MP sensor, has a new, brighter aperture lens with optical stabilization, and autofocus. We've always wondered why Apple didn't introduce faster AF capabilities, since Face ID technology is there to provide a big help for that, but sadly, it's finally here.

The iPhone 14 Plus is water-resistant like all the latest iPhones - it can last up to 30 minutes in 6m of clean water. And it should be a desirable smartphone because of its large screen yet thin and light design. It's also touted as the iPhone with the best battery life, and we're definitely going to test it.

Just like the iPhone 13 and iPhone 14, the iPhone 14 Plus has one glaring drawback - high refresh rate support. And the size of the notch is an eyesore that you'll have to endure for a few more years, apparently. At least, it looks subjectively smaller on this big screen.

We're glad non-Pro iPhones are getting new software features like Action Mode for video cameras, improved Cinematic Mode, and satellite connections too.

Unboxing iPhone 14 Plus

The eco-friendly iPhone box contains a USB-C-to-Lightning cable and an iPhone 14 Plus. There's also a SIM eject pin, some documents, and an Apple sticker.

Apple was one of the first manufacturers to throw headphones and chargers out of the box.

If you have a 20W+ USB-PD power adapter with a USB-C port, you should be fine.

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