The iPhone 14 Plus comes out as a bigger version of the iPhone 14 and leaves the mini versions behind. But does it pay off? Before we start, everything that Nicolás Rivera wrote in his in-depth review of the iPhone 14 is also true of the iPhone 14 Plus. There isn’t a single technical difference between the two. Same chip, same screen tech, and same cameras. So this article will focus on the things that do change, like the size of the device, its bigger screen, and how its battery life might change.
The iPhone 14 Plus takes the place of the iPhone mini in Apple’s standard line of phones. We had the iPhone 13 and the iPhone 13 mini last year. The device comes in two sizes: 6.1 inches and 6.7 inches. The iPhone 14 Plus has the same size screen as the iPhone 14 Pro Max. If you still want a smaller version, you’ll have to go with the iPhone 13 mini. That’s not bad news, though. We’ll explain in a bit.
We all know that a bigger screen has benefits we’re already used to. More room to show more things, which I think is especially helpful when making content. For example, it’s always a good idea to retouch photos that are bigger. The same goes for videos or tools for publishing on social media.
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Also, the bigger screen makes it easier to type on the keyboard. At least for me. Every time I use a smaller device, I end up going back to the bigger screen, and 6.7 inches is a good size, especially for work. Other than that, the iPhone 14 is the same. A bigger screen has no technical benefits at all, other than the fact that it’s bigger.
The battery is a big difference between the iPhone 14 and the iPhone 14 Plus. It’s bigger and gives you more time between charges. Apple says that it can play up to 26 hours of video in a row, while the iPhone 14 can only do so for 20 hours. However, it lasts six hours longer than the iPhone 11 Pro Max and 12 Pro Max, which I point out because I’m sure a lot of people will switch to this model from those.
It is less than the iPhone 14 Pro Max’s 29 hours, which is partly because of the ProMotion screen. In my tests, it’s true to life, but Apple says that the iPhone 14 Plus has more autonomy than the iPhone 14 Pro Max in some situations.
Most of these conditions happen because the screen hasn’t been on for so long. Because the Pro has better autonomy in part because of its ProMotion screen. Depending on what is being shown, the technology can speed up or slow down the refresh rate. That feature is not on the iPhone 14 Plus.
Who should get the iPhone 14 Plus?
If it’s not much better than the iPhone 14, most of its insides are the same as the iPhone 13, and there’s already an iPhone 14 Plus with a 6.7-inch screen, who is the iPhone 14 Plus for?
I think the iPhone 14 Plus makes sense for people who don’t need a professional device with all the features that make the iPhone 14 Pro Max “Pro” and cost more. But at the same time, I wouldn’t upgrade if you already have an iPhone 13 or even an iPhone 12. I would wait for the model from next year.
Price and availability
I also think it’s a device that makes more sense in the United States because of the price. The version with the least storage costs $899 and has 128 GB of space. But the same smartphone costs 1,159 euros in Spain, and I think that takes away from its appeal.
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If price is a factor, I would choose the iPhone 14 or even the iPhone 13, which has very similar technical specs and costs 909 euros. And that’s why I said that picking a 13 instead of a 14 isn’t always bad news.
Because, let’s face it, the iPhone 14 should have been called the iPhone 13S. Even though the mini version didn’t sell very well, it does meet the needs of a large group of people who want high-performance smartphones in smaller sizes.