iPhone 14 Plus: The cheapest iPhone with all-day battery (and other reasons you’ll love it)

Positives

  • The early battery life is great
  • He still has a solid performance
  • The cameras are great

During the past two years, Apple iPhone lineup Offered a variety of sizes and features. 5.4 inches iPhone mini The model was for those who wanted a pocket-friendly and affordable smartphone, while the standard 6.1-inch iPhone and iPhone Pro models were the same size but offered entirely different features — with the Pro model having a much better camera, battery life and durability.

Then there was the 6.7-inch Pro Max model, which stands tall above the rest of the group and offers the longest battery life and biggest screen display of the bunch.

But this year, Apple changed its approach. iPhone 14 Mini is not an option. Instead, Apple went with a more consistent iPhone 14 lineup. There are now two 6.1-inch models in iPhone 14 And the iPhone 14 Prothen two 6.7-inch models in the version iPhone 14 Plus and the iPhone 14 Pro Max.

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The iPhone 14 Plus was available for pre-order along with the rest of the iPhone 14 lineup; However, it wasn’t released until a few weeks later, on October 7. I have now been using the iPhone 14 Plus as my main phone for the past week, replacing iPhone 14 Pro Max. Well, it’s clear to me that Apple’s move away from the Mini to the Plus is the right choice.

iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus standing next to each other.

iPhone 14 (left) and iPhone 14 Plus (right).

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Bigger screen for less money

Since Apple moved to its level iPhone and iPhone Pro A mix of iPhone models, the only way to get an iPhone with a screen over 6.1 inches was to buy the most expensive iPhone model in that year’s version of the Pro Max. That means paying at least $1,100 for an iPhone, just because you want a bigger iPhone with a bigger battery.

However, this year, iPhone 14 Plus It starts at $899 for 128GB storage, $999 for 256GB, or $1,199 for 512GB storage.

This is a steal for the 6.7-inch iPhone, and what Apple promises will be the longest battery life of any iPhone.

Not only does a bigger screen mean more space for a bigger battery (battery life increases in 1 minute), but it also makes your iPhone more intuitive and easier to use for a lot of people.

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With a larger screen, scrolling is less when reading emails or long messages, and you have a larger viewfinder when using the Camera app. Those are all obvious advantages for Android converters or those who have paid the premium for the Pro Max over the past few years, but for those who just wanted the cheapest iPhone with all-day battery life, an iPhone with a big screen at the same time. Reasonable price is a foreign concept.

I’ve really enjoyed using an iPhone 14 Plus and a bigger screen for the past week. It brings the main feature that draws me to the Pro Max – screen size – to a price point that, while still more expensive than the base model iPhone 14, is more expensive than the Pro Max.

Music app on iPhone 14 Plus.

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Battery life is king

in iPhone 14 reviewI have described all of its new features and impressive performance, but I’ve mentioned it a little bit more about the battery life. I could get a full day of use, but hardly. This means that on the days I travel for work, I will have to rely on some sort External battery pack Or higher in the hotel – not bad practice in general, but it’s something I’d better not have to do.

The iPhone 14 PlusHowever, it does carry with it the promise of longer battery life than the smaller iPhone 14.

After four days of use, I can confidently say that the iPhone 14 Plus’ battery life is an improvement over the iPhone 14. I finished my days – which usually start around 6am and end after 10pm – with 30% or more battery remaining. That’s with about 5 hours of screen time on time, according to the Battery section of the Settings app.

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However, the real test of any phone’s battery is traveling with the phone. So, I took 14 Plus with me to New York for coverage An event made by Google The Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro, and Pixel Watch were announced.

My first day of travel started at 3:15 AM with my iPhone 14 Plus battery charged to 100%. I used the phone for the usual travel tasks: showing my boarding pass when needed, browsing the news, checking email, sending messages to loved ones and colleagues, FaceTime calls, streaming music, and keeping track of flight delays. I got stuck in Dallas for a few more hours thanks to what was left of Hurricane Ian delaying flights to and from New York City airports.

At this point, I was starting to wonder if my iPhone 14 Plus would have enough battery to get me to my hotel in Williamsburg. After the delay, which included more FaceTime calls, some video transfers from the DJI Osmo Action 3, and plenty of streaming of my favorite Apple Music playlists, I was able to get my last ride with 40% of the remaining battery.

During the 3+ hour flight from Dallas to New York, I gave up and paid for Wi-Fi so I could get some work done. Then I ended up doing some live TV (thanks, Southwest), which eventually got me scared of running out of battery before I got to my hotel, so I plugged in Anker MagSafe Battery Pack to the iPhone 14 Plus to lead the way. This was about 5 hours after screen time, but more background use. Basically, I didn’t stop using the phone in some form from 4:30 AM Mountain Time until 5 PM ET. If I had not succumbed to the temptation of Wi-Fi, I have no doubt that the battery would have worked until I got to the hotel around 6 pm that night; Although it was practically empty.

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The moral of the story? The battery life on the iPhone 14 Plus is more than enough to get you through a hard day of traveling, and maybe even longer if you’re not someone who constantly works on their phone like me.

iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus next to each other.

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iPhone 14 Pro Max is really for Pro users now

Before the iPhone 14 Plus, it was Pro Max The alternative wasn’t really intended for customers who wanted or needed the Pro features. There were two clear camps. Either you want the Pro features, or you want a bigger screen.

You now have a great choice to make: a bigger iPhone with basic features or a bigger iPhone with Pro features.

After a few days of testing the iPhone 14 Plus, I was wondering if I needed a Pro Max now with an iPhone 14 Plus. I’ve since settled on the fact that I enjoy having the extra telephoto camera so much that I don’t have a Pro Max in my pocket.

iPhone 14 Plus uses the same primary camera system as iPhone 13 Pro. You’re limited to a 12MP main camera and a 12MP ultra-wide camera, both of which take great photos thanks to Apple’s new A15 Bionic processor and optical engine. It’s easy to make jokes about the names and marketing jargon Apple is rolling out for new products, but I took some exceptional photos with the iPhone 14 Plus.

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Here’s one storm as my plane came close to landing at LaGuardia Airport:

iPhone 14 Plus

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Or this random building I found in Williamsburg with NFTs aching:

iPhone 14 Plus

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I posted few pictures On my Instagram, I was all pleasantly surprised.

Performance, too, is the same if not slightly better than the iPhone 13 lineup due to Apple’s use of the A15 Bionic in the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus — with the only difference being an extra core on the five-core GPU, all for $899.

The iPhone 14 Pro Max Offer more, with New dynamic islandUpgraded camera system and longer battery life. But that also comes with a starting price of $1,099.

About that eSIM

One area where the entire iPhone 14 lineup, including the 14 Plus, can cause frustration for some is Apple switches to eSIM, instead of the traditional plastic SIM that is used to facilitate communication between your phone and your wireless carrier. Setup process with iPhone 14 Plus and transfer my phone number It was easy, but traveling abroad is likely to cause some headaches in the near term More carriers are adopting eSIM technology.

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in iPhone 14 review I said it’s not worth upgrading to the iPhone 14 from the iPhone 13. The exception to that statement is if you’re switching to the 14 Plus, because you get more screen and battery.

The 14 Plus fits nicely into Apple’s lineup and makes more sense to me than the Mini ever, and I have a feeling this will resonate with users, whether it’s this year or years to come. I wish we had access to sales numbers to see the exact details of units sold by the model at launch, and then again a few months from now. I suspect the iPhone 14 Plus and Pro Max will end up being the two most popular models.

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