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Significant Review of the Apple iPhone 14 Plus

Apple’s 14 Plus is a good upgrade because it has a bigger screen and a battery that lasts a long time.

Philip Aladino

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Review of the Apple iPhone 14 Plus | Iphone 14 Plus at left hand and Pro model at right | photo illustration by Philip Dino (Smarttechvillas)

Table of Contents

Keynotes

  • When it promises the iPhone 14 plus has the “longest battery life in an iPhone,” Apple isn’t exaggerating.
  • If you buy an iPhone 14 Plus, you get two years of Apple Music Premium for free.
  • The 14 Plus may lack the high-resolution 48-megapixel sensor and the 2-times reduction available in Portrait Mode, but it makes up for this with Apple’s upgraded picture processing, Photonic Engine.
  • The 14 Plus lacks a 48-megapixel camera and Portrait Mode’s 2x reduction, but it has Apple’s Photonic Engine image processing.
  • In terms of cutting-edge features, the 14 Pro may be your best bet.
  • It has a large screen and long battery life for less than $1,000.

The majority of consumers have their sights set on this latest iPhone model. It doesn’t have a high-resolution camera or a fancy new display like the iPhone has. a large screen and a battery that lasts for days—the iPhone.

To put it simply, the 14 Plus is the larger sibling to the regular iPhone 14. Instead of an iPhone Mini and an iPhone Big this year, Apple released an iPhone Big and an iPhone Bigger. The only real difference is that its screen is 6.7 inches, unlike the conventional 14’s 6.1. Apple advertises it as having “all-day battery life,” but in my experience, you can get much more than that out of it.

Apple iPhone 14 Plus Display

The enhanced display features of the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max are missing on the iPhone 14 Plus. That’s the always-on display that shows a dimmed version of your wallpaper even when the screen is locked, and the dynamic notch dubbed Dynamic Island shows system status indications. Both are nice to have, but they’re more of a glimpse into the future of the iPhone than an absolute need. In contrast, the 14 Plus offers the kinds of improvements in quality of life that many consumers are looking for in a new phone right now.

iPhone 14 Plus Display
Review of the Apple iPhone 14 Plus (Display) | photo by Philip Dino (Smarttechvillas)

The screen resolution of the 14 Plus is somewhat greater than that of the 14, coming in at 2778 x 1284. This means that despite its larger size, the 14 Plus has a similar pixel density as the 14. (458 PPI compared to 460 PPI on the 14). It’s the same resolution as the screen on my laptop, so the graphics look great here; you can just view more of an email thread or the content of a webpage without having to scroll as much.

Read: How To Setup New iPhone 14 After Purchase

It’s a shame that this doesn’t have the ProMotion 120Hz refresh rate, which allows for silky-smooth scrolling. Even though rapid refresh rates have become the standard for Android phones in this price range, Apple is still saving them for the Pro models. If you’re upgrading from a phone with the same basic 60Hz refresh rate, you won’t notice a difference, but I did notice it when upgrading from the 14 Pro, perhaps even more so because of the larger screen size. However, the 14 Plus’s impressive battery life is likely at least partially due to the reduced refresh rate. That’s a cost-benefit analysis that, in my opinion, the vast majority of people will accept.

Even though it’s obvious, this phone does make you feel like you have more screen real estate than you would with a 6.1-inch model. Its screen can fit more text, and video games and movies are more involved. It looks and feels like a huge phone, yet it operates similarly. Even with the “reachability” UI controls added in iOS 16, using it with one hand is a challenge. Many people are quite content with a large smartphone, but I find that the 14 and 14 Pro, both measuring 6.1 inches diagonally, fit much better in the palm of my hand.

iPhone 14 Plus Build/Design

Despite its size, the 14 Plus seems much more manageable in the hand. At 7.16 ounces (203 grammes), it’s somewhat heavier than the iPhone 14 (by 28 grammes) but lighter than the iPhone 14 Pro (by 3 grammes). This phone doesn’t fit in any of the pockets on any of the jeans I possess, so I was glad to feel it’s lightweight every time it clattered out of the pocket of my joggers. In practice, it lightens the 14 Plus’s load a bit compared to the Pro Max iPhones.

The display is the phone’s main selling point, but the 14 Plus’s larger size also makes its battery last for days. A larger cell, comparable to that of the 14 Pro Max, is included in the 14 Plus, according to MacRumors. Battery life is more remarkable on the 14 Plus than on the 13 Plus since it lacks some of the latest and greatest display capabilities that use a lot of juice.

Apple isn’t lying when it says the iPhone 14 Plus has the “greatest battery life in an iPhone.” During testing, it was discovered that a day of light use (about two hours of screen time and a lot of time away from Wi-Fi) only depleted the battery by around 25%. A single charge lasted for three days of regular use. To be honest, dear reader, I can’t recall the last time I used an iPhone that lasted me more than a couple of days without any issues.

Not everyone should count on a lasting effect. Two days seems more plausible with heavy use, such as long hours of gaming or video streaming, and this may mean pushing into the single digits by the end of day two. Even though I only used the 14 Plus for two hours, that time was not spent idly. Every day, I filmed a few short videos while exploring new areas, using GPS and 5G rather than Wi-Fi wherever possible. Every night I went to bed thinking about how much lower the phone’s battery percentage should have been after a day of use. In a word, I’m blown away.

Apple iPhone 14 Plus Chipset

Besides the larger screen size, the iPhone 14 Plus is functionally identical to the iPhone 14, which is functionally identical to the iPhone 13. The A15 Bionic chipset is a carryover from the previous year’s 13 Pro, and it provides brisk performance and can keep up with virtually any task you throw at it. As with the rest of the 14 Series, you’ll need to get used to eSIM because there is no physical SIM tray.

Apple iPhone 14 Plus Chipset
To use the iPhone 14 Plus is to use the iPhone 14, which is to use the iPhone 13. | Enhanced Gaming Experience (Smarttechvillas)

While previous 14 and 14 Pro models already contain crash detection and emergency SOS via satellite, these functions are unique to the 14 Plus. Multiple sensors and inputs on your phone work together to determine if you’ve been in an accident and trigger an automated call to 911. Though we haven’t tried it ourselves, early feedback has been a bit contradictory. However, there are moments when it’s almost too effective. But it seems to rely heavily on signals to figure out if you are actually in a moving car. This could mean that it misses some things, like an accident, if you haven’t been driving for very long.

As in November, you’ll be able to contact emergency services even if you’re not in cellular range thanks to the Satellite SOS function. For the first two years, it’s completely free with the purchase of an iPhone 14 Plus. You can probably test it out and see how it operates even if you don’t require it.

The iPhone 14 Plus Camera

The 14 Plus has the same trio of cameras seen on the 14: a 12-megapixel f/1.5 primary shooter with sensor-shift stabilisation, a 12-megapixel ultrawide, and a 12-megapixel selfie shooter with autofocus. Even though the 14 Plus doesn’t have a high-resolution 48-megapixel sensor and Portrait Mode’s 2x crop, it does have Apple’s improved image processing, called Photonic Engine.

It all adds up to an improved low-light performance, particularly in the ultrawide and selfie cameras, on technology that isn’t exactly cutting-edge. The iPhone 14 review goes into further detail, but to sum up: the camera is excellent; it’s not the reason to upgrade, but it is an excellent addition if you’re coming from an iPhone 11 or earlier.

In my assessment of the iPhone 14, I could not see any significant improvements over the iPhone 13. The 14 Pro may be the best option if you’re looking for cutting-edge capabilities. Most folks could get by without the tiny enhancements offered by the Basic 14 and save themselves a few dollars.

iPhone 14 Plus Price

However, the iPhone 14 Plus does warrant a somewhat higher price tag. Its beginning price of $899 isn’t exactly peanuts, but it’s less than the $999 starting price of the iPhone 14 Pro and far less than the $1,099 asking price of the 6.7-inch 14 Pro Max. If you’re upgrading from any previous iPhone model, you can get a substantial increase in battery life for $899 with the iPhone XS Max.

Furthermore, a phone with strong battery life now has a greater chance of providing healthy battery life a few years down the road when it eventually declines. Since Apple is expected to release software upgrades for the 14 Plus for at least five years, it has the potential to last quite a while.

Apple iPhone 14 Plus Battery

“No matter what model of iPhone you had before, upgrading to this one will make your battery last much longer”

Apple iPhone 14 Plus Battery Overview
Apple iPhone 14 Plus Battery Overview | photo by The Verge (Smarttechvillas)

There’s also the display, and the results of the iPhone Mini Experiment showed that customers prefer larger phones. Since large displays allow for more information to be displayed at once and require less scrolling, many consumers don’t mind that their phones can’t be carried in a pocket or operated with a single hand. This isn’t Apple’s top-tier big-phone display, but it’s still excellent.

The iPhone 14 Plus is for you if it’s time to update and you’ve been eyeing the huge iPhone, but you value battery life more than cutting-edge capabilities. It’s an iPhone with a massive display and excellent battery life, and it costs less than $1,000. The 14 Plus does what it says it will do and has interesting features that will appeal to a wide range of people.

Conclusion

If you want to know the truth, that’s all you need to know. The iPhone 14 Plus is the perfect choice if you value long battery life over the latest and greatest features.

Dino is a Tech Consultant. Entrepreneur, Website/Blog Developer, Graphic Designer, Blogger and Digital Marketer, he has long been freelancing for more than 6 years before starting up Smartcoretech, during this time was writing for websites like Opera News Hub, Paulworkspace, thescoove.africa etc. He is currently reporting on tech related contents on company's such as Apple, Google, Microsoft, Xiaomi, Facebook, Twitter etc. He also writes on Phone Reviews and Movies. When he is not writing he is working as an IT Manager for a company in his Local. Feel free to contact him via any of the available channels present