Big screen and best iPhone battery life

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Video playback on iPhone 14 Plus.

Sofia Pitt

I’ve been testing Apple’s new $899 iPhone 14 Plus for the past few days, which hits stores on Friday. It has the biggest screen you can get on an iPhone without shelling out $1,099 for the Pro model, and the best battery life ever on an iPhone.

The iPhone 14 Plus is great for people who just want a bigger screen and don’t mind missing out on the new features that come with the Pro and Pro Max, such as: B. Dynamic Island and always-on display.

But most buyers seem to have flocked to the Pro models over the regular iPhone 14 so far.

Bank of America analysts issued a rare downgrade to Apple stock last week, lowering the target price on “weaker consumer demand” and the potential for a sluggish iPhone cycle as consumers spend more slowly. The bank indicated that while there’s been a stronger mix of Pro model purchases so far, that won’t offset a drop in sales and profits if Apple sells fewer units overall.

iPhone 14 plus.

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And analysts at JPMorgan said in an Oct. 3 note comparing shipping times of different iPhone models that budget-conscious customers are more likely to choose the iPhone 13 over the more expensive iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus.

But don’t just write off the iPhone 14 Plus. It’s a good option for people who just want a big screen and don’t want to spend $200 more on the iPhone 14 Pro Max. And it has great battery life and upgraded cameras in a lightweight package.

Here’s what you need to know about the iPhone 14 Plus.

iPhone 14 Plus: what is good

Apple introduced four new iPhones, three new Apple Watches and an updated AirPods Pro during a Wednesday press event in Cupertino, California, United States, September 7, 2022.

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The big screen is the highlight here. And if you’re like me, you’ll love having a larger display in your pocket for reading, movies, gaming, and more. Otherwise it’s the same screen as the regular iPhone 14. I noticed that the blacks are nice and deep and the colors popped up when streaming YouTube videos.

You can see more on one page e.g. B. on a visited website, or save more apps on your homepage. And that helps if you want to see more while increasing the text size, which can come in handy for people who prefer or need larger text.

iPhone 14 plus.

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The iPhone 14 Plus is just 0.11 ounces lighter than the iPhone 14 Pro Max, which has the same screen size, but the difference felt clear as I carried it around.

The iPhone 14 Plus is 1.31 ounces lighter than the iPhone 14 Pro Max and the difference felt clear as I carried it around.

Apple says the iPhone 14 Plus has “the best battery life ever in the iPhone,” which is only based on general daytime use. Battery life was great in my tests. I was able to stream YouTube videos for over 19 hours before the phone died, consistent with Apple’s claim of 20 hours of streamed video playback. Apple also promises up to 100 hours of audio playback, longer than any other iPhone.

The cameras are also solid. While you don’t get the telephoto or really sharp main cameras that you’ll find on the iPhone 14 Pro models, you do get an upgraded 12-megapixel main camera that took good pictures, including clearer and brighter photos at night, if there weren’t many lights.

iPhone 14 Plus photo in night mode.

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There’s also a new front camera with autofocus for selfies. That means your selfies will look sharper and more focused than they do on the iPhone 13.

iPhone 14 Plus selfie.

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Apple has unveiled new security features on all iPhone 14 models, including accident detection and emergency satellite SOS, the latter of which will be available in November. I haven’t been in a car crash to test it, although multiple reports have already shown that the feature works. Both security features are not available on the iPhone 13.

iPhone 14 plus.

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iPhone 14 Plus: what’s bad

Despite its size, the iPhone 14 Plus is a relatively minor update over last year’s iPhone 13. You’ll see more of an upgrade from the Pro models. These phones have always-on displays that can show notifications even when your phone is idle, and feature Dynamic Island, which makes better use of the notch at the top of the screen. For example, Dynamic Island can show things like album art for the music you’re playing and will soon offer other features like live sports scores at the top of your screen.

iPhone 14 Plus home screen.

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If you’re looking for a camera upgrade, you’ll notice a difference if you’re upgrading from an iPhone 12, but it’s hard to see a significant difference if you’re going from 13 to 14 Plus, other than autofocus on the front-facing ones selfie camera

The iPhone 14 Plus uses the same A15 chip as the iPhone 13, but with an additional graphics processing core for improved gaming performance. When playing the game Diablo: Immortal, I didn’t notice any difference on either phone.

I’m disappointed that all iPhone 14s still have a Lightning connector instead of USB-C. I didn’t expect Apple to switch, but it would be really useful to just carry the same USB-C charger I use to power a MacBook and an iPad.

iPhone 14 plus.

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should you buy it

The iPhone 14 Plus is a great buy for people who just want an iPhone with a bigger screen and don’t want or need the features of the Pro models. At $899, it’s worth the $100 premium over the standard iPhone 14 for the larger display and better battery life. But you probably don’t need to upgrade from the iPhone 13 for that.

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