- 1 iPhone 14 Plus: size and design
- 2 What does the big display bring?
- 3 The best iPhones
- 4 How good is the display of the iPhone 14 Plus?
- 5 Camera: The 14 Plus stays at 12 megapixels
- 6 iPhone 14 Plus: Long runners, but not a record
- 7 Apple A15 bionic chip: enough!
- 8 Switching from iPhone 8 Plus to iPhone 14 Plus
- 9 Conclusion: iPhone 14 Plus as a Max alternative?
- 10 iPhone 14 Plus: price, storage, colors
- 11 Related
iPhone 14 Plus: size and design
What does the big display bring?
How good is the display of the iPhone 14 Plus?
In the lab, the display of the iPhone 14 Plus delivers results similar to those of its little brother, the iPhone 14, but is only a touch better in some respects: With HDR content, the display is very bright at 1,226 candelas per square meter (iPhone 14: 1,167 cd/m2), with normal images is about 868 cd/m2 Final (iPhone 14: 833 cd/m2). In the laboratory, however, it didn’t quite reach the measured values of the 14 Pro Max, for example, which has over 2,095 cd/m²2 has set a new brightness record in the test. Typical OLED: Contrasts and color representation are excellent. The sharpness is impeccable at around 460 ppi (at 2778×1284 pixels), no less sharp than the Pro Max. But you have to do without the always-on display of the Pro series.
Camera: The 14 Plus stays at 12 megapixels
When it comes to camera development, fans of high megapixel numbers and larger sensor pixels with a resolution that is not excessive have been at odds with each other for years. But Apple itself shows that the principle is less important than the results: In the Pro models, Apple uses a main camera with 48 megapixels (but combines four pixels in normal mode, so that 12 megapixels are saved in the end). With the iPhone 14 Plus, Apple remains true to the 12 megapixel, but uses a new sensor with larger pixels and a brighter aperture (f/1.5) than the Pro. Together with the new Photonic Engine (intelligent image processing of the raw camera data), this leads to convincing results for the main camera in the camera test: the bottom line is that the image quality in daylight is just as good as that of the Pro models, but only slightly in low light worse.
Only telephoto shots fall short in image sharpness compared to the Pro Max, which is probably why the camera app also allows maximum zooming with up to five times magnification. And the ultra wide-angle camera does not have a macro mode for photos from a few centimeters away. Good: Videos shot freehand, for example during sports, hardly stutter after activating the action mode. Cinema mode now also films videos with 4K resolution.
iPhone 14 Plus: Long runners, but not a record
At the presentation, Apple praised the iPhone 14 Plus as the iPhone with the longest battery life to date. Irritating: In detail, Apple specified a shorter runtime for video playback compared to the iPhone 14 Pro Max (20 hours vs. 25 hours for video streaming). This caused irritation for some iPhone prospects. In the long-term use test in the COMPUTER BILD laboratory, the iPhone 14 Plus achieved a very good runtime (11:17 hours). But the iPhone 14 Pro Max lasted more than two hours longer (13:36 hours). So the runtime record is denied to the Plus. There is a simple explanation for the contradictory Apple information: depending on the usage scenario, one or the other model could be slightly ahead. But one thing is certain: If you are looking for an iPhone with a long service life, you should include the iPhone 14 Plus in your shortlist. Because in the test it lasted a good two hours longer than the normal iPhone 14 (9:13 hours). However, patience is required when charging: In the test, it took almost two and a half hours until the empty battery was fully charged again. And only if one of the newer 20-watt USB-C power adapters was used. If you charge your iPhone overnight and only pick it up again in the morning after a good night’s sleep, you can of course just as well use an old 5-watt power supply.
Apple A15 bionic chip: enough!
Like the iPhone 14, the iPhone 14 Plus works with the A15 bionic chip from the previous year, at least in the better version with a fifth graphics core from the iPhone 13 Pro. In the test, it was around 10 to 15 percent slower than the A16 Bionic in the 14 Pro models. Nevertheless, the working and operating speed is excellent, iOS 16 slips. As of October 2022, no Android smartphone is faster. The latest radio technology such as 5G (including satellite connection, so far only in North America), Wifi 6 (no 6E), NFC and ultra-wideband (UWB, for example for airtag localization with centimeter accuracy) are on board.
Switching from iPhone 8 Plus to iPhone 14 Plus
For owners of an iPhone 8 Plus – the last “Plus” model from 2017 – the jump in display, camera and speed (both CPU and 5G) will still be gigantic.
Conclusion: iPhone 14 Plus as a Max alternative?
iPhone 14 Plus: price, storage, colors
Sales start (release) for the iPhone 14 Plus is October 7, 2022, pre-orders began on September 9, 2022. Five colors would be conceivable: violet (new), black, white, blue and red. The iPhone 14 Plus costs 150 euros more than the iPhone 14. The smallest variant with 128 gigabytes (GB) of memory officially costs 1,149 euros. There are also larger memory variants with 256 GB (1,279 euros) and 512 GB (1,539 euros)
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