November 2, 2022 –
Instead of releasing the iPhone 14 in a mini version like its predecessors, Apple is delivering a maxi version this year with the iPhone 14 Plus, which we like but are not convinced of.
Admittedly, we were a bit of a fan of the iPhone 12 Mini and 13 Mini. A lot of performance, a very good camera, attractive design – packed in a compact, pocket-friendly housing, that had something for itself. However, the market seemed to see things differently, the sales were obviously too disappointing and with the iPhone 14 generation, the mini model is now history. The iPhone 14 Plus has taken its place, and that has precious little to do with the Mini. The iPhone 14 Plus comes with a mighty large 6.7 inch OLED display with 2778 x 1284 pixels and measures an impressive 161 x 78 millimeters.
However: When you first pick it up, the smartphone doesn’t look as big as you’d feared. On the one hand, this is probably due to the fact that at 7.8 millimeters it is just as thin as the “normal” iPhone 14 and thus looks almost delicate, on the other hand, it is probably due to the angular iPhone design, which we have liked since the 12th generation and ensures that the devices simply sit well in the hand. And last but not least, despite its size, at 203 grams it is even slightly lighter than the “small” iPhone 14 Pro with a 6.1-inch display, since aluminum is used for the frame instead of stainless steel.
The iPhone 14 Plus in the pretty blue color we tested, in size comparison with the regular iPhone 14. Despite the mighty 6.7-inch display, the Plus model feels good in the hand. (Source: Apple)
Once started up, it’s striking that the iPhone 14 Plus still comes with the well-known notch on the front instead of the newly introduced pill-shaped Dynamic Island camera cutout, in contrast to the iPhone 14 Pro that we tested for the last issue. What is also quickly noticeable: the display, which is absolutely convincing in terms of brightness and dynamics, only offers the well-known refresh rate of 60 Hz, while the iPhone 14 Pro (like its predecessor from last year) manages 120 Hz. Scrolling or opening and closing apps feels significantly less fluid as a result. If you consider that in the Android environment mid-range devices for around 400 francs already offer 120 Hz, this is simply no longer up-to-date and disappointing. In view of the fact that Apple is also installing the same chip in the iPhone 14 Plus (as in the iPhone 14) with the A15 Bionic that was already in last year’s devices, the innovations of the iPhone 14 Plus are slowly beginning to appear – apart from the size – Search with a magnifying glass. On the other hand, one must also state that the performance of the A15 chip is more than sufficient and will probably also be sufficient for the next few years.
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