If the cell phone falls, the damage can be great. Here, a case and bulletproof glass protect against expensive repairs. Therefore, shortly after the iPhone 14 Pro Max went on sale, we looked around for suitable cases and protective films and found what we were looking for at Apple and numerous third-party manufacturers. From the Far East there are inexpensive cases in all possible variants.
iPhone 14 Pro Max: The most important innovations
The iPhone 14 Pro Max with a 6.7-inch display, three cameras and storage of up to 1 TB impresses above all with its camera system, the fast A16 SoC and of course the Dynamic Island. This is a pill-shaped cutout in the edge of the display, in which the components for Face ID and the selfie camera are installed. All this has its price. The cheapest iPhone 14 Pro Max costs 1,449 euros and contains 128 GB of memory. The model with 1 TB is the most expensive for 2,099 euros.
The iPhone 14 Pro Max features a new display with adjustable refresh rates that enables always-on functionality. Information is also displayed on the lock screen when the phone is idle.
As with the iPhone 14 Pro, the Max also has a new color: a dark purple that also appears lighter or darker depending on the viewing angle.
Despite its size and weight, the iPhone 14 Pro Max can be held by Magsafe magnets and thus charges wirelessly. If you want to charge the iPhone with a case, you need a variant for Magsafe. With transparent cases, the user then sees a ring that is incorporated into the case. Of course, this is not noticeable with other materials.
Right at the launch of the iPhone 14 Pro Max, Apple added numerous cases to its range. These include those made of leather, transparent plastic and silicone. However, the transparent iPhone 14 Pro clear case with MagSafe for 59 euros is quite expensive – but it does not discolour even after prolonged use. This is a problem that mainly affects cheap cases.
As every year, Apple is also launching leather cases for the iPhone 14 Pro Max. This time the colors are Midnight, Ink, Forest Green, Umber, and Orange.
There are also numerous colored cases made of silicone. This material is vegan, quite durable and also forgives a somewhat rougher handling than leather, which can quickly lead to scratches, grease stains and the like, while the outside of the silicone cases is easy to clean. Here, too, the light shades attract dirt over time. In addition, the silicone cases from Apple are 10 euros cheaper than those made of leather.
There is also a much larger selection of colors here. The silicone cases for the iPhone 14 Pro Max are currently available in Storm Blue, Midnight, Lilac, Product Red, Elderberry, Agave Green, Sunlight, and Lime Pink. Even though the iPhone 14 Pro Max looks very similar to the iPhone 13 Pro Max, the cases are not interchangeable.
Of course there are not only cases from Apple, but a huge accessories market. Shortly after the launch of the iPhone 14 Pro Max, the first cases from brand manufacturers and low-cost providers appeared. One inevitably wonders how that can be, since Apple is doing its best to avoid revealing anything to the public before the presentation.
We still understand that with the brand manufacturers: Watertight contracts can be concluded here, which are subject to high penalties in the event of a secret betrayal. But the manufacturers from the Far East must also have the data from somewhere.
Similar to Apple, the competing products offer sleeves and cases in hard and soft plastic, leather and silicone. In contrast to Apple, the very popular flip cases are only available from third-party suppliers. The iPhone is placed in an envelope like a book, so that the display is also protected. Since the iPhone 14 Pro Max has an always-on display, some of the functionality is lost by covering the screen. If that doesn’t bother you and rather sees the advantages of a cover: There are plenty of offers here too:
But why do so many customers turn to third-party products? Apple’s cases are well made, but they’re also expensive. Some manufacturers try to use this disadvantage for themselves while still maintaining good quality. In our experience, good products deliver above all Zagg, Pitaka, otter box, spigen, Hama and JT Berlin.
Is everything still too expensive? No problem. A look at the Far East shows that there are also cases for 2 to 10 euros, but shipping costs and customs duties may also be added. Nevertheless, bargains can be made here.
Some of the cases certainly won’t last quite as long as a branded product and it might look crappy with the warranty, but there are plenty of colors to choose from here. There are some models here smooth or rough Faux leather on Aliexpress between 2 and 5 euros. In addition, there are about Rugged cases with stand for around 3 euros, elegant looking matte cases around 4 euros or simple silicone cases from 1 cent.
Important: If you buy transparent cases from the low-price segment, you have to expect that they will soon turn yellow: plastics that are lightfast remain expensive.
Screen protection: tempered glass
Despite most cases, the front of the iPhone 14 Pro Max is completely unprotected. The display is also the most expensive spare part and often breaks due to its nature. Of course, this is particularly painful with such an expensive smartphone. Apple itself claims that the cover glass is as durable as ever, but who wants to try it in everyday life?
Therefore, there have been protective films for the displays for many years. In the meantime, almost only those made of glass are offered, so-called armored glass films. These are intended to absorb part of the energy that would affect the display in the event of a fall.
Unfortunately, with the iPhone 14 Pro Max and the smaller Pro, Apple didn’t adopt the new design of the iPhone 14, where the front and back can be replaced separately, making it expensive to repair.
The tempered glass films are therefore the means of choice. Modern foils can be applied without bubbles if the work is reasonably clean. One should only pay attention to a dust-free environment and follow the operating instructions of the manufacturer. Wipes are often included, with which the display must be properly cleaned beforehand.
There are so-called privacy screens to protect against curious people on public transport, which restrict the viewing angle from which the display can be read. Other manufacturers also include a transparent cover for the camera lenses with the protective films so that they are also protected.
You can spend a lot of money on cases, but there are also good deals in the cheaper segment to protect the iPhone 14 Pro Max. If you want to be on the safe side, you can get a tempered glass film for the display and protection for the cameras, which this time protrude even further from the iPhone and are even bigger than the iPhone 13 Pro Max.
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