Apple has given select media outlets and YouTubers early access to the iPhone 14 Plus ahead of its launch on Friday, October 7.
The iPhone 14 Plus is Apple’s largest entry-level iPhone model with a 6.7-inch display, a screen size that has historically been reserved only for high-end iPhone. The iPhone 14 Plus has many of the same features as the smaller standard iPhone 14 model, which was reviewed prior to launch last month.
Thanks to a screen that lacks Pro features like ProMotion and more internal space allocated to the battery, the iPhone 14 Plus has the longest battery life of any non-Pro iPhone. The VergeAllison Johnson says the iPhone 14 Plus is capable of offering users multi-day battery life, saying it offered three days of battery life on a single charge in testing.
Apple’s claim of “best battery life on an iPhone” isn’t an exaggeration. Typically, a day of moderate use with about two hours of screen-on time and plenty of time away from Wi-Fi only drains about 25 percent of the battery in my experience. I even managed to get three days of use on a single charge. Readers, I can’t remember the last time I used an iPhone that managed to get through a few days of use comfortably.
iPhone 14 Plus only displays a 60Hz screen, and CNETPatrick Holland says while the screen impresses with good brightness and colours, the lack of a higher refresh rate is disappointing for a phone in this price range.
Screens with higher refresh rates look more immersive, whether you’re gaming or just scrolling through Twitter. The 14 Plus screen locks at 60Hz. I wish Apple included a higher refresh rate display on the 14 Plus, even if it’s a more modest 90Hz. And oddly enough only the Pro model gets an adaptive refresh rate.
The 14 Plus screen looks good, but the 14 Pro Max screen looks even better. Some of it is about the refresh rate, but some of it is that the 14 Pro Max could be brighter. In the time I tested the 14 Plus, I didn’t have any problems being able to view the screen outdoors. But I live in San Francisco, so in the sunnier it can be more challenging.
Both the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus have the exact same camera system, so the camera review for the iPhone 14 will also apply to the iPhone 14 Plus. As expected, reviewers say the iPhone 14 Plus handles low-light situations well, with poppy colors and good highlights. From The VergeAllison Johnson:
The bottom line is better low-light performance, especially from the ultrawide and selfie cameras, though the hardware isn’t exactly new or special. You can read a bit more in-depth analysis in my iPhone 14 review, but the short version is that it’s a very good camera system — not only worth upgrading, but it would be a nice update if you’re coming from an iPhone 11 or earlier.
Both the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus share the same chip from last year’s iPhone 13 Pro. Nonetheless, the iPhone 14 Plus “still feels premium, and has more than enough performance to handle anything you can do,” according to EngadgetSam Rutherford.
For a more detailed overview of the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus, check out our roundup.