IF you’re an Apple fan, there’s not much wrong with the new iPhone 14.
I’ve been using it for about five days and it looks great, works great and has a few clever tricks up its sleeve.
There are four iPhone models this year. Two are cheaper: iPhone 14 and 14 Plus. Two are more expensive and more powerful: iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max.
The iPhone 14 is the cheapest of them all, but make no mistake – it’s still a high-end blower.
It has the same tried-and-tested square-edged design introduced with the iPhone 12.
You have a nice range of colors to choose from, although they are all slightly muted.
Blue and purple are fairly pale, Midnight is dark and very pretty, Starlight is an attractive off-white, and Red is the brightest and boldest of the group.
They are all beautiful safe colors. I used blue – very similar to last year’s iPhone 13 Pro in my eyes.
Speaking of borrowed features, the iPhone 14 uses the 2021 A15 Bionic chip. That, too, is borrowed from the 13 Pro.
It’s an incredibly fast processor with improved graphics performance thanks to a 5-core GPU. That means mobile To play is very smooth for a smartphone.
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A more powerful A16 processor is unfortunately only reserved for the iPhone 14 Pro this year.
The iPhone 14 comes with a very bright and colorful Super Retina XDR OLED display.
What does that mean? The first bit is Apple Marketing jargon, it simply means that it’s a pixel-dense screen with high contrast, good brightness and a wide range of colors.
And an OLED display has pixels that illuminate themselves rather than needing a backlight – allowing portions of the screen to be turned off to show true black.
It’s a good size at 6.1 inches, although the larger 6.7-inch plus might appeal to you when it’s outside.
For comparison, these screen sizes reflect the more powerful iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max.
If you’re concerned about screen security, you’ll be glad to know that there’s a Ceramic Shield cover on the front to protect the display.
The iPhone 14 is also water resistant, so don’t worry about it getting a little wet.
And remember, iPhone 14 can protect *you* too.
There are two new life support features.
In a way, they’re the two best things about the new iPhone.
Unfortunately, they proved problematic because I wasn’t able to actually test them (for reasons that will soon become apparent).
The first is car crash detection, which uses sensors in your iPhone to register when you’ve been in a serious car accident.
If you don’t respond for 10 seconds or more, iPhone 14 can share your location with emergency services — and even notify your emergency contacts.
The second is the emergency call via SOS satellites.
This allows you to connect to satellites if you are in a very rural area but need emergency assistance.
You can request an emergency response in a situation where you normally have no one to contact.
Unless you’re in the middle of nowhere, you’ll be glad to know that the iPhone 14 supports fast 5G internet. You’ll need a 5G SIM and signal, of course.
Apple promises a massive 20 hours of video playback in the iPhone 14, which is great testament to its battery life.
In my own use it has comfortably lasted a full day. If you are very careful you can probably get close to two days of use.
There’s a new main camera (and improved image processing) that will help you get much better low-light photos.
I’m very happy with the quality, even in very dark environments.
You can shoot very impressive video in 4K at 24fps and there’s also a new camera mode for ultra-stabilized footage.
It’s called Action Mode and it uses some clever camera tricks to avoid shaking, rocking and jumping of the video.
I tried it out in a very tedious way while running (filming a subject that also ran) and it worked fantastically. It was like using a physical stabilizer. Unbelievable!
The selfie camera has also been improved, with better photos taken in low light.
Be careful when taking drunk selfies at night – they might capture more detail than you’d like.
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Last but not least, every iPhone 14 runs Apple’s new iOS 16 by default.
You can personalize your iPhone like never before, including a highly customizable lock screen to truly make it your own.
You can also edit and unpin iMessages and pin Safari tabs.
Of course, you can also get the new iOS on an iPhone 8 or later, so you don’t need the latest model for it.
The iPhone 14 has less going for it than the iPhone 14 Pro.
But then again, it’s £849 / £799 £250 / $200 cheaper, so that’s not exactly a surprise.
And while it doesn’t have the flashy design of the new Pro model, it still looks brilliant – and packs a punch to boot.
Unfortunately the UK price increase (of £50) will bite the Brits but there is no higher cost for the Americans compared to last year.
And ultimately, this is still a high-end machine that outperforms almost all of its competitors.
If price is an issue (and it may be, given the ongoing cost-of-living crisis), then you should definitely consider cheaper iPhone options.
Apple is still whipping out the extraordinary iPhone 13 and the still powerful iPhone 12.
And for those on a very tight budget, there’s the £449/$429 iPhone SE.
We have the best deals from networks listed on our iPhone 14 pre-order page.
The sun says: The iPhone 14 represents excellent value for money and is generally brilliant. It’s the perfect model for someone who needs a simple upgrade. 5/5
All prices in this article were correct at the time of writing but may have changed since then.
Always do your own research before making a purchase.
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