HAVE your eye on a new iPhone 14 for Christmas? You have to decide which model is right for you.
There are four to choose from, and they vary wildly in terms of features and pricing.
We’ve now reviewed all 2022 iPhone models including the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max.
iPhone 14 – £849 / $799
The iPhone 14 is the entry-level model in this year’s line-up.
It has the same tried-and-tested square-edged design introduced with the iPhone 12 — and comes in Blue, Purple, Midnight, Starlight, and Red.
Inside is a lightning-fast A15 Bionic processor with enhanced graphics performance thanks to a 5-core GPU. That means mobile To play is very smooth for a smartphone.
The iPhone 14 comes with a very bright and colorful Super Retina XDR OLED display.
The iPhone 14 is also water resistant, so don’t worry about it getting a little wet.
There are two new life support features.
The first is car crash detection, which uses sensors in your iPhone to register when you’ve been in a serious car accident.
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.
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.
iPhone 14 Plus – £949 / $899
The Plus is largely the same as the regular iPhone 14, with a few minor differences.
It’s marginally heavier (about an ounce) and has a 6.7-inch display (vs. 6.1 inches).
A more subtle but useful change is that the Plus offers longer battery life.
According to Apple, the Plus delivers 26 hours of video playback versus the iPhone 14’s 20 hours.
In actual use, the iPhone 14 Plus is very impressive. I found it difficult to shut down in a day even with extra use due to the newness of use.
That said, the iPhone 14 also comfortably lasts a day — so that might not be enough to sell you a Plus.
iPhone 14 Pro – £1,099 / $999
The iPhone 14 Pro is the next step up from the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus.
That means it costs more, but the upside is a lot of pro-level features.
The Pro model has a 6.1-inch screen (same as the iPhone 14), and the Pro Max jumps to a whopping 6.7-inches.
The screen itself is brilliant, offering a dense 460 pixels per inch and a ridiculous 2,000 nits peak brightness.
At the top of the screen, you’ll notice that the “notch” (introduced with the iPhone X to house Face ID) is gone.
In its place is a new, smaller, free-standing cutout that Apple is calling “Dynamic Island.”
It changes shape and size depending on activity.
For example, album covers and a color-coordinated waveform appear when you’re listening to music.
It even appears in a square when you’re using Face ID.
Two new colors (Space Black and Deep Purple) join the legacy silver and gold options to keep things feeling fresh.
There’s an Always On display (for the first time ever) that works great with iOS 16’s customizable lock screen.
The iPhone 14 Pro manages to produce detailed and colorful images even in very dark environments.
But really, the real magic of the iPhone 14 Pro is in the video.
Apple has managed to combine its impressive hardware with expertly crafted computing to produce shockingly good video quality.
You can record 4K video at up to 60 frames per second or in cinema mode in 4K at 30 frames per second.
There’s also a new 60fps Action mode that massively smooths out your footage in high-motion situations – by removing all bumps, roll, wobble and shake.
Apple has equipped its new iPhone 14 Pro with an A16 chip – as opposed to the A15 that powers the regular iPhone 14.
The A16 is about as fast as mobile chips.
The real advantages of the chip are in intensive image processing, AI processing, efficiency for battery life and more.
The battery will comfortably get you through a whole day and then some.
iPhone 14 Pro Max – £1,199 / $1,099
The Pro Max differs little from the Pro – apart from a few key differences.
Perhaps the most obvious is the screen size: it’s 6.7 inches corner-to-corner, not 6.1 inches.
This corresponds to the difference in screen size between the iPhone 14 and the iPhone 14 Plus. Clean.
At 240 grams, the Pro Max is heavier than 206 grams.
And the battery life is much better on the Pro Max.
Apple claims 29 hours of video playback versus the regular Pro’s 23 hours.
So the main differences really are screen size and battery life.
Which new iPhone 14 should I buy?
For most people, the iPhone 14 will do.
It has most of the features you’d really want from the new iPhone 14 range – and keeps the costs down.
Available for around £100/$100 more, the iPhone 14 Plus gives you a bigger screen as well as longer battery life.
It’s really a personal preference: this iPhone will just be too big for some people.
Upscaling to the iPhone 14 Pro means you’re paying significantly more compared to the regular iPhone 14.
The upside is that you have a distinctly new iPhone thanks to the dynamic island at the top of the screen.
And you get plenty of extra perks, including a more impressive camera and faster chip.
In a way, the iPhone 14 Pro is just overkill for a lot of people. The normal iPhone 14 is already very good.
But if you’re a gadget freak, have some cash to spare, or just want a fancy new iPhone, the Pro is for you.
And only you know if the Max is worth the extra cash for the screen size and battery boost.
Keep in mind that Apple is still selling older (and cheaper) phones.
So don’t feel like you absolutely have to buy the iPhone 14 (or any of its variants).
There are great deals on the still brilliant iPhone 13 and iPhone 12.
And Apple’s very affordable iPhone SE is available for just £449/$429.
It can even be updated to iOS 16 if you feel like it.
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