Dynamic Island is as pretty as it is annoying. The iPhone 14 Pro has a serious drawback

Does Dynamic Island rightly inspire admiration? Well, in my opinion, the idea itself is much better than the execution. Unfortunately, the design of the iPhone 14 Pro leaves little room for corrections.

We would like to thank the Orange company for renting the iPhone 14 Pro for testing.

For the first time since 2017, Apple has abandoned the indentation in the screen in favor of the hole. Or rather, holes, because there are two holes, but the space between them has been filled with dim pixels for aesthetic reasons.

On the occasion of changing the structure of the screen, Apple introduced a new feature to the iPhone 14 Pro called Dynamic Island. The opening in the display can virtually increase and decrease, displaying simple widgets with more and less useful information.

Initially, I was delighted with this delight, because – what would not be said – Dynamic Island “enlivens” the interface, looks extraordinary and makes the phone more pleasant to use. At times, however, the spell is broken.

Dynamic Island on the iPhone 14 Pro is unforgivably invasive

Animations with animations, widgets with widgets, but let’s talk about the opening in the screen itself. And this one is – by today’s standards – gigantic.

iPhone 14 Pro i Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
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iPhone 14 Pro i Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

According to my measurements, the opening in the iPhone 14 Pro screen is approx. 14 times larger than the one in the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra. That means it covers 14 times more content. All because Apple – in addition to the selfie camera itself – also used a large face scanner.

As I am used to smartphones with small holes, Dynamic Island obscures the content for me quite bothersome. Examples?

I played a while on the iPhone 14 Pro in Call of Duty. Already during the first match, there were several situations where the opening in the display completely blocked my opponent. It is absurd that the very shape of the screen makes gameplay difficult.

Call of Duty on the iPhone 14 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
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Call of Duty on the iPhone 14 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

The iPhone 14 Pro is not necessarily the best smartphone for watching movies either. Usually, the most important things happen closer to the center of the frame, but it happens again and again that Dynamic Island will cover the character’s face or other more important content.

Interstellar on the iPhone 14 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
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Interstellar on the iPhone 14 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

The full-screen video on TikTok or Instagram also looks bad.

Instagram on iPhone 14 Pro
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Instagram on iPhone 14 Pro

So far, I have only cited examples when Dynamic Island is active. When space is taken over by a music player, stopwatch or other application, the opening grows and thus covers even more of the screen.

Active Dynamic Island takes up even more space
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Active Dynamic Island takes up even more space

Of course, it’s not that the opening is constantly obstructing something essential, but such things happen more often than I would like. The screen is the most important piece of equipment for a smartphone, and anything that makes it difficult to view the content is a downside.

In non-full-screen applications, Apple has enlarged the status bar to avoid such situations, but this is also not a perfect solution. The iPhone 14 Pro screenshots show the best way to see an absurdly large portion of the screen out of use, just to make room for Dynamic Island.

The application interface reserves a lot of space for Dynamic Island
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The application interface reserves a lot of space for Dynamic Island

Worse, the hole in the iPhone 14 Pro in some scenarios can get in the way more than the notch in the cheaper iPhone 14. Dynamic Island goes lower, increasing the risk of obscuring important content.

iPhone 14 Pro i iPhone 14
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iPhone 14 Pro i iPhone 14

But yes, Dynamic Island looks nice and can be useful

The opening itself is, for my taste, “steals” way too much of the screen, but otherwise you can see a lot of effort. The black island that “absorbs” minimized applications stretches, contracts and displays additional content is a real eye-catcher. Thanks to this, the entire interface feels lively and coherent.

Dynamic Island also has the potential to be a useful tool. I use a stopwatch on my phone a lot, and it’s nice that the iPhone 14 Pro keeps showing my countdowns all the time.

However, I’m not a fan of interacting with Dynamic Island. Already on the 6.1-inch variant, reaching the very top of the screen with your thumb is too difficult to use the smartphone in such a way. In addition, I consider encouraging the user to smear the camera lens with a finger as an average idea.

Although Apple’s solution has its advantages, it is not that Apple’s geniuses have found a way to use the unused part of the phone. Dynamic Island cuts out an area that would otherwise be filled with content. And you don’t have to drill a huge hole in the screen to implement nice animations and widgets that obscure the movie you’re watching.

If in future generations the inactive Dynamic Island shrinks to the form of a small, non-invasive hole – great. In the iPhone 14 Pro, however, it is so great that I see more disadvantages than advantages in it.

Miron Nurski, editor-in-chief of Komórkomania


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