Spent a week with iPhone 14 Pro. Don’t repeat my mistakes!

Every year it becomes more and more difficult to talk about the new iPhone. First of all, this applies to Apple, which should talk about non-existent innovations at the presentation so that everyone wants to buy a new phone. Agree, when neither the design, nor the camera, nor the processor has changed in a smartphone, it is very difficult to say about it that it is fantastic. It is also not easy for us, journalists, to tell, in fact, about the same gadget from year to year. But here we are again to discuss the iPhone 14 Pro. We chose this particular version as the only one worth buying at all. The base iPhone 14 is the iPhone 13 in new colors. iPhone 14 Pro Max is expensive. And the usual Pro is the golden mean. It is relatively inexpensive, but it has a major difference from last year’s model. I spent a week with it and I’m ready to tell you if it’s worth buying or not.

This phone does not have many innovations to buy. But this is no reason not to study it.

What’s included with the new iPhone

I must say right away that I did not buy this phone, but took it from the guys from Just Use. who also filmed iPhone 14 review. They have other cool videos on the channel – be sure to check it out. Why I did not buy a phone, I’ll tell you a little lower.

As usual, acquaintance with the phone begins with the box. This year she became white, but this is not critical. Inside, everything is the same as last year – a smartphone, a cable, a paperclip and nothing more. In my case, the phone is not American and it has a physical SIM card. This is a big plus, since there are big problems with using eSIM now. It is unlikely that Apple has blocked Russian operators so hard, which means that there is a chance that the situation will improve. You just have to wait.

Is the new iPhone different from the old one?

The geometry of the smartphone has not changed much. First, he became insignificant smaller due to reduced bezels. In addition, the camera has once again grown, which again seems just huge. Probably until something even bigger is shown next year.

With that said, in the best Apple tradition old cases won’t fit new phone. But personally, I decided to wear it without a case to enjoy the beautiful new dark purple color. It really does look fantastic. In the dark, it looks like gray, but in the sun it plays with very expensive and rich shades. In addition to it, boring colors are offered – dark gray, white and golden.

iPhone 14 Pro

The new color is unobtrusive and probably the most beautiful in recent years.

Disadvantages of the new iPhone

In the early days of sales, the iPhone, as usual, collected a lot of hatred. They said that his camera was shaking, the hole in the screen did not work correctly, and he just freezes when you try to copy data from an old smartphone to it. Either I’m the luckiest of the bunch, or the scope of the problems is greatly inflated, but I didn’t encounter any of the above, although I tried very hard. Maybe it’s the software version or it’s floating bugs, but if you were afraid of such bugs, don’t worry too much about it.

Hole in iPhone 14 Pro screen

Briefly describing the new cutout in the form of two holes, we can say that this is not Android with its minimal “holes”. Here the size of the eaten part of the screen is even larger than in the case of the “bangs”. The “island” is smaller in area, but it ends further from the edge than the “bangs”. A narrow strip of the screen is still not useful. Therefore, the “island” looks interesting, but reduces the usable screen area.

If you take into account the useless top of the screen, the “island” eats up more screen than the “bangs”.

If you tilt the phone, you can see that the “island” consists of two holes. But they are always united by a dark area of ​​the screen, and you will always see it only as a single module. On the net you can find a funny name for this site – ”cut and dot”. Sounds!

The “island” itself is well animated. When notifications come, it changes form and shows it. If you have started music or a timer, they will be displayed in it. You can also tap this area to open the app, or long tap to launch the widget at the top of the screen. The main disadvantage of this solution is that before each selfie or video call, you will have to wipe the front camera, as it will be all smudged. This does not affect the Face ID scanner – never had any problems at work. with him.

Otherwise “Island” is quite funny and you can use it. When you eat it all the time, you don’t pay attention to it, but when you return to the bangs, you immediately feel some kind of archaism. This is how Apple magic works.

“Island” is not only a rejection of the “bangs”, but also special widgets with beautiful animation.

A separate chip within the A16 Bionic processor is responsible for the animation of the “island”. Only in this is the meaning of the new processor. Otherwise, it is almost no different from last year’s version. It works just as fast. And the fact that there are almost no innovations in it is evidenced by the fact that at the presentation it was compared not with last year’s or the year before last chipset, but with an even older A13 Bionic. Only it turned out to say that it is 40% more productive. Between neighboring generations, the difference would definitely not be so big. This confirms that Buying an iPhone 14 Pro just for performance is not worth it.

The brightest phone

The screen of the novelty has undergone changes, but only on paper. I noticed a long time ago that every new generation of iPhone gets better in terms of image output. But the difference becomes really significant only after 1-2 generations. So, if we compare the screen of the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro, there will be almost no difference..

iPhone 14 Pro

The bezels are thinner and the screen is brighter. But to appreciate it, you need to know about it.

”On paper” the novelty is brighter and offers peak up to 2000 nits, which is a lot, but in practice, even in the bright sun, the new and last year’s smartphones look almost the same. Another novelty offers a minimum refresh rate of 1 Hz, and not 10 Hz, like last year. This allows you to further reduce energy consumption. Although in practice I did not notice a large increase in operating time. Even a year old iPhone 13 Pro gives about the same battery life as 14 Pro. Apple stated increase in operating time by 1 hour, but it is very difficult to catch it in practice. Thanks for the small improvement though.

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Has the camera on the new iPhone improved?

After all this, I wanted to believe that at least the camera would work better and allow you to take better photos. And again no! The camera in almost all cases works the same way as before. There are minor changes only in the blurring of the background, which indirectly could become better by increasing the physical size of the main sensor by almost one and a half times. But given the amount of software processing in mobile photography, such an explanation seems far-fetched.

The camera of the novelty has become a little better, but is still one of the best on the market.

What is the main camera now has a resolution of 48 MP, should not mislead you. In reality you don’t care get only 12 MP shots. The maximum resolution is only possible in Raw mode, but it’s not worth it. But the use of new photo gluing algorithms made it possible to better stretch dark areas. This is really noticeable and improves the quality of photos with a wide range of dynamic range.

The front camera began to shoot a little more softly and it had a full-fledged autofocus. This makes for better shots, but only after you’ve wiped down a camera that’s been smeared while using the island.

Subjectively, videos shot with new phones have become lighter, but this greatly depends on how the automation perceives the lighting conditions. Therefore, there is no need to talk about significant changes. As with the rest of the camera experience, we didn’t get much of an improvement. Is it only better detail in shadows through improved software processing.

If you thought that the camera once again began to shoot much better than a year earlier, do not believe it. The camera is indeed better and takes more natural shots than the iPhone 12 Pro, but when compared to the iPhone 13 Pro, you will hardly notice the difference. And if you notice, you can tell about it in our Telegram chat.

Is the iPhone 14 Pro fast

You won’t notice a performance boost either. So the phone, although equipped with a new processor A16 Bionic (6 cores, 4 nm), but it did not work much better from this. Apple itself understands that a breakthrough in performance is now difficult to achieve. Therefore, at the presentation, she did not manage to compare this and last year’s processor. I had to “dig out the stewardess” and say that it is 40% more productive than the post-last year A13 Bionic. Naturally, no one specified that he came out 3 years ago, but simply said that there is an advantage.

It remains to add only about the battery life. Apple promised an extra hour on a single charge, but in reality, you’re unlikely to notice it. Such a small the increase in autonomy can be attributed to an erroralthough the improvement in efficiency is more likely to be due to the fact that the brighter screen would last at least as long as the previous generation model.

In the always-on screen mode, the battery will be consumed 10-15% faster, depending on how you use it the rest of the time.

Phone with Bluetooth 5.3

Of the rest, one can note the presence in the phone Bluetooth 5.3, the benefits of which are unlikely to be noticed by 95% of users. But with Wi-Fi, Apple has not finalized a bit. A module is installed here that ensures the operation of Wi-Fi 6, and not 6e, like the smartphones of many competitors.

This year, as in the past, there are memory options from 128 GB to 1 TB. I always I advise you to choose 256 GB or 512 GB. The rest is either too small or unreasonably expensive. But I always recommend the color “seasonal”. In the iPhone 11 it was green, last year it was blue, and now it’s purple. This greatly refreshes the phone, which does not change from year to year.

iPhone 14 Pro review from Just Use:

Is it worth buying an iPhone 14 Pro

Summing up my experience of use, I can say that this year I am even less ready to upgrade my iPhone to a new one. But if last year I made the transition from 12 Pro to 13 Pro, then this year I will not make such a mistake. Let the “island” look good, but I’m not ready to say that it has definitely become better. This is an interesting design element, which, however, takes up even more usable screen space than the notch.

iPhone 14 Pro

In general, you can take it, but only if you understand exactly why you need it.

To buy a new product, I traditionally advise only for those who decided to update the year before last or even older device. For those who want to change the iPhone 13 Pro to the iPhone 14 Pro, I would rather start dissuading than just telling them not to. Just keep in mind that you will get the same phone but with an “island”. There will be no more subtle differences between them.


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