Test: Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max – Expensive giant

It is clear that the iPhone 14 Pro Max is the phone that gives you extra. It is large and heavy, something you don’t really use with just one hand, or for that matter can easily fit in your pocket. The advantage of a phone this large is that you get significantly better battery life and that you also get all the functions that the slightly smaller iPhone 14 Pro has. Plus a bigger screen and bigger battery. Otherwise everything is identical.

This means that the iPhone 14 Pro Max gives you the new dynamic island, the black area in the screen that, in addition to housing Face ID and the selfie camera, can also change size and display system information or information from different apps. Worth noting is that the dynamic island is not for regular app notifications, they still come separately. The island instead shows system information and brief information from a few apps. Countdown if you have a timer, an indication that music is playing, next turn if you have navigation running, and so on. The amount of information that fits here is almost minimal, so it works more like a shortcut to more information and the ability to interact with it. A press here takes you to the app that is displayed and a long press expands the dynamic island into a larger window so you can, for example, control the music being played or get more detailed navigation instructions without leaving the app you have open.

Really active

The iPhone 14 Pro Max is also equipped with always on display. It has been standard in many Android mobiles for years, but Apple does it in a more advanced way. The active lock screen found here in the iPhone 14 Pro Max not only shows the time, notifications, which music is playing and widgets, but also some apps. If I have navigation started with Apple Maps, it can be displayed in full screen, even when the screen is off, the same applies for example to voice memos. So it often feels like Apple’s always on display lives up to its name more than many other manufacturers’.

The same down to the smallest detail

The cameras in the iPhone 14 Pro Max are completely identical to those in the sister model 14 Pro (in the test of it you can read more about the active lock screen, dynamic island and more) and this means that we got a main camera of 48 megapixels. It is used to provide better images in the dark and to allow you to take pictures in Pro Raw mode at exactly 48 megapixels. However, standard cameras are still 12 megapixels and the overall quality is very similar to the ones we get from the predecessor iPhone 13 Pro, so the news does not mean a big difference. The most noticeable change is that we have an action mode for video with more shake reduction, but on the other hand it requires that the subject is extra well lit.

Brand new is the function in the iPhone 14 Pro Max that identifies when you have been involved in a car crash, but that function is also found in other phones in the iPhone 14 family and in the new Apple Watch. Of course, the phone also has the latest system chip A16 Bionic and also all the news Apple has launched in the iPhone in recent years such as wireless charging with Magsafe, Lidar sensor, fast screen update, water resistance and so on.

However, all this comes with a hefty price tag. The phone costs at the time of writing from 23,700 to 16,500 depending on how much storage space you want. While the cheapest option with 128GB of storage will be enough for the vast majority of people, this is a lot of money for a phone and there are plenty of cheaper options.

Source: Mobil by www.mobil.se.

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