Wednesday, 07 Dec 2022

iPhone 14 Plus review: Apple’s big-screen battery champ

iPhone 14 Plus review: Apple’s big-screen battery champ


iPhone 14 Plus review: Apple’s big-screen battery champ

Apple's new plus-sized iPhone 14 adds a larger screen and longer-lasting battery to a familiar formula, but with a bigger price tag too.

The 14 Plus is a brand new iPhone model for this year, costing £949 ($899/A$1,579), making it £100 ($100/A$180) more than the base model 14 but cheaper than the 14 Pro line.

That makes the Plus the supersized Apple phone for people who just want a bigger screen, not extra cameras and other bits. It has the same chips, display tech, cameras, materials, repair-friendly internal design and software as the regular iPhone 14, just made bigger.

The 6.7in screen, increased from 6.1in, makes it a larger, heavier device. It is significantly lighter and easier to hold than the iPhone 14 Pro Max, but would still benefit from a Popsocket or similar accessory to help you keep a grip on it.

The screen is good looking, providing an expansive display for watching video, playing games or just maximising the text for easier reading. But it is somewhat behind rivals in technology. It is limited to a 60Hz refresh rate, whereas rivals typically have 120Hz, and has a lower peak brightness than the similarly sized Samsung Galaxy S22+ or Google Pixel 7 Pro, or Apple's Pro model.

The killer feature for the 14 Plus is its very long battery life. I can get a solid three days out of it between charges with the screen actively used for about 7.5 hours with various apps and services. This is an extra day over the regular iPhone 14 and longer than almost any other phone.

The phone fully charges in about two hours, hitting 80% in 63 minutes using a 20W or greater USB-C power adaptor (not included). It also supports 15W wireless charging.

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