There are very few new features in the iPhone 14 versus 13. It has the same design, screen technology, processor, and now, the Series 13 has been updated to iOS 16 – the same operating system too. So what’s actually new this time?
The new iPhone 14 brings crash detection to the line, which is obviously a useful feature if you’re not lucky enough to need it. It also supports emergency satellite connectivity, as well as slightly smaller bezels surrounding the display, improving repairability and heat management. The highlight, however, is that the 14 has new camera sensors, which means better photos, as well as a new Motion Mode when shooting video.
Even the camera update isn’t particularly noteworthy this year on paper. The iPhone 14’s main camera is still a 12MP system with the same image processing as the iPhone 13 and most of the same capabilities.
It costs £849, while the iPhone 13 costs £749 – or significantly less refurbished or used, so can Apple’s iPhone 14 really compete between The best smartphones (Opens in a new tab) today? And with Google’s Pixel 7 Pro also costing £849, and its camera much better, can the stack 14 make it to non-iPhone competition?
iPhone 14 review: Design
Put the iPhone 13 and 14 side by side, and to the naked eye, there is no difference between the designs of the two phones. They are glass and metal sandwiches, with Corning glass on the back and front, and aluminum frames.
They’re also about the same weight – 172g (iPhone 14) vs. 174g (iPhone 13), and they have the same dimensions, button placement, and camera setup.
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So while the 14 Pro gets a bigger camera bump – literally and specs, and its new dynamic island is a standout design element, the iPhone 14 is very similar to the 13, you can use the two phones’ cases interchangeably thanks to matching button placement.
This means that the phone has a power button on the right, a Lightning connector on the base, and volume buttons on the left side, along with a slider for notifications. With dual speakers — one on the top and one on the bottom of the iPhone, it returns stereo sound, and there’s a SIM tray on the left side if you’re outside of the US. If you’re in the US, you’ll have to settle for an eSIM, so don’t be alarmed if you don’t see a SIM slot.
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Saying there are no other design updates isn’t entirely fair to Apple. The iPhone 14 offers a light blue color for the font, similar to that introduced in the 13 Pro line last year. This means that the color options are Midnight, Purple, Starlight, Red, and Blue. We tested the red version, which looks excellent and amazing, and is available from Vodafone in the UK, or directly through the Apple Store.
iPhone 14 review: The screen
Such as iPhone 14 Pro, The Apple iPhone 14 has a 6.1-inch screen, which makes it relatively affordable, especially compared to some similarly priced Android phones like the Pixel 7 Pro, with its 6.7-inch screen. Being in a pocket is great, but the iPhone 14 doesn’t have the best-in-class screen specs.
Starting with the good, just like the Pro and most phones over £400, the iPhone 14 uses OLED screen technology, which is generally known to have richer contrast, deeper blacks and richer toner and colours. iPhone 12 and earlier uses LCD technology. That’s not bad in itself – Apple screens always look good. But the truth is, if you upgrade from LCD to OLED, you’ll notice the difference.
The screen of the iPhone 14 is also sharp, with 460 pixels per inch and a resolution of 1170 x 2532. It is one of the best screens from the point of view of color balance, and shows excellent viewing angles. It also gets bright at 1200 lumens.
While the iPhone 14 Pro screen is silky smooth at 120Hz, the iPhone 14’s refresh rate is just 60Hz. The £400 Nothing Phone (1) has a 120Hz refresh rate with AMOLED screen technology despite costing less than half the price, so if you want the best value screen experience, this isn’t it. However, it’s definitely not a bad screen by any measure.
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iPhone 14 review: Performance and interface
Starting with new features we couldn’t test, the iPhone 14 can communicate with satellites when there’s a large-scale solution around you. This feature is geared towards adventurers who may find themselves in the wild without a cellular signal. With a satellite connection, you can still communicate with emergency services, and it can be a lifesaver.
The Model 14 also features crash detection, so you can send an alert if you’re in a collision. Your phone will give you a window to cancel the automatic feature, and if you don’t, it will call emergency services.
The new iPhones running iOS 16 brings a lot of fun and useful boom that is available on all iPhones with the latest update. You can now use Apple’s Fitness+ service even if you don’t have an Apple Watch, for example. iPhone lock screens are now also customizable, so they can feature widgets, a set of fonts, and layer elements in front and behind a foreground object in an image.
As it has for years, iOS also promises great app support, and you can enjoy high-quality creative apps like Lumafusion on your iPhone 14 without any slowdown.
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The iPhone 14 is powered by the Apple A15 Bionic chip. While that means the same power as the iPhone 13, with slightly updated graphics performance, compared to most Android phones, this still means gaming and speed that beats the competition, and with storage ranging from 128GB (£849) to 512 Gigabyte (£1179), phones should have plenty of room for files and photos.
Although many thought Apple would ditch the Lightning connector in favor of a USB-C port, the new iPhone 14 series is moving its charging technology around for another year.
iPhone 14 review: Camera
iPhone 14 features a standard and ultra-wide camera, lost by the 14 Pro’s zoom and 14 Pro Max.
Both cameras capture reliably good shots, with intelligent computational shooting during gameplay to help compensate for mixed lighting and darker scenes. iPhones generally sharpen shots and boost dynamic range reasonably well, so pull plenty of detail out of shadows and produce photos with crisp edges — and the iPhone 14 is no exception. While this will appeal to most people, it will likely not appeal to photography owners who want more natural-looking shots.
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Frustratingly, Apple disables some advanced features on the standard iPhone compared to the Pro, including RAW capture and Pro Res shooting. The iPhone 14 also misses close-up capabilities, omitting the ultra-wide camera that focuses on macro.
The new motion mode for video works across both Vanilla 14 and 14 Pro. This triggers the ultra-wide camera when activated, and like the GoPro, keeps your shots extremely stable. Also, like the GoPro, it’s miserable at dealing with low-light environments, but does a good job in bright scenes, especially when switching from the ultra-wide to the main camera.
The iPhone 14 also gets Cinema Mode, which was introduced on the 13 Pro, which captures video in portrait style, which is fun, although it doesn’t do a great job of recognizing tricky elements like curly hair when blurring the background.
When shooting video in up to 4K, stills from the phone look reliably good, just like the photos, but at £849 it can’t compete with the Pixel 7 Pro, which features a dedicated zoom camera and superior image processing.
iPhone 14 review: Battery life and charging
The iPhone battery can be charged up to 50% in 30 minutes if you use a 30W charger such as the Anker Nano 3. The phone does not charge with a charger in the box, so you will need to choose a separate charger.
As for battery life, you’ll easily get a full day out of it if you get a full day of 11, 12, or 13. Showing only 30 minutes drains iPhone about 3% with brightness set to 50%, so you’ll also easily make it through a long trip as your primary media player.
Overall, we hit 10pm with about 15-20% remaining in the tank, which isn’t a bad thing given how much we use the phone.
Should you buy an iPhone 14?
If you have an iPhone 12 or 13, you’ll likely stick with the upgrade until the iPhone 15 launches, or consider opting for the 14 Pro if you’re desperate for a meaningful upgrade.
The iPhone 14 is better than the 13, but only – and it’s £100 more expensive, so you’re really paying for the privilege of troubleshooting and satellite connectivity.
Despite any caveats, it’s hard to say the iPhone 14 isn’t a good phone. that it. In fact, it’s great on most things, but it doesn’t feel like it’s a good value – especially when you look at the other things out there. In the Android camp is the Pixel 7 Pro, which is the same price despite its superior sports camera capabilities. At £400, you can get a similar, well-spec design none phone (1) (Opens in a new tab).
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The iPhone 14 isn’t impressive, though, so if you pick it up on the right contract, or at the right price, you should be happy with it. From its bright, sharp screen to its premium design, capable camera and all-day battery, while it’s best in class in terms of nothing, it’s at least good in every way.
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