I loved 48 hours with the safe and familiar iPhone 14 Pro

I loved 48 hours with the safe and familiar iPhone 14 Pro

Apple is happy with the smartphone format. This is very clear because the iPhone 14 Pro is not much different from the iPhone 13 Pro, which was not far from the iPhone 12 Pro. While some bemoan the lack of visual changes between recent generations, what really matters is if The whole package It improved with each numerical increase.

My iPhone 14 Pro arrived on Friday, September 16th, and that’s not enough time to do a full review – but more than enough to take a closer look at what the iPhone 14 Pro will look like. It is familiar, like a safe hand. And no, that’s not the downside you might first think.

iPhone 14 Pro is very smooth

If you own an iPhone, changing to your new iPhone 14 Pro is a wonderfully simple process, and leads you to ownership in just the right, convenient and comfortable way. From Apple, offered for free iCloud Storage To simplify your apps, photos, and settings, the way all your home screens are backed up identically on the new device, it’s as if you never left the old one.

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This also applies to design. If you’re coming from the iPhone 12 Pro or the iPhone 13 Pro, the iPhone 14 Pro feels the same in your hand. The flat, square body is still a bit sharp, and the already large camera module is even bigger this time around. The volume controls and power button are still in place, but if you bought the iPhone 14 in the US, there is no SIM tray because it is an eSIM-only phone.

I don’t hate familiarity. It looks the same, feels the same, and works the same way the iPhone 13 Pro I left behind. While this may legitimately leave you wondering if the upgrade is beneficial for you, the seamless and hassle-free way you can switch to this brand new phone is attractive. It removes any stress related to losing precious photos, saved games, music or messages.

The iPhone 14 Pro is held in the man's hand, as the screen appears.
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The iPhone 14 Pro took over my old phone without a problem. No, it doesn’t really look any different, but that’s okay. It’s sleek, modern design and beautifully crafted from the highest quality materials (plus the deep purple color sparkles in just the right light). I particularly like the way the camera bump and lens casings are integrated, giving it depth and optical pinhole.

It’s not a completely different phone than before, but whether you’re new to the iPhone or coming from a previous phone, it welcomes you with open arms. And because the experience is so polished, you’ll quickly forgive her for not having a slightly different look.

Take a trip to the dynamic island

Dynamic Island is the feature I was most excited to try out on the iPhone 14 Pro. Not least because it looked great during Apple’s launch event, but also because it’s really the biggest visible change on the phone, and definitely the one most people have been talking about. How does it look? It has a lot of potential, but at the moment it looks untapped.

Dynamic Island gives reason for being by using software to dynamically adjust its size and shape according to the application you are using or the task being performed. The notch was always there, fixed and docked at the top of the screen, but now it’s magically Alive. I never learned to completely ignore this step, and now the dynamic island means that it doesn’t matter making it useful. It reminds me of the second LG Ticker screen on phones like LG V10, a little easier.

In which way? So far, it’s the music controls that have proven very useful. When playing music, Dynamic Island can be tapped to instantly switch to the Music app, or long-press to bring up the controls. It also displays information about Apple AirPods Pro when connected, and makes switching tracks or cleaning through podcasts much faster.

Design-wise, I love the way the Face ID lock icon is now on the island, and the way it’s split into two sections to track more than one activity. It’s also very smooth, integrated, and beautifully done. It immediately looks like a part of an operating system that might have been around for a while. However, it doesn’t work with many apps at the moment, and that limits the number of times it does anything, but app developers will definitely work hard to integrate its functionality.

Is iPhone 14 Pro better at taking photos?

With only 100 or so photos on the camera roll so far, it’s not possible to fully assess the iPhone 14 Pro’s camera capability just yet. You can check the specifications In our Buyer’s Guide, and while there are some hardware differences between them, the main camera takes photos that look almost identical to that of the iPhone 13 Pro. That’s fine, as the 13 Pro’s main camera has improved a lot over the year, so Apple started off with a great base. I definitely hope more tweaks will come in software updates to surpass its predecessor.

What I’ve actually noticed is how 3x telephotos look much better, and are especially good in low light, which is what Apple promises with its new image-processing technology it calls the Photonic Engine. See the photo taken in a dark tunnel looking out at bright sunlight, complete with reflections on the water, making for a complex environment. The iPhone 14 Pro doesn’t blow out areas as brightly lit, shows more detail on walls, better shadows, and has a more realistic color palette overall.

There are some improvements seen in the wide-angle camera as well, with some shots from the iPhone 14 Pro showing much better balance, exposure and detail. However, this hasn’t happened with all images, so it’s not clear if it’s a comprehensive upgrade yet. I also found the iPhone 14 Pro to be great for taking pictures of small objects when using the 3x zoom mode, and to focus and avoid blurring more effectively than the 13 Pro.

It’s a good start for the iPhone 14 Pro’s camera, but only if you’re happy with the incremental updates to the zoom and wide-angle performance, as the main camera currently looks mostly unchanged. It makes sense, given that the base camera performance on most phones at this price is excellent, and that’s what’s around where things traditionally need to improve.

Possible battery struggle

It’s still too early to judge the iPhone 14 Pro battery harshly, but there is evidence that it may not have the long life some would like. Today, after just over three hours of screen time, the battery stabilized at 38% at 6pm, after it was removed from the charger at 7:30am This includes GPS, video, camera and general app use . It’s not terrible, but if you use the phone moderately, you’ll likely only get a day of battery life.

iPhone 14 Pro is held in the hand of a man showing the screen.
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It may not be the whole device problem. Since installing iOS 16 on my iPhone 13 Pro, the battery hasn’t lasted as long as it did with iOS 15. The iPhone 14 Pro also uses the same software and the new Apple always-on display which, although it won’t use much power, you should take it some.

Battery life is probably the main reason to get the iPhone 14 Pro Max, but don’t do it for the quality of the screen, as the Pro’s 6.1-inch screen is stunning: full of color and vibrancy, matched by ultra-clear speakers with blocks of volume.

iPhone 14 Pro is safe and familiar

I am very happy with the iPhone 14 Pro, mostly because I was very happy with the iPhone 13 Pro. However, I only have a few days of life left with her, and more of her talents and abilities will emerge over the coming weeks as I also get a better idea of ​​battery life as I become accustomed to my usage patterns.

If your iPhone 13 Pro is in your pocket, there doesn’t seem to be a need to rush into an upgrade, which is about the same for iPhone 12 Pro owners (unless your phone is already nearing the end of its useful life).

Everyone else, including those who haven’t yet converted to iPhone ownership, should know that just because the iPhone 14 Pro feels familiar and secure doesn’t make it bad. It’s the opposite, as Apple took what was already a great phone to live with every day (and for several years) and then made the parts that weren’t very good – no screen always working, and useless mediocre camera performance outside of the main lens – as excellent as the rest.

These are the updates I really wantis not a quick and easy visual change and business as usual elsewhere.

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