iPhone 14: a performing artist eclipsed by its big brother (VIDEO)

With a powerful processor, improved front and rear cameras, and excellent battery optimization, there’s nothing mediocre about the iPhone 14. — Photos by Erna Mahyuni

KUALA LUMPUR, October 4 – For such a small phone, the iPhone 14’s battery life can go on and on long enough as it is Titanic song.

It’s not just beautiful music with the phone. I took the phone with me everywhere for over a week, even when racing, and compared my experience with last year’s models.

Where do I start

Pulling the iPhone 14 out of its cozy box, I took a moment to admire the soft blue hue of the review unit.

My prediction is that the new blue and purple colors will be the most sought after. It’s a shame, however, that the Pro models aren’t available in softer or pastel shades.

Besides the color, there’s nothing physically different that you can tell just by looking at it.

The specs tell a slightly different story – the new phone is a bit thicker than the old one, but the good news is that you can still reuse old iPhone 13 cases if you happen to have them lying around.

You’ll still get a beautiful Super Retina OLED display, minus the 120Hz ProMotion and Always On display of the Pro models.

Reuse last year’s chips for this year’s model? Say it’s not. At least that seemed to be the reaction when it was announced that the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus would use the same chip as the iPhone Pro 13.

That’s not the whole story. While both models use the A15 Bionic chip, the iPhone 14’s chip has an extra graphics core and the phone also has an extra 2GB of RAM – 6GB compared to the iPhone 13’s 4GB.

So you see that the iPhone 14 is not just an iPhone 13 in a different color.

stable mate

If you’re not a heavy phone user (yes, they exist), the phone holds its charge for a very long time. On very light use, I was able to stretch it for almost three days.

Now in average use, checking text messages, social networks, watching cat videos on YouTube, you can easily go from morning to night without needing to bring an extra battery.

The phone would barely move 1% over a six-minute YouTube video, so you don’t have to worry too much about idle time on a train.

To play ? Well, light arcade games are hardly a drain on the phone, but of course expect faster draining with high end games such as the hugely popular Genshin Impact.

This is where the biggest difference in the iPhone 13 and 14 range lies – the best phone battery optimization with the latest iOS 16.

Sure, the new phone will always feel smoother and faster, but perhaps only a long-time Apple user will appreciate how smooth and smooth the experience feels every year, and how even smoother it feels. .

imagine this

It’s not an iPhone if you don’t consider the camera. It’s a shame, as always, that Apple doesn’t think its low-end phones deserve at least 2x optical zoom.

Still, there’s one thing you can count on about iPhone photography, and that’s how easy it is.

Outdoors and wide and ultra-wide shots are where the phone will shine the most, capturing pleasing views even from behind a mall restaurant window.

Outdoors and wide and ultra-wide shots are where the phone will shine the most, capturing pleasing views even from behind a mall restaurant window.

I once had a friend who impulsively bought a camera and then complained that the photos were terrible.

Privately, I wondered if the camera was just beyond his photography skills. Not a lot of thinking needed with the iPhone.

Using only the stock camera and sometimes even not bothering to use the touch autofocus, the photos came out nice and devoid of the obvious blur from shaky hands.

It’s a big deal for people like me, the stabilization that comes with iPhone cameras that makes it easy to take decent photos without the need for a tripod. Because you see I have very shaky hands made worse by decades of repetitive stress injury (RSI) treatment and not having to take multiple burst photos in the hope that at least one photo will come out good ? This is a good thing.

When it comes to portraits and the selfie camera, I think Apple has tweaked things again so that the skin is much better than last year’s model.

There was a time when Apple also decided to join the Uncanny Valley trend of over-smoothing but I can confirm that the skin tones and details are pretty accurate but the selfie camera needs a lot more light than you can’t get away with the rear cameras.

If you prefer a camera look that veers towards more precision, pleasing colors that aren’t overly saturated, without artificially boosted sharpness, the iPhone 14 gives you good photos that are polished, crisp and natural.

As for video, the iPhone 14 can handle it just as well as its siblings, even supporting the new Action mode for smoother videos.

Thoughts on Upgrades

It’s a shame and a shame that Apple’s design choices have been too safe to the point of being bland, as if the phones were designed by a market research committee.

Still, we can hope that a real sea change will come sooner rather than later in the iPhone lineup, as rivals such as Huawei’s Honor line can offer flagship features for less than what an iPhone 14 costs.

Is it a bad phone to upgrade? Not at all, if you’re coming from an iPhone 12 or older. I don’t think you’ll see or feel enough of a difference if you’re coming from an iPhone 13, which is still a very solid phone even though the iPhone 14’s camera is superior, especially in low light.

Low-light photography has improved on the iPhone 14, with the camera better able to use available light for more accurate color representation and detail.

Low-light photography has improved on the iPhone 14, with the camera better able to use available light for more accurate color representation and detail.

Upgrade to the iPhone 14 Pro models only if you think you can’t live without optical zoom or want to game with more megapixels (which you probably won’t need, let’s be honest).

The collision detection feature, although a new addition, is one of those “nice” extras and we’ll have to wait and see how it performed in real scenarios as opposed to simulated testing.

Overall, there’s a lot to like about the iPhone 14, even without the fancy bells and whistles of the iPhone 14 Pro. It’s a great phone, but probably its biggest disappointment is a price tag that might tempt people to opt for something a bit cheaper but with missing features.

Alongside fun concepts like the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4, it’s clear that Apple needs to inject a little more spice into the lineup of phones it touts as “the iPhone for most people.” It still does, but dear Apple, a little more glare couldn’t hurt.

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