iPhone 14 Pro Review : An Island, An Incredible Camera And The Feeling That Something Is Missing | Tech Reviews
It ‘s that time of year. Back to school, autumn is approaching and Apple launches new iPhones. The iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro are already in stores and we have already tested them. A few days ago we brought you our first impressions of the iPhone 14 Pro and today it is the turn of the in-depth analysis.
I confess that I really wanted to get my hands on the new ‘pro’ generation. It is a very continuous evolution in many aspects, but groundbreaking in others. For the first time since the iPhone X we have another front with that dynamic island and the camera makes the biggest jump in resolution in years. Let’s see everything that the new iPhone 14 Pro offers to maintain its place on the podium of the best phones of the year.
iPhone 14 Pro data sheet
|DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT||147,5 x 71,5 x 7,85 mm
|SCREEN||Super Retina XDR 6.1 inches
True Tone, HDR
ProMotion 120 Hz
2,532 x 1,170 px, 460 dpi
2,000 nits, 2,000,000:1 contrast
|PROCESSOR||Apple A16 Bionic|
|RAM||to be confirmed|
|FRONTAL CAMERA||12MP, f1.9, autofocus|
|OPERATING SYSTEM||iOS 16|
|CONNECTIVITY||5G (sub-6 GHz)
Gigabit LTE with 4×4 MIMO and LAA
Wi-Fi 802.11ax (6th Gen) with 2×2 MIMO
Ultra Wideband Chip
|BATTERY||Capacity to be confirmed
Fast charge 20W
Wireless charge 15W
|PRICE||From 1,319 euros|
Design: an iPhone 13 Pro with a new notch
If we do not turn on the screen, the iPhone 14 Pro has hardly changed from the previous generation , so we are not going to spend too much time commenting on its design. To give you an idea of how similar they are, during these days there have been many times when I have taken the iPhone 13 Pro thinking it was 14.
Of course, there is a change in the dimensions of the camera module that means that the same case of the 13 Pro is not worth it. The lenses of the iPhone 14 Pro are a bit larger , but where we notice it the most is not in the diameter, but in that they stand out more and the mobile is much more crooked when we leave it on the table.
The novelty of the design appears when we turn on the screen and see the dynamic island. Apple has given it this bombastic name, but it is still a new notch that solves the same problem as always: it is not possible to hide the camera and FaceID sensors under the screen (at least for now). But while the notch was always there static, this new notch is seasoned with a lot of functions and animations that we will see later and that make it make some sense beyond housing sensors.
If we look only at its shape and size, as I said in the first contact, the dynamic island is a worse solution than the notch in the sense that it “eats” more of the screen, pushing the content down a little. However, it is a bit narrower and, as it is a hole, visually it seems lighter than the classic notch.
Apple also says that the new iPhone 14 Pro has slightly thinner bezels around the screen than the previous model. If we go to the specs we will see that the iPhone 14 Pro is 1 millimeter higher and the screen-to-body ratio goes from 86 to 87% (according to GSMarena data ). Is it visible to the naked eye? No. The feeling is that the use of the front is the same as that of previous generations.
As you can see, there are few design changes in this new generation, but it doesn’t have to be a bad thing. It is a mobile with a fairly contained size that in the hand is somewhat heavy for its dimensions (206g, 2g more than the iPhone 13 Pro). Its construction is impeccable, although the grip is the part that does not convince me. The straight edges bite into the hand a bit and the matte glass is quite slippery, although the metal of the frame helps it “stick” a bit more to the hand (and fingerprints too). If you carry it with a cover like me, these small drawbacks disappear and it gives much more security on a day-to-day basis.
Screen: a new front brighter than ever
Let’s go with the screen, one of the sections that changes the most in this generation, although not because of the specifications. On paper, we have a panel almost traced to the previous model . Repeat with OLED technology (of course) and a 6.1-inch diagonal. There is a very slight increase in resolution, but you won’t notice it.
Of course, we still have the 120Hz refresh rate that was released last year. The screen goes like a shot, it is fluid and responds quickly to our touches. It’s mostly enjoyable playing games, but it’s also noticeable just navigating through the menus. All animations feel super smooth and light. Of course we have LTPO technology that adjusts the refresh rate depending on the needs of the moment, helping to keep battery consumption from skyrocketing.
The main improvement of the iPhone 14 Pro screen focuses on the brightness, which reaches peaks of up to 2,000 nits (in the iPhone 13 Pro, the maximum peak was 1,200 nits). It is not something that you are going to perceive all the time, but when we are using the mobile in full sun, that increase in maximum brightness is quite noticeable. I have appreciated it especially when taking photos at noon, when the sun is at its highest point.
Nothing to object in terms of sharpness, colorimetry or viewing angles. Yes, we are still in FullHD +, but with 460 density points you will not see the pixel. Apple still won’t let us adjust the calibration, instead it delegates that task to True Tone to adjust it according to lighting conditions and the truth is that it does a great job.
The visual experience maintains a very high level and improves with that maximum brightness push, but where the real news of this generation is in the new functions. We are talking about the dynamic island and the always-on screen. We see them in depth.
The dynamic island: how it affects the display
It was one of the most notable changes according to the leaks and it ended up being confirmed in the presentation. The notch disappeared to make way for a solution that we have been seeing for quite some time on Android: an oval hole on the screen. But Apple does not stop there and justifies it like no other by adding a lot of functions, although we will see this in the software section, here we are going to focus on the position, its size and how it affects us when viewing content.
A curious thing about the island is that it is not actually an oval as it seems, but actually there are two holes: an oval one on the left for the FaceID sensors and a round one on the right for the front camera. Apple unifies everything by “painting” that black oval so that it is well centered and symmetrical. In the photo on the left we have played with Photoshop so that you can see what is behind the island. Normally only the full oval is visible, only when the screen is off and the light falls at a certain angle, we discover the trap.
Without going into the software functions it offers, as I said in the design section, the dynamic island is more annoying than the notch. It’s narrower, but tucks deeper into the screen and pushes content down, wasting a bit of panel real estate. It’s not much and it’s going to change our experience dramatically, but it shows. Since a picture is worth a thousand words, here are a few examples that illustrate the differences quite well.