Apple iPhone 14 test: our opinion

Here is the opinion of our colleagues from CNET.com. Our test will be available in a few days.

The iPhone 14 is both an improvement on last year’s iPhone 13 and one of the most minimal year-over-year upgrades in Apple’s history. It inherits the flat-edged aluminum design of theiPhone 13. Under the hood, it’s safe to say that Apple has essentially repackaged theiPhone 13 Pro, telephoto lens and high refresh rate screen minus. The result is convincing and makes the iPhone 14 a good upgrade for most users. Base price starts at 1019€ in 128 GB version.

Apple has added a number of safety tools, including collision detection and satellite connectivity for sending emergency messages. The iPhone 14 has also received an internal redesign that makes it easier to dissipate heat and has a lower cost to repair its glass back.

iPhone 14 Features

The iPhone 14 is a familiar smartphone, which for us is a good thing. The 6.1-inch Oled screen is coated with the same Ceramic Shield, with the same screen notch and matte aluminum as the iPhone 13. And it weighs 17% less than the iPhone 14 Pro, although its size is almost identical. It’s a real pleasure to hold and use with or without a case.

It can survive submersion under 6 meters of water (IP68) and is dust resistant. iPhone 14 is available in five colors: Product Red, Blue, Purple, Midnight, Starlight.

The iPhone 14 camera

The iPhone 14 has three cameras : a wide-angle main sensor and an ultra-wide-angle one at the rear, and a new TrueDepth camera system in the front. Compared to the iPhone 13, the main camera has a larger sensor and a new lens with an f1.5 aperture. All this hardware combined with the new Photonic Engine processing helps to improve image quality, especially in dark environments.

The iPhone 14 takes excellent photos and videos. We were able to get some respectable shots, even when the lighting wasn’t good. Look at the photo below of a dog taken in the dim interior of a cafe. Notice how well the 14 captures fur texture and detail. It also managed to freeze the action, even though the dog was moving its head as we took the shot.

The ultra-wide-angle is satisfactory, but it falls short of the main camera in terms of image quality and performance.Moreover, it cannot work in macro mode, as is the case on the iPhone 14 Pro.

Night mode has improved, but still suffers from glare from light sources, as evidenced by the photo of an overpass below. Notice how the store sign is reflected in the night sky.

Cinematic mode can now record 4K video at 24 frames per second. There’s also a new image stabilization tool called Action mode. the
Galaxy S22 has a similar feature called Super Steady. If you shoot 4K video on the iPhone and use Action mode, the resolution drops to 2.8K. But the results are fantastic. Video quality is generally excellent in bright light, but in lower light the level of detail degrades.

Photo taken on a foggy summer day at Dolores Park in San Francisco

Sunset over downtown San Francisco taken with the main sensor

Photo taken with the ultra wide-angle in front of a cafe

The contrast of the triangular shape and colors of the bridge against the cloudy sky is well marked

The TrueDepth camera has a new, faster f1.9 lens and autofocus, making group selfies easier

The performance of the A15 Bionic processor

The iPhone 14 is equipped with the chip A15 Bionic, which is the other reason it looks like a 13 Pro. Last year, there were two versions of this chip: one for the iPhone 13 and 13 mini, and another with an additional GPU core for the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max. The 14 is equipped with the version with an additional GPU core.

In terms of performance, the iPhone 14 is fast. Animations and games are smooth.
Call of Duty Mobile, Asphalt 8: Airbourne Plus, Warped Kart Racers
and Lego Brawls run like clocks.

In our benchmarks, the iPhone 14 performed on par with last year’s iPhone 13, but it’s still faster and more powerful than any Android phone currently on the market. Performance that high isn’t necessarily useful today, but it will future-proof the phone for years to come.

In terms of battery life, the iPhone 14 lasts a bit longer than the iPhone 13. We easily got through a full day with 5 hours of screen time per day, which is about average for other phones we’ve tested.

The iPhone 14 charges quickly. We are far from the speeds of the OnePlus 10 Pro, but the battery went from 18% to 81% in 45 minutes. We used an optional 20 watt AC adapter.

iPhone 14 vs. iPhone 13, 12, 11

Should we jump on the iPhone 14? If you like the iPhone 12 and 13, you’ll be fine with the iPhone 14, but there’s no compelling reason to upgrade. The iPhone 14 is a great upgrade if you’re using an iPhone 11 or older, as it offers longer battery life, faster performance, a much better screen, improved durability and photo part, and more features. safety features such as collision detection and satellite SOS. If you’re hesitating between the iPhone 14 and iPhone 13, save your money by opting for an iPhone 13 or 13 Mini.

On the left, the iPhone 14, on the right, the iPhone 13 Pro

Conclusion

Standard upgrades like the iPhone 14 are for people who just want a new iPhone to change up a years-old model. While the new iPhone Pros have the most notable new features, those of the iPhone 14 are not essential. But it is a pleasantly familiar smartphone that will be unanimous with most users.

CNET.com article adapted by CNETFrance

Images: James Martin, Patrick Holland, Celso Bulgatti/CNET

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