iPhone 14 Review | Ubergizmo

The brand new iPhone 14 has arrived! We’re reviewing the brand new iPhone 14, however bear in mind, the iPhone 14 Plus is identical cellphone however bigger. This 12 months’s iPhone 14 is a minor incremental improve – let’s speak about what’s new.

What’s New?

Bodily, the brand new iPhone 14 is very just like the iPhone 13. The aluminum chassis is an identical (the iPhone 13 instances are completely suitable) and makes use of almost all the identical elements (together with the A15 processor). With out the colour variations, you’d be hard-pressed to inform if I simply handed you an iPhone 13 or 14.

The digital camera {hardware} (back and front) has been barely improved, and that’s at all times vital. However every thing else is just about a software program or slight performance enchancment. Right here’s what caught our consideration:

Crash detection: the iPhone 14 will detect if there’s a automotive crash occasion and use the emergency SMS to name first responders and your emergency contacts.

Satellite tv for pc SOS: if you’re out of mobile community vary, the iPhone 14 has one final line of protection: you would possibly have the ability to ship an SOS message by way of satellite tv for pc. We’ll see how this works in November when the service rolls out.

eSIM solely: Apple now not makes use of bodily SIM playing cards. eSim-only received’t change your day-to-day life, nevertheless it would possibly make issues simpler as you now not have to attend for a SIM card to reach when you want a brand new one.

Higher cooling: Apple says the iPhone 14 cooling has been improved, which may assist with sustained efficiency conditions corresponding to gaming, AR, and even mapping on an extended route.

Digital camera(s): The rear and entrance digital camera programs have been improved over the iPhone 13 design, which is likely one of the extra vital causes to get the iPhone 14.


As we mentioned, the iPhone 14 chassis is an identical to the iPhone 13, and the excellent news is that a big choice of instances is already out there.

Apple makes use of Aluminum, so the iPhone 14 feels lighter (and cheaper) than the iPhone 14 Professional, which is made from chrome steel. Metal shouldn’t be solely extra immune to scratches and shocks, nevertheless it additionally appears nicer, in our opinion.

The iPhone 14 has the “Energy” and “Quantity” controls within the normal areas, and customers will really feel proper at house. The cellphone’s back and front are flat and lined in tempered glass, and solely the rear digital camera block protrudes within the again.

The speaker system produces wonderful sound high quality, akin to the costliest telephones available on the market, in order that’s a powerful level when you like utilizing the audio system. We’ve in contrast it to many latest telephones on the workplace, and it’s the most effective!


The iPhone 14 has a 6.1″ show, whereas the iPhone 14 Plus comes with a 6.7″ one. That’s the first distinction between these two telephones.

The bezels are thick, and Apple’s giant “notch” on the prime is current. The notch homes the selfie digital camera and the infrared sensor essential to make Apple’s Face ID function work.

Face ID is safer than single-camera face unlock options, however the giant notch is the visible worth to pay. Many individuals have been very vital of Apple’s incapacity to eliminate it. Android rivals have made technical advances with minimal “punch-hole” or “under-screen” cameras which might be nearly invisible.

The show high quality is superb, with correct colours. The brightness reaches 595 NITs with handbook settings and 890 NITs of peak brightness which is regulated robotically by the system. Sadly, the refresh charge is barely 60Hz, as Apple ProMotion expertise is barely out there on the iPhone 14 Professional fashions.

iPhone 14 Digital camera

The brand new iPhone 14 digital camera system has been barely improved, because of a brand new main 26mm digital camera just like the iPhone 13 Professional’s. On the similar time, the iPhone 14 14mm ultrawide digital camera will get an improved lens over the iPhone 13 however shouldn’t be fairly pretty much as good because the iPhone 13 Professional. Apple has put some work into segmenting its cellphone providing.

The Ubergizmo CAMERA HW digital camera benchmark for the iPhone 14 rear digital camera system is 170, which is noticeably higher than the iPhone 13 (140) however nonetheless decrease than the iPhone 13 Professional (191). The iPhone 14 lacks the 77mm telephoto lens, which makes the iPhone 13 Professional digital camera superior.

Apple claims a 49% low-light efficiency enchancment, a plausible quantity in response to our inside CAMERA HW rating and knowledge. A few of which may translate into shorter wait occasions for long-exposure evening photographs.

Extra importantly, the LIDAR digital camera stays distinctive to the Professional sequence, and the iPhone 14 received’t have any 3D scanning capabilities launched within the earlier Professional sequence.

Naturally, photographs of the iPhone 14 look just like the iPhone 13 Professional when utilizing the 26mm main digital camera. The ultrawide photographs would possibly look a bit totally different at evening, relying on the lengthy publicity, which varies from scene to scene. Lengthy exposures aren’t a pure manner of capturing low-light photographs and should lead to unrealistic-looking photos.

It’s honest to say that utilizing lengthy exposures of 1-3 seconds by default for low-light photographs is a bit weak in 2022 when most Android telephones at that worth stage don’t want it.

There’s additionally an “motion mode” video stabilization by which the video is cropped greater than normal however permits for even higher video stabilization. It’s a tradeoff, however the video is considerably extra steady, so the function title is on-point.

The selfie digital camera appears to seize barely extra pure photographs, primarily as a result of it doesn’t attempt to “beautify” the topic as a lot. These new settings would possibly finally cascade to older telephones by way of an iOS replace. This selfie digital camera now options an auto-focus.


Apple gives wonderful CPU efficiency, which exhibits in benchmarks like Geekbench multithreaded. CPU speeds translate into snappy apps, OS responsiveness, and every day efficiency.

Relating to graphics and 3D gaming, the iPhone 14 can be very respectable and performs equally to the iPhone 13 Professional within the graphics check we checked out.

It doesn’t rating in addition to comparatively inexpensive Android “gaming telephones” such because the just lately launched OnePlus 10T (see benchmarks under). Nevertheless, the iPhone 14 may outclass these telephones in particular duties corresponding to video compression or enhancing as a result of Apple has devoted {hardware} for that.


Apple has elevated the iPhone battery capability through the years, and that’s a really optimistic selection. Nevertheless, it’s nonetheless behind Android rivals such because the Samsung Galaxy S22+, which has considerably extra battery capability and now retails at $799.99. Reasonably priced telephones just like the OnePlus 10T ($649) function even increased capability and cost greater than 5X sooner.

Metrics corresponding to mAh/Cubic-Inch clearly present different telephones having extra battery capability “per cubic inch” of quantity, together with the iPhone “professional” sequence.

Happily, the 60Hz display refresh and the overall energy effectivity of the Apple platform make the iPhone 14 a “full-day battery” smartphone, and likelihood is which you can come house with 20% battery to spare (common utilization).


With a worth beginning at $799 (128GB), the iPhone 14 brings among the digital camera goodness of the iPhone 13 Professional, with out the “professional” options corresponding to telephoto and lidar. Nonetheless, the iPhone 14 digital camera is healthier than the iPhone 13 ($699), which could justify the $100 worth distinction if the finances shouldn’t be too tight.

If you will discover a deal on the iPhone 13 Professional and purchase it at round $899, it could be a better option, in our opinion. And if you’re hesitating between the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Professional, we are able to inform you that, for sure, the iPhone 14 Professional is greater than definitely worth the $200 distinction with the iPhone 14.

When you personal an iPhone 13, bounce to the iPhone 14 Professional or look forward to subsequent 12 months. Anybody with an iPhone 12 or under will discover the iPhone 14 (and past) a pleasant improve.

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