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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 upgrades from last year in Apple’s history. It inherits the aluminum design with flat edges fromiPhone 13. Under the hood, it’s safe to say that Apple has significantly repackagediphone 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 from 1019 € for the 128 GB version.

Apple has added a number of safety tools, including collision detection and satellite communications for sending emergency messages. The iPhone 14 also received an internal upgrade that makes it easier to dissipate heat and reduce back panel repair costs.

iPhone 14 features

iPhone 14 is a familiar smartphone, which is good for us. The 6.1inch Oled screen is covered in the same ceramic shield, with the same screen cutout, and brushed aluminum as the iPhone 13. And it weighs 17% less than the iPhone 14 Pro, although its size is almost identical. A pleasure to hold and use with or without a case.

It is submersible up to 6 meters (IP68) and dustproof. iPhone 14 is available in five colors: Red, Blue, Purple, Midnight, Starlight.

iPhone 14 camera

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

iPhone 14 takes great photos and videos. We managed to get some decent shots, even in low light. Look at the photo below with a dog, taken in the twilight of a cafe. Notice how well 14 captures the texture and detail of the fur. He also managed to freeze the action even though the dog was moving its head when we filmed.

The ultrawide lens is satisfactory, but falls short of the main camera in terms of image quality and performance.Moreover, it cannot work in macro mode, as is the case with the iPhone 14 Pro.

Night mode has improved, but still suffers from glare from light sources, as evidenced by the photo of the flyover 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. in
Galaxy S22 has a similar feature called Super Steady. If you shoot 4K video on an 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 the level of detail deteriorates in low light.

The photo was taken on a foggy summer day in San Francisco’s Dolores Park.

Sunset over downtown San Francisco captured by the primary sensor

The photo was taken with an ultrawide angle lens in front of a cafe.

The contrast of the triangular shape and the color of the bridge against the cloudy sky is clearly visible.

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

A15 Bionic Processor Performance

iPhone 14 is equipped with a chip A15 Bionic, and that’s another reason it looks like the 13 Pro. There were two versions of this chip last year, one for the iPhone 13 and 13 mini, and another with an additional GPU core for the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max. Model 14 is equipped with a version with an additional GPU core.

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

In our tests, 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. Such high performance is not necessarily useful today, but it will ensure the future of the phone for years to come.

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

iPhone 14 charges quickly. We are far from speed One Plus 10 Pro, but the battery power went from 18% to 81% in 45 minutes. We used an optional 20W AC adapter.

iPhone 14 vs. iPhone 13, 12, 11

Should we upgrade to iPhone 14? If you like the iPhone 12 and 13, then the iPhone 14 will do as well, but there’s no good 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 reliability and photo part, and other safety features like collision detection and SOS satellite. If you’re hesitating between iPhone 14 and iPhone 13, save money by choosing iPhone 13 or 13 Mini.

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

Conclusion

Standard upgrades like the iPhone 14 are for people who just want a new iPhone to replace an older model. While the new iPhone Pros have the most notable new features, the iPhone 14 features are not essential. But it’s a pleasantly familiar smartphone that most users will enjoy.

CNET.com article adapted by CNETFrance

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

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