Apple iPhone 14 Plus Unboxing and First Impressions

Apple introduced its iPhone 14 series and iPhone 14 Pro series smartphones last month. We got hold of the iPhone 14 Pro Plus, the bigger phone in the iPhone 14 series. The Pro Max features a 6.7-inch OLED Super Retina XDR display, making it bigger than the standard iPhone 14 that has a smaller 6.1-inch screen. It has the A15 Bionic Chip as the iPhone 13, but features upgraded cameras. Here we have the unboxing and first impressions of the phone.

Box Contents

  • iPhone 14 Plus 512GB in Starlight colour
  • USB Type-C to Lightning cable
  • SIM ejector tool
  • Apple sticker and documents

The phone has a 6.7-inch (2532×1170 pixels) OLED 458ppi Super Retina XDR display, outdoor brightness of 800 nits, and up to 1200 nits brightness when viewing HDR content, same as the iPhone 13. It has a Ceramic Shield protection.

It still has a notch for FaceID and the front camera. The phone has a 12MP TrueDepth  front camera with f/1.9 aperture, an improvement from the predecessor. The earpiece cutout is present on the edge.

There are no change in button placements compared to the predecessors. As you can see, the phone has an aluminum frame that offers a matte finish. The phone has IP68 water resistance (6 meters for up to 30 minutes) ratings.

It still has the A15 Bionic 5nm Chip with 6-core CPU with two high-performance cores and four high-efficiency cores and a new 16-core Neural Engine. The iPhone 14 Plus has a 5-core GPU compared to 4 cores in the iPhone 13. RAM has been bumped to 6GB from 4GB. It runs iOS 16 out of the box that brings several new features such as Lock Screen customization, new tools in Mail, Live Text, and Visual Look Up, as well as the ability to edit and communicate in Messages.

The iPhone 14 has an improved 12MP (f/1.5) main camera. There is Sensor-shift OIS. There is a 12MP 120° ultra-wide (f/2.4) secondary camera. The Photonic Engine that improves mid- to low-light performance for photos across all cameras: up to 2x on the Ultra Wide camera, 2x on the TrueDepth camera, and 2.5x on the new Main camera, says Apple. The True Tone flash is 10% brighter and has better uniformity for more consistent lighting compared to the predecessor.

There is a new Action mode for incredibly smooth-looking video that adjusts to significant shakes, motion, and vibrations, even when video is being captured in the middle of the action.

Check out the camera samples.

Cinematic mode now support up to 4K 30fps recording, which is a welcome move.

Even though Apple doesn’t reveal the battery capacity officially, teardown revealed that the phone has a 4,325mAh battery compared to 4,323 mAh in the iPhone 14 Pro Max. Without the 120Hz screen and always on display, the battery life in the iPhone 14 Plus should be better than the iPhone 14 Pro Max.

The new iPhone 14 Plus is available through Authorized Apple resellers offline and online retailers like Flipkart, and others, in addition to Apple India online store starting at Rs. 89,900.

Author: Srivatsan Sridhar

Srivatsan Sridhar is a Mobile Technology Enthusiast who is passionate about Mobile phones and Mobile apps. He uses the phones he reviews as his main phone. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram