iPhone 14 Plus review: Finally, a big iPhone without the Pro Max tax

Although it doesn't have the Dynamic Island of the Pro models, the iPhone 14 Plus is a perfect new addition to Apple's iPhone line-up. No longer do we have to pay Pro Max prices just to get a large display – a basic feature many of us want and need from our smartphones these days.

So if you're an Apple fan who wants a bigger screen, but doesn't need all of the iPhone 14 Pro Max bells and whistles, which do jack up its price quite significantly – the iPhone 14 Plus is the one and only iPhone for you.

However, don't expect any surprises – if we look past its size and battery life, from the design and feature standpoints this is a rather boring new model that could've been a bit more exciting than it is. A Dynamic Island and always-on display would've been nice to get here, but alas, the iPhone 14 Plus keeps things simple, and very, very familiar.

iPhone 14 Plus Unboxing

The unboxing experience is the usual Apple ordeal – we have a very tiny, compact, and minimalist retail box, which you need to hold by the sides as its bottom slides out slowly, to reveal your new tech toy. Savor the moment if you will; that's the whole point of the whole slidey mechanism after all! And there it is – your new iPhone 14 Plus.

Inside the box is also some paperwork, a white Apple sticker, plus a USB Type-C to Lightning cable. There's no charger included, and if you're in the US – there's no SIM ejector tool either, as the new iPhones only use eSIM now in that region.

But we have an EU variant of the iPhone 14 Plus here, so the good old SIM ejector is included, and the phone does have a physical SIM card slot in our case.

Back to that missing charger for a quick tangent. A lot of brands tend to not give us chargers "for free" anymore, at least with flagship phones, and the excuse is protecting the environment. You're encouraged to reuse any old chargers you may have lying around, but keep in mind that those will have to be at least 20W, if you wish to take optimal advantage of the iPhone 14 Plus' fast charging.

iPhone 14 Plus Specs

Basically - it's bigger than an iPhone 14, with a bigger screen and battery, yet lesser than an iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max. Below we have for you the official iPhone 14 Plus specs from Apple.

Perhaps most notable is the fact that the iPhone 14 Plus keeps the older A15 Bionic processor, while the Pro models got upgraded to A16, but to be fair – the A15 is still a great performer in 2022.

iPhone 14 Plus Design & Colors

Unlike the more expensive iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max, the iPhone 14 Plus still has the notch we've become so familiar with.

We basically have a last-gen design here, nearly identical to the 2021 iPhone 13 Pro Max visually, except that the new Plus has a dual-camera on the back, as opposed to three cameras. And, the bezels around the display here are ever so slightly thicker.

The iPhone 14 Plus has one, main, defining feature over the base iPhone 14, and that's its larger size. Regardless, and despite being cheaper than the Pro models, the iPhone 14 Plus still sports a premium Ceramic Shield front, a glass back, aluminum sides, beautiful flat edges, and a slight camera bump on the back. On the bottom, the Lightning port returns yet again, for charging and data transfer.

On the front, around its nearly-7-inch display are some small black bezels, and again – the good old notch, unchanged from last year.

The iPhone 14 Plus is rated IP68, meaning it has been tested to survive submersion in water at up to 6 meters, for up to 30 minutes, so using it during a light rain shouldn't be an issue.

Perhaps the biggest surprise for me initially was that for its size and weight of 203 grams, the iPhone 14 Plus feels pretty light, and again – nicely premium in the hand. Just do keep in mind you'll definitely need some larger hands to hold and use it easily. It's main selling point is the fact that it is big, and… Well, it sure is. You'll need large hands and large pockets for this beast.

As for the color options, here's what we get...

iPhone 14 Plus colors:

  • Midnight

  • Purple

  • Starlight

  • Blue

  • Product Red

iPhone 14 Plus Display

So as we mentioned, the iPhone 14 Plus is essentially just like the 14 Pro Max and the 13 Pro Max in terms of size, but its specs are nerfed to match its lower price. We're getting a 6.7-inch OLED display clocked at the traditional 60Hz refresh rate. It's a Super Retina XDR display, with a 2778‑by‑1284 pixel resolution, and pixel density of 458 PPI (pixels per inch). What does all that mean in plain English? The display is sharp. Big and beautiful, with pitch blacks and vibrant colors, as can be expected from OLED screen technology.

This phone getting the always-on display feature was speculated by some, but as we could've seen a mile away – that came only to the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max. So no always-on display for the iPhone 14 Plus. Nonetheless, True Tone returns, as well as HDR support.

According to Apple we have 800 nits max brightness (1200 nits HDR peak brightness), which is also below, say, the Pro Max, but regardless, more than bright enough for most users. Realistically, the iPhone 14 Plus' display is well visible even ou