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Apple iPhone 14 and 14 Plus review: Good phones, but are they worth buying?

By Kenny Yeo - 30 Oct 2022

Conclusion

What do these phones cost?

The iPhone 14 Plus is the first time we have a non-Pro 6.7-inch iPhone. It may be more affordable than the iPhone 14 Pro Max but it's still a pricey phone.

Before we discuss buying advice and closing thoughts, let’s look at the prices of these phones. Despite being the more affordable iPhone, prices of the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus start at well over a grand. But if it’s any consolation, Apple hasn’t raised the prices of the iPhone 14. If you want the larger the iPhone 14 Plus, you are looking at paying a S$200 premium over the iPhone 14.

And as you can see from the table below, for the same amount of storage, an iPhone 14 Pro would be S$350 more than an iPhone 14, while an iPhone 14 Pro Max is S$300 more than an iPhone 14 Plus. I think Apple has priced these phones very strategically. 

Apple iPhone 14 and 14 Pro series in Singapore
  Apple iPhone 14 Apple iPhone 14 Plus Apple iPhone 14 Pro Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max
128GB S$1,299 S$1,499 S$1,649 S$1,799
256GB S$1,469 S$1,669 S$1,819 S$1,969
512GB S$1,799 S$1,999 S$2,149 S$2,299
1TB NIL NIL S$2,479 S$2,629
Colours Blue, Purple, Midnight, Starlight, PRODUCT(RED) Deep Purple, Gold, Silver, Space Black 

 

Buying advice

Definitely consider an iPhone 13 Pro or Pro Max if you can't stretch your budget to the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max.

If you are coming from an iPhone 13, there’s absolutely no reason why you should upgrade to the iPhone 14. They are simply not different enough to justify the cost. But if you really want a new phone, then you should look to step up to an iPhone 14 Pro or Pro Max. The new always-on display and 48-megapixel main camera are more worthy of your money. Yes, they cost quite a bit more, but I guarantee you it’s worth it.

For everyone else with an older phone, I think they would be remiss not to at least consider an iPhone 13 Pro or Pro Max, especially while you can still find them brand new at third-party shops or online marketplaces – Apple no longer sells them. One of the main reasons is because their prices have come down significantly down to the point where they cost about the same as an iPhone 14 and 14 Plus.

And although the two have the same processor and main camera, the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max have the advantage of a high refresh rate display, a better ultra wide camera, a telephoto camera, and an arguably fancier stainless steel body. Of course, the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus counter with its new safety features (Emergency SOS via satellite and Crash Detection), better video modes, and by virtue of being the fresh new thing.

 

Final thoughts

If judged solely on its own, the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus are good phones. The problem, however, is that last year’s iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro were some of the best iPhones we’ve had. In my review last year, I called them peak iPhones. This means the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus has huge shoes to fill.

The iPhone 14 and 14 Plus are good phones, but they don't do quite enough to differentiate themselves from last year's iPhones.

One suspects if Apple did this intentionally to create more separation between the Pro and regular iPhones, because the Pro iPhones got even more “Pro” this year with their new always-on display, Dynamic Island, A16 Bionic chip, and improved 48-megapixel main camera – all the things the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus did not get.

It’s a bit tragic because the iPhone 14 and 14 PLus are not bad phones at all. Build quality is great, their displays are nice to look at, performance is class-leading, and their cameras mostly take very pleasant photos. But they just don’t offer enough to differentiate themselves from last year’s iPhones. If anything, it just goes to show just how good the iPhone 13 series was.

iPhone 14 and 14 Plus ratings
iPhone 14 Click to see the score breakdown
iPhone 14 Plus Click to see the score breakdown

 

 

You can find the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus from the Apple Online StoreAmazon, the Apple Flagship Store on Lazada, or the Apple Official Store on Shopee.

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