News hardware From a broken iPhone to the iPhone 14 Pro Max, my honest opinion
As an avid Apple fan, I’ve only had iPhones since I was a teenager. One of the reasons that explains my taste for apples is the longevity of the products. I usually keep my iPhone for 4 or 5 years. This year, partly thanks to my work as a tech journalist, I got an iPhone 14 Pro Max to replace my iPhone XR bought on September 12, 2018.
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I’m embarrassed to say this, but I think I’m one of the millions of people who are addicted to their smartphone. There are weeks that my average daily screen time exceeds 7 hours a day. Suffice it to say that my iPhone XR has mostly paid for itself in 4 years.
On my phone, I spend a lot of time scrolling through Twitter and TikTok, but not only. I take a lot of photos and videos for myself and for work, I play a lot (long live SuperCell), I write… in short, I am what is called a “power user”. I push my phone’s capabilities to the limit, and often.
After 4 years of good and loyal service, my iPhone XR is starting to wear out. However, I found it to be far from a pick-me-up.
- Intensive applications (a large game or video editing for example) run relatively slowly fluid
- the Pictures good lighting is more than enough
- the battery usually last a short day (as you need to charge around 7pm on weekdays and around 5pm on weekends).
- I screen is nickel, and since iPhones are slowly depreciating, I know I can still get a pretty high price.
So yes, day by day, I feel like my smartphone is rotting day by day. As time went by, I experienced more and more crashes and frustrating little moments of slowdown. My battery is holding up decently, but running out of steam on the way home is frustrating. Regarding the photo and video quality, I clearly feel the gap with the current standards.
It’s time to change.
Moving to the iPhone 14 Pro Max from an iPhone XR: the slap?
As usual since iOS 11, switching from one iPhone to another is almost magical. My iPhone 14 detected my iPhone XR then the data transfer happened by itself. One hundred gigas were transferred in about 40 minutes.
Obviously I found my settings, my applications are now linked to my different accounts…
The first thing that jumped out at me was the difference in quality between the two screens.. The OLED screen’s colors crush the iPhone XR’s excellent LCD. The brightness level, just crazy, I can scroll on my phone in direct sunlight for the first time in my life. As for the fluidity of the image, I felt the effect of 120 Hz in the game and in social networks.
After marveling at the screen, I was very surprised by the measurements of the cow. In good. Between my 6.1-inch XR and my 6.7-inch 14 Pro Max, I can barely feel the difference in my pocket. What I feel more is the weight of the phone. Holding the iPhone 14 Pro Max at arm’s length to film myself in a selfie, for example, is painfully easy.
Third big surprise: the difference in picture quality. To be honest, I was speechless. The simple fact that there are multiple photo modules changes everything. As for the quality itself… see for yourself.
The iPhone XR doesn’t have a night mode, so I won’t share low-light photos with you. My old phone gave a mush of pixels where the iPhone 14 Pro showed a shiny result.
I’ve never been one of those bothered by the notch on iPhones. Quite frankly, I find it forgotten to use. In the iPhone 14 Pro, there is no more notch, we go to the “Dynamic Island”. And this time, there is no question of forgetting it.
On this small black island, many things are happening. After a few days, I don’t think I’ve seen all the possible uses for this new feature. All I know is that I am amazed every time I discover something new.
The battery level, this is a big relief to sleep at night without fear at a time when I don’t have enough juice to finish the day. It may not seem like much, but it frees me from my daily mental work.
Of course, the differences between the iPhone 14 Pro Max and iPhone XR do not end there. The purpose of this article is not to list everything but to tell you about what I feel used. Everything not mentioned doesn’t particularly stand out to me.
Let’s take a concrete example: I thought I felt the difference in power between the processors of the two phones. Between the A12 Bionic chip and A16 Bionic, there should be a big difference. So yes, when I put the two phones side by side and launch apps, I see a noticeable lag. However, I’ll be honest: on a day-to-day basis I don’t really realize it.
Let’s stock up. Going from a broken iPhone to a war machine gave me a slap in the face. I feel daily frustrations because of my phone, without even realizing it. Today, everything is beautiful, everything is liquid. It is a joy.
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