The most expensive model of the Apple iPhone 14 family is the iPhone 14 Pro Max. In the more luxurious variants you will soon pay more than € 2000 for this. Is this smartphone worth that extra amount?
Gradual improvements in iPhone 14 Pro Max
Just to get straight to the point: if you’re looking for an original device full of exciting innovations, the iPhone 14 Pro Max isn’t really what you’re looking for. Apple seems to have gone the way of Samsung with small, incremental improvements.
Is the smartphone fully developed? And that’s why Apple put a development team on the augmented reality market? That’s not to say that nothing at all has been improved on this Apple flagship. Because there are a few clear improvements compared to the previous version, which make this device interesting.
Unfortunately still no USB C
Apple makes no compromises when it comes to materials and remains the market leader in that regard. For example, for the iPhone 14 Pro-Max, a slightly stronger stainless steel frame has been chosen, where the other devices have to make do with aluminum. Apple phones are also protected by a self-developed Ceramic Shield, where competitors Samsung and Google have chosen the best material of Gorilla Glass, namely Victus and Victus Plus.
The downside is that Apple has still opted for the Lightning port for the iPhone 14 Pro-Max, while a large part of the rest of the range has already switched to USB-C. Apple will have to hurry, in 2024, the USB C port is, rightly, mandatory in the European Union.
Dynamic Island and Always On
Apple has again messed with the dimensions of the iPhone 14 Pro-Max, which means that new device cases have to be designed. With 6.7 inches diagonal, it is a large device. Compared to the predecessor iPhone 13 Pro-Max, the iPhone 14 Pro-Max is brighter and sharper in full sunlight.
Apple fans will breathe a sigh of relief because the infamous notch is gone. This has been replaced by the Dynamic Island, which is less annoying and still clearly visible when you watch a video on the screen. Another perhaps useful function is the “Always On” function. Certain widgets are always shown. The whole screen continues to illuminate albeit at a lower intensity.
More economical and faster processor
The battery lasts an unimpressive 5% longer due to the economical processor. With this, the device occupies a middle position between the economical Google Pixel 6 Pro and the half as efficient Galaxy S 22 from Samsung. Charging still takes a long time with the 20 W charger, which unfortunately is not included, so you have to buy it separately. If you want to charge wirelessly, this device only reaches 7.5 W with a standard Qi charger and double that with a MagSafe compatible wireless charger.
At the moment, Apple’s A16 processor is still the fastest available for smartphones and the lead has even grown. No wonder that games can be played fluently and smoothly on this smartphone.
Cameras Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max significantly improved
But perhaps the best reason to buy this phone: the excellent cameras. For example, the main 48 megapixel camera has a huge sensor, 65% larger. As a result, the image quality has improved enormously. Night photos are also noticeably better. Of course, these photos are reduced to 12 megapixels, but in return you get a much better image quality. For enthusiasts it is still possible to request the 48 megapixel version via the ProRaw mode. In fact, the device takes several photos at the same time with every photo shot. Artificial intelligence picks the best and turns it into a crystal clear image. In short, the emerging Chinese competition has a lot to fear in the camera area.
Artificial intelligence also applies to improve video recording. Pixels are merged to create a smooth whole.
Conclusion Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max
In short, the conclusion is clear. The difference between the Pro and the Pro-Max is clearly noticeable and do you have extra money for it? Then it is clearly better to choose the Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max. You will have to save quite a bit because of the hefty price.