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Apple iPhone 14 Plus - Battery Performance Score

Updated: Jul 26



SMARTPHONE TIER: FLAGSHIP/PRO

Battery Capacity mAh: 4323

 

Apple iPhone 14 Plus - Bigger and even Better on Battery Performance


iPhone 14 Plus Smartphone




Smartphone Battery Performance Overall

Score: 44/100


Overall Battery Performance Score:

Ranking #75


Flagship/Pro Ranking: #3




Credit Image: Apple

 

This review offers all you need to know about the Apple iPhone 14 Plus smartphone.


Overview


We welcome the new iPhone 14 series consisting of the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max. The Apple iPhone 14 Plus offers everything the iPhone 14 does, although it does benefit from a larger 6.7-inch display and a bigger battery capacity. It is neatly positioned in the middle of the iPhone 14 and the iPhone 14 Pro, although it doesn't have the higher price tag of the iPhone 14 Pro, making it a little more desirable.


Following in the footsteps of the iPhone 13 series, the iPhone 14 Plus has hardly changed in design. It retains its glossy appearance and has an aluminium frame with flattened sides. Also, it is much lighter than the iPhone 14 Pro and comfortable to hold. The iPhone 14 Plus is available in Blue, Purple, Yellow, Midnight, Starlight, and (Product) Red and is IP68 rated for dust and water resistance.


As mentioned, the iPhone 14 Plus has a larger display and excellent battery life; this could be a good reason to select this device over the smaller iPhone 14. However, there is a drawback: it only has a 60Hz refresh rate compared to the iPhone 14 Pro and other competitors' offerings. Using ProMotion technology, the iPhone 14 Pro Max takes advantage of its 120Hz refresh rate, ensuring users gain a more responsive experience with smooth scrolling, especially when gaming.


The iPhone 14 Plus joins the Flagship/Pro (€700 +), although less expensive than the iPhone 14 Pro that can also be found in this tier.





What's it like to Use?


The iPhone 14 Plus has its new 6.7-inch Retina XDR OLED screen with an HDR display of 2778 x 1284 pixels. Also applied is the Apple Ceramic Shield o

n the glass for shattering proofing, and an oleophobic coating does help with the fingerprints and smudges


Powered by an A15 Bionic chipset, the iPhone 14 Plus uses five GPU cores, helping to deliver a smoother user experience. Also, Apple has chosen to incorporate new software features in the iPhone 14 Plus, such as Photonic Engine and Action mode, which are only currently available in the iPhone 14 series. The Photonic Engine can capture more detailed images and render brighter colours, and the Action mode allows for smooth handheld videos.


Like the iPhone 14, the iPhone 14 Plus has 3 cameras. The main camera has been upgraded with a larger sensor, with more upgrades for the selfie camera. Autofocus has been introduced, allowing for much closer selfies and impressive photo quality. This is not all, as there is the phase detection autofocus. This latest feature, used by Apple, is considered the best autofocus technology to complement standard contrast detection and is used by other leading smartphone manufacturers such as Samsung and Sony.


The iPhone 14 series comes with 6GB of RAM, a step up from the 4GB in the iPhone 13 series. The iPhone 14 Plus comes with 3 storage options being 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB.

It is worth noting that storage options can not be changed or expanded after purchase.


After prolonged usage, the iPhone can get slightly hot. To help overcome this issue, the iPhone 14 Plus does have built-in protections to prevent overheating. This involves the device protecting its internal components by attempting to regulate its temperature.


How does it perform?


Like all new iPhones, the iPhone 14 Plus is run on Apple iOS 16, and its interface has widgets and apps located on the home screen, with an App Library and Notification and Control Centers. Also, Face ID or PIN allows you to bypass the lockscreen. The iPhone 14 Plus iOS 16 has many improvements to enhance better performance. One such refinement is that notifications now appear from the bottom of the screen. Also, the Visual Lookup feature now uses advanced machine learning. Within photos or videos, items like pets, plants, and landmarks can be identified, and further information is provided.


One attribute supported by all smartphones in the new iPhone 14 series is the Emergency SOS feature. Using satellite technology, essential information can be texted to emergency services outside cellular and Wi-Fi coverage. This feature is integrated into Apple's Crash Detection, designed to detect severe car crashes - such as front-impact, side-impact, and rear-end collisions and rollovers. So when the iPhone 14 Plus detects a severe crash, it will sound an alarm, display an alert, and automatically connect to emergency services providing the device location as latitude and longitude coordinates. You should know you can turn off alerts and automatic emergency calls after a severe car crash.





What else is in the box?


Apple has maintained its minimal packaging design, so not much has changed from the previous iPhone 13 series. In the eco-friendly box are a USB-C to Lightning cable, documentation, a SIM ejector (if you have a non-US model), and an Apple sticker. A power adapter is not in the box; use an existing charger with the USB-C connector.


A Quick Summary


The new iPhone 14 Plus still has the same design, display, chipset, and battery as its predecessor, the iPhone 13 Plus. However, some noteworthy enhancements include upgraded main and selfie cameras, Emergency SOS satellite connectivity, improved graphics and battery performance.


Product - Good Points


The iPhone 14 Plus has the following features:

  • lightweight and durable design

  • excellent battery life

  • satellite connectivity - Emergency SOS and Crash Detection

  • great camera system

  • good stereo speakers

  • reliable flagship tier device with all-round performance

  • IP68-rated dust and water resistant


Product - Be Aware of Points


The iPhone 14 Plus lacks in performance in the following ways:

  • only has a 60Hz display screen refresh

  • not upgraded to the Apple A16 Bionic

  • no telephoto zoom

  • poor charging speed

  • comes with no charging adapter

 

Smartphone Battery Performance Score

and Battery Performance Results


ViserMark brings you a Smartphone Performance Score based on different criteria and benchmarks for evaluating a smartphone's performance. Our tests are performed with the strictest protocol in a controlled environment to ensure repetition and consistency powered by SmartViser's test automation solution viSer.


Using various testing criteria, including different user actions, from calls to social media and periods of standby times, ViserMark measures using real-life scenarios and live networks. All results are obtained and evaluated with calculations from Battery Life, Power Efficiency, and Charging Time.


ViserMark wants to help you find and compare the right smartphone, ensuring it fits your requirements and budget. Our smartphone battery performance reviews and helpful ratings have all the necessary battery information. Smartphone Performance Scores can also provide a reference point for performance benchmarks and smartphone comparisons.


The iPhone 14 Plus's battery performance focuses on critical areas and precise criteria. These results have been translated into various ViserMark Labels, and an overall Smartphone Performance Score is awarded.


Apple iPhone 14 Plus Battery Performance translated into ViserMark Labels detailed here.

ViserMark Battery Performance Labels for the iPhone 14 Plus

Our experts are asked to test more than 100 Smartphones every year. As an independent mobile phone testing environment, SmartViser measures areas of user experience.

More details can be found on how we perform our smartphone testing here.



The Apple iPhone 14 Plus Battery Performance review by ViserMark is based on the smartphone battery performance results obtained during testing.


Reading this review, you can find a full breakdown of our battery performance results.




Smartphone Battery Performance Overall Score:


Using repeatable and rigorous testing criteria, ViserMark measures battery performance using real-life scenarios and live networks.


The test results are collated with calculations from smartphone Battery Life, Power Efficiency, and Charging results that total a score between 0 and 100. This is the number displayed on the Battery Performance ViserMark Label shown below.



Smartphone Battery Performance for the iPhone 14 Plus

Apple iPhone 14 Plus Smartphone Battery Performance Score


The Apple iPhone 14 Plus achieved a Battery Performance Score of 44 out of hundred. Being classified as a ViserMark Flagship/Pro (€700 +) smartphone, we can see other comparable devices with similar Battery Performance Scores within this tier.



A chart showing the comparison of Smartphone Battery Performance  Scores

Comparison of Smartphones in the Flagship/Pro Tier


The chart shows the Battery Performance of the iPhone 14 Plus compared with two other smartphones, the Xiaomi 13 Pro and the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra. Although the iPhone 14 Plus has achieved a higher score, there is only a smaller gap between the other devices, emphasising the competitiveness of the latest smartphone being launched.


Globally available from March 2023, the Xiaomi 13 Pro offered improvements in both design and performance. With an impressive camera system, co-engineered with Leica, it benefitted from wide, ultra-wide and telephoto lenses and new apps made it faster and easier to use. Alongside the iPhone 14 Plus, its display of 6.7 inches matches, yet it weighs 210 g and is heavier than the 203 g of the iPhone 14 Plus.


The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra has the largest display of 6.8 inches, has the biggest battery capacity of 5000 mAh and consequently weighs 234 g. Samsung improved the S pen experience and introduced new software features that include Air Command, Air actions, Air view, Screen off memos, and Quick Notes to help users make the most of it.


Let us discover if our battery performance testing results can show more key improvements.


Other smartphone battery performance results can be seen

in the Flagship/Pro Tier Ranking table.


 

Battery Life


A smartphone's battery life performance can vary significantly depending on several factors, including hardware, software optimisation, battery capacity, usage patterns, and individual settings.


When contemplating smartphone battery life, focus on these areas:

  • The battery capacity, usually measured in milliampere-hours (mAh), determines how much charge a battery can store.

  • The Battery Life ViserMark Label displays the "Days-of-Use" in both actual days and provides accurate information in hours. It reflects the usage of a smartphone from a full charge.

How long will the iPhone 14 Plus battery last?


ViserMark is pleased to announce that the iPhone 14 Plus delivers on battery performance. With an impressive 2.5 days of use, translating into 56 hours between charges, it has an impressive battery performance and one of its ultimate features.



Smartphone Battery Life for the iPhone 14 Plus

Apple iPhone 14 Plus Smartphone Battery Life Ratings


Looking at the three comparative smartphones, there is more differentiation than expected.

Apple has dominated the Flagship/Pro Tier and continues to do so with the iPhone 14 Plus. With the introduction of hours added to the ViserMark Battery Life Label, it is even easier to see just how competitive the devices are in their functionality and unique capabilities.



A chart showing the comparison of Smartphone Battery Life Ratings

Comparison of Smartphones in the Flagship/Pro Tier


As used in the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, the 5000 mAh battery capacity is popular among smartphone manufacturers. A larger battery capacity helps to ensure smooth performance and an excellent all-around user experience. Activities like gaming, video streaming, or using resource-intensive apps can consume more power than tasks like texting or checking emails.


One of the most power-hungry components of a smartphone is the display. The iPhone 14 Plus and the Xiaomi 13 Pro have 6.7-inch displays, larger than their predecessors. However, more recently, smaller batteries have been used. For example, the Xiaomi 13 Pro is powered by a 4820 mAh battery and even smaller, with 4323 mAh, is the iPhone 14 Plus.


ViserMark under battery performance is essential to smartphone users. We also appreciate that manufacturers consider this area important to ensure a great user experience. The iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus are powered by the Apple A15 Bionic chip, meaning both have an extra GPU core. This helps to improve cooling within the device and ensures increased performance.


Please note that all devices take advantage of pre-set features like adaptive brightness, which automatically adjusts screen brightness based on ambient lighting and can help conserve battery life. Also, more manufacturers offer regular software and security updates so that smartphones can benefit from further optimisations to enhance battery performance. The iPhone 14 Plus, like other devices in the 14 series, are supported for at least six years’ worth of iOS updates.


Other smartphone battery performance results can be seen in

the Flagship/Pro Tier Ranking table.


 

Power Efficiency


Smartphone Power Efficiency is crucial for smartphone users as it directly impacts battery life and overall device usage. It refers to the ability of a smartphone to maximise its performance while minimising power consumption.


Calculated using Battery Life and Battery Capacity and expressed in "Leaves", it reflects a rating between 1 being the least and 5 being the most power efficient.


Smartphone Power Efficiency for the iPhone 14 Plus

Apple iPhone 14 Plus Smartphone Battery Efficiency Results


How power efficient is the iPhone 14 Plus?


The iPhone 14 Plus was awarded 2 out of 5 as a smartphone battery efficiency score. When tested for battery efficiency, this exceeds the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra and the Xiaomi 13 Pro, which obtained a rating of 1 out of 5.


A chart showing the comparison of Smartphone Power Efficiency Ratings

Comparison of Smartphones in the Flagship/Pro Tier


All the latest smartphone chipsets deliver high performance while consuming minimal power to optimise system resources for improved efficiency. The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra and Xiaomi 13 Pro use a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset. Apple has opted for the A15 Bionic for the iPhone 14 Plus.


While the exterior looks identical to other smartphones in the iPhone 14 series, the iPhone 14 Plus's internal workings have been significantly redesigned by moving the internal components by 180 degrees. As a result, the device can be opened from the back and the front. This makes repairing the display and the back glass panel extremely easy.


The Power Efficiency of more smartphones can be viewed.



 

Annual Energy Consumption


ViserMark is pleased to offer a new label providing a smartphone's Annual Energy Consumption. The calculation is typically based on several factors, including the smartphone model, battery capacity, usage patterns, and charging habits. Although challenging, specific testing criteria are measured using real-life scenarios and live networks to reflect usage accurately.


How much energy does the iPhone 14 Plus use?


The ViserMark calculations show the iPhone 14 Plus would use 2.5 kWh per Annum. When tested, the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra used 3.4 kWh, and the Xiaomi 13 Pro was the same.


Smartphone Annual Energy Consumption for the iPhone 14 Plus

Apple iPhone 14 Plus Annual Energy Consumption Results


A smartphone's battery capacity plays a significant role in determining energy consumption. Devices with larger batteries of 5000 mAh, like the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, tend to consume more energy than the iPhone 14 Plus and Xiaomi 13 Pro, which both have smaller batteries because it stores more energy.


A chart showing the comparison of Smartphone Annual Energy Consumption Ratings

Comparison of Smartphones in the Flagship/Pro Tier


Daily activities greatly influence energy consumption. For instance, frequent use of power-intensive apps, heavy gaming, or prolonged video streaming can drain the battery faster, resulting in higher energy consumption. Conversely, conservative usage and enabling power-saving features can reduce energy consumption.


Through ViserMark's battery performance testing protocol, end-users can see an objective benchmark across all devices on their smartphone's expected annual electricity consumption.


 

Should I buy it?


The iPhone 14 Plus is one of the lightest 6.7-inch phones now available, and it easily matches the functionality and capability of other flagship smartphones, perhaps one of the best iPhones that Apple has manufactured.


The new design and features of the iPhone 14 Plus, including upgraded cameras, offer as much performance as the iPhone 14 Pro version. Its larger display is an added bonus. Its larger battery capacity helps to extend the impressive battery performance, and its price tag is also an attractive reason to consider this smartphone over others in the iPhone 14 series and other alternative devices.


From a repairability perspective, the effort in rearranging components allows for the display and glass back panel to be mended if broken. However, the new design of the iPhone 14 Plus hasn't been incorporated into the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, which may be the standard adopted for the iPhone 15 series of smartphones.


The only drawback could be the lack of a higher refresh rate. With 60Hz, the iPhone 14 Plus could be improved, although, with an all-around performance, users of this smartphone may not even notice.


 

Product Features and Specification

Release Date Oct 2022

 

Extra Insights

Q: Does the Apple iPhone 14 Plus support 5G?

A: Yes, it does

Q: Does the Apple iPhone 14 Plus have a headphone jack?

Q: Does the Apple iPhone 14 Plus support wireless charging?

Q: Does the Apple iPhone 14 Plus have dual-SIM capabilities?

Q: What storage and RAM variants are the Apple iPhone 14 Plus available?

Q: Does the Apple iPhone 14 Plus have stereo speakers?

Q: Does the Apple iPhone 14 Plus have a microSD card slot?

Q: Is the Apple iPhone 14 Plus have VoLTE enabled?

 

ViserMark tests are performed with the strictest protocol in a controlled environment to ensure repetition and consistency powered and automated by SmartViser’s test automation solution viSer. The automation test includes a variety of user actions, from calls to social media and periods omes.

 
Apple iPhone 14 Plus Specifications
 

VCX (Valued Camera eXperience)


The VCX Forum has been working with its members on the system and infrastructure as a non-profit organisation. We strive to improve our technology to develop and exchange accurate and objective quality and performance indicators that are our ultimate goal. We will also serve as a compass for the smartphone camera industry. We appreciate your interest in VCX-Forum.


No VCX reviews are available for this smartphone.

 

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Background


Apple Inc. is an American multinational technology company that designs, develops, and sells consumer electronics, software, and online services. It is one of the world's largest technology companies by revenue and market capitalisation.


Founded on April 1, 1976, by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne, Apple initially focused on producing and selling personal computers. The Apple I and Apple II were among the early successful products. However, Apple's breakthrough came in 1984 with the Macintosh, a user-friendly personal computer with a graphical user interface.


Over the years, Apple expanded its product lineup to include other consumer electronics such as the iPod portable media player, the iPhone smartphone, and the iPad tablet. These devices revolutionised their respective markets and helped Apple become one of the world's most influential and valuable companies.


In addition to hardware, Apple develops its own software and operating systems. The macOS operating system is used in Mac computers, while iOS powers iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touch devices. Apple's software ecosystem includes various apps and services, such as the App Store, iTunes, Apple Music, iCloud, and Apple Pay.


Apple's design philosophy emphasizes simplicity, elegance, and user experience. The company has a reputation for producing high-quality and aesthetically pleasing products. Some of Apple's iconic designs include the iMac, MacBook, and minimalist iPhone and iPad designs.


Aside from its consumer electronics business, Apple has expanded into other areas. It offers various online services, including Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, and Apple News+. Apple's digital payment service, Apple Pay, allows users to make secure payments using their Apple devices. The company also has a growing presence in the healthcare sector with initiatives like the Apple Watch's health and fitness features and the Health app.


 

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