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Apple iPhone 14 Pro Long-Term Review – Worth to Buy in 2024?

- Updated: 14th Jan 2024, 17:11 IST
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    Review Summary
  • 2
    Apple iPhone 14 Pro Price in India and Variants
  • 3
    Apple iPhone 14 Pro Box Contents
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    Apple iPhone 14 Pro Specs at a glance
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    Apple iPhone 14 Pro Camera
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    Apple iPhone 14 Pro Battery and Charging
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    Apple iPhone 14 Pro Display
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    Apple iPhone 14 Pro Performance
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    Apple iPhone 14 Pro Software and UI
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    Verdict
Review Summary

With the latest iPhone 15 series in the market, does it make sense to buy iPhone 14 Pro in 2024? Well, today I will be sharing my Apple iPhone 14 Pro long-term review, where we’ll discuss if it’s worth spending 1.3 lakhs in 2024 or if you should upgrade to a 15 series.

Starting off with the camera, I don’t see major changes after the iOS 17 update. The performance of the phone has also remained more or less the same. The display still looks as vibrant and punchy as when it was new.

Phone does seem to get hot while charging and taking photos, but not to an extreme level. The battery backup has reduced after the latest update and it’s the same with every other iphone.

So let’s dive deep into the Apple iPhone 14 Pro long-term review and find out how it performs a year after launch and if it’s still worthy of the hefty price tag.

PROS

  • Flawless performance 
  • Great cameras
  • Solid build quality 
  • iOS 17 features work seamless

CONS

  • Battery backup reduced (iOS17)
  • Max 27W charging
Key Specs
Battery Capacity3200 mAh
Operating SystemiOS v16
Screen Size6.1 inches
Highlights:
  • 3200 mAh

  • iOS v16

  • 6.1 inches

Apple iPhone 14 Pro Price in India and Variants

The Apple iPhone 14 Pro starts at Rs 1,29,900 in India for the 128GB variant. There are three other variants – Rs 1,39,900 for the 256GB storage variant, Rs 1,59,900 for the 512GB storage variant and Rs 1,79,900 for the 1TB storage variant.

The phone is available in four colour options: Gold, Silver, Space Black, and Deep Purple. You can buy the phone directly from Apple’s official website or Amazon, Flipkart, as well as Apple Premium Resellers.

Apple iPhone 14 Pro Price in India and Variants

Apple iPhone 14 Pro Box Contents

The Apple iPhone 14 Pro packs the following items inside the box:

  • Phone
  • Lighting to Type-C cable
  • Documentation
  • SIM ejector tool

Apple iPhone 14 Pro Specs at a glance

Before we talk in detail about the Apple iPhone 14 Pro, let’s see what the on-paper specs look like:

  • Display: 6.1 inches OLED
  • Chipset: Apple A16 Bionic
  • RAM & ROM: 6GB 128GB, 6GB 256GB, 6GB 512GB, 6GB 1TB
  • Software: iOS v16
  • Rear camera: 48MP + 12MP + 12MP
  • Selfie camera: 12 MP
  • Battery: 3200 mAh
  • Weight: 206 grams
  • Dimensions: 147.5 x 71.5 x 7.8 mm

Apple iPhone 14 Pro Camera

The Apple iPhone 14 Pro camera still captures wonderful shots without compromising on any details. The 48MP main camera takes one of the best photos I have captured using a smartphone.

Apple iPhone 14 Pro Camera

While it doesn’t differentiate much from the naked eye when compared to the iPhone 13/14/13 Pro, it is slightly better in some aspects like sharpness, colours, detailing and dynamic range. The daylight shots of the cafe looked vibrant and punchy. The colours were close to natural and the dynamic range was pretty good.

Apple iPhone 14 Pro Camera samples

Apple iPhone 14 Pro Camera app

Even the ultrawide shot retained the colours and detailing compared to the normal shot. The 3x shot was fabulous and sharp without compromising on details.

Apple iPhone 14 Pro Camera samples

Even the low-light shots were pretty good. There was the usual light flair issue sometimes, which is very common with iPhones. Apart from that, the shadows part like the scooty was crushed and the details were not very good in that part.

Apple iPhone 14 Pro Camera samples

Indoor shots were great when there was ample lighting. Detail, colours, sharpness, everything was superb.

Apple iPhone 14 Pro Camera samples

Portrait shots were the best. The background blur was very good and the edge detection was on point.

The selfies were also clear and sharp. The skin tone was pretty natural. Selfies were crisp with good details, and I could see my facial hair clearly. All in all, the iPhone 14 Pro shines bright when it comes to camera performance.

Apple iPhone 14 Pro Camera samples

Apple iPhone 14 Pro Battery and Charging

Apple iPhone 14 Pro delivered a fantastic battery backup when it was new. But is it the same after a year? A one-shot answer – No. Well, it’s normal for a phone to offer less battery life with time. However, with the latest iOS 17 update, this process took a faster pace.

Apple iPhone 14 Pro Battery

The battery health has remained around 90 per cent after 14 months which is decent. However, the screen on time has decreased drastically from 6-7 hours of screen on time to hardly 5 hours.

Apple iPhone 14 Pro Battery and Charging

Moreover, the phone tends to heat when it’s charging, although it’s much lesser now with the latest 17.2 update.

Apple iPhone 14 Pro Display

Coming over to display, the iPhone 14 Pro doesn’t disappoint at all. In fact, it has one of the best displays on an iPhone. You get the dynamic island, 120Hz refresh rate and always-on display, which are also the features introduced with the iPhone 14 Pro.

Apple iPhone 14 Pro Display

The display still looks and feels great, whether you are browsing the web, scrolling through Instagram or playing games. The true tone works absolutely fine, along with the face ID. I must say that the dynamic island is cool to have.

true tone

While it doesn’t serve much practical use, there are still some small integrations with iPhone apps like Apple Music and Clock. When you minimise a supported app, it just wraps around the notch for quick access along with some info to display.

dynamic island

Finally, there’s always-on display. I hope Apple brings some customisation options for AOD in future. The all-new standby mode is a really cool feature to have. It automatically kicks in when you charge your phone wirelessly and place it horizontally.

iPhone AOD

StandBy Mode

Apple iPhone 14 Pro Performance

Apple iPhone 14 Pro comes with an Apple A16 Bionic chipset, which is undoubtedly a beast when it comes to performance. Be it one year old or two, it still does and will run day-to-day tasks with ease, if not more.

Apple iPhone 14 Pro Performance

I face no issues in my daily usage. Hours of Instagram scrolling and BGMI sessions, and there was still no sign of lag or shutter. iPhones are really one of the best when it comes to performance, and the 14 Pro is no different.

Apple iPhone 14 Pro Gaming Performance

If we talk specifically about gaming, it can run Genshin Impact and BGMI at max settings. I plated BGMI for a couple of hours and faced no performance drop. Well, it does tend to get warm on the backside, but nothing alarming.

Apple iPhone 14 Pro Software and UI

Apple iPhone 14 Pro came on iOS 16, but I have updated it to the latest iOS 17.2. The new update brings a bunch of features and bug fixes that we all were waiting for.

Apple iPhone 14 Pro Software

For starters, the heating issue is very much resolved now. On the other hand, some things, like battery backup, aren’t like how they were on iOS 16. Maybe it’ll get better in the next update.

Apple iPhone 14 Pro Journal

Moving on to the new feature. Kicking with the all-new Journal app, where you can write a journal on a daily basis and add images/videos and more things.

The next big thing is the Name Drop feature. Just touch the top side of two iOS 17 iPhones with each other, and voila! Your contacts are exchanged without doing anything. The same goes for AirDrop. Bring your phones closer and share files seamlessly.

NameDrop

There are a few other minor updates in the keyboard, maps, and some features like auto-delete OPTs and live voicemail.

Verdict

All in all, the Apple iPhone 14 Pro shines in every department and manages to justify its price tag. Be it the camera or everyday performance, there’s no match for it. The battery backup is decent, and I hope the future update solves the battery-draining issue.

Talking about updates, the iOS 17 update is great, and I really like the new features. Summing up, the iPhone 14 Pro is still a great device, and you can definitely go for it in 2024.



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