- High-quality hardware
- The always-on display includes widgets
- Top-notch cameras
- Stellar wireless performance
- Dated design and Lightning connector
APPLE IPHONE 14 PRO MAX SPECS
|6.33 by 3.05 by 0.31 inches
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max: Apple’s largest and most feature-rich smartphone is the iPhone 14 Pro Max (beginning at $1,099), which is the best option in the iPhone lineup for anyone looking for a smartphone that can do it all. The smaller iPhone 14 Pro costs $100 less, but we believe the Max is worth the extra money because of its larger screen and longer-lasting battery. Additionally, the Pro Max outperforms the regular iPhone 14 due to its superior processing, always-on display, and Dynamic Island. The iPhone 14 Pro Max received our Editor’s Choice award because it boasts the main camera that has been updated and is driven by a new Photonic Engine, as well as safety features like Crash Detection and Emergency SOS via satellite.
Body: Boring by Design
Similar to the iPhone 13 Pro Max and the iPhone 12 Pro Max, the iPhone 14 Pro Max has a basic design. In other words, you are familiar with it. Other than color options (such as Gold, Graphite, Silver, and, new this year, Deep Purple), the Dynamic Island at the top of the display, and the size of the rear camera module, very little distinguishes the new smartphone from its predecessors.
Hands-On With the Apple iPhone 14 Pro Lineup
The phone’s size and weight are almost identical to last year’s model, measuring 6.33 by 3.05 by 0.31 inches (HWD) and 8.47 ounces, respectively. It is therefore a big and heavy device, but Pro Max buyers should be accustomed to its size and weight by this point. Its dimensions are comparable to those of the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra (6.43 by 3.07 by 0.35 inches) and Google Pixel 6 Pro (6.45 by 2.99 by 0.35 inches). There is a somewhat smaller iPhone 14 Pro to take into account if the Pro Max is too big for you (5.81 by 2.81 by 0.31 inches).
Despite the lackluster design, Apple continues to set the standard for materials and construction quality. Unlike the standard iPhone 14, which has an aluminum frame, the iPhone 14 Pro Max has a stainless steel frame and is shielded by the manufacturer’s proprietary Ceramic Shield. Apple claims that its Shield is stronger than competitor glass; however, we are unable to test this claim in a useful way. The top-of-the-line Gorilla Glass Victus or Victus+ from Corning is used in phones from Google and Samsung. The iPhone 14 Pro Max features the same IP68 classification as the majority of premium smartphones, making it resistant to dust and shallow water immersion for up to 30 minutes.