Our iPhone 14 reviews are in — and there’s mostly good news. We’ve reviewed the regular iPhone 14, the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, and all three phones delivered great results in our testing, making our best phones list. But it’s clear that this year’s Pro iPhones are in their own league.
The regular 6.1-inch iPhone 14 definitely has some things going for it, including its affordable $799 price, improved cameras and silky smooth Action mode video. But the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max are simply more exciting.
Staring at $999, the 6.1-inch iPhone 14 Pro offers an always-on display for the first time, as well as a smart replacement for the notch dubbed Dynamic Island. The 48MP camera is another big addition, giving Pro-level users a lot more pixels to play with. The 120Hz ProMotion display and telephoto zoom remain iPhone Pro exclusives.
The iPhone 14 Pro Max gives you a bigger 6.7-inch display and larger battery for the best endurance we’ve ever seen from an iPhone.
Here’s everything you need to know about the iPhone 14 reviews so far, including all the pros and cons. And if there’s any questions you want answered or anything tested we didn’t get to yet, drop us a note in the comments.
Editor’s Note: The $899 iPhone 14 Plus is launching October 7, so we expect to have our review closer to then.
iPhone 14 reviews
iPhone 14 review (from $799)
Rating: 4 stars
The regular iPhone 14 is the best new iPhone for most people because it’s the most affordable. It offers faster performance, thanks to the A15 Bionic that was also inside last year’s iPhone 13 Pro, as well as an improved camera with better low-light performance (thanks to a new Photonic Engine) and bigger sensor. The Action mode video is also compellingly smooth. But the design is the same as last year and you don’t get a 120Hz display or telephoto zoom like the Galaxy S22.
iPhone 14 Pro review (from $999)
Rating: 4.5 stars
Meet the best phone under $1,000. The iPhone 14 Pro features a powerful 48MP main camera and a beautiful display with always-on capability, making it easy to see the time, battery life, widgets and notifications at a glance. You also get the best performance with A16 Bionic, while the Dynamic Island is a fantastic replacement for the notch. But the lack of a SIM card tray may annoy some, and the Photonic Engine can be a bit too aggressive with brightening pics.
iPhone 14 Pro Max review (from $1,099)
Rating: 5 stars
It’s very rare that we give any device a 5-star rating, but the iPhone 14 Pro Max earns that honor by offering everything the iPhone 14 Pro does plus a larger display and truly epic battery life. The iPhone 14 Pro Max lasted an average of 14 hours and 42 minutes on our web surfing test, placing it near the top of our best phone battery life list. And you get the same blazing A16 Bionic performance, fantastic camera system with better low-light performance and Action mode video and Dynamic Island.
Curious what others have made of the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max? Here’s a quick rundown of how the tech reviewer consensus is shaping up for the new iPhones.
iPhone 14 review (from The Verge)
While Allison Johnson praises the new base iPhone, she also says it’s not worth buying for most users since it’s barely an upgrade over the iPhone 13 that’s still on sale for $100 less. She names the new selfie camera, improved battery life and new crash detection feature as highlights, but again points out the phone’s minor upgrades, including the fact that the display remains at only 60Hz, and that the eSIM-only design could prove a pain for some users.
iPhone 14 review (from Engadget)
Engadget’s Cherlynn Low describes the iPhone 14 as “the very definition of an incremental upgrade.” For her, the main pros of the iPhone 14 are its price, easy set-up for the new eSI and strong performance. The biggest flaws meanwhile are the 60Hz display and the lack of USB-C, since Apple’s stuck with a Lightning charging port once again.
iPhone 14 Pro review (from TechRadar)
Over at our sister site TechRadar, Lance Ulanoff says that while it’s taken a while to catch up with some features that have been common on Android phones for a while, he likes the iPhone 14 Pro the most out of all the new iPhones. He highlights the top-quality design and build, the powerful cameras, the new always-on display and the Dynamic Island notch, but also criticizes the low 3x optical zoom, slow charging, lack of USB-C and poor battery life when the display’s at high brightness levels.
iPhone 14 Pro review (from MKBHD)
Celebrated YouTuber Marques Brownlee calls the iPhone 14 Pro the best iPHone right now, and says it’s particularly competitive amongst similarly priced phones thanks to its display and cameras. However, he also says there are no big hardware innovations this year, which means anyone using an iPhone 11 or later will not notice much difference if they upgrade, particularly if they install the latest iOS 16 update, which carries many of Apple’s best new features
iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max review (from Input)
Taking both of Apple’s new Pro iPhones together, Raymond Wong concludes that either model is a great upgrade for users with an iPhone 12 or older. His analysis focuses on how much more “Pro” these models are than previous Pro iPhones, but he also points out that new features like the Dynamic Island or 48MP main camera are probably not enough to justify upgrading from the iPhone 13 series, and won’t do anything to persuade Android users who prefer more powerful camera zoom, software flexibility or a folding phone option.
iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max review (from Wired)
Julian Chokkatu gives perhaps the harshest scoring for the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max that we’ve seen among reviews, but with good reasoning. He praises the phone’s power, its bright display with Dynamic Island and always-on mode, long-lasting battery, and photography quality, and how all these features are consistent between the small Pro model and larger Pro Max model. However, he singles out the camera enhancements as not as revolutionary as Apple’s marketing suggests, and also notes that moving an eSIM from an iPhone to Android is difficult, meaning you’re even more locked in to the Apple walled garden if you think about switching.