iPhone 14 vs iPhone 14 Plus: here's how they compare

iPhone 14 at Apple Event
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iPhone 14 vs. iPhone 14 Plus is put simply a choice between a basic new iPhone or a large basic iPhone. But it's one we're glad we're able to make.

The iPhone 14 Plus offers a mid-point between the standard iPhone 14 and the more expensive iPhone 14 Pro which hasn't been available since the Pro iPhone arrived in 2019. If you're only interested in display and battery size, and not things like new cameras and notches, these are the two iPhones you want to be looking at.

Read on to see how the regular iPhone 14 and the larger iPhone 14 Plus compare. If you want to know what difference a Pro badge makes, take a look at our iPhone 14 vs iPhone 14 Pro face-off too. 

iPhone 14 vs iPhone 14 Plus: specs

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Row 0 - Cell 0 iPhone 14iPhone 14 Plus
Starting price$799$899
Screen size6.1 inches6.7 inches
Refresh rate60Hz60Hz
CPUApple A15 BionicApple A15 Bionic
Storage128GB, 256GB, 512GB128GB, 256GB, 512GB
CamerasDual 12MP (Wide, ultrawide)Dual 12MP (Wide, ultrawide)
Size5.78 x 2.82 x 0.31 inches6.33 x 3.07 x 0.31 inches
Weight6.07 ounces7.16 ounces
ColorsPurple, blue, midnight, starlight, Product REDPurple, blue, midnight, starlight, Product RED

 iPhone 14 vs iPhone 14 Plus: Price 

The standard iPhone 14 starts at $799 (£849/AU$1,399) and the new iPhone 14 Plus costs a little more at $899 (£949/AU$1,579). 

At that price, the iPhone 14 Plus poses a threat to Samsung and Google users. The Google Pixel 7 Pro is priced roughly the same and the Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus comes in for around $100 more in the US. Users tempted by an iPhone but unwilling to give up their large displays could find the iPhone 14 Plus an interesting alternative.

That said, since the iPhone 14 offers only a smaller display and battery compared to the iPhone 14 Plus, arguably the smaller phone offers superior value unless you really want the largest possible screen and power cell.

 iPhone 14 vs iPhone 14 Plus: Design and display

Size is the biggest iPhone 14 vs iPhone 14 Plus difference: the iPhone 14 will have a 6.1-inch display, while the iPhone 14 Plus gets a larger 6.7-inch display. Accordingly, the iPhone 14 weighs just over 6 ounces, while the iPhone 14 Max tips the scales at a little over 7 ounces.

But that aside, the phones don't differ much physically, and both mirror the shape and proportions of the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro Max that came before.

The iPhone models get aluminum frames with glossy backs. And like with the previous gen iPhones, the iPhone 14 and 14 Max are IP68 water and dust resistant and have the Lightning port for charging (probably for the last time on iPhones).

The iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus stick with the same notch as the iPhone 13 series, which means it will very much be there but 25% smaller than the iPhone 12. The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max have gotten rid of the full notch and have a pill-shaped cut-out for Face ID and the front camera instead.

In terms of display, the phones have skipped Pro Motion, which Apple has again reserved for the Pros. They instead have 60Hz, which is behind the times for most phones but won't be noticeable if you're coming from any iPhone other than a 13 Pro or 13 Pro Max.

They're very similar in our display tests as well. Whether it's color gamut, color accuracy or average brightness, the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus perform within a couple of percentage points of one another. The only difference was during our HDR brightness tests, during which the iPhone 14 Plus is noticeably brighter.

Both phones offer the same set of colors to pick from. Those are starlight, midnight, blue, purple and Product RED.

 iPhone 14 vs iPhone 14 Plus: Cameras

The iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus share camera hardware. That includes two 12MP cameras on the back, serving main and ultrawide purposes, and another 12MP camera on the front for your selfie-taking needs.

One new feature that you won't find on previous iPhones is the Photonic Engine. This is Apple's fancy name for a new image processing pipeline that focuses on getting better low-light shots.

 iPhone 14 vs iPhone 14 Plus: Performance 

The iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus gave stuck with the 2021 A15 Bionic chip to power them. Apple decided to give only the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone Pro Max the new A16 Bionic chip.

The same chip does mean similar power for the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus, although both have an extra GPU core and improved cooling compared to the iPhone 13, meaning a slight performance bump even with the same silicon.

In our iPhone 14 benchmarks, the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus scored very similarly, as you'd expect from two phones with the same chip and RAM. The iPhone 14 Plus does seem to have an edge in some areas though, perhaps due to improved cooling thanks to its larger body.

Apple also gave both phones the same new safety features - Crash Detection and satellite-powered Emergency SOS. Hopefully, you'll never need to automatically notify someone you've been in a vehicle collision or have gotten lost somewhere in the wilderness, but either of these phones will help you with that.

And what about storage space? Both phones offer the same there too, with capacities of 128GB, 256GB and 512GB. 

 iPhone 14 vs iPhone 14 Plus: Battery 

This is where the difference between the two phones gets interesting. The iPhone 14 Plus lives up to its name and max out on the battery front, getting ahead of the iPhone 14. 

The average battery life for the iPhone 14 during our testing (using a custom test to continuously browse the internet over 5G) was 9 hours and 28 minutes. The iPhone 14 Plus lasted 11 hours and 57 minutes, an excellent result.

As you might expect, the battery size gap between the two phones has an impact on charging speed. Using Apple's 20W charger, the iPhone 14 charged to 54% in half an hour, and the iPhone 14 Plus charged to 46%.

 iPhone 14 vs iPhone 14 Plus: Bottom line 

Apple has kept some of its best features for the iPhone 14 Pros like a 48MP camera, Pro Motion refresh rate and always-on display. But with those models costing so much, a lot of shoppers could turn to the regular iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus.  

While the iPhone 14 and 14 Max are very similar, they differ in size, battery life and price. The iPhone 14 Plus arguably outshines the iPhone 14 overall by offering a big-screen iPhone experience for a more affordable price than the Pro Max. But since it doesn't offer a lot more than the regular iPhone 14, maybe the smaller handset will still provide the best bang for your buck.

For another comparison check out or rundown of the iPhone 14 vs iPhone 11 and whether should you upgrade.

Richard Priday
Senior Writer

Richard is a Tom's Guide senior writer based in London, covering news, reviews and how-tos for phones, tablets, gaming, and whatever else people need advice on. Following on from his MA in Magazine Journalism at the University of Sheffield, he's also written for WIRED U.K., The Register and Creative Bloq. When not at work, he's likely thinking about how to brew the perfect cup of specialty coffee.

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