He iPhone 14 Pro Max It is, without a doubt, an incredible smartphone. It is easily one of the best phones can be purchased in 2023, touting hardware and software that are near perfect on every level. It’s the phone I’ve carried with me every day since its launch last October, but after living with it for about five months, I’m worried I made a big mistake by choosing it as my main iPhone.
There is nothing mistaken either bad about the iPhone 14 Pro Max. It is the most capable and technically impressive iPhone currently on the market. But even with that being the case, I can’t use it anymore and I’m going to move on to something else.
Before purchasing the iPhone 14 Pro Max, one of my biggest reservations was the phone’s gigantic size. At the time, Digital Trends’ Andy Boxall talked about how the large footprint was one of the main things that prevented you from purchasing an iPhone 14 Pro Max first of all. But unlike Andy, I threw caution to the wind and went the Pro Max route anyway. I told myself: “Size won’t be a problem! I will get used to it very well!” Anyway, that’s what I naively convinced myself to believe.
But as the weeks and months passed, I slowly discovered that none of those things were true.
There wasn’t a single tipping point where the size of the iPhone 14 Pro Max became too unwieldy, but rather a lot of little things I had to deal with along the way. If I type long messages on the keyboard, I have to prop the iPhone 14 Pro Max on a table or pillow. If I sit with the phone in my front pocket, the top half comes out and hits me in the waist.
And any type of one-handed use is bound to be uncomfortable. It’s not impossible, but it always requires advanced manual gymnastics that is uncomfortable and puts the iPhone 14 Pro Max in danger of falling. As much as I appreciate the extra screen size and long battery life, I often feel like I’m reluctantly holding out for the iPhone 14 Pro Max to get those things, rather than simply enjoying them.
The size of the iPhone 14 Pro Max was far from a surprise; She knew the phone was big and bulky. And although I prefer smaller phones, I don’t mind using larger ones Android The telephones. I have used the Pixel 7 Pro, OnePlus 11and Galaxy S23 Plus (all large phones) without their size being an annoying problem. So what is it about the iPhone 14 Pro Max that really caught my attention?
For one, it’s noticeably heavier than any of the other phones mentioned above. Compared to the weights of 212 grams, 205 grams, and 196 grams of those three Android phones, respectively, the iPhone 14 Pro Max packs a considerable heft. 240g. And that despite the fact that its height and width are 3 millimeters away from its Pixel, OnePlus and Galaxy competitors.
It’s one thing to look at those numbers on an online spec sheet, but it’s another thing when you’re carrying around a 240g smartphone on a daily basis.
Combined with my growing frustration with the awkward size of the iPhone 14 Pro Max, things really came to a head when I got the Galaxy S23 Ultra last month. The S23 Ultra really isn’t smaller than the iPhone 14 Pro Max: it weighs 234g and measures a couple of millimeters taller and wider. But I found myself enjoying it more than the iPhone.
One of the main reasons for this is the feel in the hand. In addition to being a few grams lighter than the iPhone 14 Pro Max, the Galaxy S23 Ultra has a rounded frame compared to the iPhone’s completely flat design. It’s a subtle difference, but it allows the S23 Ultra to feel more ergonomic and comfortable to hold. I never feel like I have a great grip on the iPhone 14 Pro Max, and when you add that with the sharp edges of its flat frame, the end result is a phone that’s very hard to argue with, especially compared to the S23. Ultra.
But it’s not just a question of weight and design. Samsung too does more with the size of the Galaxy S23 Ultra than Apple. Compared to the smaller S23 and S23 Plus, the S23 Ultra gives you a far superior camera system, a gigantic battery, faster charging, more storage, and even a built-in S Pen stylus.
What do I get with the iPhone 14 Pro Max that I couldn’t get with the regular one? iPhone 14 Pro? A bigger screen and a bigger battery. But that’s all. The camera, charging, storage and other specifications are identical. That creates a strong argument in favor of the smaller iPhone 14 Pro, while also making it difficult to justify why I’m still using the 14 Pro Max.
It’s for those reasons that I switched from the iPhone 14 Pro Max to the iPhone 14 Pro a couple of weeks ago. And you know what? I’m very glad I did it. It’s just as fast, the camera experience is identical, all my apps work the same, and Dynamic Island is still there… for better or worse.
The best part? I get the same experience on a phone I can use without constantly thinking about how heavy or bulky it is. I can use the iPhone 14 Pro with one hand, fit it in a tight pocket with ease, and type without a pillow to prop it up on – it’s great.
However, it has not been a perfect experience. Battery life is noticeably worse than the iPhone 14 Pro Max, and I regularly reach for a charger in the late afternoon. It’s a big sticking point and the reason I still think the iPhone 14 Pro Max is the best iPhone for people who can stomach the price and size.
But if you’re like me and hypersensitive to the latter, I’d suggest opting for the regular iPhone 14 Pro if you’re torn between the two. I know I’m glad I finally did it, and it’s the iPhone that I’ll continue to use for the foreseeable future, until it’s time for the i.Telephone 15that is.