Apple iPhone 14 Pro review: pocketable and powerful

The iPhone 14 Pro combines Apple’s finest camera system with a pocketable design and advanced safety features

A photo of the iPhone 14 Pro in Deep Purple
(Image: © Basil Kronfli / Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The iPhone 14 Pro is probably the finest compact phone on the market. Many have tried – Asus with the Zenfone 9 and Sony with the Xperia 5 IV, but they can’t deliver an across-the-board premium experience that can rival that of the 14 Pro. With mighty performance and an all-day battery, there aren’t many chinks in Apple’s latest flagship’s armor, so while we’d have liked a better zoom range and closer-focusing primary camera, it’s still an overall win for Apple.


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    Excellent camera performance

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    RAW photos are loaded with detail

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    Premium IP68 design

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    Powerful internals


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    No SIM slot for US customers

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    Telephoto camera isn't class-leading

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    Very expensive

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The iPhone 14 Pro is Apple’s mightiest offering crammed into a pocketable package, and most exciting – it upgrades the finest iPhone camera offering with more pixels, a larger sensor, and a new video stabilization system. But can Apple fend off competition from stellar compact Android phones like the Xiaomi 12?

From the back, there’s not that much new about the iPhone 14 Pro, except for its Deep Purple color, introduced in 2022. Eagle eyes might notice its beefier camera bump, but it’s still a frosted-backed, stainless steel framed smartphone with virtually identical dimensions to the 13 Pro.

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Basil Kronfli

Basil Kronfli is a freelance technology journalist, consultant, and content creator. He trained in graphic design and started his career at Canon Europe before moving into journalism. Basil is also experienced in video production, independently running the YouTube channel TechEdit, and during his time at Future, he worked alongside the Digital Camera World team as a senior video producer.