During the first month of availability, I was one of only a few million people who upgraded to the Pro version of the phone. The new 48MP camera, Dynamic Island, always-on display, and more combine to make it a compelling purchase over the iPhone 14, which, in my opinion, doesn't justify the $100 increase over the iPhone 13

I upgraded from an Apple product that didn't have any of the features I was looking for, to one that did, because I thought they would make for an interesting product. After a few weeks of use, I have come to terms with the fact that the iPhone 14 Pro is my most regretted purchase of all time. There is a reason here.

Dynamic Island doesn’t add anything new to the game

Dynamic Island in Telegram.
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The new cutout on top of the iPhone 14 Pro is described on the Apple website as the new face of the device. The Dynamic Island is Apple's way of multitasking. The website says thatDynamic Island bubbles up music, sports scores, and so much more without taking you away from what you are doing. It is an intriguing way of doing things. The Apple marketing team doesn't want you to believe it.

The Dynamic Island doesn't make much of a difference. The interface is a new one, but it doesn't do anything that wasn't possible before. I could do that by moving my finger from the top of the screen to the bottom. Dynamic Island is where I have to adjust my phone grip to get to the top of the screen, but with Apple's new mobile operating system, I like to use my finger to control my music.

The Dynamic Island is very static most of the time. It's just a cutout placed lower than the notch that makes it eat up space when you're watching a wider aspect ratio video. You will be left with an ugly cutout if you fill your screen with the video. The Dynamic Island will change in the future as developers update their apps. The Dynamic Island is a distraction right now.

My battery anxiety is back

The iPhone 14 Pro's Dynamic Island showing AirPods battery level.
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I wrote about how my previous phone helped cure my battery anxiety in a previous article. I seem to be back to my old power bank days with the new phone.

It's not an excuse for poor battery life if most users upgrade from the iPhone 12 or before. I bought the phone to write about it and the new features, but when I have to charge it twice a day, there isn't much I can do outside.

The battery life on my phone is crazy. The battery on the camera went from 29% to 22% after five minutes of use. I am not used to it, as I have been daily driving the iPhone 13 Pro Max with great battery life for the last few months.

The battery drain could be caused by the new operating system. It might be. I updated my phone to the latest software, but it doesn't last as long as it used to, but it can still see me through a day of use. Better battery life is expected from a $1000 phone in 2022. If it is a software issue, I expect Apple to fix it within a few weeks of launch, but that hasn't happened yet.

iPhone 14 Pro in Deep Purple, held in a mans hand.
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The battery life of the iPhone 14 Pro is similar to the battery life of the S22 Ultra. The battery life of my phone is draining because of the always on screen and feedback on the keyboard. It shows that the new features don't work for the latest Apple phone.

I like the always-on display. I have a dark background so it isn't as bright for me as people are saying. I like it. The feature is turned off because of the battery drain.

More megapixels, but for what?

There is a shot on the phone.

A 48MP camera sounds better than a 12MP camera system. It doesn't translate to having an impact on the average Joe since the iPhone 14 Pro clicks the same photos as my phone. The Portrait mode doesn't get edge detection right sometimes.

The images were taken at the end of the day. While the iPhone 14 Pro focused on setting the sun sky, the S22 Ultra kept the sky colors. The yellow color saturation on the flowers isn't reflected in the image shot on the phone. It doesn't show the subject in a clear way. It has been this way for a long time. In my opinion, the new camera sensor hasn't improved things.

I hoped for a better experience

The back of the iPhone 14 Pro in Deep Purple color.
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Apple has dropped the ball on battery life and camera, while also introducing a new look with the Dynamic Island, which doesn't make for a better viewing experience. I expected the phone to last me all day, but it doesn't. The new Dynamic Island didn't improve my usage experience I was expecting the cameras to be better than the ones on my phone.

I might sell my phone within a few weeks of purchase because my experience has been disappointing, the three issues don't give me much confidence to keep my phone. I would go back to my phone because it would last me all day. If my battery anxiety is taken care of, I can live without an always on display.

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