This year, Apple has a different lineup of phones. Most of the big changes were reserved for the company's Pro line of phones, while the regular iPhone 14 is a minor refresh.

The new Plus version of the phone is a little different than the other models.

The 14 Plus variant has the same processor, Apple's A15 Bionic, as the 14. The two phones have the same design but with a notch on top of the display instead of Dynamic Island.

The virtue of being big is what makes the Apple device interesting. It's the first truly big iPhone that's launching at less than a thousand dollars and it's the same size as the iPhone 14 Pro Max.

A tiny upgrade in a big body

The size of the Apple device makes it feel familiar.

The front of the phone has a 60Hz refresh rate, a 2,778 x 1,284 resolution, and a good ol' notch on top. Forget about getting notifications inside the notch or touching it to launch an app, it's just a dull, black cutout on top of your display.

There is a main 12-megapixel camera and an ultra- wide 12-megapixel camera on the back. The 14 Pro model doesn't have the telephoto camera or the 48-MIP sensor. The cameras of the iPhone 14 Plus have been slightly improved compared to last year's model.

Apple iPhone 14 Plus

Just like last year, you get two 12-megapixel cameras on the back, but there are improvements. Credit: Stan Schroeder / Mashable

The choice of colors is the main difference between the two phones. The last year's models were available in a variety of colors. You get purple instead of green and pink in the new iPhones.

It's not very bright. It is the least purple a phone can be. This shade of purple will be white. It's possible to get a slightly more purple Silicone case from Apple, but it's still not very purple like my daughter said.

The chip that powers the iPhone 14 Plus is almost the same as the one used in last year's Apple 15 Bionic. Apple doesn't say this, but the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus come with 6 gigabytes of memory as compared to the 4 gigabytes in the iPhone 13 It is a significant upgrade.

I didn't feel any difference between the last year's iPhones 13 and 14. The phones are fast. Both will feel like a slight upgrade once you get used to the ProMotion display. There isn't much to write about here.

I ran a test on the phone and got a score of 1,742. It's a hair better than the 1,726 score I got on the iPhone 13, but it's still pretty much what I expected.

iPhone 14 Plus test result

Just slightly better than last year's iPhone 13. Credit: Screenshot: Stan Schroeder / Mashable

While Apple rarely comments on what's inside its phones, we know from iFixit's teardown that the iPhone 14 has a completely new design. Hopefully you won't have to find anything about it. It should help cool the phone and make it perform better under heavy loads. I played an hour of the game on the device and it was cold.

Better battery life than iPhone 14 Pro Max?

After listing all of the things that you won't notice, here are a couple of things that you will definitely notice when using the phone.

It's less heavy than the Pro Max. 203 grams is a lot lighter than 480 grams. I don't mind the heft of the Pro Max, but I have to admit that most of my family and friends said that it was heavy.

When compared to its more powerful brother, the iPhone 14 Plus is not as light as it could be. If you want a big phone but don't want it to be too heavy, the iPhone 14 Plus is a good choice.

The battery life of the iPhone 14 Plus is one of the main features.

The iPhone 14 Plus can hold up to 26 hours of video. It's six more than the phone and three less than the Pro Max. The Pro Max provides less than 5 hours of music listening.

I did my best to do the same things on both the iPhone 14 Plus and the iPhone 14 Pro Max over the course of a few hours, knowing that battery life is its main feature.

Apple iPhone 14 Plus

It's sort of purple, but just barely. Credit: Stan Schroeder / Mashable

Surprisingly, the results were found. When I put the two phones in airplane mode, I set them at the same brightness settings and left them to play a video on the internet. The iPhone 14 Pro Max had a battery life of 99 percent, while the iPhone 14 Plus had a battery life of 100 percent. The Plus was sitting at 98 percent, while the Max was at 95 percent. The Plus was winning at a higher rate than the other way around.

The results of the battery test were consistent and in favor of the 14 Plus even though I didn't have time to do it.

It's a very close race between the two phones, and I played an hour of the game on both of them.

The phone's battery appeared to have little effect on simple tasks. It was still 100 percent the next morning after some use in the evening. The phone could last me two full days and I use it a lot.

It's true that the iPhone 14 Plus has the best battery life in Apple's entire lineup.

Improved cameras, but only by a hair

The cameras seem to be the same as they were last year.

There are things that are different. If you look closely at Apple's official specifications, you will see that the iPhone 14 Plus has the same main camera as the iPhone 13 Pro. The camera has an f/ 1.5 and seven element lens. The 12-megapixel camera with an f/1.9 and a six-element lens is the same as the one on the Pro models.

There are a couple of new software options and features that are present on the Pro models, as well as the new camera system on the iPhone 14 Plus. The Photonic Engine, which uses artificial intelligence in the image creation process, allows for better low-light performance, as well as the new Action mode, which applies extra image stabilization when you take videos in very shaky scenarios.

The iPhones 14 Plus and 13 perform the same in real life usage. The difference between the iPhone 14 Pro Max and the iPhone 14 is that the Pro Max takes better pictures in low light.

iPhone 14 Plus

Left: iPhone 14 Plus The iPhone 14 Plus' photo of this nocturnal scene has accurate colors and a decent amount of detail, but it could be sharper. Credit: Stan Schroeder / Mashable

Right: iPhone 14 Pro Max The iPhone 14 Pro Max's photo is brighter and more evenly lit. Credit: Stan Schroeder / Mashable

When you switch to the ultra-wide camera, the quality gets worse. The only thing that will do the job is the iPhone 14 Plus.

iPhone 14 Plus

Left: iPhone 14 Plus Switching to ultra-wide, the iPhone 14 Plus' photo is blurry and even more unevenly lit. Credit: Stan Schroeder / Mashable

Right: iPhone 14 Pro Max The iPhone 14 Pro Max's ultra-wide camera took a photo that's noisy at the edges, but it's a lot brighter. Credit: Stan Schroeder / Mashable

All of Apple's new phones are great when it comes to color accuracy.

iPhone 14 Plus

A crop from an indoor photo shows both strengths and weaknesses of Apple's post-processing: Colors are amazingly accurate, but the reflective surfaces look artificial. Credit: Stan Schroeder / Mashable

You don't have to worry because the iPhone 14 Plus will take a great photo outdoors. Most of the time you won't miss the 48-megapixel main camera in the 14 Pro models, even though they have it.

iPhone 14 Pllus

The amount of detail is impressive given it's only a 12-megapixel photo. Credit: Stan Schroeder / Mashable

The camera that is used for selfies has been improved. It works better in low light, but don't expect miracles. The new added focus will make your selfies sharper.

iPhone 14 Plus front camera

As is the case with all iPhones, the selfies made with the iPhone 14 Plus aren't the most forgiving, but they are detailed and sharp. Here, the color balance leans slightly red. Credit: Stan Schroeder / Mashable

I wish I had more time to look at the camera. I've had the phone for a couple of days and I've consistently gotten results that are behind the Pro models and only slightly ahead of last year's iPhones. There are improvements but they are not significant.

Life-saving extras were thankfully included

You can read my review of the iPhone 14 Pro Max to find out more about Apple's new features. I assume that they work equally on both the iPhone 14 Plus and the iPhone 14 Pro models since they are near impossible to test.

You probably won't notice the other details at first, but they could be important down the road. Last year's iPhones only had a single version of the wireless technology, while the iPhone 14 Plus has multiple versions. Better location tracking for nearby objects is one of the improvements in the new version.

All of the iPhone 14 models in the US do not have a physical sim slot.

Lighter in the hand, lighter on the features

Apple iPhone 14 Plus

With an aluminum frame, the iPhone 14 Plus is not as sturdy as the Pro models, but it's lighter. Credit: Stan Schroeder/Mashable

The cheaper version of the iPhone 14 Pro Max is referred to as the iPhone 14 Plus. You get all the benefits of a bigger phone without a huge increase in weight and battery life.

Minor differences aside from the size are what you'll find if you upgrade from an Apple product. If you're interested in a large phone and need as much battery life as you can get, it's a good option.

It's a tough choice if you're going to get the Pro Max or the Plus. You get a more powerful camera system, a more powerful processor, and Dynamic Island on the Pro Max, but you also get a phone that is a lot heavier. The iPhone 14 Plus may be the better option if you don't want all the latest bells and whistles.