The iPhone 13 Pro Max was my first big iPhone ever, and I enjoyed the experience so much that I called it my favorite phone of 2022. That was primarily due to the exceptional battery life, which overshadowed my minor grievances with the camera. But the following year, shifting to the iPhone 14 Pro Max was a not-so-fun experience. Apple dropped the ball on battery life, the Dynamic Island wasn’t very useful for the first four months, the heavier design was unergonomic, and the cameras had issues as well.
This year, I decided to opt for the non-Max variant and go for the smaller iPhone 15 Pro. A month later, I can confidently say that this is the best Pro iPhone I’ve ever used. And that’s because of the number of ways it’s improved over its predecessor.
I was assuming I’d not like the
I was glad to see the sentence “Apple’s lightest Pro models ever” on the
That is until I held the device in my hand and started to actually use it. Fast-forward to a month later, and the titanium design and slightly curved edges make a lot of difference in day-to-day use. It no longer puts a temporary dent on my pinky finger after a long video call or browsing session. And I don’t feel the need to adjust my grip every time I need to click a landscape picture.
I expected the move from a 240-gram phone to a 187-gram device to be pleasant, but I didn’t expect it to be this enjoyable. And it’s been this way because I’m getting
But this is still solid battery life for a phone with a 6.1-inch display. It is easily on par with my
My third annoyance with the previous iPhones was with the camera, which had bad lens flare and bad
As you can see, the highlights are blown out in the
Secondly, the portrait shots on the
I like big phones because of the more area I get to interact with apps and the improved productivity (specifically on Android phones). I was skeptical about shifting to a 6.1-inch display phone for two reasons. First, battery life, and second, productivity. As mentioned above, the battery situation is solved.
Regarding productivity, iOS doesn’t let me take advantage of the bigger screen on the Pro Max iPhones. As I’ve written before, iOS feels limiting, especially on a big screen, because you’re only getting a blown-out version of an operating system that still works the same way on a 4.7-inch iPhone SE.
If I’m opting for a 6.7-inch iPhone, I want to be able to interact with multiple apps at once with multi-window or popup window support – both of which are available on Android phones, but not on iOS. The 6.1-inch display size also works for me because I don’t watch TV shows or movies on my iPhone (I have a good setup for that in my living room). My use case involves text-based apps more than video apps unless I’m watching Instagram Reels for hours before bed.
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