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Reviews of Apple iPhone 14 Plus, price, technical specifications, design, screen, software, hardware, battery life and charging and other features of the new iPhone 14 Plus.

Reviews of iPhone 14 Plus, price and technical specifications

Introduction

Get out of the iPhone mini  , enter the iPhone Plus! Indeed, the rumors turned out to be true, and this year Apple released a larger non-Pro model instead of the Mini. We can only guess what Apple has in store for the mini model, but today’s review is about Apple’s newest addition to the iPhone lineup – the iPhone 14 Plus.

We  thought the iPhone 13 would go down as the most trivial iPhone update in history, but the iPhone 14 stole that title. You see, the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus are built on the same Apple A15 Bionic chipset as the iPhone 13 models, and even the screen specs remain the same – OLED with around 460ppi, 800 nits brightness and 60Hz refresh rate.

In fact, compared to the iPhone 13, there are only four notable upgrades in the iPhone 14 – a new main camera (carried over from the iPhone 13 Pro), an updated selfie camera with a new lens and AF, 2GB more RAM, and SOS Emergency via satellite feature.

The new iPhone 14 Plus adds a few extras – a bigger screen and a bigger battery. The Plus model brings a max-sized screen to the regular series – even if it’s only 60Hz.

Apple iPhone 14 Plus review

The selfie camera, while retaining its 12-megapixel sensor, has a new lens with a brighter aperture with optical stabilization and autofocus. We’ve always wondered why Apple didn’t introduce autofocus capabilities sooner, as Face ID technology is there to give it a huge boost, but alas, it’s finally here.

Like all recent iPhones, the iPhone 14 Plus is waterproof – it can last 30 minutes in up to 6 meters of clean water. And it should be a desirable smartphone for its large screen and at the same time thin and light design. It’s also touted as the iPhone with the best battery life, and we’ll definitely put it to the test.

Check the specifications of Apple iPhone 14 Plus at a glance

Body:  160.8×78.1×7.8mm, 203g; Glass front (Corning glass), glass back (Corning glass), aluminum frame; IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 6 meters for 30 minutes), Apple Pay (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX certified).

Display: 6.70-inch Super Retina XDR OLED, HDR10, Dolby Vision, 800 nits (HBM), 1200 nits (peak), resolution 1284×2778 pixels, aspect ratio 19.47:9, 458ppi.

Chipset: Apple A15 Bionic (5nm): Hexa-core (2×3.23 GHz Avalanche + 4×1.82 GHz Blizzard); Apple GPU (5-core graphics).

Memory: 128GB 6GB RAM, 256GB 6GB RAM, 512GB 6GB RAM; NVMe.

OS/Software: iOS 16, upgradable to iOS 16.0.3.

Rear camera: Wide (primary): 12MP, f/1.5, 26mm, 1/1.7in, 1.9µm, dual-pixel PDAF, sensor-switching OIS; Ultra Wide Angle: 12MP, f/2.4, 13mm, 120°.

Front camera: Wide (main): 12MP, f/1.9, 23mm, 1/3.6in PDAF; Depth: SL 3D.

Video recording: Rear camera: 4K@24/25/30/60fps, 1080p@25/30/60/120/240fps, HDR, Dolby Vision HDR (up to 60fps), Cinema mode (4K@30fps), Stereo sound recording; Front camera: 4K@24/25/30/60fps, 1080p@25/30/60/120fps, gyro-EIS.

Battery: 4323mAh; Fast charging, 50% in 30 minutes (advertised), USB Power Delivery 2.0, MagSafe fast wireless charging 15W, Qi wireless charging 7.5W.

Other Features: Face ID, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity, Compass, Barometer. NFC; stereo speakers; Support ultra-wideband (UWB), emergency SOS via satellite (Send/Receive SMS).

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Just  like the iPhone 13 and iPhone 14, the iPhone 14 Plus has one glaring omission – support for high refresh rates. And the size of the notch is a problem you’ll apparently have to put up with for a few more years. At least, it feels mentally smaller on this big screen.

We’re happy that the non-Pro iPhones also have new software features like Action Mode for the video camera, improved Cinema Mode and satellite connectivity.

iPhone 14 Plus unboxing review

The eco-friendly iPhone box  includes a USB-C-to-Lightning cable and iPhone 14 Plus. There’s also a SIM eject pin, some paper, and an Apple sticker.

Apple iPhone 14 Plus review

Apple was one of the first manufacturers to remove headphones and chargers from their boxes.

If you have a USB-PD+ 20W power adapter with a USB-C port, then you definitely have the right box.

Checking the design and build quality of the iPhone 14 Plus

iPhones remain one of the most rugged non-rugged smartphones out there, and the new iPhone 14 Plus is no different. It was one of the last popular manufacturers to use the waterproof tool, and years later, it still retains the feature to protect against breakage and intrusion.

Apple iPhone 14 Plus review

Thanks to its flat design, two Corning glass panels, aluminum frame, and proper insulation and sealing, the iPhone design still excels in protecting mainstream phones. In addition, Apple uses an oleophobic coating for less smudges on the glass, and finally the balanced weight throughout the body also helps.

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While the exterior looks the same, there is a massive interior redesign. Apple has done some major redesigns this year, essentially changing the internals 180 degrees. In short, Apple’s engineers have gone to great lengths to make the iPhone 14 Plus just like the iPhone 14, which is much easier to repair than its predecessor. The back glass panel has been one of the most difficult parts to replace in several iPhone generations. On the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus, it’s no longer firmly attached to the interior and instead detaches as a separate piece like the screen (with a bit of heat and a bit of “push”). This makes it very easy to replace. You can check the breakdown on the iFixit website.

Apple iPhone 14 Plus review

So, the iPhone 14 Plus looks like any pre-Dynamic island iPhone – flat panels, flat bezels and a big screen notch. Thanks to the new 6.7-inch OLED screen, it’s bigger, the same size as the iPhone Pro Max models. But unlike the Maxes, the iPhone Plus is very light for its size at 203 grams. This makes it lighter than the 14 Pro, let alone the 240g 14 Pro Max. It is also lighter than the Galaxy S22 Ultra and the Xiaomi 12S Ultra.

The front is covered with a piece of Apple’s ceramic protector – a glass that’s already proven to deliver on its shatterproof promises. The back panel is made by Corning and is marketed as the toughest smartphone glass, but we have to give Apple credit for that. And between these glass sheets is the matte-coated aluminum frame, the only part visible from the phone’s chassis.

Apple iPhone 14 Plus review

Apple has not supported making the iPhone as water resistant as possible. The iPhone 14 Plus is IP68-rated for protection against dust and water, but it actually goes beyond that spec and can survive in 6 meters of water instead of the usual 1.5 meters.

And just like most other flat iPhones, the iPhone 14 Plus can stand on its own, in case you were wondering.

Apple iPhone 14 Plus review

Now let’s take a closer look at the iPhone 14 Plus, not that you haven’t seen similar details in the past year or two.

The front is occupied by the new 6.7-inch Retina XDR OLED display. It has equally thin bezels and a wide notch, housing a new 12-megapixel selfie camera with OIS and AF, proximity and ambient light sensors, and a 3D Face ID scanner and IR emitter.

Apple iPhone 14 Plus review

There’s a small headphone jack that’s actually a full-fledged speakerphone, and it’s quite loud and rich and deep when playing multimedia.

Apple iPhone 14 Plus review

While Apple has moved the proximity sensor behind the glass, something other manufacturers have been doing for years, giving rise to the dynamic island on the Pro models, regular iPhones are stuck for another cycle with the infamous big notch.

The back is quite familiar – it’s made from a single piece of glossy Corning glass, with the Apple logo a tiny mirror amidst a sea of ​​(in our case) purple.

Apple iPhone 14 Plus review

The square camera island  gently lifts off the back panel and the whole thing is actually one piece, even though the island itself has a different matte finish. There are two cameras on it with protruding metal rings – a 12-megapixel primary camera and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera, both of which are protected by a sapphire crystal lens cover. A dual-tone LED flash and a microphone for video recording are also around, placed in an almost symmetrical fashion.

We know we’ve written this before, but we’re still going to issue this warning – sapphire covers on cameras have these little corners that extend beyond the metal rings and scratch any glass on contact. So be careful and don’t put the iPhone 14 Plus on glass tables or worse, on top of another phone.

Apple iPhone 14 Plus review

The case of  the iPhone 14 Plus has a color matching the back panel, but it has a matte finish. It’s flat, outlasts the iPhone 12 series, and provides enough grip.

The upper part of the iPhone 14 Plus is completely bare.

The bottom has the Lightning port, the mouthpiece and the second stereo speaker.

Apple iPhone 14 Plus review

The volume mute, volume keys and SIM card slot are all located on the left side of the frame.

Apple iPhone 14 Plus review

The side key used to lock and turn on the iPhone 14 Plus is on the right side alone.

Apple iPhone 14 Plus review

The iPhone 14 Plus is actually one of the lightest 6.7-inch phones we’ve ever worked with. It feels superior and is built to meet flagship standards. Even better, it provides enough grip for frameless use. We had no problems playing games, taking photos, browsing, or watching videos.

The oleophobic coating helps with fingerprints and smudges – they stick longer and then you can clean them with a tissue.

Apple iPhone 14 Plus review

Overall, the iPhone 14 Plus scores very well across the board as far as design, build, and shipping are concerned.

Checking the screen of Apple iPhone 14 Plus

The iPhone 14 Plus model  introduces a 6.7-inch Super Retina XDR OLED display, the same size as the 14 Pro Max and with the same resolution – 2778 x 1284 pixels or 458ppi.

It’s the big old notch in place of the dynamic island, and like all recent iPhones, it’s protected by a ceramic shield.

Apple iPhone 14 Plus review

The panel supports HDR10 and Dolby Vision, wide color gamut, True Tone and is claimed to have a maximum brightness of 800 nits and a maximum brightness of 1200 nits. The only downside, just like the iPhone 14, is the fixed refresh rate at 60Hz.

We’ve completed our display test and the new panel lives up to Apple’s claims – we recorded 797 nits of maximum brightness. It’s on par with the iPhone 14 and close to the iPhone 14 Pro Max.

But unlike the Pro models, the 14 and 14 Plus don’t offer sunlight boost, and their maximum outdoor brightness remains at 800 nits. While this is still bright enough for good readability, it’s nowhere near the excellent performance that the Pro models can offer.

In terms of color accuracy, the iPhone 14 Plus targets the sRGB color space in most apps, including the one we used for testing purposes. And just like other iPhone panels, this panel has excellent color calibration. Even at the lowest possible brightness, i.e. only 1.2 nits, the color remains accurate!

The iPhone 14 Plus display has HDR10 and Dolby Vision certification. As you’d expect, the iPhone has all the necessary DRM certifications, allowing non-native services like Netflix or YouTube to offer HDR streams.

There’s one more thing worth noting – Apple handles its HDR video playback in a very flexible way, as the content doesn’t have to be full-screen for HDR to work. It can only work on the part of the screen where the video is playing, which is a bit of a surreal experience the first time you encounter it.

Check the battery life of Apple iPhone 14 Plus

The iPhone 14 Plus has one of the largest batteries Apple has ever put in an iPhone — it’s 4,323 mAh, the same as the 14 Pro Max. And while Apple has touted the Plus model as the best for battery life, the Pro Max model is actually listed as more durable on the official spec pages, likely due to the Pro Max’s more energy-efficient display.

We’ve completed our battery life test, and the results are pretty impressive for an iPhone. The Plus model achieved 102 hours of total endurance. It handled screen tests with ease – lasting 16 hours of web browsing and 19 hours of full-screen video playback. The duration of the conversation was nearly 24 hours.

Apple iPhone 14 Plus review

The endurance rating  could be better, but just like other iPhones, the 14 Plus has average standby performance (matching the iPhone 14 Pro Max’s 270-hour standby). It scored lower in the on-screen tests compared to the iPhone 13 Pro Max with the same battery, helped by the energy-efficient ProMotion panel.

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Checking the charging speed of Apple iPhone 14 Plus

Apple’s iPhone  14 Plus comes without a charger. This phone supports USB-PD 2.0 fast charging with a maximum power of 20 watts. Any USB-PD 20W Plus charger should do the job for the iPhone, but we paired it with Apple’s original 20W power adapter for this test.

Apple iPhone 14 Plus review

Apple advertises all iPhones, regardless of battery capacity, to charge up to 50% in 30 minutes with its 20W adapter. And the iPhone 14 Plus is no different. By connecting to Apple’s 20W charger, the iPhone 14 Plus battery went from 0% to 47% in half an hour. which corresponds to the iPhone 14 Pro Max.

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A full hour with that charger gave us 80% charge and an hour and a half – 95%.

And typically for Apple, the last 5% takes another 30 minutes to recharge, making the full charge time 2 hours. It should be noted that this test was performed without optimal charging, which usually prolongs the charging process.

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The iPhone  14 Plus supports wireless charging up to 7.5W with Qi-compatible charging pads, although the last iPhone listed on the WPC (Governing Body for Wireless Charging) is for the iPhone SE (2022) – there’s no entry to number. iPhone models after 11. By the way, starting with the 12th generation and including this 14 Plus model, iPhones have MagSafe wireless charging. They can draw up to 15W from the magnetically attached device, which you can buy separately for $39/€49 (you’ll need an adapter to power it, though, and it should be powerful enough).

On the software side, there’s an Optimized battery charging button in Settings that allows the iPhone to adapt its charging curves to your charging patterns (mostly related to nighttime charging and your sleep routine), thus minimizing battery time. delivered It charges 100% fast (well, iPhone fast) up to 80% and just finishes before it thinks you need the phone.

Checking the speakers of Apple iPhone 14 Plus

It has a hybrid stereo speaker system found in many iPhone models – a dedicated speaker on the bottom and an earpiece that acts as a second speaker. The top speaker is very loud. Its volume is about the same as the bottom one. This creates an outstanding balance.

Apple iPhone 14 Plus review

The top speaker  acts as the right channel when playing music in vertical orientation, while in horizontal orientation, the output adjusts according to the orientation of the phone. Either way, each speaker will still play some of the “opposite” channel, but at a much lower volume.

Apple iPhone 14 Plus review

The iPhone 14 Plus, just like the 14 Pro Max, scored “Very Good” for loudness. And it delivers the same sound quality – great output with clean vocals, bass you can hear, and rich treble.

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Review of software and performance of Apple iPhone 14 Plus

All new iPhones come with Apple’s iOS 16. As usual, this isn’t a groundbreaking update over iOS 15, but it does improve the lock screen, notification management, messaging app, and privacy options, among others. And in typical Apple fashion, some features are left for a later date.

Now let’s take a closer look at iPhone 14 Plus iOS 16. Its user interface is still based around home screens full of apps and widgets, an app library for your less important apps, and notification and control centers.

Apple iPhone 14 Plus review

The lock screen  in iOS 16 is the first to be overhauled, although it still follows the same logic – it’s the same screen as the notification center. It houses your notifications (privacy options available), plus shortcuts to the torch and camera. If you’ve selected secure unlock, you can bypass the lock screen via Face ID or PIN.

Apple iPhone 14 Plus review

You can customize your lock screen by choosing some cool wallpapers and adding a row of widgets (up to four). There cannot be more than one row of widgets. The neat thing is that you can make multiple different lock screens and change them on the fly (tap and hold, then swipe). This way, you can easily change the appearance of the home screen/notification center depending on your mood or work.

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Another change  here is that notifications are now displayed from the bottom of the screen. Browsing them is easier. There are different options to display notifications such as stack, list or just a count.

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You can also pair your home screen appearance with your lock screen and change both at the same time.

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Your apps usually populate your home page(s) and widgets. There are two special pages – the leftmost page is the Today page, while the rightmost page is the App Library.

You can hide specific home screens – you might have a screen full of games and hide it while you’re working, or hide a screen of work/school apps when you’re on vacation. However, you cannot opt ​​out of Today and App Library.

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Apple iOS 16  has improved focus mode – now, you can assign a focus mode to any lock screen preset you create. And in addition to other ways to switch between focuses, switching between lock screens now also changes the focus mode.

Various focus modes such as work, personal, driving, gaming, do not disturb, among others, are highly customizable. And of course you can create and automate your own.

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The new iOS 16  also introduces focus filters that can affect different apps, and a dedicated API is also available for developers. Using these filters, applications such as messaging and email clients can automatically filter their content as predefined by the user in focus mode.

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Widgets can be placed on any of the home screens and the Today screen, and can coexist with app icons. Three widget sizes are supported by iOS – 2×2, 4×2, and 4×4. You can stack widgets of the same size, and they can rotate automatically if you want.

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The app library  is an app drawer that is always on the far right of your home screen. After installation, apps are automatically added to the app library. Sorting is also an automatic process and you cannot edit categories or move apps within different categories. The sorting of the app depends on the tags that the developer has used when uploading the apps from the App Store.

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The page is still live today. You can place the same widgets and stacks as you can on your home screen. Here you can use old non-native widgets that are not yet optimized for new iOS versions. Of course, if you use new widgets, the old widgets will come immediately after the new widgets. Too bad this page can’t be disabled today, as we found it mostly useless.

The notification center is summoned with a swipe from the left horn or the tablet itself. This screen was integrated with the lock screen in iOS 11, which is why you can have different wallpapers on your home screen and notification center.

Control Center, which has customizable and (some) expandable toggles, is called up by swiping from the right horn. You can use touch to access additional controls. And here is the battery percentage.

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Other key improvements coming with iOS 16 include an improved Mail app, options to edit and unsend messages in the Messages app, a completely redesigned Home app, and a fitness app for everyone, even those without an Apple Watch.

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FaceTime is also improved with a better Hand-off feature across devices – now, it includes your wireless headphones.

The Photos app has an option to detect duplicate photos. Hidden and deleted albums now require Face ID/Touch ID.

The wallet app and functionality have been greatly expanded. In addition to the variety of keys you can store here, the app now supports detailed receipts and tracking information.

The functionality of digital keys and digital ID through the wallet has also been expanded. Various apps can now use basic information from here to verify your identity or that your age is known. It is also possible to share car and house keys between family members.

Finally, the Health app now supports medication tracking in addition to a variety of important medical and fitness information.

Multimedia is handled by default Apple apps – Photos, Music, TV.

The Photos app library has four different views – Year, Month, Day and All Photos. As usual, an AI-powered search option and powerful photo and video editing modes are available.

The TV app is part of iOS 16 and is your default video player for locally saved movies and shows you’ve added through iTunes. It’s also the digital store for movies and TV shows, and it’s also where you’ll find the Apple TV+ streaming service. A bit overwhelming, but eventually you get used to it.

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Music is the default player and relies heavily on Apple Music. But even if you decide not to use the streaming service, if you have a few minutes to add your songs through iTunes, it can still do a great job.

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Books are here for your documents, PDFs, and eBooks. Stock and news are available. Safari is your default web browser and Apple Maps is your default map client.

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Finally, Visual Lookup has been a part of iOS for a year now, but it’s much improved in iOS 16. It now works on both photos and videos and supports advanced machine learning. It can easily recognize texts in photos and allows one to search them instantly. What’s more interesting is that you can now select an object from a photo/video, tap and hold on it, and then copy it or just drag it and use it wherever you like – Photo Editor , video editor, messages, emails, anything else. 

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And these are the basics of Apple iOS 16 running on the latest iPhone 14 series.

Emergency improvements

All new iPhone 14 models support this new feature called Emergency SOS via satellite. It required the design of completely new custom hardware and custom software to make it possible to send messages to the satellite without bulky antennas. The service is text-only and will be used mainly for emergencies, but it does support two-way communication, so you’ll be notified when help is on the way. Find My can also share your location with friends so they can track you.

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You can write custom messages to explain your situation, but when speed saves your life, several built-in special questions let you send an accurate SOS in just a few taps. In places with a clear view of the sky, a message can be transmitted in about 15 seconds, but if there are treetops, it may take several minutes. The satellite service will launch in November for US and Canadian users, and iPhone 14 buyers will receive a free 2-year subscription.

Crash detection is also available on all iPhone 14 models thanks to a new accelerometer that can detect up to 256G. If such an emergency occurs, the phone will automatically call emergency services. This setting is in the Emergency SOS menu called Call After Serious Crash. You can turn it on or off. There are no other settings.

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Checking the performance and benchmarks of Apple iPhone 14 Plus

iPhone 14 Plus uses Apple’s latest generation A15 Bionic chipset. Specifically, it’s a “top-tier” variant with five GPU cores, as found in the iPhone 13 Pro models. Therefore, we can probably expect a small increase in graphics performance compared to the iPhone 13 and its four graphics cores.

Another thing that distinguishes iPhone 14 and 14 Plus from iPhone 13 models is RAM. The new models have 6GB of RAM instead of 4GB, which means the internal storage should be somewhat similar to the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max.

And while we’re at it, it makes us wonder why new software features like the Photonic Engine and Action mode, available on the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus, aren’t on the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max. There is no nearly identical either. We guess Apple is Apple again.

Back to the A15, the 5nm A15 Bionic has a hexa-core processor (2 x 3.23 GHz Avalanche + 4 x 1.82 GHz Blizzard) – same as last year. And as we noted, it has an Apple 5-core GPU.

So, physically, the iPhone 14 Plus may be a copy of the iPhone 13, but internally it borrows from the iPhone 13 Pro/Max. While you’re not getting the latest and greatest A16 Bionic, it’s still a small bump in hardware.

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Even though the A15 Bionic is a year older, it’s still an incredibly powerful chip. It excels in CPU tests, bested only by the newer A16 Bionic.

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Apple’s 5-core GPU  performs very well, and while it’s not at the top of the charts, it’s still among the best in class. Obviously, phones with HRR displays offer more on-screen frame rates, while the iPhone 14s is limited to a standard 60Hz refresh rate.

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The more complex AnTuTu benchmark  is also very favorable to the iPhone 14 Plus. It has the same performance as the iPhone 13 Pro Max and is superior to the iPhone 14 Pro Max.

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We made sure to test the stability and heat shrink properties of the iPhone 14 Plus as well. The phone degrades performance with long loads, but it does so quite gradually without sudden drops, which is nice to see.

Thus, the iPhone 14 Plus maintained 81% of its maximum CPU performance when using all cores for up to 30 minutes. The 3D Mark stress test scored 67% stability, which isn’t bad.

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In practice, the iPhone 14 Plus gets quite hot after long-term charging. And even then, the A15 Bionic still has enough to offer a smooth experience.

Overall, we had no issues with the performance of the iPhone 14 Plus. Its year-old chipset performs exceptionally well with a super-smooth general UX, and it also handles all the tasks we throw at the phone, from productivity to gaming. You should have no doubts about the performance of the iPhone 14 Plus.

Apple iPhone 14 Plus camera review

The iPhone 14 Plus has three cameras, just like the iPhone 13 and iPhone 14. There are two cameras on the back – a primary 12-megapixel wide-angle camera and a secondary 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera. There is also a 12-megapixel front-facing camera for selfies. And while nothing seems to have changed from the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13, the main and selfie cameras have been upgraded.

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The main 12-megapixel camera  has been removed from the iPhone 13 Pro. This means it now has a larger sensor compared to the iPhone 13 with 1.9µm pixels and a brighter f/1.5 aperture for the 26mm lens. This camera relies on sensor stabilization.

Then there is a 12-megapixel ultrawide camera with a 120-degree field of view and f/2.4 aperture. It appears to be the same as the ultrawide iPhone 12 and the vanilla iPhone 13, so we expect similar performance.

The 12-megapixel selfie camera is undoubtedly the biggest improvement over the vanilla iPhone’s camera setup, thanks to the addition of phase-detection autofocus and optical image stabilization. The 23mm lens has been improved with a new, brighter f/1.9 aperture.

Camera app and features

The viewfinder has remained mostly the same from iOS 13 and the iPhone 11 – you can see outside the viewfinder thanks to the precise calibration of the three cameras, which allows you to see what remains outside the frame in real time.

Apple’s image processing includes all the old features (Smart HDR, Night Mode and Deep Fusion), but the important thing is the Photonic Engine. It’s just a fancy name for Apple’s latest stacked HDR technology, and it promises a 2x improvement in medium to low light conditions.

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Instead of Smart HDR and Night Mode, Deep Fusion  is activated when the lighting conditions are not ideal, but it is not yet dark. Deep Fusion uses frames before you hit the shutter, once you do it uses more frames and a long exposure shot. The neural engine selects the best frames and creates a high-quality HDR photo that is more accurate, clear and natural. The neural processor’s machine learning process analyzes the captured image and processes them differently depending on what’s in the frame—for example, the sky, foliage, or skin tone. Meanwhile, the texture and color tone are based on the proportions obtained by the neural unit in Apple’s CPU.

The night mode icon will automatically appear when displaying a low-light scene, and you’ll see the suggested seconds next to the night mode icon. You can choose a longer exposure or disable night mode altogether.

As usual, all the cameras are connected to each other, so when you switch between them, they already know the correct exposure and tone mapping settings. This applies to both photos and videos.

The camera interface is mostly unchanged unless you count the new 2x shift between 1x and 3x. If you are close enough for such a shot, the macro key will appear automatically.

You can swipe between modes, and you have a few settings you can swipe up to open – flash, night mode, live photo, photo aspect, exposure compensation and filters. In video mode, you can change the resolution and frame rate from the viewfinder.

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Portrait mode is available on the main, telephoto and selfie cameras.

There’s a feature called Photographic Styles that automatically edits a photo one element at a time (for example, applying different corrections to the subject and background). You can choose between standard, rich contrast, vibrant, warm and cool. You can customize any of these modes and set your favorite mode as the default. It’s like a filter but more permanent.

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Cinema mode  is available and now supports 4K HDR at 24 and 30 fps. The rack does auto focus, but the phone records a depth map alongside the video, so you can manually change the focus point after the fact. Editing of such videos is possible in iMovie and Clips programs.

Finally, there’s Action mode, which is intended for use with the ultra-wide camera at 2.8K@60fps, though you can use any rear camera at any resolution and frame rate. The camera makes heavy use of stabilized 4K footage to mimic action camera output.

Photo quality

The photos we took with the iPhone 14 Plus’ 12-megapixel primary camera are the same as those we took with the iPhone 14 Pro, as well as all iPhones after the iPhone 11 or later. There is plenty of detail, no noise, accurate white balance and color rendering, and high contrast.

Dynamic range is good in all scenes, but not excessive, as Apple’s camera tends to produce high-contrast photos. This means there will be underdeveloped highlights or shadows, but these are arguably more realistic.

And while the image quality is consistent regardless of the sensor used, this means that the unpleasantness is also inherited. Yes, we’re talking about over-processing complex details like foliage and people. While more detail is resolved from the sensor, over-sharpening everything is not the right approach.

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Ultra-wide photos  are impressively wide with expert distortion correction. Their resolution of detail is excellent for such a camera and lens, and noise is kept remarkably low. Processing is similar to the original camera – accurate if slightly unexciting colors, high contrast, and enough but not excessive dynamic range. Noise is also kept low.

Foliage and people issues are also present here, but less obvious due to the wider field of view. Foliage is still sometimes oversharpened or oil-like, but looks better.

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12MP portrait shots  from the main camera offer excellent subject resolution and lovely blur. One is well exposed, with natural colors and accurate colors. The contrast is excellent.

HDR often gets in the way and loses fine detail because subjects aren’t very sharp. But we’re glad the noise reduction is milder, because it could have been worse. But we’re not fans of an implementation that oversharpens or smudges random details like hair, eyebrows, and beards.

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The main camera of the iPhone 14 Plus takes great photos with the help of automatic night mode, which usually selects 1s exposure. Photos have good exposure, great detail, clean of noise and excellent color saturation. Their contrast is high, just like daylight shots, and their dynamic range is reasonable, although there are highlights and low shadows.

Overall, good performance for the main camera and flagship-class photos that aren’t too bright as some competing night mode solutions offer.

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You can opt out of night mode, which reduces color saturation and adds a bit more noise. Shadows also become slightly darker as the dynamic range decreases slightly. While low-light photo quality is still excellent, we’d definitely stick with the automatic night mode.

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12-megapixel photos  taken with the ultra-wide camera are usable with automatic night mode. Exposure is good, as is dynamic range, while color saturation is excellent. But all photos are soft and noisy, which makes them serviceable but not really anything special.

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These last batch of photos were taken with the ultra-wide camera but without night mode. They’re pretty bad—soft, smeary, and noisy, with little detail, low dynamic range, and desaturated colors. You can hardly see what is on them.

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You can also take a look at our photo comparison tool and see how Apple’s iPhone 14 Plus stacks up against other phones in the controlled environment of our test lab.

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Apple iPhone 14 Plus vs. Samsung Galaxy S22+ and the Xiaomi 12T Pro in our Photo comparison tool

selfie camera

The selfie camera  quartet on the iPhone 14 has received a huge upgrade over the iPhone 13 – it now supports autofocus and has a brighter lens with an aperture of f/1.9. However, the size of the sensor and the field of view of the lens remain the same.

The camera still offers two FoV settings in the viewfinder – a 7-megapixel low-zoom crop that equates to a 30mm field of view, and a full 12-megapixel mode that has a 23mm-equivalent FoV.

If you hold the phone vertically, selfies are cropped to 7MP for tighter framing, but turn the phone horizontally, and you’ll get more of the scene as the phone automatically switches to a wider 12MP mode. You can also switch between these two modes manually by tapping the arrows near the shutter button.

The 12MP selfies we took on the iPhone 14 Plus are excellent – ​​there’s sharp detail, low noise, high resolution and impressive dynamic range. White balance with true colors is very clear. Contrast is high as usual.

Autofocus also works great, and we never had an out-of-focus shot.

Apple’s processing is once again in class-leading photo quality with over-sharpening of various facial features (hair, beard). And then comes the smoothing algorithm which may make some parts more smeary.

Don’t get me wrong, selfies are good, but we expected stronger processing.

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Selfies are also great. The front camera is assisted by a 3D scanner with structured light. Thanks to the accurate depth map, subject separation and out-of-focus background are some of the best you can see in a selfie today. Photo quality is in line with regular selfies – very good, but not the best, as sometimes the processing is not enough.

Just like before, these portraits are shot at 7MP resolution, meaning the camera crops a portion of its available FoV to reveal a zoomed-in photo. Unfortunately, there is no option to shoot 23mm 12MP selfie portraits.

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Video quality

iPhone 14 Plus can record up to 4K60 video with all three cameras. 4K24 is also available across the board if you’re looking for a more cinematic look. All video is stabilized digitally (all three cameras) and optically (all but ultra-wide) – Apple calls this Cinematic Stabilization.

All modes, including 4K60, have wide dynamic range thanks to Smart HDR. The slow options are a maximum resolution of 1080p at 240 fps. There’s a new option called Enhanced stabilization that improves upon the default EIS and crops a bit more to deliver more stabilized footage. We took pictures with this new option and without it and honestly, we did not see any difference besides the promised low output. The new iPhone 14 Plus supports cinematic mode (focus rack) up to 4K at 30 frames per second. HDR is also an option.

There is a new mode called Action mode. It’s been around on many other phones for years, and it’s supposed to shoot 60fps with the ultra-wide camera. It’s a sharp departure from 4K footage (hence the 2K resolution) and delivers incredibly smooth and superbly stabilized video.

It’s available for all rear cameras and can shoot at any resolution and frame rate, but as we mentioned, the main hardware is the 2K@60fps ultra-wide camera. You can record HDR video directly in the Dolby Vision format up to the same maximum 4K60 (the previous generation was limited to 30 frames per second). You can edit these videos on the go on your phone, you can upload them to YouTube or any other popular platform or even send them to your friends. Dolby Vision information is stored outside of the video stream, so the video looks normal to any non-HDR player/screen and is color enhanced on any Dolby Vision compatible player and display.

You can also choose between H.265 HEVC and H.264 video encoders. The high-performance mode uses H.265 and is mandatory for 4K60 and HDR videos, while the more compatible mode (H.264) provides easier playback on different devices.

The iPhone 14 Plus, just like previous iPhones, records wide stereo sound for movies at 190 kbps.

iPhones are known for their class-leading video quality and stabilization capabilities, and the iPhone 14 Plus is no different. Even with the always-on electronic stabilization, which tends to soften other videos, the iPhones still deliver excellent video quality.

The main camera  captures class-leading 4K30 videos with plenty of resolved detail and natural reflection without any effects of over-sharpening. Videos are noise-free, dynamic range is excellent, and so is contrast.

The colors in the clips remain vivid and true. Whether you decide to shoot at 24fps or 60fps – you’ll get the same quality. Due to the difference in the video bitrate, the size of the videos will be smaller or larger.

Videos  from the main camera are also excellent in low light, with plenty of detail and natural sharpness. Exposure is good and noise is well low. We liked the vibrant color saturation and above-average contrast, while the dynamic range makes movies look realistic.

The iPhone’s ultrawide camera  captures the best 4K videos, and that’s the case with the iPhone 14 Plus. It offers high definition detail, outstanding processing and color rendering.

Ultra-wide videos are noise-free and high-contrast. There’s also no visible distortion around the corners, and yet the field of view is impressively wide.

4K low-light videos  from the ultra-wide camera are usable because they provide adequate exposure and color reproduction. However, detail is a bit lacking and noise is visible. The videos are rather dark but still usable.

Action mode  works as promised, delivering lovely 60fps videos at 2816 x 1584 pixels resolution, great action-like stabilization and great fluidity. Details, colors, contrast and dynamic range are also commendable.

You can also  shoot action videos with the main camera. And while it offers the same image and stabilization quality, the narrower field of view makes it look a little awkward.

Finally,  the 4K videos from the improved selfie camera are great. The background is naturally out of focus thanks to the new f/1.9 aperture lens and, of course, autofocus. Subjects are sharp and well exposed, colors are superb, and so is contrast. The dynamic range is also quite normal.

Looking closely, subjects are still a little over-processed like in regular selfies, but that’s not an issue here, and videos are among the best you can get from a selfie camera today.

You can also  take a look at our video comparison tool and see how the iPhone 14 Plus stacks up against other phones.

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Review of competitors of Apple iPhone 14 Plus

The iPhone 14 Plus makes perfect sense in Apple’s grand design – the manufacturer has turned the SE model into a special edition iPhone mini, which is why the mini was forced out of the flagship series. In fact, the vanilla iPhone 14 is so compact and light you could say it’s been a mini all along.

Apple iPhone 14 Plus review

Meanwhile, the lack of a larger iPhone for the masses has been stark for the past few years, and it was only about time Apple answered the call. And he did it in his own way.

iPhone 14 Plus is basically a big iPhone 14 and nothing else. What you get is a max-sized screen with non-professional quality and better battery life thanks to the larger battery.

Now, all those Apple users who want a large iPhone that doesn’t weigh too much and is “oh so premium” can get the iPhone 14 Plus.

But, if you’re still worried about this new Plus model, perhaps because of its €1,150 price tag, we can understand why you’d want to check out more options.

For example, you can get the iPhone 13 Pro Max, which is pretty much the same phone, but with an extra zoom camera, a better ultra-wide camera with autofocus, and a 120Hz ProMotion display. It can be bought for €1,200 – which is quite an offer to consider. Yes, it’s heavy due to the stainless steel frame and extras like LiDAR and telephoto, but that’s a tradeoff many make.

As we’ve noted, the iPhone 14 is the most compact iPhone around right now, and that’s pretty cool despite the 60Hz display. It has the same specifications as Plus. It’s just smaller and super pocket size. Oh, and it’s €150 cheaper.

Finally, Apple also sells the older iPhone 12, which is essentially an iPhone 13 and so on, starting at €800 for the 64GB model in the Apple Store or around €650 from third-party retailers. So, if you want the cheapest premium iPhone officially available, this is it.

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Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max • Apple iPhone 14 • Apple iPhone 12

Of course,  there are cheaper deals you can consider for their big screens outside of Apple’s lineup. The €780 Xiaomi 12T Pro impressed us with its screen, charging speed, all-round performance and camera quality. The same goes for the Motorola Edge 30 Ultra – a phone with a 144Hz OLED display, one of the first 200MP shooters, a 60MP selfie camera and 125W fast charging. Finally, the Samsung Galaxy S22+ 5G has a large 120Hz OLED, one of the fastest Android chips and three great cameras on the back, including a zoom camera.

Xiaomi 12T Pro Motorola Edge 30 Ultra Samsung Galaxy S22+ 5G
Xiaomi 12T Pro • Motorola Edge 30 Ultra • Samsung Galaxy S22+ 5G

Summary

The iPhone  14 Plus is, as usual, one of the best iPhones Apple has ever made. It does exactly what it’s supposed to do – deliver a non-professional experience on a larger screen. A big plus of the new size is the larger battery capacity and hence – better battery life.

iPhone 14 Plus is one of the lightest 6.7-inch smartphones with flagship-level design, display, speakers, battery life, performance and video quality. Meanwhile, its new cameras, including the autofocus selfie camera, are as controversial as ever – as if their quality hasn’t changed in generations due to heavy processing and excessive resolution.

However, despite not having a high refresh rate screen or a zoom camera, the iPhone 14 Plus finds its way into people’s hearts and pockets. Many users will not be upset by this.

Its price tag might be too close to the Pro Max 13 for its own good, but last year’s flagship model is officially discontinued, so you’ll have to get it from an independent retailer, but it’s definitely the better of the two.

That doesn’t make the iPhone 14 Plus a bad smartphone, and it’s worth it if you don’t need the extra features that the Pro models offer.

Source: GSMARENA.COM

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Some people call Pavel Durov the savior of personal privacy, and others call him the operator of the dark and dangerous Telegram empire; But who is the person behind one of the most popular messengers in the world?

The Biography of Pavel Durov

Russian Mark Zuckerberg, home of the tech world in self-imposed exile with a reclusive spirit and all-black outfits to pay homage to the movie The Matrix. These are the terms used to describe Pavel Durov, the founder of the Telegram messenger; The man who revolutionized the Russian Internet by founding the VKontakte social network, stood up against government pressure, and became an angel of user privacy and data security with his libertarian beliefs.

Pavel Durov is not a fan of interviews and is rarely talked about in the media. If you want to know more about the life of this mysterious and rebellious character, follow this article.

Table of Contents

  • The story of a rebellious entrepreneur
  • Pavel Durov; Russian Mark Zuckerberg
  • Tensions begin and Durov says goodbye to VK
  • Personal life of Pavel Durov
  • Nikolay Durov
  • Pavel Durov’s residence 
  • Pavel Durov’s nationality 
  • Pavel Durov’s fortune
  • Pavel Durov’s income from Telegram
  • Paul Durov’s moral qualities 
  • Who is the Telegram team made up of?
  • Where is Telegram based?
  • Interesting facts about Pavel Durov
  • Pavel Durov and Telegram
  • Telegram vs WhatsApp 
  • Telegram and terrorism 
  • Golden sentences from Pavel Durov

The story of a rebellious entrepreneur

Pavel Durov, the founder of the Russian social network VKontakte, was sitting alone in his apartment in St. Petersburg when a group of men in uniform and armed with guns knocked on his door. Pavel quietly approached the door and peered into the corridor. Then he went to the window and saw many of them standing outside the building. He decided not to open the door and ignored the shouts behind the door calling his name. Then his phone rang and unknown numbers called him one after another. Powell did not return any of these calls.

Powell knew why the officers had come to his house. A few days earlier, he had received a letter from the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (FSB), a CIA-like organization, asking him to remove pages on VKontakte that were used to organize popular protests.

But Powell not only refused to do so, but the day after receiving the letter he upgraded the website to include more posts on each page. On the same day, he posted a photo of the letter along with the image of a dog in a hoodie sticking out its tongue on Twitter and wrote that this was his official response to the request of the FSB.

After an hour of Paul’s indifference, the armed men behind the door finally left the building; But in front of Pavel was a difficult battle that ultimately led to his defeat; Of course, the failure that was the beginning of his entry into the vast and exciting world of messengers and concerns about privacy and user data. If the agents had not come to his house for inspection that day and Durov had not been so involved with the idea of ​​user data security, maybe there would be no trace of Telegram today or it would not exist in the form it is today.

Pavel Durov; Russian Mark Zuckerberg

The VKontakte platform known as VK is the most popular social network in Russia with 500 million user accounts and 90 million monthly visits (2019) and is more popular among Russian users than Facebook and Twitter. Durov launched the social network at the age of 22 and is often compared to Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook. Both giants of the Internet world were born in 1984, and their serious entry into the world of virtual communication started from their student days.

Banknote rockets later inspired the Telegram icon

Durov avoids the attention of the official media, prefers black and non-luxurious clothes, and steals his gaze from the camera; But when it comes to interacting with people, he is more sociable than his American counterpart. When one of VK’s senior managers received a large bonus, Durov told the other members that he was not in it for the money. Upon hearing this statement, his colleagues asked him to return the money he received if it is true. This person agreed to throw the money out the window. Durov told him that his method of throwing money out was not creative and showed him how to make 5,000 ruble bills (about $70) into paper rockets and then throw them out the window into the street. These banknote rockets later inspired the Telegram icon.

According to Vice, Durov got the idea of ​​creating a social network when a friend who studied in America showed him an early version of Facebook. Thus, VK was launched as a beta in September 2006 and had an official and legal organization in 2007. Even today, the design of this social network looks like the original version of Zuckerberg’s design.

For the first few years, VK was almost a Spotify-style library of all kinds of media, including black-market movies and music. According to Katya Romanovskaya, one of the authors of the satirical Twitter account @KermlinRussia, “almost everything on VK was illegal” in those days.

Read more: Is Telegram really safe?

Tensions begin and Durov says goodbye to VK

Vkontakte social network

When Putin announced his intention to run for re-election in late 2011, opposition groups flocked to VK and organized public protests by publishing news and material against Putin. Even the leader of the opposition party, Alexei Navalny, was the administrator of a VK page with over 100,000 followers, and when the website’s algorithm automatically blocked his page for excessive activity, Durov came to his rescue and changed the website’s algorithm.

VK had the full attention of the FSB intelligence agency. The day government agents knocked on Durov’s door, his rebellious spirit flared up. Durov refused to remove the protest pages and emphasized that VK is a 100% non-political organization and that removing these pages would cause users to migrate from VK and cause a severe financial blow to his team’s business.

The Kremlin left VK alone for a while; But in early 2013, Durov’s troubles began again. In a report, Russian news outlet Novaya Gazeta released several hacked emails between Durov and the Kremlin’s “main ideologist,” Vladislav Surkov, and claimed the VKontakte founder had been working with the FSB for years.

According to the editor of RuNet Echo, many VK users did not believe such a report; But this was only the beginning of the campaign against Dwarf. In April of the same year, a car belonging to Ilya Perkopsky, the chief executive of VK, ran over a police officer. The driver ran away from the scene, But the police claimed that the person behind the wheel was Durov. In response to this accusation, Durov said that he does not know how to drive.

A few days later, police officers began searching VK’s offices in Moscow, according to the Moscow Times. The reason for this inspection was announced as “part of the investigation into the accident and fleeing the scene”. The next day, the two main investors of VK, Vyacheslav Mirilashvili and Lev Lviv, announced their intention to sell their 48% stake. Investors were looking to sell their shares because of the rift between them and Durov, according to multiple sources. According to Interfax, the value of this social network at that time was 2 billion dollars.

Durov fled to Buffalo, New York later that month and began work on his new project, Telegram. The police finally stopped pursuing the accident case.

At that time, 88% of VK shares were held by government supporters and 12% were still held by Durov. Durov announced that he did not intend to sell his shares and his activity on this platform continued until the end of 2013. On his VK page, Pavel wrote about the website’s growth compared to other social networks, including Facebook and WhatsApp, and published an infographic showing that in October 2013, VK was the top Android app in Moscow.

But in January 2014, Durov announced that he had sold his entire 12% stake to the mobile phone operator Megaphone for $300 million. In an interview with Motherboard magazine, he said: “It was clear that my 12% share did not give me much decision-making power, But it could be used to limit my freedom in critical situations.” With Durov selling his shares, VK was now 100% under the financial control of Kremlin allies.

Durov lost his financial investment; But for how long did he remain as the general manager of VK? On April 1, 2014, he finally announced his resignation from the board of directors of VK citing the excessive involvement of new shareholders in the management of the website. Of course, two days later, he claimed that his resignation was April’s lie and tried to withdraw the letter; But the shareholders did not allow him to do this. On April 22, Durov found out that he was officially fired from VK.

Durov was forced to sell his shares due to political pressure and had to say goodbye to the big company he founded forever, But this happened at the right time. He said in an interview with Motherboard:

The Russian Internet market fell dramatically after this incident. In a way, I am grateful to the shareholders and political forces that made me sell my shares. Now I am more satisfied that I can serve the audience on a wider scale than the world.

Personal life of Pavel Durov

Pavel Valerievich Durov was born on October 10, 1984, in Saint Petersburg and grew up in an educated family. Pavel is the second child in the family and has an older brother named Nikolai, who was with him in launching the social network VK and Telegram.

As a child, Pavel had to move to Italy with his family because of his father’s job and studied first grade in the city of Turin. Two years later, the whole family returned to Russia, and after four years of secondary education, Pavel went to the Dmitri Fadeev School of Mathematics and Physics at St. Petersburg State University, where he studied all subjects, including four foreign languages, in-depth.

From the age of 11, Pavel was very interested in programming with his brother. After finishing high school with excellent grades, he studied English language translation at the Faculty of Philosophy of St. Petersburg University.

Pavel Durov speaks 8 languages ​​including Farsi

According to information on Pavel’s official VK page, he speaks eight foreign languages: Russian, English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Latin and even Farsi. Of course, it is not possible to say how true this information is.

In university, Pavel was one of the best students with a high level of intelligence. He has repeatedly won linguistics, programming, and design olympiads, has received scholarships from the Government of the Russian Federation and the President of the Russian Federation, and is a three-time winner of the Potanin Innovation Award.

While a student, he launched the website durov.com, which housed a database of educational materials for humanities students. Then he came up with the idea of ​​another website (spbgu.ru) where St. Petersburg University students could communicate with each other through its forum.

On this site, each student had his personal account, which included information such as name, faculty, and list of friends and groups. Any user could also blog on this website. This is how the initial version of the VK social network was born. To promote his website, Powell organized beauty and design contests at the university and sometimes engaged in heated discussions with an anonymous account to create excitement on the website’s forum.

Durov spends most of his time on innovation, self-improvement, and entrepreneurship. Now everyone knows him as the founder of Telegram, which in a way embodies all his ideals in the field of user data security.

Nikolay Durov

We all know Telegram with Pavel Durov; While Pavel’s brother, Nikolai, also played a big role in the formation of this popular messenger.

In fact, Nikolai’s role in the development of all the projects discussed, from the durov.com website to this Telegram, is very prominent. He showed interest in natural sciences from his childhood; While Powell’s interest was in the field of humanities. Despite this difference, these two brothers had a common interest and that was programming.

Nikolai, who was a talented programmer, wrote a few lines of code for the VKontakte platform when it was still in the early stages of development, and then, as the popularity of this social network grew, he became more involved in its development and eventually took the position of technical manager and senior developer of the company. Nikolai worked on this platform until 2014 when Pavel resigned from the VK board and took the entire team out of the country with him.

In an interview with Medium, Powell said that his brother played a big role in developing his ideas. He mentions Nikolai as a genius who solved complex mathematical equations quickly in TV competitions, read a lot of books, and came first in almost all math competitions.

Pavel Durov’s residence

Durov left Russia in April 2014 and said he would never return to his homeland. Because the internet rules in this country are not clear it is impossible to do online business there.

Pavel is now a bit of a homebody, traveling around the world with his team of programmers and usually not staying in one country for more than a few months. Since leaving Russia, he has lived in Berlin, London and Singapore.

Currently, he and the Telegram development team live in Dubai. It is written in the FAQ section of Telegram that they are satisfied with life in Dubai; But as soon as the internet laws of this country change, they are ready to change their location.

Pavel Durov’s citizenship

The nature of Pavel Dorf

In the spring of 2013, Powell received the citizenship of this small country by donating $250,000 to the St. Kitts and Nevis island fund in the Caribbean and investing in it. With a passport to this country, he can travel without a visa to 132 countries of the world, including the European Union and England.

Of course, Pavel’s new citizenship was revealed only in 2014; That is when he had officially left Russia, and this showed that Pavel had been thinking about leaving his homeland for a long time. Pavel Durov’s fortune

According to Forbes magazine, Pavel Durov’s financial situation has been growing since 2016. In the ranking of the 200 richest Russians in 2016, he ranked 135th with 600 million dollars, and by 2020, he was promoted to the 30th position with a fortune equal to 3.4 billion dollars.

Pavel Durov’s income from Telegram

Telegram income

Pavel made a fortune of 500 million dollars from the sale of his 12% stake in VK and is very interested in the field of cryptocurrency. He also managed to collect about 1.7 billion dollars from investors for the development of the Telegram-based blockchain known as TON; A project that, of course, failed; But Durov does not earn any income from Telegram.

Telegram is completely free, without ads and in-app payments, and Durov pays the cost of maintaining this platform completely from his own pocket. Of course, Durov has announced in a post that if he runs out of money to run Telegram, he will probably have to turn to public donations or in-app payments; But he will never enter the world of advertising.

Paul Durov’s moral qualities

Pavel is a supporter of the school of libertarianism in the political and economic fields. This view of his is clearly evident in his unwillingness to cooperate with government organizations. He believes that no person or structure has the right to violate private property or personal information of people.

Powell supports the standardization of the educational system; Because he believes that modern schools in the West are a relic of the industrial era and educate people with stereotyped and closed views. He predicts that education in the future will be interactive and decentralized.

Powell supports high taxes on industries that are active in the extraction of raw materials and the abolition of taxes in the field of information and customs. He also believes that taxpayers should choose what projects their taxes will be spent on.

Durov also believes that the cancellation of registration, passports, entry visas, and military service is necessary, and he considers these to be the cornerstones of the feudal system. In his opinion, movement restrictions cause brains to escape.

Pavel is not interested in doing interviews and prefers to be in contact with the audience directly through his posts on the Telegram channel and website.

When Pavel was 33 years old, he stated in a post that he had not consumed sugar, meat, or fast food for a long time, did not drink energy drinks, tea, and coffee, turned away from nicotine and alcohol and does not watch TV.

Who is the Telegram team made up of?

Telegram is run by Pavel Durov and his brother Nikolai. Pavel supports Telegram from the economic and ideological aspects and Nikolai from the technological aspect. To build Telegram, Nikolai created a unique custom data protocol called MTProto, which is open-source, secure, and optimized for use in multiple data centers. Details of the other people involved in the project are unknown, although Powell mentioned in a 2016 interview that his team consisted of 15 people.

Where is Telegram based?

Most of the Telegram developers were born in St. Petersburg, and after the tension with the Russian government, they left the country with Pavel and his brother and settled in Berlin, London, and Singapore for a while.

Telegram team members are currently in Dubai and are ready to change their place of residence again if the internet regulations of this country change.

Interesting facts about Pavel Durov

Powell dresses distinctively. In the photos, he always wears black clothes, and this is a kind of homage to his character Neo in the movie Matrix; For this reason, he is sometimes called Neo-Russian. In a book about Durov, Nikolai Kononov wrote that “he sees himself as the engineer of his own world”, and this description is somewhat consistent with the world of The Matrix.

Pavel learned to code while in school and used this skill to change the welcome screen image of the school computers to annoy a teacher he didn’t like. Pavel has a close relationship with his brother, who is also a skilled coder.

Pavel launched the VKontakte social network at the age of 22. The VKontakte office was located on the fifth and sixth floors of the iconic Singer House building in St. Petersburg.

In 2011, when Russian authorities asked Durov to remove some anti-government posts from VK, Durov responded by posting a photo of a dog wearing a hoodie and sticking out its tongue.

In 2012, Pavel and some VK employees made paper rockets worth more than a thousand dollars and threw them out the window. The value of each rocket was about 70 dollars. This movement later inspired the Telegram icon.

According to reports, Durov spends $1 million of his own money every month to run Telegram. To date, this platform has not generated a single dollar for Durov.

The number of monthly active Telegram users reached 100 million in 2016. Durov celebrated this success by throwing a big party in Barcelona.

Durov planned to raise 2 billion dollars from investors to run his company with the initial offering of a coin called “Gram” on the Telegram Open Network blockchain, But this project was stopped by the decision of the American court.

The popularity of Telegram is increasing every year. In 2021, the number of active Telegram users reached 500 million people per month. Telegram is most popular in Iran, Russia, Malaysia, Ukraine, India, Italy, Spain and Saudi Arabia.

Pavel Durov and Telegram

Founded in 2013, Telegram uses a secure end-to-end encryption method that makes it nearly impossible to decrypt messages. This feature, along with being free without a single ad or in-app purchases, has made Telegram take a significant share of the market from Facebook Messenger and other competitors; But this platform with 500 million active users per month is far behind WhatsApp with 2 billion users and Facebook Messenger with 1.3 billion users; But Durov says that the growth of Telegram is fast and most new users enter the world of Telegram through the suggestion of other users.

Our growth depends only on our users who recommend their friends to download and use Telegram. Every day, 350 thousand new users register in Telegram, without any effort on our part.

Durf attaches great importance to the principle of simplicity in the design of Telegram. In an interview with Wired in 2016, he said:

15 billion messages are sent daily through Telegram. Telegram’s main engineering team consists of 15 people, and obviously with this number, we had to automate many tasks and hand them over to scripts and artificial intelligence.

Telegram does not generate a single dollar of revenue for Durov, it has no permanent office and consists of a very small team. Before settling in Dubai, the Telegram team moved every two to four months. Dorf has announced that his team is ready to leave Dubai for a new destination if needed.

The company is so confident in the security of its proprietary protocol, called MTProto, developed by Nikolai, that it is offering a $200,000 reward to anyone who can hack it. It’s not an uncommon move to offer rewards to users who find bugs in products, But bounties of this magnitude are usually only reserved for critical bugs in widely used programs such as Windows.

According to Durov, no one has succeeded in hacking MTProto so far; But a Russian man who managed to find a serious problem in Telegram in 2014 was rewarded with $100,000.

Telegram is open source and allows any developer to create their own Telegram even for desktop computers. Today, most new messaging services, including WhatsApp, create applications for use in all situations and do not allow disparate developers to access their code. Of course, they can’t be blamed, because it’s difficult to maintain a centralized language and a single security model across several different applications. Meanwhile, monetizing a platform requires more planning than monetizing a simple paid app.

However, the VKontakte platform has gained a lot of success by allowing developers to build their own alternatives from it. More importantly, Telegram operates as a non-profit organization and does not intend to charge users for its services or sell their information to third parties or governments.

The company wrote on its FAQ page:

Telegram is not built for monetization and never accepts advertising or external investment. We are not looking to create a “user base”, but we are looking to create messaging for people.

In a post on Telegram, Durov announced that in 2021, to manage the costs of a platform with 500 million users, he will add a monetization section to Telegram. This section includes new paid features, paid stickers, and a platform called Ad Platform for commercial channel owners to generate income.

Telegram vs WhatsApp

The main difference between Telegram and WhatsApp is its highly encrypted structure, open API for access by developers and other users, and its strictly anti-commercial manifesto. In a world where Facebook simply buys its competitors (including WhatsApp for a whopping $22 billion), Durov’s refusal to sell Telegram is truly admirable; And of course, we should not forget its many, completely free and artistic stickers.

Users are becoming more aware of the importance of their privacy and looking for ways to protect their data. For this reason, Telegram has not sold a single byte of data from its users to any third party since its launch, which has significantly increased the popularity of this platform.

However strict privacy policies and strong data encryption are not enough to attract users who have depended on WhatsApp for years. In order to be able to compete with giants like WhatsApp and Facebook in the suffocating market of messengers, Telegram needs to be better in every way: faster message transmission speed, more beautiful design, more features, and attractive features in every update. It is only in this way that it is possible to provide better privacy and security than WhatsApp to users who may not be sufficiently concerned about security.

Telegram and terrorism

Telegram Pavel Dorf

Telegram’s strict policy on privacy and its non-cooperation with the authorities of countries to provide users’ information have made some people consider this platform dangerous and a place for terrorists and criminals to operate without supervision. In fact, in a new report published in June 2021, the German magazine Spiegel described Telegram as a dark empire, the most dangerous messenger, and the “equivalent of the dark web in the pocket” of users.

Critics of Telegram describe it as the dark web in users’ pockets

In 2016, Telegram blocked 78 public channels promoting ISIS ideology. Durov told Wired that the company is building tools to deal with malicious channels more effectively.

Is this enough? Probably not, as we are a small team and trying to hire more people to review reports and requests. We are gradually building a tool to automate this process. All this takes time, but we try to consider it one of our priorities. 

In response to criticism of Telegram’s 100% protection of user data, Durov said in one of his interviews during the Mobile World Congress:

The political solutions proposed against cryptography are not supposed to be effective against terrorism. If you block a site like Telegram, terrorists won’t even notice.

Golden sentences from Pavel Durov

Paul Dorf's sentences

– Don’t give up until you have a really exciting idea. If you’re on the fence about a decision, go get some sleep and see how you feel about it when you wake up.

– In order to accomplish something, you must have enthusiasm, curiosity, and the ability to facilitate the process. The meaning of making it easier is to remove all the additions and focus completely on the essence of the matter.

– Success means being excited about what you are doing and focusing on it.

– If your mind is busy with several projects and you can’t concentrate well, go read books unrelated to business and technology. Give your mind a break and let it think about different topics in comfort for a while.

– People value social status too much. What difference does it make if you live in London or the countryside? As long as you have internet, there is no difference between the two. Life in the village is healthier and cheaper, But people prefer to live in expensive cities and pay a lot of money for rent. The only reason they are in that city is to have a job so they can pay rent and buy expensive appliances. This is a vicious circle.

– If you want your life to be simpler, you need to get rid of other people’s voices in your head. We are too influenced by people around us; Our relatives and friends and what they think about what constitutes success or what is good or bad. We must completely get rid of these influences. We should be able to be indifferent to what others think or say about our work. After this step, we should focus only on what we need.

Where there is no competition, there is no progress

– Spend more time in solitude and silence and be happy about it. People get addicted to being in groups. For example, in America, when two people sit together in silence, they feel awkward. Sometimes you need to have a space that is not influenced by anyone.

– The most important personality traits for a founder are love and passion for building, curiosity, self-discipline, passion, and persistence.

– What people don’t know about Renaissance men is that these people didn’t pursue several different professions at the same time. Maybe some of them were like this, But most of them would choose one area and concentrate on building it completely and then move on to the next project. We humans can do many things, but not simultaneously.

– When something happens that I can’t change, I prefer to think about the good sides of it because every event, even the most tragic ones, has good and bad sides. You just have to see them and focus on them. It’s useless to be upset about something you can’t change. You have to adapt to the situation and think about what can be done with what you have.

– Learn foreign languages ​​to deepen your understanding of the world and to open unprecedented opportunities for learning progress, and career growth.

– The value of money is overrated, because making and creating is more attractive than consuming, and the inner state is incomparably more important than the outer world.

– Where there is no competition, there is no progress.

– The value of communication and conversation has been greatly exaggerated. An hour alone is more useful than a week of talking.

Emphasizing secure communication and libertarian ideas, Pavel Durov is a person with independent thinking who has covered these ideas comprehensively in the development of the Telegram project. What do you think about this character and his moral qualities? Is the Dwarf Telegram a dark and dangerous empire or a glimmer of light in the insecure world of the Internet?

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Is Telegram really safe?

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Telegram claims to have very high security, but it is not in the list of the most secure messengers in the world; What is the matter?

Is Telegram really safe?

Telegram is not very popular in America and Canada for some reason (140 million monthly users of Facebook Messenger against only 10 million users of Telegram!), But it is extremely popular all over the world and its number of monthly users reached 800 million in 2023. This service, which was filtered in Iran a few years ago, still has a large number of users and by adding new features in each update, it increases the number of users day by day.

Telegram, with its diverse capabilities, fast performance, and special benefits such as free cloud space, is definitely considered one of the best, and for this reason, it has many fans in Iran; But when it comes to user security and privacy, everyone has a different answer. If you ask the founder of Telegram, he says that this messenger has great security, but this platform is not on the list of the most secure messengers in the world. In the following article, we have tried to find a convincing answer to this controversial question as much as possible.

Telegram is born

The date of birth of the Telegram messenger application goes back to August 23, 1392, which was first released for the iOS operating system. At that time, Telegram did not have many features, but due to its cloud infrastructure and the permanent storage of chats and content sent in the company’s cloud servers, it was still one ahead of its fierce competitors, Viber and WhatsApp.

Nikolay and Pavel Durov, founders and developers of Telegram, released the Android version of this messenger after two months. Since the Durov brothers were from Russia and owned a large part of the shares of the social network VK, there were many concerns about the security of information on this messenger and the possibility of the Russian government controlling and monitoring users.

The social network VK was also developed by the Durov brothers, but according to them, the company is now owned by the Russian government. Pavel Durov, CEO of Telegram, left Russia in 2014 due to pressure to provide user information to the government and sold all his shares in VK.

Although the business name “Telegram” is registered as a limited liability company in Dubai, there is not much information about the offices, infrastructure, and possible sponsors of this messenger. According to the claims of former employees of VK, a number of Telegram developers live in Russia and in the city of St. Petersburg, but Pavel Durov called this claim unfounded and said that in order to avoid pressure from governments and protect the security of users, the Telegram team moves from one country to another every year. places

Durov brothers - Nikolay on the right and Pavel on the leftDurov brothers; Nikolai Durov on the right and Pavel Durov on the left

According to Pavel Durov, after leaving Russia in 2014, he decided to establish the main office of the Telegram messenger in Berlin, but due to the pressure of the German government to access user information, Telegram had to leave this country and transfer the servers to another country. It became another

Since 2017, Telegram has chosen Dubai as its headquarters. In the FAQ section of Telegram, it is written that they are satisfied with life in Dubai; But as soon as the internet laws of this country change, they are ready to change their location.

Is Telegram safe and does it protect our data?

If we want to answer briefly, Telegram is safe in most cases; This means that all exchanged messages are partially encrypted, but end-to-end encryption, which makes it impossible for even the service provider to access the messages, is only available in calls and Secret Chat; While messengers such as WhatsApp and Signal support end-to-end encryption by default in normal chats

Of course, another advantage of Secret Chat in Telegram is that you can automatically delete sent messages, images, audio messages, and videos after they have been viewed by the recipient of the message.

Telegram logo inside the phone and black and blue background

These days, end-to-end encryption is the first word in the security of messengers; Because when you use end-to-end encryption or E2EE to send an email or message to someone, no hacker, neither government nor even corporate, can access the text of your message. In this type of encryption, messages are mixed in such a way that only the intended sender or receiver can decode the message, and therefore, it is considered the highest level of security.

There is no end-to-end encryption in normal Telegram messages

However many users do not know that in normal messages and content sent in Telegram groups and channels, there is no end-to-end encryption and the ability to automatically clear posts, and to increase the security of messages, it is necessary to use secret chat. As a result, when you send a message normally on Telegram, the content of the message is stored and accessible on Telegram servers. Telegram’s main reason for this decision is that most of the groups and channels are public and use them to send messages to a large number of users.

On the other hand, malicious users and profit-seeking people can use the great potential of Telegram groups and channels to commit fraud and publish immoral, misleading, and violent content.

In the past years, some Telegram groups and channels caused big problems by publishing inappropriate content. Of course, like other social networks, Telegram has its own rules and policies, and in this regard, it has developed algorithms to deal with content that violates its rules; However, it seems that he was able to use these algorithms 100% effectively. Finally, users themselves must report inappropriate content.

For more protection against this type of content, you can activate options such as Restricted Mode, which automatically detects and filters inappropriate images, by referring to Telegram’s security and privacy settings from Settings > Privacy and Security.

Another feature that is recommended to disable is People Nearby, which makes it possible to communicate with users near you. This feature can become a dangerous tool in the hands of hackers to access your exact geographical location. To disable People Nearby, go to Contacts > Find People Nearby and click on the Stop Showing Me option; This will change the option to “Make Myself Visible”.

Only the Telegram application is open source; Messages are encrypted with a proprietary protocol

For even more security, you can completely cut off Telegram’s access to your location; To do this on iOS, go to Settings > Privacy and Security > Location Services > Telegram and select Never from the Allow Location Access tab. On Android phones, go to Settings > Apps > Telegram and turn off the Location option from the Permissions section.

Another important thing you should know about Telegram security is that its openness is only related to the client application, and this messenger uses a special protocol called MTProto to encrypt user messages on the server side. Security researchers believe that to increase the security of the system, the use of standard encryption protocols is preferable to proprietary protocols. The reason for this is the possibility of identifying the vulnerability of protocols and fixing them quickly.

Does Telegram collect user data?

Like other messengers, Telegram stores some user data on its servers for 12 months; Including username, username change history, details of the device on which the messenger is installed, application usage habits, and users’ IP address. Of course, none of this data is used for advertising or commercial purposes, but there is always a possibility that under the pressure of governments, Telegram will have to provide this information.

Read more: Is WhatsApp better or Telegram? Comparison of WhatsApp and Telegram

How do we increase the security of our Telegram?

To increase the security of Telegram, we recommend the following steps:

Enabling Two-Step Verification

To activate this feature, go to Settings – Privacy and Security. Note that by enabling two-step verification, the possibility of hacker interception and access to your user account is almost zero.

Limit the information you share with others

Hide your mobile number, bio text, and profile picture from others. Also, in chatting with people you don’t know, strictly avoid providing information such as your real name, location, and any other information that will lead to finding your other accounts on the Internet.

Use secret chat as much as possible

Sometimes friends and family members may be in the same group, but to ensure the maximum security of chats, use secret chat with end-to-end encryption support instead of regular chat.

Join groups and channels with caution

If you don’t know a group or channel, never join it. Remember that the channel admin and other group members can access your account and save information such as your name and profile picture. Also, avoid emotional attachment to people you don’t know.

Avoid sending money or your bank card information to strangers

Today, fraudsters may pretend to be a support specialist, bank employee, or anyone else you think is trustworthy in order to access your bank account. In order to avoid fraud in Telegram, remember that you never need to pay money or share bank account information through Telegram to do anything. After all, in many cases, by checking the user ID or the person’s number and asking the relevant organizations, it is possible to verify the fraudsters’ claim.

Avoid clicking on suspicious links

If a stranger poses as a support expert or office worker and forces you to click on anonymous links, never accept their request. Due to the fact that most phishing attacks, infecting the victim’s system with malware, stealing information, and internet sabotage are done using malicious and anonymous links, avoid clicking on these types of links.

If something is too dreamy, doubt it

We all know that the probability of winning the lottery, finding amazing discounts, or encountering rare opportunities in life is very low, and if someone makes such claims on the Telegram platform, we should doubt his claim and identity. The best way to deal with such situations is not to respond to strangers.

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Samsung Galaxy A55 vs Galaxy S23 FE

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Samsung Galaxy A55 vs Galaxy S23 FE

It’s an unlikely thing to compare the Samsung Galaxy A55 to the Galaxy S23 FE in an article, but Samsung’s pricing strategy made us compare the two phones. After launching this year’s popular Galaxy A55 at around €450 (now just over €400), the company has positioned it very close to its budget flagship, the Galaxy S23 FE.

Samsung Galaxy A55 vs Galaxy S23 FE

But these two phones are by no means created equal. The Galaxy S23 FE is still more expensive than the Galaxy A55 (it now retails for around €500), but it also offers a flagship-like experience, while the A55 tries to strike a good balance between hardware and cost. They have two different target audiences and very similar price tags.

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Before we compare, head over to our specs page and compare the Galaxy A55 vs S23 FE to see what we’re expecting in this comparison.

Size comparison

Comparison of Galaxy A55 and S23 FE

The Galaxy A55 and S23 FE are similar in size, but there are some notable differences. The S23 FE is the more compact choice, with a slightly smaller screen (0.2-inch difference) resulting in a shorter and slightly slimmer body.

The difference in absolute size may not seem like much on paper, but you can feel the difference by holding the two side by side.

The Galaxy S23 FE feels more comfortable in the hand due to its rounded side bezel. It feels better in the hand, as the Galaxy A55’s sharp edges sink into your palm. On the other hand, others will like the A55’s visual design more.

Build quality is pretty much the same – Gorilla Glass sheets on the front and back are held by aluminum side frames. Notably, the A55 leads the way with a newer Victus+ Gorilla Glass sheet on the front, while the S23 FE settles for Gorilla Glass 5. Instead, given the S23 FE’s higher IP68 ingress protection compared to it, you might have a bit more peace of mind. to IP67 A55, which means that its water resistance is slightly higher.

Samsung Galaxy A55 vs Galaxy S23 FE (Exynos)

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Comparison of Galaxy A55 and S23 FE

Apart from the screen size, the Galaxy A55 and S23 FE have identical displays. If you’re looking for a slightly larger panel, the 6.6-inch OLED A55 will probably suit you, while the 6.4-inch OLED S23 FE will appeal to users looking for a more compact solution.

Both screens support HDR10+. They tick at 120Hz, the resolution is 1080p+, and we measured maximum brightness in manual and auto mode. The latter is equally bright with both – around  1000 nits.

Read more: Poco X6 Pro vs Redmi Note 13 Pro Plus

Battery Life

The difference in battery life between the two devices is night and day, and the smaller cell inside the Galaxy S23 FE is partly to blame.

The A55 has a standard 5,000 mAh unit, while the S23 FE settles for a 4,500 mAh battery. But the difference in endurance is so great that we can’t blame total capacity alone.

Note that we’re comparing the A55 to the Exynos version of the Galaxy S23 FE because the A55 isn’t available in the US yet, where you’ll usually find the Snapdragon S23 FE, which objectively has better battery life in all tests.

The Galaxy A55 beats the Exynos S23 FE in battery endurance tests. The average active use rating is 13:27 hours versus the S23 FE’s 8:28 hour active use rating.

Comparison of Galaxy A55 and S23 FE

Despite the larger screen, the A55 scored better in all four tests. The video playback time was twice as long. The Exynos 1480 is much more battery-friendly than the flagship Exynos 2200.

Charging Speed

The charging speed is not suitable for any of these two phones. Samsung has rated the charging capability of the A55 and S23 FE at 25 watts compared to the Power Delivery standard. Neither comes with a charger in the retail box either.

As expected, the difference in charge time is negligible despite the S23 FE’s smaller cell. The two seem equally slow at 15 and 30 minutes, but the A55 beats the S23 FE by a few minutes at the end of the charge cycle. However, the difference will remain negligible in the real world.

Comparison of Galaxy A55 and S23 FE

It is important to note the S23 FE’s wireless charging capabilities, which the A55 lacks. The former also supports 15W wireless charging and reverse wireless charging, which can be useful for your wearable accessories that support wireless charging.

Speaker Test

The two phones share a similar hybrid stereo speaker setup, meaning one of the speakers doubles as a phone. But the tuning seems to be very different as well as the volume.

The Galaxy S23 FE is undoubtedly louder, reaching a loudness score of  -23.7 LUFS, with the A55   trailing at -25.7 LUFS, but still rated as ‘Very Good’.

Comparison of Galaxy A55 and S23 FE
However, upon closer inspection, the Galaxy A55 might be a better choice when it comes to sound quality. The Galaxy S23 FE’s bass is a bit deeper, but it’s barely noticeable. The A55 sounds cleaner overall, with more pronounced vocals and less distortion at high volume levels.

Function

To no one’s surprise, the Galaxy S23 FE outperforms the Galaxy A55 by a large margin. After all, the Exynos 2200 in the S23 FE is a flagship chipset, and the Exynos 1480 is a mid-range chip, even though it was recently released.

Comparison of Galaxy A55 and S23 FE

The memory configuration is the same, with both devices offering 8GB/128GB by default, capping the internal storage capacity at 256GB. The S23 FE only gives you up to 8GB of RAM, while the A55 can expand up to 12 GB. The second one also has a microSD card slot.

Benchmark Performance

We already know that the S23 FE (Exynos 2200) is more powerful, but by how much? Well, in pure CPU benchmarks, the Exynos 2200 outperforms the Exynos 1480 by around 18%, and the gap widens in single-core tasks – up to 41%.

Samsung Galaxy A55 vs Galaxy S23 FE

 

In mixed workloads, such as the AnTuTu 10 test, the difference is hard to ignore. The Exynos 2200 is about 56% faster than the Exynos 1480, and the Xclipse 920 GPU is probably the main reason for that.

An even bigger gap can be seen in GPU-based tests like 3DMark Wild Life, where the Galaxy A55’s Xclipse 530 GPU is more than twice as slow as the S23 FE’s Xclipse 920.

Camera Comparison

Interestingly, these two devices have very similar camera systems. They offer 50MP primary cameras using a 1/1.56-inch sensor size, f/1.8 aperture, and 1.0μm pixels. Both are also optically stabilized. The only difference is in the vendors.

The ultra-wide cameras are pretty much the same too – 12MP with f/2.2 aperture and a 123-degree field of view. Although the S23 FE has a slightly larger sensor behind the optics.

The Galaxy S23 FE is a more versatile solution as it has an 8MP telephoto camera with 3x zoom. That alone might sway buyers who are on the fence about the better photography solution of the two.

Image Quality

In terms of actual image quality, these two devices take very similar photos with their primary cameras. We can hardly find any meaningful difference between the two. However, the S23 FE’s ultra-wide resolution produces slightly better images – they’re cleaner and have a wider dynamic range.

The 3x telephoto camera beats the A55’s 2x zoom crop any day of the week. This is a very clear cut.

Galaxy A55: 0.6x Galaxy A55: 1x Galaxy A55: 2x
Galaxy A55: 0.6x • 1x • 2x
Galaxy S23 FE: 0.6x Galaxy S23 FE: 1x Galaxy S23 FE: 3x
Galaxy S23 FE: 0.6x • 1x • 3x

The S23 FE excels at night with better image processing and quality. It may be because the ISP chipset is more capable. Overall, images are cleaner and offer a wider dynamic range.

Summary

Looking at the specs sheet, the Galaxy S23 FE is more affordable despite the higher price tag. Under the hood, it has superior hardware and is also a more capable photographer. And if you’re looking for a more compact and convenient solution, the Galaxy S23 FE will certainly fit your palm better.

A deeper look reveals that the Galaxy A55 can get you a good chunk of the same distance for a slightly lower price. The A55 surprises with far superior battery life, identical display quality and specs, comparable performance of the main camera in various scenarios, and possibly a better stereo speaker setup.

So, unless raw camera performance and versatility aren’t your top priority, the Galaxy A55 is the more sensible choice of the two.

Samsung Galaxy A55

Advantages of Samsung Galaxy A55:

  • lower price.
  • Longer battery life
  • More beautiful speakers
  • Bigger screen

Samsung Galaxy S23 FE

Advantages of Samsung Galaxy S23 FE:

  • More powerful camera setup.
  • Much better performance
  • Slightly louder speakers
  • More compact and convenient design.

Source: ٖGSMARENA.COM

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