Yellow iPhone 14 — I took it for a spin and found a huge flaw I never noticed before Reviews

Yellow iPhone 14

There were whispers about Apple coming out with a new yellow iPhone 14, and lo and behold, the rumors were true. Today, the Cupertino-based tech giant announced the new colorway for the standard iPhone 14 and the iPhone 14 Plus

The Laptop Mag team had the opportunity to inspect the new iPhone 14 phones wrapped in the polarizing banana-yellow finish, and truth be told, we weren’t moved. No, it’s not hideous, but its Pikachu-esque hue didn’t garner a warm reception from the office either.

Yellow iPhone 14

Yellow iPhone 14 (Image credit: Future)

We took this funky yellow phone out for a spin in Bryant Park, and interestingly, we discovered something quite disappointing about this device that makes the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max a better buy over the standard variant.

The chassis is bright, but the display is not

As mentioned, I took to Bryant Park to give the new yellow iPhone 14 a glamorous photoshoot. Although the Laptop Mag team is indifferent to the new color, we all agreed that the shiny yellow finish complements the golden flat edge that wraps around the display.

Yellow iPhone 14

(Image credit: Future)

During the photoshoot, I felt that the display was too dim (it intensified the unsightly glare), so I pulled down the Action Center to turn up the brightness. To my surprise, the brightness was already maxed out.

Yellow iPhone 14

Yellow iPhone 14 in the sun (Image credit: Future)

Four months ago, we tested an iPhone 14 review unit shortly after its release. Whether adaptive brightness was on or off, the display peaked at 758 nits. For comparison, the iPhone 13‘s brightness can climb to 795 nits and the iPhone 14 Pro tops out at a whopping 1,448 nits! On the Android side, we’ve seen the Samsung Galaxy S23 get as bright as 1,158 nits! The typical smartphone delivers 879 nits of brightness, and unfortunately, the iPhone 14 drops below this figure. If ain’t over 1,000, I don’t want it!

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Brightness Scores (tested by us)
Row 0 – Cell 0 Row 0 – Cell 1
iPhone 14 758 nits
iPhone 13 795 nits
iPhone 14 Pro 1,448 nits
iPhone 14 Pro Max 1,565 nits
Samsung Galaxy S23 1,158 nits
Average smartphone 879 nits