On the Google Pixel 7 launch, the corporate talked about all types of cool stuff – machine studying, fancy photos, fancy new cameras – however one factor jumped out at me greater than others, as a result of it is precisely what I have been wanting for a couple of years.
I like the attractive, shiny, stainless-steel design of the iPhone 14 Pro (and the opposite Professional fashions earlier than it), however I do not love the burden. I am within the very lucky place of with the ability to take a look at the numerous new variations of iPhones after they come out and being a sucker for each fancy digital camera tech and fancy display tech, I all the time find yourself with the Professionals by default.
However over the previous few years, after I take a look at the Professional and common variations in my hand facet by facet, I simply as predictably find yourself lamenting the truth that I can’t simply sit back and take the non-Professional model as a substitute, and the reason being the burden.
Let’s have a look at the newest variations. The iPhone 14 weighs 172g / 6.07 oz. The iPhone 14 Professional weighs 206g / 7.27 oz. 34g doesn’t appear to be lots, but it surely’s a 20% enhance in weight, and you’ll actually really feel it.
The common iPhone will be simply shifted in my hand to succeed in each a part of its 6.1-inch display, however I’ve to be way more cautious with the Professional fashions, which really feel with some mishandling more likely to tip out of your grip and hit the ground.
It’s extra fatiguing within the hand when studying over a protracted interval; it’s heavier to carry regular for a photograph or video; it’s heavier within the pocket. You’re feeling the distinction, you completely do.
As I discussed, I like the look of the stainless-steel. The shining, pristine end is attractive and provides the Professional iPhones a glance extra like jewellery than expertise. The gold band across the fringe of an iPhone 14 Professional is nearer to a high-end bangle than it’s a MacBook Air.
However on stability, I’ve determined that I’d be happier if Apple lowered the standard of the end and used aluminum throughout the entire vary of iPhones, so we may have the identical lightness within the Professional fashions because the common ones.
Besides… the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Professional have confirmed that we don’t have to decide on! Google launched a sophisticated aluminum end on its new telephones that mimics the shininess of the iPhone 14 Professional (or, if you would like get retro, the shininess of the again of an iPod) – I’ve seen it, and it’s stunning.
We may have the extra premium-feeling, gleaming end of stainless-steel, however with out the light-weight advantages of aluminum. I can’t inform you a lot I’m hoping that Apple will introduce this on the subsequent iPhone so I can have one of the best of each worlds… though I received’t maintain my breath.
Apple is all the time on the forefront of fabric improvement and particularly in what will be executed with aluminum. There’s certainly no aluminum course of that has not been supplied to or thought of by Apple… and it has chosen to not use polished aluminum in its just-released telephones.
However I hope I’m incorrect as a result of the change in weight from the iPhone 14 to the iPhone 14 Professional actually does make a significant distinction, and if Apple may provide me a Professional mannequin that options all the upsides and never even the one draw back (apart from value) then I’d… effectively, I already selected the Professional every time, don’t I? However I’d select it with out whining about it, and that might make lots of people round me joyful.