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Revolutionary or Just Another Upgrade? Our In-Depth iPhone 15 and 15 Plus Review

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Do you wish to purchase a new iPhone but are unsure of the type of phone you want? Oh well! Apple certainly made the answer to that choice even much harder this year. On the upside, though, Apple decidedly released several brands of new iPhone models, including the iPhone 15 and 15 Plus, which in many ways come with a host of features that seem much better compared to the previous iPhone 14 models.

At a glance: 

Apple iPhone 15 ($799)

Good featuresBad features
USB-C charging
It has a fun and informative dynamic island
Smart and helpful camera
Wonderful performance
Extremely comfortable to hold
Lacks true telephoto, ultra-wide camera remains unchanged
USB port lacks fast data speeds
The display lacks modern features such as always-on and fast refresh rate

Apple iPhone 15 Plus ($899)

Good featuresBad features
USB-C charging
Has a fun and informative dynamic island
Helpful and smart camera features
Wonderful performance
Excellent battery life
Extremely comfortable to hold
Lacks true telephoto, ultra-wide camera remains unchanged
USB port lacks fast data speeds
The display does not have modern features such as always-on and fast refresh rate

The iPhone 15 and 15 Plus are both excellent phones in their own way. These iPhone brands are increasingly dependable gadgets with some added novel features to enhance the user experience. Perhaps a more in-depth assessment of both phones would shed light on the tweaked and new features of the iPhone 15 and 15 Plus. So, then, let’s get right to it!

Design of iPhone 15/15 Plus 

The iPhone 15 and 15 Plus have not quite changed much in terms of design compared to the previous models. Indeed, the phones still have squared-off aluminum frames on the back and glass on their fronts. Apple, however, tweaked the designs of these phones to improve the handling of the phones on your hands. These phones have color-infused glass with a matte or satin finish at the front and slightly rounded back aluminum frames. This is unlike the earlier iPhone models with glossy black glass and hard aluminum frame edges at the front and back, respectively. The softer and rounded edges make these phones comfortable to hold compared to earlier models with squared and hard aluminum edges.

Apple iPhone 15 ($799)

The iPhone 15 and 15 Plus are identical phones except for minor disparities in terms of battery capacity and screen size (which we shall see in a moment). These phones come in different color options, from standard black and blue to pink. From a personal standpoint, however, the color options that Apple chose for these phones are not that appealing. They are unsaturated.

Despite their poor color options, the iPhone 15 and 15 Plus are remarkable in that they are light in terms of weight compared to previous models that seemed heavier. In particular, the iPhone 15 Plus is 201g, making it 1g lighter than the iPhone 13 Pro. The iPhone 15 is only 173g, which is surprisingly 23g lighter than the iPhone 11. The extremely lighter weight makes the iPhone 15 and 15 Plus ideal for individuals who prefer light, small, and modern iPhones.

The iPhone 15 and 15 Plus also support USB-C data transfer and charging, which is a shift from the previous Lightning charging and data transfer. The USB-C port on these phones can output a 4K60 Resolution display. The port also supports wired charging spanning up to a max of 27W. The USB-C port, however, has slower data transfer speeds at just 480 Mbps. These phones also have wireless charging.

iPhone 15 Display 

The iPhone 15 Plus and iPhone 15 have remarkable 6.7″ and 6.1″ OLED screen displays, respectively. Both phones can now enjoy increased brightness peaks of up to 2000 nits when outdoors. This makes them easily readable in sunlight. Additionally, both 15 and 15 Plus have displays with great angles and striking colors.

The iPhone 15 and 15 Plus do not have the always-on display capability Apple includes on recent Pro models, and I think that’s also a miss. One of the best features of iOS 17 is the new StandBy mode, which lets you use your iPhone as a small smart display or alarm clock when charging on a stand. Nonetheless, both phones also have the Dynamic Island display cutout in place of the long-standing notch. It works the same as it does on the iPhone Pro models that have it, providing a new space for system alerts like Face ID authentication or Bluetooth headphone connections and ongoing information like currently playing music or the status of your indefinitely delayed flight

iPhone 15 Camera 

By default, the iPhone 15 captures a 24-megapixel image, which it builds using data from both 12-megapixel and 48-megapixel captures. This new resolution provides more room for cropping or blowing up a picture in a print than the 12 megapixels did before without severely impacting file sizes. A typical 12-megapixel image using Apple’s HEIF format is about two megabytes; a 24-megapixel shot is about three megabytes. You can opt to only capture 12-megapixel images if you’re running low on space, too.

You can also capture full-resolution 48-megapixel images in HEIF or JPEG formats. This gives you the sensor’s full resolution, but I don’t think most people should ever use this feature — comparing 24-megapixel and 48-megapixel images side by side shows similar amounts of detail. The downside to capturing shots at 48 megapixels is they are double the file size of 24-megapixel images, which will consume your phone’s internal storage.

iPhone 15 Performance 

IPhone 15 and 15 Plus also have the A16 Bionic processor (inherited from the iPhone 14 Pro model). This chip has a six-core CPU, five-core GPU, and 16-core Neural Engine and provides great performance for anything I do on the phone, from multitasking to gaming and snapping lots of photos and video. It’s not Apple’s latest and greatest A17 Pro chip; however, it still performs excellently. The iPhone 15 has a longer battery life. The larger size of the 15 Plus creates enough space to store a larger battery compared to the iPhone 15.

Overall, both iPhone 15 Plus and 15 are neither the most expensive nor the sleekest Apple brands out there. However, these phones have longer lifespans. They are also practical and reliable phones. These phones can serve you for a period spanning three or four years until such time when you are ready to purchase a new phone.

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