My iPhone 15 Pro Max preorder was cheaper than expected | ENBLE

My iPhone 15 Pro Max preorder was cheaper than expected | ENBLE

The iPhone 15 Pro Max: Smaller Price, Bigger Value

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I’ve recently made a thrilling discovery: this year’s iPhone 15 Pro Max is not only bigger and better, but it’s also cheaper than last year’s iPhone 14 Pro. Yes, you read that right. The larger version of Apple’s flagship smartphone is actually more affordable than its smaller predecessor. I had to double-check the numbers myself, but it’s true! So, what exactly has changed, and why is the iPhone 15 Pro Max the obvious choice for me this year?

Expensive, But Cheaper. Really.

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Let me break it down for you. The iPhone 15 Pro Max starts at $1,199, or £1,199 if you’re purchasing it in the UK. Now, that’s still a significant sum of money, but here’s the surprising part: I paid £1,209 for my iPhone 14 Pro last year, and I managed to snag the cheapest iPhone 15 Pro Max for slightly less than that, all while not compromising on any features.

So, why the lower price? Well, it’s a combination of two factors. First, I’m in the UK where the pricing for the iPhone 14 Pro series was exorbitant last year. Second, Apple made 256GB the base level of storage for the iPhone 15 Pro Max, whereas the iPhone 14 Pro Max only offered 128GB as the starting option. In order to get the 256GB iPhone 14 Pro Max, I would have had to shell out £1,309, which was simply too much. Consequently, I settled for the 256GB iPhone 14 Pro, which cost me £1,209. So, ultimately, I ended up saving £10 thanks to the absurd pricing for the iPhone 14 Pro series in the UK and Apple’s decision to increase the base level of storage for the Pro Max model this year.

Unfortunately, this pricing anomaly doesn’t translate to the US market, where prices were more reasonable in 2022. In the US, a 256GB iPhone 14 Pro would have cost $1,099, while the 256GB iPhone 15 Pro Max is priced at $1,199. The difference is minimal, but the fact remains that this year’s iPhone offers more value for money. Yes, I said it – a superior smartphone at a lower price.

I Can Zoom In Further

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Last year, there was no difference between the iPhone 14 Pro and the iPhone 14 Pro Max, apart from the screen size and battery capacity. This didn’t justify spending more money on the Pro Max model at the time. But this year, Apple has tempted me with a new feature – a 5x “tetraprism” optical zoom for the camera.

Now, I must admit that I was a bit disappointed when I learned that the iPhone 15 Pro Max only offers a 2x and a 5x telephoto setup, rather than a 3x and a 5x option. My previous experience with a 5x zoom on the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra and the Huawei P40 Pro left me feeling that it was a little too close for comfortable use in daily scenarios. However, since then, I’ve become a convert to the joy of a 10x optical zoom with the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra. I’ve taken many wildlife photos over the past year, where physical proximity to the subject is often limited. While 5x isn’t quite 10x, I believe it could strike an interesting balance and offer new creative opportunities. After living with 3x optical zoom on an iPhone for several years, I’m ready for a change.

It’s Much Lighter Than Before

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As someone who constantly carries multiple phones, size and weight play a significant role in my decision-making process. The 240-gram iPhone 14 Pro Max was considerably heavier than the 206-gram iPhone 14 Pro, and I was concerned about the strain it would put on my pockets.

Thankfully, Apple has addressed this issue by using titanium instead of stainless steel in the iPhone 15 Pro series, resulting in a weight reduction for the Pro Max model. It now weighs 221 grams, which is still quite heavy but 13 grams lighter than the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra. I have been carrying the S23 Ultra around for a while, and while it’s a massive phone, it has never felt so unwieldy that I wanted to leave it at home. Additionally, the iPhone 15 Pro Max also has a slightly smaller overall footprint compared to the Samsung phone.

While the considerably lighter 187-gram iPhone 15 Pro is also appealing, the jump from my 206-gram iPhone 14 Pro to the 221-gram iPhone 15 Pro Max isn’t as drastic, and I have successfully managed the bulk of the S23 Ultra. Consequently, the size and weight are not as off-putting as they were before. Of course, only time will tell if my opinion holds true in the coming months, but the weight was one of the factors that influenced my choice of the 14 Pro over the Pro Max, and now that concern has been minimized.

I’m Still a Bit Worried

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The iPhone 15 Pro Max offers a lower price, increased storage space, an exciting camera feature, and a lighter design. All the boxes that went unticked last year have been checked in 2023, so one would assume I’m beaming with joy, right? Well, yes and no.

I reviewed the 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Plus last year, and I found it to be more cumbersome and less ergonomic than the 6.1-inch iPhone 14 Pro. As a result, I’m a bit apprehensive about venturing into the world of oversized smartphones. I drew some comfort from my experience with the Galaxy S23 Ultra, which alleviated some of my concerns. However, just a few weeks into his ownership, ENBLE’s Mobile Editor Joe Maring abandoned his iPhone 14 Pro Max due to its size and bulkiness. Yet, he eventually went back to it and fell in love. So, I’m left a bit undecided.

What I do know is that I’ll find out everything over the next few months as I embark on this journey with my budget-friendly iPhone 15 Pro Max.