iPhone 7 And iPhone 7 Plus Review

Updated June 19, 2018 By Pulse 2.0 Staff


Apple has been very consistent when it comes to the appearance of every new iPhone release: a rectangular shape with the signature Home button at the bottom. That has not changed this year because the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus essentially look the same as the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6S Plus, respectively. And the larger sized bezels at the top and bottom of the devices have been retained.

However, Apple decided to make some aggressive yet subtle hardware changes in the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The Home button has been changed from a physical button that moves inward to a flush button with pressure sensors and haptic vibration motors. The Home button is powered by a Taptic Engine, which sends vibrations so it feels like you are actually feeling a click. This is similar to the trackpad on the newer MacBooks.

Apple also introduced dual cameras on the iPhone 7 Plus. Plus Apple shocked its customers by completely removing the 3.5mm headphone jack, a move that marketing head Phil Schiller took “courage.”

This is not surprising because rumors about Apple removing the headphone jack has been rumored for about a year. And Apple has never shied away from completely removing essential ports from its devices in favor of new standards whether it was going from 30-pin connectors to the Lightning port or only offering one USB-C port in the 12-inch MacBook.

Design

The size of the iPhone 7 is 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1mm (5.44 x 2.64 x 0.28 in) whereas the iPhone 7 Plus is 158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3mm (6.23 x 3.07 x 0.29 in). And the weight of the iPhone 7 is 138g (4.87 oz) and iPhone 7 Plus is 188g (6.63 oz). This is essentially the same size as the predecessors. It was built with 7000 series aluminum and the antenna bands wrap around the curves rather than lining across the top and bottom of the device?s rear side. In the matte black and jet black models, the antenna lines have been blended in so it hidden. On the silver, gold and rose gold versions, the antenna bands are colored gray so it is visible.

The camera bump is now bigger than before, but it blends into the rear casing. However, the protruding camera bump provides even more of a reason why you should definitely have a case on your iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. And the fact that the jet black version of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus scratches easily is another reason why you need to put a case on it.

As mentioned earlier, Apple removed the headphone jack at the bottom of the devices. A speaker grill has been placed where the microphone jack used to be, but that is for a second microphone. The specifications of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus include stereo sound with one speaker at the bottom and the other integrated into the earpiece. The increase in speaker quality is definitely a welcome addition to the iPhone as it enhances the sound of music and videos. Plus the stereo sound makes drastically improves phone calls.

In the product announcement, Apple said it needed to remove the headphone jack in order to make room for the advanced camera, Taptic engine and a larger battery. And an additional benefit for removing the headphone jack is that the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus devices have become water-resistant. Included in the box is a set of Apple EarPods with a Lightning connector along with a Lightning-to-3.5mm dongle so you can use any of your 3.5mm headphones with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The Apple EarPods with a Lightning connector are identical to Apple?s EarPods with the exception of the connector. This was a bit of a surprise because the rumor mill suggested that the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus would include Beats headphones.

But Apple announced new wireless Bluetooth earbuds known as AirPods. Apple AirPods have a proprietary controller chip known as the W1, which makes it easier to pair with Apple?s products.

Having just one Lightning connector at the bottom of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus presents another problem. It is not possible to simultaneously charge your iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus and listen to music with the Apple EarPods with a Lightning connector at the same time. This will definitely present a new opportunity for third-party manufacturers.

Display

The 4.7-inch iPhone 7 and 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus devices have mercury-free LED-backlit displays covered in arsenic-free display glass. And the displays have a much wider range of colors, which is especially apparent when you compare photos taken on the iPhone 7 Plus against the iPhone 6S Plus. 3D Touch is supported on the displays so you will be able to perform Quick Actions on all the apps that support it.

Performance

Inside of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus is Apple?s new A10 Fusion chip. The A10 Fusion chip has two high-performance cores and two low-power cores. The high-performance cores handle 3D gaming and multitasking while the lower power cores power lighter tasks like messaging and emails.

The A10 Fusion chip is extremely fast especially when paired with the power efficiency of iOS 10. The iPhone 7 also has 2GB of RAM so switching between apps happens very quickly.

Storage

One of the most notable changes with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus is a 256GB storage option. The other storage options on the Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are 32GB and 128GB.

Camera

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus cameras have been upgraded from its predecessors. One of the main differences between the the iPhone 6S and iPhone 7 cameras is the flash. The iPhone 6S has dual-LED flash, but the iPhone 7 has quad-LED flash. If you want an iPhone that has a superior camera, then you may want to go with the Plus version.

Front-Facing Camera

The front-facing camera is 7-megapixel with f/2.2 aperture and 1080p video recording, HDR, and panorama. This is much better than the 5-megapixel camera integrated into the iPhone 6S.

Rear-Facing Camera

The rear-facing camera is 12-megapixel with f/1.8 aperture. It also has an improved shutter speed, optical image stabilization, dual tone flash, HDR, panorama and 4K video recording. The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus camera also performs better in lower-light conditions compared to its predecessor.

The iPhone 7 Plus is where Apple really leaped forward in its camera technology. That is because the iPhone 7 Plus has two camera sensors: one with a f/1.8 aperture 28mm wide-angle lens — which is also the same as the iPhone 7 — and a f/2.8 aperture 56mm telephoto lens. These cameras work together so you can switch between several zoom options. Apple also released a software update that enables portrait mode, an effect that blurs the background otherwise known as ?bokeh.?

IP Rating

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus has an IP67 rating, meaning the devices are dustproof and can withstand 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes.

Battery

The iPhone 7 has a 1,960 mAh battery, which can handle a talk time of up to 14 hours on 3G, a standby time of up to 10 days, up to 12 hours of Internet use on 3G, up to 12 hours of Internet use on LTE, up to 14 hours of Internet use on Wi-Fi, up to 13 hours of wireless video playback and up to 40 hours of wireless audio playback. And the iPhone 7 Plus has a 2,900 mAh battery which can handle a talk time of up to 21 hours on 3G, a standby time of up to 16 days, up to 13 hours of Internet use on 3G, up to 13 hours of Internet use on LTE, up to 15 hours of Internet use on Wi-Fi, up to 14 hours of wireless video playback and up to 60 hours of wireless audio playback.

What Are The Pros And Cons?

Pros

1.) Impressive displays

2.) Water resistant

3.) Improved cameras

4.) High performance

5.) Storage option increases

Cons

1.) Lack of 3.5mm headphone jack

2.) Higher priced devices

3.) More likely to depend on dongles under certain circumstances

4.) Jet Black version scratches easily

5.) Just the iPhone 7 Plus has a dual camera

iPhone 7 Specs

– Size: 5.44 x 2.64 x 0.28 in (138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1mm)

– Weight: 138g (4.87 oz)

– Chipset: Apple A10 Fusion / Embedded M10 motion coprocessor

– GPU: PowerVR Series7XT Plus (six-core graphics)

– Network: GSM / CDMA / HSPA+ / EV-DO / LTE

– RAM: 2GB

– Display: 4.7-inch LED-backlit widescreen / multi-touch display with IPS technology

– Resolution: 1334 x 750 pixels (326ppi)

– Storage: 32GB/128GB/256GB

– Rear-Facing Camera: 12-megapixel with f/1.8 aperture (28mm), quad-LED (dual-tone) flash, 4K video recording

– Front-Facing Camera: 7-megapixel with f/2.2 aperture (32mm)

– OS: Ships with iOS 10.0.1

– IP Rating: IP67 (Protected from total dust ingress and water immersion between 15cm-1m in depth)

– Battery: 1,960 mAh battery

– Port(s): Nano-SIM, Lightning, Lightning-to-3.5mm adapter included

– Sensors: Fingerprint

– Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.2

– Digital Payment: Apple Pay

– Additional Features: No 3.5mm jack, stereo speakers

– Released: September 2016

iPhone 7 Plus Specs

– Size: 6.23 x 3.07 x 0.29 in (158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm)

– Weight: 188g (6.63 oz)

– Chipset: Apple A10 Fusion / Embedded M10 motion coprocessor

– GPU: PowerVR Series7XT Plus (six-core graphics)

– Network: GSM / CDMA / HSPA+ / EV-DO / LTE

– RAM: 3GB

– Display: 5.5-inch LED-backlit widescreen / multi-touch display with IPS technology

– Resolution: 1920 x 1080 pixels (401ppi)

– Storage: 32GB/128GB/256GB

– Rear-Facing Camera:

– Front-Facing Camera:

– OS: Ships with iOS 10.0.1

– IP Rating: IP67 (Protected from total dust ingress and water immersion between 15cm-1m in depth)

– Battery: 2,900 mAh

– Port(s): Nano-SIM, Lightning, Lightning-to-3.5mm adapter included

– Sensors: Fingerprint

– Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.2

– Digital Payment: Apple Pay

– Additional Features: No 3.5mm jack, stereo speakers

– Released: September 2016