iPhone 7 – Review
This is the iPhone that received a mixed view from its release, with many regarding the updates to the device as minimal and not justifiable for a new iPhone from the previous generations. The iPhone 7 seems to feature updates that would have been well received had it been the iP 6S instead. This model does feature more storage options, waterproofing and an upgraded camera with a design that hasn’t seen change in three years or so.
The screen is brighter and more colourful than the one found on the 6 and 6S, and with the headphone jack making a disappearance again in tandem with a water-resistant chassis this iPhone can now be submerged. This was the iPhone that effectively started the max exodus of the headphone jack we knew and loved, although the anger has mainly been exaggerated as many have shrugged it off thinking it isn’t a big deal in reality.
The overall design may not look extremely different to previous iPhones of old, but there has been some minor improvements that do make a serious difference. Its actually a bit thicker than the iPhone 6, and is the same as the 6S but feels nice and not bulky still. The home button we’re used to and have seen as part of the iconic design has dramatically changed, as it is no longer clickable in a physical sense it is now a sunken point that responds to the force of your touch. This is a surprisingly nice feature that feels far more natural than the old tech, a small different but noticeable.
Storage options start from 32GB as entry level all the way up to 256GB for those wanting plenty of room. With no user expandable options on this device, it doesn’t look like something Apple will be adding any time soon, and with these big storage options available the need isn’t really there. We also get the 3D Touch system as seen on the previous 6S, where the handset detects the amount of pressure your finger is exerting on the screen, a feature that still really needs to be optimised as it hasn’t really been put to noticeable use as of yet. The differences will only be really noticeable if you’re coming from an older iPhone, say iP 5 device, and you’ll notice the differences majorly.
The big change everyone will see immediately is how the screen has improved, with it being much more clean and sharp, displaying better colours making a very good screen to look at. The white balance has also been updated to a warmer note, with elements of True Tone from the iPad 9.7. The contrast however has caused people to think Apple could have done more to make it as clear as some other flagship devices from rival firms.
The power behind the iPhone 7 has been improved also, packing the new A10 Fusion processor with iOS 10. The chip is Apple’s best chip so far, with tasks on the phone being taken on with ease and quickly done. There is really not much this phone can’t handle, appearing to be faster than the S7 Edge also. The speed of opening/closing apps is very impressive, and just switching through apps is a breeze – and with improved speakers making the difference between the iP 6S and 7 ever more evident.
One of the big talking points of the iPhone 7 is the battery life, and most of that talk is not too positive. Many believe the increase in power isn’t great enough, with the iPhone 7 containing a 10% battery life increase that still leaves you needing to recharge long before night time. This is quite a significant point, as their rival flagship devices from companies like Samsung and Sony can last an entire day now. Charging time has been increased slightly, but as Apple hasn’t made a big deal about the charging time, as it isn’t a huge difference but another slight one.
The camera has since a few upgrades and updates behind the scenes, like the low light performance which is far, far better now than that of the 6S. The colours it picks up are also more vibrant and evident, with better contrast now as well. The front camera has also been upgraded from 5MP to 7MP, ready for those inevitable selfies which will now be even better.
Overall the iPhone 7 is a step up from the previous generations, but if you’re in ownership of the iPhone 6S it is hard to justify getting the 7. The upgrades are there, and it is a brilliant device. But it is a tough choice between the iP 6S and the 7, with price weighing up many peoples opinions.
iPhone 7 Tech Specs
Apple iOS 10
4.7-inch LCD screen with Retina HD (1334x750 resolution) display
12MP f/1.8 (wide-angle) and f/2.8 aperture (telephoto) rear camera
7MP f/2.2 aperture front camera
A10 Fusion chip with 64-bit architecture
Embedded M10 motion coprocessor
Memory and storage
Storage 32GB – 256GB
Dimensions and weight
Height 7.1 mm
Length 138.3 mm
Width 67.1 mm