Finally the time most tech enthusiasts were waiting for is here. Apple is set to launch the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, and it promises us that this is the phone that will be a pacesetter in the industry due to its new features.
It is interesting to see the effect, the new features introduced will have on your appeal to one of the most sought after phones of all times, and whether they have exceeded your expectations as you are torn between the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
In this article, I will review what to expect from the two newly launched iPhones in detail.
Apple iPhone 7 vs iPhone 7 Plus Review
There are no significant changes made in regards to the exterior designs as compared to iPhone 6. Though they have been conservative in the exterior design for three years, there is a controversial change you may encounter that may not be appealing.The omission of the headphone jack on both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 plus.
The audio port and the charging port have been bundled together which means that you won’t be able to hook up your headphones and listen to music while charging the phone. But don’t worry! Apple has a solution to this problem, as they are launching a new wireless headset in the upcoming months.
For the first time, you will get dual speakers with the new iPhone 7 models which are located at the top and the bottom, while the mic is situated next to the bottom speaker.
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• iPhone 7 – 138 g and 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm
• iPhone 7 Plus – 188 g and 158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm
In regards to weight, the iPhone 7 is lighter by 50 g and smaller than the iPhone 7 Plus, but while the dimensions remain the same as their predecessors, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 plus are a little bit heavier than the iPhone 6S which weighs at 129 g and iPhone 6S plus at 172 g.
Both iPhone 7 and iPhone comes in a 7000 Aluminium body, introduced last year with the launch of iPhone 6S Plus and iPhone 6S, which helps in the overall weight reduction.
The most appealing quality you may find attractive in the new iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 7 design is the durability of the phone, with the introduction of IP67 dust and water resistance features ( Water resistance due to submersion to the depth of 1 meter for up to 30 minutes is guaranteed ).
When it comes to the color, you are spoilt for choice with option varying from Gold, Rose Gold, Silver, Jet Black, and Black, but wave goodbye to Space Grey as it won’t be available on both iPhone 7 models.
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Not much has changed in regards to display, and the much hyped 3D touch is one of the features introduced with the iPhone 6S Plus and iPhone 6S. All the display functions that were in the iPhone 6S is the same as those in the iPhone 7, and the display features in the iPhone 6S Plus is similar to those in the iPhone 7 Plus.
• iPhone 7 – Retina HD display, 4.7 inch LED backlit IPS LCD, 65.6% screen-to-body ratio, 1334 x 750 pixels -326 ppi,Contrast Ratio 140:1
• iPhone 7 Plus – Retina HD display, 5.5 inch LED backlit IPS LCD, 1920 x 1080 pixels -401 ppi, 67.7% screen-to-body ratio,Contrast Ratio 1300:1
Though the iPhone 7 Plus will not have the 3 GB RAM as most people expected, the performance of the phone won’t disappoint you, as it is the first to pack quad-core processors which, as Apple claim will increase the processing speed, as compared to the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus. The iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 7 models pack about 50% more speed in graphic performance and 40% faster in CPU performance.
• Both iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus – Quad Core CPU, Apple A10 Fusion chip ,M10 motion coprocessor, 2GB RAM (iPhone 7), 3GB RAM (iPhone 7 Plus).
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For those that have fallen in love with the iPhone’s ability to take crisp and clear pictures, you will like the specs that come with the newly introduced iPhone 7 and iPhone 7Plus.
• iPhone 7 – Front: 7MP sensor, Retina Flash, f/2.2 aperture, Exposure Control,1080p recording
Rear: 12 megapixel sensor, Optical Image Stabilisation,f/1.8 aperture, Focus Pixels, quad-LED (dual tone) flash, Optical Image Stabilisation, 4K video, Digital Zoom up to 10x,Optical zoom at 2x
• iPhone 7 Plus – Front: 7MP camera, Retina Flash, f/2.2 aperture, Exposure Control, 1080p recording
Rear: Dual 12MP camera (f/1.8, 28mm Wide angle aperture and f/2.8, 56mm Telephoto aperture), Focus Pixels, OIS, quad-LED (dual tone) flash, 2x optical zoom,up to 10x Digital Zoom, 4K video recording.
The iPhone 7 has made huge improvements with a larger f/1.8 aperture camera that incorporates a 6– element lens which allows better picture quality, especially in low-light shooting.The iPhone’s extensive color capture will enable you to take photos that have greater color accuracy.
The iPhone 7 Plus has grabbed the attention by being the first in the iPhone line up to incorporate a dual camera setup, the first being identical to the iPhone 7 wide angle lens. The second lens which has the capability of a 2x optical zoom is a telephoto lens that aids in achieving greater depth of field which is suitable for portrait shots.
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Battery Life and Charging:
Lack of implementation of fast charging time or upgrade to wireless charging is one of the omissions that has been disappointing to iPhone die-hard fans, and will continue disappointing you as they have not found a solution to it, unlike the rival phone companies that have had this technology offered to their customers for years.
Though the Apple company has not disclosed the exact battery capacities in both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models, they did say that iPhone 7 customers should expect up to two hours of phone usage as compared to iPhone 6S. The iPhone7 Plus customers will get an additional one hour as compared to the iPhone 6S Plus.
The Battery capacities under different conditions:
Talk time (wireless): 3G -Up to 14 hours
Standby: Up to 10 days
Internet use: 3G -Up to 12 hours
LTE – Up to 12 hours
Wi-Fi -Up to 14 hours on
Wireless video playback: Up to 13 hours
Wireless Audio Playback: Up to 40 hours
Talk time (wireless):3G- Up to 21 hours on 3G
Standby: Up to 16 days
Internet use:3G- Up to 13 hours
LTE – Up to 13 hours
Wi-Fi – Up to 15 hours on
Wireless video playback: Up to 14 hours
Wireless Audio Playback: Up to 60 hours
iPhone has been a haunted abode for the 16 Gb base storage they offered in iPhone 5 and iPhone 6, which has only been broken by the new iPhone7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The capacity has doubled with the 16 Gb tier replaced with 32GB, 64GB with 128 GB AND 128 GB with256 GB.
• Both iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus – 32GB, 128GB, 256GB
Network: LTE /HSPA/GSM/CDMA
Launch: September 2016
Sim Card: Nano-SIM
Platform : iOS 10
CPU: Quad-core 2.23 GHz
Chipset: Apple A10 Fusion
Sound: Loud Speaker Yes
Alert Types: Proprietor Ringtones, Vibration
3.5MM JACK: No
COMMS Bluetooth v4.2,A2DP,LE
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/as, hotspot, dual-band
Features: Sensors Accelerometer, Fingerprint, gyro, compass, proximity, barometer
Messaging: SMS (threaded view), iMessage, Email, MMS, Push Email
Browser: HTML5 (Safari)
The launch of the iPhone will leave most fans and critics alike with mixed feelings, mostly about sacrificing style and design for functionality, and you may feel like the new iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 7 are just an upgrade from iPhone 6S Plus and iPhone 6S introduced the year before.
Some changes which may affect you as a user, especially if you love music is the removal of the headphone jack. On the flip side, the new significant changes introduced in the iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 7 that will see a successful launch this year include increased durability, faster in operation, longer battery life, high-tech cameras and a greater storage space.