2017 Apple iPhone 7 Plus Review
Trust Apple to make every new product launch a moment of anticipation and a source of controversy. Rumors had been swirling in the industry that Apple was about to launch its most powerful series yet in the Apple iPhone 7 Plus. It would also feature a dual camera system impressive enough to turn the weekend hobbyist into the next Michael David Adams.
But loyal patrons of Apple’s iPhone series were aghast to hear of rumors the company was planning to remove its headset jack.
Were the rumors true?
More importantly, should you care?
Apple Axes the Jack
Turns out Apple did axe the 3.5mm headphone jack. You still get a set of earbuds but this time it connects to the Lightning port via a short cable called the dongle. This means you cannot listen to music while charging your iPhone 7 Plus.
Early reviews on the new headphone set up have not been good. We observed the dongle is rather flimsy and the new earbuds while capable of producing good audio were not as durable as last year’s model. The earbuds that came with our iPhone 7 Plus ceased to function properly after 1 to 2 days.
Apple appears to be transitioning more toward Bluetooth technology. They have released the first generation series of wireless earbuds called the AirPods which retail for $160.
The AirPods sound and feel exactly like last year’s wired earpods but you can use other normal wireless headset with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
Both models have much improved stereo speakers at the top and bottom of the phones. The speakers on the iPhone 7 Plus appear to have a clearer, sharper and louder sound than the iPhone 7.
It’s Now Safe to Go in The Water
The iPhone 7 Plus looks much like last year’s iPhone 6 Plus. One noticeable difference is that the antenna lines of the iPhone 7 Plus curves around the corners instead of cutting across the back of the phone. This gives the iPhone 7 Plus a sleeker look and minimalist feel.
The most welcome change in the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models is that both are finally water resistant with an IP67 rating. This means you can take either phone with you to a depth of 1 meter for 30 minutes.
It’s not as impressive as the IP68 rating of the Samsung Galaxy S7 which can be submerged to a depth of 5 meters. But unless you plan to take underwater selfies, the lower water- resistance rating of the iPhone 7 Plus shouldn’t be a deal breaker.
The iOS 10 on Steroids
The headphone jack issue aside, what makes the iPhone 7 Plus a must- have is its speed and power. And it’s very impressive!
The 5.5- inch screen offers the same 1,920 x 1,080 pixels as the iPhone 6 Plus but it is 25% brighter and offers a wider range of colors. The resolution is very sharp, bright and natural- looking and it will not drain the battery as much.
The star attraction is Apple’s new A10 Fusion chip which powers the iPhone 7 Plus. The A10- Fusion has the following features:
- 64- bit, quad- core processor
- 40% faster than the A9 in the iPhone 6S Plus
- 2 of the 4 cores are for high performance functions
- Remaining 2 cores are for boosting efficiency such as checking e-mail
- Better graphics
- 120 times faster than the original iPhone
The final observation comes from Apple which can be construed as self- serving. However, we note that the 1OS 10 runs much smoother on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus compared to the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus.
How does the iPhone 7 Plus compare to other phones in terms of processing power? Here are some available data for comparison:
- iPhone 7 Plus: 3,367 single core/ 5,491 multi-core
- Samsung Galaxy S7: 1,869 single core/ 5,366 multi-core
- LG G5: 1,672 single core/ 3,401 multi-core
- Huawei P9: 1,823 single core/ 5,152 multi-core
As you can see, the iPhone 7 Plus leads the Android phones in terms of processing benchmarks.
Killer Camera Features
If the A10 Fusion Chip isn’t enough reason for you to buy the iPhone 7 Plus then maybe its innovative dual- camera technology with the 12- megapixel sensors will.
Here are the rest of the dual- camera features:
- 12 megapixel sensor with optical image stabilization, 28mm wide- angle lens and an f/1.8 aperture
- 12 megapixel lens sensor with a 56mm telephoto lens and an f/2.8 aperture
- Sensors are 60% faster
- 30% more energy efficient
The iPhone 7 Plus can take great pictures with remarkable detail up to 2x optical zoom. When you move past 2x and on to 10x, the camera will switch to digital zoom which is less crisp and less capable in low-lighting conditions.
The physical 2x zoom is ideal to use for sharp close-ups which are much more impressive than what you would get from the standard iPhone 7 or iPhone 6S.
For selfie- shooters, the iPhone 7 Plus selfie camera has been improved to 7 megapixels with a wider range of colors and automatic image stabilization.
More Battery Life
The iPhones have never been lauded for battery life but the iPhone 7 Plus can get you through a day and half’s use. Definitely, the battery in the iPhone 7 Plus lasts longer than the iPhone 6.
The Apple iPhone 7 Plus retails at $770 which is higher than the introductory price of the iPhone 6 Plus at $750 but you do have double the storage, a more powerful processor and an unbeatable dual- camera feature.
By comparison, the Apple iPhone 7 price in India is expected to range from 60,000 Rs to 80,000 Rs or $885 to $1,179. Meanwhile the price of the Apple iPhone 7 Plus will range from 72,000 Rs to 92,000 Rs or $1,061 to $1,356.
Apple is a company that is known to take calculated risks and perhaps it did so with the removal of the headset jack. But in its place you have better functionality, sleeker design, greater power and speed.
While there is no clear announcement for the iPhone 8 release date from Apple except that it will be early 2017, loyal patrons of the iPhone should find great contentment and satisfaction with the iPhone 7 Plus.