Apple iPhone 7 Plus – Review

Apple iPhone 7 Plus – Review

APPLE IPHONE 7 PLUS: THE FINAL VERDICT

THE  iPhone 7 PLUS IS DEFINITELY THE MOST CONTROVERSIAL iPhone EVER, BUT BEHIND THAT CONTROVERSY , LIES A SMARTPHONE THAT PACKS SEVERAL PUNCHES. FROM INCREASED DURABILITY TO AN OUTSTANDING DUAL CAMERA AND GREAT BATTERY LIFE, THERE’S A LOT TO LIKE IF YOU CAN LOOK PAST ITS SHORTCOMINGS.

Positives (iPhone 7 Plus)

Water resistant metal body
Apple A10 Fusion chip delivers excellent performance
Great for gaming
Solid construction that is super durable
Excellent audio with stereo speakers
Upgraded storage options
Fantastic telephoto second camera lens

Impressive battery life

Negatives

No headphone jack (thats gonna hurt)
3DTouch home button takes getting used to
Call quality is questionable
Design is dated and boring
Large bezels make this a massive phone

 

Lets come to the point

Another year brings yet more iPhones and as a ‘new number’ year, we’ve come to expect revolutionary changes from Apple as it bids to continue being revolutionary. While this year’s handsets definitely received great interest at launch, not all of it was positive.

In the face of ever-increasing competition from more smartphone manufacturers than ever before, the Cupertino-based company is hoping the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus continue to dominate the smartphone industry like the iPhones that preceded them. Yet, this year’s devices don’t deliver the radical changes we’ve come to expect from Apple’s two-year product cycle. While the name may have changed, the handsets do look remarkably similar to the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus of last year.

 

 

DISPLAY

 

The display is mostly the same affair as the previous two years. Despite Quad HD displays very much becoming the mainstay for smartphones at this (and lower) price points, Apple has opted to keep for the same Full HD panel found in previous generations. Getting the same 5.5-inch LED-backlit IPS-LCD display with a resolution of a 1080 x 1920 pixels, giving it a pixel density of approximately 401ppi.

By way of comparison, other smartphones regularly offer above 530ppi density, which goes someway to show how far Apple is behind the competition with regards to smartphone resolution and density. At the end of the day, however, it proves to be effective enough for reading text, and surfing the web.

As far as the Retina Display goes, Apple would have you believe that it’s one of the most advanced on the market. While this may have been the case at one point, it’s certainly not now. The display itself is pleasant to use – while not being overly spectacular – the colors are accurate enough and the density is certainly capable of handling anything you throw at it. Overall, it’s a good display that gets the job done, while not standing out in any particular way.

 

HARDWARE

One of the biggest hardware changes is Apple has finally decided to bid farewell to 16GB of base storage. Storage options have now all been doubled to 32GB, 128GB and 256GB. Unfortunately, despite removing the headphone jack , they’ve not seen fit to bring expandable storage and it’s highly unlikely that Apple ever will. With this in mind, when buying your iPhone 7 Plus, we’d recommend going for the 128GB storage option unless you don’t take pictures often and/or don’t install many apps.

Alongside increased storage, Apple has also made a big change to the home button on the iPhone 7 Plus. Instead of a physical button like previous iPhones, the new home button utilizes the same 3D Touch technology as Apple’s displays to deliver haptic feedback in a bid to emulate the traditional home button feel.

Talking of 3D Touch, the Retina Display comes equipped with the same technology.

 

 

CAMERA

 

iPhone 7 Plus Camera

Camera – This is the part I love the most about any Phone.  Lets see , what iPhone 7 Plus got for us guys.

One of the biggest things that sets the iPhone 7 Plus from previous iPhone’s is the new dual camera array, with Apple adopting a two-camera layout like a few Android OEMs have done. Unlike its rivals however, Apple’s implementation is quite different as it focuses on zoom.

Lets take a look at both new lenses stuffed on the rear of the iPhone 7 Plus. Like the iPhone 7, the iPhone 7 Plus comes equipped with a 12MP main camera with f/1.8 aperture, phase detection auto-focus, Optical Image Stabilization and a quad-LED dual-tone flash.

Camera software experience aside, what about quality? Apple’s  iPhone 7 Plus offers excellent all-round photos in most conditions. In good lighting, the iPhone 7 Plus captures photos with sharp details, proper exposure and neutral-toned colors . In bright areas, photos can be overexposed which hides details in the process.

In times like this, the HDR mode does a great job to balance exposure and neutralize the shot while keeping a natural look in the image. The end result is an image with proper exposure. While you could keep HDR mode set to on always. We’ve found that the auto HDR mode does really well at judging the scene and knowing when to enable HDR.

SOFTWARE

As with every year, a new iPhone brings a new version of Apple’s mobile software. Well iOS 10 continues Apple’s vein of simplicity while bringing further advanced features. However, as an Android user (OnePlus 2) , I can safely say that while iOS 10 does the simple things very well , it does fail to match Google’s OS when it comes to power user features and true multi-tasking.

On the surface, iOS 10 looks and feels just like any other version of Apple’s mobile OS . Of course, there are widgets in iOS now but they pale in comparison to the implementation on Android. If you’re coming from Android, you may find Apple’s implementation of tons of apps on the home screen somewhat disorganized . But it’s certainly not the worst in the world. Apple continues to favor simplicity and that’s what has made iOS as popular as it is today.

Like every smartphone OS, just how much you get out of it depends solely on your use and what you need your smartphone to offer.

CALL QUALITY

As far as phone calls and cell signal issues, calls do sound much better on our end thanks to the speaker built into the earpiece. Whether you’re outside in a noisy environment or inside a quiet apartment, the iPhone 7 Plus definitely delivers.

For the most part however, calls are certainly not an issue with the iPhone 7 Plus.

Overall, iOS 10 is definitely an advancement over previous versions of iOS . But it continues to look and feel as iOS has done for many years. The new improvements are definitely welcome, but when it comes to true multitasking and features for power users – iOS continues to pale in comparison to Android.

That’s all Folks for today . Tell me which features you liked the most.

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