Apple iPhone 7 Plus review
The iPhone you should choose
Our Apple iPhone 7 Plus review will leave you in doubt that the iPhone 7 Plus is king over the iPhone 7, and hence, should be the iPhone that you choose to buy.
The Apple iPhone 7 Plus has a bigger screen with higher definition, a dual camera and a significantly longer battery life, compared to the iPhone 7.
Display - 25% brighter
The Apple iPhone 7 Plus has a large 5.5” Retina HD display, which is 25% brighter than its predecessor’s. The resolution is 1080 x 1920 pixels, giving 401 pixels per inch compared to 326ppi on the iPhone 7.
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The Retina display has a wider colour gamut that is the same as that used in the digital cinema industry. This means that images look true to life and the experience is improved further with 3D Touch, and its more responsive and subtle feedback taps.
Design - Black, jet black and IP67
The iPhone 7 Plus introduces a new matte black colour that has been crafted from bead-blasted 7000 series aluminium. There is also a high-gloss jet black colour option that has been finished using a nine-step anodisation and polishing process (128GB and 256GB versions only).
The black is so pure and continuous that you cannot tell where the glass ends and the aluminium begins. The finger is just as tricked as the eye, with a unibody that is seamless to the touch.
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The two new colours join gold, rose gold and silver and all are IP67 splash, water and dust resistant. The iPhone 7 Plus weighs 188g and the body is only 7.3mm thick.
Phone Set Up
Getting started - Touch ID, accessories and memory
The Touch ID fingerprint sensor on the iPhone 7 Plus is built into the new pressure sensitive Home button. This is a durable solid-state button that is pressure sensitive and works with a new Taptic Engine, to give tactile feedback.
After setting up fingerprint security you may wish to move over content from an old iPhone or smartphone. To this end, the iPhone 7 Plus is sold with differing internal memories to cater for this and of course for storing new videos, music and apps. The memory options are 32GB, 128GB and 256GB.
As widely predicted, this iPhone has done away with the 3.5mm headphone jack and just has a Lightning connector. In the box, there is a set of EarPods that connect through the Lightning connector, as well as a 3.5mm headphone jack adapter, for die-hard owners that don’t want to use the provided EarPods.
Performance - A10 Fusion chip
Apple never joined the multi-core processor race that has seen octa-core processors used in most high-end smartphones. It has however decided to adopt quad-core architecture in its new A10 Fusion chip and this offers some significant benefits.
On the iPhone 7 Plus there are two high performance cores that are 2x faster than the cores used in the iPhone 6. There are another two energy efficient cores that run at one-fifth of the power of the high performance cores, saving battery life at times when speedy processing isn’t required.
In addition to faster processing speeds, the iPhone 7 Plus has 3x faster graphics performance, compared to the iPhone 6. Stereo sound makes it way onto an iPhone for the first time, making the new iPhone 2x louder than iPhone 6s.
User interface - iOS 10 and Siri
iOS 10 continues to offer a range of pre-installed apps and these includes Health, Maps, iBooks, News, Notes, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, GarageBand and iMovie. Siri gives voice control over many features of iOS 10 and can set reminders, send messages, listen and identify songs and give proactive suggestions.
Camera & Video
Photography - Dual camera, bokeh and optical zoom
The iPhone 7 Plus has a dual camera setup that incorporates a 12MP wide-angle f/1.8 lens, which lets in 50% more light, and a 12MP telephoto f/2.8 lens.
Sitting side-by-side, these two cameras work as one to give 2x optical zoom and up to 10x digital zoom. This means that owners will get a higher quality zoom from farther away.
The dual camera setup brings more than just optical zoom, with Portrait mode giving owners bokeh depth of field background blur effects, reserved previously for DSLR cameras. The Apple update that gives Portrait mode is yet to arrive but follow the link below as we explain how you can get Portrait mode today.
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There are two more enhancements to the camera that work in tandem to give better low light results:
- Optical image stabilisation - This enables a longer exposure (up to 3x longer) so that more light has the time to hit the camera’s sensor
- Quad-LED True Tone Flash - Four smart LEDs, which are 50 percent brighter, adjust to the colour temperature of the environment, resulting in more brightly lit and sharper photos
The camera in the Apple iPhone 7 Plus also has a faster focus and an image signal processor that makes up to 100 billion operations using machine learning.
Video - 4K recording
The camera can record 4K quality video with over eight million pixels. During recording, the photographer can make use of 2x optical and 6x digital zoom, while simultaneously capturing 8MP still photographs.
The camera can also be used to capture Slo-mo video at 1080p or 720p quality and be used to create Time-lapse videos.
Selfies - 7MP with Retina Flash
The 7MP FaceTime HD camera has wide colour capture and this gives sharper and more vibrant looking selfies. The Retina Flash intelligently matches the ambient light, to ensure that more natural looking skin tones are captured.
Power - Extended battery life
The Apple iPhone 7 Plus has the longest battery life ever and gives up to one more hours use, compared to the iPhone 6s Plus.
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This iPhone offers up to 21 hours of talk time, 16 days of standby, 15 hours of internet browsing or up to 60 hours of audio playback. Compared to the iPhone 7, this is an extra 7 hours of talk time, 6 days standby, 1 hour of internet browsing and 20 hours more audio playback.
Final thoughts: Our Apple iPhone 7 Plus review has shown that there are many Plus’s to the iPhone 7 Plus, leaving us in no doubt that this really is the iPhone you should choose.
Written by: Michael Brown