The launch of
iPhone was surrounded by a lot of controversy due to Apple dropping the
headphone jack and replacing the home button with a pressure plate. But as they
say no publicity is bad publicity. There have been many great new additions to
the new iteration of the iPhone like water resistance and 32GB being the base
model. So is the iPhone 7 going to be successful with all that it has to offer?
In The Box
Open the box
and unlike most of the other phones, you will be greeted to the documentation
first, under which is your precious iPhone 7. Under the phone you see the
charger and the headphones tucked away neatly in their separate cavities. The
headphones you get are not Apple AirPods rather you get wired ones but with the
Lightning connector. There is also a lightning to 3.5mm jack converter provided
which is neat. You also get a cable to connect with the wall charger.
When you look
at the new iPhone 7 you might as well mistake it for an iPhone 6 or 6S. But
there are some subtle changes like the antenna strips on the rear now just
reside on the top and bottom edge giving the back of the iPhone 7 a much
cleaner look than before. The camera also protrudes a bit more but with a nice
curvy bump. . You get the same 4.7 inch display at the front with the home key
below and a microphone, front camera and a couple of sensors above it. The
biggest change that long term iPhone users will encounter would be the new home
screen key. Apple has replaced the physical button with a pressure plate but
has kept the looks the same and the phone even vibrates when you press the home
key. When you first boot up the phone you will be offered three options for
choosing how sensitive this home key is. While it may seem a bit odd at first,
you get used to the new key soon enough.
While the top
is completely barren, the bottom has a Lightning jack in the center and grills
on either sides. Although only one of those grills actually has a speaker
underneath it. Coming to the right you find the lock and unlock key under which
is the nano-SIM tray. The right has the mute key along with the volume rockers.
Call & Connectivity
this is a flagship device, it comes with all the latest in terms of
connectivity. You get 4G LTE support, VoLTE, Blutooth 4.2 and NFC. The
functioning of the NFC however is limited to certain things only. In our test
we did not find any call drops. Both parties were able to communicate easily
and the sound from the earpiece was also loud enough.
Display & Sound
iPhone 7 has the same 4.7 inch display with a resolution of 750X1334 pixels
that we saw in its predecessors. But there have been some changes to make the
display brighter and it also produces more colors now. We do not have any big
issues with Apple giving a 720p display at this price due to this being a 4.7
You also get
dual speakers, one housed at the bottom and the other being the earpiece at the
top. While Apple is trying to push it as stereo speakers, with such a small
distance between the two there can be only so much stereo separation. But stereo
or not this setup finally delivers an iPhone that is actually loud.
UI & Battery Life
iPhone 7 comes with Apples latest OS, iOS 10. While the basics remain almost
the same there have been upgrades. Messaging gets the best one though. Now you
can send messaged in your handwriting. This is done by using your finger as a
pen. The person on the receiving end will see it being drawn just like a real
pen or pencil. You can also customize your chat bubbles and get more emojis and
stickers. There is also an option where if you are screaming then the chat
bubble will shake violently.
battery to power the iPhone. While it is still not a big improvement, it is
good enough to last you for more than half a day on moderate to slightly heavy
installed it’s latest quad core A10 Fusion chipset into the iPhone 7. There are
two high performance cores for taking on the heavy tasks and two low power
cores for handling the day to day tasks. This setup helps save battery and we
all know how much that means when it comes to the infamous battery life of the
previous iPhones. This new processor in the iPhone 7 puts it leaps and bounds
ahead of the previous generation of iPhones and also makes it one of the best
performing devices out there right now. Believe us when we say that it is
indeed a beast when it comes to handling the heaviest of tasks
The 2GB of
RAM and six core graphics processor only complement the CPU. The iPhone 7
handled any and every game with pure ease giving constantly high frame rates
and even heavier tasks like photo and video editing can be done without the
fear of bottlenecking the device.
The rear has
a 12MP shooter comes with a f/1.8 aperture and quad LED flash. There is also
OIS for taking better pictures in low light. For selfies you are gifted an
amazing 7MP front camera that can shoot full 1080p videos.
taken by the front cam offer great amount of detail and the larger aperture
helps capture more light. If you still need more light in your shots then a
quad LED flash lights the way. The flash does not mess up the color tones too
much and makes for a rare case where we can recommend using the flash on a
phone. Thanks to the Optical Image Stabilization, the videos shot on the iPhone
7 are quite steady. The wider color gamut also offers a wider variety of colors
being captured making the stills and videos look more lifelike. Sadly the
difference might not be that noticeable under a lot of conditions.
facing 7MP shooter also does not disappoint. It comes with a f/2.2 apperture
and captures photosh with great detail. Retina flash is there to help take
snaps in low light conditions.
admirable feature here is the ability to take 8MP stills while recording 4k
videos with the rear camera. The videos recorded on the iPhone 7 come out with
a lot of detail and contrast. Thanks to OIS they also are very steady. For slow
motion enthusiast there is 120fps video recording at 1080p and 240fps at 720p.
new rendition of the iPhone might have not been groundbreaking, it is still a
solidly built upgrade (especially with it becoming water and resistant). The
abandoning of the headphone jack is definitely not going be taken so easily but
Apple has taken enough measures to try and smooth out the transition by
providing compatible wired headphones and a converter within the box pack. But
it still does not solve the problem of being able to either charge the phone or
listen to music at a time. So should you upgrade to iPhone 7 if you already own
a 6 or 6S? The answer is yes if you have the need for the water proofing and
are an avid photographer/videographer. Otherwise we recommend that you go for
the iPhone 7 Plus as it houses an even superior dual camera setup and bigger display.
For people with older iPhones or any other device, this is a great phone that
delivers perfectly in almost every sector, given that you are willing to shed
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