The iPhone 7 Plus comes with a tweaked design, some cool new features and one port to rule them all.
The yearly Apple event has lost much of its appeal. Waiting to see what the company releases was an awesome treat before Christmas with great surprises to its mobile lineup. Nowadays, that’s not the case thanks to all the leaks, rumors, and graphic renderings released that revealed the iPhone 7 Plus far long before the official release.
iPhone 7 Plus was announced on September 7 along with its smaller sibling the iPhone 7. Being Apple’s best feature packed iPhone, the 7 Plus manages to tick all the boxes when it comes to practicality, screen size, productivity, and photography.
When looking at what’s new about this 7 Plus versus its predecessor, the question of whether you need this upgrade comes to mind. Well, that’s what we wanted to know so we went out and pre-ordered the 7 Plus matte black version with 128 Gb capacity to see how much better it is than our 6S Plus.
The most controversial aspect of the new model is the fact that so little design changes have been made to it. Apart from moving up the antenna lines on the back and reshaping the camera protrusion, the form factor remains the same. Apple decided this design is too good to change and opted instead to offer more colors along with a special Jet Black edition which is glossy and easy to scratch.
Probably the biggest issue consumers have is the removal of the headphone jack which now requires you to use a dongle provided with every phone. This choice was made to have you buy new wireless technology because Apple thinks that’s where the future is heading.
A new home button that is a solid-state button is the last change they made on the exterior of the new model. It works by incorporating the same better fingerprint sensor along with a new Taptic Engine that provides haptic feedback when you press it, simulating the feel of the old one.
We all know how well designed the packaging of the iPhone is, and the new iPhone 7 Plus box delivers the same great experience as always. What’s changed is the greeting of manuals when opening the box as oppose of the phone itself. That’s because they incorporated the phone support and accessories into one. Everything is wrapped in a plastic film, making for a clean and awesome reveal.
The earpods have suffered a cheap design approach featuring a cardboard case that breaks the first time you take them out so it’s no use to you after. On the back of the box, you get a lightning to 3.5mm jack adapter so you can still use your old headphones or plug it into your car’s AUX port.
In the box, there is the same old wall charger that we are all used to by now and a USB charging cable as standard. So overall a somewhat similar experience to the old one, Apple deciding to play it safe and improve rather than innovate. Although you might not notice this, the new USB charging cable feels a bit sturdier, making it harder to break.
If on the exterior there aren’t that many changes, on the inside we find plenty of improvements. Starting with the brightest, most colorful iPhone display yet that packs a new wide color gamut and 25% more brightness.
Shifting focus to the new camera system, the iPhone 7 Plus incorporates the same 12MP wide-angle camera that’s on iPhone 7 with the addition of a 12MP telephoto camera that can get even closer shots. And with an all-new Portrait mode, portrait shots look better than before but since this is a software trick it does get some anomalies in the background.
Apple reengineered the entire enclosure, making the iPhone 7 the first water‑resistant iPhone. So now you can have some piece of mind and take your iPhone on any adventure. The home button is now an advanced solid-state button designed to be durable, responsive, and pressure sensitive. It works in tandem with the new Taptic Engine and gives you precise tactile feedback as you press.
As for processing power, the iPhone 7 Plus gets an all-new four-core A10 Fusion chip CPU that has two high‑performance cores and two high‑efficiency cores. The high‑performance cores can run at up to 2x the speed of iPhone 6, while the high‑efficiency cores are capable of running at just one-fifth the power of the high‑performance cores.
All that means that now you’ll get more time between charges than ever before. Take advantage of up to one more hour on iPhone 7 Plus than the previous generation that you can use for playing music on the new stereo speakers that deliver two times the audio output of iPhone 6S and increased dynamic range.
We pre-ordered the iPhone 7 Plus Black 128 GB to upgrade from the 6S Plus and to compare the two and see if we can recommend this upgrade for everyone. It arrived pretty quick and we got ready for the unboxing, setup, and comparison.
The unboxing was in line with Apple’s packaging experience, but this time offering a cold reveal with manuals being the first thing you see when lifting the box lid. The iPhone itself is wrapped in a plastic film as the predecessors which comes off nice and quick.
The matte black bead-blasted aluminum looks really amazing and for us guys, it’s really the only color to go with. In hand, the phone grips well and the surface is nice to the touch. It is definitely a fingerprint magnet both on the back and the front. The haptic feedback produced by the new taptic engine is very well integrated into the OS and it really complements the experience when using the various functions and apps of the phone.
When comparing the iPhone 7 Plus with the 7 some differences are obvious. A bigger screen, two cameras that offer unique features and a longer battery life. If you compare it to the 6S Plus you start to see some major improvements like the A10 processor, the camera system, the home button, and the stereo speakers.
Some smaller upgrades are the display’s brightness and colors, the battery life, and the 3Gb of RAM. There is also one downgrade that Apple justifies as courageous and that is the removal of the headphone jack which now means you can’t listen to music and recharge your phone at the same time.
So is it worth the upgrade? Yes, if you can easily trade your current iPhone and get the best model out now. iPhone 6 Plus and 6S Plus might want to hold on to their phones for a bit longer. We think that next year’s iPhone might be what everyone is looking for.
We recommend the iPhone 7 Plus to the guys that use their phone to the fullest of its capabilities and expect more durability. A blend of great design with great hardware that makes a good case towards an upgrade from your current phone.