The iPhone 7 is a beautifully constructed and powerful piece of machinery that redefines the current standards of a smartphone yet it’s so called “predecessor” (iPhone 6s) is also its twin in ways that are too close to call. The bulk of the upgrades made for this year’s model were primarily made in places where you’d only notice over time and close inspection and heavy use.
Releasing back in September of 2016 the iPhone 7 created the annual media uproar you’d expect from tech goliath Apple. The biggest selling points that seemed to be the cause for the hype were the newer colors jet black and black. So many people were drawn to the newer jet black model that within the first day of pre-orders opening to the public, this particular model was back ordered over two months.
One of the most noticeable features of the 7 upon further review was that the screen was much sharper compared to my 6s Plus’ screen. Apple opted for a newer and more efficient wide color display from last generation’s sRGB. This means that the resolution on the 7’s screen has a higher aspect ratio and can produce brighter whites and darker blacks. However the screen doesn’t produce as quite as images and colors as you’d think when on older apps that have yet to be optimized for the 7.
What’s the point of having a newer screen if the camera can’t keep up? Luckily this newer camera can thanks to the newest a10 processor, the camera is capable of capturing images at the lower aperture of f/1.8 compared to the 6s’ f/2.2.
The lower aperture lets more light reach the sensor and allows crisper images taken in lower light. Interestingly enough the iPhone 7 Plus has not one but TWO cameras that work side by side for still images. One lens on the 7 Plus even acts as an optical zoom lens which allows for the photographer to zoom in on their subject without losing any sharpness that would happen if they would zoom in on a digital zoom lens. Again if upgrading from the 6s Plus to a 7 there isn’t an earth shattering difference that would prompt you to shell out nearly $800.
And of course what’s an iPhone 7 review without mentioning the fact that Apple had the audacity to remove the 3.5mm headphone jack from the bottom of the phone to make from for stereo speakers. The Apple Ear pods that come with the phone can only be connected to the device via lighting adapter. If you wish to connect to your charger and listen to music at the same time Apple included a dongle that need to be attached at the bottom of the phone. If you lose the adapter Apple provides you this is the best-selling alternative on Amazon currently.
From everyone that I talked to about having to use the dongle it’s always been negative and people are always wondering why exactly Apple would do this when they know for a fact people are going to have to keep buying dongles or will need to invest in Bluetooth headphone (cue Apple-owned Beats advertisement)
The iPhone 7 is a great phone that brings forth some of the most technological advancements in smart phone technology but if you’re looking to upgrade from a 6s or even a 6, you’re better off waiting for the 8 when those advancements become a bit more evident.