Apple iPhone 7 Plus Review

On the seventh day the designers rested. In came the engineers. And the master of controversy struck again. Apple is proud of the bold move of removing the audio jack. But in pretty much every other aspect they’ve seemingly taken the conservative route. On the outside, the new iPhone looks basically the same as the iPhone 6/6s.

Well, it’s not as easy as that. The iPhone 7 is in many ways a better phone. We can see some of the issues we had with the last iPhone sorted and, no, we are not claiming credit for it – simply acknowledging the fact.

Waterproofing, stereo speakers and, finally, reasonable storage options – and that’s on top of the usual performance upgrades we’ve come to take for granted every year. Think this is the story of the iPhone 7? Apple’s first water-resistant handset, first quad-core processor, first pair of stereo speakers on a phone.

Like its predecessor, the iPhone 7 is one of the best handsets you can buy. But more importantly, it’s laying the groundwork for the smartphones of tomorrow.

Design and build quality

At 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1mm, the iPhone7 is exactly the same size as the 6s. The new flagship managed to somehow lose 5g down to 138g.

The iPhone 7 may look too familiar, but feels different enough and still pretty relevant. A subtle change makes a good enough difference – the antenna strips have been pushed all the way to the top and bottom, following the phone’s curvature. They are less intrusive this way and almost invisible on the black and jet black models.

In recent times every new generation of iPhones has introduced a new color option, and the 7th is no exception. Apple has retired the Space Gray paint job in favor of two new Black options. Just Black is the new matte black flavor featuring the same grippy finish as its Space Gray predecessor, while the Jet Black is a true blast from the past.


Specifications Overview

Model 6s 7 7 Plus
Thickness 0.28 inches 0.28 inches 0.29 inches
Camera 12 MP 12 MP 12 MP
Screen size 4.7 inches 4.7 inches 5.5 inches
Chipset Apple A9 Apple A10 Apple A10
CPU QC 1.84 GHz QC 2.34 GHz QC 2.34 GHz

Audio

When plugged into an active external amplifier, the Apple iPhone 7 posted mostly excellent scores, but it’s the third iPhone in a row that didn’t quite deliver perfect stereo quality. The volume which is just above average doesn’t really match the best out there either.

Rather impressively, there’s virtually no degradation when you plug in a pair of headphones. The spike in stereo crosstalk is so limited that in comparison, the iPhone 7 fares way better here than in the first test.