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iPhone 7 Plus Review – A Great Phone That Performs Well

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When it comes to the look and feel of the iPhone 7 Plus it has a few things in common with its sibling the iPhone 7. The headphone jacks have been removed in both iPhones which may be a problem for avid headphone users.

 

iPhone 7 Plus Front

 

iPhone 7 Plus

9.4
Battery Life 8.0
Camera 10.0
Software 10.0
Hardware 9.0
Performance 10.0

Pros

  • Beautiful display screen
  • Great camera
  • Great overall performance

Cons

  • The removal of the headphone port

 

The home buttons are also the same, I’m not a fan of the new home button because it’s been merged with the rest of the phone and pressing it does not feel natural.

 

Aside from those issues, there are a few reasons why I think the iPhone 7 plus is better than the iPhone 7. The iPhone 7 plus has a longer-lasting battery and a better camera, I’m a huge fan of the dual-lens camera because it takes excellent pictures in various settings.

 

Portrait mode is a new feature which uses the dual-lens to create the look and feel of an image which was taken with portrait settings. This is one of the best new features on the iPhone 7 plus that separates it from the competition.

 

iPhone 7 Plus Display Screen:

 

The display screen on the iPhone 7 Plus is excellent, it’s bigger and brighter than that of its predecessors. There’s a 25% boost to peak brightness which provides a better viewing experience in direct sunlight.

 

If you’re someone who enjoys watching videos on your phone the iPhone 7 plus is ideal because it provides a great picture quality. The display screen is 5.5-inches, the photos look amazing on this phone because the photos are taken and shown in a wide color gamut.

 

This provides more vibrant, lifelike colors which does a great job of capturing the way the object looked at the time the photo was taken.

 

The resolution and pixel density has not been increased from that of its predecessors. Never the less, the display screen does not look outdated in any way whatsoever because the text and images look great. When looking at the specs of the iPhone 7 Plus compared to that of a QHD Android phone on paper, the Android phone looks superior.

 

However, when you’re actually using the phones it’s difficult to notice a difference. The Apple’s 3D Touch screen has been improved due to the iOS 10. Many of the apps now feature pop-up menus which makes them easier to navigate, I think this was a great decision on Apple’s part.

 

Audio Jack:

 

This iPhone has excellent sound quality due to the stereo speakers that they possess. For the very first time, Apple has added stereo speakers to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The speakers are great because when you crank up the volume it gets loud without being distorted.

 

The headphone port has not been retained it has been replaced by Apple’s Lightning port. There are two different options if you would like to continue using your headphones. You can use the 3.5mm adapter which comes with the iPhone and this will allow you to use your old headphones. Or you can use a Bluetooth headphone if you dislike using the cord.

 

I rarely use headphones so this is not a big issue for me, however, if you’re someone who uses headphones on a regular basis and you don’t currently own a pair of Bluetooth headphones, then you may dislike the removal of the headphone port.

 

Design:

 

As I previously mentioned the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus do not have headphone ports and the home buttons are merged with the rest of the phone. But aside from that the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus looks very similar to their predecessor the iPhone 6S Plus. I think Apple should have been more innovative with the design of the new iPhones.

 

The home button on the iPhone 7 Plus has Apple’s haptic feedback, this feature was implemented to make the home button feel a bit more natural when pressed. The haptic feedback is supposed to mimic the feel of a button being pressed, I think it works to a certain extent but it just feels a bit weird and unnatural when you press it.

 

Located at the back of the iPhone 7 Plus are the hidden antenna lines and the dual cameras. The location of the antenna lines has been moved closer to the top of the phone. The iPhone 7 Plus comes in the following colors Silver, Gold, Rose Gold, and Jet Black.

 

The iPhone 7 Plus is water resistant, not splash water resistant like the iPhone 7. The iPhone 7 Plus is IP67 water-resistant, this means that it can be submerged in water up to 1m for as long as 30 minutes. This is great, I believe that this is a feature that many iPhone users will appreciate.

 

Camera:

 

iPhone 7 Plus Camera

 

The iPhone 7 Plus has a Quad-Led True Tone flash and a dual camera setup, one camera is for taking pictures at close range, and the other is for taking pictures from further away and zooming in. There is also optical image stabilization, Apple claims that this allows for up to 3x longer exposures.

 

The iPhone 7 Plus has the same 12-megapixel camera as the iPhone 7, however, there is also a second 12-megapixel camera. This will allow up to 2x optical zoom without distorting the picture, but it actually goes up to 10x optical zoom via software.

 

However, I would not recommend doing this because the image loses its structural integrity in the process, that’s bad because no one wants to look at a distorted image.

 

Machine learning has been implemented into the iPhone 7 Plus to recognize people’s faces. This feature works by doing a depth-map of the person’s position while blurring the background behind the person / persons who are being photographed.

 

This feature is called Depth because it simulates extra shallow depth. The depth feature will not come pre-installed on the phone, it will be available as a software update.

 

Performance And Battery Life:

 

The iPhone 7 Plus comes equipped with a four-core A10 Fusion chip inside which makes the phone extremely responsive. Whether you’re taking pictures, surfing the net, watching videos or multitasking the phone will not slow down.

 

If you’re someone who enjoys playing video games the iPhone 7 Plus is great for that as well, the stereo speakers and haptic feedback makes the experience a more enjoyable one.

 

The battery life on the iPhone 7 Plus has been improved, it has a longer lasting battery life than that of its predecessors. The phone comes with a 2,900mAh non-removable battery. The iOS’s power statistics are not comparable to Android’s, however, the battery will last between 10 to 12 hours of use per charge.

 

When it comes to charging the iPhone 7 Plus, it charges relatively slow. Many of the Android phones that are currently on the market have QuickCharge technology which makes them charge very fast. Apple needs to find a way to speed up the charging process because at the end of the day no one wants to wait a long time for a phone to charge.

 

My Final Thought:

 

If you’re an avid iPhone user who is happy using the iPhone 6s Plus updating to the iPhone 7 Plus is not a necessity. However, if you’ve never had an iPhone before but you always wanted one this may be the one to buy because this is the best iPhone that has ever been made.

 

Please let me know your thoughts on the iPhone 7 Plus in the comment section below.

 

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  • Battery Life8
  • Camera10
  • Software10
  • Hardware9
  • Performance10
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12 thoughts on “iPhone 7 Plus Review – A Great Phone That Performs Well

  1. jschicanha

    I have heard of people talking of iPhone but never used it because i don’t know its advantages and its parts it contain like iPhone 7 plus camera and audio jack.Now i got the information that i have been searching for it, your information helped me a lot and really suits me

    Appreciated your ideas

    kindly regards
    Jose

  2. Simon

    I’ve been a fan of Apple since I got my first Macbook Pro and Iphone 4. I haven’t had the pleasure of checking out the new Iphone 7 but I’ve seen quite a few reviews about it.

    I gotta say, this is one of the best reviews I’ve seen. I never realized that the Iphone 7plus comes with lightning to audio jack. This is much better than I originally thought.

    I was trying to decide if I should try samsung out, but after the Galaxy Note 7 headaches and reading this review, I think I’ve made my decision

    Thanks.

    1. Marvin

      Thanks for the feedback Simon, the iPhone 7 Plus is a great phone, however, I’m also a fan of Samsung. What happened with the Galaxy Note 7 was a disaster, but the Galaxy S7 Edge is a great phone. If you are thinking about purchasing a Samsung phone you should give it a try.

  3. dreamgirl93

    What do I need an advance phone for? I only need the basic functions of a phone. I am returning to the previous phone versions for easiness to use them.
    But in fact I would value a longer lasting battery, at least it would give me less preoccupation during the day about if my phone will be charged until the end of the day.

    1. Marvin

      Many people prefer to use a premium phone such as the iPhone 7 Plus because they like to play video games, watch movies, surf the internet, video chat and all the other features and functionalities that a premium phone offers. However, if you don’t care about those features and functionalities then you should get a basic phone.

  4. IllusiozTan

    I like the dual camera setup of iPhone 7 plus. This solves my problem of having to do focusing whenever I take the photo at different object distance.

    In term of battery consumption, I have a prior experience with Iphone 6 plus whereby the battery consumption increase after I update my ioS software. I still can’t figure out how this happen. Will this happen on iPhone 7 plus as well?

    The fact that iPhone 7 plus take a longer time to charge is a bit frustrating. This means that I have to carry the power bank for a longer duration, which sometimes can be very inconvenience.

    1. Marvin

      The dual camera setup is really nice, I understand what you’re saying about your experience with the iPhone 6 plus. However, the iPhone 7 plus is a different phone, hopefully that problem has been fixed. The slow charging is no good Apple should improve that for their next iPhone.

  5. Christopher

    This was a nice review. Recently I’ve noticed that I’m starting to lean towards Apple products more than anything else, so this article caught my eye. I’m glad you talked about the camera quality (amazing, by the way) and the performance; those are the two most important things hardware-wise for a phone, in my opinion. Of course, the display is also another important item on the list. One thing I noticed, especially in the first paragraph, is your use of run-on sentences (forgetting to put punctuation like periods where they should be). It did make the article a little bit harder to read, but because of the information you presented, it was still readable. Nice article; just gotta improve on that punctuation.

  6. Darren

    I got an iphone 5 and have been using it for a while. Still using an iphone 5 and never really had the incentive to get another one.

    Really, getting rid of the head phone jack was just a stupid move on apples part. People aren’t always going to have that little adapter and a lot of people use their headphones with an iphone.

    Then again, Ive always been a person who uses their phones until they’re almost scrap metal and dumping almost 1k on a new phone just sounds like a really big investment when you have phone that works just fine.

    1. Marvin

      Well if you’re happy with you’re iPhone 5, you should continue to use it until you think it’s time for an upgrade. This is a great phone, however, you dislike the fact that the headphone jack has been removed so the iPhone 7 Plus may not be a good fit for you.

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