The iPhone 7 is the best iPhone from Apple but is it the best Smartphone to buy right now?
The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus have been known to be one of Apple’s more controversial smartphones with the removal of the headphone jack that seemed less groundbreaking and perhaps one might even call it a boring reiteration of their two direct predecessors – 6 and the 6s, which is in fact true to some extent. For the first time in its almost decade-long existence, Apple also took the risk to break its steady pattern of revamping the design of its iPhones every two years, certainly a bold move from Apple looking at the steady decline of sales figures , with pure luck one might call Apple somehow has kept itself up with sales while it’s archenemy Samsung had a major battery incident if you all remember. Of course you remember, who would forget something like that, right?
SO WHAT EXACTLY IS NEW?
- Water Resistant with a rating of IP67
- New colour options (Black and Jet Black) and dual lens on 7 Plus model
- Stereo Speakers
- Capacitive home button
- Faster processor
- Removed headphone jack
- Antenna lines almost invisible on the Jet Black
Apple is a Design First Company, Specs Later
The design has remained the same – well almost the same and there’s absolutely nothing that’s new to the world of smartphones. Android phones have had dual-lens cameras, seen a few water-resistant phones and also have had capacitive buttons for a while and not surprisingly Apple is catching up
I have used iPhone 7 Plus for over 200 days now and I have to say iPhone 7 Plus has left me with mixed feelings. But is this the best smartphone to buy right now based on build quality, performance, camera quality, and battery life?
Let’s break it down, shall we?
Now if you’ve followed me on twitter, you would know that it was not easy at all to get my hands on one here in India. After a 3 month wait, I finally decided to go for the Darth Vader Black aka Jet Black version of the iPhone 7 Plus instead of Silver merely because of the unavailability.
I’ve covered all about that in this previous post if you had missed it.
Before I begin – Larger phones MUST feel smaller with smaller bezels and Apple fails here. Once again.
It is true, just looking at the iPhone 7 Plus wearing a skin – it’s easy to be confused with an iPhone 6 from the front unless you’ve chosen to buy the black or jet Black colour. This is where the design problem starts – Apple has stuck with the same design language for the last three generations of iPhones, while some of the Android competitors have released some truly stunning designs – Samsung S8 and One Plus 3T both look stunningly attractive. Apple still retains its pointlessly large bezels around the screen that add unnecessary size and weight when you compare it with the Galaxy S7 Edge and OnePlus 3, and now we’re in the era of S8’s Infinity Display which is just out of the world and light years ahead of competition
- Rated IP67 under IEC standard 60529 (According to the rating of iP67, the phone can be submerged in up to 1 meter of water for a maximum of 30 minutes, but anything over that may cause permanent damage to the phone.)
And while this is a big leap for an iPhone, it doesn’t mean you should take it for a dive in the ocean. Apple’s support page clearly states that liquid damage is still not included in the one-year limited warranty.
iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are splash, water and dust resistant, and were tested under controlled laboratory conditions with a rating of IP67 under IEC standard 60529. Splash, water and dust resistance are not permanent conditions and resistance might decrease as a result of normal wear. Do not attempt to charge a wet iPhone; refer to the user guide for cleaning and drying instructions. Liquid damage is not covered under warranty.
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— Philip Schiller (@pschiller) September 17, 2016
The Jet Black iPhone 7 is the shiniest of them all and you breathe too hard on it, take my word it will scratch like rubbing sandpaper to it
I found a lot of reviews online complaining that the shiny Jet Black scratches easily and photos too. I wanted to test those claims (which I shouldn’t have) so I used my shiny black phone without a case and the result is bad, to say the least.
How bad you ask? Let’s just say my phone looks like I’ve rubbed the back with sandpaper. For someone like me who doesn’t usually care for all the cosmetic appearance, I tell you it stings to see those scratches, everytime.
Oh and I did baby my phone for a couple weeks and it didn’t scratch although I could see the tiny micro-abrasions. When I removed the case, oh boy – the phone scratches like anything! I see a million scratches on the back of my phone, excuse my exaggeration but it’s true – jet black is a bad option to buy if you are not going to use it without a case.
Tip to keep your JetBlack scratch free to some extent: The rule I used is to not use anything in my pocket where I keep the phone (No keys, no wallet, no coins, no cards). I also used a protective case while doing outdoor activities. Use only a microfiber cloth to clean and anything else might leave micro-abrasions. When keeping your phone on a table, leave the camera housing to face the roof and the screen to face down.
Jet Black Is a Fingerprint Magnet
Next – there is no way to avoid the phone from being a fingerprint magnet and the almost invisible tiny micro-abrasions that Apple already has warned about when not using a case. I’m not that concerned about the micro-abrasions because it is invisible unless you are looking for it under bright light at a certain angle. But once you start seeing scratches, you will regret buying this phone itself
The fine print from Apple’s website
The high-gloss finish of the jet black iPhone 7 is achieved through a precision nine-step anodisation and polishing process. Its surface is equally as hard as other anodised Apple products; however, its high shine may show fine micro-abrasions with use. If you are concerned about this, we suggest you use one of the many cases available to protect your iPhone.
I feel the performance of iPhone is already discussed a number of times in multiple blogs and reviews, I’ll skip that part.
If you’re wondering – if 3GB of RAM in 7Plus or 2GB of RAM enough to run all apps/any apps? That’s a big YES!
iPhone 7 Plus has the best camera – this is the only thing that I instantly fell in love with.
The portrait mode is really cool feature although the image quality gets grainy if you don’t have enough light/exposure while taking photos in potrait. The video stabilization and 4K recording is by far the best available in 2017, hands down but with low light photography, you may have Samsung S8 and Google Pixel fighting for the top spot.
On heavy usage with a couple of hours of video wachtime over 4G/LTE the phone has lasted just about 12 hours. On moderate use, iPhone 7 Plus has lasted over 14 hours easily which is not bad
Where Apple has failed quite miserably is with its Charging ability. It takes 3 hours to fully charge iPhone 7 Plus from 10% to 100%. This is by far the worst feature about any smartphone battery standards in 2017.
On the brightside, the phone hasn’t exploded yet. pun intended
The iPhone 7 Plus is the final iteration on the 6 design and it seems it is sort of a prototype of the next generation – the iPhone 8 or iPhone X . There are already a lot of rumours for the next iPhone but you never know till September this year.
I hope Apple steps up its game with actual useful features that matter than up-selling gimmicks – start by making iPhone screen OLED along with faster charging adapter.
But that being said, since the price drop of more than 20% of iPhone 7, I am inclined to say it is definitely a buy considering Apple’s UI and UX which is like nothing else on the market.