iPhone 7 Plus Review

Last Updated: December 1, 2018

Announced alongside the iPhone 7 on the 7th September 2016, the iPhone 7 Plus was intended to be one of the best iPhone’s released to the date of its announcement. Our team conducted an analysis of this product, and found that not only is the iPhone 7 Plus very stylish, but it performs quite well […]

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iPhone 7 Plus Review

Announced alongside the iPhone 7 on the 7th September 2016, the iPhone 7 Plus was intended to be one of the best iPhone’s released to the date of its announcement. Our team conducted an analysis of this product, and found that not only is the iPhone 7 Plus very stylish, but it performs quite well at the same time. Read our full iPhone 7 Plus Review for more information.

 

iPhone 7 Plus Review 2018

The iPhone 7 Plus was announced alongside the iPhone 7 on September 7th 2016 and released September 16th, that same month. The tenth generation of iPhones, these two devices were said to be the most powerful iPhones to date. However, how does the iPhone 7 Plus measure up to its smaller sibling; the iPhone 7? Do the improvements warranty a heavier price-tag, well, continue reading below for more information.

 

Design

Before a new iPhone is turned on, the first differences that the user will notice, are changes on the exterior of the device. Apple has been criticised in the past for recycling old designs, when introducing a new generation of iPhones. There are always slight variations, but many do not believe these alterations to be sufficient. Several times Apple has introduced us to a new generation of iPhone so similar in design to its predecessor that users struggle to tell them apart when placed side-by-side. It has almost become an industry punchline at this stage.

Does the iPhone Plus break this trend? In all honesty, not really. Our team compared the iPhone 7 Plus and the iPhone 6S and noticed subtle differences, however at a glance you would be hard pressed to distinguish between the two.. Although, its worth posing the question; is this a bad thing? Well, yes, and also no. Yes, it is a bad thing because it might indicate that Apple is getting lazy. We like to see innovation, and we certainly do not like seeing companies like Apple stop innovating.

However, considering how much effort Apple puts into the aesthetic design of their products, we can’t fault them for how their iPhones actually look. In all honesty, iPhones look stunning. With everything from their materials, to the choice of colours provided by Apple, every aspect of the iPhone is carefully thought out. The result? When you hold an iPhone, it just feels right. The size is carefully planned to sit into your hand in just the right way, and the device itself just feels like it’s been optimised.

We simply wish Apple would be more creative. However, with the recent release of the iPhone X, as of the time of this review, it would seem Apple are willing to take a few risks again, to be bold, and that is exactly what we want from them.

 

Performance

The iPhone 7 Plus runs on an A10 Fusion SoC. The A10 is a 64-bit quad-core chipset, made up of two high-efficiency cores, and two high-performance cores. The two performance cores run approximately 40% faster than the A9 chip, with the high-efficiency cores demanding less power, so your phone lasts longer when you’re not using up too much power. The iPhone 7 Plus also has a much more powerful GPU, which is 50% faster than the A9, and more energy efficient.

Due to these performance optimisations, the iPhone 7 Plus is faster than any of its predecessors. There are very few everyday smartphone functions that you can throw at the iPhone 7 Plus to trip it up.

As is the case with the iPhone 7, the Plus is water proof, and dust proof. Having acquired its IP67 rating, the iPhone can safely be submerged in water and survive.

Note: It is recommended that you do not submerge the iPhone in deep water, simply as a precautionary measure. 

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 (mm)
  • Weight: 188g
  • Operating System: iOS 10 (Debut) to iOS 11.2.2 (Present)
  • System on chip: A10 Fusion chip with 64-bit architecture / Embedded M10 coprocessor
  • Capacity: 32GB / 128GB
  • Location Services: Assisted GPS, GLONASS, Galileo and QZSS / Digital compass / Wi-Fi / Mobile data / iBeacon micro-location
  • Display: Retina HD display 5.5-inch widescreen LCD / Multi-Touch display with IPS technology / 1920×1080-pixel resolution at 401 ppi / 1300:1 contrast ratio (typical)
  • Camera: 12MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras / Wide-angle: ƒ/1.8 aperture / Telephoto: ƒ/2.8 aperture
  • Battery: Built-in Lithium-ion battery, charging via USB / Lasts up to 1 hour longer than iPhone 6s Plus / up to 21 hours wireless talk time (3G) / Standby for up to 16 days / Up to 13 hours internet use on 3G / Up to 15 hours internet usage on Wi-Fi / Wireless video playback up to 14 hours / Wireless audio playback for up to 60 hours.
  • Colour Choice(s): Rose Gold, Gold, Silver, Black, Jet Black

 

General Improvements

As is usually the case with Apple’s ‘Plus’ class iPhones, the iPhone 7 Plus benefits from a larger screen, with better resolution than the iPhone 7. When comparing the 4.7-inch screen to the 5.5-inch screen of the iPhone 7 Plus, you’ll find that the iPhone 7 Plus’ screen is actually deceptively large. Technically speaking, this feature is an improvement upon the iPhone 7, however, larger-screened smartphones are not for everyone.

The iPhone 7 Plus also has undeniably better camera facilities when compared to the 7. The first ever iPhone to use a dual camera setup, the iPhone 7 Plus has an identical camera to the iPhone 7. However, the second camera is a telephoto lens, enabling 2x optical zoom and far greater depth of field. Apple has pointed out that this feature is especially good for portrait photos.

For more general information on how the tenth generation of iPhones progressed from the iPhone 6S, see our review of the iPhone 7 here. 

 

Verdict

With relation to hard technical specifications, it’s plain to see that the iPhone 7 Plus is the superior device to the iPhone 7, there is an element of personal choice to this product. For one thing, the much larger screen is a feature that divides people, as not everyone enjoys smartphones with large screens.

Furthermore, the substantially larger price-tag of the iPhone 7 Plus may dissuade people from purchasing it, unless they are avid photographers. Regardless, we would recommend the iPhone 7 Plus as an all-rounder. Simply put, the 7 Plus ticks all the boxes, and definitely receives our stamp of approval as a result.