iPhone 7 Review

Last Updated: December 1, 2018

Our team conducts a critical analysis of the iPhone 7, bringing our readers all the information they need to know about this tenth generation iPhone. Check out our full review for more.

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iPhone 7 Review
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The Apple iPhone 7 was first announced on September 7th 2016, being released just 9 days later. Featuring a moderately updated design, and improved performance, this product has proven itself to the point where we find it in-demand to this day. Our team had a look under the hood, to see what makes this phone better than its predecessor. This is our iPhone 7 Review.

iPhone 7 Review 2018

As the co-flagship of Apple’s tenth generation of iPhones, the iPhone 7 improves upon its predecessor, the iPhone 6S in several ways. Here at Best Phone Cases, we’re all big fans of change. We like it when a manufacturer changes things up and offers something completely different to what we were expecting. Did Apple do this with the iPhone 7? Read on to find out.

 

Design

The iPhone 7’s general design is quite similar to that of the iPhone 6S. In fact, the only noticeable design updates are enhanced water and dust resistance, and a new static home button. There is also the option of picking from new colour choices for your iPhone, although we wouldn’t necessarily define colour choice as a design feature per se.

The internal hardware of the device also received updates. The rear camera being upgraded to 12MP, and a new heterogeneous quad-core system-on-chip being placed in the device, which improves system and graphics performance.

One of the largest issues many people were annoyed about prior to the release of the iPhone 7, was the removal of the headphone jack. The claim from Apple at the time stated that the headphone jack had to be removed in order to make the device water proof and dust proof, and that they would be releasing high-quality wireless earphones instead.

However, as many critics have cited, there were other devices already released at the time of the iPhone 7’s introduction that were water proofed, while retaining the headphone jack. People were not happy about this design choice due to fears of Apple exploiting their status by rendering headphones already owned by customers obsolete. Apple’s solution to this unforeseen backlash was to include a lightning-headphone adapter, which helped to calm the outrage at the time. That being said, we find the adapter to feel like a very last minute tag-on, as opposed to something useful for the phone.

 

Performance

The iPhone 7 runs on an A10 Fusion SoC. The A10 is a 64-bit quad-core chipset, which consists 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 only lightly using it. Another upgrade to the iPhone 7 is its GPU, which is 50% faster than the A9, and more energy efficient.

With the A10 Fusion processor, the iPhone 7 is a power house Capable of playing console grade games, and seamlessly jumping through multiple apps, all running simultaneously. Users have praised Apple for this product as there is very little you can throw at an iPhone 7 that it cannot handle.

It bears noting that Apple does not lie when they say this phone is water proof and dust proof, the iPhone 7 has its IP67 Rating; which implies that this product can survive moderate water immersion.

 

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 (mm)
  • Weight: 138g
  • Operating System: iOS 10 (Debut) to iOS 11.2.2 (Current).
  • System-on-Chip: A10 Fusion chip with 64-bit architecture / embedded M10 motion 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 / 4.7 inch widescreen LCD Multi-Touch display with IPS technology / 1334×750 pixel resolution at 326 ppi / 1400:1 contrast ratio (typical)
  • Camera: 12 MP wide-angle camera / ƒ/1.8 aperture / Digital zoom up to 5x / (See full technical specifications on Apple’s website)
  • Battery: Up to 14 hours wireless talk time on 3g / Up to 10 days on standby / Up to 14 hours on Wi-Fi / Wireless video playback up to 13 hours / Wireless audio playback up to 40 hours
  • Colour choices: Rose Gold, Gold, Silver, Black, Jet Black

General Improvements

Compared to its predecessor, the iPhone 7 is a definite overall improvement. With an overhauled lock screen, all of the information previously available on the iPhone 6S while locked has now been moved to a page a swipe to the left. Doubling as a news panel and a notification pane, more information is provided than ever before, without having to unlock your phone. This feature is further enhanced by a wider selection of widgets to choose from. A ‘raise to wake’ function has also been integrated into this device, meaning whenever you pick up the phone, it will wake itself automatically.

Another seemingly minor yet effective adjustment that comes built-in to the iPhone 7 is a new vibrating system. This feature really shines during gaming, with more precise vibrations occurring that vary in intensity. This effectively immerses the user in gameplay to an extent no other iPhone has before.

A feature we found to be particularly useful is the new ‘Find My AirPods’ function that has been integrated into the ‘Find My iPhone’ application. Considering that the new AirPods are wireless, there is an ever-present danger of losing them. This feature allows a sense of security for the user, should their AirPods go missing.

Our tests have also shown that the iPhone 7 is 20% faster than its predecessor; the iPhone 6S. While 20% may not sound significant, the difference is quite apparent, when multi-tasking and jumping between several applications running in the background.

Finally, if you have downloaded the iOS 10.3 update, you can avail of Apple’s new storage management system, which frees up storage space on the device. This is due to the iPhone saving data in a much more efficient manner. This update is especially useful, as when it comes to smartphones, storage space is everything. Without it, the user is no longer able to install new apps, music, or even take photos, thus any update that frees up any storage space is always a very welcome one.

 

Verdict

A clear improvement on prior models, the iPhone 7’s speed and processing power makes gaming and media usage on the device a piece of cake. When operating the iPhone 7, it really does feel new in every way. This stands to Apple’s credit, as they have been the subject of criticism in the past for their failure to effectively update their newer iPhone models. The iPhone 7 is its own device, not merely the follow-up on a previous model.

We do however recognise that there are some minor design speed-bumps, such as the removal of the headphone jack. We would also have enjoyed seeing Apple take more of a risk with this product, however, from a design aesthetic point of view, it looks slightly too familiar. The issue of the headphone jack is addressed and solved, technically, with the inclusion of a lightning port – headphone adapter. However, we would have preferred it if Apple retained the jack for convenience.

With all factors taken into consideration, we can safely state that the iPhone 7 is a fine example of what smartphones should be. Elegant, efficient, and robust, this device ticks almost every box, and we would certainly recommend it to anyone out there in the market in search of a powerful, yet refined smartphone.