iPhone 7 Review
No other phone made success at creating an interest as the Apple iPhone does. The brand Apple remained something that people aspire to even after a decade of its launch. The much anticipation before its launch had set a benchmark for this version too.
Be it fanfare or criticism, Apple always stands high at each release of the newer version of iPhone. Apple iPhone 7 launched in the previous month could be the worst secret the company has revealed. Earlier leaks of the new iPhone almost gave the accurate image of how the phone is going to be like.
This time, the California-based tech giant has come up with improved features which never let loyalists to disappointment. Let’s get into the Apple iPhone 7 review and have a look at specs and features what Apple has stored in for its users.
If you are an existing user of iPhone series, you’ll definitely feel home with the new design. With the two new colors-Jet Black and Black, Apple iPhone 7 will surely leave an impression like no other handset could provide. Unlike iPhone 5C, the phone made out of metal which ensures a smooth grip without being slippery.
Another Simple Black color replaces the Space Grey colors in the previous models. Other colors include Gold, Silver and Rose Gold. Size and shape of the new iPhone 7 are almost similar to its earlier models. The antenna bands curves around the ends and the round camera nub remains same. The top and bottom bezels in the new Apple iPhone7 design offer a less screen space of 4.7 inches concerning its size.
The home button of the phone, enhanced with capacitive touch sensitivity which actually works by just a tap. Apple ditches the 3.5mm headphone jack, and this is going to be a big issue for some users. As a part of improved features, loudspeaker grille adjusted in the bottom edge, and you will be availing a wireless headphone option called AirPods.
New iPhone7 sports the same 4.7 inches screen as of iPhone 6S without any addition in pixels. Thus, the display resolution of 1334 x 750 with a pixel density of 326ppi remained same, and Apple calls it as “Retina.” Essentially, iPhone 7 is plenty sharp, and you won’t find any blocky Pixels unless you house it in a VR headset.
Recalling the Fact is that Apple is always a real winner when it comes to the screen resolution. And now, iPhone 7’s display is much richer than any of the smartphones with its wide DCI-P3 color gamut. This new hardware component is earlier found in the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, iMac and used in filmmaking. Everything looks so realistic with the enhanced display with extended color range.
The IPS LCD screen is good at its skin look, Colours are punchier, natural and dark scenes look splendid. Display performance never lags behind even in sunlight, it is brighter and less reflective too.
iPhone 7 packs a new A10 Fusion quad core processor which is for the first time Apple is using a quad-core CPU. The smartphone have kept the same 2 gigs of RAM as of 6S but seems plenty. You can run many apps at the same time and switch between them is smooth and fast.
A 10 Fusion quad core processor doesn’t use all the four cores at once. Two of the powerful cores are engaged for the heavy usage like 3D games, Multitasking or so. The other two low powered are efficient and perfect for simple tasking like sending a text or using email app.
The new iPhone 7 is 12% more powerful than the Samsung Galaxy S7 and found 30% faster than its predecessor. The device performs faster than iPhone 6S when compared with both running iOS 10. The 6S open the apps quickly and found a bit slower when trying to minimize by pressing the home button.
It would be great, if Apple rolls out the A10 processor in the next version of iPad Pro. “This is the most powerful phone I’ve ever used,” reads a statement from benchmark results.
iOS 10 and Apps
Apple iPhone 7 comes bundled with the updated version of Apple’s operating system, iOS 10. As the company is always good at offering excellent user experience with each new update, iOS 10 is also successful in keep up the same.
Without any major changes in OS, all the improvements are found to be positive. iMessage comes equipped with added features of Snapchat, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp all rolled into one. Apple Music now has a better design and much simpler way to download music to your device.
Apple is trying to fill the gap which its users are missing out for not being an Android user. As a part of it, the updated lock screen, Control Center and Notifications are a bit less glamorous. Siri update is also a part of new iOS 10 and also allows you to delete unused default apps.
3D touch is another updated feature observed first in iPhone 6S which offers more options depending upon harder you press the screen.
Apple iPhone 7 gained a generation with the water resistant feature and now is IP67 rated water and dust resistant device. This could not be the first to be a water-resistant phone, but the feature will inevitably reduce the risk of damaging the phone over a water sink. This could also be one of the reasons for the changeover of the Home button. New iPhone 7 can now withstand water submerge up to 30 minutes.
It seems Apple has cracked the sound issue, persisting in the iPhone range. The company has doubled the top volume in the iPhone 7 which is quite an acceptable thing. You can rely upon the speaker and enjoy your favorite tune on high volume without connecting to a Bluetooth speaker.
There are two speakers out now, one at the bottom grille and another pumping out straight from the earphone slot. You can get a little stereo separation but the speaker positioning to too close to notice the effect. Sadly, whole speaker department failed to take over Samsung Galaxy S range with stereo Boomsound speakers. Nonetheless, you can get a great audio experience if you switch on to earphones.
Updated camera in the new iPhone 7 is one of the awaited and expected upgrade from Apple. The 12 MP camera on the rear and 7 MP camera on the front are well at performing its duty by driving the software intelligence to the pics. The camera sensor is the thing which always appreciated in Apple’s devices.
Apple iPhone 7 packs a new six-optic lens, a wider f/1.8 aperture and OIS (optical image stabilization), all these together leads to a better performance in low-light. You will surely appreciate the camera if you like clicking photos at night in dingy bars or restaurants.
Availing an OIS feature for a smaller phone is the most welcoming thing as it is reserved for the Plus models in the past. This would be a great stop by Samsung Follower who believed Galaxy S7 is the strongest phone camera till date.
Samsung Galaxy 7 performs impressively in good light condition when compared. But, it’s iPhone 7 that stands out in very low light or tricky mixed lighting.
Sadly, iPhone 7 battery life found to be a drawback for the device. It seems to be a strange thing in the case where the smartphone carries larger 2900mAh battery than iPhone 6S. It does resist it drain in some cases, mainly when not in use.
The company claims the iPhone 7 has an extended battery life by two hours than iPhone 6S. However, iPhone 7 reportedly has the shortest battery life when compared to the 6S Plus and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. Unfortunately, it doesn’t even fall close to tiny iPhone SE at least.
Turning down the brightness to quarter extends the battery life by 15%. A small boon is that the device charges reasonably quick. It gets charged about 81% from empty in just a span of one hour and takes less than 90 minutes for a full charge. This might not be a really fast charging, but not too bad either.
The only hope to fix the battery problem is a software update which company should issue as a remedy.
iPhone 7 is a good upgrade option for those who own iPhone 6 or something older than that. The quality product from Apple is quite incremental and would be in the top ranked phones for the next few months. The extended inbuilt storage ensures a triple unfold. Undoubtedly, iPhone 7 series will lead the competition in the segment as Apple moniker says it all.
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