As the iPhone lives up 9 years of its existence and Evolves into a new avatar, we discuss our experience after having used it for a while (read 3 months). It has no headphone jack, but thankfully it uses the same Lightening charger.
First off, what’s new and how iPhone7 is better than iPhone6s:
• iPhone 7 has a mirror-like anodized Aluminium body with foam sheeted glass, what Apple calls “Singular shape”. I must say things are pretty precisely engineered with no design flaws what so ever.
• It is the first ever water resistant iPhone
• Has an advanced Solid State button with tactile feedback
• Camera – f/1.8 aperture with six-element lens i.e. 4K resolution
• Better 7MP selfie / Face Time camera
• Moves on from dual core CPU to Quad-core CPU
• Slightly better battery life
• iPhone 7 supports VoLTE
BODY: The first time you hold the iPhone 7, you’ll only feel the money you spent upgrading over iPhone 6s. Yup! there’s nothing new to the touch and feel. The aluminum casing is much more glossy and slippery. No hard feelings for John Ivy, Chief Design Officer, Apple. Since he hasn’t changed the dimensions, and he is an icon, he had to come up with something new to talk about the iPhone 7. So he gets a dedicated design video to his credit. Then again you’ll get a case for it, so nothing new in this aspect.
Continuing about the dimensions, Apple appears to have found the right size for a phone and that is 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm, same as iPhone 6/6s and now iPhone 7. And those who prefer phablets, they have the iPhone 7 Plus sized at 158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm.
Apple iPhone 7 has the same rounded edges and volume rocker buttons, power button, ringer notch as the iPhone 6s. The only difference is that the Home Button isn’t clickable anymore. It now has tactile feedback, gives out mild vibrations as you press onto the solid-state button. You’ll know only when you use one.
This is the first ever iPhone to be splash / water resistant. It has IP67 rating. So you should be fully protected from dust and can safely submerge the iPhone 7 in 1m deep water for up to 30 minutes. Samsung Galaxy S7 has IP68 rating, letting it stay unscathed at 1.5 m deep water.
Both the 4.7-inch iPhone 7 and 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus models are built with incredibly strong 7000 Series aluminum. Phone body is typically dent-proof for general falls from 3 to 4 feet heights. Mentioned ‘General’ as I’ve had few falls recently and it is still near perfect in shape.
DISPLAY: The iPhone 7 features Apple’s Retina HD display with wide color and 3D Touch and it has 4.7 inches screen size. The maximum screen resolution is 1334 x 750 pixels. Images are very clear with best in class color outputs. A perfect screen size with a perfect clarity is what you get in this combo. Moreover the immaculately colored and designed iOS 10 icons are a treat on this screen.
UNDER THE HOOD: iPhone 7 is powered by Apple’s latest A10 Fusion chip with 4 cores. The most eye catching fetures of the quadcore processor is that it has two high performance cores and two high efficiency cores. Meaning, during the idle times, only two high-efficiency cores are getting battery power, while other two only kick in when you have heavy processing work to do. This elongates the battery life and controls excessive phone heating. I personally have not noticed phone getting heated up excessively under normal usage. Its aluminum body is perhaps another reason why it remains koool.
The latest iPhone now supports VoLTE which was a much awaited feature for countries where network operators have been supporting the technology since a while now. The VoLTE (Voice over 4G network) gives high-quality wideband calls that make your conversations sound as crisp and clear as if you were face to face. That’s what an iPhone should be meant for, after having spent a fortune to buy it.
MEMORY: Apple iPhone 7 has only 2GB of RAM, compared to the 3GB in the iPhone 7 Plus. As far as the internal memory goes, the iPhone 7 has doubled the capacity of iPhone 6s across the line to 32GB, 128GB and 256GB models. 2GB RAM does mar the phone’s performance at times, however those are indeed very crucial times when you multi-task in extreme conditions. The iOS 10 does handle memory usage efficiently. I do feel, the 3GB RAM for iPhone 7 should not have been missed.
SOUND: The iPhone now has stereo speakers, one at the bottom and one at the top. But it has no 3.5mm headphone jack. Better and louder sound over any previous iPhone, which should have been even better. Lesser known brands are getting Dolby certifications, while iPhone barely managed to get twin stereo speakers. The phone also has an increased dynamic range though.
CAMERA: Remember those Shot on iPhone adverts? Well, they are here to stay for iPhone 7 too. S the phone has better low light capture capacities over iPhone 6s. It has better flash than iPhone 6s which gives 50% more light. iPhone 7 Plus has two cameras that work as one.
The Google Pixel camera fares better than iPhone 7 camera. And the iPhone 7 camera finds stiff competition from Samsung Galaxy S7 and LG V20 cameras.
Sticking to the iPhone 7, the camera has an added optical image stabilization feature which makes it more practical for action shots. The ƒ/1.8 aperture combined with better flash gives better video and image captures in low light. Things are a notch up than previous iPhone but they aren’t really pushing the envelope this time. The iPhone 7 lets you shoot in 4K resolution with over 8 million pixels. Another worth mentioning feature in the camera is the slow motion support in 1080p and 720p HD.
I have been using Face Time (over VoLTE as well as WiFi) and the images are clear and videos are smoother now. Maybe the 7 megapixel front-facing camera combined with software upgrade will make you fall in love with your selfies.
BATTERY: A tad bigger battery and a tad less power consuming chipset, leave you with upto 12 hours of solid use (some 2 hrs extra over iPhone 6s). For normal daily use it leads upto 16 hours. The Non-removable Li-Ion 1960 mAh battery is decently suited for 4.7 inch screen. While the competition has crossed the bar and achieved 2000 mAh power, a few are reaching upto 3000 mAh, that’s a mind boggling number.
The signal reception on the iPhone 7 is exceedingly good as the antenna has been embedded antenna within the aluminum body enclosure. The New Home button gradually grows on you, making it difficult to switch to any other phone. So that was my first-hand experience with the Apple iPhone 7 after having used it for almost 3 months now. Do share your views and experiences on social networks which you follow us on.