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iPhone 7 review: amazine speed and camera


Apple's iPhone 7 comes with a brighter and more colorful screen, a waterproof design, dual speakers, and a boosted 12MP camera, but it doesn't keep up with what most Android manufacturers are achieving at the moment.

Apple has also changed the home button from a clickable entity to something that responds to pressure, lost the headphone jack and included a 256GB storage model.

For me, iphone 7 is an awesome smart phone, but its way too expensive. but then, there are also great options such as the Samsung Galaxy S8, OnePlus 3T, Google Pixel and Moto Z on the market, so here goes my question: "is a good iPhone good enough?"



The two bigger design changes on the iPhone 7 are big talking points: it can now survive plunges into a swimming pool, thanks to the water-resistant chassis, and the headphone jack on the bottom of the phone is no longer there.

to start with the biggest of those changes: the omission of the headphone jack. It's a bold move from Apple – although calling it 'courageous' during the launch event was a bit much, and has led to some warranted memes – and one that could shake up the headphone industry.


The loss of this port will impact users in varying degrees: for some people it'll be no more than a shrug before they get on with their day, because they only use the EarPods in the iPhone box – and those are still there, just with a Lightning connector.

For others, though, it'll be an inconvenience, as they'll need to attach the short white dongle to the 3.5mm jack on the end of their headphones in order to plug them into the Lightning port.

In a survey conducted over three commutes, we noticed that out of 60 people wearing headphones, 34 were using the bundled EarPods that Apple offers – given than many of those people might not have been using an iPhone, that's a higher number than expected.

Losing the headphone jack also severely limits those wanting to buy a new pair of headphones for use with their iPhone, given how much we all listen to tunes or watch films on our phones these days.

Sure, you can buy regular 3.5mm headphones, but then you'll have to connect the adaptor. If you want to get something directly compatible you'll either need to go Bluetooth or Lightning-ready – and there are fewer decent models available to buy in that latter category.

iPhone 7 - Camera

The iPhone 7 has one 12-megapixel iSight camera, but its performance is much improved over the iPhone 6s. It’s got a wider aperture lens, f1.8, which lets in more light for better photos in low-light conditions than the iPhone 6s’s f2.2 lens. The iPhone 7 also has optical image stabilization, which used to be confined to the larger Plus models. The TrueTone flash is also 50 percent brighter thanks to four LEDs, and Apple says it can even compensate for the subtle flickering of indoor lighting.



None of that changes how you actually use the Camera app—it’s just easier to get a good photo without any extra effort. Colors look amazing on the screen, and the iPhone 7 captures the wider P3 color gamut. (iOS 10 even lets third-party apps capture RAW data from the camera, but the stock Camera app still saves images as JPEGs.) My low-light photos show more detail, and daytime photos look better thanks to the vibrant color and the optical image stabilization.

I also loved how quickly the camera can refocus itself when you’re composing a photo or shooting a video. I loved getting close-up on, say, a flower, and watching how the background of the image got soft as the camera focused on the subject. Then I’d pull back until the focus snapped to the entire plant.

On the front, the FaceTime camera went from 5 megapixels in the iPhone 6s to 7 megapixels here, although it keeps the same f2.2 aperture. It can now record video in 1080p, and its low-light performance is improved too. All in all, it just works more like the rear camera, so your selfies always look their best.

iphone 7 - display

The main change to the screen on the iPhone 7 is the brightness and color, as it's otherwise identical. The same 4.7-inch 1334 x 750 resolution display is on offer here, meaning that if you hold it side by side with something like the Galaxy S7 Edge, you'll notice the lack of sharpness.

However, in day to day use you won't notice much wrong with the screen at all, as even at the HD resolution on offer you've still got a decent amount of pixels, so internet browsing and movie watching is still clean, clear and crisp enough.

There's also 3D Touch in the mix again – it's an identical system to that on the iPhone 6S, where the handset can detect the amount of pressure your finger is exerting on the screen. We were promised loads of apps that make use of this, but while most icons will do something when force is exerted, it's not often very useful.

How you view this screen depends on what phone you're coming from on – if it's the iPhone 6 or lower, then you'll love the display, as it's brighter, more colorful and just as crisp as before. If, however, you're moving from something like the LG G4, then you might struggle with the lower res, as side by side there is a drop.

This is where Apple sets out its stall when it comes to its screens: it's not about the sharpness, or the number of nits of brightness – it's how the display looks when it's in your hands that matters.

And to that end, the iPhone 7 is a step forward. The screen is more colorful – not in an overpowering technicolor way, but just in terms of richness, with the depth of color matching that of the 'cinema screen' according to Apple. It's a hard metric to test, but the color quality is certainly high.

The brightness is also improved in the right way – again, it's not overpowering, but more of an upgrade in the right way, giving you an easier look at the screen when it's as bright as it can go.

One thing Apple badly needs to sort out, though, is its auto brightness feature. The current setup is to blind you if you look at the phone in the dark, where other phones are more adept at dropping right down to the lowest possible brightness to save you from burning out your retinas.

Apple will maintain that it's done enough with the screen to make it a great viewing experience without packing in too many pixels and forcing the battery to work hard unnecessarily.

To a degree that's right, but in truth if this is the best that can be done on battery life then it's something of a problem, as the iPhone 7 isn't stellar at all in that department.

That's the feeling that comes across when watching movies on the new iPhone: it's fine, but nothing special. The contrast ratios don't feel as clear and crisp as on some other phones, and the size is a little small compared to others.

Perhaps that's an unfair criticism. The size of the screen is precisely what attracts some people, and as such it's presumably acceptable for media.

However, the size of the phone should be able to accommodate a larger display, pushing closer to the edge of the handset rather than the amount of bezel used. Of course, it's terribly naive to just say things like 'make the screen bigger!' 'Put in more battery!' 'Shove in more pixels!' as everything is a trade-off.

Talking of watching movies, the dual speakers that Apple has popped into the new iPhone are a real upgrade. The location at the top and bottom is a little weird, given that they fire in different directions, but the sound quality is much better than before.

iphone 7 - performance

The iPhone 7 comes with the new A10 Fusion chip, once AGAIN the biggest, whizziest and shiniest chip Apple has ever put in a phone.

This time though it's a quad-core affair, with two cores used for the high-powered stuff and two for the tasks that don't need full power. The intended result is for the phone to last longer when you're just checking your email – but we didn't see much evidence of that.

However, the speed of the iPhone isn't a problem – that's for sure. There's very little you can throw at this phone that it can't handle, be it quick photo adjustment in Adobe Photoshop, or more heavy video processing on the go.

iphone 7 - Battery life

Now, onto a crucial part of the iPhone 7: the battery life. This is a tricky one, as has Apple said it's increased the battery life and efficiency through the improvements to the iPhone and the A10 Fusion chip.

The latter is a key part, as it's designed to make the new iPhone separate into two task machines: on the one hand, two cores can run the harder stuff, such as video editing, multiple background processes, photo manipulation etc.

The other two cores are much more lightweight, but better at making sure you can still get your emails and browse the lighter apps – presumably Kindle reading would come under this category.

What's not clear is which set of cores do what – it would be great to know how to activate the lower-power cores only, because during our tests we didn't see any evidence of great battery life at all.

Every day by around five o'clock things get dicey in terms of battery. Looking at the stats, the reasons were many and varied: one day it was Spotify running in the background that was taking its toll, the next the use of the phone as a portable hotspot, and the next Facebook was pulling the power, or WhatsApp.

The charging speed of the iPhone 7 is decent though – Apple's not put a number on it, nor made this the big feature on stage, but if y.u plug your iPhone into a faster 2.1A iPad charging block it'll juice up the handset faster.

That's not something a lot of people will do, or even be aware they can do, but in 30 minutes they'll get around a 25% boost in battery power, with that absorption rate maintained until later in the charge cycle.

Later on, when the battery is getting close to topped up, the charging definitely slows down, although it does trickle over the line eventually.

We've seen other people claim excellent battery life for the iPhone 7, but we can't work out how that's happening. Even trying different power-use levels on the phone rarely led to better battery life.

The iPhone 7 Plus is certainly better at holding on to battery - which you'd expect given it's got a larger power pack inside.

However, you can see how well it's done in this video - showing a pretty good result. You can also see that Apple's not done a huge amount to the power management of the iPhone 7 since the 6S - it's only 7 minutes more capable, but it does have a more colorful and bright screen, which is worth the sacrifice.


Does the iPhone 7 have decent battery life? Simply put: no. We've needed to charge it sooner than most phones of its ilk, and while we get the trade-offs needed to create this phone (the thinner design, for example) it still feels odd that Apple's not gone all-out on battery life yet.

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