- Great screen and speakers
- Incredible performance
- Water resistant
- Excellent camera
- Clever Haptic engine
- Poor battery life
- Looks the same
- Where’s the headphone jack?
- 4.7-inch 326ppi wide-colour-gamut display
- 32, 128 and 256GB storage options
- Water-resistant IP67
- A10 Fusion chip
- 12MP camera with OIS
- 7MP front camera
- Taptic engine with 3D Touch
- Manufacturer: Apple
- Review Price: £599.00
WHAT IS THE IPHONE 7?
Features never before seen on an Apple phone, headphone controversy and a price hike… The iPhone 7 certainly hasn’t slipped into the world with a whimper.
And yet when you look at it you’ll wonder what’s changed – it looks pretty much the same as an iPhone 6. Granted that design was good, but would any other company get away with a two-year-old look for a brand-new phone?
Get past this and the iPhone 7 delivers a unique experience among iPhones. The new features – water resistance, an incredible quad-core processor and, crucially, a 32GB starting storage capacity – are all very welcome. So is the excellent camera that’s had upgrades to actually make photos look better, rather than just a needless bump in megapixels.
But like the eponymous Batman villain, the iPhone 7 has two faces. The removal of the headphone jack feels unnecessary and restrictive, the handset costs more than the 6S did when it was released last year (in the UK at least), and the iPhone 7’s battery life is a real problem.
If you want a small Apple phone you’d be better off opting for the iPhone SE. Alternatively, if size isn’t an issue, last year’s iPhone 6S Plus remains a great phone, has strong battery life and costs exactly the same as the iPhone 7.
IPHONE 7 – WATER RESISTANT
One of the reasons the Home button has been changed is because of the iPhone 7’s headline feature: water resistance.
Apple may not be the first to create a water-resistant phone, but it’s a brilliant feature to have nonetheless. That’s because one of the main reasons people ruin their phone is through water damage. I’ve broken a phone or two by dropping it in the wet stuff in the past.
The iPhone 7 is hardy enough now to withstand a moderate dunk in up to 1m of water for up to 30 minutes. The iPhone 7 manages an IP67 rating for water and dust resistance, which is a little less than the certification achieved by the Galaxy S7 and Sony Xperia Z5. Don’t let that bother you, though. The difference is small and I’ve used the iPhone 7 in the shower and left it in water for 30 minutes and it still works just fine.
Water resistance is an added level of insurance for flagships that cost a lot to replace. It certainly came to my rescue when I dropped the iPhone 7 in a puddle while camping on a wet weekend.
I went from iPhone 6s 64GB to iPhone 7 256GB and I find I need to recharge the phone a lot more , videoing is crappy , phone freezes and needs rebooted at least once or twice a day if it weren’t for spending all that $ on the 7 I would gladly go back to my 6