Gadget Review: What You Need To Know About The iPhone 7 & 7 Plus
On Wednesday, September 7, Apple announced the latest iterations of the iPhone, with what the company claims are its best iPhones yet – the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
We love and work with gadgets; hence, we have taken some time to review the features and summarize to you, the improvements (pros) and downsides (cons) of these devices.
This, however, would guide you in making a buying decision when it arrives Nigeria.
Important Upgrades – Pros
iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus come with iOS 10, the biggest release ever of the world’s most advanced mobile operating system. iOS 10 introduces a huge update to Messages that delivers more expressive and animated ways to message friends and family, the ability for Siri to do more by working with apps, new ways to interact with apps and even more places to use 3D Touch, beautifully redesigned Maps, Photos, Apple Music and News apps, and the Home app.
Apple has used A10 Fusion chip. This will make iPhone 7 two times faster than iPhone 6. A10 Fusion chip is the most powerful chip ever in a smartphone.
Camera – 12mp
The iPhone 7 Plus camera “spot on,” features an impressive dual-lens camera: one wide-angle and one telephoto lens, which enable photographers to zoom without blurring the photo, take portraits with advanced depth-of-field and all kinds of photographic wizardry.
In terms of storage, Apple is doubling the minimum storage size by offering the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in 32GB, 128GB and the new monster 256GB sizes – which has the same amount of storage as Apple’s top-of-the-range iPad Pro; ditching the 16GB and 64GB models in previous releases.
Battery life has also been upgraded, Apple says that the iPhone 7 battery will last two hours longer on average than the iPhone 6s, while the iPhone 7 Plus will last an extra hour on average, a relief for users who find themselves having to charge to get through their day.
Water and Dust Resistance
iPhone 7 and 7 Plus comes in silver, gold and rose gold finishes and introduce two all-new black finishes. The new jet black finish is accomplished through an innovative nine-step process of anodization and polish for a uniform, glossy finish. An entirely re-engineered enclosure results in a water resistant iPhone, offering protection like never before against spills, splashes and dust.
The removal of the audio jack also contributed in making this a complete waterproof phone.
Controversially, Apple has removed the headphone socket from the bottom of the device, meaning you may have to rethink your headphone choices.
The biggest complaint from customers so far seems to be the removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack, which helped expand the battery size and make the phone water-resistant. This means you may have to rethink your headphone choices.
The company does offer alternatives, though. The iPhone 7 will come with wired headphones that plug into the Lightning charger port of the iPhone, as well as an adapter that plugs into the port so people can use their traditional headphones.
The latest models of anything don’t come cheap. The iPhone 7 pricing starts from $649 while iPhone 7 Plus starts from $769. Coming to Nigeria, with the high exchange rates, we should be expecting nothing less than N260,000 for the iPhone 7 and N308,000 for the iPhone 7 Plus. Hmmmmm!
The fact that you can get the iPhone 6 and 6s for so much less now makes them both a more appealing upgrade for people on a budget. Ultimately, you’re getting a slightly dated but still very relevant phone for a lot less money.
In conclusion, we believe the iPhone 7 is a pretty cool upgrade for the iPhone 6 even though we expected more ‘wowing’ features considering the price. However, we believe Apple is planning something big, in terms of features, for the 10th year anniversary of the iPhone coming up next year 2017.
The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are available on pre-order on the Apple website and would be available in Apple Stores from September 16.