iPhone 7 Plus Review
As with my previous smartphone reviews I was able to source in an iPhone 7 Plus from Vodafone as a means to help me record some 4K video footage for my Hisense Feature. During this time I recorded well over 7 hours of footage and I have to admit that in operation the device has been superb!
Granted the LG G5 I reviewed a few weeks back has the edge on manual camera control, but the iPhone 7 Plus with its Dual 12MP camera sensors offers unlimited recording time, with the only limitation being its storage space, whereas as the LG limits 4K footage to 5 minutes because of over-heating concerns.
For me the iPhone 7 Plus is a scary phone to review when you know how much it retails for (sim-free) and even the base 32GB version that I got hold was £719 sim-free.
Yet the iPhone 7 Plus just feels like a better handset compared to the iPhone 6s Plus that I also reviewed last month. For one the iPhone 7 Plus has an IP67 rating which means it is dust and water proof to depths of a metre for 30 minutes. I tried this first hand by dunking the iPhone into a bowl of water while playing a film on the handset at the same time. It worked perfectly in and out of the water! You can see this in Part 2 of my Video overview below.
The iPhone 7 comes is various colours as well and I got hold of the standard black version which gives it a modern look that oozes premium. It’s also a tad lighter than the iPhone 6s Plus, but it definitely feels a touch easier to hold despite the screen size being identical. At 5.5” with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 it does lack behind the competition, yet it is still a quality screen to be-hold and with a wide colour gamut the colours shine through.
The biggest change of the iPhone 7 range includes the removal of the 3.5mm jack. Perhaps the decision was to make the phone lighter or perhaps it was designed to allow for the larger 2900mAh battery and stereo speakers of the iPhone 7 plus, bu who knows!
You could argue it helps as well with its IP67 rating. Though the latter is probably not the case given that its competitors all have 3.5mm ports without a problem.
For me the removal is still baffling though because while Apple includes a Lightning port adaptor and Lightening port headphone set is the box (to appease fans of the legacy port) it’s still a pain to carry the adaptor around with you - especially if you have an expensive pair of headphones already. Plus with modern busses and trains incorporating charge points, there is no way to charge your phone and listen to music with a pair of headphones at the same time.
However I remember when they removed the standard propriety charging port of the iPhone 4s and there was a big uproar here, but now that lightning ports are as standard on the iPhone range nobody is that worried anymore. I think the pound shop will eventually provide a splitter to do the charging job and listen to headphones at the same time. So it’s not worth worrying about the issue because if you want the iPhone 7 there is no other option.
The other big change is with the Touch ID Home button which is now seamlessly integrated within the casing and it also incorporates Haptic feedback; which does take a little time to adjust to.
For me though now that I’ve been using the iPhone 7 Plus for a while the Haptic feedback seems to suit iOS 10.1.1 more. Mainly because unlocking your phone with the Home button now feels more intuitive.
There are three layers of adjustment that you can play with and these offer stronger layers of feedback.
More grunt under the bonnet!
Additionally the iPhone 7 Plus also incorporates the new A10 fusion chipset (with a Quad-core 2.23 GHz CPU/PowerVR GT7600 Six-core graphics GPU) and this certainly offers a boost in performance over the other iPhone’s I have played with.
In fact looking at the benchmarks below, in all the tests it was the fastest device I have ever used to date!