iPhone 7 evaluation | TechRadar

If Apple had launched the iPhone 7 rather than the iPhone 6S in 2015, it might in all probability have been the telephone of the yr.

We’re all used to the sample of the S variants the place there are minimal adjustments, however the myriad of adjustments on the iPhone 7 would have been unbelievable rather than the iPhone launched again in 2014.

Replace: The iPhone 7 has been changed by the iPhone 8, however meaning it is now a less expensive iPhone possibility.

As a substitute the upgrades for the iPhone 7 did not have such an affect in 2016 and it struggled to maintain tempo with units launched in 2017.

It is now been outdated by the iPhone 8 (plus the Eight Plus and iPhone X), however that is probably excellent news because the iPhone 7 has had a worth lower making it a extra engaging possibility for these wanting an Apple handset with out the large price.

The iPhone 7 affords a brighter and extra colourful display, a water-resistant design, twin audio system, and a boosted 12MP digital camera over the 6S it changed.

Apple has additionally modified the house button from a clickable entity to one thing that responds to stress, misplaced the headphone jack and included a 256GB storage mannequin. 

If Apple had launched this in 2015, it might have solid off the ‘tick-tock’ mentality of retaining the smaller upgrades confined to the S variants and shaken up the iPhone cycle. However that did not occur, and now the metronomic high quality of Apple’s upgrades appears to have come to a halt – or the pendulum is caught.

This is our tackle the iPhone 7 in a video evaluation:

As a result of with the iPhone 7 we have one other ‘tock’. The preliminary response of dubbing this an iPhone 6S is unfair, because it’s extra than simply an S improve – nevertheless it’s not as a lot of a push ahead as many would have anticipated given the massive adjustments on the iPhone Four and 6 specifically.

Though perhaps there is a second sample rising right here – the odd-numbered iPhones retaining issues incremental earlier than the large adjustments on the even-numbered fashions. Both manner, the iPhone 7 is one other good, however not nice, handset from Apple.

Plus now the entire Apple line up has modified. There’s the brand new iPhone 8 and iPhone Eight Plus to take over from this handset, after which there’s the entire new iPhone X with an virtually bezeless show and excessive price ticket.

The brand new iPhone Eight and iPhone Eight Plus include glass designs, wi-fi charging and new internals making them extra highly effective than each the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

On prime of that, there are there are additionally a terrific collection of Android units that you could be wish to go together with.

iPhone 7 worth and launch date

  • Launched in September 2016
  • iPhone 7 launch worth: $649 (£599, AU$1,079)
  • The 32GB telephone is now $549 (£549, AU$849)
  • Cheaper than iPhone 7 Plus by $120 (£120, AU$150)

The iPhone 7 worth now begins at $549 (£549, AU$849) for the 32GB mannequin, however that is principally as a result of there are newer and higher telephones obtainable from Apple.

The 32GB mannequin as soon as price $649 (£599, AU$1,079) however the latest low cost has made this a way more palatable worth for these trying to decide up an iPhone. When you’re in want of extra storage you will get the 128GB variant for $649 (£649, AU$999).

Apple did promote a 256GB iPhone 7 mannequin that is no longer obtainable immediately from the producer, however you might be able to discover it from a third-party retailer. That telephone initially price $849 (£799, AU$1,379) however ought to be much less now.

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By way of contracts, we’re not taking a look at an affordable telephone right here. Within the US, you will pay round $33 a month for the telephone alone and not using a plan factored in. Within the UK, the iPhone 7 begins at £43 per thirty days with no upfront price – that’ll provide you with 4GB of knowledge and the lowest-spec mannequin.

Now is an effective time to purchase the iPhone 7 as the value has dropped from the iPhone Eight and iPhone Eight Plus launch and we cannot actually count on any extra dramatic worth drops for a while.


  • Water resistance brings confidence in robustness of machine
  • Similar design as earlier two years
  • Headphone jack elimination is inconvenient

The 2 greater design adjustments on the iPhone 7 are huge speaking factors: it could now survive plunges right into a swimming pool, because of the water resistant chassis, and the headphone jack on the underside of the telephone is not there.

iPhone 7 review

The iPhone 7 (black, beneath) loses the headphone jack and provides in an aesthetic grille as a substitute

Let’s begin with the most important of these adjustments: the omission of the headphone jack. It is a daring transfer from Apple – though calling it ‘brave’ through the launch occasion was a bit a lot, and has led to some warranted memes – and one that would shake up the headphone trade.

The lack of this port will affect customers in various levels: for some folks it will be not more than a shrug earlier than they get on with their day, as a result of they solely use the EarPods within the iPhone field – and people are nonetheless there, simply with a Lightning connector.

For others, although, it will be an inconvenience, as they’re going to want to connect the brief white dongle to the three.5mm jack on the top of their headphones to be able to plug them into the Lightning port.

In a survey carried out over three commutes, we seen that out of 60 folks sporting headphones, 34 have been utilizing the bundled EarPods that Apple affords – given than lots of these folks won’t have been utilizing an iPhone, that is a better quantity than anticipated.

iPhone 7 review

Shedding the headphone jack additionally severely limits these wanting to purchase a brand new pair of headphones to be used with their iPhone, given how a lot all of us hearken to tunes or watch movies on our telephones nowadays.

Positive, you should buy common 3.5mm headphones, however then you definitely’ll have to attach the adaptor. If you wish to get one thing immediately appropriate you will both must go Bluetooth or Lightning-ready – and there are fewer first rate fashions that can be purchased in that latter class.


A fast Public Service Announcement: you DO NOT want to purchase Apple’s AirPods to get audio on the iPhone 7.

Three separate folks have instructed us that that is what they thought was the case when Apple launched them – that is one thing the model must make clear quickly.

iPhone 7 review

They’re extremely costly at $159 / £159 / AU$229, and all they actually do is lower the wire from the EarPods you get within the field.

The sound high quality would not really feel prefer it’s significantly better, and whereas the power to faucet one pod to activate Siri, or take away a Pod and have the sound immediately cease, is cool, it is not likely well worth the money.

Plus, there’s additionally the truth that they do not look essentially the most elegant within the ears – and when you battle with the match of the EarPods, this stuff are going to fall out on a regular basis.

They do have plenty of cost, include a cool magnetic carry case (which additionally provides 24 hours of cost, to the purpose the place we have not even come near operating ours down through the evaluation) and free you from the wires… however these really feel extra like reference designs for future wi-fi Apple units than the must-have iPhone accent.

iPhone 7 review

You should purchase the iPhone 7 in quite a lot of colours, however the a lot liked Area Gray coloration has been dropped for this launch. You are restricted to gold, rose gold, silver, black, jet black or crimson.

The crimson iPhone is the most recent addition to the colour vary and it made in partnership with an AIDS charity referred to as (RED). We have used a crimson iPhone 7 Plus for over per week because it was introduced and located it garnered numerous pleasure when folks spot the colour.

Whether or not that pleasure would be the similar in just a few months time when the telephone has been obtainable for a while has but to be seen.

This is the iPhone 7 Plus in red, but there's also a red iPhone 7 available as well

That is the iPhone 7 Plus in crimson, however there’s additionally a crimson iPhone 7 obtainable as nicely

iPhone 7 specs

Weight: 138g
Dimensions: 138.Three x 67.1 x 7.1mm
OS: iOS 10.2
Display measurement: 4.7-inch
Decision: 750 x 1334 decision
CPU: Apple A10 Fusion
Storage: 32/128/256GB
Battery: 1,960mAh
Rear digital camera: 12MP
Entrance digital camera: 7MP 

The general design of the iPhone 7 is definitely quite spectacular when you think about a few of the adjustments which have taken place. The waterproofing at all times add thickness, because the seals will want some house inside the machine.

The brand new twin audio system, which hearth out of the earpiece and the underside of the telephone, additionally wanted someplace to go, which begins to clarify why the iPhone 7 is 7.1mm thick… the identical because the iPhone 6S, and 0.2mm greater than the iPhone 6.

Maybe it is one thing to do with the truth that these options aren’t the primary of their form to market, however there’s one thing unexciting in regards to the iPhone 7 being waterproof. It has been performed already by Sony on the Xperia Z and Samsung on the Galaxy S7, and people telephones mixed spectacular design with the reassurance that you would sling them in a lake and nonetheless have a working telephone.

It is a very nice characteristic to have, and to iPhone customers it will be a whole novelty – though they’re going to remember that many Android-toting friends can have had the characteristic for some time. Nevertheless it’s a obligatory transfer from Apple, and it is good to see.

The house button, that iconic design from Apple that is endured all through the years, has modified dramatically too: it is not a clickable, bodily entity, however a sunken level on the entrance of the telephone that responds to the power of your contact.

Initially, it appeared horrible, one thing that may be unattainable to get used to; the lack of the reliable, pressable button was terrible, and we stored getting no response when attempting to get again to the house display from inside an app.

However then abruptly it clicked (nicely, not bodily), and it felt like a very pure movement. After some time we forgot what was taking place, and once you do not forget that nothing is transferring beneath your finger it is fairly an odd sensation.

Regardless of the identical / barely larger costs (UK readers can thank Brexit for that one), Apple has doubled the storage sizes on supply with the brand new iPhone, with 32GB, 128GB and 256GB choices. Whereas it is good to have a microSD card to have the ability to transfer information on and off your telephone, these new capacities form of put the controversy over why the iPhone would not have expandable storage to mattress – it is not wanted any extra.

iPhone 7 review

The general design of the iPhone is not something new actually – until you are wanting on the jet black model. This darker model has the antenna bands coloured in, a black iPhone emblem and a bizarre shine to the plastic.

It is form of like an iPhone 5C was given the Fairly Lady therapy, if that makes any sense.

This mannequin does scratch very simply although, so you will must sling it in a case the second you get your palms on it… which quite defeats the thing of proudly owning it within the first place.

Rumor has it that we’ll be getting a ‘Jet White’ model of the telephone too within the coming months, becoming a member of the rose gold, silver, gold, black and jet black variations obtainable.

This rumor was lately ‘substantiated’ by a Beats Instagram publish with a white iPhone within the shot, however this was confirmed to be only a dodgy filter.

The iPhone’s design hasn’t modified a terrific deal from the 6S, with the one important alterations aside from the lack of the headphone socket being the bigger and extra protruding digital camera lens, and the 2 speaker grilles on the backside of the telephone.

These twin grilles are misleading although – just one truly fires out sound, whereas the opposite is solely aesthetic, maybe attempting to distract us from the dearth of the headphone jack.

As it is so just like the iPhone 6S, it is acquainted for many iPhone customers. The display is a little bit exhausting to achieve with one thumb, however not overly so – and the sturdy construct high quality within the quantity and silencer swap remains to be as evident as ever.

Apple is aware of easy methods to put collectively a smartphone, and it is performed so effortlessly once more right here.


  • 25% brightness enhance and extra colours are exhausting to identify
  • Sharpness remains to be far decrease than opponents
  • Distinction ratio for film watching might be higher

The primary change to the display on the iPhone 7 is the brightness and coloration, because it’s in any other case an identical. The identical 4.7-inch 1334 x 750 decision show is on supply right here, that means that when you maintain it facet by facet with one thing just like the Galaxy S7 Edge, you will discover the dearth of sharpness.

iPhone 7 review

Nonetheless, in day after day use you will not discover a lot fallacious with the display in any respect, as even on the HD decision on give you’ve nonetheless obtained a good quantity of pixels, so web searching and film watching remains to be clear, clear and crisp sufficient.

There’s additionally 3D Contact within the combine once more – it is an an identical system to that on the iPhone 6S, the place the handset can detect the quantity of stress your finger is exerting on the display. We have been promised a great deal of apps that make use of this, however whereas most icons will do one thing when power is exerted, it is not usually very helpful.

The way you view this display is dependent upon what telephone you are coming from on – if it is the iPhone 6 or decrease, then you definitely’ll love the show, because it’s brighter, extra colourful and simply as crisp as earlier than. If, nevertheless, you are transferring from one thing just like the LG G4, then you definitely may battle with the decrease res, as facet by facet there’s a drop.

That is the place Apple units out its stall relating to its screens: it is not in regards to the sharpness, or the variety of nits of brightness – it is how the show appears when it is in your palms that issues.

And to that finish, the iPhone 7 is a step ahead. The display is extra colourful – not in an overwhelming technicolor manner, however simply when it comes to richness, with the depth of coloration matching that of the ‘cinema display’ in line with Apple. It is a exhausting metric to check, however the coloration high quality is definitely excessive.

The brightness can also be improved in the suitable manner – once more, it is not overpowering, however extra of an improve in the suitable manner, supplying you with a neater have a look at the display when it is as brilliant as it could go.

iPhone 7 review

The iPhone 7 on the highest vs the iPhone 6S on the underside

The white stability of the show can also be improved to a hotter tone – there have been rumors that Apple was going to be utilizing the identical True Tone show as seen within the iPad 9.7, and it looks like components of which can be current.

One factor Apple badly must kind out, although, is its auto brightness characteristic. The present setup is to blind you when you have a look at the telephone at midnight, the place different telephones are more proficient at dropping proper right down to the bottom doable brightness to save lots of you from burning out your retinas.

Apple will keep that it is performed sufficient with the display to make it a terrific viewing expertise with out packing in too many pixels and forcing the battery to work exhausting unnecessarily.

To a level that is proper, however in reality if that is the very best that may be performed on battery life then it is one thing of an issue, because the iPhone 7 is not stellar in any respect in that division.

That is the sensation that comes throughout when watching films on the brand new iPhone: it is effective, however nothing particular. The distinction ratios do not feel as clear and crisp as on another telephones, and the dimensions is a little bit small in comparison with others.

iPhone 7 review

Maybe that is an unfair criticism. The scale of the display is exactly what attracts some folks, and as such it is presumably acceptable for media.

Nonetheless, the dimensions of the telephone ought to be capable of accommodate a bigger show, pushing nearer to the sting of the handset quite than the quantity of bezel used. In fact, it is terribly naive to only say issues like ‘make the display greater!’ ‘Put in additional battery!’ ‘Shove in additional pixels!’ as the whole lot is a trade-off.

However, as different manufacturers appear to have managed it, it appears that evidently thinner bezels are at the very least doable.

Speaking of watching films, the twin audio system that Apple has popped into the brand new iPhone are an actual improve. The situation on the prime and backside is a little bit bizarre, on condition that they hearth in several instructions, however the sound high quality is significantly better than earlier than.

iPhone 7 review

They do not have the spectacular sound high quality of the audio system on the iPad Professional, however that has additional chambers and 4 audio system, in order that’s comprehensible.

The audio is a little bit on the tinny facet, however for simply displaying off a YouTube video or watching a film in a quiet room they’re greater than effective. It is not an ideal setup for listening to music – there must be extra bass for that – however Apple has pushed issues ahead nicely right here.

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