Apple Iphone 7


The iPhone 7 was released last September, so you should probably know that it does not have a headphone jack and that its design is almost identical to the iPhone 6 (2014) and 6s (2015). Yet despite this apparent lack of renewal, the 7 is indeed the best iPhone to date.

There are very good alternatives on the Android side with the Samsung Galaxy S7, the google pixel or the OnePlus 3T. The iPhone 7 is still ahead of them on performance but is nevertheless lagging behind in terms of autonomy.

 

However, there are real reasons to choose an iPhone 7, even for those who have a recent iPhone:

-The iPhone 7 is now waterproof;

-The camera is much more powerful, especially in low light, and benefits from optical image stabilization ;

-Self sufficiency is a little better;

-Processor is definitely faster.

Let’s add to this list, a screen that renders colours even more faithfully, stereo speakers, a home button that no longer “clicks” but instead uses pressure-sensitive 3D Touch technology. A new home touch that was a bit confusing at first, by the way.

Like last year, there’s a Plus version of the iPhone 7 with a 5.5-inch screen that inherits as a bonus a dual-lens rear camera that has both a 2x optical zoom and a bokeh effect in Portrait mode that creates a blur on the background. In any case, think of both the iPhone 7 and the 7 Plus as two really worthwhile evolutions even if their aesthetics have not changed. However, this should not overshadow the removal of the headphone socket, which has been the subject of much debate.

iPhone SE, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

Now, if you want to connect a wired headset or earphones, you need to use the supplied adapter or opt for Bluetooth wireless models. Or use the wired earphones with Lightning plug that come with the unit. The iPhone 7 may be an excellent smartphone full of new features, but we miss the headset jack.

No more headphone jack

The disappearance of the headphone jack bothers us because we don’t like wireless headphones and hate adapters. If you get used to both, you’ll regret the simplicity of a wired pair of headphones. Maybe other manufacturers will choose this voice, like the USB-C, and you just have to be prepared for it?

There are several options: the Lightning earphones that come with the iPhone 7, the new Bluetooth AirPods, and the adapter (also included) that you should not forget to take with you wherever you go. Despite these alternatives, the lack of a headphone jack remains for us the only defect that could be crippling for some people, like the USB-C ports on the latest MacBook and MacBook Pro These are compromises that we are being forced to make. Of course, those who have already switched to wireless won’t mind…

The design

Although its design is still attractive, slim and ergonomic, it looks like an iPhone 6 or 6s. The main aesthetic novelty is the arrival of the new jet black and matt black colour in addition to the silver, pink and gold shades. Jet black is sensitive to scratches and fingerprints.

A static home button

This new welcome button, which is no longer physically pressed, requires a real adjustment time. It is pressure sensitive, which means that it is no longer a button in the strict sense. This evolution perhaps foreshadows an even more radical change that could happen with the iPhone 8, namely the outright removal of the home button, which would be merged with the screen. To be continued…

Waterproof yes, but don’t go swimming with

The iPhone 7 is waterproof (IP67) and dustproof, as are several models from Samsung, Motorola and Sony. IP67 means that the smartphone can be immersed for 30 minutes in water at a depth of 1 meter and is completely dustproof. In case of contact with seawater, rinse with fresh water and dry the unit for at least two hours before charging.

Of course, we put the iPhone 7 to the test by plunging it in an aquarium, in a sink, in the shower. We even went a little over the 30-minute limit. In the end, the sound had lost a bit of quality, but the smartphone was working normally.

In short, it will be able to withstand rain, snow, falls in a Swimming Pool sink or toilet without flinching, but do not try to go beyond these limits.

The screen offers a wider range of colours and 25% more brightness. However, we personally didn’t notice much difference when we put it next to an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus. In direct sunlight, it is sometimes not very readable, like all iPhone.

On the other hand, the loudspeakers are more powerful. Located on the lower right and left edges, they deliver more effective sound for games and videos, but perhaps the most noticeable improvement is the haptic feedback that the phone provides in response to actions. Indeed, Apple has evolved its Taptic Engine to produce more precise vibrations.


 

A better camera

The iPhone 7 inherits an improvement we were already hoping for on the iPhone 6s: optical image stabilization. The slightly wider f1.8 lens lets more light in in low light conditions. Two evolutions that make a real difference on the clichés. Pictures taken at dusk that were barely visible on the iPhone 6s are much brighter. The 4 led flash is more powerful, so much so that we managed to take a passable picture of a completely dark room.

The front camera goes to 7 megapixels. She takes good self-portraits and videos. But our preference still goes to the iPhone 7 Plus’ dual-lens camera, which offers a 2x optical zoom and the famous bokeh effect focuses on the subject in the foreground and creates an artistic blur in the background. In addition, the 5.5-inch screen is more comfortable to view and possibly edit the pictures.

A bomb

The new quad-core A10 Fusion processor in iPhone 7 combines performance and power savings with a mode that optimizes power consumption with only two cores in use. The results are immediately visible through several sessions on GeekBench. The iPhone 7 is really fast, much faster than any other iOS device, including the iPad Pro

It is also faster than the latest models from Samsung and Google Pixel But, as we repeat every year, all this power is not necessary. But this iPhone is indeed a performance monster.

Geekbench 3

apple iphone 7

3,495

5,931

Apple iPhone 7 Plus

3,493

5,932

Apple iPhone 6S

2,527

4,402

Samsung Galaxy S7

1,698

3,935

Google Pixel

1,602

4,241

Legends:

Single-Core

Multi-Core

Note:

Longest bars indicate best performance

Video playback time

Samsung Galaxy S7

960

Google Pixel

792

Apple iPhone 7 Plus

726

Apple iPhone 7

655

Apple iPhone 6S

630

Note:

Longest bars indicate best performance

3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited

Apple iPhone 7 Plus

36,625

Apple iPhone 7

36,573

Samsung Galaxy S7

29,031

Google Pixel

28,081

Apple iPhone 6S

27,698

Note:

Longest bars indicate best performance

Autonomy: a minor gain

In our looped video playback test, the iPhone 7 equipped with iOS 10.1 lasted 10h45mn, which is barely more than the iPhone 6s. The Pixel and Galaxy S7 both do much better.

In real conditions, the autonomy will obviously depend on the use that is made of the smartphone, especially with the processor’s energy manager, which can make a difference depending on the type of application used. Apple’s approach is promising, but there are many models that have more durable batteries: Moto Z, OnePlus 3T or Galaxy S7 and the iPhone 7 Plus.

No more storage

All the iPhones have had their storage capacity increased. The first 729 euro model has 32 GB, the 879 euro model has 128 GB and the 989 euro model has 256 GB. However, we regret the disappearance of the 64 GB option.

Model

Capacity

Awards

Apple iPhone 7

32 GB

769 €

128 GB

879 €

256 GB

989 €

Apple iPhone 7 Plus

32 GB

909 €

128 GB

1 019 €

256 GB

1 129 €

*The jet black colour is only available in 128GB and 256GB versions.

Conclusion

The iPhone is what it is: a software and hardware fusion that is continually being perfected. And this new version is better than the previous ones. But if you want something really different, wait until next year when the iPhone 8 is released. This year’s iPhone update is not a must-have.

But the improvements it brings are paving the way for the iPhone 2017, which is expected to renew itself profoundly. If you want to have better photos, then go for the iPhone 7 Plus, probably the best iPhone proposal this year.

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