This article has been contributed by Abishek Kumar and reviewed by Usman Jabbar
Apple is back with a bang with another set of iPhones for this year, the all new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Speculations and rumours about the now officially launched iPhones had been revolving all around the internet ever since the launch of the 5SE earlier this year. The launch of the world famous iPhone 7 was a major event that took the internet by storm on 7th September 2016. Some squealed with happiness while a few seemed disappointed with the new changes found on these beauties. As seen in the case of iPhone 6 series, the larger models did not have any significant changes in them apart from a larger display, but this is not the case with this year’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Now considering that Apple phones are sure to burn a hole in your pockets, it is definitely wise to make sure which of the models will be better suited for you.
Display and Design
For those of you expecting a change of looks in the Apple iPhone 7 must be disappointed by now as Apple chose to adorn their latest invention with the same design our eyes have grown accustomed to since the launch of the iPhone 6. But they did bring back the colour black into the scene and introduced a matte black alongside their usual colour variants. Both the phones look alike with obvious changes in their dimensions. The iPhone 7 has a dimension of 138.3 (H) x 67.1 (W) x 7.1 (T) mm while the iPhone 7 Plus comes with 158.2 (H) x 77.9 (W) x 7.3 (T) mm dimensions, making it heavier and thicker than the former.
Another significant change can be found in their displays. The iPhone 7 comes with a 4.7-inch IPS LCD display (750 x 1,334 pixels) that produces 326 pixels per inch while the iPhone 7 Plus emerges victorious with a 5.5-inch FHD (1,080 x 1,920 pixels) IPS LCD display capable of producing 401 pixels per inch.
Though both the devices have retina displays that produce a wide range of colour gamut along with great viewing angles, yet picture reproduction on the 7 Plus is better than its sibling.
Configuration and OS
Both the gizmos are at par when it comes to their performance under the hood. The A10 Fusion chipset is a powerful chipset that is claimed to be 40 percent faster than the chipset found in Apple’s iPhone 6s. The A10’s quad-core processor clocks a maximum speed of 3GHz to get all your work done in a jiffy. Two of those cores solve high-performance tasks while the other to come into play when high-efficiency tasks need to be done. This ensures that least of your smartphone’s power gets eaten. The processor is accompanied by 2GB of RAM for multitasking. Both the Apple phones, sail on the latest v10 iOS.
Camera and Storage
This department is where the major difference between the two phones lie. The iPhone 7 comes with armed with a 12MP rear camera which has gone through major upgrades and includes optical image stabilization for blur free photos, a ƒ/1.8 aperture to let more light pass in, and a six-element lens which has four individual smart LED flash capable of delivering 50 percent brighter photos as compared to the iPhone 6s. It also senses the environment and adjusts itself to produce better lit and sharper photos.
The Apple iPhone 7 Plus has all of the above features as well with the addition of another 12MP camera. So in total, the 7 Plus scores two rear cameras, which makes a humongous difference between the camera performance of the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus. The second camera is a telephoto lens that gives the phone the benefit of two times more optical zoom while also improving its digital zooming power. The lens furthermore comes with the feature called depth-of-field that will be available on the phone after a software update. This new feature will be able to produce bokeh images which has been the trademark of DSLR cameras till now. Portraits will come out more vibrant and lively than ever before. Users will also have the benefit of seeing a live preview before taking a shot. This will allow aspiring photographers to shoot on the go and create stunning images without having to battle the heavy weight of DSLR’s.
Both the phones come with a 7MP FaceTime HD camera that uses wide color capture to take sharper and more vibrant selfies. The Retina Flash matches the ambient light for a shot to produce natural-looking skin tones.
In terms of storage, Apple has decided to abandon their usual introductory 16GB model, and has started the iPhone 7 range with 32GB of internal memory followed by 128GB and 256GB.
Battery and Connectivity
Coming to the battery backup, Apple has been generous in this segment. It has endowed the Apple iPhone 7 with a 3,000mAh battery while the larger variant gets a larger battery. Whereas the iPhone 7 can last for upto 14hours, the 7 Plus steals the show with a backup of a whopping 21 hours. It also provides an hour of extra use for certain tasks as compared to the former.
Connectivity options on both the phones remain the same as usual like, 3G, GPRS, EDGE, Wi-Fi 802.11, a/ac/b/g/n, Mobile Hotspot, Bluetooth, GPS with A-GPS, Glonass, Computer sync, NFC, OTA sync, Tethering, TV-Out, and UMA. The new iPhones come with 4G VoLTE support to make the most of this technology.
Apple has bid its farewell to the good old 3.5mm audio jacks and replaced them with lightning ports. This has paved the path for the grand entry of Apple’s AirPods which are wireless headsets. The AirPods are easy to connect and can be used for commanding Siri to do your bidding without having to touch your precious smartphones. This has generated a mix response as many are not okay with this advancement. But just incase you are not ready to say goodbye to your good old buddy, a 3.5mm headphone jack adapter has been included in the box, but restricts you from listening to audio and charging your phone at the same time.
Though Apple has introduced quite a few changes in the iPhone 7 series, all of them were previously speculated. So we can very well say that Apple has not managed to surprise us as usual. But considering how smooth and convenient iPhones are, the Apple 7 series are a worthy gamble. As we can clearly discern, the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus is not all about different sizing. If you are an avid photographer who does not mind juggling a large display and also has extra bucks to spare for the added advantage, the Apple iPhone 7 Plus should be the one you need to run after. And if you are comfortable with a more compact display and do not mind overlooking the superior camera and a slightly better display, the iPhone 7 is not a bad choice at all.
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