After a couple of months with my iPhone 7 Plus here are my thoughts…
Let’s face it most of us are glued to our handsets pretty much all of the time. It’s often the first thing we look at in the morning (even ahead of any significant other’s face) and the last thing we see before going to sleep at night. There’s new phones coming out all of the time and it’s always difficult to weigh up whether to upgrade now or wait for the newer shinier model to arrive.
That was the toss up with upgrading to the iPhone 7 Plus, is it worthwhile upgrading now when it is likely there will be a new model towards the end of this year, leaving me with that handset until the now common 24 month contract ends.
I decided in the end you that there’s always going to be something better out there but as my contract was up I might as well. After all phones have come a long way since the Nokia 3210 so it’s not like you’re massively missing out for that 18 months until you get something new.
So is it worth getting? Here are my thoughts
Size Does Matter
One of my main concerns when looking at the iPhone 7 Plus was the size. Would it be too big? I think for ladies this is maybe less of an issue as most of the time they have a handbag with them so the phone goes in there. For a guy with a penchant for skinny jeans though would people get confused if it was an iPhone in my pocket or was I just pleased to see them.
I was surprised how quickly I got used to the size of the iPhone 7 Plus though. It is significantly bigger than the iPhone 6S but after a few hours with it you don’t even notice. The bigger screen is great for using for photos, social media, reading articles, watching videos and sending e-mails so is definitely a bonus.
Beam Me Up
The battery life also seems significantly better and gets through a whole day without charging most of the time, so not as much begging the bartender to charge your phone on a Friday night!
One grumble I do have is the much talked about removal of the headphone jack. This can be quite irritating. There is an adaptor it comes with to allow you to plug normal headphones into the lighting cable but obviously I’ve already lost it. It means that if you only have them one pair of headphones it can be really annoying if you can’t find them (which I never can). It also means if you’re say sat on a train you can’t listen to music and charge your phone at the same time.
The Camera on the iPhone 7 Plus is probably it’s main selling point. The two cameras on the front mean it is able to mimic the depth effect Portrait setting that you get on many standalone cameras with the crisp in focus image and the blurry background. The zoom functionality is also noticeably better.
It’s great to be able to take fantastic high quality photographs when on the go without having to lug around a camera. The front camera is also great which provides really clear selfies, although I’m not sure that this is necessarily a good thing!
Sensitive to the touch
It’s only a minor detail but the touch sensor on the iPhone 6S was a bit hit or miss. Sometimes it took a few tries to recognize my fingerprint and it wasn’t immediately responsive.
There’s a marked difference with the touch sensor on the iPhone 7 Plus, recongising the fingerprint much more quickly and with a far higher success rate.
Drop Me Out
Dropability is always an important factor when it comes to phones – I’ve seen many friends come a cropper with that spiderweb shattered screen after a drunken slip. Waterproofing is also key, I once saw a mate drop her phone into a pint of coke once (don’t ask) – needless to say it didn’t end well for her.
I’ve got a light case on my iPhone 7Plus but nothing covering the screen and have already dropped it 4 times in the short period of time I’ve had it and it has survived so far. It’s supposed to be the toughest iPhone to date and also water resistant meaning there’s no problem using it out and about in the Englishn rain. I haven’t been brave enough to try dropping it in a pint of coke though yet…
All in all I’m really pleased to have got mine as it has definitely improved daily use. In the grand scheme of things is it revolutionary? Maybe not. But then how much better can they really make these things every year. But you never know I might be eating my words in a few months when Apple bring out a shinier new iPhone.