The Bad Seed
Apple has first introduced the evolution in smartphone manufacturing. All touchscreen, 8GB internal memory, all virtual keyboard (as opposed to Nokia and the first Google phone by HTC) and a relatively bigger screen. The iPhone reinvented what a smartphone should be despite a great lead by Nokia. But in 2017, Apple has introduced a new revolution – marketing.
When we first got the iPhone 2G in 2007, it promised us that it’s the best smartphone in the market and they stayed true to their word. They became the epitome of what a smartphone should be. It has lots of limitations, yes. But it paved the way to the innovations we were able to enjoy for years. It was the bleeding technology that was accessible to mainstream and non-technies alike.
They followed up with great reiteration with the iPhone 6 and 6+ creating a different all-new all-different iPhone line.
In 2017, iPhone 7+ is a mediocre when it comes to specs but is a mammoth when it comes to marketing.
Technology GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE
Dimensions 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm (5.44 x 2.64 x 0.28 in)
Weight 138 g (4.87 oz)
– IP67 certified – dust and water resistant
– Water resistant up to 1 meter and 30 minutes
– Apple Pay (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX certified)
Type LED-backlit IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 4.7 inches (~65.6% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 750 x 1334 pixels (~326 ppi pixel density)
Protection Ion-strengthened glass, oleophobic coating
– Wide color gamut display
– 3D Touch display & home button
– Display Zoom
OS iOS 10.0.1, upgradable to iOS 10.2
Chipset Apple A10 Fusion
CPU Quad-core 2.34 GHz
GPU (six-core graphics)
Card slot No
Internal 32/128/256 GB, GB, 2 GB RAM
Primary 12 MP, f/1.8, 28mm, phase detection autofocus, OIS, quad-LED (dual tone) flash, check quality
Features 1/3″ sensor size, geo-tagging, simultaneous 4K video and 8MP image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, HDR (photo/panorama)
Video 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/60/120fps, 720p@240fps, check quality
Secondary 7 MP, f/2.2, 32mm, 1080p@30fps, 720p@240fps, face detection, HDR, panorama
Alert types Vibration, proprietary ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes, with stereo speakers
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– Lightning to 3.5 mm headphone jack adapter incl.
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, hotspot
Bluetooth v4.2, A2DP, LE
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS
NFC Yes (Apple Pay only)
USB v2.0, reversible connector
Sensors Fingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
Messaging iMessage, SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email
Browser HTML5 (Safari)
– Siri natural language commands and dictation
– iCloud cloud service
– MP3/WAV/AAX+/AIFF/Apple Lossless player
– MP4/H.264 player
– Audio/video/photo editor
– Document editor
Non-removable Li-Ion 1960 mAh battery (7.45 Wh)
Talk time Up to 14 h (3G)
Music play Up to 40 h
Colors Jet Black, Black, Silver, Gold, Rose Gold
We’ll go to the comparison after this break.
Why you should buy the iPhone 7 plus?
Camera: Dual camera technology is not new with smartphones, HTC had it, gawd even Nokia had it during Symbian days. But the camera really gave a new feature, for iphone atleast, which is the Depth of Field Shot.
Capacity: 128GB brings out the best in the iPhone (or any other IOS devices). You will never have to uninstall and delete media files to upgrade firmware or to download the latest game or app from the App Store.
Speed: it is a TAD faster than the 6 plus.
Third-party support: any iphone versions had great third-party accessories wherever you go. From protective casing to unique casings like the mophie and zerolemon, there is an accessory for you.
Why you should not buy the iPhone 7 plus?
System: the android device despite its flaws brings some of the best innovations a smartphone should have. And the reasons below are not limited to the iPhone 7 plus but with all IOS devices out there
– tap and holding a word to copy and paste feels more natural on android
– multi-tasking is not user-friendly. Double clicking a touch capacitive home button feels old and counterintuitive.
– the home button houses a plethora of functions. For some it is actually nice but I just feel like Apple engineers tried to squeeze in way too many functions in one button. Android, whether on-screen or physical buttons lays out enough buttons (three) and gives each a maximum of two functions. You can always customize to have more.
– 3.5 auxiliary jack is now gone. And not all Bluetooth headphones are compatible with the iPhone 7 plus. I was so upset having to find out that the headphone doesn’t work on the 7 plus but worked gloriously on my 6 plus. Really stupid.
If you have the latest android device or have the iPhone 6+/6s+ then getting this baby is impractical. I only got it for the huge upgrade in capacity.
But honestly? I’m missing using my android.
Nowhere does IOS come closer to the flexibility and productivity an android device brings. Multi-tasking is a joke here (before you bash me, I know what I’m talking about as I’ve had almost every other reiteration of the iPhone) and this is far from 21st century computing. Yes you have almost every app you would want on the App Store but despite having the latest and greatest version of IOS, it is still a closed ecosystem. Third-party keyboards appear and disappear when typing, some old apps are do not fill in the entire screen, and lastly, no file manager. I hate the fact that when you delete an app, you have to restart your phone in order to see that you’ve recovered a fraction of your storage space.
This bits and pieces are what I miss with my Galaxy Note 5. This is what I miss with an android device. This is why my iPhone will always be a secondary phone.
Hope you liked my rant about the iPhone 7 plus. If you like it, hit that star button and if you disagree, feel free to leave a comment below.