iPhone 7 Review
Apple has now released its latest iterations of the iPhone—its best iPhone yet. The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus promise us faster processors, new cameras, some visual updates, a new antenna design and more colorways. The biggest change, however, caused a lot of upset during the September 7th announcement: the loss of the 3.5mm headphone jack (How will we listen to Spotify, or Serial on a plane without a headphone jack?).
With phones like the Galaxy Note 7 leading the pack, exploding batteries not withstanding, it's clear that a superior smartphone experience far outweighs the speed of the processor, or the resolution of the screen. We took the liberty of doing a few critical comparisons between the new Apple phone and the best Android specimens it will compete against as of its release.
The Apple iPhone 7, at first look
First, let's look at what makes the Apple iPhone 7 so appealing.
- Thinner design
- "Force Touch" Home button
- Instead of the iconic white headphones Apple has famously shipped with all of its iPhones, they are now shipping wireless Lightning headphones and a Lightning charger.
- 12mpx camera, with dual sensor camera module
- Water resistant
Processor and Storage
The processor in both Apple iPhone 7 models is the A10 Fusion. The Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy Note 7 and LG V20 use Snapdragon 820, while the Nexus 6P still utilizes Snapdragon 810. As A10 Fusion its the newest processor in the bunch it's also the most advanced.
In terms of storage, iPhone 7 comes in 32GB, 128GB and 256GB versions, and this is certainly where the competition falls behind. The best storage option across all iPhone 7 comparisons is the 128GB Nexus 6P. The Galaxy S7 Edge has only a 32GB version, while the Note 7 and LG V20 are only available at the fairly generous 64GB size.
At 12mpx (7 mpx for the front camera), the rear camera measures up to the Galaxy 7 Edge, the Note 7 and the Nexus XP but the LG V20 still outshines with its 16 mpx camera. Apple claims the camera is 60 percent faster and 30 percent more energy than previous iterations, but that unfortunately doesn't tell us a lot about how that tweak in performance stacks up against the top iPhone 7 comparisons. Additionally, both iPhone 7 models feature the True Tone flash. The new flash is made of four LEDs that emit 50 percent more light.
Force Touch Button
What is a Force Touch home button? It simply means the physical Home button will no longer be there, and the phone will instead feature a Home button that will sit flush with the device. It doesn't make the phone 100% button-less, which we could speculate is an attempt by Apple to hold on to its famous buttons. People seem to like it, however, which isn't news to Apple because it just proves what their early field checks, research and predictions told them.
Hard specifications don't tell us the whole story about the phone, but it's still nice to the phones deconstructed and compared by the hard numbers. So, now that you've seen some comparisons, do you choose one of the iPhone 7 models or one of the comparable Android phones for your ideal smartphone?
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