If you ever desire owning an iPhone device, but you’re on a low budget, then you have to consider going for an older model. The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are no longer being sold on Apple’s official store, but you can buy them via any leading online retailer store Nationwide you can also check gadgetsmart.ng to get verified vendors who sell Apple products. The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus aren’t different from the iPhone 6S models, but there’s quite lots of upgrades and improvement specified in our iPhone 7 and 7 Plus review.
Currently, the prices of iPhone 7 and 7 Plus have are now cheaper unlike during their debut back in 2016. You can buy the iPhone 7 model for ₦132,000 ($349) while the bigger iPhone 7 Plus starts at ₦170,000 ($449), making them the best choice for anyone looking for a cheaper iPhone device. For this price tag, you’ll get a quality smart camera (particularly on the dual iPhone 7 Plus), amazing displays, fast response performance from apps and games from Apple’s A10 Chipset, wrapped up with water-resistant bodies. The battery life is also good for this price tag, especially on the iPhone 7 Plus model.
However, there has been series of iPhone series released afterwards, which offer better camera performances, bigger storage capacity, faster processing with the new A14 Chip-set (only on iPhone 12), and perks in wireless performances, but those on a low-budget should go for the iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus.
iPhone 7 and 7 Plus: Design and Water-resistant
With the exception of two added colors, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus is similar to its predecessors. If you’ve expected an entirely new design on the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, then prepare to be disappointed. The two phones resemble their predecessors with that same rear aluminum plate and curved angles. Apple altered those ugly antenna bands on the rear side, now snaking around the top corner. This paves way for a sharper look, but if you want an iPhone 7’s that’s entirely different from its predecessors, I’ll advise you to skip the Gold, Silver, and Rose Gold, then opt for Jet Black or Black option.
Another clear difference is that both phones feature a slightly altered camera bump. The Jet Black iPhone 7 is the main deal. It comes with a flattened shiny Darth Vader helmet along with finer scratches, coupled with fingerprint smudges that are more readily than other model finishes.
Upfront, there has been some major improvement on the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus displays. being the superior device, the iPhone 7 Plus is quite larger and heavier with a 5.5-inches 1080p display as opposed to the 4.7-inches iPhone 7 which are 25% brighter than last year’s model. The improved display paves way for a bigger and better playing of games or watching movies. Unfortunately, the big screen might seem uncomfortable for one-hand operation. Unlike before, Apple has improved the screens on the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, widening the color gamut for more veracious displaying of pictures and videos.
One slide back on the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus is that there are more bezels around the phone’s screen, and they don’t look as sexy compared to the Note 7, or Samsung S7 Edge.
Another amazing thing you’ll like to have on the iPhone 7’s is the upgrading of water-resistant to IP67. The improved water-resistant can survive being underwater in 1 meter (or 3 feet) for 30 minutes. The iPhone 7’s is the first iPhone device to feature a water-resistant. Unfortunately, that’s nothing compared to that of Samsung S7 Samsung Galaxy Note 7 both of which can survive being submerged in 5 feet of water for 30 minutes.
iPhone 7 and 7 Plus: Big Camera Upgrades
Another key difference between these two Apple devices comes in their cameras. While the bigger iPhone 7 Plus features a dual 12-MP OIS camera, the iPhone 7 only comes with a single camera, and the two phones having a LED flash beside them. On the iPhone 7 Plus camera, one is a wide-angle lens, while the other is for telephoto. Amazingly, you can be able to change the two camera sensors, or use them together to deliver an optical-type effect on your photo.
However, the iPhone 7 model has a considerably better camera performance than the iPhone 7. The two iPhone 7s features a 12-MP camera that delivers outstanding performances in low-light environments (this is something the iPhone 6s can’t do). This comes as a result of a wider f 1/1.8 aperture compared to f2/2.2 that’s on other iPhones. To wrap it up, Apple integrated the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus with an optical image stabilization (OIS) which further meliorates exposure while minimizing handshake.
Apart from the bigger screen, another reason to choose the iPhone 7 Plus over the iPhone 7 is the second telephoto lens which delivers optical zoom. You’ll be able to get closer to the object you want to capture without the use of an optical zoom noise by pressing the ×2 button while on a live camera. Both the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will be able to record 4K@ 30fps; 1080p@ 60fps; and 720p at a slow-mo 240fps.
On the front, Apple graced the two iPhone 7 and 7 Plus with a sharper, clearer 7-MP selfie camera – a massive upgrade over the 5-MP selfie camera on other iPhones.
iPhone 7 and 7 Plus: Bye-bye to Headphone Jack
This is the controversial step that Apple has taken concerning the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus – by altering the 3.5mm headphone jack which has been present on 99% of smartphones.
Wireless is the future, and Apple is quiet embracing the future by altering the headphone jack in the position of an extra set of speakers holes. For you to listen to audio, Apple included EarPods in the phone’s box that you can connect to the iPhone 7’s lightning port which can also be used for charging. Altering the headphone jack to a stereo speaker is a big change, but one we’ve anticipated seeing on the iPhone device.
Speaking about the audio, Apple introduced a second speaker on the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus – one is located on top of the phone, while the second one is on the bottom, replacing the headphone jack.
iPhone 7 and 7 Plus: Speed Boost, More RAM, and Bigger Storage
Under the hood, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus is being powered by an A10 Fusion chip which gives faster response than the iPhone 6s. This is a big upgrade for Apple’s Silicon, jumping up from 1.8GHz to 2.4GHz. That consistent lag between opening or running multiple apps and notifications appearing on screen is practically gone. Going to the home screen or launching the camera is now faster, taking just half-second or less.
During the launch, Apple revealed that the four-core A10 chip-set is the most powerful processor on any smartphone. Trust me when I say this, they’re the fastest you can find on any smartphone, and our test results proved it. On the latest Geekbench 4 benchmark, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus scored 5,500, slightly surpassing Samsung Galaxy S7’s 3,910.
Gaming lovers will have to enjoy a clear advantage the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus has over the competition.
When it comes to storage, I’m glad that Apple has finally removed the measly 16GB inbuilt storage from its iPhone range. The two iPhone 7 and 7 Plus now features a base 32GB inbuilt storage with other choices of 128GB or 256GB. As usual, there’s no SDcard slot, so bear it in mind while choosing your iPhone 7 choice. The iPhone 7 comes with 2GB RAM, whilst the 7 Plus model features a 3GB RAM giving it a slight edge over the regular iPhone 7.
iPhone 7 and 7 Plus: iOS Software and Battery Life
The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus both rocks iOS 10, making you enjoy amazing features like Dark Modes and upgraded photos app.
Battery life is another big differentiator between the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, giving it a slight edge over the regular iPhone 7. The larger iPhone 7 Plus comes with 2900mAh battery (slight upgrade from the 2750mAh on the iPhone 6s Plus). It can also last longer for 1.5 hour than the regular iPhone 7, lasting for 10 hours and 35 minutes. Unfortunately, most Android smartphones can last up to 12 hours or longer.
iPhone 7 and 7 Plus: Price in Nigeria and Availability
Since their official launch back in 2016, the prices of both iPhone 7 and 7 Plus has cut slightly by ₦38,000 ($100), bringing the cost down to ₦132,000 ($349) for the regular iPhone 7 and ₦170,000 ($449) for iPhone 7 Plus. You can order the device via any online store or slots in Nigeria.
The much different between the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus model makes the iPhone 7 a winner in our own opinion. Unfortunately, the Plus model is quiet expensive, but you can get more than what you paid for with a larger screen, superior camera, greater RAM, and larger battery life.