Browse iPhone 7: revolution or evolution?

Every time we watch commercials new iPhone, we inevitably wonder: is this seductive handsome in real life? And as is often the case with Apple products, after take up a brand new iPhone 7, there is a sense of belonging to something big and great. Well, besides it’s nice to know that you belong to those few hundred people across the country who managed to touch the coveted novelty.

But emotion and sentiment will provide an analysis of the therapist, and can handle the task for which you are gathered here: let’s try to understand whether or not to recommend the purchase of the iPhone 7. In our time people are willing to save on many things, and the best phone in the world can afford not everyone. So inevitably the question arises: maybe this time skip the upgrade and to save some money to buy the iPhone 7s? Before giving some recommendations, for starters, what pleased us the guys from Cupertino this time.


As usual, Apple has made the process of unpacking the camera in a real show, and this year has changed some of the storyline and new characters. As in the case with the iPhone 7 Plus review which is already out on our website, the first thing that greets you when opening the box is an envelope with the documentation. Envelope design has been updated, and documentation, and the coveted stickers with the Apple now resting on the matte film like the one that is laid between the pages of expensive photo albums.

As Plus 7, “seven” is equipped with four accessories: charger, USB cable-Lightning, Earpods headphones with the Lightning connector on the end, and an adapter for analog headphones. If you do not follow the technology, we recall that the iPhone 7 has 3.5 mm audio Jack. Closing section configuration, note that the packaging of accessories is also changed: no plastic, and only biodegradable paper. Apparently, Lisa Jackson tried.


We got the iPhone 7 in the trendy colors — matte black. Unfortunately, the “black onyx” did not deliver, but even in the United States today there are big problems with its accessibility. Meanwhile, the black iPhone, which we last saw during the iPhone 5 looks sexier than ever. Maybe this is a manifestation of fanboyish, but when you hold it, the feeling that take in hand a work of art. But in the hands of we, believe me, a lot of that has managed to hold.

Plastic inserts required to pass through the enclosure wireless signals (by the way, moved in the upper and lower part of the back cover), this model is painted in the color of the body and thus their presence is noticeable only tactilely but not visually. In General, the iPhone never has so clearly didn’t impress the whole device. Among journalists of the old school in such situations it is customary to begin with the cliché “a burly device” and “fits the hand”. In fact, in the hand the iPhone 7 is just wonderful, and releasing it is not very desirable. By the way, a sense of wholeness of the device is enhanced if we remember that the new iPhone has a waterproof case. Like the placebo effect, but warms the soul all the same.

But if the unit is still out of hand, the rear (and front) side, one can notice the appearance of fingerprints. The presence of the oleophobic qualities of questioning will not, but one thing is clear: if once to hold the phone in hand, he is not going to look exactly the way you took it out of the box.

In addition to the new colors, the iPhone 7 looks different from the iPhone 6 and modified noticeably larger chamber, which will continue to bulge out of the case, though, and makes it now more smoothly. The changes also touched the bottom of the hull, where instead of the ill-fated audiogama is the second speaker grille. How did you find the iFixit team, the grille that is there just for visual symmetry, and no extra speaker for it is not hidden.

Perhaps these external uniqueness the iPhone 7 and limited. So if you are going to buy — in the first days it is better not wear the phone case. Let everyone know that you’ve got that “seven” and not play the year before model. By the way, in addition to matte black the line also presents silver, gold, rose gold and the “black onyx”. Color “gray space” in the model number iPhone 7 no.

Home Button

As the 5.5-inch model, the iPhone 7 has an updated Home button, devoid of physical moves. When the smartphone is turned off — an unsuccessful attempt to press this button causing strange feelings. When iPhone turns on, and with it the built-in engine Taptic Engine, it becomes, as Alice said, “curiouser and curiouser”.

Each contact with a new Home button accompanied by unusually tactile feedback similar to that which occurs when using the 3D Touch. At first the impression that the lower part of the body of a smartphone backlash, and the impression is clearly a pleasant one. However, after getting used and “worn in” to the new button unpleasant sensations are.

By the way, the power of tactile feedback can be adjusted: it has three degrees of intensity, and most users will probably fit a medium. Especially for this in the Settings there is a special section where you can adjust the haptic feedback of the Home button.


As for Touch ID, the new generation, we already know that the sensor began to work faster, and newer models, this is especially noticeable: the screen rasplachivaetsya in an instant.


At the presentation, Apple boasted that the screen of the new generation iPhone has become brighter and displays a wider range of colors. When you consider that prior to this the screens of Apple smartphones was close to flawless, it is unlikely that a minor update could be called revolutionary.

Apparently, the support for 4K and OLED technology Apple has decided to fall for “anniversary” models: iPhone in 2017, but this year to complain the sin. High-quality IPS-matrix, the resolution of 1334 by 750 pixels, 326 ppi — what else you need for happiness ordinary user?


As mentioned above, the iPhone 7 comes with an updated version headphone Earpods with Lightning connector and an adapter for those who don’t want to part with their warm tube headset with 3.5 mm Jack. Expect some new sounds from the headphones, the internal content of which remained the same, it would be foolish, and indeed, in terms of sound, nothing has changed. Waiting on review of third-party Lightning-headphones to really feel the benefits of high quality digital audio.

As for the built-in speakers, the improvement is clearly evident. The sound became louder and more voluminous due to the fact that the iPhone first got stereo speakers. One of them is in the usual place on the lower end of the housing, the second component stereos outputted to the ear speaker. Meanwhile, if you want to share innovations in your playlist, its better to connect the phone to a good wifi column.


And the iPhone 7 Plus, 4.7-inch version has a camera with a resolution of 12 megapixels with an aperture of ƒ/1.8, but it lacks optical zoom and telephoto. At the same time, five times digital zoom has been improved and the shooting while the approximation gives quite decent results. But to get involved in this feature we would not recommend it: at maximum zoom, the inevitable heavy pixelation significantly spoil the picture.

Photo mode astounding improvement in the quality of photos the iPhone 7 compared to the iPhone 6s, we have not noticed. At the same time, it is worth noting an improved measure of color thanks to a wider color range.

As for the video, the first thing to note is optical image stabilization, which that year could boast only the Plus model. The 4.7-inch model can shoot 4K with 30 frames per second, 1080p 30 or 60 frames per second and 720p at 30 frames per second. Waiting for the next advertising vehicle, fully filmed on the new iPhone.

About front camera, it is worth noting that when preserved ƒ/2.2 aperture camera is a 7 megapixel and can record video in 1080p. Also, if you are true to frontalka you can now withdraw and “live photos”.


Despite the fact that the amazing power of mobile gadgets Apple is not so much the gigahertz and gigabytes, as a good interaction between hardware and software, every year a series processors And continue to improve. At this time, we A10 Fusion — 64-bit monster with four cores.

Unlike the 7 Plus, the usual seven is not three, but two gigabytes of RAM, but it did not impact significantly on the performance of the smartphone. Computing power has increased by 25% relative to last year’s A9, and graphics became more powerful by 40%.

In this “beef” expect some complaints when running games and demanding applications is unlikely, and the iPhone lives up to expectations: never before has the Apple smartphone was not working so smoothly and quickly. What would you like, if he even could MacBook Air in benchmarks to beat?


Finally, we’ve got it: from the model number of the iPhone’s missing the 16-Gigabyte version. Indeed, pictures and videos weigh more as well as apps from the App Store that can not cause the sad feelings of the owners of younger models. But with 32 gigabytes minimum version is is where to turn. If this is not enough, you can also buy a 128 – or 256-Gigabyte model.


In comparison with the previous year in the communications plan have iPhone 7 improvements affected only the cell module. Now you can upload files over LTE even faster, because the data transmission speed has increased up to 450 Mbit/S. the Rest is left without changes: Wi‑Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ Bluetooth 4.2 and NFC.


As we mentioned in one of his materials, the battery capacity of the iPhone 7 was 1960 mAh vs 1750 mAh on the iPhone 6s. And although visually the increase doesn’t look impressive, extended battery, coupled with an advanced processor gives an average of two hours of battery life, that will appreciate the users.

The verdict


  • Water resistant
  • The build quality and attractive appearance
  • Improved camera system
  • More powerful processor
  • More capacious battery
  • Advanced display
  • Increased storage


  • The difficulty of using traditional headphones
  • The absence of any radical updates to the design
  • High price in Russia
  • Updated Home button may not come to everyone

Evaluating the iPhone 7 on a scale of ten, we’d give him 9 points as given and iPhone 7 Plus. The smartphone could be called flawless, if not for the inconvenience of the transition to digital sound, and not so fresh design. Will wait for 2017 to see what surprise was prepared for us jony Ive with his team.

If you use the iPhone 6s, we would not recommend to buy “seven”, but owners of older models, we suggest to consider the option of transition to the new. You certainly will not regret it, to be sure.

We thank the online store i-Ray for courtesy to review iPhone 7. To buy a smartphone you can on the official website of the store.

Clifton Nichols

Clifton Nichols

Hi! I’m Clifton and I am a full-stack engineer with a passion for building performant and scalable applications that are beautiful and easy to use.

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