The desire to own the latest and best smartphone has become more popular over the years. This is because of the better specs, camera, and additional features that come with the latest models. While newer models have overshadowed the iPhone 7 Plus, is it still a great phone to buy today? Since it is not possible for everyone to always purchase the latest Apple products, it is important to identify if previous products still have value.
The Plus models of iPhones were created for users who wanted not only a larger screen experience but also additional features from what is offered in the standard ones. For this reason, the Plus-categorized devices are usually more expensive than the standard models. In this case, the iPhone 7 Plus price varies at the moment as there are new, refurbished, and pre-owned types in the market. You can get a pre-owned one for as low as $69.80, and $200 for a new one. In Nigeria, you can get one for around 125,000 Naira.
These are the major pros and cons of this device.
- It has a good design, despite the presence of a big camera bump.
- The phone has a bold, bright, and high-resolution display.
- This handset has rather large bezels compared to the latest models.
iPhone 7 Plus specs
- iPhone 7 Plus release date: September 2016
- Size: 5.5 inches, 83.4 centimeters squared (~67.7% screen-to-body ratio)
- Weight: 188 g (6.63 oz)
- Dimensions: 158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm (6.23 x 3.07 x 0.29 in)
- Colors: Jet Black, Silver, Gold, Rose Gold, Red and Matte Black
- Display: Retina IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
- Display resolution: 1080 x 1920 pixels, 16:9 ratio (~401 ppi density)
- SIM card: Single
- SIM type: Nano-SIM
- Expandable memory: None
- Operating system: iOS 10.0.1, upgradable to iOS 13.2
- Chipset: Apple A10 Fusion (16 nm)
- GPU: PowerVR Series7XT Plus (six-core graphics)
- CPU: Quad-core 2.34 GHz (2x Hurricane + 2x Zephyr)
- Internal memory: 32GB 3GB RAM, 128GB 3GB RAM, 256GB 3GB RAM
- Rear camera: 12 MP, f/1.8, 28mm (wide), 1/3", PDAF, OIS; 12 MP, f/2.8, 56mm (telephoto), 1/3.6", AF, 2x optical zoom
- Rear camera video: 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/60/120fps, 720p@240fps
- Selfie camera: 7 MP, f/2.2, 32mm (standard)
- Selfie camera video: 1080p@30fps
- Battery: Non-removable Li-Ion 2900 mAh battery (11.1 Wh)
- Sensors: Accelerometer, ambient light, proximity, barometer, and three-axis gyro
- Bluetooth: 4.2, A2DP, LE
- WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, hotspot
- USB: 2.0, proprietary reversible connector
- Price: From 125,000 Naira
It is important to discover the impressive iPhone 7 Plus features before deciding whether to buy it or not.
This handset has a design that long-time iPhone users are very familiar with. However, newcomers may look at it and say that it looks like a dated phone with a button. As it was among the first iPhones to lack a headphone jack, many people did not consider purchasing it, waiting for future models to bring back the port, something that has not happened yet.
It comes in a number of beautiful colors, some of them unique like the Jet Black and Matte Black. The other colors are Rose Gold, Gold, and Silver. They may not be as unique, but they definitely add more appeal to the sleek devices.
Its 5.5-inch IPS LCD comes with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 and a pixel density of 401 PPI. Just like the 6s and the 7 are almost similar, the 6s Plus and 7 Plus have quite a number of similarities. In terms of display, the differences are easy to spot.
One of the most visible changes from its predecessor is the rear camera bump that is elongated to accommodate the device’s additional camera sensor. Unlike the 6s Plus, this one has inconspicuous antenna lines running along its top and bottom edges.
Another upgrade is the replacement of the physical home button with a solid-state component that does not move when pressed. It looks quite similar and feels almost the same as the physical button found on its predecessor, and it still houses the Touch ID fingerprint sensor.
The button layout of the 7 Plus is similar to the previous generation models. The left side is packed with a standard notification switch and volume rocker, while the right side houses a power button at the top and SIM tray near the bottom. Unfortunately, this handset supports a single Nano-SIM, unlike the latest models which support dual SIM.
You will find a loudspeaker and lightning charging port at the bottom, while the main camera and the brand’s logo are positioned at the rear.
Processor, storage, and performance
This handset rocks Apple’s A10 Fusion chip with 3GB of RAM while the standard 7 was released with only 2GB of RAM. Users may not feel the presence of the extra iPhone 7 Plus memory capacity immediately, but heavy multi-tasking users will definitely notice a difference in performance.
The 7 models eliminated the era of iPhones with 16GB ROM as the storage capacity starts at a more spacious 32GB. The maximum storage goes up to a healthy 256GB to serve the needs of people who store large amounts of data.
iPhone 7 Plus battery capacity
This phone comes with a modestly upgraded non-removable Li-Ion 2900mAh battery compared to its predecessors 2750mAh. Its operational life is one hour more than that of the iPhone 6s Plus. The handset is bought with a 5W charger that charges significantly slower than an 18W charger that can be purchased separately.
Speaker and call quality
Calls made or received on this handset sound loud and clean. As it is a larger handset compared to the standard 7, it may be a little uncomfortable or challenging for users with smaller hands to hold during calls. The performance of the speakerphone is impressive.
This device is packed with fantastic software properties.
Operating system & features
It was released running iOS 10, but users can now upgrade to iOS 13. Some of the changes that come with the updated operating system are new lock screen widgets, 3D Touch controls, and new versions of apps such as Music, Photos, Maps, and News, among others.
This is a water-resistant handset, with an IP67 rating for dust and water protection. However, before you decide to go swimming with the phone, the company claims that the stated protection is likely to minimize with time as the components and seals wear away. Additionally, the company eliminates warranty services for water-damaged devices.
iPhone 7 Plus camera, video and image quality
This sleek device is packed with dual 12 MP wide and telephoto cameras. The wide camera on the 7 Plus has a similar f/1.8 aperture as its smaller sibling, the iPhone 7. Its f/2.8 aperture telephoto lens facilitates the illumination of more light to its sensor. This allows the capturing of shaper images, even of moving objects or people. It also enhances the camera’s performance in low-light.
Unlike its predecessor that has a two-element LED flash, it comes with a quad-LED flash to ensure that users have enough light to capture clear and non-blurry images, especially in unfavorable lighting conditions.
Coming from a 5MP in the 6s Plus to a 7MP selfie camera, it is equipped with a similar wide color capture, similar to the one found on the rear camera. Its higher resolutions sensor supports video recording to up to 1080p.
The use of optical stabilization while shooting videos on this phone facilitates the production of stable videos with minimal notable shaking. It also utilizes the larger aperture of its cameras and enhanced color gamut to produce good quality videos. However, when it comes to video recording, the most significant and impressive features are the availability of optical zoom and the telephoto mode.
This phone comes in an Apple box with a few additional items. These include EarPods with lightning connector, a USB power adapter, lightning to USB cable, and documentation.
iPhone 7 Plus reviews
Take a look at some of the comments left on Simple Alpaca's YouTube channel concerning this handset.
- Eric Ford: The 7and 7+ still get all the jobs that you through at it done, the newer iphones are just for better cameras , put that is it, i like my 5s and my 7plus
- teal'c kree: Upgraded from 7+ to xsmax. The 7+ was still a sick phone although once you’ve used the xsmax for a while and going back to 7+ it doesnt feel as smooth or as buttery fluid as the xsmax. Still better than 90% of phone out there though.
Apple users have the most compelling reason now to embrace the Plus models for all its extras and ditch the standard and smaller versions. Compared to the 7, users get one and a half more hours of battery life, extra RAM that gives room for software updates, and 2x zoom on the dual camera telephoto lens that enhances the quality of both pictures and videos. Despite being released in 2016, its performance remains to be impressive, making it recommendable to smartphone users today.
Considering the low price point of the iPhone 7 Plus at the moment, it is a great option for users coming from previous models of iPhones or Android devices. As Apple provides software updates for this model, users are still able to enjoy most of the latest iOS features.