iPhone 7 Review

The first thing most people will notice about the 7, apart from the 3.5mm headphone jack’s absence, is its new ‘Taptic Engine’ home button. Similar to the 2015 and 2016 MacBook, rather than a physical button, the iPhone 7’s Home Button subtly vibrates, with three distinct levels of intensity that can be altered in the settings.

At first, as I discussed in my hands-on, I loathed the Taptic Engine because it makes the entire base of the phone feel like it’s vibrating, similar to the haptic feedback featured in some Android phones but considerably more intense. However, over the course of the last few days, it’s grown on me considerably, especially when playing games and using apps that take advantage of the feature. Unlike traditional haptic feedback, Apple’s Taptic Engine more closely resembles the feel of touching physical buttons, a sensation I’ve never experienced before with a touchscreen.

   

Build wise, apart from the the headphone jack removal I discussed earlier, and cleverly hiding the 7’s antenna lines in the top and bottom of the phone, Apple’s latest iPhone, especially when looking at any colour variant that isn’t Black or Jet Black, looks nearly identical to the 6s.

It’s worth mentioning, however, that the camera bump now has a curve to it, with the phone’s body slanting into the shooter, as opposed to it sticking out a few millimeters like it did with iPhone 6s. While at first I wasn’t fond of this aesthetic shift, it quickly grew one me and gives the rear of the 7 a new, rounded look.

For me, one of the main issues surrounding the 7’s reveal is whether or not it stands up to the incredible aesthetic Samsung created with the Note 7’s linear lines and curved glass.

Specs

  • iOS 10
  • A10 Fusion chip with 64-bit architecture
  • 2GB of RAM (iPhone 7) 3GB of RAM (iPhone 7 Plus)
  • Capacity: 32GB, 128GB, 256GB
  • 12 megapixel sensor, Optical Image Stabilizer, f/1.8, 4K video recording at 30 fps
  • FaceTime HD Camera: 7 megapixel, 1080p HD video recording
  • Colours: Rose Gold, Gold, Silver, Black, Jet Black
  • 138.3 mm x 67.1 mm x 7.1 mm (iPhone 7) 158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3mm (iPhone 7 Plus)
  • Dual stereo speakers, Lightning connector
  • Fingerprint sensor built into the new ‘Taptic Engine’ Home Button
  • 4.7-inch retina HD display, 334 x 750 pixel resolution at 326 ppi (iPhone 7) 5.5-inch 1080 x 1920 pixel IPS dsiplay at 401 ppi (iPhone 7 Plus)
  • 1960mAh battery (iPhone 7) 2,900mAh (iPhone 7 Plus)
  • Rated IP67 under IEC standard 60529, water and dust resistant
  • Touch ID fingerprint sensor, barometer, three-axis gyro, accelerometer, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor

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Written by: Patrick O'Rourke

Source: http://mobilesyrup.com/2016/09/13/review-apple-iphone-7-iphone-7-plus-review-canada/

 

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