The iPhone 7 Plus certainly isn’t groundbreaking, but it’s everything a smartphone aims at– reliability, long-lasting (battery), fast, and the ability to take excellent pictures. Let’s take a look at its most important aspects.
The 5.5-inch 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution display certainly doesn’t have the most pixels per inch, but it’s color reproduction, with the new Wide Color display, is almost perfect. Most smartphone users won’t be able to tell the difference between a full HD screen and a Quad HD screen (such as the one on the Galaxy Note 7). Besides, a Quad HD screen would take up more battery life. Depending on your taste, the iPhone 7 Plus may have the best smartphone screen on the market.
As mentioned in the first-impressions review of the iPhone 7, the new speakers mark a huge upgrade in terms of sound. The sound entices you even more on the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus, and you can really feel the thump of the lower ranges of the sound spectrum like you would wearing headphones. Of course, there is no way the speakers on the iPhone 7 Plus match that of a Bluetooth speaker such as the Bose SoundLink III, but the speakers will make Bluetooth speakers irrelevant in many cases.
Besides the stereo speakers, the new iPhone 7 Plus camera is the best reason to upgrade. The dual-lens camera allows you to take pictures at 2X optical zoom, and that is a bigger deal than you may think. According to BGR, the iPhone 7 Plus camera captures two images, one with the 28mm lens and one with the 56mm lens. The iPhone software takes data from both images and fuses them together for one photograph. In some ways, you get photos that are just as good as they are on a DSLR camera. Here are some samples. (Click on photos to see larger size.)
I thought the iPhone 7 was fast, but the iPhone 7 Plus is even faster. This is because even though both use Apple’s new A10 Fusion chipset, the 7 Plus has 3GB of RAM compared to the 7′s 2GB. One doesn’t absolutely need more than 2GB of RAM with iOS, but it does help and makes things more snappy when there are programs running in the background.
iOS 10 has perfected an operating system that has always been almost perfect. iOS 9 was buggy, but I haven’t discovered any major bugs in iOS 10 yet. Using iOS 10, one wishes that there would be a smartphone with Samsung’s hardware and Apple’s operating system. iOS 10 just makes every process so smooth and easy.
I haven’t been able to do complete tests with battery life on the iPhone 7 Plus. However, I can safely say that the battery life is slightly better than it is on the iPhone 6s Plus, which already had a great battery life. If you are a power user, it’s still best to bring a portable charger with you during the day if you won’t be by an outlet. The battery also charges slightly faster than it did on the 6s Plus.
When using the iPhone 7 to make calls, I noticed a very slight “hiss” when calling others from Glendale or Burbank, CA. That could have more to do with T-Mobile than Apple. However, I didn’t notice the hiss at all with the larger iPhone 7 Plus, which is great for phone calls. The speaker phone features are now massively improved since you hear your caller on stereo speakers.
Is the iPhone 7 Plus a phone that you absolutely need to upgrade to? If you own the 6s Plus, probably not. However, you won’t regret your upgrade even if you do own the 6s Plus. You should definitely upgrade if you still want a large phone and have an iPhone 6 Plus or any earlier version of the iPhone. Apple still hasn’t created the ultimate smartphone, but they have created one that ultimately works in just about any situation.