The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are here, they’re bigger and better than ever and there's a gorgeous new special-edition red version which has just been released. So, what’s similar and what’s different about the hottest phones in town? And, even more crucially, which one is going to fit into that new micro-bag you just splurged on?
We don’t care what rock you’ve been living under, Apple’s additions to the iPhone family (um, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Though now we have swanky the new iPhone 8, iPhones 8 Plus & iPhone X to froth over) are still the talking point of the tech industry.
It’s no secret that the two phones are pretty awesome, or that there have been some slightly controversial changes from our familiar old iPhone 6s… RIP headphone jack. Gone, but never forgotten. *sniff*
Anyway, enough of that. Let’s check out the two newest members of the Apple family to find out some of the more, ahem, specific differences between the iPhone 7 and the 7 Plus.
Is bigger always better? We’re not ones to judge, but if you like your phones phablet-sized, you’ll love that 158.2 x 77.9mm finger-stretching grip of the 7 Plus. The iPhone 7 measures the same as the iPhone 6s (which we praised profusely) so, as you’d expect, it’s the lighter and smaller of the two. The 7 will totally fit in the back pocket of your painted-on skinny jeans without adding inches to your bum’s side profile. The 7 Plus may peek out the top a wee bit, but we think that’ll look like purposeful showing-off smugness, rather than poor sartorial storage options.
We all love to express ourselves in different ways, and, for those who eschew the phone case, the best mobile option is to pick a colour that truly reflects your soul. With the iPhone 7 range you can expect the opulent gold, utilitarian silver and fabulous rose gold for the two models.
However, both the 7 and the Plus also come in two different types of black: Black and Jet Black. This opens up a whole new world of aesthetic options for emos, the French and people who don’t like to be too flashy. The difference is simple: Black has a low-key matte finish, and Jet Black has a high gloss shine (and is everyone’s current obsession.) According to Apple, Jet Black is more prone to scratching than the other colours. If only we had the kind of pampered lifestyle where sharp objects weren’t a constant threat to our mobile hardware. *sigh*
Even more exciting? We’re now stocking the brand spanking new (PRODUCT)RED special-edition iPhone 7 and 7 Plus – as in the one that was just announced – in an eye-catching, bright red hue. Not only does this phone come in a gorgeous red aluminium finish that you won’t be able to stop stroking lovingly, you can also feel good about yourself for buying one: each phone purchased helps to combat the fight against the global AIDS crisis.
These iPhones boast a better-than-ever display. The iPhone 7 measures 4.7 inches; the iPhone 7 Plus measures 5.5 inches. Just think of how crisp and clear those selfies will be. And huge.
*cough* Moving on, both have Retina HD (a measure of top screen quality) and the brightest, most colourful display to date. If it’s high-quality screen resolution you’re looking for, the 7 Plus pips it with full HD, meaning it will deliver much sharper images. Get ready for perfectly defined pouts. Every out-of-place eyebrow hair visible to the naked eye. Every. Single. Pore. On. Show.
Camera Pretentiousness Value
If there’s one big difference between the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus, it’s the camera. The iPhone 7 comes with a single 12MP camera with a f/1.9 aperture, but it’s the dual camera of the 7 Plus that makes it perfect for snapping close-up, multi-zoomed or low-light pictures on your phone. So, if you’ve been waiting for the right phone to ditch your day job and embark on a career of Instagram stardom, this is the one to make it happen. Every picture you’ve dreamed of taking, with the fuzzy backgrounds, the moving lights, artistic zoom? It’s finally possible.
With an aperture of f/1.8 as well as a much larger f/2.8, the wide-angled lens opens up a realm of opportunity for 7 Plus users, making it one of the more superior smartphone cameras on the market. And don’t forget about the bigger screens on these phones: compulsively scrolling through high res, extra-large photos of your ex/dog/dinner on your iPhone has never been better, or easier.
When it comes to the basics, there’s actually very little difference between the 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus. The two new devices are the sturdiest iPhones to date, totally dust-proof (looks like they can last a whole night wedged under your bed, finally). And, of course, they’re now also water-resistant up to 1m, perfect for a new generation of underwater selfies / shower playlists.
The other thing to note is that Apple’s ditched the traditional headphone jack in favour of a Lightning port, making headphones, as we know them, obsolete. The iPhone comes with EarPods, or you can try Apple’s latest, very cool invention: wireless AirPods.
The major downside accompanying the death of the headphone jack is that you can’t listen to music and charge your phone at the same time, but since you do get a whopping two extra hours of promised battery life (if you’d like to take full advantage of that look at our iPhone battery life guide) that shouldn’t be too much of a problem.
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