Apple iPhone 7

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iPhone 7 and 7 Plus review: Apple (mostly) plays it safe

Summary

Apple broke with its tradition by keeping the 6/6s design for another year, opting instead to improve fundamental parts of the user experience. The iPhone 7 has a better battery than before, a more color-rich screen, a vastly improved camera and plenty of horsepower thanks to its new A10 Fusion chipset. If you're looking for newfangled features (or a headphone jack, for that matter), you'll have to search elsewhere. While it's not thrilling enough to warrant an immediate upgrade from last year's 6s, the iPhone 7 is nonetheless an excellent smartphone.

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Pros
  • Top-tier performance
  • Great 12-megapixel camera
  • Improved battery
  • It's water-resistant!
Cons
  • No headphone jack
  • Same design, three years running
  • New home button takes getting used to
iPhone 7 and 7 Plus review: Apple (mostly) plays it safe

Tick-tock. Tick-tock. That clockwork rhythm has more or less defined Apple's iPhone road map since the days of the 3GS. One year we'd get a new iPhone with a new look and loads of features to agonize over and opine about. Then, the following year, we'd get the same general design with a faster chipset and a few new tricks. The rhythm was almost comforting in its regularity, which made Apple's unveiling of the new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus such an anomaly. It's easy to look at these devices as another year's worth of modest updates crammed into a familiar body, but trust me: It's a little more complicated than that. What Apple ultimately did was create two world-class smartphones that skew more toward "safe" than "state of the art". The big question here is whether a bunch of relatively unexciting changes add up to greatness.

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Scores

Engadget

91
 

Breakdown

Reception and call quality
8.0
Display
8.3
Battery life
8.2
Camera
8.4
Ease of use
8.4
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Specs

iPhone

Type
Smartphone (iOS)
Camera
yes
Internal memory
32 GB
Screen size
4.7 inches
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Specs

iPhone

Type
Smartphone (iOS)
Camera
yes
Internal memory
32 GB
Screen size
4.7 inches
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