Superficially, the 5.5-inch, 1,920-by-1,080 screen looks just like last year’s model. While Apple says it’s 25 percent brighter and displays better colors, side-by-side, I just can’t see the difference in under and standard use circumstances. The screen also still pales (often literally) against the rich color and precise text on Samsung’s latest AMOLED displays. Almost everything you experience with your iPhone comes to life on its display. It’s where you look at the photos, messages, news, and countless other things that make up your day.
Aside from the MIA headphone port, you’d be hard-pressed to pick the iPhone 7 Plus from a lineup of 6S Pluses – well, from the front at any rate. There’s barely any difference at all, with the biggest being that the Home button isn’t actually a button now. It’s still got fingerprint-sensing TouchID smarts that work just as swiftly as those on last year’s phone, but it now sits flush to the phone.
When you use 3D Touch, your iPhone responds with subtle taps. So not only will you see what a press can do—you’ll feel it. The new Retina HD display on iPhone 7 deeply integrates 3D Touch throughout iOS. Now you can interact with Messages, Calendar, Mail, and other apps in a more powerful, more responsive way.
iPhone 7 Plus doesn’t have just one entirely new camera system—it has two. The same 12 MP wide-angle camera that’s on iPhone 7 works with a 12 MP telephoto camera that can get even closer. That means you can get higher-quality zoom from farther away. And with an all-new depth-of-field effect (coming soon), portrait shots will look better than ever. Say hello to the world’s best photo op.
Apple iphone 7 Plus Audio
The Plus has excellent sound to back up the stellar screen, with stereo speakers finally finding their way into an iPhone for the first time (or second if you count the fact that they’re also included on the smaller iPhone 7). They can pump out impressively loud audio, and don’t sound half-bad either – no need to grab your back-up ’buds when you want to watch a YouTube video. Sound has taken a hit in another area, though: the headphone port. It’s gone, ditched in favour of Apple’s Lightning port.
The camera has always been one of the iPhone’s greatest weapons against the encroaching army of rapidly improving Android handsets, and the substantial upgrade Apple has squeezed into the iPhone 7 Plus makes it a no-brainer for mobile photographers. Waterproofing is a welcome touch, bringing it on par with Sony and Samsung phones, and it’s a performance powerhouse when it comes to apps and games. Add in a better battery and you’ve got a clear winner over the vanilla iPhone 7.
Our battery tests don’t make it easy to compare iPhones and Android devices. That’s because while iPhones tend to have power-hungry screens, Android devices bleed more power in the background. On our standard test, which streams a video over LTE with the screen at full brightness, the iPhone screen’s power usage blows away all its other advantages.So to say that the iPhone 7 Plus gets 6 hours of battery life while the Galaxy S7 Edge gets 10 hours really just reflects that Samsung’s AMOLED screen is far more efficient than the iPhone’s LCD.