Since the first iPhone , Apple launched a smartphone with a different design, and then an “s” model with some improvement inside. It was like that from the iPhone 4s to the 5, from the 5s to the 6… But that cycle is over. The iPhone 7 has few changes to the case and other minor changes on the inside as well.
A new quad-core processor that might be better than your notebook's, a camera with a larger aperture lens and a home button which is not necessarily a button. And no, there's no more 3.5mm headphone jack. What is the impact of these changes for you? Is it worth upgrading from the previous model? Does it explode? I'll tell you in the next few paragraphs.
You already know what to expect from the iPhone 7: the finish is very similar to the 6/6s generation, with some minor tweaks. It has the same thickness and is a few grams lighter, but the difference in weight is barely noticeable.
In practice, the grip remains the same. In other words, very slippery. The 4.7-inch iPhone felt good in my hand, but I wouldn't risk using it without a case. Any wrong movement when taking your cell phone out of your pocket can give you a headache that is best avoided.
The back is also different, without those white streaks that were used to improve the antenna signal. I thought the update was prettier, but the model I'm using, in the new matte black color, has several fingerprints throughout the day. The other option, called gloss black, has a finish achieved by anodizing and polishing, which makes the back of the device very shiny.
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Another subtle change was the replacement of the home button, which is now no longer a button. Apple replaced that squeezable surface with a fixed one, which looks more like the Force Touch on MacBooks. To trick your brain, the Taptic Engine, which takes care of cell phone vibration, has been made twice as big and now vibrates when you press the pseudo-button.
This update has some good points, such as removing the fake feeling that the button is wearing out. Anyway, I have mixed feelings about the replacement, like the button only recognizing your finger and nothing else. You'll have problems if your finger is covered with something, like your shirt sleeve or even a glove, even though it's made for touchscreens.
I also have a feeling that the new button may have impaired the recognition of Touch ID. If your finger or the pseudo-button has any layer of dirt or sweat on it, recognition is much more difficult. The iPhone 7 rarely recognized my finger the first time — and this is worrying.“I had to enter the same finger twice in Touch ID”
To improve recognition, I had to re-enroll the same finger more than once for it to recognize my fingerprint more accurately. Other additions would be welcome to take advantage of the new surface, such as gesture recognition. Ah, it's worth remembering that without a real button and one less input to give trouble, the iPhone 7 also gained IP67 certification, resistant to water and dust.
Back to the back, the camera it still bulges, even with updated sensor. Instead of putting a ring around it, Apple made the protrusion more natural, curving the back to protect the sensor. Despite the change, the iPhone still doesn't sit completely flat on the table, and typing with the phone supported still makes it jump. This issue can also be resolved by purchasing a case.
And no, your iPhone 6 or 6s case will not work on the iPhone 7, despite it has exactly the same dimensions as its predecessors. The camera lens also got bigger, so it needs a bigger hole in the case. See the comparisonin the image below:
An old case can also muffle the stereo sound, which actually works very well. For the first time on the iPhone, Apple moved away from mono sound, which was too weak. The two speakers aren't on the bottom, as you might imagine: one is still the one to the right of the Lightning port, but the other output is for the call speaker. The promise of greater dynamic range has finally been fulfilled.“This stereo speaker is really good”
Using an old case can also make you sad every time you see that 3.5mm headphone jack that will never be used. Yes, it happened: that analog input, which has survived in virtually every smartphone since the first iPhone, no longer exists. The sound is now provided by the Lightning port (and there are already headphones with this output) or by wireless headphones, via Bluetooth.
What changes without the headphone jack?
In the presentation of the iPhone 7, Apple argued that the removal of the connector “which had its last update 50 years ago” was to make more room for other things on the iPhone, such as a better camera, more powerful processor and this new Taptic Engine.
In fact, the 3.5mm headphone jack is practically the only analog connection that exists in any smartphone today, which has been with these devices since the beginning of the market. It was little contested, and Apple decided to take a step forward to encourage the production of more modern headphones.
Without going too far on the technical side, the change is primarily positive because it eliminates the DAC (digital to analog) converter, responsible for mediating the digital sound from the device to the headphone with analog output.
Without this conversion done on the smartphone, it is up to the fone includes its own DAC, which can stream your favorite music losslessly to the headphones and delight those with keen ears for sound quality. Of course, this is reflected in the price: the better the DAC (and the better the quality), the higher the price.
With the purchase of Beats, maker of both Bluetooth headphones and probably Lightning headphones, Apple opens up a precedent that has been exploited for some time by the headphone industry to move away from the 3.5mm jack.
This is interesting: the Lightning input, since the iPhone 5, could always be exploited beyond charging. To help, Apple came up with the notion of putting a Lightning headset in the iPhone 7 box (unlike certain manufacturers). It also has a Lightning to P2 converter for those who want to keep their own headphones.
With better audio quality, and a reasonable range of headphones, iPhone 7 owners shouldn't have a headache, right? Well, more or less. The P2 connection is everywhere, and if you don't want to carry the adapter with you you can stay without listening to music in Uber, for example.
Another negative point is that a Lightning headset works well… on iPhones. If you want to plug in the phone on the plane, lend it to a friend or use it on the desktop, it's going to break your face, unless you carry two headphones. And I imagine that in Brazil a headset with Lightning won't be very cheap.“For now, the lack of the P2 input is a negative point”
“But Jean, you also have the possibility to use a Bluetooth headset”. Yes true. I even bought one before the iPhone 7 arrived to get used to this trend. But the experience isn't perfect: sometimes the sound lags a little, the Bluetooth connection isn't instantaneous and it's kind of annoying to have to charge the headset every night. You can also buy the new AirPods if you have R$1,499 left over.
For now, we have some gains and some losses in this regard. Anyway, for now, the lack of the conector P2 is, yes, a negative point. Until we have a good offer of products with Lightning or Bluetooth input as we had with the P2, the end user suffers a negative impact, yes.
No gain in resolution, which continues with 1334×750 pixels, Apple promises a wide range of colors on the screen of the iPhone 7, which also has an IPS LCD display that shines 25% more than the previous generation.
In this case, the promises have been met: the iPhone 7's screen is impeccable. According to Apple, the technology used in the display of the new iPhone mimics movie theaters. And worse than that: instead of the common sRGB, this color spectrum is actually bigger when you compare it with another cell phone.
Here my parameter was a Moto X (2014), which has an AMOLED screen, notable for its exaggerated saturation, but which normally satisfies me. Compared to the AMOLED screen, the white of the iPhone's display is much whiter and all colors seem to be represented more faithfully, but without harming the good saturation, without any exaggeration. Another point is that, as expected from an IPS display, the black is not as black as on an AMOLED screen, but that didn't bother me on a daily basis. The color balance is still excellent.
I can also confirm that the display is much brighter: when I left the brightness to manual, I never set it to the maximum setting unless I was in the sun. And it works very well, without reflecting what is around me and allowing me to see each element of the screen well.
Other than that, the screen works fine with medium brightness most of the time. Before going to bed, I also didn't leave the shine on the minimum because it is very minimal. Believe me, the iPhone 7 screen has great extremes that are good in specific situations. All in all, it's one of the best displays today.
And does anyone use 3D Touch?
In its tenth update, iOS 10 got closer to the young people with not-so-significant updates. In the interface, notifications now show more information, just like any other part of the system. Some apps have also been redesigned and Android card design has been implemented in notifications and widgets.
As an Android user and my first continuous experience with iOS , I can say that my favorite feature in the system is having a good relationship with the applications. Most work very well, with good system integration and consistent experience. With iOS becoming more and more open, whether it's integrating with Siri or removing native apps, this “closed system” speech is no longer true.
Of course, nothing is perfect: I've already got apps like Allo, from Google, without translation into Portuguese and that instead of showing the English version, it showed the strings, which forced me to put the phone in Portuguese and then in English again. Once Telegram had a good crash too and I couldn't get back to the home screen, the application was kind of frozen.
Apart from these two problems, my experience with iOS was very good. Leaving Android and being able to use the same third-party keyboard (SwiftKey) on another system is very good, even if it doesn't work as well. I still haven't gotten used to 3D Touch and to be honest I don't use widgets much either.
And I'm still amazed at how well Snapchat works on iOS. All camera apps, in fact. And speaking of which…
As expected of an iPhone, the camera is sensational. There's no other word to describe it. Finally, the lens has a larger aperture, going from f/2.2 to f/1.8, approaching competitors like the Galaxy S7 that have around f/1.7. The resolution, however, remains the same: 12 megapixels.
Basically, the iPhone 7 continues to take excellent photos in good lighting conditions, with balanced colors. , saturation at the right level and without over sharpening. In less favorable conditionsis, such as indoors or at night, the improvement was significant: Apple promises 50% more light on the sensor compared to the previous generation.
I found the statistic a little too optimistic, but the night photos are really good. To help, the new iPhone now has optical image stabilization (OIS), a feature already adopted in the Plus model. Few pictures I take with the iPhone 7 come out blurry, even though I just take my phone out of my pocket, quickly capture something and put it back.
Most photos in good condition have an extra touch, like a good depth of field or a harmony between colors, saturation and exposure. It is very difficult to take a picture that does not look good with this camera. I only managed to capture a sort of “more or less” at night and when I was on something that was moving very fast, like a bus.
Otherwise, capturing colors and taking advantage of light in any condition is great. At night, there is little noise, at the cost of some details if you zoom in on some very specific areas. Still, with this camera, it doesn't even have to be the Plus model to earn a ten.
Performance and battery
Continuing with the reputation for making great processors, Apple has built-in the A10 Fusion on the iPhone 7, an iPhone processor that is finally quad-core, but with an interesting architecture. Similar to the big.LITTLE used in some Qualcomm chips, the A10 Fusion has two low-performance cores, which are active most of the time, and two high-performance cores, which kick in when you need more performance.
Unfortunately, unlike the Plus model, the iPhone 7 didn't get a RAM update, so we continue with the same 2 GB of the iPhone 6s. But the performance, according to Apple, has doubled compared to the iPhone 6. And, if you're a notebook owner, the iPhone 7's processor can be even more powerful than the one you're using there.
Everything is really smooth on the iPhone 7: I haven't had any problems in everyday use or gaming. Graphics performance is even sensational, thanks to the six-core GPU. Oh, and before you ask, my iPhone didn't make a weird noise like some are reporting.
The benchmarks also have encouraging numbers. The single-core performance of the iPhone 7 is incredible, with 3,358 points in Geekbench 4, passing the Galaxy S7 Edge (1,739) and Xperia XZ (1,583), the latter with Snapdragon 820 at 2.2 GHz (!). I asked a friend to test it on a 2012 Asus RoG gaming notebook and the result was 3,195 points, below the iPhone 7. Good job, Apple.
On the other hand, the 1,960 mAh battery is what you want. already expect from a non-Plus iPhone, just like that. In intense use, with the right to play music on Spotify with a Bluetooth headset for an hour, a few minutes taking photos and interacting on social networks between classes, the iPhone 7 lasted until 1 pm until the low battery warning, at 20%. Even the Moto X, from 2014, which has a very bad battery, can last longer.
On another day with more moderate use, when I had good more classes and not so many breaks to check all this, the low battery warning appeared around 15:30. Until the phone turned off, it gave at least another hour of moderate use. Even so, every day that I went out with the iPhone, I preferred to take an external battery so that the smartphone would not let me down.
In short: yes, you will need to carry the charger because the iPhone 7 battery nothing lasts. Maybe that won't change with the iPhone 7 Plus, which has a 2,900 mAh battery? Apple promises a gain of 1 hour compared to the iPhone 6s Plus, but if the two hours more compared to the iPhone 6s were not fulfilled, I only believe it when I see it.
With some refinements over a version of the iPhone that was alsorefined, the iPhone 7 is not a big news. The design remains largely the same, as does the battery life, and the usage experience is on par with the latest iPhones. A new button, a good camera and even better performance aren't worth upgrading from an iPhone 6s.
In my opinion, even iPhone 6 owners don't need to upgrade to 7. Performance on the iPhone 6 remains consistent, and Touch ID, or any improvement in specs, doesn't warrant the upgrade. I would only recommend upgrading to iPhone 7 to those who have a lot of money to spend and feel that their current iPhone is stuttering in some ways.“iPhone 7 upgrades do not have an immediate impact on the end user ”
All in all, if iOS and the Apple ecosystem are critical and you have an older iPhone, it's an upgrade to consider. But other than that, I still see the iPhone 7 as a milestone of major hardware upgrades, but with no immediate impact on the end user, whether it's the home button, the removal of the P2 input, or even the processor.
With no price announced in Brazil yet, we already know that the iPhone 7 will be expensive and so it's worth considering an Android that will offer you the same performance and a camera as good as half the price. The Galaxy S7, for example, is heavily discounted and is a solid purchase.
However, if you really want an iPhone, it might be worth waiting for the next one or getting the Plus, which has that two-pronged scheme. cameras, more RAM and more battery. Outside of these options, the iPhone 7 can't win me over.
- Battery: 1,960 mAh;
- Camera: 12 megapixels (rear) and 7 megapixels (front);
- Connectivity: 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, GPS, Bluetooth 4.2, Lightning, NFC;
- Dimensions: 138.3 x 67, 1 x 7.1mm;
- Internal memory: 32GB, 128GB or 256GB;
- RAM: 2GB;
- Weight: 138 grams ;
- Platform: iOS 10;
- Processor: quad-core Apple A10 Fusion;
- Sensors: accelerometer, proximity, compass, gyroscope, fingerprints and barometer ;
- Display: 4.7 inch IPS LCD with a resolution of 1334×750 pixels.
- Large aperture camera takes amazing photos
- Display with well-represented colors and strong brightness
- First-class performance
- iOS has a consistent ecosystem and apps awesome
- Lacks P2 input still harms the consumer
- We could have made better use of the new "button"
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