It was presented at the beginning of September and we already have it in our hands! It is the new iPhone 7 Plus that today poses before our cameras and is touched to perform all our tests and thus tell you how is the new that brings us Apple.
The new iPhone stands out mainly for incorporating a double main camera of 12 megapixels each sensor, four LED flash, a powerful processor that exceeds even the iPad Pro, in addition to integrating 3GB of RAM, stereo speakers, water resistance and more capacity in the battery.
Thanking our great friends from now ProMovil.cl who gave us the opportunity to try this new iPhone 7 Plus and thus make this extensive review to which I will invite you since you continue reading, so it helps you to make a decision and make a possible purchase.
Technical details of the unit tested
Manufacturer and Model
– Apple- iPhone 7 Plus – A1667– Initial state: New
– 3G: 850/900/1700 AWS / 1900 / 2100– 4G LTE: B1, B2, B3, B4 AWS, B5, B7 Chile, B8, B12, B13, B17, B18, B19, B20, B25, B26, B27 , B28 Chile B29, B30, B38, B39, B40 and B41.– Category LTE 9 450/50 Mbps
Compatibility in Chile
– 3G: All– 4G: All– Compatible with 4G +
– IPS LCD – 5.5 Inches – Full HD Resolution 1920 × 1080 – Density of 401 pixels per inch – 3D Touch
– Dual main sensor of 12 MP each – f / 1.8 and f / 2.8– Digital zoom up to 10x and optical up to 2x– Four LED flash (2 warm tone and 2 cold tone) – Live Photos– Video: 4K 30fps , Full HD 60 and 30fps, HD 30fps– Stabilization: Yes, optical– 7 MP front sensor– Front flash: No– Front video: Full HD 30fps– Stabilization on front sensor: No
Hardware and Connectivity
– Apple A10 Fusion + M10 motion coprocessor – 4 cores of 2.23GHz– 64-Bit– 3GB RAM memory – 128GB internal memory – Wi-Fi 2.4 + 5GHz with MIMO, Bluetooth 4.2, A-GPS, GLONASS, Lightning connector. Stereo speakers
Software and functions
– iOS 10.0.1– Safari Browser, Siri, Apple Health, Touch ID, Apple PayNight Shift Apple Music, iMessage, FaceTime, iCloud, among others.
Dimensions / Water Resistance
– 158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm – Weight: 188 grams – Water resistance with IP67 certification
– Li-Ion– 2,900 mAh– Not removable
Design that almost runs out of changes
This is gentlemen, Apple the plate is repeated again and continues using the same design that we saw first with the iPhone 6 and then we saw with the iPhone 6s, which is mainly composed of aluminum both at the edges and at the back.
Here we are facing a 5.5-inch smartphone, which at first does not sound like it is really a large team, but unfortunately the thick edges of the iPhone make it look a somewhat rough mobile.
Luckily, the iOS operating system incorporates a function that will help you control the device when you use it with one hand, since when doing this it is uncomfortable to be able to select elements that are at the top of the screen, but that is solved by pressing twice on the central key so that the interface goes down halfway and you can select it with one hand.
The iPhone 7 Plus is something heavy, but that doesn't bother at all. When carrying it in my pockets it didn't bother me at all, but it bothered me when climbing stairs, although it was nothing serious.
Comparison with iPhone 6s Plus
It is the same size as its predecessor, the touch is exactly the same and in almost everything it is practically the same, which could disappoint several people, especially those who have an iPhone 6s Plus.
The most noticeable difference we see in the iPhone 7 Plus is in the back, since we will not only find a double camera, but we will also see that the antennas of the equipment pass through the top and bottom of the smartphone.
Nor do we have a 3.5mm jack connector for the headphones and the keys to control the volume of the device at this time are on a flat surface.
Now I will leave you an image gallery where you can appreciate each side of the iPhone 7 Plus and a description of what you see:
✅ The type of materials used✅ Eliminated the awful design of the antennas that the iPhone 6s Plus had
❎ Again they used practically the same design and the differences are minimal. Planos Flat edges and thick bezels ❎ The shape of the equipment and so much extra space in the front make the iPhone look very large.
Double camera of 12 megapixels each and a front of 7 MP
And this is the great novelty (and one of the few) that brings the iPhone 7 Plus, I mean its double camera of 12 megapixels each, which is accompanied by four LED flash with dual tone, in addition to incorporating autofocus , optical stabilization, HDR and the possibility of applying a digital and other optical zoom that you can use in photographs and also in 4K videos with up to 30 frames per second.
The front camera also received love from Apple, since now we have a 7 megapixel sensor for famous selfies or to make your video calls through FaceTime or some other similar service.
As you will notice in the following screenshots, the camera interface is the same as we see in all devices operating with iOS. The only difference in this opportunity is that here we have a section dedicated to zoom.
That detail is the only new thing you will see if you come from an iPhone 6s Plus, the rest of the functions are the classic ones that we see in iOS, which I will detail in the following gallery of captures:
Here I leave several photographs that we have captured with the dual camera of the iPhone 7 Plus. Be careful because some have optical zoom and digital zoom applied, and they will be marked at the bottom of the photo.
As for videos, our protagonist has the ability to record them in 4K Ultra HD with up to 30 frames per second, in addition to capturing also in Full HD at 60fps and in slow motion in HD at 240fps.
Then I leave you with two videos recorded in the qualities mentioned above so you can appreciate them:
4K 30fps video
60fps Full HD Video
✅ Very good photographic quality✅ Excellent video quality✅ Very good optical stabilization✅ Acceptable quality in night photographs
❎ Camera application is very poor, does not even bring manual mode❎ Videos are still recorded with MONO audio audio Portrait mode is not available until iOS 10.1 update arrives
The operating system of this iPhone is iOS 10, but immediately you will get an update that gives you the jump to iOS 10.0.1 to solve some errors.
Thanks to the powerful hardware that has the iPhone 7 Plus, iOS 10 runs practically perfectly, the lag or slow here simply does not exist because the system is 100% fluid.
My personal smartphone is an iPhone 6s Plus and the truth is that the differences I found in the iPhone 7 Plus are minimal – speaking at the software level – in fact in the latter we have a tactical vibration when selecting something, which with the 6s Plus does not happen.
Now going back to the iOS issue a bit, I tell you that it is a fairly easy to use operating system, where you will find all the applications on a single desktop – unlike Android – and you also have an app store called App Store, in addition to a notification center and shortcut bar.
If you have never used iOS, I tell you that here you find almost exactly the same applications you have on Android. A small difference is that here they are a little better optimized because there are very few devices with iOS and therefore can be given better support from developers.
The same goes for software updates, since here you will receive them the same day and time when Apple you release them, you do not need to wait for the release in X region or with X operator, here it does the same and at the same time it gives you better support.
In iOS you will find useful proprietary apps such as FaceTime, which will allow you to communicate via voice call or video call with other iOS devices, a weather app, notes that you can protect with the fingerprint reader, a map app, another email, photos , iCloud … etc. Almost the same as you find in other operating systems, but here it comes from the hand of Apple.
We saw it first on the iPhone 6s and it is a function that allows you to obtain different functions and / or options when you put more pressure on some point of the screen. For example, if I put more pressure on an application, there will be options related to that app, as you can see in the following screenshots:
This is the famous name that he applied Apple to the fingerprint reader that integrates our iPhone and that is practically the same as we see in the iPhone 6s Plus, which means that here we have the second version of the reader, responding faster in the recognition of the fingerprint.
Like the Mac, Safari is the default browser that comes in the operating system, which is pretty good, fast and has all the options that others like Chrome integrate. For example you can have several tabs open, you can even open them in private mode, view multimedia content, HTML5 content, save pages as a favorite and synchronize them, read view, among other functions.
We also have the famous virtual assistant named Siri with whom we can ask you anything related to the system's functions, such as asking about the current weather, when it will rain, asking you to call X person, to set an alarm at that time, to schedule a meeting on that day at that time, ask for X characters … etc. It is an assistant that will help you more than once.
Also in iOS 10, Siri gets along very well with Chile, since he now knows part of our history, he tells you news about local football teams and use several of his services in our country. More info here.
✅ Excellent performance✅ An operating system that works very close to perfection, stable and fluid. ✅ Good catalog of applications and games, practically the same as Android. Operativo Very easy to use operating system, besides being all very detailed. ✅ Updates of software arrive as soon as you release them Apple, giving your region and / or operator the same.
❎ iOS is somewhat closed and restricted, it does not give you the freedom to customize like the one offered by Android, although thanks to this security is better.❎ Multimedia synchronization (music, photos and videos) has to be only by iTunes.
Multimedia and Audio
As our protagonist operates with the iOS operating system, we will find a proprietary music player, which also includes the streaming music service called Apple Music, in addition to having a video player.
But starting with the music player, I tell you that with it you can listen to all your music that you have synchronized with iTunes on your computer, in addition to being able to assemble and organize your music with playlists, activate repeat options, random playback … etc. You also have access to online radios like Beats 1.
To improve the audio quality of the music player, we have up to 23 pre-equalized profiles, in addition to activating the automatic volume adjustment. Anyway, something that stands out from the iPhone is the audio and I assure you that an equalizer you won't need.
As for video playback, iOS uses the Photos application to play. However, I tell you that this player is the most basic and horrible thing I've seen on mobile operating systems, but at least it does its job. The good thing is that you can download other much better players like VLC from the App Store.
In case you still haven't heard, I tell you that Apple He decided to remove the 3.5mm Jack connector from the iPhone and that we used to connect our wired headphones. This decision allowed the iPhone 7 Plus to have more space for a larger capacity battery.
So Apple decided to deliver in the iPhone 7 Plus case EarPods that are exactly the same as the EarPods that come with the iPhone 6s Plus, but with the difference that they bring a Lightning connector.
Despite being the same models, the quality of music can be seen more clearly, it is noted that it is 100% digital audio. However, according to my expectation, the volume power decreased a little, but super little, in fact the difference is almost not noticeable.
Now, if you don't like EarPods and want to use your own analog headphones, Apple It incorporates a Lightning to 3.5mm Jack adapter in the equipment box so you can connect any type of hearing aid.
One of the great novelties of the iPhone 7 Plus is the incorporation of a second speaker to offer stereo audio and is located in the same place where the headset is located.
Devices such as HTC 10 or Huawei P9 Plus use the headset as a speaker and at the same time as a tweeter to deliver high-pitched sounds, while the second speaker enhances the bass sounds. In the case of the iPhone 7 Plus it is not like that, they are two speakers that offer high and low tones at the same time, in addition the left and right channels are redirected according to the orientation of the equipment.
For example, if you turn the iPhone horizontally to the left, the headset will act as the left speaker, if you turn it to the right it will act as the right speaker. If the equipment is used vertically, the sound becomes MONO on both speakers.
As for the sound quality of these speakers, I can tell you that it is very good. Have you tried the iPhone 6s Plus or the iPhone 6 Plus? If so, imagine the same quality as your speaker, but now there are two that sound the same way, delivering good treble and notorious bass that make the equipment rumble a lot. That if, when you already exceed the volume by more than half, the bass automatically decreases so as not to cause saturation in the audio, but it still sounds quite strong.
✅ Excellent audio quality 100 100% digital sound estéreo Stereo speakers that guide the left and right channel according to the position of the equipment estéreo Stereo speakers with very good sound quality ✅ Volume with high power ✅ Thank you for coming Lightning to Jack 3.5 adapter mm
❎ The removal of the 3.5mm jack connector might bother some ❎ It still does not support Apt-X audio codec for Bluetooth headphones. ❎ EarPods headphones are not Hi-Res (high resolution audio) ❎ Video player is too simple
5.5-inch IPS LCD screen
Through this section of the review we will find an IPS LCD type screen that reaches a size of 5.5 inches and also has a Full HD resolution of 1920 × 1080 pixels.
This Retina Display – as you call it Apple – It has a density of 401 pixels per inch, in addition to having Force Touch technology, which Apple called as 3D Touch.
As for the image quality, I tell you that it is very good, worthy of an IPS where we usually find a fairly high brightness and which in turn manages to offer very vivid colors, as well as a good definition.
As I mentioned before, I am a user of the iPhone 6s Plus and the truth is that I found both screens very equal, there is only a small difference in color, since in the iPhone 7 Plus it is appreciated with a little more intensity, such Which one will you appreciate?
The system also incorporates a function called Night Shift, which will allow the screen to change its hue to a warmer tone when it is getting dark, so that your eyesight can rest in a better way. This can work automatically, schedule a schedule or activate it manually.
Finally, here is a picture where you can see how the screen looks when it is in bright daylight:
✅ Good brightness level✅ Vivid colors✅ Good definition✅ Good brightness control when in automatic mode
❎ A special way to use it with gloves is missing
2,900 mAh Li-Ion battery
We wanted to test the battery of this equipment which we remind you that it is not removable, so now I will proceed to show you the results, but first I will mention the applications and functions of the equipment used.
- Used applications: Telegram, WhatsApp, Spotify, Music Player, TIDAL, Facebook, Messenger, Buffer, HootSuite, Twitter, Instagram, NotifikaMe, Gmail, calls, Camera, Safari, Tapatalk, Pokémon Go and YouTube.
- Active connectivity: 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth (for stereo headphones) and active GPS
- Used Wearables: None
- Screen brightness: Automatic
Use time: 12 hours, 26 minutes
Standby: 26 hours, 28 minutes.
Time to charge the battery: 1 hour, 52 minutes.
We leave you the screenshots of the results obtained with applications dedicated to benchmarks. This time we only tried AnTuTu, since 3DMark closed itself when it was executed. Geekbench is paid, which is free on Android.
I will not deny you that I was very excited to try the iPhone 7 Plus, and now that I had the opportunity to do so, I just wanted to buy one.
Let's see, I highlight the issue of the double camera because it works very well, but I still can't believe that I continue recording videos with audio in MONO, even now that the same equipment brings stereo speakers, so bad there, besides the app of the camera is super poor in functions, it does not even have a manual mode, which should have brought iOS 10. The performance of the team is great, there I have nothing to say, like the autonomy of the battery.
The audio is great, especially the stereo speakers, but if you are going to force users to use the Lightning port to have better quality audio, MINIMUM incorporate headphones according to this, which are Hi-Res, or finally some renewed models, but not occupy the same EarPods that you sold with FOUR previous models.
I found the screen good and if you come from another team, you will like it. But since I'm an iPhone 6s Plus user, I didn't find any difference to be honest.
And here you will forgive me dear readers, but I can't believe that Apple I have used the same design of the iPhone 6 and 6s again. What about the designers of Apple? Did they run out of ideas? Already ok, the great novelty is in the Jet Black model but it is scratched by just seeing it and it is also super expensive, so what remains for the rest of the mortals? A team with an AÑEJO design, because next to equipment such as Samsung or Huawei, the iPhone 7 Plus lags far behind, with flat edges, extremely wide bezels … etc.
Anyway, if you come from the world of Android and want to switch to iPhone 7 Plus, change no more, I recommend it, if you have an iPhone 6 or lower you could also change, but if you have the iPhone 6s I do not recommend it at all – to Unless you get over the money – I recommend that you choose another alternative or raise the money for the iPhone of 2017.
You can buy the iPhone 7 Plus right now with our friends from ProMovil.cl and you can find it in 32GB, 128GB and 256GB versions from $ 968,900. Remember that if you mention that you are a reader of Pisapapeles.net, you will receive a surprise.
Many thanks to ProMovil.cl for trusting us and lending us this new iPhone 7 Plus for a review and thus commenting on how is this new smartphone from Apple.