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Apple iPhone 7 Plus review

8.7/10 AVG.
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8.7/10
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The Apple iPhone 7 Plus currently has an Informr score of 8.7 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 43 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

As the big brother to Apple’s new iPhone 7, the 7 Plus takes the iPhone series into phablet territory. With the launch out of the way, reviews are rolling in.

But which one should you pick? Let’s see what reviewers are saying!

The iPhone 7 Plus shares many traits with it’s smaller sibling. However, the differences made a huge impression on most reviewers.

The biggest change is the dual rear camera setup. While the 7 Plus includes the same 12MP wide-angle lens as the 7, it also includes a second telephoto lens. This effectively allows you to enjoy 2x zoom without any of the quality loss or noise of digital zoom. Apple also plans to release updates to allow photo effects, such as bokeh, using both lenses at the same time. Many reviewers noted that this made the extra cost of the Plus worthwhile.

The phone also sees upgrades to screen size and resolution. The 1080p 5.5-inch Retina HD display was well received by reviewers. Though the increased size of the phone proved difficult for one-handed use.

Lastly, you’ll find a slightly larger battery on the 7 Plus. However, paired with a larger, higher resolution display, reviews were on the fence on how much the larger cell improved battery life overall.

Everything else about the phone is identical to the iPhone 7--including the lack of headphone port. For more information, check out our summary!


Operating system
iOS
Processor
1.8 GHz
Screen Size
5.5"
Camera
12+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Mirror

Make no mistake, the 7 Plus feels much like an iterative update, and had the otherwise excellent Samsung Galaxy Note 7 not revealed itself as a potentially explosive device, that would probably – for me – be the more impressive of the two. Nevertheless, with a set of sensible new features, this is v...

- Kevin Lynch, Mirror
What Hi-Fi

So, is the iPhone 7 Plus the iPhone to buy right now? If you can deal with the size of the phone – not to mention the price tag – it certainly betters its smaller sibling in almost every area, including screen, sound, battery life and camera. It doesn’t chase the specs of its...

- What Hi-Fi team, What Hi-Fi
PC Magazine

The iPhone 7 Plus, with its new dual cameras, gives Apple fans a reason to pick the big phone.

- Sascha Segan, PC Magazine
Recombu

If you’re sold on iOS and you want a spacious screen for enjoying media on the move, the iPhone 7 Plus is undeniably excellent. Of course, if you have the iPhone 6 Plus or 6s Plus, upgrading to the iPhone 7 is a difficult recommendation. The camera experience is improved, but not by a ser...

- Chris Barraclough, Recombu
GSMArena

Apple made sure it has put enough novelties to make the iPhone an attractive purchase and a worthy upgrade. The lines of people and the depleted stock prove that. People are buying the Plus model, lots of people are opting for the new iPhone upgrade program, too. The Apple iPhone 7 Plus is a be...

- GSMArena team, GSMArena


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Screen Size
5.5"

The Apple iPhone 7 Plus's screen size is 5.5 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.8 GHz

There is a Apple A10 Fusio Quad core 1.8 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the iOS 10 (Update Available: 12) operating system (OS).

Camera
12+ MP

You can take photos with the phone's onboard 12+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 7+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
32/128/256 GB

Internal memory is 32/128/256 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
2900mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2900 mAh battery. Apple's performance ratings are 1260 minutes, 900 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

iPhone 7 Plus Specs

Overview
Release date September 16, 2016
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
4G/LTE
variations
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
LTE:
1700/1900/700/2100 /800/850/900/1800/2600/2300/2500 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
variations
SIM card size
Nano-SIM
variations
Dual SIM No
Operating System iOS 10 (Update Available: 12)

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Processor Apple A10 Fusio Quad core 1.8 GHz
Internal Storage 32/128/256 GB
RAM 3 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.09 W/kg
Body: 1.1 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, USB Power Adapter, Manual, Headset, Data Cable
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 2900 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to: 840 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 900 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 1260 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 16 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Rose Gold, Gold, SIlver, Black, Jet Black, Red
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.8 x 7.8 x 0.7 cm (6.2 x 3.1 x 0.3 in)
Weight 188 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating IP 67
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel density 401 pixels
Size 5.5 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Retina display
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Lightning
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.2
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
12+ megapixels
Multi-camera
Yes
Zoom
2x optical, 10x digital
Flash
Yes (Quad LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, Multi-shot, Panorama, Exposure control, HDR, Slow motion recording, Dual camera feature (12 MP 2nd camera)
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
7+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Face detection, Image stabilization, Multi-shot, Self-timer, 7+ megapixels, HDR, ƒ/2.2 aperture, Exposure control
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AIFF, AMR, Apple Lossless, eAAC, MIDI, MP3, M4A, OGG, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, AVI, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack Other / proprietary
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types XLS, RTF, PPT, PPTX, JPG, TIFF, GIF, DOC, DOCX, PDF, TXT, HTML
Weather Yes
Stocks Yes
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Apple A1661, A1784

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