Quick Thoughts On The iPhone 7

The box for the new iPhone 7.

The box for the new iPhone 7.

I have been using my new iPhone 7 for around 24 hours now, and here are my quick initial reactions/thoughts.

Pros:

  • It’s heavier. Coming from an iPhone 6, the 7 is about 1/3 of an ounce heavier, and that extra weight is noticeable to me. Personally, I like the weight, it gives the phone a sense that it’s sturdy and substantial – and has more battery.
  • The standard black color is a deep matte black. It looks much better than space grey.
  • The A10 Fusion CPU is super snappy and responsive.
  • The new Home button works very well and TouchID scan time is extremely fast.  I know some folks have slammed the new Home button, but I like it.  After setting the Taptic Engine at “2”, to me, it feels exactly the same as the old Home button.
  • The new camera is a great upgrade.  The photo above was taken with the iPhone 7, on a very cloudy day – with just the overhead light casting about 540 lumens, and shot at ISO 100, 1/13 speed and no flash.  The new f1.8 lens works nicely.
  • The speakers work very well, especially as a speakerphone. For music, they are passable for a few songs.
  • Battery life seems to be about 10-15% better from my old iPhone 6.

Cons:

  • Depreciating wired-audio.  It’s not just that the headphone jack is gone.  The headphone-to-Lightning adapter is very short (3 inches) and the wire is about half-as-thick as your standard Lightning or 30-Pin cables were.  It will be easy to lose, and easy to break.  The free EarPods used to come in a plastic, clamshell, carrying case.  No longer.  While they plug into the Lightning port now, they also come wrapped around some cardboard – goodbye carrying case.
  • The camera still has a bulge, and it’s more pronounced now.
  • Because of the larger camera lens bulge, your old iPhone 6/6s cases will not work on the iPhone 7.

Other:

  • If you use an Apple Watch, be sure to back it up to your phone, then back up your phone (to either iTunes or iCloud) before upgrading. Frankly, Apple Watch adds some complexity to the upgrade process which Apple made fairly easy, but I’m not sure it would qualify for the Apple “It Just Works” standard.

All-in-all, I’d rate the iPhone 7 as a recommended upgrade.

Mike Knotts

Mike Knotts was born in 1968 in a small town in southern Indiana. Even when very young, Mike showed a love for all-things technical and sci-fi. Moving with his family to California in the early 80's, he eventually graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in History. Rather than put that to good use, Mike continued to pursue his passion for technology by working for early, regional ISP's in the mid 1990's. He currently resides in the Pacific Northwest, where he works as a project manager for an Internet startup. Mike is a co-founder of Geekometry.

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