IPHONE 7 PLUS REVIEW: THE GREAT HEADPHONE JACK DEBATE

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Update: Apple’s lakiểm tra handset may have gotten a new color (meet iPhone RED), but there’s a new Model on the way, called iPhone X, that promises khổng lồ wow. Is the 7 Plus still the iPhone to buy, và how does it stachồng up against the Android competition? We’ve updated our iPhone 7 Plus Review, and added an Our Take section.

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Apple has done it again with the iPhone 7 Plus, a phone that’s as powerful as it is controversial. In camera tests it wows with 2× optical zoom và sharp photos, and it’s finally water resistant; but there’s just one little problem: it doesn’t have sầu a headphone jachồng.

We’ve been using the iPhone 7 Plus since its release, judging its ongoing performance, và debating whether a missing headphone jack is a deal breaker.

The elephant in the room

Rumors that Apple was going to lớn ax the 3.5mm tai nghe jaông xã rocked the internet và inspired a flurry of rage, tears, và fears aước ao the Apple faithful. Rumors turned to lớn fact, so have sầu we learned lớn live sầu with it? First, what does not having a headphone jaông xã mean khổng lồ you: You have to lớn rely on a Lightning converter for your current corded headphones, or upgrade khổng lồ a pair of Công nghệ Bluetooth earbuds. To Cosplay for the missing tai nghe jaông xã, Apple includes a pair of Lightning-connected (wired) EarPods in the box, as well as a Lightning converter — a short cable, horribly known as a dongle — for your 3.5mm tai nghe plug. The downside: You cannot charge your phone and listen lớn music at the same time.

So just how bad is life without a headphone jack? It depends. If you, lượt thích many iPhone users, only use the earbuds Apple always includes in the box with your iPhone, you probably won’t care. Apple packages a pair of earbuds just like last year’s, but they connect lớn your phone’s Lightning port instead of a tai nghe jack. The only time a problem arises is when you want lớn charge your phone & listen to lớn music simultaneously — because now you can’t bởi vì that without a gross-looking dongle. If you already use wireless headphones, you won’t even notice the tai nghe jaông xã is gone. For many, however, the omission is still noticeable, a point we’ll touch upon throughout our điện thoại Apple iPhone 7 Plus reviews.

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If you have a beloved pair of wired headphones, however, prepare to be seriously annoyed & thoroughly put off by the iPhone 7 & 7 Plus. Sure, you can use the included 3.5milimet lớn Lightning adapter, but dongles aren’t exactly high-class. It’s small, so you can easily lose it, & the wire connection between the 3.5milimet port & the Lightning connector feels flimsy. Much like the included iPhone charging cords, which always break after a year or two, we initially suspected this adapter may not have the longest life. More than six months in, ours is still intact after daily use, và operates as it did when new. Over this time, the adapter has spent its life plugged into the same pair of earbuds, lượt thích a little extension cord, which has minimized the changes of it being lost. Using it doesn’t impact the sound quality in any obvious way.


The wired earbuds that come with the iPhone 7 và 7 Plus sound reasonably good for included headphones, but they’re not discernibly better than the typical 3.5milimet earbuds that have sầu shipped with iPhones past. Of our two sets of EarPods, one stopped working properly after a day, forcing us khổng lồ repeatedly plug them in and jiggle them to try và get them to work. They broke for us on day two, leaving us to lớn rely on an alternative pair of headphones when putting together our Apple iPhone 7 Plus Reviews.

Removing the tai nghe jaông xã meant Apple had lớn improve sầu wireless audio — the result is the W1 wireless chip. It’s implemented in another new Apple hàng hóa, the AirPods, which are completely wireless và get 5 hours of battery life. They aren’t included in the box, & you can read more about the $160 wireless earbuds here. We tried a pair on và they are exactly like EarPods, just sillier looking without the cord. You can also use any normal wireless headphones with the iPhone 7 & 7 Plus — kiểm tra out our favorites here.

The other bright spot on the audio front is how the iPhone 7 và 7 Plus have stereo speakers — both at the top & bottom of the devices for “increased dynamic range.” The speakers bởi vì sound better and louder on the iPhone 7 Plus, though they aren’t as powerful as the front-facing speakers on the ZTE Axon 7.

Subtle aluminum design is finally water-resistant

The iPhone 7 Plus doesn’t look all that different from last year’s iPhone 6S Plus — you’ll have sầu to wait for next year’s iPhone 7S/8 for major changes, & rumors are already plentiful.



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Although the aluminum uni-body kiến thiết is nearly identical to lớn last year’s iPhone, that’s not to lớn say it isn’t beautiful. The metal is soft and smooth, & the Apple biểu tượng logo shines out of the center bachồng of the phone. The antenna lines now curve around the corners instead of slashing across the baông xã of the phone, resulting in a cleaner, more minimamenu appearance. The dual-camera module sadly sticks out on the baông xã.

Apple introduced two new color options at launch, blachồng và jet blaông chồng, and then a special edition Product:RED later on. The jet blaông xã model features a “pristine, mirror-lượt thích surface” và a high-gloss, which is sadly prone lớn scratches. It also picks up fingerprints lượt thích nobody’s business. It looks so pretty until you touch it; then it’s covered in oily smears. The regular black model is the solution, & it gets considerably less smudgy. Apple still offers silver, gold, và rose gold for traditionalists who don’t want the new blaông xã and red models.


Unfortunately, the iPhone 7 Plus is still gigantic. This has been emphasized by bezel-less phones lượt thích the Samsung Galaxy S8 & the LG G6. They both have sầu larger screens than the iPhone, yet housed in considerably more compact bodies. The bezels at the top và bottom of the iPhone are overlarge, & slimming them down would make the phone far more manageable. The iPhone 7 Plus’ footprint could be much smaller, which would appeal lớn more users and be more comfortable to hold.

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It’s not that the iPhone 7 Plus is uncomfortably large, but it’s definitely a device you want to lớn hold with two hands after a while. That said, the Plus is the mã sản phẩm we recommend over the smaller iPhone 7, & unless you have very small hands, it’s still perfectly manageable.

The biggest cosmetic difference (besides the removal of the tai nghe jack) is that both the iPhone 7 và 7 Plus are (finally!) water- và dust-resistant with an IP67 rating. That means you’ll be able to take either of them under up lớn 1 meter of water for about 30 minutes. The water resistance màn chơi isn’t as high as it is on the Galaxy S8, which supports IP68 water và dust resistance. The difference is you can submerge the Galaxy S8 in 5 meters of water versus 1 meter with the iPhone 7. But unless you literally swim with your phone, it’s really not a huge deal.


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While writing our iPhone 7 Plus review, we dunked both iPhones in a beer stein full of water lớn see if they’d pass the chạy thử, and they did with flying colors. Both were fully operational after several submersion tests. We even played music on the iPhone 7 Plus while it was underwater in the glass, & it pumped out sound lượt thích normal.

Apple placed a “Taptic Engine” inside the phone where the tai nghe jaông chồng used to be, a chip that provides haptic feedbachồng when you press the trang chủ button. This is key, because now the button isn’t something you can press — it’s a flat, solid surface. Push on it to unlock your phone, and double-tap it khổng lồ trigger Apple Pay when the screen is off. When you press against it, it provides the same physical feedbaông xã you feel when you use cảm ứng 3 chiều on an ứng dụng icon: a small vibration, và that’s it. Some people will miss the physical button, but it doesn’t bother us at all. In fact, we actually like not having khổng lồ physically press a button.

Specs: iOS 10 is smooth as butter with the A10 Fusion processor

The iPhone 7 Plus is an evolutionary step upward for Apple. No revolutionary changes here, but that’s not really a bad thing. The iPhone 7 Plus is nonetheless the most powerful and technically impressive sầu iPhone yet.

Although it sports the same 5.5-inch screen with a resolution of 1,9đôi mươi × 1,080 pixels, the screen is 25 percent brighter than the panel in the 6S Plus và it offers a wider color gamut. It’s not as high-resolution as most Android phones, many of which sport 2,560 × 1,440 pixel resolutions, but the iPhone 7 Plus has one of the sharpest, brightest, and most natural-looking screens you’ll find anywhere. The 1080p resolution doesn’t drain the battery as much, either.


Apple’s new A10 Fusion chip powers the iPhone 7 Plus. It’s a 64-bit, quad-core processor that’s 40 percent faster than the A9 in the iPhone 6S và 6S Plus. Apple says it’s 120 times faster than the original iPhone. Although that’s hard to prove, we did notice that iOS 10 runs smoother on the iPhone 7 và Plus than it does on the iPhone 6S và 6S Plus. Will you notice, though? That’s hard to say. It is subtle.

Of the four cores, two are for high-performance actions và the remaining two focus on boosting efficiency. Apple has designed a performance controller to determine which actions make use of which cores. For example, checking your tin nhắn will most likely be powered by the high-efficiency cores, which are better for saving battery life. The processor also improves the iPhone 7 & 7 Plus’s graphics — it’s 50 percent faster than the A9.

Overall, we’re impressed with the iPhone’s performance. Apple’s iOS 10 runs like a dream, & continues khổng lồ vì chưng so after six months. Several updates have arrived since launch, and the lachạy thử version is iOS 10.3.2. It remains solid, stable, reliable, and very fast. Apple’s iOS 10 also deeply incorporates 3D Touch into lớn the interface. The new features include interactive notifications, new widgets, fun tricks in iMessage, and much more. You can read all our thoughts on iOS 10 here. The lathử nghiệm update khổng lồ Apple’s operating system — iOS 11 — will be available at the over of June as well.

Dual-camera tech and 2× optical zoom are extraordinary

The dual-camera công nghệ on the iPhone 7 Plus is its killer feature. Those two 12-megapx sensors are the reason why you should buy this phone.

There are two lenses: a 12-megapixel sensor with optical image stabilization, a 28mm wide-angle lens, and an f/1.8 aperture; and a 12-megapixel sensor with a 56mm-telephoto lens và an f/2.8 aperture. The sensors are 60 percent faster than before and 30 percent more energy efficient, according to lớn Apple. However, what’s cool about these cameras is what they can bởi. The telephoto lớn lens offered the best optical & digital zoom we had ever seen on a điện thoại thông minh, but has since been matched by the ability of the Huawei P10 & Mate 9’s zoom lens.

The iPhone 7 Plus can capture detail without losing any noticeable quality with 2× optical zoom. When you take a picture, a 1× inhỏ pops up on screen. Tap it to lớn bring the zoom up to 2× or drag this slider from 1× to 10× & zoom into lớn spectacularly detailed images for a better crop. The camera uses a 2× optical zoom, but it switches to digital zoom when you move past it & on to lớn 10×. The physical 2× zoom looks great & produces sharp closeups that far surpass what you’d get on the standard iPhone 7 or iPhone 6S.