The iPhone 7 was released in 2016 September and later became available in Kenya at over 90,000 for the 32GB version. The price has since dropped to around 73,500 for the best dealers in Kenya including us. As usual Apple does what it does best which is coming up with Industry-Firsts. The company has done a fanstastic job, innovating while most of its competitors wait to borrow from its ideas.
Now, let’s dive into the iPhone’s 7 design. The phone features the home button placed at the bottom of the screen as usual. However, the function of the home button is what everyone has talked about. The home button is fully rock solid. It does not move at all. When you place your finger and push in, the taptic engine on the inside provides vibration to make you feel as if the button has been clicked in. This feature is so real that most of our customers who are unaware of this feature feel that it’s a regular button until their phone is switched off. When the phone is switched off, the button remains solid on pressing. Some even called to ask what’s wrong with their home button.
The iPhone 7 has one speaker at the bottom with two grills on the edges and the lightning port at the middle. Apple was bold enough to get rid of the normal earpod port and in it’s place uses the lightning port to connect to the earphones which have a lightning connector. They have however provided a Lightning-to-3.5mm dongle for your ordinary headphones/earphones. If you have the money and really don’t like wires or you’re interested in trying out the wireless experience then you can get the Lightning Air pods for 25,000 in Kenya. This sounds like too much to pay for something that just plugs onto the ear wirelessly since the sound is similar to those of the lightning earpods that come with the phone.
The iphone 7’s earpiece is at the top and doubles up as speaker when you play your sounds. The front camera is placed right next to the speaker on the left. The back of the phone is plane finish that blends in with the color of your phone. The phone comes gold, rose gold, silver, black, jet black and red colors. The rear camera has a smooth round finish to it with it’s Flash placed a short distance to the right.
The phone is water resistant for a distance of 1M for upto 30 minutes. It has an IP67 certification.
The iPhone 7’s display is a 4.7 inch with a resolution of 1334 by 750 pixels plus its 326ppi (Retina display). The screen is very colorful. You will consider it an improvement if you’re moving from the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6s but compared to it’s Android Flagship counterparts like the Samsung S7/S8/S8+ or the LG G4/G5, it falls short. The display has 3D touch which senses the amount of pressure you apply on the screen. This means, responses can be different based on how much hard you press on the screen. The 3D touch is not very useful and can often be compared to the long press and short press function in Android phones.
The iPhone 7 runs the iOS10 which is upgradable to the iOS 11 in 2017. Both OS support iMessage which is almost like WhatsApp letting you send text messages, emojis, images and more from the Messages layout. The phone also makes great use of 3D touch with iOS11 and 10. You also get the ability to uninstall Apple’s preinstalled apps. Get more information on the iOS11 here.
The iPhone 7 is a powerful phone featuring 2GB RAM and a A10 ‘Fusion’ quad-core processor. The quad-core processor has two high perfomance cores and two low power cores. The two low power cores are used when you carry out tasks that are less demanding eg texting, calling, low-power games and apps. This consumes less battery power. When you undertake more demanding tasks like high-power gaming, heavy applications then the two high perfoming cores are at hand to turn the power up.
The iPhone 7’s Internal Memory varies from 32GB to 128GB to 256GB depending on the size of your wallet. We personally recommend the 128GB version which we personally tested and verified to last very long. Infact since we got the phone 5 months ago, we’ve not had to take out the photos and videos from the phone. Though the iCloud memory of 5GB free fills up quite fast but you don’t have to upgrade the storage which you have to pay for.
The iphone 7’s cameras shoot fanstastic shots. The phone has the live photo feature which has photos animating briefly before becoming still which is very cool. The slow motion video recording is also very cool. The 12 MP rear camera comes with optical image stabilization, dual tone flash and an aperture of f/1.8. The front camera is 7MP shooter that has HDR and face detection.
The iphone 7’s battery is rated 1960mAh which sounds dismal but with Apple’s very efficient battery management the phone manages to last a day with normal use. The phone however can only last about 5 hours with very heavy use when we tried pushing it.
4.7 inch Display
iOS 10.0.1 Operating System, upgradable to iOS 10.3.2
Quad-core 2.34 GHz Processor
32 GB Internal Memory
2 GB RAM
12 MP Rear camera
7 MP Front camera
Non-removable Li-Ion 1960 mAh battery