Six Qualities that Make the iPhone 7 Apple’s Best Smartphone Yet?

May 16, 2017 2:21 pm3 commentsViews: 111

The iPhone 7 and its bigger brethren, the iPhone 7 Plus, may not awe you at first glance. Generally, Apple changes the design of its smartphones every two years – the iPhone 7 was slated for a new design, but things didn’t turn out that way. However, if you can oversee the two-year old design language of the new phone, there are quite a few features that make the iPhone 7 a serious upgrade over its predecessor(s). In this article, we’ll try to highlight some of those marquee traits.

Home Button

The iPhone 7’s home button is quite different from the home buttons of past iPhones. It’s no longer clickable in the true sense – it’s completely solid, which means it works similar to how the trackpads on the new MacBooks work. In other words, the button comes equipped with a linear vibration component, which apple refers to as Taptic Engine.

At the first instance, seasoned iPhone users may not appreciate this switch since they have gotten very used to the regular home buttons of past iPhones. But they would certainly get used to it and prefer it over older buttons over time. Moreover, the new button does feel like a click; it’s only the mechanism underneath that’s different.

Design

Yes, the iPhone 7’s design is not necessarily an overhaul, but it’s not identical to the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6s either. You may say the iPhone 7 rectified everything that was wrong with the iPhone 6’s design. For instance, the jarring antenna lines are pushed to blend seamlessly with the top and bottom edges of the device. In fact, the antenna lines are almost invisible on the jet (glossy) black and matte black variants of the phone.

The camera ring has been given a bit more definition as well. The iPhone 6’s camera had a thin ring that looked weak and also didn’t blend with the phone’s overall design. In the iPhone 7, the ring has been given some much needed definition, which also looks good.

New Colors

As far as colors go, the iPhone 7 came with a couple of new hues – jet black and matte black. The introduction of these new colors means there is no space grey color choice. That’s not such a bad thing if grey is getting replaced by black. By the way, silver and rose gold color options are not going anywhere.

Display

The iPhone 7’s display is not much of a departure from the iPhone 6s’ display, at least on paper. It’s an LCD display, which is adequately sharp and beautiful as always. However, the iPhone 7’s LCD is noticeably warmer, which you would appreciate based on your usage scenarios. The display is now capable of a greater range of colors, and this becomes quite obvious when viewing pictures captured by the phone’s camera. Thanks to the warmer display, the photos look much better on the iPhone 7 compared to the iPhone 6s.

Stereo Speakers

The iPhone has always been criticized for its lackluster mono speaker. With the iPhone 7’s stereo speakers, things have changed for the good. There are two stereo speakers – one at the phone’s bottom, and another speaker integrated seamlessly into the earpiece. These new speakers not just sound better, but they are much louder as well. Not to mention, the treble performance is significantly improved. Though these speakers are not going to replace your dedicated Bluetooth speakers (no Android phone speakers are capable of that either), your conference calls and media consumption experience would be much better.

Camera

The iPhone 7 has a better camera than the iPhone 7. The megapixel count is the same on both the phones, at 12MP. But if you even fundamentally understand how cameras work, you would know megapixels are just a slice of the entire camera pie. Lens speed, stabilization features, color rendering, flash, etc. matter a great deal too.

The iPhone 7 has a faster, new f/1.8 lens. Optical image stabilization (OIS), a fresh True Tone four-color flash, and a wider color capture are part of the mix as well. In the past, only the bigger iPhones or the “Plus” versions had OIS. The iPhone 7 is the first regular-sized iPhone to come equipped with hardware-based image stabilization. All of these upgrades mean the iPhone 7 can take much better pictures in low light. The iPhone 6s’ camera was no slouch, but the faster lens and OIS in the iPhone 7 makes the new camera a better overall performer.

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