According to the BGR, today marks exactly five months since Apple first released the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
Five months since Apple officially changed its iPhone strategy, reusing the same design on a non-“S” model smartphone for the first time ever. Gadget blogs had a field day with all the leaks ahead of Apple’s launch, and many sites labeled the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus “boring” because their appearance was so similar to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s. Well, those boring new iPhones went on to quickly become the fastest selling smartphones in the world, just as most of us knew they would.
I picked up both new iPhone models at launch, and I’ve had a current-generation iPhone in my pocket every day since then. Interestingly, however, it has become increasingly clear to me over that period that for the first time ever, there is a right iPhone to buy and a wrong iPhone.
APPLE WAS FAMOUSLY LATE TO THE GAME WHEN IT CAME TO BIG SCREEN SMARTPHONESApple was famously late to the game when it came to big-screen smartphones. Samsung’s Galaxy Note smartphone first popularized the new “phablet” category back in 2011, but Apple didn’t join the party until 2014 when it launched the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Over the course of those three years, company executives deflected questions about the possibility of big-screen iPhones for the most part, though on occasion, an exec would say that Apple would not release a significantly larger iPhone until it could do so without compromising the user experience.
Fast-forward to 2017, and it’s the smaller of Apple’s two flagship iPhones that makes all the compromises.First and foremost, the iPhone 7 Plus has a battery that can actually make it through a full day of use on a single charge. iOS 10 has so many great features, but a number of them are quite hard on the iPhone’s battery. If you have an iPhone 7, battery life is something you have no choice but to be overly aware of. You can either compromise your software experience by disabling power-hungry features, or you can compromise your hardware experience by getting a battery case (while there are some decent iPhone 7 battery cases out there that are slim, any battery case will inherently add bulk).
WHEN IT COMES TO THE IPHONE 7 PLUS…
When it comes to the iPhone 7 Plus, on the other hand, most users don’t ever have to think about battery life. Unless you’re spending the day navigating all over your city and tethering with your laptop at the same time, the battery in the 7 Plus can easily carry you through a full, busy day. There’s no need to worry about battery cases, portable chargers or disabling iOS 10 features like “Hey Siri.” With the iPhone 7 Plus, you can just use the phone.