Apple iPhone 7 Review

Is the iPhone 7 a real improvement over the 6s, or is Apple just fiddling around a bit, tweaking design here and there while swapping in a few new parts? Let's find out.
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157. monoke

Posts: 1162; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Who knew painting antenna lines the same color as the back took so much skill! Why couldn't sony have done that with my z3?.. Oh wait, where are their antenna lines?

237. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Stephen S Has removed/cleared up comment section that are not in line with his hideous agenda. So I will repeat what I said and some additional thought to my text . He even borrowed wording from big fruit to inflate ordinary design solution . His original line "Beautiful design skilfully hides antenna lines" It sounds very narcissist and awfully fanatical. Well done mate! You just set new bar to the vanity show. And yes big fruit has great products but this is beyond clear mind and common sense.

16. twens

Posts: 1175; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

I hardly care about what someone's rating on a phone is but this right here is Hehehehe. I am an iPhone user over 2-3 years but looking at the pictures above, something is clearly wrong with this review. Those pictures taken by the current iPhone is over exposed and washed out. Highlights are over blown and it shows. It's because of such false praises we can't get Apple to step up their camera game. It's a shame blind loyalty leads to companies not improving on their products. I'm out

17. Lenny86

Posts: 301; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

Overpriced non innovative phone!Iphone is great but what they are doing by Apple in the last 3 years is a big Joke!

19. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Apple has become worse since Steve Jobs passed. ;(

231. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Very true back in the day iPhone where revolutionary , super stable and great value. Now not so much its sad.

23. combatmedic870

Posts: 986; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

So the screen is worse then the old model in some areas and gets a great score. Everyone Knows on phonearena, you take and androids score and ad a point to it in order to compare scores to the iPhone.

25. Lakuta1978

Posts: 64; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

nice review! mine come next week, black!

29. Darckent

Posts: 91; Member since: Sep 17, 2016

Funny thing is iphonearena bashed Moto z for lack of headphone port The iphone 7 has less upgrades over the 6s than the note 7 over the note 5 yet iphonearena do the shady scoring again. It's truly disgusting the propaganda this website puts out. I urge readers to go to better sites like gsmarena etc this site truly cannot be trusted

47. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

It's a very good point - rather than everyone here crying about a review score they don't agree with why not just go away to somewhere that shares the same view?

92. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

And this site shares your views, for obvious reasons. I come here for rumours and news. I don't buy into this sort of review.

99. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

So don't read it. People were complaining about the negative news on the Note 7 too, so even the news is apparently biased here... You think I'm an Apple fanboy but I always try the options out when I'm looking for a new phone and pick what I prefer, I slag Apple off plenty.

216. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

People are allowed to criticize and express their views. You are implying that if you have a negative feedback you can't voice your opinion is anti-freedom of speech. As long as they say what they want without trashing anyone personally and is not abusive I don't see why they can't say what they want to say. (albeit not all of them are here)

30. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

1. Best CPU in a phone 2. Best GPU in a phone 3. Most colour accurate screen to date 4. Great camera with OIS 5. Great new home button 6. Nice water resistance that's actually better than a better rated phone like S7, seems apple underestimated and slapped IP67 on it. 7. Stereo speakers that work great 8. Really good 7mp front facing camera 9. Super durable screen that trumps any other phone besides the moto force 10. OS and hardware work flawlessly together 11. Good battery life 12. Better in every single aspect than the last years iPhone besides the removal of audio jack The butthurt android fans are pathetic. They hate phonearena for recognising how simple yet great this phone is that half of the planet who aim for flagships will buy and enjoy. Yet year after year here they are still commenting and supporting this site.

40. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

13. Three years old design.

61. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Samsung used an ugly 4year old design for galaxy S5 but still PA gives a 9.1 and you samsung fans didnt even complain about it.

96. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Design doesn't correlate to the type of material used. S5 had faux leather, but it was arguably different from it's predecesors in design and aesthetics. Besides, the S5 was ahead of it's time in 2014, and it very well deserved a 9.3 score, but it didn't get it.

139. ebilcake

Posts: 1230; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

Lot's a people complained about it, you just weren't listening.

71. Beastmode1

Posts: 85; Member since: Feb 08, 2016

Best cpu in single thread sure multi core not sure geekbench seems to be broken on android right now all our cpus had higher scores than iphones in multi in GB3 now by some miracle there all down ... best gpu in a phone sure just barely better than SD 530 but you are right dont compare and iphone screen ever to any phone except like a nokia because not matter what you say its not that good resolution is poor altough you say colour is great when you see a good screen youll know the iphones sucks camera does have ois but its not the greatest camera if youve seen comparisons on the internet there are better smartphone cameras out there for sure new home button sucks its also the reason behind the huge unecessary taptic engine which is a huge thing that eats space probabily one of the biggest reason the phone doesnt have a headphone jack apple dont rate the IP the IEC does just cause youve seen one video dont be an idiot s7 is more water resistant like many other droids stereo speakers are poor compared to real stereo like 2 front facing eg HTC front camera is good i will agree with that super durable screen ? that fails within 8 drops while s7 edge and note 7 survive over 50 ? sure thats BS not most durable at all OS does have good optimization for sure that ill agree with too decent battery life Not good S7edge is way better any more to add ?

127. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

As expected from an iPhone fan, half of what you mentioned sounds like you just took it from the iPhone website with absolutely no backing. What makes the CPU and GPU "Best"? What makes the screen "most color accurate"? What makes the camera "great" and "really good"? and the best line of all: "Better in every single aspect than the last years iPhone besides the removal of audio jack" It's come to this guys, even expected escalation upgrades to the previous models get iFans excited and placing it as a "pro".

135. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3106; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

You just described the HTC 10 except for the water resistance.

154. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

First off, Apple can't give the IP rating to its own products. It is rated by the group that does IP certifications. Based on their controlled tests, Apple only got a rating of IP67. Apple can't change that other than using a different method of water-proofing. The test that is done is not just done in still water. Its done in a special tank where water is still and also is given waves and even current to imitate real water tolerances. Not just depth. The rating is controlled by pressure. Still water only creates pressure with depth, while moving water creates pressure with force. After the test, the phone is given the highest possible average rating. The S7 has a better rating because that is the rating given to it by the IP certification group. Samsung can't change this rating unless they change their waterproofing methods and the phone would need to be retested. No mater what fanboy videos you seen, or the article PA posted that showed the iPhone lasted longer, it is not an official test and should be taken with zero merit no matter which phones wins.

165. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

The S7 Active also achieved IP68 did it not? Perhaps what Samsung submits for approval and what the customer receives aren't always the same thing...

233. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

manufacturer defect most probably. Happen with every OEM but more often for bigger one like Apple and Samsung. Hissing capacitor in iPhone 7 is an example. Exploding battery in note 7 is another. Both big fail.

162. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

I don't trust PhoneArena battery rating, gsmarena rated it as okay. 61h endurance rating is not bad at all but not so great when compared to +90h phones.

211. iushnt

Posts: 3105; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Your point 6 might not be true though. I said might..

232. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

1- yes 2- nope sd820 beat it 3- by 50 on a 6000 score not impressed. 4- the screenshot in this review tend to show the other way around... overblown highlight ect. 5- question of taste. 6- depend on many factor in 1 meter water its beat the S7 in the amount of time but deeper its will fail first. 7- not thats great as they are not balanced out botom sound louder than the earpiece. 8- its among he best but other are as good or beat it. 9- not really there was a drop test between many phone did by a YouTube guy using profesional grade equipement. many phone beaten it like S7 active ( more than 50 face drop still working ) , note 7 ( 50 face drop still working ) , htc 10 ( 40 face drop still working ect iPhone 7 only did about 10-15 and died. 10- OS is very optimized to be light thats i agree but its also one of the most buggy OS and have a higher % of fail than android just look on the web. 11- if you browse internet only yeah but video at 720p in loop phone die in 4 hours wich is worst than many phone even phone with average battery life like my LG G5 lol. 12- thats i have to agree its a not bad evolution. You are the butthurt apple Fan. I can easily admit when something is amazing and the new soc in the iPhone 7 is truly very good the gpu is powerful more than enuf for 720 p screen. So Mr Cooper take a chill pill and double verify what i said on the web.

35. hansip87

Posts: 227; Member since: Nov 10, 2015

huh.. with Sony standard charging, they call it very disappointing. But when iPhone has longer charging time despite smaller battery then a Samsung, they don't even mentioned it in the review.. truly iPhoneArena bias.

156. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Well to be fair, the S7's have fast charging. However, even if you turn fast charging off, the S7 charges faster than the iPhone even with a larger battery, because the charger itself is more powerful. Also lots of phones charge faster than an iPhone for the exact same reason. None of them are graded on this merit because the iPhone would lose against at least 50% of the industry. Samsung uses a 2AMP charger on mostly all its phones and tablets while Apple is a 1A charger.

183. hansip87

Posts: 227; Member since: Nov 10, 2015

Yes i know. But lets strip all those brands and say that Korean phone is faster than American Phone, yet the American phone is getting no remark about the slowness and no faster option for charging, whereas that Japanese phone is cornered down like there's no tomorrow regarding the slowness without looking at the actual battery size and other battery lifetime extending measure.. See what i mean?

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