IPhone 7 plus Review: Five Important Things to Know
IPhone 7 plus Review: Five Important Things to Know
let’s go ahead and check it out so the first thing that I want to talk about in this review is the display this is a 5.5 inch IPS LCD display it is 1080p so it’s not quite HD and no it’s not AMOLED either i know a lot of people are upset that we don’t have a resolution boost and that also this is not AMOLED.
I think that next year’s when we’re going to be seeing the amoled displays on the iPhone supposedly the technology is just not ready yet so that’s something that we will see for the 10th anniversary hang tight for that but as far as the 1080p resolution I’m not upset about it and here’s why this is 5.5 inches and actually the resolution looks pretty good with 1080p, because this is not a penile matrix fun you’ll notice if you have an amoled display like with my 1+3 that’s 1080p it doesn’t look very sharp and that’s because it is missing a sub pixel for pixel every pixel has a red green and blue sub-pixel and together combined with all different intensities you get all the different colors that you can see on the display.
but with a penile type matrix you only have to sub pixels per pixel you’ll have red and green and then you’ll have green and blue because that so pixel is missing that’s essentially what is making the resolution at 1080p not look so sharp but this display has an RGB stripe matrix so you do have those full three sub-pixels per pixel and so it looks nice and sharp I really don’t think that quad HD is going to be necessary that put the toll on the battery life and it also puts a strain on the GPU as well ,so graphic performance would in question not be as good so 1080p has been the sweet spot here for apple on this larger display i do think though that when they switch over to amylin will probably have the quad HD AMOLED display .
Because is that missing sub-pixel having quad HD with AMOLED makes it look really nice and sharp so if we see an amoled display next year that’s probably what we’re going to see it won’t be 1080p it’ll most likely be quite HD we’ll have to see how that all pans out if they do end up going with a 1080p amoled display at 5.5 inches it’s going to not look at sharp not a sharp is this any way so if they’re not using AMOLED and that’s a frustration to people some people feel like this is an antiquated technology actually L city is great but it’s true that it’s camping out at the potential of what is able to do at least on a mobile platform but Apple has now created what is called wide color with their display p3 standard so this isn’t like last year where you only have the surge range of colors we now have a wider range of colors that this display can show so that is nice for all of you out there and feel like you want to have a broader range of colors that you can see on your display keep in mind though that the default color space for Apple’s operating system is surge so when you compare it to the older iPhone the iPhone 6 plus everything is going to look pretty much about the same around the interface and applications and less developers decided to support wide color inside their application like God’s kingdom you do see a lot of aspects of wide color in here apple doesn’t want people to simply just over saturate the display for good reason because it doesn’t really help it makes things look gaudy and not good the only one developers to incorporate bits of wide color where it’s going to benefit the experience for the user .
So i think over time we’ll have developers starting to increase the color saturation in places inside the applications but don’t expect the whole phone to look over saturated that’s just not going to happen Apple likes to keep quality control it’s not going to be like amoled displays that you see out there that totally over saturate the interface and it just looks wrong also apple has incorporated actual color management in the operating system this is what the first color managed mobile operating system that doesn’t surprise me actually I figured apple will be the first to do it ,so what do I mean by color management well this display supports display p3 color space it’s a really nice wide range of colors but if you have an image that is still surge with that smaller range of colors and you view it on this display it’s going to map it properly if you don’t map it properly it will take that smaller color space and just stretch it out to fit.
The display and everything will look saturated when it is map properly it’s going to take those colors and put them where they should so you’ll be able to view an surge smaller amount of colors on this wire display and it will still look right I know this is complicated but all this is to say that images should look right on this display because Apple is being careful and color managing things so being prefaced with all this what is it i can say about this display well i can say that this is probably the best calibrated LCD display out there on a mobile phone apple has really paid attention to the details here for color accuracy, they say that each individual phone was factory calibrated so that it looks right i was able to run some measurements and I was just incredibly impressed it’s got two different color spaces you got the surge one and you’ve got display p3 that’s the one that has the wide color and surge just looks fantastic.
The gamut meets that surge color space the saturation . look perfect the gray scale looks very consistent when you have a consistent gray scale where you have a proper balance of red green and blue you don’t get weird color casts or we’re deviations in the colors it also has a pretty darn nice contrast ratio as well over 1,400 21 it’s also now got a proper white . They’re trying to target d65 whites meeting 6500 Kelvin for whites last year the whites were actually just a little bit on the bluish side so what people are saying is that the display on the iPhone 7 looks warmer and yes it does because they’re trying to target that property 65 white. you will get used to it trust me just don’t be comparing both the displays back and forth because your eyes will be able to adjust to what white is but once you have only one white your eyes will adjust to it and we’ll look correct to you then when you go back and actually look at your old display you’ll notice how blue it was also gamma is targeting 2.2.
So I feel like shadows and all the colors just look good Apple did a great job and with this wide color thing this display p3 or DC ip3 color space i went actually tested that as well to see are they lying do those coordinates actually matches it really DC ip3 how many times do you see that claimed and actually yes Apple did a fantastic job it wasn’t just marketing it really does reach pretty much For accurate to the p3 color space this is the spec but the color space should be this is what I measured and it’s just astounding how close they’ve gotten it.
So no they’re not messing around this is indeed I think the best calibrated LCD display on the market what I’m telling you guys with all this is don’t worry just because this isn’t an amoled display you are not being ripped off in anyway this is an absolutely beautiful accurate display that has the ability to display wider range of colors in a sensible manner so look out for more wide color support and applications over time I give it a thumbs up so now I’d like to take a second to thank my sponsors at Braintree, so much for making content creation possible what do Barreiro B&B and get help have in common easy mobile payments thanks to Braintree is a major reason you can press one button and pay for something there a PayPal company that makes mobile payments.
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Now for your enjoyment we’ve got digital painting of grumpy cat dressed as Ariel but in all seriousness here looking at some specs we got to the apple 8-10 fusion cpu so this is essentially a dual-core CPU yes we have four cores but only two cores are used in any given time so you’ve got to higher-powered cores and two lower-powered cores and the system is going to decide which one to choose depending on what would be appropriate for the task so the higher part cores are clocked at 2.34 gigahertz we’ve also got three gigabytes of RAM on the plus model 2 gigabytes on the regular model and up to 256 gigabytes of internal storage which is just awesome.
I’m enjoying a hundred twenty eight gigabytes right now and I’m not even close to filling up the storage so give Apple props for finally updating their storage numbers and there’s no SD card slot so it’s essentially like having a phone that has 64 gigabytes of internal storage and also a 64 gigabyte SD card so you can kind of think about it like that if you get the mid-range model so in terms of improvement apples claiming that you have forty percent improvement with cpu and fifty percent improvement with the GPU and we’re seeing that that’s pretty much accurate so here we have geek bench for launched on my 1 plus 3 which is one of my highest performing android phones about the highest one that I have right now and you can see just how much better the single core score is and then looking at the multi score performance its competitive.
It’s a little bit better here but they’ve always pretty much blown out of the water with single-core being their thing so to me what this all means is that this phone flies i do see an improvement a little bit over last year in terms of responsiveness and just how quick it feels I feel like the interface is nice and smooth feel like apps open quickly I’m not seeing the frame drops i was seeing from the 6s plus from last year when you would press the side here or also do the force touch to check out one of the widgets everything seems pretty nice since seamless I’m also liking that apps resume nice and quickly and very smoothly as well no complaints and no problems here then looking a little bit and how it’s doing in the graphics department .
We’ve got GFX benchmark pulled up here looking at the long-term performance with Manhattan 3.1 I’ve got a screenshot pulled up from my galaxy note 7 as a no longer have it but you can see that by the 20th iteration of doing this benchmark loop that we’ve dropped down significantly in performance we’ve got 1887 frames and by the 20th we’ve got 940 3.5 so that’s quite significant we’re looking here on my iPhone you see that yeah we do drop pretty much immediately but it stays pretty consistent at 1,500 frames so thermal throttling doesn’t seem to be a huge issue you’re going to have really nice and game play but i have to tell you that this thing gets super-hot at least my unit does let me know your experiences in the comments section below if you have any this gets to be quite toasty and yes on this unit I certainly do here that processor whining noise is actually quite loud i can hear it even when it’s charging it’s just sitting on the couch charging and i can hear the thing whining away my gold model that i had actually wasn’t as bad as this and indeed I do hear it also in Article.
When i talk about the camera i will show you a sample of what that sounds like so i will be exchanging this one and hopes of getting a choir unit so let’s move on to talking about battery life we’ve got a two thousand nine hundred million power battery inside of this were from last year i believe it was 2750 million hours so we got a larger battery and from what I’m seeing this is lasting me all day long it’s got fantastic battery life so happy with it just looking at the usage you can see them down to two percent got usage of eight hours and 38 minutes this includes on screen time but not only other processes that keep the phone awake for example downloading apps updating time zones receiving push notifications that type of thing all that’s going to factor into your usage but still that’s great for most people that’s two full days of usage without having to charge your phone for me as a really heavy user this is all day long without having to worry about charging this thing.
I’m going to be going on my anniversary honeymoon very soon and this is the phone I’m going to be taking with me because it’s got really reliable battery life the frustrating thing though is that this thing takes forever to charge there’s no fast charging and they only give you a little one amp brick in the box so you know you’re looking at what three hours or something to charge just plug it in overnight you guys because if you wanted to top it off during the day the topping off thing doesn’t really work very well I’m coming from android phones something like the one plus three and even the galaxy note 7 you plug those things in for just a small period of time and there were at over sixty percent and a half hour less so that’s been difficult but you can get yourself an iPad charger and it’s going to charge it like half the time so that’s pretty much the solution is just to get an iPad charger but that’s another thing that you have to buy but, if you’re fully and green apples ecosystem maybe already have one more power to you use that now down at the bottom.
We’ve got the charging port and there’s no hear phone jack so you’ve got one port to do everything on this phone and for a lot of people that’s probably going to be okay it’s probably going to take some time to adapt for me this has been extremely frustrating i can’t even tell you there are those people who like to plug in their phone at night the phone is down to I don’t know two percent maybe or something they want to put their earphones in and listen so people ask what type of people would want to do that well in the past week or so that has ended up being me because I’ve started having a ringing in my ears this tent is problem hopefully it goes away and I’ve discovered that at night time I want to listen to some masking music and that music can go all night long for 10 hours and that mean that I can’t charge my phone and listen to my music at the same time so that has been incredibly frustrating then there’s also the times where I go and I sit at my computer and I have my earphones from here and I want to plug it into the computer and of course it’s a lightning board doesn’t fit in the earphone jack and i forgot where my adapter went so Apple has created an infinitely frustrating situation for some people here not a fan
not a fan at all there’s no wireless charging so you’re going to have to charge your phone and you will also have to charge your wireless earphones if you don’t want to deal with the wired thing so that’s just more things to charge more things to worry about so hopefully apple on the next one will get rid of this I’m not buying the whole this is the evolution and the revolution of the future this just.
So now let’s move on to talking about the water resistance of this phone i knew people had sworn that last year there was some water resistance that Apple secretly had put in here and just didn’t say anything about it but now we finally have i Phones that do have a water resistance rating so now Apple people can join in on the fun so this is ip67 the six saying that this is completely dust-proof so just can’t get into the phone dirt can’t get into the phone and then water is that a seven reading so it can go down to one meter of water for 30 minutes and you don’t want to expose it any longer than that I honestly feel that even though we have this rating is probably best just to not expose it to water because, Apple will not replace your phone for you to make that very clear and obvious.
So if your phone gets wet and it gets damaged that is all on you so if you drop it in the toilet okay you’re protected that’s a good thing if you’re splashing through the water at the beach it happens to be in your pocket you forget that it’s in there you should be OK too, if you accidentally forget your phone in your pocket while you’re in the pool for that matter that should be all right you just want to make sure that you dry it off quickly wash it off because having chlorine or anything other than freshwater can erode certain things so pay attention to that freshwater only.
So spills splashes here at Disneyland and you’re on Splash Mountain it should be just fine don’t have to worry about it but don’t think that this is a free ticket to go and just use this as your underwater camera i know some people are doing that they’re having great success at doing that but still I would not dare to do that i did test this out myself and it was just in one foot of water in just fine just was in there for a few minutes ready camera sample and you and it worked really well of course although i was a little bit annoyed to hear that i can hear the buzzing of the processor well it’s underneath the water that nice his gait think everyone’s talking about once I took it out of the water the speaker’s did sound garbled for a few minutes.
I really let it dry out played some loud music to try to push and disperse all that water and then it was just fine the audio returns to normal so I don’t see any issues whatsoever i did have a chance to see Zach’s video of jerry-rigged everything we took the iPhone apart to explain what makes it water-resistant and i found that to be interesting so basically you’ve got some double-sided adhesive sticky tape that’s water proof the displays the biggest point of entry for water so obviously they have to hold that down nice and tight and also seal that so they did that but otherwise you have several other places such as the speakers and those are protected with mesh that water can’t go through unless it’s under heavy water pressure that includes the earphone peace and also the speaker and microphone at the bottom then we’ve got rubber gaskets so the only port that we have on here we’ve got a little rubber ring that’s going to keep water out same thing with the sum tray.
So getting rid of that earphone port has really helped apple bring down costs especially in terms of waterproofing they’ve made it easier on themselves less points of entry the point that i worry about most though are these buttons because it looks like there’s not much here to keep the water out so if you go down deep enough or if you have water jets praying against this is probably going to be game over for you so don’t say that i didn’t warn you I think it’s also that we have some waterproofing but this is not waterproof in most cases it should be fine and just everyday life but use some sense people so the last thing that I want to talk about in this review are the cameras and the camera experience or how this dual camera setup works also i wanted to mention that when we take images they can be displayed in wide color on this display.
So not only can we see wide color and applications but we’re also able to take pictures and have those pictures viewed in wide color normally when we take pictures that displays or surge so it’s going to just display the surge image but the sensor can capture more than just that surge range of color so now we’re able to at least view more colors here your pictures should look more vibrant especially in the Reds and the Greens so that’s something that a lot of people I’m sure we’ll enjoy now some people have asked me this question a few times what happens when you view these wide color photos on a computer display for example.
Well if you’re operating system is color managed or your program your viewing the photos and his color managed it should just remapped surge and it will look ok but if you’re viewing it on a smartphone screen like my 1+3 that doesn’t have any color management at all you’re going to end up having a washed-out looking photo when you have a wider color space than a display can show it’s only going to show a small percentage of the colors so it cannot display all the saturation and therefore it will tend to look washed out so keep that in mind wide color photos will probably look best on your iPhone screen or in a color managed operating system so now let’s talk about the specs of these cameras so these are two separate cameras they’re both 12-megapixel the first one is a wide angle 20 millimeter lens f1. aperture and also optical image stabilization for the telephoto one is 56 millimeter equivalent with no optical image stabilization and an f 2.8 aperture lens.
So no optical image stabilization and quite a small aperture so i can already tell that this telephoto lens isn’t going to be very good in anything else than in good lighting and I’m sure photographers were really sneer at this too because 56 millimeter equivalent is not telephoto 70 or more would be considered telephoto so i think this one is going to be good in good lighting and also for portraits because if you have a wide angle lens you can kind of get some distortion in the image so my thoughts are that this is kind of a cool gimmick but nonetheless a gimmick to me although I think that Apple is handling it pretty well with the software.
So here’s the thing when you go underneath your camera application they tell you that you have two times optical zoom and ten times digital zoom well the two times optical zoom is executed when you press here so that should in theory switch to the other lens then of course once you zoom in this is going to be your digital zoom but the thing that became very obvious to me is that it’s not always using that second camera when you hit x 2 apple software actually have to make a choice and there’s two different scenarios so if you’re in good lighting and you hit to you should be able to use that second lens without a problem but as soon as you move up close to a subject for instance what it’s going to do is switch to the wide-angle camera that has optical image stabilization and it’s going to crop it let me show you what I mean , so here’s my cute little Jasper dinosaur incidentally named jasper and I put them on the desk to take a macro photo so this is with the wide angle lens and if for instance.
If you get to zoom in and if it use that telephoto lens this would be the result it just simply can’t focus this close i was able to do this with the pro camera app where you can choose and force which lends you want to use so you can see that using the telephoto lens for macro shots is going to be pointless obviously so what Apple does when you hit two when you’re up close to something is that it goes to the wide angle lens and crops like that it does just that so that makes sense to me you’re essentially just doing digital zoom instead of optical zoom simply because the lens can’t handle taking a macro shot like this makes perfect sense are other scenario where Apple software has to make a choice is in low lighting.
So here I hit the Zoom button underneath the normal camera application and was able to come up with two different scenarios this one is where it actually decided to use the telephoto lens you can see that it looks pretty sharp they did a lot of sharpening to it and then I tried the same thing again and it decided that it wanted to use the wide-angle lens and crop it it’s a lot fuzzier you can really tell the difference in the crop so doesn’t mean that in every low light situation that it’s simply going to use the wide-angle lens it could very well decide to use the telephoto one such as when any type of really bright lighting source shows up think of really bright street signs or something then I tried two different indoor low-light scenario where I pointed my camera at the mantelpiece and each time it refused to use the telephoto lens instead I wanted to use the wide-angle one and crop that way we could get a better photo and I understand this because with the alternative this is what happened and I actually had to force this with that application that i showed you that profoto application you can see that it’s really grainy because the ISO had to be boosted really high and the shutter speed was very quick.
So you have a lot of chrome annoys in here and it just looks really bad I wouldn’t even call this usable honestly so Apple makes the choice to use the wide-angle lens with optical image stabilization and crop and it looks better that does not mean though that the telephoto lens is completely useless if you have any photography skills or if you know anything about cameras and if you have a tripod or extremely study hand I was actually able to get an even better photo myself using the telephoto lens so instead of being cropped and not at full resolution this is that a full 12 megapixels and essentially all I had to do was knock down the ISO as low as i could get it and also open the shutter for as long as i could and when I stay very still we have a nice result.
So what I’m telling you is feel very free to use the pro camera application if you use that you have some photography skills you can very well miss around with the shutter speed and the ISO yourself so I’m able to turn something that feels more like a gimmick into something that can be a bit more useful as long as I have a tripod or a very steady hand but for people who are just in Indore scenarios and they’re flashing photos with their friends at some party or something they’re not going to be wanting to think about all those photography based things basically just want a point-and-shoot so Apple tries to make the best choice and use the wide-angle lens and digital zoom instead of having a really dark rainy photo so it all makes sense to me I just really wish that they would have had a larger aperture with his telephoto lens and that they would have included optical image stabilization because in Article.
When you zoom in this lens becomes completely useless there very shaky after playing around with this and also because we don’t have that cool book a software update that we’re supposed to get soon i think the people with the iphone 7 without this second camera will be more than happy this is cool but it’s really not all that function unless you really know what you’re doing otherwise in terms of photo and video quality i think that this is a pretty nice little camera i think that even with wide color that most images look pretty natural you don’t look terribly oversaturated to me I do see that it kind of has some issues with skin tone sometimes and especially with highlights sometimes I noticed that it really burns my husband had some face.
So it doesn’t capture all those highlights quite nicely and I noticed that to be a pretty constant thing you can see what i mean here on Mr. sluggy just feels like it makes the choice to sometimes overexpose images otherwise beautiful colors good detail this will be a nice little point and shoot that many people will enjoy does have difficulty with the Reds this is where you’re going to want to take a raw image and actually you have the ability to take raw images if you use that pro app that i showed you can go and try to restore all those colors they’re really pretty I like the nice shallow depth of field i can get even without that software that they’re going to be adding to it is capable of some really beautiful photos this isn’t.
So much as a picture quality review as talking about the mechanics of how all this works that would probably have to be its own dedicated video and have a chance to compare it to some other phones as well check out beautiful so this is really all that I want to say for now I hope that I was able to inform you of some important things with this phone hopefully I’ve been able to answer some questions about what Apple has been doing with this so this has been the technology nerd likes to film stuff please rate comment and subscribe but I specifically like about this phone is the waterproofing and most certainly this display and that battery life really great the cameras to me and they’re nice but I’ve seen better honestly and I find this blend set up to be a bit gimmicky but overall I’ve been pretty darn happy with this and this is going to be the phone that I carry around with me alongside whatever android phone of choice because it’s just all reliable with great battery life in a perfect display.