For much of the past year, starting about the time iPhone 6s and 6s Plus were released, we’ve been treated to a barrage of criticism about Apple’s iPhone 7. Yeah, that’s right. Nearly a year of ongoing criticism about a product that was just released this past weekend. That’s crazy.
The world of Apple critics, iPhone naysayers, and nattering nabobs of negativism, it seems, can be divided into two groups. Those who complain about Apple’s new products before they are announced. And those who actually use new Apple products. I’ve had a whole weekend with a brand new black iPhone 7 Plus, and I can tell you the critics who said nothing is new are crazy, stupid, or misinformed about technology. Or, all three.
Color me old fashioned, but I feel it’s better to review a product after actually using the product than it is to criticize it before it arrives.
Alright, what we’ve heard from critics in recent months is that iPhone 7 isn’t much different than iPhone 6. Sure, it has a dual camera system on the Plus model, more storage with 32GB at the entry level, and a new Jet Black glossy, shiny, bright finish that will meet up with keys in the pocket, but otherwise, iPhone 7 is the same and that’s boring.
If everything is the same, then why is it that those items can be counted using just a few fingers. Everything just doesn’t mean what everything meant back in the old days.
Here’s what’s the same. The iPhone name scheme. iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The case shape is the same. A few of the case colors are the same as last year’s iPhone 6s model. The screen size is the same resolution. What is that up to? Three items that are the same?
What’s different about iPhone 7? Everything else. And I mean everything else.
Even the antenna bands around the iPhone case are different. There’s stereo speakers, no headphone jack, tighter buttons so the case is water resistant. Even the Home button is no longer a button.
See? Everything else is different. Wait. What about that screen? Same-old, same old, right?
There’s a funny thing going on with the iPhone’s screen. It’s still LCD and everyone who knows more than me knows that OLED is where it’s at. Interestingly, Apple’s LCD display in iPhone 7 is “visually indistinguishable from perfect.” Does that mean it’s perfect?
That’s from the DisplayMate engineers who measure such things. It’s brighter, sharper, and uses less power. Not bad for just being the same thing as last year, huh?
By now you’ve heard about how Consumer Reports thinks iPhone 7’s camera is about the same as last year’s camera. The only ones who think that are photographers whose cameras cost $5,000, or Consumer Reports writers (who remain employed thanks to affirmative action hiring whereby visually impaired can be assigned to write reviews of cameras and photos).
My first impression of iPhone 7 Plus’ camera is, well, more than positive. Photos are brighter and sharper and the camera if faster and more responsive. But why not do something different than Consumer Reports and check out some side-by-side comparisons yourself.
CNET has a pretty good comparison of iPhone 7 Plus vs. Galaxy S7 vs. iPhone 6s Plus. See if you think the iPhone 7 is an improvement. Contrarian troll farm Business Insider thinks the iPhone 7 is not better than Samsung’s Galaxy S7 but see the comparisons for yourself. The Galaxy S7 is better in low light, while the iPhone 7 is better in natural light. Your eyes may vary.
If the proof is in the taste of the pudding, then proof about a camera is in the photos it delivers.
Here’s what I think about critics who rail on and on about a product that hasn’t been released. They’re crazy. Their contrarian nature serves to drum up page views on a slow news day, but those are exactly the writers to avoid in the future. Someone should keep a list. iPhone 7 reviews– from actual users and professional reviewers, not blogging con artists intent upon dissing kittens and puppies at a picnic– remain positive; camera, screen, et al, with little negativity regarding the missing headphone jack.
Simply put, this iPhone 7 line is just like every iPhone back to the future; a steady improvement over previous models. If you need a new iPhone, this is the one to get. If you had a Samsung Galaxy Note 7, get a new iPhone 7 once the bandages are removed from your burned skin.