The wait is over, the iPhone 7 is real. And so is the iPhone 7 Plus. Great, now we have to make a decision. Arghh.
Sure, line the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus up next to each other and size is the most obvious difference. But there’s more separating these two than just the added inches. There are also key features and must-have functions between them.
Are innovative improvements worth the increased footprint and supersized price tag, though? Well, that will depend largely on what you’re looking for. Yes, the iPhone 7 Plus might be the on-paper winner, but that doesn’t necessarily translate into real-life skills. We’ve pitted the two against each other to see not just which comes out on top in the battle of the iPhone 7 vs iPhone 7 Plus, but which, ultimately, is best suited to your needs.
iPhone 7 vs iPhone 7 Plus Design: The same, but different
These two phones might look the same, but there are a few notable differences. Namely the size. The 4.7-inch iPhone is small by modern standards and dwarfed by its 5.5-inch big brother. Neither hold their size particularly well though, with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy Note 7 offering larger screens at similar, if not slightly smaller footprints.
What the iPhones have going for them, however, is sleek lines and an effortlessly cool appearance. Yes, they look a lot like their predecessors, but there are enough design updates here to get excited about. Those ugly antenna lines have been stripped back to create a cleaner look and two new black models (a matt and a gloss option) have replaced the Space Grey colour scheme. These are joined by the now customary gold, silver and rose gold options whichever size you plump for.
Both now also boast impressive new water resistance. We’re not just talking about a bit of drizzle either: the IPX7 finish means the 7 and 7 Plus can stand up to spilled drinks and accidental toilet drops (you too?) without succumbing to a watery demise.
They also share the new range’s worst design feature – the lack of a headphone jack. Despite the traditional 3.5mm audio connection being on pretty much every pair of headphones going, Apple has left it out of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. Looks like you’ll have to make do with a pair of Bluetooth cans.
So far, so similar. There is one big design difference between the two, however, and it’s around back. While the iPhone 7 features just a single, traditional camera, the 7 Plus mixes things up with a dual camera array. That means a larger camera protrusion. It looks pretty cool though, and we’ll delve into its benefits a little more later.
iPhone 7 vs iPhone 7 Plus Screen: Proving size DOES matter