After the launch of Galaxy Note 7 – which horribly failed Samsung and put their credibility at risk – the public turned their attention to the much anticipated iPhone 7. The smaller version of the 7 series saw some modest updates to its spec sheets with two of its new dark colors getting popular again.

PROS:

  • Amazing low-light image capturing
  • Water resistant
  • Doubled-up inbuilt storage

CONS:

  • Similar low battery size
  • HD display

iphone-7-waterproof-a10-chipset-improved-cameraThe overall form factor doesn’t seem to bear much difference compared to its predecessor, however, the 7 (and 7 Plus) sports IP67 certifications that allows you to dip it underwater. But the water-resistant chassis does come at a price, with headphone jack got rid out of it. The home button has been changed from physical click to pressure-sensitive vibration, thanks to the taptic engine.

The 4.7-inch display still counts 1334x750p resolution and don’t even stand a chance against the similarly priced Quad HD Galaxy S7 Edge. Otherwise, the iPhone 7 received improvements in brightness and colors, so the HD resolution should do just fine under day-to-day operations. There’s also the 3D Touch which gives you extra interactivity in launching and controlling apps. These are covered by ion-strengthened and oleophobic glass coating.

Powering the iPhone 7 is the quad-core Apple A10 Fusion chipset, with two of its cores appointed for heavy duty tasks and the other two for small ones. The processor is coupled with 2GB of RAM, and we don’t find any lack of speed here. It’s 20% faster than the 6s, thanks to the split bigger cores. The iOS 10.0.1 comes by default and is now upgradable to 10.0.2 within only a month from its launch.

Sadly, Apple doesn’t go all-out in bringing the maximum battery capacity here, as we saw the iPhone 7 packs 1960 mAh. They did claimed that the battery life has been improved around 10% from iPhone 6s – thanks to the A10 chipset efficiency – but you are still likely to charge the device twice a day.

Apple promised the new 12MP camera with improved f/1.8 aperture – similar to first primary lenses at the back of iPhone 7 Plus. Taking low-light photos are now better than ever, as the device sports its own dedicated image processing chip to escalate the snapshooter speeds. The front-facing camera is an f/2.2 7MP lens – similar to its big brother as well.

The 32GB version currently sells at $649, while the 128GB and 256GB being offered for $749 and $849 respectively. You might be thinking whether iPhone 7 worth the buy, or just wait for 7s till next year instead. But just admit it, Apple knows how to shape their phone to uniquely stands against high-end Android (and even the Windows Phones alike) each year. It isn’t a dramatic update to 6s, but the water-resistant, huge speakers and improved camera do seem enticing.