Test of the iPhone 7: analysis of the phone by a fan of Android




as editor of AndroidPIT, I had the opportunity to see a lot of high-end devices. Therefore, I want to test the iPhone 7 although he is not an Android smartphone. What about this smartphone when you’re used to another operating system? The iPhone 7 assumes that you are a beginner and offers a journey in the world horrible and wonderful Apple.







plus


  • nice design

  • IP67 Certification

  • quality of applications

  • complete restoration

  • possible updates in the long term



minus


  • not taking mini-jack

  • bad value for money

  • disappointing battery life

  • a single source for applications

  • bad compatibility with other ecosystems




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Apple iPhone 7 – Release Date and price


iPhone 7 is available since September 16 in three versions and several colors (black to) Jet, black, silver, gold, rose gold):


  • 769 euros for the 32 GB

  • version

  • 879 euros for the 128 GB

  • version

  • 989 euros for the version 256 GB


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Apple iPhone 7 – Design and finish


the design of the iPhone is chic. In our test, we tested the silver model and black Jet model. The latter is anodized, polished, and very bright. Both models are rather sensitive to scratches and traces of fingers, so over time they may accumulate. That said, thanks to IP67 certification the fingers traces disappear with a little bit of water,


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iPhone 7 has taken over the profile rounded iPhone 6. © AndroidPIT

with dimensions of 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm and 138 grams, the iPhone is smaller and lighter than the current high end Android smartphones. If the Compact is a criterion for major purchase for you, maybe you should check in the competition, on the side of the Xperia Z5 Compact or the Xperia X Compact Sony. Both devices are good smartphones and may convince you.


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the Jet Black iPhone is a pleasure to view. © AndroidPIT

the design of the iPhone 7 is undergoing a few changes compared to its predecessor. Taking mini-jack disappeared and the Home button does more, it is similar to that of the OnePlus & HTC 10 because it vibrates but does not sink.


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you can place only one SIM card. © AndroidPIT

button to switch to silent mode is always present: activate the and the sound of the keys, the vibrations and the ringtones are disabled. We also find this feature on Android, on the 2 and OnePlus OnePlus 3 .


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button to switch to silent mode is really practical on a daily basis. © AndroidPIT

in regards to Accessories, we find headphones, a Lightning cable and an audio adapter to plug it into the port of Lightning. If you want to listen to music and charge your smartphone at the same time, things get complicated. Fortunately, a Belkin adapter that shows two takes Lightning on one side and one on the other.


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taking mini-jack is abandoned. © AndroidPIT

so you can connect your adapter double Lightning and mini-jack adapter > Lightning in order to use your headphones and charging cable at the same time. It’s simple, no? On Android, most smartphones still use the Mini-Jack and more and more smartphones now use the standard USB Type – C .


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Apple cables are expensive. © AndroidPIT

the Apple cables do not have a good reputation. The fragilities on the ends and the price of the replacements frustrated Android users who are accustomed to the micro USB cables. With the Type C USB, cables hold up longer, and from a power perspective, safety is also increased.


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no, it’s not a button. © AndroidPIT

Apple has taken a drastic decision by changing its Home button, now replaced by a Force-Touch button. Press the circle and you will feel a vibration coming from inside to your finger. In the Setup Wizard, you can configure how it should do it but know that it is not possible to disable. I showed this feature to several friends and none of them enjoyed it, I am not really satisfied after weeks of use.



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Apple iPhone 7 – screen


the iPhone screen remains at the level of previous generations. details, the brightness and the contrast are away from work wonders. Some Android with Samsung and Sony devices have to offer much better and are much better alternatives.


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the screen really don’t break the bricks. © AndroidPIT

If you want numbers and technology, know that it is an IPS Panel of 4.7-inch with a definition of 750 x 1334 pixels. The definition is 325 DPI, which is insufficient to associate with a VR helmet. Some Android smartphones, on the other hand, will work seamlessly with this technology.



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Apple iPhone 7 – software Interface


the iPhone 7 uses iOS 10 system. During my testing, I got two updates and at the time I write this test it comes to version 10.1.1. The software version is an integral part of the ecosystem of Apple and use platforms such as Apple Home, Health, Siri, as well as other applications and third-party services.


Many of these platforms have an equivalence on Android. For example, you can share items such as images or links directly from a menu of sharing, which sends them to another application. Alternatively, you can tell Siri that a message should be sent to a contact by Instagram. Several widgets also allow to read information such as the fact Google Now .


Those on Android and Apple smartphones all require to know some of your data. It was only after this that online services become usable. The next morning, you will receive a message indicating that you are in a plug or you’re not on the right road. Your device also keeps an eye on your calendar and becomes your electronic Secretary.


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Siri is inspired by Google Wizard… Or is it the other way around? © AndroidPIT

I found very unpleasant that Apple does not better connect it with my old account Google. If you plan to stay on iOS, I advise you to give up your Google account and switch completely to iCloud. The latter is perfectly adapted to the iPhone then accelerates the configuration and the migration when you do an update from another device.


Apple backup system, iCloud is great, complete and easy to use. Android smartphones do not match for him. The Samsung system is the closest in the universe of Android, it can even duplicate the order of the icons of your old screen on the new phone. With the iPhone, all the data and all the configurations are recorded and introduced on the new iPhone, including the wallpaper, SMS, call log, contacts, applications, configurations of applications, identification data, the order of the icons on the screen as well as the parameters of the system.


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on the iPhone, so forget the application launcher… © AndroidPIT

less freedom


Android to the inveroffers more freedom, thing that is sorely lacking on the iPhone. For example, on these you don’t have a single application to manage SMS: it’s iMessage. You only have a single launcher that does not have to see all the applications list and requiring you to put order in your icons. You have only a single photo application that is set up which is also configured from the system settings.


You can not just simply connect the iPhone with your computer by USB cable and transfer the data. The typical iPhone user always ask “but why would you do?”, but I want to be free to do what I want with my camera.



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Apple iPhone 7 – performance


the iPhone is very fast and on benchmarks it gets scores similar to those of the best Android devices. You can play, editing photos or surf intensively. The improvement of the internal memory is on the small model of 32 GB, leaving you room to store photos and then install games and applications. There was formerly often memory problems full which, unlike many Android smartphones, can not be improved with a microSD card.


The strength of the iPhone is at the level of the bands LTE(1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30) and fluidity. With the SIM card I managed to load pages very quickly, wherever I am. The quality of the comcmunications is also great.



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Apple iPhone 7 – sound quality


the internal speaker offers mono sound which is suitable for communication, well least to YouTube or music. The integrated headphones have good sound quality, but maybe he can be problem to some ears because of the hard plastic. Of course, given because there is no brainer mini-jack, is through Bluetooth or the adapter to listen to my music.


Finally, be aware that the quality in communications is good in all situations.



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Apple iPhone 7 – camera


the camera of the phone provides good detailed pictures. Internal work on photos of nights, image stabilization and the composition of panoramas do a very good job. Most of the pictures are rich in details. You get a similar quality with the Nexus 5 X , Google Pixel , 10 or even HTC Huawei Mate 9 .


IPhone 7 has a sensor 12 megapixels and a f/1.8 aperture, then uses a flash LED Dual-Tone. It is supported by an optical image stabilizer, offers HDR mode and can record videos in slowmotion at 120 fps or 720 p with 240 fps Full HD definition. It looks so as good as Google Pixel but the latter showed be more competent.


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the camera off a little bit but he did a very good job. © AndroidPIT

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Apple iPhone 7 – autonomy


the autonomy of the iPhone 7 is bad, but some Android smartphones also have bad battery life. With 7 instant messengers, an active SIM card, regular use of the camera and GPS, and with several visits on Facebook, your iPhone will have to be reloaded the afternoon so he could run again the night.


The 1960 mAh battery is charged in two hours. A quick charging system such that you can see on the Samsung Galaxy S7 and on several other Android devices, is unfortunately not available on the phone. A wireless with an IQ charger charging system is not possible either. The battery is not removable. If in two years the autonomy of your device got worse with use, you will need a external battery or a new smartphone.



Apple iPhone 7 – technical specifications





    • model:

    • not available

    • size:

    • 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm

    • battery capacity:

    • not available

    • screen size:

    • 4.7 inches

    • screen technology :

    • LCD

    • screen:

    • 1334 x 750 pixels (0 ppp)

    • front camera:

    • 7 megapixel

    • rear cameras:

    • 12 megapixel

    • Version Android:

    • not available

    • User Interface:

    • not available

    • internal memory :

    • 32 GB 128 GB
      265 GB

    • removable memory:

    • not available

    • maximum clock frequency:

    • not available

    • connectivity:

    • HSPA, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.2




final Verdict




this year, I tested many Android devices that cost a small fortune. I’ve used them for a long time, I even sometimes a little abused them, but some were really able to marvel. The iPhone 7 is clearly not one of them, the user experience is pretty average and on many points it feels a little bit locked if you are accustomed to Android.


the first argument for the sale of the iPhone is the halo effect. The image of the spectacles that we often take for intellectuals, iPhone users can be taken for modern people. Of course, both are ridiculous but subconsciously it’s a recipe that works.


, Apple service has quite a good reputation, the system is easier to use because of the many restrictions, and the ecosystem works pretty well. The ecosystem of Android can’t overcome a major difficulty: the multitude of devices. In the middle of that crash, not always well optimized sites and applications nasty malware, this difficulty is icing on the cake. These problems do not occur as often on the iPhone, but is still not a reason to pay twice as much money.





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