The highly anticipated iPhone 7 release is upon us, and the review embargo has finally been lifted, meaning the public will know if they really can commit to a phone without a headphone jack. The removal of the headphone jack has made the release of the iPhone 7 one of the most talked about Apple releases in years.
With improvements to the speed, camera, screen, and battery, the iPhone 7 has a lot of ‘under the hood’ upgrades. While neither of the devices seems to be considered revolutionary, all in all, Apple and iPhone have done what they always do: create the best phone on the market.
With so many reviews and even more questions, we decided to make your decision as easy as possible, and round-up all the best reviews on the internet. Check them out for yourself below, and decide whether or not you want to upgrade!
iPhone 7 & iPhone 7 Plus Reviews
Consensus: While the iPhone 7 is nowhere near groundbreaking, the sum of its parts make the iPhone 7 one of, if not the, best smartphones on the market.
The Verge: “Inside that case, everything else about the iPhone 7 is a decisive statement about the future.”
MacRumors: “Terrific Phones That Offer a ‘Foundation’ for the Future, But Not an Essential Upgrade”
Wired: “They’re the best, fastest, strongest iPhones yet. They also indicate, nine years into the iPhone experiment, that we’re nearing some platonic ideal of a smartphone, the device in its final minimalist form.”
Time: “It doesn’t ‘wow’ like so many Apple products have. But then again, maybe it doesn’t need to. It’s not a huge upgrade, but it helps Apple’s smartphone remain one of the best around.”
Mashable: “Apple didn’t make the iPhone 7 or 7 Plus any larger than the last models, but they clearly gained a little battery space by dropping the 3.5mm headphone jack.”
Business Insider: “Headphone jacks aside, there’s very little else that’ll shock you about the iPhone 7. In fact, that might be deliberate. It looks almost exactly like the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6 before it, more like an iPhone 6ss than a brand-new generation of iPhone.
Engadget: “Jet black iPhone bodies feel just as glossy and slick to the touch as their glass screens, and that unity makes them feel like seamless, cohesive wholes. The entire thing is seriously impressive, even if it feels sort of plasticky.”
CNET: “(Is it enough to uprgade?) Who knows yet. Hands-on, the 7 feels a lot like the 6S (and the 6). But the key updates to battery, faster performance, water resistance, and camera could make a difference.”
BuzzFeed: “In many ways, the iPhone 7 feels like an “S,” or an “in-between,” device. The design of the phone is mostly unchanged.”
TechCrunch: “The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are the best iPhones ever. And they are probably the best portable cameras ever made.”
Ars Technica: “iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users who are still happy with the speed and physical condition of their phones could comfortably get at least another year out of them, though. Upgrading won’t get you a significantly better screen than you already have, and iOS 10 should run just as well on your older hardware as iOS 9 does.”
USA Today: “The $769 iPhone 7 Plus is a solid, albeit incremental, upgrade to the company’s seminal smartphone.”
Stuff: “With no screen size or resolution bump, the 4.7in, 1334×750 iPhone 7 is on paper light years behind the Android competition.”