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REVIEW // Apple iPhone 7

Lucky number?

Apple’s shiny new iPhone 7 was launched with the full force of iOS 10 and was one of the most hotly anticipated smartphones this year. But has much really changed since the iPhone 6S? The Specs Apple.com Price: £599 for 32GB; £699 for 128GB; £799 for 256GB Operating System: iOS 10 Dimensions: 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm Weight: 138 g Resolution: 1334x750-pixel resolution at 326 ppi Display: 4.7-inch (diagonal) LEDbacklit widescreen Processor: A10 Fusion chip with 64-bit architecture; Embedded M10 motion coprocessor Camera: 12-MP wide-angle f/1.8 aperture; OIS; Quad-LED True Tone flash; 7-MP selfie camera with 1080p HD video recording. 4K video recording at 30 fps Memory: 32/128/256GB. Jet black is exclusively available in 128GB and 256GB models. Battery: 1960mAH Fingerprint sensor: Yes Misc: IP67; Apple Pay lets you pay with your iPhone using Touch ID in stores, within apps, and on the web; EarPods with Lightning Connector.

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onths of speculations, leaks, and breathless anticipation led to the unveiling of the Apple iPhone 7 and came as it did on the heels of the Samsung Note 7 debacle, not even Apple would have anticipated the rush of customers. Although the iPhone 7 Plus sold more and sold out on the day it landed, the more petite version hasn’t done too badly either... So, what REALLY has changed?

Look & feel

Place the iPhone 7 next to the iPhone 6 or 6S and there is literally no visual difference. Button and slider placements, camera and lens, even down to the antenna lines on the side. The one tiny difference visually is that the pair of antenna lines across the back. They have now slipped down to run along the edges also different is that there is no 3.5mm headphone jack to plug your wired headsets into, just some spare speaker grills. There are, however. two new colour versions to get excited about.

There is the matt black and superglossy jet black. We remember, back when Apple launched the first iPhone, it was an all-glass number and had that one colour option before everyone started clamouring for the white... Apple always knew how to do a proper immersive shade of black and they have swept customers off their feet again. With the two options of the much sought after colour that screams classy like nothing else can. Needless to add, both colours have been out of stock since they went on sale- across all retailers.

Performance

One of the best things about the 7 duo is the fact that both are water resistant. For us, performance isn’t just about how the phone performs tasks but also to do with how it does in a variety of conditions. Up until now Apple’s phones have not just been fragile, (remember ‘bendgate’?), requiring a plethora of ruggedised covers etc. Apple have also been behind on the development curve with phones that keel over at the

slightest contact with water. Joining the fabulous Galaxy S7 and Sony’s Xperia XZ, Apple’s iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are now IP67 rated. So they should be absolutely fine in up to a meter of water for less than 30 minutes. Still not okay to take it snorkeling but a big leap for Apple devices nonetheless. The new chip that Apple is shouting itself hoarse about is no straggler either. The A10 fusion chip is faster and more efficient. Both phones have the same chip onboard leading to not just a non-laggy and non-stuttery experience when gaming but also better battery saving features. During the time we road-tested the 7, we had no problems with hour-long FaceTime calls, long stints playing Sonic Dash or recording 4K video.

Ease of use

Two years back with the iPhone 6 came out, it was considered a palmful. The 5 and 5s had been more petite and the 6 fell firmly into the phablet category. However, the smartphone industry has moved


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swiftly forward from there. Moto Z, Sony XZ, Galaxy S7 and LG G5 are all not only bigger but also wider. So the iPhone 7 seems almost the right size and we are quite relieved that it isn’t any bigger than what it is now. Ease of use also refers to what benefits you get from the phone and one of the biggest ones of the iPhone 7 is LTE Advanced. This means as and when your network switches up to faster internet speeds, with the iPhone 7, you can be rest assured that your phone will be the fastest on the same network as, say, an iPhone 6s. With speeds up to 450 Mbps for data downloads, the iPhone 7 is almost 50 percent faster than iPhone 6s and three times faster than iPhone 6. Not only that, but you will get better audio quality when you have conversations using Voice over LTE — either on Whatsapp or Facebook when out and about. You also get wi-fi calling which makes FaceTime, Duo and Skype easier to use and drop-free. Not sure whether the fact that the

phone does not have a 3.5mm headphone jack should go here but for us the lack of it has gotten rid of a major hassle. Tangled headphone wires have always been a headache and we are, frankly quite happy with the shift to wireless ones. We, at Mobile Choice have been proponents

need the most. So you can send hand-scrawled notes in messages, emojis are bigger, the Home hub allows you to sync all your devices to work seamlessly. Swipe right and you have an area reminiscent of HTC’s Blinkfeed populated with your upcoming

Ease of use on the iPhone 7 is manifold but the biggest benefit here is LTE Advanced. This means you’ll be laughing when your network switches up to faster internet speeds of wireless headphones for some time now and the fact that the iPhone 7 negates the need for wired ones adds to its ease of use.

Features

iOS 10 takes the idea of human communication further by not just making it richer but also amping up the elements that we use daily and

appointments, news, maps and anything you might generally look for, like the weather. Word searches work on photos so type in a location, name of an animal or even ‘kiln’ or ‘aga’ to be given a choice of options that are startlingly accurate. But the crowning glory of iOS is iCloud. The way it can seamlessly

transfer and shares all your bookmarks, documents and apps across all your devices is incredible. Keychain is great for those who forget passwords easily and so you are not tempted to set up easy passwords. Safari suggested foolproof ones can be biometrically and password protected across all your devices, available at the swipe of a finger.

Battery

During a video running test, the iPhone 7 lost 10 percent of charge when we streamed HD content off YouTube over 4G for 30 minutes. This isn’t terrible but anyone who has ever owned an iPhone will own as a part of their arsenal, a fully loaded battery charging pack in their bag. Agreed that the 1960mAH battery is probably the smallest on ANY smartphone priced over £250. But Apple’s new A10 fusion chip has cores designed to improve efficiency, including those of the battery and should work okay but in all honesty cannot compete with the best that

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Samsung has to offer or Sony’s XZ with its ‘two-day battery’. Take a look at the mid-range market and specifically at the delightful Honor 8 and OnePlus 3. Both phones come with 3,000mAH batteries as well as the might of Android M’s battery saving Doze feature. And we are not even talking about the (now withdrawn) Samsung Galaxy Note 7 or Galaxy S7 Edge with their 3600mAH batteries. Apple don’t even say exactly what the battery size is on their website. This is perhaps testament to the fact that if you really want the latest iPhone, the diabolical battery life will not concern you...much. As per usual, iPhone 7 had lost almost 50 percent of its battery life by 1pm, which is in the same ballpark as the iPhone 6.

Camera

While it is really the iPhone 7 Plus that steals the camera crown in the tussle between the two, the iPhone 7 isn’t terrible either. There is a 12-MP sensor on the primary snapper and a 7-MP selfie camera. While things are largely unchanged from how the camera was on the iPhone 6S, Apple have made a lot of tweaks under the hood so that low-light photos are a lot brighter and richer in detail than they have

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been previously. This does not mean that it can now compete with the Samsung S7 edge or even the Huawei P9, they are miles ahead. Apple’s cameras have always had certain features that have saved the game for them time and again and here they are the blisteringly fast Optical Image Stabilisation and super-fast focusing. Both work a dream, giving us beautiful images with excellent depth

Should I buy the iPhone 7

If you are after a revolutionary phone, then look elsewhere. Probably towards an Android-totting number because the iPhone 7 ain’t that. The iPhone 7 is, however, a great phone and brings several key functionalities to iOS. The form factor seems jaded and even though Apple have polished the existing chassis, the phone looks exactly like the iPhone 6

PERFORMANCE............. LOOK AND FEEL............ EASE OF USE................. FEATURES...................... BATTERY LIFE................

The 1960mAH battery is the smallest on ANY flagship phone but Apple’s new A10 fusion chip has cores designed to improve battery efficiency & while streaming video of focus everytime. Live pictures make looking back at albums easier and can now be converted into GIFs. As we have said before, the real smarts on the camera app are provided by iOS 10 with the search function and the 4K video recording at 30fps. However, we would have preferred to have certain settings within the app rather than having to deep-dive into the settings area to configure photos and camera. However, this is a tiny niggle on an, otherwise fab camera.

that it released two years back. For the first time the iPhone duo are water resistant and the ‘Home’ button and headphone jack are finally gone. But is it enough? Having used the phone since it went on sale, we are still scratching our heads on whether ther is any REAL difference between the iPhone 7 and 6S. Our recommendation would be to save some cash and buy the 6S or save up and splash the cash on the iPhone 7 Plus. Especially in the Jet Black variant.

Pros Water resistant Stunning design iOS 10 fantastic Improved camera Cons:  eeds a headphone adapter N Form factor seems very jaded

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With speeds up to 450 Mbps for data downloads, the iPhone 7 is almost 50 percent faster than iPhone 6s


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Beauty, uninterrupted The iPhone 7 Plus sold out at pre-order stage. Was it the dual cameras, the fluid form factor, the waterproofing or the recall of the Note 7, or was it because it is just an incredible phone? The Specs apple.com  rice: £599 for 32GB; £699 for P 128GB; £799 for 256GB Operating System: iOS 10 Dimensions: 158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm Weight: 188g  esolution: 1920-by-1080-pixel R resolution at 401 ppi  isplay: 5.5-inch (diagonal) LEDD backlit widescreen  rocessor: A10 Fusion chip with P 64-bit architecture; Embedded M10 motion coprocessor  amera: 12MP wide-angle and C telephoto cameras, f/1.8 aperture; OIS; Quad-LED True Tone flash; 7-MP selfie camera with 1080p HD video recording. 4K video recording at 30 fps Memory: 32/128/256GB Battery: 2900mAH Fingerprint sensor: Yes  isc: IP67; Apple Pay lets you pay M with your iPhone using Touch ID in stores, within apps, and on the web; EarPods with Lightning Connector

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nwrap the iPhone 7 Plus and you are greeted with the same luxurious unimetal body that we have come to expect from Apple. This time the Cupertino giant has gone further. There are no antenna lines across the back to interrupt the sheet of metal, just the bright and lustrous logo to punctuate it all.

Look & feel

Not much has seemingly changed in iPhone land between the iPhone 6S Plus and iPhone 7 Plus, and as always, the changes are more nuanced than what meets the eye. The size is roughly the same as that on the Samsung Note 7. Even though on the Note 7’s slightly smaller body, Samsung squeezed in .2-inch extra display, the 7 Plus has plenty of tricks to keep Apple fans and those looking for a workhorse phone, happy.

Build quality

A 7000 Series aluminum alloy has been used to manufacture both the 7

series phones. While the matt-finish black version has been made using bead-blasted aluminum, the highgloss jet black finish took a nine-step process of anodization and polishing to get it to gleam that way. However, just so you know...users have taken to Youtube and Twitter bemoaning how quickly the jet black version picks up prints and smudges... exactly like the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. The Home button isn’t a button anymore and initially, we struggled with getting used to it... Apple call it an advanced solid-state button but what it actually is, is just sensory trickery. Apple have added a bit of vibration under the area within the gold circle so everytime you touch or press it, it vibrates, simulating the feel of a physical button. There has been speculation that Apple plan to do away with the Home button in subsequent models and this could well be the way they start getting rid of it. Difficult to get used to but once you get it- that’s it. Although the headphone jack is now gone, there are faux speaker

grills at the bottom of the phone with the lighting connector still in the middle. It makes for a really streamlined and symmetrical look and is, one less port for Apple to make water resistant. However, the on-board speakers are capable of belting out tunes quite loud and without distortion. More on that later... Apple have also moved the antenna bands and they now run along the bottom of the silver, gold and rose gold variants while on the black and jet black versions, you will be hard pressed to find them- they are almost the same colour as the phone. And after years of will they, won’t they, the iPhone 7 duo is finally IP67 rated. This means iPhone 7 Plus can withstand a good amount of dust chucked at it as well as being dunked in upto 1 meter of water for around 30 minutes. Although Samsung’s Note 7 stole a march over it with its IP68 rating which gave it the ability to withstand a dunking for more than 30 minutes, the fact that Apple have

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Audio

finally bowed to market pressure will come as a relief to fans. And while we are discussing looks, Apple have finally polished, refined and fine-tuned their flagship to perfection. This shows in the understated ways the handset gleams and glows as you turn it in your hands. The camera lens doesn’t look stuck-on anymore which some would accuse the previous iterations of. The aluminium body rises up slightly to hold the dual lens in place and doesn’t take away from the look and feel of the phone. Although bezels are still not the thinnest, and you cannot expect the kind of edge-to-edge immersive display that you get on the Galaxy S7, the display is one of the best available in the market to buy right now...

You get a very true to life colour reproduction on the iPhone 7 Plus because Apple have used a wide colour gamut with the same colour space as the digital cinema industry. Images and videos are more vibrantyou see more hues and shades and life-like colours. Often display panels are tuned in a way so they end up looking oversaturated and zingy (OnePlus 3, some Samsung flagships). However during the time we spent using the iPhone 7 Plus, this issue did not surface at all.

Screen & display

vibrant and you see more life-like colours

The 5.5-inch Retina display is the only one that can take on Samsung’s Super AMOLED beauties at their game and not get obliterated. The display panel has a pixel per inch density of 401 with a 1920× 1080 resolution. Even though this isn’t a patch on the luminous and bright Galaxy S7 edge with its curved sides and 534ppi, in reality it makes no difference whatsoever.

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The fact that Apple decided to cut the cord and invest its resources into wireless audio has been reported widely. If you are one of those people who have recently invested in a pair of wired cans, fret not. Apple supply a 3.5mm jack to lightning connector in box and the set of earphones with the phone are wired (lightning) as well. For those of us who have used Bluetooth headphones know that wired versions drain the battery at a slower pace. However, because the

The 5.5-inch Retina display takes on Samsung’s Super AMOLED S7 duo at their game without getting obliterated. Images are

Force-touch was a great innovation when Apple launched it last year on the 6S and 6S Plus and it is present on the 7 and 7 Plus as well. Users get the ability to deep-dive into apps, mail, messages, photos and calendar with just an exaggerated screen press. Not only does this save you time but also battery. Live Photos use this tech too.

iPhone 7 Plus has a massive battery, as well as several battery-saving features, going wire-free is not a shortcut to battery murder. And when you are not using headphones, the stereo speaker at the bottom of the iPhone 7 Plus has all the power to blast out distortion-free music. We played music at its loudest on the phone and Apple’s claim of the

the iPhone 7 Plus being able to deliver audio that was 2x louder than the iPhone 6 family rang true, loud and clear.

Performance

One of the biggest differences between the Apple iPhone 6S Plus and iPhone 7 Plus boils down to internals. By kitting out the 7 Plus with an A10 chip, Apple’s best yet, they have made sure that the phone towers over its competitors. The octa-core chip’s CPU is made up of two sandwiches. One sandwich containing two pairs of highperformance cores and the other comprising of two pairs of highefficiency ones. Apple’s promise of the iPhone 7 Plus running at 2x the speed of the iPhone 6 is fulfilled by the highperformance cores. The highefficiency cores are capable of running at just one-fifth the power of the high-performance cores. The iPhone first got the kind of prominence it did, not just because of the intuitive interface but also because the phones ran without lags. There were no juddery experiences while gaming and you never got the spinning wheel of death while apps loaded up or you switched between


REVIEW // Apple iPhone 7 Plus

windows and apps. And we are happy to report that the streak of brilliance continues with the 7 Plus. Not just processor speeds, but graphics speeds are 3 times faster than previous generations of the iPhone. Furthermore, holding it all together is the 2900mAH battery which is the biggest Apple have done till date. Bolstered by night mode and low-power mode, the battery does last for ages. Our review sample went an entire weekend between charges and we used it extensively to record and stream videos, messaging, calls and FaceTime. In fact, the phone lost slightly less than 5 percent charge over 30 minutes of video streaming over wi-fi with brightness at 100 percent. Memory-wise, the iPhone 7 Plus can only be described as super powerful. There are three storage options available: 32, 128 and 256GB-

so you will never have to keep count of the number of apps, videos, games and selfies on your phone anymore. And because it is all native memory, there is no worry of memory card getting corrupted. The only buff note with this is how little cloud storage Apple offer for free. Anything over 5GB and you have to pay every month. And if you have more than one Apple device- that 5GB gets stretched thinner!

Camera

A lot has been made about the 12-MP dual cameras on the iPhone 7 Plus. The top three features you need to know about are: optical image stabilisation, an ƒ/1.8 aperture and a six-element lens. Apple cameras may not have been best in class historically but they have always had an edge over others in the market in the form of OIS. On the 7

Plus, it is joined by an Apple-designed image signal processor. Built into the A10 Fusion chip, it helps with faster focussing, improved local tone mapping and white balance, making the latest phone one of the best point and shoot devices in the market. The f/1.8 aperture does low-light photography really well but cannot compete with the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge which we ran tests against. Apple also say that the dual cameras offer up better quality zoomed in pictures. Again, during our tests, we found that it couldn’t touch the quality we got with Samsung’s Galaxy S7 edge. This despite that we got only 8x zoom on the Samsung and 10x digital zoom on the 7 Plus. There is a quad-LED True Tone flash onboard which does well to light up colours without burning them off. But the most exciting bit for us was the fact that you can now capture video in 4K. There is a handy guide when you record that tells you how much space it will take up. As long as you have one of the higher storage variants of the phone, you should be okay recording for an extended time. There are also the usual slo-mo video recording capabilities as well as time-lapse videos but they have been on-board Apple’s cameras for a long time and work seamlessly here too.

Should I buy the Apple iPhone 7 Plus?

The iPhone 7 Plus has the biggest batteries of all of Apple’s phones. It has an incredible screen and forcetouch comes into its own on the large amount of real estate you get on the handset. Apple have finally listened to fans and consumers and made the 7 duo dust and water resistant. There is a fantastic dual lens camera and 4K video recording...

However, the phone looks exactly the same as it did three years back. There are speaker grilles instead of a headphone jack, but the footprint has remained the same. With the price an eye-watering £150 more than the version a year back, it might not be enough to convince even the most die-hard Apple fanboy to trade-up.

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Pros Dual cameras Premium build Water resistant Fantastic battery life Cons: Very expensive No headphone jack Design feels a bit jaded Taptic home button

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REVIEW // Google Pixel

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Nexus is dead. Pixel is king. On paper at least, the Pixel looks to be a flagship contender, but can it live up to the hype (and that price tag)? The Specs John Lewis Price: £599.99  perating System: Android O Nougat (v7.1)  imensions: 143.8 x 69.5 x 7.4 D mm Weight: 143 g Resolution: 1920 x 1080; 441-ppi  isplay: 5-inch AMOLED Full HD D Corning® Gorilla® Glass  rocessor: Qualcomm® P Snapdragon™ Snapdragon 821 CAT9-12 with 2.15 GHz + 1.6 GHz, 64-Bit Quad-Core processor and Adreno 530  amera: 12-MP with EIS; 1.55um C big pixel f/2.0; 8-MP selfie camera with HRD+ 4K (30 fps) video capture  emory: 32 GB and 128 GB(ROM) M + 4GB(RAM); Unlimited online storage for photos and videos  attery: 2,770 mAh lithium-ion B battery Fingerprint sensor: Yes  isc: Qualcomm® Quick Charge; M USB Type-C; NFC; Quick Switch Adapter

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oogle created the Pixel handsets to showcase the best of their hardware and software. With a brave new price point, unlike Nexus devices, there’s nowhere to hide.

Look and feel

The design is premium, if slightly odd. There’s a metal body, but Google has added a block of glass on the rear. While this gives the Pixel a unique look, it also does look and feel a little plastic. There’s no water resistance on here – something the S7 and iPhone 7 both boast – which is a little disappointing. It is IP54 rated. With its modest 5-inch display, the dimensions are decidedly palmfriendly. A little chunkier than its rivals, the depth tapers to 7.31mm at the base, making it an easier hold. However, the placement of the fingerprint scanner on the rear is a little frustrating if you want to quickly unlock it. Not limited to unlocking the phone, you can also swipe down on the scanner to pull down the notification bar on-screen. A swipe in the opposite direction closes the bar.

On the base, the USB-C port is flanked by two grilles, although only one of those is a speaker, with the other grille hiding the microphone. You can pick up the Pixel in three colors – Quite Black, Very Silver and Really Blue – with the cheeky names an obvious pop at Apple’s ‘Black’ and ‘Jet Black’ iPhone 7 color options. There’s also good news for audiophiles: Google has kept the headphone jack. Its placement at the top of the handset isn’t our favorite location – but at least it’s there.

Display

A bright and clear full HD screen stretches across five inches. Pleasant to view, everything looks great, with a pixel density of 441ppi so it’s pinsharp and crystal clear. We’ve been using the new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus recently, and moving to the Pixel, we noticed the improved depth of color generated by the latter’s AMOLED display. You also have to consider that the Galaxy S7 and HTC 10 are a touch cheaper, and both pack a QHD display, so it feels like we’ve been short-changed slightly with the Pixel.

Processor

The Pixel is fast, intuitive and can handle anything you throw at it. That’s down to the powerful Snapdragon 821 processor and 4GB of RAM, providing more power than you’ll probably ever need from your smartphone. There are also the slick animations Google has implemented in the software to ensure everything flows before your very eyes. The Pixel runs the very latest software – Android 7.1 Nougat to be exact – and so you get a clean, fussfree interface. With the latest update Google has streamlined this further by removing the app drawer. Google has also tweaked the app icons, so its own apps sport round images, others you download take the shape of their icon. Long-press on an app icon and you may find the Pixel pops up a few quick links for you, triggered just by holding on the icon a little longer.

Media & gaming

With a heap of power under the hood and a decent display, Pixel is nicely set up for all your music, movies and gaming requirements.


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