Apple iPhone 7 Plus Unboxing and First Impressions

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Ladies and gentleman, we’ve finally got our hands-on with one of the most important phone in this year – the Apple iPhone 7 Plus. Announced back in September 2016, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus is Apple’s answer to the smartphone industry in 2016.

Unboxing

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The box is almost identical to all the boxes of previous iPhone generations. It’s sleek, simple and has the image of the back of the iPhone rather than the front like the previous generations. The jet black model is a little bit unique in terms of its packaging as it comes with a full black box, while the rest will have a white box with the image of the phone and the text on the side reflecting the actual colour of the phone.

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There are some slight tweaks to the arrangement of the contents in the packaging. Instead of presenting the phone on top, you get a folder with the usual paper works to get you started and a couple of Apple stickers, and underneath that is the iPhone. Included accessories are the usual USB to lightning connector for charging and data transfer, a USB wall adapter, lightning connector ended EarPods as well as lightning to 3.5mm earphone jack. Of course, the biggest news of the new iPhone lineup is that they’ve ditched the 3.5mm earphone jack, which means the latter 2 accessories are a necessity.

First Impressions

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While we usually expects new generations of iPhones to have a major change in design, the design of the iPhone 7 Plus is almost identical to its previous generation, the iPhone 6 Plus. The front glass and metal back design still retains with a couple of few tweaks, and the dimensions and thickness remains unchanged as well. There are still 2 choices, the smaller iPhone 7 and the larger iPhone 7 Plus, and this time, it comes in 5 colours – the famous jet black, matte black (replacing the space grey), gold, rose gold and silver. Whichever colour you chose, it will still look elegant and feels premium in your hand.

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The iPhone 7 Plus still sports the same 5.5-inch display on the front. While it’s still only a Full HD display (1920 X 1080) and the same 401 pixel-per-inch, Apple claims that the new Retina HD IPS display is brighter and more vivid colours, while sharpness stays the same. 3D touch is also included, and has been massively improved in Apple’s latest iOS update – iOS 10. The home button is the only noticeable change in the front. The clicky button that iPhone started off with years ago has been ditched for a pressure sensitive touchpad that will still stimulate a click when you press it. While Apple worked hard at improving the feel and try to make it as real as a real button click, it does need some time to get used to. It also includes a fingerprint reader in the sensor for unlocking, app purchasing as well as other features.

The biggest news of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus is the elimination of the headphone jack, and the task of outputting audio to external devices heavily rely on the lightning connector or wireless. It looks like it had dual downward facing speakers at the bottom, while it does have stereo speakers, it doesn’t work that way. One of the speakers that does the job is the earpiece.
The usual volume buttons and the mute switch is still located at the exact same location on the left, while the power button and the SIM-tray which houses the nano-SIM are still located at the same spot on the right.

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The rear is where most of the changes can be found. Apart from the colour change, the antenna lines have been relocated as well for a cleaner look. While the camera still sticks out, it has been redesigned. The standard iPhone 7 still spots a 12-megapixel camera with f/1.8 aperture, the iPhone 7 Plus now has 2 cameras, one of which is a wide-angle lens with f/1.8 aperture, and the other is a telephoto lens with f/2.8 aperture. But hey, both now features Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), Hybrid IR filter as well as quad-LED True Tone flash. All models will still shoot 4K videos at 30 frames-per-second.

Specs

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The Apple iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are powered by Apple’s A10 Fusion chip with embedded M10 motion co-processor, which is said to be 40% than its predecessor, the A9 found in the iPhone 6s. While Apple never reveal how much RAM their devices had, the iPhone 7 had 2GB RAM while the iPhone 7 Plus contains 3GB of RAM. Both still runs on Apple’s proprietary operating system – iOS. Both will ship with iOS 10 as standard. The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are now IP67 certified for dust, water and splash resistant.

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