|Type||Retina HD display with Multi-Touch (LED-backlit IPS LCD)|
|Screen Resolution||1080 x 1920 pixels|
|Screen Size||5.5 inch (14 cm)|
|Front Facing||7 megapixels|
|Video Camera||4K at 30 fps, 1080p HD at 30 fps or 60 fps|
|Audio Formats||AAC, Protected AAC, HE-AAC, MP3, MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV|
|Video Formats||H.264, MPEG-4, Motion JPEG|
|Battery (3G Talk)||Up to 21 hours|
|Battery (Standby)||Up to 16 days|
|App Store||Apple App Store|
|Processor Type||A10 Fusion|
|Operating System||Apple iOS 10|
|Release Date||September 2016|
|Main Connectivity||4G LTE|
|Maximum Data Speed||450 Mbps (Cat. 9)|
|WiFi||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac with MIMO|
|Networks||GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, CDMA 800/1900/2100 MHz|
|Data Networks||HSDPA 850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz, CDMA EV-DO Rev. A, FDD-LTE Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29,30; TD-LTE Bands 38, 39, 40, 41|
|Text Messages (SMS)||Yes|
|Picture Messages (MMS)||Yes|
Alex Choros (WhistleOut)
An innovative camera, great battery life, and a bigger screen make the iPhone 7 Plus the pragmatic buy for those looking a new iPhone. However, Apple's re-use of the 2014 iPhone 6 Plus design does make the iPhone 7 Plus feel a little dated, especially when compared to phones like the Google Pixel XL and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, which both have the same-size screen in smaller bodies.
Outright Cost: From $1049
The iPhone 7 Plus is one of Apple's new flagship smartphones, succeeding last year's iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.
Once again, Apple launched two new handsets, the iPhone 7, and the iPhone 7 Plus. The 4.7-inch iPhone is the smaller of the two, while the iPhone 7 Plus is quite a bit larger thanks to its sizeable 5.5-inch display.
This review focuses solely on the iPhone 7 Plus. We've got a separate review of the smaller iPhone 7, which you can read here.
While Apple's move to a new number typically heralds a redesign, the iPhone 7 Plus is cut from the same mould introduced with the iPhone 6 Plus. There are a few differences - cleaner antenna lines, a more seamless camera bump, and of course, the controversial lack of a headphone - but the iPhone 7 Plus doesn't exactly look new. At the very least, the dual rear-camera setup will ensure onlookers know you're touting Apple's latest and greatest, whereas the smaller iPhone models are much harder to tell apart.
The iPhone 7 Plus might not look new, but it feels new. The dual camera is brilliant, the screen is brighter, expanded haptic feedback is oddly satisfying, and the phone is water-resistant. These are the kind of quality of life improvements that make a new number feel warranted.
Apple's decision to axe the iPhone 7 Plus' headphone jack is easily one of the most notable - well, notorious - changes that we've seen this year, but I'll get into the nitty gritty a little later. While the iPhone 7 Plus doesn't have a headphone jack, you've still got options: you can use Bluetooth headphones, your old headphones with a dongle, Lightning connector headphones (there's a pair in the box), or the iPhone 7 Plus' new stereo speakers.
The speakers aren't exactly amazing, but they're an improvement. At the very least, you don't have to reach for headphones (and a dongle) whenever you want to watch a video.
One of the iPhone 7 Plus's other big changes is a new home button; it looks the same, but feels completely different. This is because the home button isn't actually a button anymore. It's a capacitive area similar to the Force Touch trackpads found in newest Apple's MacBook laptops. Rather than physically clicking, it simulates the feeling of a click through haptics (tiny vibrations inside the phone). If your iPhone 7 Plus is off, the home button is a flat surface with no movement.
If you're coming from an older iPhone, this will be a bit weird at first. The "click" is convincing, but it's a much shallower feel. If you're not holding the phone, the haptic feedback is further subdued, but there's still some physical sensation. You do have some control over the intensity of this: Apple offers three different feedback settings of varying intensity. Personally, I prefer strongest setting, but the other two options still do the trick.
Along with the iPhone 7, the iPhone 7 Plus is Apple's first water-resistance smartphone. The iPhone 7 Plus is rated IP67, meaning it can safely be submerged as deep as one metre for up to half an hour. That's not quite as resistant as Samsung's 2016 flagship smartphones, but still water-resistant enough to survive a tumble into the toilet or the shallow end of a swimming pool. The feature is more about peace of mind, rather than an invitation to try and use the iPhone 7 Plus underwater. IP67 does however mean the phone is fine to use in the bath, for example.
Just make sure the water isn't too sudsy, because technically speaking, IP ratings only apply to fresh water. The iPhone 7 Plus should still survive encounters with salt water, chlorinated water, or even beer, you'll just want to rinse it off with freshwater as soon as possible.
It's worth noting that while the iPhone 7 Plus is water-resistant, Apple does not cover water damage under the phone's warranty. You also shouldn't charge the device when it's wet; it needs a couple of hours to dry out entirely following any aquatic adventures.
While the iPhone 7 Plus doesn't offer much new in terms of design, you've got the choice of two new color options: matte black, and jet black. Matte black replaces space grey, and to be honest, is very similar, just a touch darker.
Jet black, on the other hand, is a whole new kind of finish. It's still aluminium, but it's super glossy to the point where it can masquerade for glass. As a result, the jet black iPhone 7 Plus almost looks like a uniform black slab (the antenna bands are the only details that give it away, and even then, you have to be looking for them). Unsurprisingly, this turns the device into an even bigger fingerprint magnet.
One more disclaimer: due to the high gloss finish, any micro abrasions or scratches the phone picks up will be much more visible. Apple says that the jet black model is just as durable as any other iPhone, but the reflective surface means that wear and tear is much more noticeable. If scratches bother you, you'll want to spend a bit extra and grab a case, or alternatively, just opt for one of the four other colors.
Optical image stabilisation might not be Plus exclusive anymore, but larger iPhone owners still have a nifty camera feature to call their own; and it's a big one: the iPhone 7 Plus' dual lens rear-facing camera could very well be the future of smartphone photography.
While most smartphone cameras simply have one camera on the back, the iPhone 7 Plus has two. These can be used as two individual cameras to simulate optical zoom, or in tandem to get DSLR-like bokeh in your photos.
The zoom functionality is easily the more useful of the two new features, and feels like a meaningful step forward for smartphone photography. The first camera is the same as what you'll find in 4.7-inch iPhone 7 - the equivalent of a 28mm lens -, while the second is comparable to a 56mm. By swapping between the two, you're effectively able to zoom in without losing any image quality, as is the case with digital (or software) zoom. Tapping a button above the shutter swaps toggles between the two rear cameras.
Zoom isn't essential for day-to-day photography; sometimes I even forgot the feature was there, which is a testament to how versatile the iPhone's standard camera is. That being said, the zoom lens is incredible for those times when you can't actually get closer to your subject. For example, at a concert, or at the zoo. As someone who can regularly be found in the mosh pit of metal gigs, I managed to snap some fantastic photos that I simply wouldn't have gotten on any other phone thanks to the zoom lens. You probably won't use it every day, but the zoom lens is a very welcome addition to the smartphone photography toolkit.
Portrait mode - the new camera option that simulates DSLR-like bokeh (the soft out of focus areas behind a subject) - is nifty, but can be a little inconsistent. If you're shooting in a well-lit environment, you can get fantastic results. The software processing can mistake loose strands of hair for being part of the background, but for the most part, the resulting photos are convincing.
However, when you're shooting in a dimmer environment, the iPhone 7 Plus starts to struggle, even in conditions where the camera would normally excel. Photos lose detail, and pick up lots of noise. Admittedly the feature still is in beta, so hopefully Apple is able to address this with a future software update.
Of course, the iPhone 7 Plus camera is great, even when disregarding the new functionality. The primary camera's wider aperture of f/1.8 is boon for lowlight photography. This allows the iPhone 7 Plus to capture more light without dramatically lowering shutter speed or pumping ISO. As a result, you'll get sharper photos at night, without too much "noise". Samsung's S7 phones are able to capture brighter lowlight photos out of the box, but this