iPhone 7 or 7 Plus? What’s the Difference? Should You Upgrade?

With Apple’s recent launch of the iPhone 7 and 7 plus, sales have broken records with people lining up days in advance to get a chance to buy one. So what’s the difference between the two, and should you even upgrade?

Well, there are 2 huge differences between the two phones. Well, 3 actually, the dual cameras on the iPhone 7 plus, the display, and the $$$$. So lets jump right into the comparison.

iphone7-gallery2-2016The iPhone 7:

  • 4.7” retina HD screen (1334×750)
  • Wide color display (P3)
  • 3 memory options (32,128, & 256gb)
  • IP67 rated (dust proof and water-resistant)
  • A10 & M10 processor
  • 2gb RAM
  • 12MP, 1.8F, OIS rear-facing camera
  • 4K Video recording @ 30 fps
  • 7MP front-facing camera
  • Stereo speakers
  • Touch ID

This list is not exhaustive, just the bare essentials of the new iPhone. Immediately you can see the iPhone 7 packs an arsenal of features, so why have people been buying the 5.5” phablet in record numbers? lets take a look:

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The iPhone 7 Plus:

  • 5.5” Retina HD screen (1920×1080)
  • Wide color display (P3)
  • 3 memory options (32,128,  & 256gb)
  • IP67 rated (dust proof and water-resistant)
  • A10 & M10 processor
  • 3gb RAM
  • 12MP,  1.8F, OIS Dual rear-facing camera, + a 12MP, 2.8 telephoto (50mm) rear-facing camera
  • 4K Video recording @ 30 fps
  • Optical zoom up to 2x
  • 7MP front-facing camera
  • Stereo speakers
  • Touch ID

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So the question becomes, which one of these incredible devices do you need? Well, If you are like me, you want the biggest and the best. But is it really necessary? It depends on you, but if you’re a professional photographer, have a hard time seeing smaller text, or have really big hands, the 7 Plus is probably the one that will suit you best. If you’re not in one of those categories, the iPhone 7 will meet your needs with ease. If you just want the best however, the iPhone 7 Plus is the obvious choice, but that decision comes at a price, with the cheapest model being $769. The other question that needs to be addressed is, should you even upgrade? I would say at this point, if your iPhone is a 6 or later, keep it unless you happen to break it. The iPhone 6 is still a relevant phone, despite its age. The incredible thing about the 6 is that its benchmark speeds are still faster than the Samsung Galaxy S7 despite being down on RAM (this is because of something called RAM management, which we might touch on in a later article). So the iPhone 6 is still a valid phone in today’s market, and with the iPhone 7s, 8, or X (we don’t know its official title as of yet) coming out later this year, if you can make that 6 work for a few more months, it’s definitely worth the wait!

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In closing, both phones are incredible pieces of engineering, both in the software and hardware, and if you’re the type of person who loves the latest and greatest, these phones are definitely that. With the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus being the fastest phones (benchmark speeds) on the market today, you won’t lack for computing power, crystal clear photos and videos, and great sound from the stereo speakers.

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