As expected, the first press reviews of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus have been published, ahead of this week’s launch on Friday, September 16th (well, maybe not if you ordered a Jet Black 7 Plus…).
Anyways, here’s a roundup of all the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus reviews. The overall consensus is the new phones have fantastic cameras, better battery life, water resistance, but some don’t like the “lack” of an all-new design, missing headphone jack and a Home button that doesn’t click. Also, the new blacks are pretty awesome, regardless of Jet Black (‘micro abrasions’ anyone?) or Black.
It’s hard to really judge a phone after using a unit for less than a week, especially one you’ve received from Apple (and haven’t paid for it with your own money). Nevertheless, these reviews should give you a good sense of what tech reviewers think of the new phones (am I the only one who always reads Daring Fireball’s review, first?), and get the general people even more excited.
Based on John Gruber’s iPhone 7/7 Plus review, his sources explain why there is no 32GB option for Jet Black:
But the only concession on price is that there’s no 32 GB tier for jet black. Based on conversations with a few sources and just plain common sense after watching the aforelinked design video (which uses footage from the actual manufacturing process), it takes way more time — and thus cost — to produce a jet black casing than a bead-blasted one.
Gruber also got clarification from Apple to crush a rumour on the Interwebs claiming the wide angle camera on the iPhone 7 Plus has a smaller sensor, than that of the iPhone 7::
There is a rumor, rampant on Twitter, that the wide angle camera sensor on the 7 Plus is smaller than that of the 7. I checked with Apple and they were adamant that there is no truth to this. Optically, the wide angle camera on the Plus is identical to that of the 7. The only differences between the cameras are their internal connectors. The sensors and lenses are the same.
So if you were wondering about any of these two things…there you go.
iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus Reviews Roundup
- Daring Fireball – John Gruber
- The Verge – Nilay Patel
- TechCrunch – Matthew Panzarino
- Engadget – Chris Velazco
- Yahoo! Finance – David Pogue
- Ars Technica – Andrew Cunningham
- Mashable – Lance Ulanoff
- Wired – David Pierce
- TIME – Lisa Eadicicco
- Business Insider – Steve Kovach
- Recode – Walt Mossberg
- BuzzFeed – Nicole Nguyen
- MobileSyrup – Patrick O’Rourke
- Wall Street Journal – Geoffrey A. Fowler
- USA Today – Ed Baig
- The Independent – David Phelan
- Stuff – Elissa Loi
- The Daily Telegraph – Rod Chester
- Express – David Snelling
- The Financial Post – Josh McConnell
- The New York Times – Brian X. Chen
We’ll keep adding to this post as more reviews are published. Which review(s) did you like the best?
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