Apple iPhone 7 review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

Quick Verdict

The iPhone 7 is an impressive performer, but really struggles with battery life, an issue Apple resolved with the iPhone 8.

The good

  • New colours
  • Water resistant at last
  • Taptic touch button
  • USB 3 connectivity
  • Powerful processor
  • Good camera
  • Bye bye 16GB

The bad

  • Battery life is still lacking
  • No headphone jack
  • Price might make the iPhone 7 Plus a better bet

iPhone 7 at a glance
When did the iPhone 7 come out? Pre-orders for the iPhone 7 began 9 September 2016 for shipping from 16 September 2016.
What’s new about the iPhone 7? Increased water-resistance, an enhanced camera and the removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack
How much does the iPhone 7 cost? $849 (32GB) / $999 (128GB)

Apple’s iPhone 7 is sleek and attractive and powerful, except in the critical area of battery life.

Apple loves to hype up its iPhone lines as the ultimate premium phones. In the premium space it’s under increasing pressure from devices manufactured by Samsung, such as the Galaxy S7 Edge, or Google with its Pixel/Pixel XL phones.

There’s little doubting that Australians love iPhones as a category, however, with each year’s release typically selling out of stock at retail and telco levels for months at a time after launch. We’ve already run the large and largely impressive iPhone 7 Plus through its paces, but it’s the more regular sized iPhone 7 that’s likely to catch most people’s attention due to the lower asking price and slightly more hand-friendly design.

Design

  • Water resistance brings the iPhone 7 up to snuff with other premium smartphones
  • Removing the headphone jack is far from "courageous"

Camera

  • Optical image stabilisation and a slick camera app make taking quality photos easier than ever
  • Single lens set-up means no depth-of-field effects or other fancy features

Performance

  • Strong performance increases over the iPhone 6
  • A10 Fusion processor automatically adjusts power based on what you're doing

Battery life

  • Continues the Apple trend of disappointing battery life
  • Greatly outmatched by other smartphones in the premium space

Verdict

  • As refined and stylish as ever
  • Lacklustre battery life remains frustrating

Pricing and availability

Apple iPhone 7

A sleek and capable addition to the iPhone family

With the iPhone 7, Apple once again combines style and performance in a single, simple package.

Promoted
  • Apple sells the iPhone 7 outright for $849 with 32GB of onboard storage, or $999 with 128GB of storage.
  • You can also purchase the iPhone 7 on contract from Telstra, Vodafone and Optus.
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OS iOS10
Display size (inches) 4.7
Display resolution (pixels) 1334 x 750
Pixels per inch (PPI) 326
Processor A10
Height (mm) 138.3
Width (mm) 67.1
Depth (mm) 7.1
Weight (g) 138
Battery size (mAh) 1,960
Wireless charging No
Internal storage 32GB
128GB
256GB
MicroSD expansion N/A
Fingerprint scanner Yes
RAM 2
Water resistance IP67
Rear camera (1) resolution 12
Rear camera (1) aperture f/1.8
Rear camera (2) resolution
Rear camera (2) aperture
Rear camera (3) resolution
Rear camera (3) aperture
Front camera (1) resolution 7
Front camera (1) aperture f/2.2
Front camera (2) resolution
Front camera (2) aperture
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed Category 9
NFC support Yes
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Updated August 19th, 2018
Name Product Processor type Display size Display resolution Internal storage
A11
5.8
2436 x 1125
64GB
256GB
A11
4.7
1334 x 750
64GB
256GB
A11
5.5
1920 x 1080
64GB
256GB
A10
4.7
1334 x 750
32GB
128GB
256GB
A10
5.5
1920 x 1080
32GB
128GB
256GB
A9
4
1136 x 640
32GB
128GB
A9
5.5
1920 x 1080
32GB
128GB
A9
4.7
1334 x 750
32GB
128GB
Apple iPhone 6
Apple iPhone 6
A8
4.7
1334 x 750
16GB
32GB
64GB
128GB

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