The iPhone 7 is an impressive performer, but really struggles with battery life, an issue Apple resolved with the iPhone 8.
- Water resistant at last
- Taptic touch button
- Powerful processor
- Good camera
- Battery life is still lacking
- No headphone jack
- Price might make the iPhone 7 Plus a better bet
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.
However, there’s little doubting that Australians love iPhones as a category, 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.
- Water resistance brings the iPhone 7 up to snuff with other premium smartphones
- Removing the headphone jack is far from "courageous"
- 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
- Strong performance increases over the iPhone 6
- A10 Fusion processor automatically adjusts power based on what you're doing
- Continues the Apple trend of disappointing battery life
- Greatly outmatched by other smartphones in the premium space
- 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.
- 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.
|Display size (inches)||4.7|
|Display resolution (pixels)||1334 x 750|
|Pixels per inch (PPI)||326|
|Battery size (mAh)||1,960|
|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|
|Network category speed||Category 9|
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