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

  • Water resistant at last
  • Taptic touch button
  • Powerful processor
  • Good camera

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.

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.

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 22nd, 2018
    Name Product Processor type Display size Display resolution Internal storage
    Apple iPhone X
    A11
    5.8
    2436 x 1125
    64GB
    256GB
    Apple iPhone 8
    A11
    4.7
    1334 x 750
    64GB
    256GB
    Apple iPhone 8 Plus
    A11
    5.5
    1920 x 1080
    64GB
    256GB
    Apple iPhone 7
    A10
    4.7
    1334 x 750
    32GB
    128GB
    256GB
    Apple iPhone 7 Plus
    A10
    5.5
    1920 x 1080
    32GB
    128GB
    256GB
    Apple iPhone SE
    A9
    4
    1136 x 640
    32GB
    128GB
    Apple iPhone 6S Plus
    A9
    5.5
    1920 x 1080
    32GB
    128GB
    Apple iPhone 6S
    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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