Apple iPhone 7 Plus review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

Quick Verdict

Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus isn’t insanely innovative, but it is rather good.

The good

  • New colour range
  • Water resistance works well
  • Taptic engine has possibilities
  • Good battery life
  • Exceptional dual camera

The bad

  • No headphone jack
  • It’s big
  • It’s expensive
  • Stereo audio is underwhelming
  • Slow to charge

iPhone 7 Plus at a glance
When did the iPhone 7 Plus come out? Pre-orders for the iPhone 7 Plus began 9 September 2016 for shipping from 16 September 2016.
What’s new about the iPhone 7 Plus? Optical image stabilisation, water resistance, dual-camera array.
How much does the iPhone 7 Plus cost? $1,049 (32GB) / $1,199 (128GB).

If you believe the Apple hype, every new generation of iPhone is magical, wonderful and revolutionary. After around 10 generations (depending on how you count the iPhone SE), we’re not so sure that every single one of those words still applies, but there’s little doubting the general frenzy that surrounds a new iPhone launch. With the iPhone 7, Apple has applied some new techniques and technology to the iPhone line to bring it more into line with its Android competitors and, in some cases, leap over them.

The A10 Fusion chip that powers the iPhone 7 Plus is the biggest new improvement under the hood of the phone, alongside improved dual-camera optics exclusive to the larger iPhone. The iPhone 7 is broadly similar in specifications, save for only having the single wide 12MP camera at the rear (and the smaller screen, of course).

Design

  • The addition of water resistance and higher storage capacities are much appreciated
  • The loss of the headphone jack, however, is not

Camera

  • Adding a dual-lens camera greatly increases the capabilities of the iPhone 7 Plus
  • Automatic image configuration allows photographers of all skill levels to take high-quality shots

Performance

  • Top-of-the-line performance makes the iPhone 7 Plus the go-to choice for raw power
  • The two-tier design of the A10 Fusion processor allows for more power efficiency when performing simple tasks

Battery life

  • A bigger battery and a smarter processor give the iPhone 7 Plus significantly better battery life than any iPhone preceding it

Verdict

  • By incorporating long-awaited features like water resistance and a dual-lens camera, the iPhone 7 Plus reaffirms Apple's position at the forefront of the premium smartphone space

Pricing and availability

Apple iPhone 7 Plus

Bigger and better

The iPhone 7 Plus improves upon nearly every aspect of its predecessor to deliver a premium experience free from compromise. Discover this for yourself by purchasing the iPhone 7 Plus outright or on contract through Telstra, Optus or Vodafone.

Promoted
  • Apple sells the iPhone 7 Plus outright for $1,049 with 32GB of onboard storage, or $1,199 with 128GB of storage.
  • The iPhone 7 Plus is also available on contract through Telstra, Vodafone and Optus.
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OS iOS10
Display size (inches) 5.5
Display resolution (pixels) 1920 x 1080
Pixels per inch (PPI) 401
Processor A10
Height (mm) 158.2
Width (mm) 77.9
Depth (mm) 7.3
Weight (g) 188
Battery size (mAh) 2,900
Wireless charging No
Internal storage 32GB
128GB
256GB
MicroSD expansion N/A
Fingerprint scanner Yes
RAM 3
Water resistance IP67
Rear camera (1) resolution 12
Rear camera (1) aperture f/1.8
Rear camera (2) resolution 12
Rear camera (2) aperture f/2.8
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 September 20th, 2018
Name Product Processor type Display size Display resolution Internal storage
Apple A12
6.1
1792 x 828
64GB
128GB
256GB
Apple A12 Bionic
5.8
2436x1125
64GB
256GB
512GB
Apple A12
6.5
2688 x 1242
64GB
256GB
512GB
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
A8
4.7
1334 x 750
16GB
32GB
64GB
128GB

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