stands by that school of thought, the optical zoom allows you
to capture shots that are noticeably better than those captured
using the digital zoom of previous iPhone models. For those
times when getting close isn’t an option, like at your kid’s soccer game or ballet recital, optical zoom is just the ticket. Other
upgrades seen in the 7 Plus, as well as the 7—namely optical stabilization, an ƒ/1.8 aperture, 12-megapixel photos, and
wider color capture—make the camera a huge improvement
over the 6s. When comparing cameras outside the office, we
noticed greater color vibrancy and sharper images with the 7
Plus. When snapping shots of her feet in the leaves, Rheanne
said the colors looked muted on her 6s compared to the results on my 7 Plus.
Reason #2: Now We Can Watch Movies on our
Not only is the display larger on the 7 Plus, but it’s higher resolution than the 7, sporting 401 pixels per inch over the 7’s 326 pixels per inch. This results in sharp graphics that seem to fly off the
screen, making the movie-viewing experience pretty great when
holding your phone at close range. While I prefer the iPad when
viewing media, I often turn to my phone simply because it’s always there, and I've been pleasantly surprised by the quality.
Reason #3: Battery for Days (or at Least One!)
There’s no getting around it, Apple’s latest operating system
has done a number on the battery of older iPhones. While
we’ve got tips to help with this (see pg. 51), upgrading to the
7 or 7 Plus is the only way to guarantee your battery will last
throughout the day. I’ve found that the 7 Plus can last me two
days before dying, even with the larger screen to power.
Reason #4: The Size Is Manageable
While the size of the 5.5-inch iPhone was a deal-breaker in
the past, we’ve actually adapted to the 7 Plus quite easily. I’ve
chosen a slim case to keep my phone as low-profile as possible, and I can easily stow it in my purse or coat pocket. I find
it to be too big to comfortably wear with a sports armband
when working out, however.
Reason #5: The Time Was Right
Enough time has passed since Apple increased its standard
screen size to 4. 7 inches. After two years, the iPhone 6 has
started to feel really small. Now, with the larger screen, I’ve
begun using my phone in ways I’d never have expected. I use
it for work, to watch movies, and to shop online: things I used
to find frustrating on a smaller screen. At iPhone Life, we’ve
officially changed our stance when it comes to the iPhone 7
Plus. For all of you Plus users out there, you can officially say,
“I told you so!”
Donna Schill Cleveland is the Editor in Chief of iPhone Life magazine. After a short stint
as a newspaper reporter, she became web editor at iPhone Life, where she continues to
pair her penchant for storytelling with her love of Apple products. Donna holds a master’s degree from the University of Io wa School of Journalism & Mass Communication.