Gives her verdict on Apple’s new iPhone 7
he long-awaited iPhone 7 was released last week to much fanfare across the globe. We got our hands on one of the iPhone 7 128 GB models and checked it out for social media use, battery life and value for money. The iPhone 7 has a 12-megapixel rear camera like the iPhone 6S, so it won’t really make much of a difference, although the autofocus on the iPhone 7 has improved a lot. The iPhone 7 Plus has dual cameras and lets you do “bokeh” photography, where you can blur parts of a photo – which is excellent for food, fashion bloggers and holiday moments. I have upgraded from the iPhone SE, which also has a 12-megapixel camera and live photo feature. My iPhone SE has 1.2-megapixel front camera; the iPhone 6s has a 5 megapixels and the iPhone 7 has a 7 megapixels – so my selfie game has improved a lot. If you want your social media photos and videos to look almost professional, buy the iPhone 7 Plus so you can do bokeh photography. If you want much better selfies, you need an iPhone upgrade ASAP. Not so much. The iPhone 7 has a twohour longer battery life than the iPhone 6s and much longer than the iPhone SE. As someone who uses Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook, email etc every single day, I can say that the battery life doesn’t disappoint. The iPhone 7 also has the Low Power Mode option if you want to conserve battery. The iPhone 6s has up to 10 hours of internet use on 3G and 4G LTE and 11 hours on wi-fi. The iPhone 7 has 12 hours on 3G and 4G and 14 hours on wi-fi. OK, this is where it gets a bit tricky. The AirPods haven’t been introduced into the market here yet, so a lot of people have been complaining about how will they charge their phone and listen to music at the same time – or what if they lose their lightning port that comes in the box? I faced the same problem a few days ago when I wanted to charge my phone at the end of the day and wanted to listen to music at the same time, but couldn’t. I think once the AirPods are released, it might make things easier. You do have to pay Dhs584 extra for that, though. It will take a little time to get used to it, but hey, remember when we were all complaining about shifting from a keyboard to a touch screen?
In the long run, I think it is a good investment, but only if you are buying the 256 GB iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus. That way you have a lot more storage space, you get the better camera, improved battery life and, it’s water resistant. Prices for the iPhone 7 range from Dhs2,599 to Dhs3,339. For the iPhone 7 Plus, prices range from Dhs3,099 to Dhs3,899.