Gives her ver­dict on Ap­ple’s new iPhone 7

7 Days in Dubai - - TECH TALK - Sar­wat@7days.ae

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.

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