Early Reviews of the New iPhone 7

Apple is one of the biggest smartphone providers in the United States, so it’s always an event when the company announces a new phone. But when the announcement for the iPhone 7 finally came, many were disappointed with the lack of new features and the removal of the standard headphone jack. Now, many are wondering whether they should stick to their old phones or upgrade to the new model. Is it worth going in on Apple’s most recent offering? Here’s what the reviews are saying about the phone.

Out With the Old, In With the Old?

Many reviewers have dinged the iPhone 7 for being too similar to its predecessor. Besides some blink-and-you’ll-miss-it changes to the phone’s design (as well as a new color – Jet Black), the iPhone 7 is nearly identical to the iPhone 6. Though, not that that’s necessarily a bad thing. The iPhone looks good, and it works well, so why fix something that’s broken? Still, some reviewers have bemoaned Apple for not taking any risks to make its appearance stand out from the rest.

Smile for the Camera

While not much appears to have changed at first glance between iPhone iterations, there is one thing Apple continues to improve upon – the camera. The iPhone camera isn’t the best on the market (that honor goes to the more-recently released Google Pixel phones), but it is still very, very good, its pictures looking nearly indistinguishable from those taken on a full-body DSLR camera.

If you’re willing to drop a little extra on the phone’s plus-sized model, the iPhone 7 Plus, you’ll find the addition of an extra camera on the rear of the device, making your zoomed-in photos much better than they were before. Many reviewers are calling the updated camera the iPhone’s killer feature, so if you’re on the fence about going in on the phone, ask yourself if this upgrade makes the purchase worth it for you.

The Headphone-Jack-Shaped Elephant in the Room

Now, let’s get to the big talking point surrounding the iPhone 7. When Apple announced its phone, casual fans and experts alike were dismayed to learn that there would be no headphone jack, Apple instead pushing its users to connect wireless headphones to the device. Of course, Apple has its own branded headphones available for purchase, and in typical Apple fashion, they cost an arm and a leg.

If you don’t have any wireless headphones and you don’t want to shell out for the Apple AirPods, there still is a way to connect your old headphones to the device using an adapter that plugs into the Lighting Port. The big downside here is that you can’t charge your device while using the adapter. Inconvenient, to say the least.

The Bottom Line

Besides the removal of the headphone jack and the addition of another camera, the iPhone 7 is really more of the same. Sure, there are a few other minor changes–the home button doesn’t click anymore, for example–but this update feels more like another iPhone 6s. In sum, get this phone if you absolutely need the latest and greatest in Apple technology, or if you haven’t yet updated from the iPhone 5. Otherwise, you might want to wait for the inevitable iPhone 8.

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