Tips & Tricks: iPhone 7 Value For Money Guide & Advice
The iPhone 7 is now on sale and has produced a mixed response. In some aspects, it’s the best performing phone yet. It’s got a better screen, battery, speakers, camera and processer.
Apple are continuing to make only slight cosmetic and incremental improvements to existing products – instead of inventing groundbreaking new ones. Some say that they’ve lost their spark because of this. It’s probably still going to be regarded as the best out there until something cutting-edge takes it’s place, however.
Do you get your money’s worth from the iPhone 7?
Everyone knows about the removal of the headphone jack, and the improvements to speed and battery capacity.
Here we look at 5 other things that you may not be aware of. They may swing your purchasing decision – or simply help you to get your money’s worth if you do take the plunge.
1. iOS 10 works really well with the iPhone 7
The iPhone 7 is shipped with iOS 10, Apple’s latest mobile operating system. You can read all the best features here.
The iOS is at its best when taking full advantage of hardware features on the iPhone 7. These include the A10 chip, enhanced camera, Touch ID and 3D Touch. Another useful feature of iOS 10 and the iPhone 7 is the lift-to-wake feature. Now when you want to check your phone, all you need to do is lift up the handset and the screen will wake.
2. You probably need a case for the phone
The iPhone 7 is very well built and has a nice polished feel to it. But its slick finish comes at the price of strong grip – meaning that you can easily drop it if you’re not careful. Considering the price of the phone, buying a case and some screen protectors is probably worth it.
A case also helps prevent water damage. To further help prevent this, the iPhone 7 has a feature that warns you if you moisture is detected in the handset. You’ll need to completely switch off the phone and disconnect anything in the lightning port if this happens.
The iPhone 7 also comes with waterproof technology – so it may survive the dreaded drop in the toilet bowl – as long as you act quickly.
3. The camera is much, much improved
iPhone cameras have always been known to produce excellent photos.
Now though, the iPhone also uses machine learning (Artificial Intelligence) for things such as auto exposure, setting auto focus, choosing the white balance, and more. With OIS built in, which stabilises images automatically, it’s now so easy to take amazing photographs.
If you’re looking for your money’s worth, it’s important you put the camera to good use.
4. You can customise the Home button so it feels exactly how you want
The Home button on the iPhone 7 is a little bit different – it’s not a physical button. Instead, it’s a pressure sensitive pad that gives you feedback vibrations. Because of this, you can now customise it to feel exactly how you want it to.
There’s a guide here.
A summary: is it worth purchasing the iPhone 7?
The iPhone 7 is actually much improved on the iPhone 6S. It’s relatively expensive, but you do seem to get what you pay for.
If you’re a hard-core Apple fan, or you don’t want to make the switch to Android’s OS, then the iPhone 7 is probably the way to go (if you have the money).
If you don’t have your heart set on the iPhone, however, it’s worth remembering this: the way we look at Apple today is exactly the same way we looked at Nokia back in 2007. Six months later, the iPhone was launched.
Apple’s market share speaks for itself (or does it?) but Nokia’s did too. And sure, some of the world’s most talented engineers and designers are employed at Apple – but that doesn’t really matter if the company just makes minor changes anyway.
So, whilst there’s nothing out there yet to truly challenge the iPhone – something will eventually. Are you willing to commit so much money to secure an iPhone when the next big thing could be around the corner?