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February 9th, 2017 by


If you’re contemplating getting a new iPhone, then you’re most likely looking at getting an iPhone 7. But, the question is, which one do you get? The regular iPhone 7 or the larger iPhone 7 Plus?

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iPhone 7 Vs. iPhone 7 Plus

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Here are the key differences between the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus:

Feature iPhone 7  iPhone 7 Plus
Display 4.7-inch 5.5-inch
Battery 1960mAh 2900mAh
Camera 12MP wide angle lens 12MP wide angle and telephoto lens
Storage 32GB, 128GB, 256GB 32GB, 128GB, 256GB
Dimensions 138.3mm x 67.1mm x 7.1mm 158.2mm x 77.9mm x 7.3mm
Weight 138g 188g
RAM 2GB 3GB
Cost * 32GB = R12 999

128GB = R14 999

256GB = R16 999

32GB =R15 499

128GB =R17 499

256GB =R19 499

 

In terms of design, both iPhones share the same design language that Apple has used for the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6S. The antenna lines, however, have been moved and no longer run directly across the back of the handset.

The iPhone 7 Plus is clearly the more powerful of the two handsets, thanks to the increased RAM and larger battery. But, not only is the 7 Plus larger than the iPhone 7, it also weighs more and the large bezels are more noticeable.

Both the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are IP67 rated, which means that both are splash, water, and dust resistant.

The most noticeable difference is that the iPhone 7 Plus has a dual rear-facing camera setup, which is a first for Apple. The dual cameras on the iPhone 7 Plus feature a 12MPƒ/1.8 aperture wide-angle lens and aƒ/2.8 aperture telephoto lens. The iPhone 7 Plus also has 2x optical zoom and up to 10x digital zoom.

The second rear-facing camera enables what Apple calls “Portrait Mode”. When using this mode, you can create images with a bokeh depth effect. This looks great in many images but, unfortunately, this is all that the additional rear-facing lens can do and, unlike the second rear-facing camera on Huawei’s P9 and Mate 9, you cannot adjust the bokeh depth effect on the image.

Another first for Apple is that both the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus have stereo speakers and both handsets do not have a 3.5mm headphone jack. Instead, they rely on lightning adaptor headphones or bluetooth earbuds such as Apple’s AirPods.

Ultimately, deciding between the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus comes down to two questions:

  • Do you like larger phones?
  • Do you need the dual-camera setup on the iPhone 7 Plus?

If the answer to those questions is no, then the iPhone 7 is the best option for you. Not only do you still get a great mobile camera, IP67 rating, and the same colours as the iPhone 7 Plus, you get all of this for slightly less.

*Prices taken from myistore.co.za.