The iPhone 7 is a fantastic smartphone, and it is definitely one of the best on the market you can buy right now. Although no phone is perfect. So here are 4 things we dislike about it.
With the beautiful five finishes you can get for your new iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, there’s no lack of choice. Although when Apple introduced the Jet Black color at their WWDC event, everyone went crazy. But there’s something that Apple kept hidden until release: the scratches. Every phone in the world scratches. Even if the four colors (Matte Black, Silver, Gold and Rose Gold) aren’t scratch-proof, you can definitely see the scratches way less on those four colors than rather on the Jet Black.
This is because, and as Apple explained it, the Jet Black reflects light; which is what makes it so beautiful. So because it reflects light, if you do scratch it, you’ll be able to see the scratches more. Nevertheless, the Jet Black color is as tough as all of the other colors; it’s just that if you don’t want to carry a fully scratched phone around, as Apple recommends it: put on a case. And we all know there’s no lack of choice whatsoever in iPhone cases.
Now, by volume I’m not talking in terms of audio, but in terms of the actual footprint of the phone; how big it is. The problem is with the bezel; between the home button and the screen I understand because there’s the Touch ID fingerprint sensor, but that huge space left out between the top of the screen and the earpiece is just wasted.
If you compare the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge to the iPhone 7 Plus, they can fit a much larger (and much better) display than the iPhone. And for that matter, if you compare them to the smaller iPhone 7, they are relatively close in volume to the iPhone, but with a larger screen. Hopefully in the iPhone 8 Apple will be moving to a lesser-bezel smartphone.
I’m not saying that the iPhone 7’s display is bad. It’s good that Apple added a wider color gamut and a 25% brighter display, but the actual resolution of the display, feels like something old. In my opinion, the S7 and S7 Edge (especially) have the best smartphone screens in the world. They have beautiful Quad-HD OLED displays.
Meanwhile the iPhone is still stuck with an IPS display, with a mere 720p resolution for the smaller iPhone 7, and a 1080p resolution for the bigger iPhone 7 Plus. Luckily rumors say Apple will be bringing OLED technology (and a hopefully better resolution display) to the iPhone 8 in 2017. Let’s hope that’s true.
This is definitely the most obvious point. The iPhone 7 doesn’t have a headphone jack! When Apple said that its next flagship phone didn’t have a headphone jack at WWDC, they said one word: “courage”. They are right that technology needs to evolve; and that the headphone jack is a 100 year old port, probably even more. Though they say it’s the future: but we live in the present. And because of the insane widespread of the headphone jack, I think the world was just not ready yet.
Plus, as I said in the 5 Things We Love About The iPhone 7 article, Apple kept the headphone jack in their new MacBook Pros: so maybe they should’ve kept it on the new iPhone as well.