Tech major Apple had announced the arrival of its latest flagship smartphone models in the form of the Apple iPhone 7 and the bigger Apple iPhone 7 Plus.
In the previous iPhone models, the difference between the standard iPhone and the Plus model has been primarily the screen size and optical image stabilization feature, while all the other capabilities had been mostly identical. However, this year it is different.
Let us take a more detailed look at both the new Apple iPhone 7 Plus and the standard iPhone 7 in order to find out how the two siblings are different from one another.
Apple iPhone 7 Plus Vs iPhone 7
The new iPhone 7’s dimensions are 138.3 mm x 67.1 mm x 7.1 mm and weighs at 138gms, while the iPhone 7 Plus’s dimensions stand at 158.2 mm x 77.9 mm x 7.3 mm and weighs 188gms. Thus, the iPhone 7 Plus is bigger and heavier to begin with.
Both the premium smartphone models obviously flaunt an all metal aluminum body and are offered in color choices of Jet Black, Black, Silver, Gold and Rose Gold options. They both also gets the antenna bands on the top and bottom moving from the rear to offer a cleaner finish than the preceding iPhone models, and both also do away with headphone jacks.
Both the iPhone 7 models come braced with stereo speakers and they are both offer water resistant and dust proof abilities. In terms of looks and design, both the phones are identical, excepting for the size and the different looking rear camera lens due to their different setups.
The Apple iPhone 7 Plus boasts of a large 5.5-inch display, while the iPhone 7 comes with a more one hand manageable 4.7-inch screen. The iPhone 7 gets a 1334×750 pixel screen resolution, while the Plus offers a Full HD resolution, which results in pixel densities of 326ppi and 401ppi, respectively.
Apart from size and screen resolution however, the two handsets use the same display technology, as both the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus offer a Retina HD screen along with wide color gamut and 3D Touch technology that offer access to various features and functionalities depending on the different pressures that the user applies on the touchscreen.
Both the phones also offer same maximum brightness levels, Display Zoom, Reachability feature and fingerprint resistant coating. The iPhone 7 Plus with its better resolution will offer crisper and sharper images, but otherwise the visuals on both the new iPhone models will be same.
Cameras are where the two siblings really differ. The Apple iPhone 7 Plus comes with a dual camera setup for its primary shooter. It employs two 12 MP lenses out of which one is a wide-angle f/1.8 aperture lens and the other a telephoto f/2.8 aperture lens. This allows the Plus to offer two times optical zoom and digital zoom up to 10 times.
On the other hand, the iPhone 7 comes with a single 12-megapixel lens with f/1.8 aperture and can offer digital zoom of up to 5 times. This means that the Plus model certainly offers a more powerful camera.
Nevertheless, both the iPhone 7 siblings offer the same camera functionalities and features. There is optical image stabilization on both the models this time around which was previously available only on the Plus model. Both also come with a new Quad LED TrueTone flash, body and face detection as well as 4K video shooting capabilities.
Both the devices also get the identical 7 MP secondary front facing shooter with f/2.2 aperture, auto image stabilization and Retina Flash. It offers body and face detection, wide color capture and 1080p video recording capabilities.
The Apple iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 7 are both powered by a new A10 Fusion chipset that is embedded with M10 motion co-processors. Both the new iPhone models also come with the identical hardware specifications and connectivity options and both come in three variant choices with 32 GB, 128 GB and 256 GB of inbuilt storage.
Being a larger device the iPhone 7 Plus comes packed with a larger battery pack than the iPhone 7 and offers a talk time of up to 21 hours on 3G connectivity as compared against the offered talk time on the iPhone 7 which is 14 hours.
When it comes to connectivity both the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus come with all the connectivity options which can be expected in a modern high-end smartphone. These include Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, LTE Advanced up to 450 Mbps, and Apple Pay support.
Both the smartphones also feature the new and improved second generation Touch ID fingerprint sensor that is placed within the Home buttons of the devices.
The Apple iPhone 7 Plus and the iPhone 7 both run on the latest iOS 10, which means they will offer all the advantages and conveniences of the new OS and will provide an identical smartphone usage experience.
Due to the different primary camera setup, the iPhone 7 Plus does come with some additional software features for the camera department, but all the other things in the user interface are exactly same in both the handsets.
After considering all the aspects of the Apple iPhone 7 Plus and the iPhone 7, it is clear that the two flagship smartphone models continue to be very similar. However, the difference between them has certainly increased this time. While both the cameras are identical in terms of technical specs they are different when it comes the primary camera, overall dimensions, weight, display resolutions as well as battery capacities.
The new Apple iPhone 7 Plus is thus really something more than just a larger smartphone than its identical sibling. However, the iPhone 7 Plus’ larger screen size, more powerful primary camera with added camera functions, better battery life and better quality display images do come for an additional premium, although it seems to be quite justified.
The final buying decision however lies with the users and their personal preferences depending on screen sizes, camera features, battery backup time and of course their willingness to shell out a heftier amount.