Last year, I wrote about how I couldn't keep the iPhone 6S for over a week because of the issues I had. Since then, I have used a plethora of android devices and the iPhone 6S plus (which I LOVED!). Then, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus came out. At the time, I couldn't justify the price of the iPhone 7 plus and after using the HTC 10, Galaxy S7 etc., I wanted to stay with phones I could use with one hand, so I opted for the iPhone 7. After using it for a few weeks, I decided to switch back to Android. Here's why.
Apple has done a great job with the new iPhones this year. Yes, the phones pretty much look the same because of subtle changes in design, but the new colour options are great and the hardware looks more polished with the antenna bands on the top. I got the iPhone 7 in matte black (my favourite colour from Apple's offerings this year).
Water Resistant Shell
While I didn't test out well the phone would do underwater, it was good know to know that I didn't have to worry about it in case I dropped it in a puddle or water or something. I went camping a couple months ago with the iPhone 6s Plus, and I decided not have my phone with me while I was kayaking and paddle-boarding. If I had the iPhone 7 or another water resistant phone like the Galaxy S7 (Edge), I would feel more comfortable carrying the phone while being around water.
iPhones have always been fast. Yes, the specifications this year are amazing when compared to what's being offered in the industry, I didn't see a huge difference in speed while comparing it to the 6S. Shows how optimized iPhones are.
I love the battery life of the iPhone 7. It is just as good as what I got with the Galaxy S7 Edge and HTC 10. I could easily go a full day. Usually I would have about 10-20% left by bedtime, which is a win in my book. Could it be better? Yes, of course. Nobody said they didn't want longer lasting phones... but I was perfectly content with the battery life of the phone.
The vibration motor on the iPhone 7 is easily the best in the market. It felt amazing and it wasn't not loud at all. Also the home button felt great. I didn't miss the physical button at all. It felt like a real button.
No Headphone Jack
The most obvious con of them all! The lack of headphone jack, though not as bad as some people made it seem, was still a bummer. I had to remember to take the dongle with me every time I left the house. Most of the time I had it attached to my headphones so I wouldn't leave the dongle at home by mistake. But every time I drove my car which doesn't have bluetooth, I forgot to bring the dongle with me. I went on a long drive a few days ago and I forgot to bring the dongle. Needless to say, I had to listen to the radio throughout the way.
Last year, the deal breaker for me was the notifications. Let me tell you something, it's still shit. Apple, please give me an option to group notifications!
While iOS has had some makeovers in the past, the usability hasn't improved all that much, especially when it comes to navigation. The back button is still on the top left of the phone. Not every app takes advantage of the swipe from the left to go back. The inconsistency is all over the place.
This year, it wasn't the notifications, it was the screen that was the deal breaker for me. While I don't think having more pixels is better in every case, it still matters to an extent. Yes, a QHD screen is probably an overkill for a 4.7 screen unless you're trying out VR, but at least give me a 1080p screen on this phone. It wasn't a problem on the 6S Plus as it packed more pixels, but on the iPhone 7, it was pretty obvious the screen isn't sharp. It was painfully obvious while viewing photos on the phone. I shoot a lot for Instagram and professional purposes, and viewing the same photos on an HTC 10 and iPhone 7 showed how low-res the iPhone 7's screen is when compared to most Android flagships. It boggles my mind that Apple hasn't changed the pixel density of its screens since the iPhone 4.
While I loved most things about the iPhone 7, I couldn't justify keeping it when there were better and more affordable options out there. If you don't mind the screen resolution and lack of a headphone jack, the iPhone 7 is an amazing phone to have!