I love my new iPhone 7 but it's not quite as much as I'd hoped.
First, the good:
- The new jet black body color is really nice. Like most owners, I utilize a case but when the phone is naked, the shiny jet black body looks stunning
- The camera is definitely noticeably better than its predecessors. The colors and sharpness are outstanding. The new dual-camera portrait feature allows you to take razor sharp professional looking shallow depth of field portrait photos.
- It seems to be a tad brighter than my wife's iPhone 6S Plus but I really have to squint to see it.
- Sound from the built in speakers is much improved from my old iPhone 6 Plus but still no match for a good set of ear buds, earphones or external speakers.
- It's a little more water resistant. While not completely immersible like Samsung's phones claim to be, (I know someone who depended on that waterproofing when he accidentally left his phone sitting atop his parked car in the rain yet still ended up with a moisture damaged bricked phone) it claims to be more resistant to splashes, accidental exposures and *ahem* things like rain.
That's about it. Some of the other "improvements" that Apple claims are a sharper screen in addition to being brighter, faster, LTE, faster processor and better battery life. However, I haven't noticed significant improvement in these areas personally.
Now for the bad:
- While I see a slightly brighter screen on the 7 than the 6S, the sharpness is about the same. With both phones side by side, I actually prefer the 6S screen. It's cooler and more natural looking. The 7 is noticeably warmer and has a harsh yellow tint to it. You can tweak the colors in the settings to make it cooler but out of the box, my wife's 6S display wins hands down and it's not even close.
- I don't notice any improvement or difference in performance with LTE, wifi or even during routine tasks. I'm not a gamer on my phone, so maybe that's where the performance difference is most noticeable. But in day to day tasks like texting, email, web browsing and using regular apps, I see virtually no difference in performance between the two phones.
- Rear camera and scrapped earphone jack aside, the body is nearly identical to the 6 /6S.
- Speaking of the scrapped headphone jack, if like me, you use corded high-end headphones or buds with your iPhone, it's time to invest in a Bluetooth set. This was one of the "improvements" that was actually a step back if you ask me. My fave Audio-Technica headphones and $200 Bose earbuds are now useless with my iPhone unless I purchase a lightning to 3.5mm adapter that Apple would be all too happy to sell me at extra cost. Seeing as how I'm already invested in good phones and buds, it's not really a choice. So factor that cost into the overall price of the phone if you need the same.
- The force touch home button feels a little weird at first but you can adjust the haptic feedback. It's even weirder when the battery drains and the button becomes unresponsive.
So, as you see, there are some improvements but not enough to warrant an upgrade unless you were a couple generations behind like I was with my 6 Plus. If you have a 6S, I would absolutely wait for the next iPhone model this fall. If you have a 6 or older, you can take the leap. The differences between the 7 and those models will be more noticeable than between the 7 and 6S, especially if your phone is a few years old or older.