iPhone7: Is It Worth All That Money?

To upgrade or not to upgrade, that is the question. Gadget fanatics and Apple enthusiasts everywhere are likely to be tempted by the thought of a brand new iPhone.

At a launch price of R12 999 for the 32 GB model, or R14 999 for the 128 GB version, the iPhone 7 isn’t cheap. So is the iPhone 7 really worth the money?

Ultimately, the choice is a personal one, but here are some of the key pros and cons to help you make your decision.

The pros

Let’s start with the positives of the iPhone 7.

Improved camera

The iPhone 7 boasts a larger f/1.8 aperture and optical image stabilisation, which makes the camera somewhat better than that of the iPhone 6.

One of the most noticeable changes is that the iPhone 7 Plus has a dual lens camera, with two sensors that take a photo simultaneously. Each sensor captures colour differently, which results in a brighter and more detailed image.

Increased storage

Another selling point is the increase in memory, with the entry-level option providing 32 GB (instead of the original 16 GB) of internal storage and other models providing 128 GB or 256 GB.

Better processor

The iPhone 7 boasts a faster processor than its predecessor, the iPhone 6. So apps run slightly faster on the new phone.

Water resistance

Apple has made the iPhone 7 water resistant by re-engineering the enclosure and developing new seals and adhesives. This reportedly protects the iPhone 7 from being dropped in water, as well as from spills, splashes and dust.

Brighter display

The iPhone 7 is equipped with Retina HD Display, which provides cinema-standard colours. The iPhone 7’s screen is also 25% brighter than that of previous iPhones.

The cons

Now for the disappointing aspects of the iPhone 7 (aside from its high price).

No headphone jack

This is one of the most noticeable changes to the iPhone. The iPhone 7 can be used with wireless headphones, like Apple’s own AirPod earbuds, or with traditional headphones, via a dongle.

Many customers are dissatisfied with Apple’s decision to do away with the headphone jack. Not only are the AirPod earbuds rather costly, but many people have complained that they’re very easy to lose.

No major upgrades

Aside from its dual camera and lack of headphone jack, the iPhone 7 doesn’t feel like much of an improvement on the iPhone 6. This has been disappointing for many Apple fans, leaving them questioning whether the iPhone 7 is worth its hefty price tag.

Disappointing battery life

When the iPhone 7 is used to run apps, browse the web and send and receive emails and photos, the battery lasts an average of 14 hours – which isn’t as long as one might hope. This makes the phone impractical for anyone who can’t charge their phone on the go.

Our conclusion about the iPhone 7

So, is it worth buying the new iPhone 7? You’ve probably already got one if you’re an obsessive early adopter, but if not, you may want to stick with the more reasonably priced iPhone 6 for now.

It seems logical for those on a budget to buy a more reasonably priced iPhone 6 and wait until Apple (hopefully) makes a generation leap with its next phone.

The good news, though, is that if you do have your heart set on an iPhone 7, you can trade in an iPhone 6 to knock a good few thousand off the price of the new model.

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