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About Apple iPhone 7 Plus - Review, Specs + more

The iPhone 7 Plus has two rear cameras - a new feature that was - at the time of launch anyway - a first in an iPhone, plus it's water repellent and appears in a new slew of colours.

As with its smaller brother iPhone 7, the headphone jack falls away. This proved to be controversial at the time, but in time people have learned to live with it. Was it a good idea to have the headphone jack actually drop out? And what about the innovations added to the Home Button? Let's delve in...

Summary of contents
  1. A first: Dual camera system
  2. iPhone 7 Plus: Innovating colours
  3. Retina HD-ready, as standard
  4. Should I buy an iPhone 7 Plus in 2019?

A first: Dual camera system

The 5.5-inch mobile is not only bigger than the 4.7 inch iPhone 7, but also features a dual 12-megapixel dual camera on the back. You could say it's almost a phablet. It offers a 2x optical zoom and a 10x digital zoom, allowing you to put emphasis on the zoom properties when taking pictures. The second camera uses a telephoto lens with f / 2.8 aperture to perfectly grab distant objects.

Usually, phone cameras only use a digital zoom that does not zoom in efficiently but in sections, so blurred results often cause disappointment. Through software updates, Apple also wants to (in time) deliver a feature that allows a depth of field effect. As of 2019, this has been fully delivered and is ready.

The front camera has a generous 7 megapixels - in time with newer models this has been surpassed, but it's more than enough for most usecases. An optical image stabiliser is as usual aboard the Plus version, it is now available for the iPhone 7 too - check out our review here and check for deals.

iPhone 7 Plus: Innovating colours

With a weight of a mere 188g, the iPhone 7 Plus is light, but it adds 50g more on the scales than its smaller (and 7.1 mm thinner) counterpart, the regular iPhone 7. Both models are available in shades of Silver, Rose gold or Gold — new versions have also been added in Matt black and Diamond black which has a wonderful glossy finish. But, the latter is available only in 128GB and 256GB versions; all others are also available in the basic versions ie. with 32GB and up.

Retina HD-ready, as standard

Both models also rely on an angle-retentive Retina HD display with LED backlight, whereby the 5.5 incher with 1920 x 1080 pixels resolves exactly like its predecessor and has a pixel density of 401 ppi.

The new Home button that previously had to be physically pressed down, now reacts by placing a finger on it only.  Feedback is only by vibration. The Home button integrates the popular Touch ID fingerprint sensor.

Without a headphone jack, the Lightning headphones need more processor power. In addition, the 7 Series iPhones conform for the first time to IP67 standard - that is, they are splash-proof and dust-proof.

The quad-core processor has made a giant leap forward - a more energy-efficient and faster 64-bit A10 Fusion chip has been installed. It promises twice as much speed as that of the previous model, the iPhone 6s.

To save space with this handset, as per above, Apple removed the headphone jack. Instead, they have said you need headphones with Lightning support, so bear in mind you may need to buy new headphones to listen to music.

Alternatively, you can of course also operate a headset wirelessly via Bluetooth. This is particularly easy with the AirPods 2 available from the manufacturer - or sometimes included as an extra in the deals above. If you want to search for iPhone contracts with Airpods 2 included, then select the filter to the left. 

Be aware that AirPods 2 have a high-ish price - being Apple nothing will ever exactly be cheap. The jury is still out on whether this switch to Lightning port only was worth it, if this bothers you then we suggest consider a Samsung Galaxy model instead.

Should I buy an iPhone 7 Plus in 2019?

If you are not convinced by the latest innovations available from newer iPhone models, then yes. The iPhone 7 Plus is still going strong and available from all the major networks except Three as of writing. It'll likely continue to be available for a while, although Apple may decide to cut updates in future, so if you want the latest iOS and other updates then you should consider the newer model.


  • Should I buy the iPhone 7 Plus still?
  • Is the iPhone 7 still being made?

Should I buy the iPhone 7 Plus still?

Not everyone wants the very latest pricey fancy iPhone. Firstly they're expensive but secondly the older phones have retro-cool about them, and indeed most of the features that you actually need on a day-to-day level.

Is the iPhone 7 still being made?

No. But there are still new condition phones available, as well as plenty of refurbished handsets. It's getting harder to find new ones but it's still possible, even though Apple stopped making this handset recently.

Apple iPhone 7 Plus: Specifications

  • Case
  • Dimensions: 158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm
  • Weight: 188 g
  • Operating System
  • Platform: iOS
  • Operating System: iOS 10
  • Display
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • Display Type: IPS
  • Display Size: 5.5
  • Performance
  • Memory Card:
  • Memory Card Slot: None
  • Chipset: Apple A10 Fusion
  • Processor: 2.3 Ghz
  • RAM: 3 GB
  • Autonomy
  • Talk Time: 21 hours
  • Stanby Time: 384 hours
  • Battery Type: Non-removable
  • Camera
  • Front Camera: 7 MP
  • Back Camera: 12 MP
  • Connection
  • Connection Type: 4G
  • GPS:
  • GPS Type: A-GPS and GLONASS
  • SIM Capacity: 1
  • Network
  • WIFI:
  • WIFI Type: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • WIFI Hotspot:
  • Bluetooth:
  • Bluetooth Type: 4.2 with LE
  • USB: