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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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
We are currently comparing 14235 Apple iPhone 7 Plus contract deals on SIX major
mobile phone network(s):
We'll shortly be adding Three, Tesco Mobile, Plusnet Mobile and more! No other comparison website offers such
a huge number of possible comparisons.
OneCompare completely gets it, it's not easy trying to understand the differences of each mobile network
operator. Is o2 any better than Vodafone for this smartphone, when it comes to coverage? Or worse? It's a
real minefield. Another example, which is better? A Apple iPhone 7 Plus ee
contract or a Apple iPhone 7 Plus Tesco Mobile contract?
The reality is, it can make a huge difference to your satifaction with the overall product. Who wants to have
cruddy download speeds? But never fear - OneCompare is here. Don't forget to check our latest Blog posts
Before you decide to buy a contract or handset, it's important to know if you'll get a signal. Who wants to
be walking around into mobile network's blackholes?! After all, ordering your brand
new Apple iPhone 7 Plus contract only to find you can't use your data (never
mind going over the allowance!) in your own house will be pretty not cool.
A simple website a number of our visitors have used is Open Signal which maps signal
across all major mobile networks across the UK.
According to Which?, In their latest research, covering June to August 2017, they focused on 4G performance
and found that EE offered the fastest average 4G download speeds of the four networks (EE, O2, Three and
Vodafone). While EE customers enjoyed average 4G download speeds of 29Mbps, those using the O2 network had
to put up with an average speed of just 15.1Mbps.
EE's network was also at the top of the list when it came to the availability of its 4G signal, with
customers able to access it 78.5% of the time. Customers with Three had the poorest access to a 4G signal -
they were able to access it just 57.1% of the time - that's only just more than half the time, 24/7!
OneCompare.com extensive deals & contracts database includes
14235 Apple iPhone 7 Plus deals covering 6 model(s):
In truth, this answer will depend on your personal financial circumstances, in combination with your mobile
phone usage requirements.
Out of our 14235 Apple iPhone 7 Plus deals, our
cheapest Apple iPhone 7 Plus deal over the entire life of the contract is
£408.00, this includes any upfront handset cost and cashback redemption.
We have seen a number of scenarios where our cheapest contract is actually cheaper than buying the phone SIM
free without any contract, this loophole can be a great way to save on your new phone and is largely
possible as the Mobile Networks subsidise the handset cost to gain you as a new customer.
A relatively simple SIM Only comparison calculation is to add up how much
a Apple iPhone 7 Plus SIM free phone would cost, this is where you buy the phone
without a contract and pay for the full cost of the handset upfront. The benefit here is flexibility: you're
able to then compare the SIM Only contract market where Mobile Networks often give you far better usage
allowances and shorter contract terms. Once you've found a SIM Only contract that meets your needs, note the
monthly cost over the course of 24 months and add this to your SIM
Free Apple iPhone 7 Plus handset cost. You're now in a great position to compare
this cost to a regular Apple iPhone 7 Plus Contract.
Pro Tip: A great way to save a few extra pounds when comparing SIM Only contract is to consider purchasing a
pre owned Apple iPhone 7 Plus phone from the likes of Music Magpie who provide
warranties and flexible handset payment terms.