Once I saw the retro iPhone 7 Plus, I knew I had to have it. A lot of people always seem to raise questions like, “Um…you spent that much money on…that?”. I usually just say “yep.” I don’t really feel like I need to explain myself. I like tech. I like iPhones. And I’m happy to spend money on them to show them to you guys and review them. It’s fun for me. So, since I bought a $2,000 Retro iPhone 7 Plus, let’s have some fun.
If you haven’t seen my unboxing and review of this Retro iPhone 7 Plus, I definitely recommend checking it out to see the first impressions and the live review of it right here:
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The purpose of the Retro iPhone is to mimic the old school 1980’s Macintosh. The beige color to match the vintage PC and the dark gray stripes on the sides to match the Mac’s vents back in the day, I think they did a really good job transforming the look of the Mac onto the back of an iPhone.
In my opinion, this thing looks great. The base iPhone here is a matte black, 256 GB, iPhone 7 Plus. That means that the cost of the iPhone itself is $1049 with tax. So we’re looking at a pretty expensive back plate here for the iPhone. The retro Apple logo is also custom with the original multicolored Apple logo you used to see on Apple products. It’s a completely separate piece from the actual back plate, which gives it a great look and feel compared to the Apple logo that’s part of the back plate on the original iPhone 7 Plus.
One thing that was a very pleasant surprise was the texture of the paint. I didn’t expect it to feel so great in my hand. I’ve never been able to use an iPhone without a case because it always feels like it’s going to slip out of my hand. But, with the texture of this custom paint job, it feels much grippier than a standard iPhone. I’m actually able to take this phone out and about without a case and have no fear of thinking I’m going to drop it every time I pull it out of my pocket. This, of course, is a great surprise since if I were to have to put a case on this bad boy, that would kind of defeat the purpose of getting it customized.
The volume rockers/power button/mute switch are all still the matte black color, which I think look great. Since the front of the phone has a black faceplate, the buttons help transition from the black front to the beige back. There a few imperfections around the camera lens where just a little bit of paint had come off but was really only visible under a zoom camera lens. I showed the phone to some friends and they weren’t even able to tell when they looked at it.
Overall, I’m happy with my purchase. I think this is a really cool iPhone. It would be really nice if you were able to send in your own iPhone for this, but unfortunately, you have to buy a brand new phone in order to get this customization. This is really the only major downside of this since most people that would want a customized Retro iPhone 7 Plus, probably already have an iPhone. It’s really hard to justify purchasing a whole new phone just so you can change the look of it. If you want to check it out, you can see it here.
I’m anxious to hear what you guys have to say about this device and the customization of it in the comments below. Did I waste my money?