You’ll have already read my review of the smaller new iPhone 7 here, hopefully. It’s a terrific little smartphone and by far the best iPhone ever, whatever you might think of the future-looking removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack. But I’ve saved the best til last, since the larger iPhone 7 Plus is even better. With higher resolution, bigger battery, a technologically advanced zoom camera and the usual ‘Plus’ iOS tweaks, the 7 Plus is just about the most technology, with the most uses, ever crammed into one phone shell…
It’s that time of the year again. New iPhones, new glimpses of where Apple would like to take the industry. And thankfully, after (in my opinion) the relatively lacklustre 6s models, the iPhone 7 is a real return to form for Apple, with genuine user benefits in terms of speakers, imaging, durability and battery life. The iPhone 7 Plus goes even further, but that’s a phone for another review, another day. This is my Apple iPhone 7 review – the device is stunning. Expensive, yes… but stunning.
When Apple launched this, the iPhone 6s (and 6) Smart Battery Case, there was much ridicule at the ‘hump’ design. After all, it’s obvious where the (ahem) battery is, there’s no obvious attempt at styling and… how much is this case again? However, after trying a number of alternatives from third parties, it turns out that Apple’s solution is far better suited to every day, in-situ, real world use. Who knew?
I’m constantly listening to music. On a typical day, I’ve got music either playing from my computer while I work or in my headphones when I leave the house. That usually means stock listening equipment, like my computer or Apple’s stock EarPods, but I recently decided to shake things up a bit.
Computer golf has been a tradition going back 30 years, right back to the days of CGA and EGA monitors on PCs. And with palmtops/PDAs and then smartphones, golf games have been available and popular at every stage. Seems that ‘a good walk spoiled’ is better when powered by a CPU and without the fresh air!
It has to be said, right up front. With the rather significant caveat that the 4” screen on the iPhone SE isn’t that suitable for such 2016 immersive activities as high-def gaming and media consumption, in every other respect the iPhone SE is the perfect iPhone. With the gorgeous lines and form factor of the classic iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s but the cutting edge internals of the 6s, the iPhone SE is akin to either a blindingly good magic trick or an anachronism, a quirk of Tim Cook’s spare parts inventory. I lean towards the former and, overall, am very impressed indeed.
I have never really been a fan of cases. I find that they add unnecessary weight and just make a device look obnoxious. Yes, they do a great job at protecting your precious smartphone from day-to-day dings and drops, but for me, that’s not a sacrifice that I am willing to make.
When I wrote my first impressions of the iPad Pro, I wasn’t convinced that it was a desktop replacement. But I didn’t want to jump to conclusions, so over the last few days I have been using the iPad Pro almost exclusively.
Picking the best smartphones in the world is always a) incredibly hard, and b) terrific fun. Thankfully. This being an iOS-centric site, you’d expect an Apple iPhone at number 1 and you’d be right. But this isn’t sycophantic – in my other life as the producer and presenter of The Phones Show I do regular top 5 features – and an iPhone is invariably in the top spot because it’s the one top specced phone that can be recommended as the answer to “What phone should I buy” without any real caveats or possible recriminations. There are several iPhones here, plus more Android units, of course. And I’d love to have stuck in one of the new flagship Lumias, except that they’re still a week away. Maybe next time.