Apple claims that a combination of a larger battery that fills some of the space formerly used by the headphone jack, the more efficient processor, and iOS 10 improvements allows the iPhone 7 to run for two more hours than the iPhone 6S, and the 7 Plus to go for an hour longer than the 6S Plus.
- 5-inch HD IPS screen.
- Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 430 octa-core chipset with Adreno 505 GPU.
- 3 GB RAM, 32 GB internal storage, microSD card slot that supports up 128 GB.
- 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flah, 5-megapixel snapper for selfies.
- 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, A-GPS (Assisted GPS).
- IR blaster, Fingerprint sensor, Hybrid dual-SIM support.
- 4100 mAh battery.
- Android 6.0 Marshmallow with MIUI 7.
Let’s get right down to it: if Apple had launched the iPhone 7 in place of the iPhone 6S last year, it would probably have been the phone of the year.I have to start by talking about the overall performance of this phone. Running iOS 10 and powered by the new Apple A10 Fusion processor, this phone is among the smoothest you will use.
The loss of the headphone jack does make sense – possibly. But even if this does turn out to be a masterstroke, it’ll be a couple of years before it stops being an inconvenience… which is about the shelf life of the iPhone 7.The Apple iPhone 7 didn’t have a lot of surprises when it was launched earlier this month.
The screen has wide viewing angles. However, you do have to put up with a slight colour shift. The display is reflective and has poor readability under direct sunlight. What’s worse is that the phone lacks an ambient light sensor. This means that you have to manually adjust the screen brightness according to light conditions. I don’t see any logical reason why a phone that costs over Rs 15,000 should ditch such a basic sensor.
The J7 (2016) runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out-of-the-box. Of course, it comes with Samsung’s heavily customised UI, which Samsung refuses to call TouchWiz anymore. That’s probably because many people have negative notions about it. Samsung has toned down the colours in the software design. However, it still lacks a cohesive design and elegance. Another probles is that the UI tries to shove too much information in your face.
Over the years leaks about new iPhones have been on the rise, a cumulation of all of which gives you an accurate image of what the new phone will be like. This time we all knew there would be muted antenna bands, no 3.5mm headphone jack while it was understood that features like the processor, camera and battery life will improve.
Much like its predecessor, the J7 (2016) sports a 13-megapixel camera. It has a neat quick launch feature that can be triggered by tapping the home button twice. The camera offers a simple auto and advanced Pro mode that offers control over ISO, exposure, and white balance. In good light conditions, the camera delivers good results. You get good detail and depth, although the colours look a bit off when viewed on my calibrated IPS monitor.
The handset packs-in 3300 mAh user replaceable battery. For me, it easily lasts for a day and half with screen on time of seven hours.
That’s quite impressive for a mid-range phone. A modest processor and relatively lower DPI screen is helping the battery last longer. Since Samsung hasn’t implemented any fast-charging tech, it takes over two and a half hour to fully charge the battery.
Priced at Rs 16,000, the Galaxy J7 (2016) improves upon its predecessor. It comes with a sturdy metal frame, rich OLED screen, and great battery life. Samsung’s software too brings a few neat features to the table. However, in terms of raw power and camera, it is nowhere near the similarly priced phones. In fact, the more affordable phones such as the Le Eco Le 2, Lenovo ZuK Z1, and even Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 outperform it on many fronts. Add the silly omission of the ambient sensor to the list, and I would advice to give this handset a miss.
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