Apple iPhone 6 (16 GB) Vs Apple iPhone 7 (32 GB)

Apple iPhone 7 review

Introduction

On the seventh day the designers rested. In came the engineers. And the master of controversy struck again.

Apple is proud of the bold move of removing the audio jack. But in pretty much every other aspect they’ve seemingly taken the conservative route. On the outside, the new iPhone looks basically the same as the iPhone 6/6s.

Well, it’s not as easy as that. The iPhone 7 is in many ways a better phone. We can see some of the issues we had with the last iPhone sorted and, no, we are not claiming credit for it – simply acknowledging the fact.

Waterproofing, stereo speakers and, finally, reasonable storage options – and that’s on top of the usual performance upgrades we’ve come to take for granted every year. Think this is the story of the iPhone 7? Apple’s first water-resistant handset, first quad-core processor, first pair of stereo speakers on a phone.

Not trying to build suspense. The story has been hijacked and you know it. But we’re going to tell it anyway.

Key features

  • Water-proof metal unibody with redesigned, less-obtrusive antenna strips
  • 4.7″ 16M-color LED-backlit IPS LCD of 750 x 1334px resolution, 326ppi, wide color gamut, 3D Touch tech
  • Pressure-sensitive Home key powered by a brand new Taptic Engine
  • Quad-core (2+2) 64-bit Apple CPU, hexa-core GPU, 2GB of RAM, Apple A10 Fusion SoC
  • 12MP F/1.8 camera with a quad-LED flash, optical image stabilization, phase detection auto focus, wide color capture, 2160p@30fps video recording
  • 7MP F/2.2 front-facing camera with BSI sensor and HDR mode, 1080p@30fps video
  • Comes in 32, 128, and 256GB of built-in storage
  • Second-gen Touch ID fingerprint sensor
  • 4G LTE Cat.12 (600Mbps); Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac; Bluetooth 4.2; Lightning port; GPS with A-GPS and GLONASS; NFC (Apple Pay only)
  • 1,960mAh battery

Main shortcomings

  • No 3.5mm audio jack (ships with a Lightning to 3.5mm adapter)
  • No microSD slot
  • No dual-camera of the iPhone 7 Plus
  • NFC functionality limited to Apple Pay
  • Still no fast or wireless charging, no IR port or FM radio
  • No user-replaceable battery
  • Scratch-prone Jet Black model
  • Screen resolution not flagship-grade

Once you wrap your head around the missing audio jack (it’s not the end of it, you can get a designated adapter for your favorite headphones), the Apple iPhone 7 is a major upgrade. IP67-certified water-resistant body. Bigger and brighter camera with OIS. New FaceTime cam. Stereo speakers. Faster processor and 50% GPU performance increase, more RAM. New pressure-sensitive Home key powered by a new taptic engine. Revised storage options.

The new Home button, rather the lack thereof, is nearly as controversial as the missing audio jack. Apple used the same taptic engine behind the MacBook’s trackpad, so things might actually turn out better there.

Apple iPhone 7 review

Apple doubled the storage capacity on all three flavors, so it finally starts at 32GB, the other two being 128GB or 256GB. Unfortunately, fast or wireless charging still doesn’t mean anything to Apple, which is a shame in 2016.

Apple iPhone 6s review

Introduction

The more it changes, the harder it becomes to see the difference. And you know, it’s not about Apple and the iPhone at all. It’s where the industry has been heading for a while now. In the race for screen size and processing power, the major makers’ flagships are like pro athletes finishing within milliseconds of each other. To get an extra edge, manufacturers will go in lots of directions – such as water proofing, bigger and sharper selfies, wireless charging, curved or borderless screens, whatnot.

A certain type of players would rather lose than be in a crowd of winners. Others don’t even play games they can’t win. We guess we all know where Apple stands on this.

With a single iPhone a year – two as of late – Apple is the kid that skips classes but aces the tests. The wild card player that goes on to win the tournament. The team that doesn’t play qualifiers but goes to the world cup.

Wouldn’t we all do less and make more? There goes the iPhone 6S, off to a familiar start. The same on the outside but trying to pose as the most important iPhone since the first one ever released.

The new iPhone, being an S model, naturally comes with more power under the hood, but also brings the long awaited camera upgrade. The main camera now uses a 12MP sensor capable of 4K video recording as well as 1080p at 120fps, there is a brand new 5MP selfie camera too. And, it’s the same screen size and resolution but we think it’s exactly what Apple meant with “the only thing that’s changed is everything”.

Key features

  • 4.7″ 16M-color LED-backlit IPS LCD of 750 x 1334px resolution, 326ppi
  • 3D Touch technology recognizes levels of pressure, brand new Taptic engine for better feedback
  • Apple iOS 9
  • Dual-core 1.8 GHz Twister 64-bit CPU,PowerVR GT7600 GPU, 2GB of RAM, Apple A9 SoC
  • 12MP F/2.2 camera with True tone LED flash, phase detection auto focus, 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30fps, @60fps and @120fps video recording, 720p video recording @120fps and 240fps
  • 5MP F/2.2 front-facing camera with BSI sensor and HDR mode, 1080p@30fps video
  • Comes in 16, 64, and 128GB of built-in storage
  • Second-gen Touch ID fingerprint sensor
  • 4G LTE Cat.6 (300Mbps); Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac; Bluetooth 4.2; Lightning port; GPS with A-GPS and GLONASS; NFC (Apple Pay only)
  • 1,715 mAh battery, new Power saving mode

Main disadvantages

  • No microSD slot
  • Pricey memory upgrades, 32GB version should be standard for such an expensive phone
  • Protruding camera lens makes the phone wobble
  • Lacks the optical image stabilization of the iPhone 6s Plus
  • NFC functionality limited to Apple Pay
  • No wireless charging, an infrared port, or FM radio
  • No enhanced resistance to liquids or dust
  • No user-replaceable battery

The first iPhone heralded the arrival of capacitive displays and multi-touch technology. The iPhone 6S is the first to have 3D touch – a screen technology that recognizes different levels of pressure for an extra dimension of interaction with a device.

A late tribute perhaps to resistive screens, which Apple itself sent to their doom. Not a particularly scientific statement although resistive technology did rely on actual pressure to work. Good enough for anyone with a penchant for the dramatic.

But if we are to stick to the facts, the iPhone 6s isn’t the company’s first device with a pressure-aware display, the Apple Watch is. Plus, phones like the Huawei Mate S and the ZTE Axon mini do deserve at least a mention as well. Anyway, this only highlights the difference between Apple and the rest. Cupertino has the habit – and in all fairness, the capability – to pick a niche technology and make it mainstream.

So, the pressure aware display and improved imaging are the big news about the iPhone 6S. We’ve pretty much come to take the next OS and chipset version for granted.

Sure, we all know better than to expect a memory card slot and access to the battery, but we just can’t agree with Apple’s decision to stick with the 16GB option as base instead of 32GB, which is actually not offered at all. 4K videos and the live photos (with sound) will clearly need more space than before. Not only that but Apple is actually charging slightly more in Europe for the base version of its latest iPhone.

And we can put it down as a typical Apple quirk that they snubbed things like water resistance and wireless charging but somehow couldn’t resist the selfie thing. Oh well, there’ll be more of those as we go. Our 64GB iPhone 6s is popping out of the box right after the jump.

Apple iPhone 7 (32 GB) Vs Apple iPhone 6 (16 GB)

NETWORK Technology GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE
2G bands GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – A1660, A1778 GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
CDMA 800 / 1900 / 2100 – A1660 CDMA 800 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100 – A1660, A1778 HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100
CDMA2000 1xEV-DO & TD-SCDMA – A1660 CDMA2000 1xEV-DO
4G Network LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 13(700), 17(700), 18(800), 19(800), 20(800), 25(1900), 26(850), 27(800), 28(700), 29(700), 30(2300), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500) – A1660, A1778 LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 13(700), 17(700), 18(800), 19(800), 20(800), 25(1900), 26(850), 28(700), 29(700) – A1688
LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 13(700), 17(700), 18(800), 19(800), 20(800), 25(1900), 26(850), 28(700), 29(700), 30(2300), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500) – A1687
Speed HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (3CA) Cat9 450/50 Mbps, EV-DO Rev.A 3.1 Mbps HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (2CA) Cat6 300/50 Mbps, EV-DO Rev.A 3.1 Mbps
GPRS Yes Yes
EDGE Yes Yes
LAUNCH Announced 2016, September 2015, September
Status Available. Released 2016, September Available. Released 2015, September
BODY Dimensions 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm (5.44 x 2.64 x 0.28 in) 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm (5.44 x 2.64 x 0.28 in)
Weight 138 g (4.87 oz) 143 g (5.04 oz)
SIM Nano-SIM Nano-SIM
– IP67 certified – dust and water resistant
– Water resistant up to 1 meter and 30 minutes
– Apple Pay (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX certified)
– Apple Pay (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX certified)
DISPLAY Type LED-backlit IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors LED-backlit IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 4.7 inches (~65.6% screen-to-body ratio) 4.7 inches (~65.6% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 750 x 1334 pixels (~326 ppi pixel density) 750 x 1334 pixels (~326 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes Yes
Protection Ion-strengthened glass, oleophobic coating Ion-strengthened glass, oleophobic coating
– Wide color gamut display
– 3D Touch display & home button
– Display Zoom
– 3D Touch display
– Display Zoom
PLATFORM OS iOS 10.0.1, upgradable to iOS 10.3.2 iOS 9, upgradable to iOS 10.3.2
Chipset Apple A10 Fusion Apple A9
CPU Quad-core 2.34 GHz (2x Hurricane + 2x Zephyr) Dual-core 1.84 GHz Twister
GPU PowerVR Series7XT Plus (six-core graphics) PowerVR GT7600 (six-core graphics)
MEMORY Card slot No No
Internal 32/128/256 GB, GB, 2 GB RAM 16/32/64/128 GB, 2 GB RAM
CAMERA Primary 12 MP, f/1.8, 28mm, phase detection autofocus, OIS, quad-LED (dual tone) flash, check quality 12 MP, f/2.2, 29mm, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash, check quality
Features 1/3″ sensor size, geo-tagging, simultaneous 4K video and 8MP image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, HDR (photo/panorama) 1/3″ sensor size, 1.22 µm pixel size, geo-tagging, simultaneous 4K video and 8MP image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, HDR (photo/panorama)
Video 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/60/120fps, 720p@240fps, check quality 2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps,1080p@120fps, 720p@240fps, check quality
Secondary 7 MP, f/2.2, 32mm, 1080p@30fps, 720p@240fps, face detection, HDR, panorama 5 MP, f/2.2, 31mm, 1080p@30fps, 720p@240fps, face detection, HDR, panorama
SOUND Alert types Vibration, proprietary ringtones Vibration, proprietary ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes, with stereo speakers Yes
3.5mm jack No Yes
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– Lightning to 3.5 mm headphone jack adapter incl.
– 16-bit/44.1kHz audio
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
COMMS WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, hotspot Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, hotspot
Bluetooth 4.2, A2DP, LE 4.2, A2DP, LE
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS
NFC Yes (Apple Pay only) Yes (Apple Pay only)
Infrared port No No
Radio No No
USB 2.0, reversible connector 2.0, reversible connector
FEATURES Sensors Fingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer Fingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
Messaging iMessage, SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email iMessage, SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email
Browser HTML5 (Safari) HTML5 (Safari)
Java No No
– Siri natural language commands and dictation
– iCloud cloud service
– MP3/WAV/AAX+/AIFF/Apple Lossless player
– MP4/H.264 player
– Audio/video/photo editor
– Document editor
– Siri natural language commands and dictation
– iCloud cloud service
– MP3/WAV/AAX+/AIFF/Apple Lossless player
– MP4/H.264 player
– Audio/video/photo editor
– Document editor
BATTERY Non-removable Li-Ion 1960 mAh battery (7.45 Wh) Non-removable Li-Ion 1715 mAh battery (6.91 Wh)
Stand-by Up to 240 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 14 h (3G) Up to 14 h (3G)
Music play Up to 40 h Up to 50 h
MISC
Colors Jet Black, Black, Silver, Gold, Rose Gold, Red Space Gray, Silver, Gold, Rose Gold
SAR 1.19 W/kg (head)     1.19 W/kg (body) 1.14 W/kg (head)     1.14 W/kg (body)
SAR EU 1.38 W/kg (head)     1.34 W/kg (body) 0.87 W/kg (head)     0.98 W/kg (body)
Price About 760 EUR About 620 EUR
TESTS Display Contrast ratio: 1603:1 (nominal), 3.964 (sunlight) Contrast ratio: 1481 (nominal), 3.783 (sunlight)
Camera Compare PHOTO / Compare VIDEO
Loudspeaker Voice 67dB, noise 73dB, ring 75dB Voice 66dB, noise 64dB, ring 65dB
Audio quality Noise -92.4dB / Crosstalk -80.9dB Noise -93.8dB / Crosstalk -73.2dB
Battery life 61h endurance rating 62h endurance rating

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