Before the launch of iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus, the only differences between smaller and larger iPhone models were the screen size, battery time, and OIS of the larger sibling. Rest of the hardware specs and external look and feel was almost identical. However, Apple has changed things with the unveiling of the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus. If you are unable to decide which iPhone model to buy this year, the iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, hit the jump for a detailed rundown of all the key differences between the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus. This will hopefully make your decision-making process easier for you.
iPhone 7 vs iPhone 7 Plus: Key Differences
Some of the key differences between the iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 7 are as follows:
Display, Dimensions, and Weight Differences
- The iPhone 7 comes with a 4.7-inch display while the iPhone 7 Plus has a larger 5.5-inch Retina HD display.
- The larger iPhone 7 Plus sports a full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution while the iPhone 7 has a resolution of 750 x 1334 pixels.
- A larger display means bigger in size and heavier too. The iPhone 7 Plus measures in at 158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3mm vs 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1mm of iPhone 7.
- The iPhone 7 Plus is 50 grams heavier than the smaller iPhone 7 that weight at 138g.
The biggest difference between the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus is the camera system:
- Both of the devices have a 12MP main camera with f/1.8 aperture and Optical Image Stabilisation. They also have a Quad-LED true tone flash.
- iPhone 7 Plus takes the lead over the smaller sibling with a secondary 12MP 56mm telephoto lens.
- The iPhone 7 Plus offers 2x optical zoom but the iPhone 7 lacks any such capability.
- iPhone 7 is capable of 5x digital zoom only while the Plus is capable of up to 10x digital zoom.
- With the help of the telephoto lens, the iPhone 7 Plus can capture DSLR-like bokeh effect. This feature won’t be available out of the box, though. Apple will push a software update later this year to add it to the iPhone 7 Plus.
The bigger sibling of the latest iPhone crop reportedly has 3GB of RAM module to better handle the dual-lens camera setup. While the smaller 4.7-inch iPhone 7 reportedly stays at 2GB of RAM just like its predecessor.
Battery Life Differences
More real estate on the iPhone 7 Plus allows it to have a bigger battery. While the iPhone 7 has seen a couple of hours of battery time bump over the iPhone 6s, it still is no match for the iPhone 7 Plus.
- The larger iPhone 7 Plus offers up to 21 hours of talk time on 3G while the smaller sibling can survive up to 14 hours only.
- Users can get 16 days of standby time on a Plus while the iPhone 7 can live for 10 days of standby time on a single charge.
The larger iPhone 7 Plus with a better camera and battery life is obviously expensive than the iPhone 7. This year, the price difference between the two iPhone models is slightly higher:
- An iPhone 7 with 32GB of storage carries a price tag of $649 while the iPhone 7 Plus with same storage is priced $769 in the US.
- On monthly installments, you can get an iPhone 7 Plus for $32 per month while the iPhone 7 is available for $27 per month installment (Two-year contract).
While a longer battery life and an all new dual-lens camera setup make the iPhone 7 Plus a better choice, the single-handed operation is still difficult on a 5.5-inch smartphone like the Plus as compared to a 4.7-inch iPhone 7.
What’s your preference: the iPhone 7 or the iPhone 7 Plus? Share your choice in the comments section below.