iPhone 7 Review – Nothing groundbreaking

Posted:  October 13, 2016   By:    58 comments   



The iPhone 7 marks the 10th generation of the iPhone. It is nearly 10 years since the first iPhone was introduced in 2007 and they have always been regarded as the benchmark for the smartphone industry.

When it comes to launches, Malaysia is often late to the party, but the new iPhone 7 is probably the earliest we’ve seen so far. Instead of waiting for months, it’s finally coming to our shores on 14th October.

Jumping from the 6s to the 7, the new iPhone was supposed to be an all-new device. Instead, we get a phone that’s identical to last year with some incremental updates on the inside. In a way, it feels like a third variant of the current iPhone 6 series.

The exterior dimensions for the iPhone 7/7 Plus are exactly the same as the model it replaces. The only visible changes are the reduced antenna band lines and the increased camera bump. It’s hard to tell them apart if you put both models side by side facing up. To really stand out from the iPhone 6/6s crowd, there are two new colours – Black and Jet Black. Assuming Apple is releasing an iPhone 7s, that’s four years with the same design.

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58 Comments for iPhone 7 Review – Nothing groundbreaking


Do any of the telcos have trade-in offers to upgrade to this phone?


    Celcom is offering trade-ins at their event at Sunway Pyramid with valuation up to RM1,500.


yes, it takes an note 7 to blow you away and shake up the ground


    Hahaha. Such a stupid comment


    iphone latest feature "no 3.5 jack".. isheeps be like.. wow… amazinggggg


Wireless headphone not as good as the corded one because you got the cheap wireless headphone.


    I rather get a cheap wired headphone that sounds good then spend almost 1K for wireless headphone that sounds average


    Not about sound quality, but I don't like to charge another device.


      either way its a lose/lose situation.. bitten fruit wins

John doe

Wow Google up n see if iphone 7 blows up


It is wallet breaking.
wait for iPhone 8 next year.


    Next year should be iPhone 7s


One thing I appreciate the 2 year product cycle (X / Xs) is that the accessory like the cases could use a bit longer.
I had the 6 and now a 6s, same cases. I am sure the manufacturers and stockist appreciate that too.
So my question is, since the 7 changes are minimum, would a case of the 6 fit? (baring the position of the speakers since now is stereo).

Also, some suggestions. To review an iphone properly, it is not just in the hardware. Apple has never openly advertise their number of Core or RAM to begin with. It is the whole package. So rightfully, the review of a brand new iOS 10 should be included to complete this article.


    We have tried and you can't fit the iPhone 7 properly into an iPhone 6/6s case. The camera bump is positioned closer towards the edge and it's bigger. Similarly, an iPhone 6s won't fit into an iPhone 7 case.

    iOS 10 has been released for quite some time since public beta and it is also available across older supported models. We have both iPhone 6s Plus and iPhone 7, and iOS 10 doesn't differ between the two. We have a post on the latest iOS features here: http://www.soyacincau.com/2016/06/14/ios-10-heres…


      Haptic feedback in the iOS 10 UI s unique to iPhone 7 for now.


    Casing 6 n 6s n tampered glass not fit with ip7 because if u used up6 or 6s casing it will cover your ip7 flash..n quite hard to find ip7 tempered as at today


      even the screen protector of the 6 wont fit the 7? What has changed at the front?


Note 5 no SD card: Worst Note ever!
iPhone 7 no headphone jack: Courage!


Iphone not use to be the industry leader now………almost all phone manufacturers are on par when comes to phone hardware……………they only slightly behind Apple in term of software or OS eco system.

Why should i paid more for the same thing that i needed?.

    kiss me

    ur "slightly" is actually light years away……


    Slightly? Is like how when amd and intel embrace 1ghz war when mac still stuck with lagging ibm powerpc, topkek your slightly

    Spec wise android at least 2 years ahead

    Optimization ios years ahead


I will get this one if they have the headphone jack, much hassle and battery drain if you want to rely on bluetooth all the time. Well, I guess we just have live without it. Now that Apple is doing it, everybody is gonna turn lemming jumping off the cliff…


    Eventually , you will probably see headphones with lighing port jack, without the need of a convertor.
    Just be mindful the wear and tear to the port.
    Otherwise, 6s is still a very good iOS phone.


Will it explode?

    crash n burn.....

    it ain't Note 7




Bugs, lag, an ugly interface, a lack of apps : Android’s weaknesses have been systematically dealt with by a determined development team. The Android platform is unrecognizable compared with the first release and it continues to improve and evolve at a faster pace than the competition. That big user base and the wide range of manufacturers producing Android devices can only drive further improvements to greater heights. While iOS stagnates, paralyzed by the “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” school of thinking, Android continues to innovate and improve at a faster rate. Think about it. Android adopted NFC first, as well as fingerprint readers, and retina scanners, and mobile payments, and higher definition displays. The list goes on.


    Nothing "ground breaking"… But still miles ahead of Android….


      ur "sotrue" my bro…..


LG V20 – my next phone.


no, ppl like u that line up in front of the store should get a life.


Android phones and ios have their advantages and disadvantages, but the Android advantages way overpower the advantages that you get with an ios, customization, better hardware, generous RAM, high capacity battery, fast charging and expandable memory just to name a few, go with an Android phone. If you enjoy go with an iPhone. Just know that you aren't getting the biggest bang for your buck. Huawei, HTC, Asus, Vivo, Oppo, Samsung, LG, HP and other major companies have started to outdo Apple, especially in the hardware department, and Apple has some catching up to do if they hope to keep competing with other flagship phones. The best part is, all of these companies coming out with great phones constantly heats up the competition, and competition is great for us consumers. Competition is what brings us these cutting-edge technologies, phones, operating systems, and prices at such a fast pace.
With the market share of Apple phones at <20% in 2016, while continuing to go downhill consistently, it's starting to tell you something. Android is the way to go.


    Accurate data is iphone only have less than 11.7% shares in mobile industry and this trend continue declining consistently, I use i5 before, but after shift to S7, never look back iOS again


    Not so easy unless every Android OEM adheres to Google's guidelines.

    It's now an uphill battle for all Android hardware makers to outdo each other, especially when Google starts to step in as 1st party.

    See more hardware fragmentation, not just software.

    The days are coming where we see Android stock apps, OEM stock apps and telco apps being flooded into our devices.

    I certainly hope not Android follows Microsoft Windows footstep – many choices with little joy and eventually the complex ecosystem led to its collapse.


    another stupid and ignorance novel from fandroids to flatter themselve, get your facts right before even you comment, those 7 ppls who liked your post definitely are low standard like you lmao. mmg kesian


iFags : Protek protek


Need to mentioned that those ppl that needs the 3.5mm headphone jack, there's a hack for that


if you are not happy don't buy; like a learned person said earlier – "Huawei, HTC, Asus, Vivo, Oppo, Samsung, LG, HP and other major companies have started to outdo Apple, especially in the hardware department, and Apple has some catching up to do"

those who can get iPhone; those who can't, well keep moaning


Not all think alike, I'm an android user because overall it suits me better.
Played with my wife's new iPhone and I like it too but won't purchase one because there are some specific
stuff I want that iPhones can't do without jailbreaking.
Although "nothing ground-breaking" it's a nice upgrade overall, and even though I tend to like Samsung, I
detest the way features come and go without a clear direction.

Both my wife and I dislike the loss of the 3.5mm jack though, to her, it's a matter of time before the included jack's cable break, just like her previous charge cable.



    kamping user like you only know numbers, high resolution= best, octa/ hexa core? one is 8 another one is 16, so i guess the more is better, then hexa= best, battery mah higher right? AWW best, aiya xde headphone? jialat la, but dint know apple do provide a 3.5mm headphone jack & still with earphone. water resistance IP68/ IP67, eh i think 8>7 more geng la, so IP68 good. go checkout the ip7 vs so called ip68 samsung phone.

    i also dont understand what people would spend rm3200 for a bomb, maybe its cheaper than a real bomb, i dont know.


      Because having the bomb is important than not having the bomb

      Till your bomb explode


I’m holding an iPhone 6s Plus and S7. I don’t really agree with the fingerprint sensors part as I always have problem unlocking my iP6s, at the end I was forced to use PIN to unlock. However with S7 i found its unlocking process is faster, or maybe seamless compare to iP6s.


Please guys, I am a Apple fan before but after they showing “courage” I will permanently get a Android phone. 15 minutes of charge can fill up to 7 hours battery life, Highest rated smartphone camera… Ever, Exclusive by Google stuff, Smart Fingerprint scanner gesture, Splash and dust resistant, No camera bump, Great design, Daydream View VR ready, Unlimited video and photos at full resolution storage for life(iCloud is super annoying at it’s price), High quality DAC Audio Jack. And of course a smartest AI assistant, Google Assistant. I buy a iPhone and didn’t even get free unlimited storage for photos. I choose Google Pixel.


For android , going first party is the way to go. Get Google Pixel.

At least, similar to Apple now, Google said recently, only with making both the hardware and software themselves , provide the best user experience.

Microsoft Lumia / Surface, Google Pixel and Apple iPhones.

Best experience . Period


the only feature that I really want from an iPhone, is a dual sim.


"Assuming Apple is releasing an iPhone 7s, that’s four years with the same design."

Next year will be iphone 8.. did you miss the mailing?


It’s absolutely wrong to ask Consumer stick to those over expensive yet functions not competent enough to match other example dual sim and expandable memory. It’s your responsibility to enhance your products to suits market need, Consumers have the right to choose


    apple has the right to do what they want, ofcouse you have the right to choose, you youself say it but why u still hanging around apple products? u can choose other brand like u said, another stupid kia. just make ur product to suit market need? oh sry thats not what apple do, samsung and other brand yes, go ahead and choose.


It's a love and hate thing.

In company, we have deployed a whole range of Samsung Activ tablets, notebooks, Apple iPads etc.

It's a real headache to deal with Samsung devices as their physical design changes in every iteration that makes looking for cases, protectors and other accessories a daunting task after only 1 year. Some staffs had resorted to using scotch tape to tape the whole device for protection.

Even power adapters are so hard to find. Their support website only targets consumer and popular devices.

No way we are going back to them as they tend to sell and forget – concentrate on next killer device with specs.

Sticking to HP and Apple, a real relief for the IT support team.


    It’s call planned obsolescence

    And every manufacturer involve, not even spare your favourite one


Off topic – since some do praise, any chance the Google Pixel will be launched here?


Competition bring benefits to end-users, without competition there is monopoly or oligopoly, loser is end-users. We do not have to worry about the competition, it's software and hardware engineers job. Competition bring life. Close eco system will collapse soon, it's the world belong to open system


    We need competition of closed system. Google close vs Microsoft close vs Apple Close.

    Not open to the extend that it creates misery instead of good and secure user experience.

    How open is Windows gaming now when only Nvidia and ATI cards are required for best gaming experience? Why can’t I run power games in Linux and Open GL.

    Consumers pay for best experience not struggles.


      Isn’t why vulkan exist for a reason? And don’t blame Microsoft for making directx or having amd (formerly ati) and nvidia the only competitor in x86 platform

      Blame linux dev back then, cause they don’t even have proper graphic api for games

      Thanks to amd bringing vulkan for linux


Amazing… If want to buy.. How??? Same price also or no???