The iPhone 7 Plus has been largely forgotten since the more recent release of the similarly priced iPhone 8. However, this older phone has several advantages over the iPhone 8. From a sturdier design to a lower starting price, you’ll find several excellent reasons to reach for the iPhone 7 Plus over the iPhone 8 when shopping for a smartphone.
The 7 Plus is a better choice if starting cost is a priority.starts at $669 for the 32GB model and $769 for the 128GB model. The eight is a bit pricier, but offers double the storage space. The 64GB model is available for $699, and you can get the 256GB model for $849.
Better Battery Life
The 7 Plus has a 2,900 mAh battery compared to the 8’s 1,822 mAh battery. Both are Li-ion batteries, but the 7 Plus offers up tothan the 8’s 14 hours of 3G talk time. The iPhone 8, however, has wireless charging capabilities. It’s also fast-charge capable, a feature absent from the 7 Plus.
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The 7 Plus and eight cameras are nearly identical, but the former has double the digital zoom abilities compared to the eight and a 2X optical zoom feature, which the iPhone 8 lacks. Both cameras boast the same image resolution, shooting modes (continuous shooting, high dynamic range mode, and burst mode), and retina flash feature. Both phones have the same video recording resolution: 1920 X 1080 at 30 frames per second.
If you want to work with a wider screen, go with the 7 Plus. It has a 5.5-inch screen compared to the 8’s 4.7-inch screen. The 7 Plus screen also has more pixels per inch (401 versus 326) and a better screen resolution (1,080 X 1,920 pixels vs. 750 X 1,334 pixels).
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In addition to having a wider screen, the 7 Plus is a bit sturdier than the iPhone 8. The 7 Plus weighs 40 grams more than its counterpart (188 grams compared to the 8’s 148 grams), but the 8 is the more fragile phone because of its build material. Apple has gone back to a glass design with the iPhone 8. The 7 Plus, however, is built with a metal back case. Though the 8’s aluminum back with mineral glass allows for wireless capabilities, it’s also more susceptible to damage.
More Color Choices
The metal build of the 7 Plus is fantastic for accident-prone users, but it’s not the only benefit in terms of design features compared to the iPhone 8. The 7 Plus has a choice of five colors: black, gold, silver, rose gold, and jet black. iPhone 8 customers can only pick gold, silver, and space gray.
Identical Special Features and Network Capabilities
One advantage of the 7 Plus is that even though it’s older, it has the same special features and nearly identical network connectivity abilities as the 8. Both phones have a fingerprint sensor, light sensor, proximity sensor, accelerometer, barometer, compass, and gyroscope. Both have a 3D touchscreen, and both have multi-touch technology.
runs on version 5.0.(which now boasts the fastest network, even over Verizon and AT&T), is also as functional as the 8. Both use Wi-Fi 802.11, a/ac/b/g/n/n 5GHz, double as a mobile hotspot, and run on 4G, 3G, and 2G networks. The only connectivity difference is that the 7 Plus uses Bluetooth version 4.2, and the eight
An Extra Gig of RAM
The 7 Plus has 3GB of RAM versus the 8’s 2GB. This helps compensate for the performance difference since the eight runs on a notably faster A11 Bionic chipset and Hexa Core processor. However, the 7 Plus’s A10 chipset is still a quality processor that runs faster than comparable smartphones.
Though the 7 Plus is roughly one year older than the iPhone 8, it’s a quality device. Especially if you don’t mind wired charging and working with less storage space, the 7 Plus is a fantastic, sturdy device worth a second look.