The iPhone 7 isn't a revolution, it just does things differently. Another solid effort.
Top performance, water resistant, bigger storage, camera upgrades
Same-old design, questionable innovation, no fast-charging
One of the first things you'll notice is the speed. We're not sure what voodoo Apple has cast on that A10 Fusion chip, but it multi-tasks like a wizard.
Notably, the A10 is Apple's first quad-core SoC. Two cores are dedicated to the more demanding, resource heavy stuff (gaming, video editing, photo manipulation etc), and two cores just keep the phone ticking over. These cores run at just a fifth of the load of the more power-hungry ones thanks to a new performance controller.
Geekbench returned scores of 3,450 for single-core and 5,625 for multi-core.
That's easily a higher single-core score than the Galaxy S7 and OnePlus 3. Even the OnePlus with its gargantuan 6GB of RAM is unable to beat the iPhone when it comes to multi-core comparisons, scoring just 4,223.
Apple said that the A10 provides 40 per cent faster processing than the A9 chip before it. Similarly, the iPhone 7's new GPU is capable of delivering a performance increase equivalent to 50 per cent. Judging by our benchmark results we're inclined to agree. It is by far the most powerful iPhone so far, and could even be the most powerful phone ever.
The iPhone 7 is so quick that Safari must employ some sort of future pre-cog skills that enable web pages to load before we'd even finished typing. It's mightily impressive stuff.
We should also note that during our review we didn't fall prey to the EarPod woes reported previously on the INQ or hear any hissing sounds coming from the iPhone 7.
Apple has stuck to the tried and tested 4.7in Retina HD display for the iPhone 7. The panel has a resolution of 1334x750 pixels, along with 326ppi. This is nothing special, especially when put next to the iPhone 7 Plus. It's still good, but it's a shame we haven't been treated to a resolution bump. It is 2016, after all.
Apple has said that the iPhone 7 screen is 25 per cent brighter than the screen on the iPhone 6S, but if you're coming from an Android device, the 4.7in display is going to come across a bit on the small side.
The new brighter display is capable of around 705 nits and has a wider colour gamut. In practice, this imbues it with a more natural aesthetic than its competitors. We love Samsung's inky dramatics, but the contrast can sometimes come off as a little other-worldly.
There's a lot of bezel on show. Look at the Galaxy S7 and recent outings from LG and you'll see that the large expanse of dead space is beginning to look a little outdated.