In Photo: The new iPhone 7| Photo courtesy of iphone7update.com

By Jan Darnel Domalanta

AT FIRST glance, the iPhone 7 makes you wonder what exactly has changed as it looks exactly like its predecessors. In fact, this is the third year in a row where Apple decided to use the same basic design, starting with the iPhone 6 and 6s. But underneath this layer of similarity lies a device that can bring you a unique experience among smart phones and has piqued the interest of many.

The reveal of the iPhone 7 caused quite a lot of commotion as Apple decided to remove the 3.5mm headphone jack and despite consistent protest and complaints from their fans, the company pushed through with the release of the jack-less phone.

This was an extremely bold move for Apple, saying that it took “courage” to remove such a feature from their phones. For a company that has always brought a lot of changes in the technological world,

“The reason to move on: courage. The courage to move on and do something new that betters all of us,” said Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller as he presented the iPhone 7 to the world.

Although it looks like the past two iPhone models, Apple decided to revamp a few things that may or may not be to your liking. One of the first things you’d notice on the iPhone 7 is that the home button has been changed from an actual button to something that simply responds to pressure, much like some of the latest MacBook track pads. The iPhone 7 has also been reported to have a way better camera than its predecessors, which is always a plus in my book. In addition to that, Apple has added new dual stereo speakers at the bottom of the phone which are much louder than before and sound decent, at the very least.

And finally, one of the iPhone 7’s headline features, and one of the reasons why the home button was changed, is that it is Apple’s first water resistant phone. This isn’t the first water resistant phone out there but it’s still a nice feature to have on a phone as one of the main ways people ruin their phones is through water exposure.

However, please do take note that it is water resistant, not waterproof. It can take a splash or two of water every now and then but you are going to have a really bad time if you submerge the phone for more than 30 minutes as prescribed by its IP67 rating.

What’s the final verdict? I think the iPhone 7 is a really neat phone to have if you don’t already have one at your disposal. If its powerful system, water-resistance, and enhanced camera catch your fancy, by all means go for it. However, if the changes aren’t that groundbreaking enough for your tastes, you are better off buying a cheaper alternative.

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