In a short answer: Yes, if you're looking for an iPhone that will see you through and offer good value for money, the iPhone 7 is a brilliant candidate in today's marketplace. In summary, fingerprint scanner, sleek design, perfect size, and decent battery life, making it ideal for a first-time smartphone user or a reliable backup.

Today, some Apple devices cost over £1,000, a small fortune indeed! That said, can we find a bargain in 2021 and still have a reliable Apple iPhone to fulfil our daily mobile phone needs? Well, that depends on the compromise!

Well, let's start by facing some facts. The iPhone 7 was first released in September 2016 and discontinued in 2019, initially priced at £599 in the UK.

The USP being; improved sleek design, increased battery life, a Taptic home button, improved water resistance, the A10 Fusion processor, and additional colour options.

Today (2021) an iPhone 7 - 32GB would set you back £90 - £140 depending on the condition. Being over four years since its release, the iPhone 7 has depreciated very nicely.

In this blog post, we'll scrutinize whether the iPhone 7 is a good choice of a phone in 2021 and some important factors to consider buying in 2021.

Styling and Design-build

In comparison to the iPhone 6s, there's nothing that stands out that will blow you away, aesthetically it's looking pretty similar to the iPhone 6s, with a few tweaks. When it comes to measurements, it's near enough identical to the 6s - 138.3mm x 67.1mm and 7.1mm in thickness and weighing in at 138 grams.

The screen fitment has been improved with no ridge or lip creating a more sleek feel to the hand, giving it a complete finish.

To the rear, the camera is housed within a smooth raised hump encasing the camera more stylishly.

Looking at the Taptic home button it feels fitted and flushed, feeling less flimsy than the home button on the previous models. A good fix as the old button is less reliable and would often get trapped dirt or induce water.

The iPhone 7 comes in five different colours; Matte Black, Jet Black, Gold, Rose Gold, Silver and limited edition red. It would seem that the Matte Black and Jet Black have replaced the Space Grey that was available in the iPhone 6s.

My personal favourite being Jet Black and Matte Black. That said if you can get past leaving visible fingerprints. A big downer with these two colours is they don't age well, as they are prone to scratches, and often a protective cover somehow leaves behind nasty residue marks.

The traditional headphone jack has been removed and integrated with the charger port. So you won't be able to charge and use your headphones at the same time.

Mixed reactions with changing the headphone jack as the traditional headphone jacks are still popular.

Key Design Features:

  • Flush fitting 4.7in display
  • 138.1mm height and 67.1 in width
  • 7.1mm thick and 138 grams in weight
  • Six different colours available
  • Taptic home button with 3D touch
  • Colour-coded sides and back
  • Better rear camera fitting
  • Water Resistant IP67
  • Rubber gasket fitted to SIM card tray

The conclusion, it's not an innovative design, but rather more of an improvement when compared to previous models.

Usability And Performance

Running on the A10 Fusion quad-core processor, it is something beyond its time. Today, it's still sufficient with multiple apps running it's performing with ease.

The iPhone 7 is still receiving updates, the latest being iOS 14.6, and will more than likely receive updates for a few more years.

The usability and performance are a thumbs up from us!

Battery Life

Fitted with a 1960mAh battery and the A10 Fusion, Apple claims it gives you an additional 2 hours of battery life comparing the iPhone 6s. However, we feel it's not true as the iPhone 7 and 6s last about 7 hours on medium use.

Apple's A10 Fusion processor is faster - which is more efficient and should help extend daily usage, but that doesn't happen here, so we are putting it down to the poor battery and not the processor.

Surprisingly the lack of stamina compared to older models such as the iPhone 6 Plus, 6s Plus and 1st Gen SE make the iPhone 7 battery a joke.

Well, if you don't use your phone for playing games - you may be OK. I guess if you are willing to compromise and keep a battery pack to hand.

As with any rechargeable battery, in this case, being Lithium-ion, the batteries naturally become less efficient over time. As traders of used iPhones, we see trade-ins with the battery capacity between 75% - 89%

Personally, batteries below 80% or thereabouts need replacing as they do not hold a lasting charge.

So, if you're looking to buy a pre-owned iPhone 7 - always ask for the battery capacity as it may need changing.

Should I Buy An iPhone 7 In 2021?

Yes, it's a brilliant phone, our main concern is the battery deterioration. Apple discontinued the iPhone 7 in September 2019. Hence, odds are you are buying a pre-owned or a refurbished device, the battery percentage will be between 75% - 90% on average.

If it's below 80%, it may need replacing, so how much will it cost you? A phone shop will charge you approx £30.

These days, resellers offer free warranty service, which is reassuring when especially dealing with used goods.

Consider these factors before you buy:

  • Battery deterioration.
  • External condition.
  • Screen replaced? If so, it's no longer waterproof.
  • Supplied with warranty.

These days, resellers offer free warranty service, which is reassuring when especially dealing with used goods.

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