iPhone 7 Plus: Looking back at one month with Apple’s latest flagship

It’s been one month since the release of the iPhone 7 Plus, and we’re looking at how the latest Apple flagship holds up. After the initial introductory period, you break a phone in and get used to its quirks. The iPhone 7 Plus is no different.

The new home button and lack of a 3.5mm headphone jack are quite jarring in the beginning, but eventually, you get used to them. Scratch that, using a dongle to use headphones is still annoying one month later. The new home button with taptic feedback takes a second to adjust to, but the ability to adjust the response helps with customizing the experience you enjoy best.

Aside from the new internals, the rest essentially looks identical to the iPhone 6 Plus—but that’s not a bad thing. The iPhone 6 Plus design still holds up well after two years and looks especially nice in the new Black and Jet Black color options.

Performance is still snappy and blazes through everyday use. The A10 Fusion chip will more than adequately handle scrolling through Instagram and sending snarky Tweets.

The noticeable difference between the 7 and 7 Plus is the dual-camera set-up, and it’s cool, but not a must have. The recent iOS 10.1 finally debuted the Portrait Mode Apple heavily touted during its keynote. It’s a cool feature and can make some pictures really stand out, but sometimes it struggles to find the outline to add the bokeh effect. One area where it constantly struggles is shiny surfaces, so be on the lookout for this.

Many of the feelings we shared in our initial review still hold true today. The iPhone 7 Plus is still a great phone one month later. Sure the design is a little boring, but the overall experience is great. You won’t have many complaints with it. If you are in the need for a new phone right now, just take the plunge; if you’re still on the fence, it is probably best you wait for the iPhone 8.

Check out the video above to see how Jon feels about the iPhone 7 Plus after one month.

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