Are you stuck between the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus? Both phones were released at the same time, and at first glance they might seem startlingly similar. With an original retail of $969 for the top 256 GB model, the iPhone 7 Plus costs over a hundred dollars more than the iPhone 7 256 GB model, which comes in at $849. Here’s a few of the reasons why the 7 Plus is worth all that extra dough.
#1: Bigger Display
The iPhone 7 isn’t much of an upgrade from the iPhone 6S, as both share a 1,334×750-pixel resolution that displays 326 ppi. The screen is also 4.7 inches, which is respectable but limits your ability to view videos and pictures at their full size.
The iPhone 7 Plus, on the other hand, is a major upgrade. It comes with a full HD resolution of 1,920×1,080 pixels at 401 ppi. Naturally, the screen has a bigger size as well, with 5.5 inches to work with. Both versions of the iPhone come with displays that are 25 percent brighter than their predecessors, meaning that both will offer beautiful and clear images. Primarily, it depends on whether or not you want the bigger screen of the 7 Plus.
#2: More RAM
The iPhone 7 comes with only 2 GB of RAM, which means you might begin to see some sluggishness when trying to perform memory-intensive tasks. The iPhone 7 Plus, however, includes an extra gigabyte. While this might not sound like a lot, it’s enough to show a noticeable difference when putting your phone to the test.
Regardless of which phone you choose, both are up to 40 percent faster than the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, which run on an older-generation processor. If that doesn’t sound like much, consider that this iteration of the iPhone is 120 times faster than the original.
#3: Bigger Battery
Since the iPhone 7 Plus is larger, it has room to hold a bigger battery. This gives you an hour longer to play on the web than with the iPhone 7. Tests show that the iPhone 7 gets 12 hours of life when using LTE internet, and the 7 Plus gets 13. For people who use their phones for long stretches of time, that extra hour could be a huge bonus.
#4: Dual Cameras
The main selling point of the iPhone 7 Plus is definitely its dual-camera setup. The dual cameras feature 12 MP lenses that enable you to zoom in up to 10x without any distortion or blurriness. You can use optical zoom up to 2x, after which the camera will switch to digital zoom. The first camera has a 28mm wide-angle lens with an f/1.8 aperture, while the second camera has a 56mm telephoto lens with an f/2.8 aperture.
With this much power, you can take better photos than you’d get with many digital cameras on the market. Plus, you’ll also have support for RAW image format, which is great if you want to tinker with your photos more in-depth with a program like Photoshop.
The iPhone 7 includes a 12 MP camera, just without all the fancy zoom features. Both iPhones are 60 percent faster than the 6S camera and 30 percent more energy efficient, and they have a flash that provides 50 percent more light. Both cameras include a 7 MP front camera, which is great for taking selfies on your night out.
As you can see, the primary difference in the two phones is the camera. If this is a huge deal to you, the iPhone 7 Plus is clearly the choice for you. However, if taking professional-quality photos isn’t really important, you’ll be fine with the regular iPhone 7.
Whichever phone you choose, be sure to pair it with blazing-fast 4G. Both the iPhone 7 and the iPhone Plus 7 work amazingly on T-Mobile’s 4G LTE network. You’ll be able to check your email, post a Facebook update, download your favorite artist’s latest music, and stream Netflix without losing a beat, and you’ll enjoy download speeds of up to 450Mbps.