iPhone 7

Every year, I upgrade my iPhone to the latest model. Like clockwork. A digital, Apple inspired clock, of course. In fact, my calendar reads iPhoneber in between August and October. This years upgrade isn’t the most exciting in many regards. It looks pretty much the same as last years model. Which looked pretty much the same as the year befores model. But it’s a nice look. And I upgraded anyway.

And why not? I don’t buy my iPhones on 2 year contracts. I buy the phone outright on a 0% interest credit card with the lowest transfer fee going (0.68% this year), divide the total by 24 and make the required payment each month. At the end of the year, I sell the phone (so far I’ve always used Mazuma) for an amount which settles the remaining balance. Some people think I’m mad for upgrading every year. The opposite is true, as they are paying more than I if they are locked into 24 month contracts.

There are a few good reasons for upgrading annually. Some of which are better reasons that others. There will be a few new features. Things will work a little faster and more smoothly. But the upgraded component that I appreciate the most is the camera. Every new iteration brings a noticeable improvement to the photo quality the camera can produce. This year is no exception. Indeed, this year has seen one of the bigger jumps in quality for the iPhone camera.

The key change is a much faster f1.8 lens, which will help plenty in low light situations. So far, I’ve been quite impressed. The standard camera does not, sadly, shoot 16:9 format photos – a feature high on my wish list for years. There are alternative camera apps that provide this feature, but I’d prefer to see it on the native app. I’ve instead been cropping images to get the desired format. But I give up. I’ll shoot the standard format from now on. It suits my iPad better anyway.

The proof, as ever, is in the pudding. Here’s a selection of shots from the weekend. A mix of photos taken outdoors in good light and indoors in low light. There’s been no processing or playing around in an editor – these are straight out of the camera. My iPhone makes it easier and easier to leave my ‘proper’ camera at home as far as casual photography is concerned.


  • Gee. I’m still using an LG “dumb phone” purchased I don’t know how many years ago. But I want an iPhone.

    Don Cuevas

    • My wife has an LG G2 which has 32GB takes excellent photos, since that model there have been several newer models. So if you are happy using the LG and familiar with its quirks you could consider one of those as an alternative to our iPhones. The memory can be expanded with a Micro SM card in the later models. The only complaint I have with the iPhones is that the cheaper ones have only 16 gigs and are not expandable like Android phones and that’s just not enough space especially if you use the camera frequently

      • The iPhone 7 starts at 32gb these days. And a good thing too. My first iPhone was a 16gb model and that’s nowhere near enough storage. It just makes for a frustrating experience. I’ve plumped for the 128gb model this time around. I want my music and podcasts on the phone, not own the cloud.

        I will say this though. Lower end or older phones can do pretty much most things the latest and greatest iPhone (or Google Pixel) can do. Maybe a bit more slowly, and maybe the screen isn’t quite as sharp. But you might not even notice. But when it comes to photography, you really do notice the difference.

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