For some unfathomable reason, I picked up an iPhone 7 over the weekend and have had some time to get to know it. The main reason, to be honest, is that my eyes are not what they used to be and so I needed a bigger screen. 128GB of space also helps.
I should say from the start that it is the most boring phone I have ever used. I don’t like the shape, never have, and for the life of me I do not understand why Apple has made a phone that is as slippery as this one. The matte black finish is nice and all that, but it is still an iPhone 6 in my eyes and doesn’t come close to the form of the iPhone SE, 5s etc.
Remember that I am coming from an SE and moved to that because of the size and the form, and it is still a let down to actually use a phone that feels 2 years old.
I can’t deny the power within it and the camera which is stunning to my eyes, particularly in low light, and the display is also extremely impressive.
I’m not quite sure why I am so down in the iPhone 7, but I suspect it is the price and the feeling that the enhancements are not worthy of the extra expense. Logically, I should have bought a 6s and waited for the, hopefully re-designed, iPhone 8 which may have offered the sense of something new.
But, we are where we are and for people like me who are embedded in iOS there is no better phone at the time. I just can’t shake the feeling that it should be better than it is and that it feels like a holding device until the next big thing arrives.