For much of the past few months we Apple watchers and certified customers have been treated to a deluge of negativity regarding iPhone 7. We’ve heard how boring it is, how nothing has really changed, that Apple has lost its innovative edge, blah, blah blah, blah, blah.
A funny thing happened on the way to reality. It turned out that Apple’s new iPhone was, well, pretty much new everywhere except the iconic shape which has become more an element of the iPHone’s brand; you know, like a Porsche 911, or a Chevy grill, or a Coke bottle. Otherwise, there’s is nothing boring about iPhone 7.
‘Indistinguishable From Perfect’
Apple may not have advanced the state of the art of screens, from LCD to OLED or AMOLED or whatever else is supposedly more advanced, but it’s hard to advance from perfect. That’s what those who monitor screens for a living said about the so-called unchanged iPhone 7’s screen.
Indistinguishable from perfect
High praise, no? What about those crazy bridge trolls that write for ZDNet. They gave it a 9.3 editor’s rating and called it ‘spectacular.’ The two features they didn’t like were the top and bottom bezel sizes (chin and forehead) and no fast or wireless charging. The former is more a matter of physics, and the latter is a testament to not doing what competitors do– make smartphones with advanced battery capabilities that also explode and catch on fire for no reason.
Among the items much loved on the iPhone 7 Plus are these:
- Stunning batter life
- Excellent camera performance
- Attractive matte black finish
- Lightning fast performance
- Stereo speakers
- Worry-free water resistance
- Bright and vivid display
- Ample internal storage options
What were all those critics thinking when they called iPhone 7 boring and unchanged? From my perspective, everything changed except the same general shape– now part of iPhone’s iconic brand– and the screen size. Everything else is new, different, and improved.
How is any of that boring? How, exactly, is iPhone 7 the same as iPhone 6s?
I’m of the growing opinion that iPhone critics do what they’ve done to the iPhone since 2007. They howl with criticism about how much hasn’t changed and screech for months about how you won’t like anything or how it’s just the same thing but with new hype. Then, Apple actually announces the new iPhones, then ships them to customers who use them, and the result is the same. Everyone who gets a new iPhone loves it.
The same ZDNet writer, Matthew Miller, the same guy who loves his black matte iPhone 7 Plus so much he should marry it, the same guy who heaped so much praise on Apple’s new and boring device, also wrote the ‘10 Reasons To Pick The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Instead.’ That was before Miller actually used an iPhone 7 Plus. In his iPhone review, Miller also forgot to list another good reason for buying an iPhone 7 instead of a Samsung Galaxy Note 7.
The iPhone doesn’t explode and catch fire with as much regularity as Samsung products.
You gotta admit, though; that makes Samsung products far more interesting, and far less boring than new iPhones.