The world of iPhone users is fast-changing and moving. Every year, the company ups its own game and presents something new to its customers. The motto of the company is to take the world of technology by surprise every year and to constantly push the edge of innovation to create something new. With the iPhone 6 and 7 also, the case is similar. There are a variety of changes that the iPhone 7 brings with its launch which makes it stand apart from its predecessor. Some of these changes are good, others are best left untouched. Either way, there is something exciting to offer in both phones. So when it comes down to choosing which phone one should pick between the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 7, what should a person go with? The following is a brief comparison between the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 7 so you can make a more informed choice while looking for a new phone.
iPhone 6 vs iPhone 7: Design
In terms of design, both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 7 look similar albeit a few differences here and there. The iPhone 7 looks similar to the previous model, however, the antenna lines on the back have been removed from the iPhone 7. The latter model, however, does come in absolutely new colors. When the phone was released, it came with a limited-availability Piano Black and a plain Black option. These colors are more readily available now that the phone has been on the market for a longer time. The plain Black option is an upgrade on the Space Grey option of the iPhone 6, and it certainly does look like an upgrade!
In the iPhone 7, there is also a curved surround where the camera is located. The iPhone 6 and the 6S faced criticism because of the design of the camera, which did not seem to fit elegantly with the rest of the phone’s body. But with the iPhone 7, this design flaw has been worked upon and the body of the phone looks much smoother.
The home button has been replaced in the iPhone 7 with a solid-state button with haptic feedback. It no longer relies on a physical click. For old iPhone users, this may take some time to get used to but it is a smooth addition to come around to. The solid home button also gives the phone a new IP67 rating. This means that the iPhone 7 can survive for 30 minutes when submerged in water as deep as one meter. Of course, nobody is testing this out for kicks but accidents happen all the time, and if your phone falls in water accidentally, it should be fine as long as you get to it in time. What’s more, this means you can also take photographs underwater!
As most people know, the new iPhones no longer have a headphone jack. However, Apple has also added stereo speakers to make up for this. There is room for improvement in this speaker but it is surely a nice addition.
iPhone 6 vs iPhone 7: Performance
The iPhone 6 has 1 GB of RAM. With the iPhone 7, there is an upgrade to 2 GB RAM. This gives you greater memory and does not require you to reload the phone over and over again. More RAM means if you turn off your screen while an app is still running when you go back to your phone, your app will be how you left it. This is an especially useful addition when you are browsing the net and have many tabs open.
This is also extremely helpful if you like to play a lot of games on your phone and do not appreciate your phone slowing down or hanging. The biggest boost that extra RAM gives the iPhone 7 is future-proofing. The iPhone 7 runs iOS 11 and 12 with ease and is more compatible with any future Apple technology than the iPhone 6.
iPhone 6 vs iPhone 7: Camera
Whoever has an iPhone, becomes a mobile photographer whether they intended to or not. Most iPhones, especially in recent years, boast of great quality pictures. With the popularity of social media and Instagram becoming one of the most used mobile apps, the need for a good phone camera is a very high demand on people’s priority lists. The iPhone 7 has a 12-megapixel camera and 6-element lens construction. It also has optical image stabilization (OIS) as well as a larger f/1.8 aperture lens when compared to the iPhone 6.
The previous model has only an 8-megapixel camera and it also does not have OIS. At f/1.8, it has a smaller aperture lens. This objectively means the iPhone 7 has a much better camera. The pictures you can take with this camera are sharper, brighter and more stable than what the iPhone 6 can offer. It also performs a lot better in low light as it has an improved True Tone flash system and has twice the number of bulbs than the iPhone 6 camera.
The iPhone 7 also has a front-facing camera that has a marked improvement over the iPhone 6. The iPhone 6 has a 1.2-megapixel FaceTime camera, whereas the iPhone 7 has a 7-megapixel sensor which also boasts of auto-image stabilization that gives one far better selfies.
iPhone 6 vs iPhone 7: Battery Life And Storage
iPhone 7 is meant to have a better battery life than the iPhone 6S (which was already meant to have an improved battery life over the iPhone 6). However, user reviews, in general, suggest otherwise. Apple products have had a history of poor battery life which has been the biggest grouse customers have had against iPhones. Even though the iPhone 7 has a larger battery at 1960 mAh, compared to 1810 mAh of the iPhone 6, it still does not make it through a full day on moderate to heavy use.
However, the lowest storage option for the iPhone 7 is 32 GB so it has done away with the 16 GB storage capacity of previous models. The iPhone 7 starts at 32 GB and goes up to 128 GB and then 256 GB. the iPhone 6 stops at 128 GB so you definitely have greater storage options with the iPhone 7.
iPhone 6 vs iPhone 7: Display
The iPhone 7 has the same IPS LCD screen technology as the iPhone 6. This is a drawback when compared to the Samsung Galaxy S7 range, which uses OLED technology. Both the phone have the same display size of 4.7-inches and a resolution of 1334 x 750. However, in effect, the iPhone 7 display is better than the iPhone 6 display.
The iPhone 7 display is compatible with the DCI-P3 color gamut which allows it to display a greater variety of colors more vividly. It employs color management, which makes it 25% brighter and allows it to display more accurate color reproduction. The display is also less reflective, so this camera is great for outdoor use.
While you are shooting with this camera, you will notice that the iPhone 7 renders skin tone much better than the iPhone 6 did. This is a great phone to consume videos on — even if they are high-quality Netflix shows or movies. If IPS LCD is the type of screen you would like to go with, this is the best option in the market.
It must be said, however, that the iPhone 6 has a cooler tone than the iPhone 7 which also shows itself in the whites of the display. This is a more sophisticated tint to the pinkish tinge of the iPhone 7’s display.
The comparison that has been made above makes it easier for one to decide whether the iPhone 6 is a better choice or the iPhone 7. It is apparent that the iPhone 7 has far superior features to offer and has carried out several improvements on the iPhone 6 and the 6S. To begin with, it has a much better display even though the features for both look the same on paper. The design of the iPhone 7 is also much smoother than what the iPhone 6 or 6S has to offer.
But most importantly, the iPhone 7 scores much higher than the iPhone 6 when it comes to the camera. The iPhone 7 has carried out several great improvements on its camera, which makes it a much better investment than the iPhone 6. Especially for those looking to shoot videos with their phones for online consumption or even to make short films, the iPhone 7 is certainly a much better use of their money. The camera, display, design and performance, in general, makes it a much better phone than the iPhone 6. Besides, since both phones have been in the market for a long time already, there is a good chance one will find a great price for both. These are not phones of the iPhone range than will burn too large a hole in someone’s pocket.