Since the 2007 launch of the original device, perhaps no other year has typified the phrase, “Another year, another iPhone” as much as 2016. Except for Apple’s controversial removal of the headphone jack, the iPhone 7 is almost exactly as expected. It’s an excellent phone, but this year sees only incremental improvements and no surprises to turn heads when you’re seen holding it.
In terms of features, there’s absolutely nothing on the iPhone 7 that’s new to the world of phones. Android phones have had dual-lens camera systems, waterproofing, and capacitive buttons and, yes, even gone without headphone jacks before the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. But when taken as a whole the iPhone 7 Plus I’ve spent the past week with is still one of the best smartphones you can buy right now based on including a strong combination of those features, plus excellent performance, display camera quality, and battery life.