From the iPhone 7+ to the 7 and Back to the 7+

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by clarencek, Nov 10, 2016.

  1. clarencek macrumors regular

    Apr 8, 2008
    The day after the iPhone 7 launch, I walked into an Apple Store in Miami and picked up a matte black 7+ 256GB.

    Coming from an 6+ I was shocked at the speed increase, but having never tried a 6 I decided to sell the 7+ and picked up a fairly readily available 7 in Jet Black 256GB.

    The portability was amazing, but I just couldn't deal with the battery life. I had to leave the phone in low power mode constantly just to get through the day.
    I'm a pretty heavy user, lots of emails, slack and web browsing.

    So I returned it for a matte black 7+ 256GB. After half a day, I'm still at 80%. On the 7 I would be below 50%.

    I will say - there's a huge huge difference in reception between the AT&T model and the SIM free model.
    I will never buy a locked iPhone again. I know the chips are different, but I didn't realize how dramatic the difference is.

    In places where my AT&T phone would get 1 bar, 4G or no service, the sim-free version can maintain either LTE or downgrade to 4G.

    Anyway, just wanted to post my $0.02 in case this helps anyone.
  2. timeconsumer macrumors 65816


    Aug 1, 2008
    If there's a huge difference in reception, it may have been possible that the iPhone 7 battery wasn't as good due to that. Lower signal quality usually uses more battery.
  3. Joined:
    Oct 24, 2016
    Still waiting on my jet black 7+. I hope the battery life change is as drastic in my case as it is for yours. I wake up at 7 and get home at 3. My 5s is consistenly below 25% by then almost everyday.
  4. Knowlege Bomb macrumors 603

    Knowlege Bomb

    Feb 14, 2008
    Madison, WI
    I've been on the fence about selling my 7+ and going back to the 4.7". I love this phone but do miss the smaller form factor.

    Seeing this type of post makes my decision easier. Thanks!
  5. mackie8 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 6, 2014
    i had 7+ .. but battery drain easily... sold it.... bought ip7 was ok.. battery is better... but i miss the big screen always... portability is good on ip7 ... but there is the feeling that u want more... now waiting for my ip7+ ... sold my ip7... im back to s7 while waiting for my ip7+...
  6. davistld01 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 6, 2008
    Springfield, MO
    I decided to jump into the deep end this year, and exchanged my 7 for a 7+ with two days left of my return window.

    I'm totally satisfied & cant imagine going back to a smaller device. :D
  7. wolfedude88 macrumors 6502


    Feb 21, 2013
    I had the 7 and got the 7 + plus on Monday. I'm so unsure what I want. I hate the size and really considering switching back to the 7
  8. clarencek thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 8, 2008
    I really hope the rumors are true and they release a 5" iPhone 8.
    I think the 7 battery requires a battery pack if you expect to make it through the day with really heavy use.
    If the 5" 8 has similar battery life as the 7+ it will be wildly popular.
  9. T5BRICK macrumors G3


    Aug 3, 2006
    I bought the 6+ as soon as it was available at my local Apple store in 2014. My wife picked up a 6s last year when it was time for her to upgrade. This year we both picked the 7+ based on the trade in offers that the carriers were doing.

    I knew what to expect, my wife was blown away by the battery life and later commented on how tiny her 6s felt when she reset it so we could trade it in.
  10. newellj macrumors 603

    Oct 15, 2014
    Boston, MA, US
    I tried the 6 Plus last year - I really wanted it to work. It was just too big for my uses. If you can make it work, there's a lot to like about the Plus iPhones.

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