Until you compare the iPhone 7 with the new iPhone 8, it’s easy to assume that the 8 is better. After all, it’s newer. However, even with Apple, the newest model isn’t necessarily the best — sometimes, the older generations stand out from the young ‘uns.
It’s a Color Thing
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Apple users went into an uproar when the brand announced that they were doing away with traditional headphone jacks. Some fans were similarly dismayed to discover that the new iPhone 8 doesn’t have the color selection found with the iPhone 7. Where the 7 is available in black, jet black, red, gold, silver, and the popular rose gold, the iPhone 8 only comes in gold, silver, red, and space gray. There’s not even a shade of pink anywhere. Users are likewise unhappy with the lack of black or jet black options.
It seems like such a small thing, but given how ubiquitous smartphones are, it’s understandable that a person’s mobile phone is an expression of themselves, their style, and their personality. The ability to choose a color that reflects that is important to users. That’s one way that the iPhone 7 outshines the iPhone 8. Rose gold and jet black win hands down.
The Storage Battle
The iPhone 7 is a versatile phone in more ways than one. While users largely thrill at the fact that the iPhone 8 is available in two versions, one with 64 GB of storage and the other with 256, not all people desire that much space. For those folks, the 7 is the better bet. It doesn’t have a 64 GB model, but you can choose from 32 GB, 128 GB, and 256 GB.
A Weighty Question
To the naked eye, the iPhone 7 appears as the larger, weightier phone. However, it weighs in at 4.87 ounces, compared to the iPhone 8’s 5.22 ounces. You might not think that less than an ounce makes much of a difference until you hold your phone in your hand for longer than 15 minutes.
Bear in mind that, in terms of screen resolution, you don’t give up anything between the two phones. Both screens, which are a clear and expansive 4.7 inches, boast a resolution of 1334 x 750. Whichever one you use, photos and videos will pop.
The cameras on both generations of the iPhone are exactly the same. The dual-lens camera started with the iPhone 6 Plus models, and it continues in the 7 Plus and 8 Plus. In the front, the resolution is a vivid 7 MP, which ensures that every selfie will look like a glamour shot. The rear cameras boast a 12 MP resolution on both the 7 and 8. As a result, the videos and photos you capture in real time will always appear as clear and vibrant as when they happened.
The Race for Processor Speed
Here’s a spot where the two phones differ. The iPhone 8 uses the A11 bionic chip, which makes it slightly faster than the 7 — kind of. Before the debut of the 8, the 7 and the 7 Plus, using the A10 chip, were widely considered the fastest phones in the world. The truth is that using the iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus on a high-speed network like T-Mobile reveals negligible differences. As long as you’re connected to a reliable 4G LTE network, your iPhone 7 will run just as fast as the 8.
A Tie for Features
The two phones share their most impressive features, as well. Most notably, they each have the fingerprint scanner as an extra level of security. The battery in both the iPhone 7 and 8 are good for up to 14 hours before requiring a charge. In addition to being 4G LTE compatible, both phones have Quad-band, too.
A side-by-side comparison presents a clear picture. Although the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, being the newer models, have a few fancy details, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are nearly identical, but they cost significantly less. When it comes to value for money, the iPhone 7 is it.