Despite having a similar design to prior models and a couple of new annoyances, the iPhone 7 (and its bigger sibling, the 7 Plus) is still the best phone for most people. It’s exceptionally well-built; has fast and reliable performance; a battery that will get most people through a full day; and a camera that’s as good as anything else out there. You can even get it wet now, so dropping it in a puddle or spilling your beer all over it isn’t something to worry about anymore.
It’s familiar-looking and works pretty much like every iPhone before it, but it’s also the smartphone with the least amount of headaches. There’s also great customer support: if something goes wrong, you can just walk into an Apple Store to get it fixed, which virtually no other smartphone maker provides.
The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are largely identical, except for $130 more, the 7 Plus gives you a bigger screen, bigger battery, and a second camera on the back, which lets you zoom in closer on subjects or re-create a DSLR camera effect. The decision between the two really comes down to whether you want a big phone or not, and it’s really up to you.
But not everything is perfect with the iPhone 7. The biggest annoyance is the fact that it doesn’t have a standard headphone jack anymore, which means you either need to use the included earbuds, the included adapter with other headphones, or go wireless. It’s a nuisance that will either be a deal-breaker for you or not an issue at all, depending on how you use your phone.
Despite that shortcoming, the iPhone 7 is still the phone I recommend to the most people. It’s a slightly better iPhone, which means it’s a really good thing.
What if you don’t want an iPhone or you do really want a headphone jack? Then you should take a look at Google’s new phone.