The Good Dual rear cameras delivers true 2x optical zoom, with a cool bokeh Portrait mode. Battery lasts longer than last year's model, and longer than iPhone 7. Water resistant. Fast. Bigger storage options include 256GB model for serious photographers.
The Bad There's no standard headphone jack: you'll have to use Lightning, or the included adapter, or go wireless. Design is showing its age, as competing phones squeeze a 5.5-inch screen into smaller, sexier bodies. And it's really expensive.
The Bottom Line The iPhone 7 Plus is one of the best point-and-shoot cameras ever -- and it's a great phone, too.
The photographer's phone
Editors' note (March 21, 2017): Apple has unveiled new editions of its flagship iPhone 7 and 7 Plus as part of the (Red) program, which funds programs that combat HIV and AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. The special edition models will come in 128-gigabyte and 256GB configurations, starting at $749 (£699). The company has also doubled the storage capacity of its budget iPhone SE, which starts at $399 and is now available with 32GB or 128GB of storage. The company is expected to unveil the next-generation iPhone 8 in September 2017.
The original iPhone 7 Plus review, published in September 2016 and updated since then, follows.
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