Survey says: iPhone 7 and 7 Plus impress, but not enough to order today

The new additions to the ranks of mobile royalty have been unveiled by Apple at long last, but will their loyal subjects care? Here's what the people had to say.

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Watch this: iPhone 7 packed with new features

The day is finally here and the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus have been unveiled. The key question of the day is whether the new water- and dust-resistant design, dual camera on the 7 Plus and AirPod earbuds are enough to delight, or does the overall package disappoint?

Golden retreivers got so much game


I, for one, am disappointed that Apple didn't go with the far more obvious name "AirBuds" for its new wireless earbuds, robbing us all of at least a few weeks' worth of basketball-playing-dog references. Not that I'm going to let that stop the 1990s GIF goodness.

Disappointment, or at least indifference seems to be a popular early response to the latest iPhone duo in our unscientific Twitter poll, as well.

We asked CNET's followers what they thought of the new iPhone 7 design and of the first 2,000 respondents, 54 percent opted for "It's more of the same," compared to 32 percent who think it's great and 14 percent that want to see more "jet black."

That Twitter poll will still be open through early Thursday if you want to chime in below.

We also tried to gauge the excitement level among potential iPhone 7 owners with another Twitter poll.

Of the nearly 2,000 votes cast in that one, 43 percent said they weren't interested in buying either of the new Apple phones, compared with 29 percent planning to buy soon and 28 percent who will opt to decide after reading reviews.

Perhaps CNET Twitter followers have higher expectations than the average smartphone consumer? Seems like a theory worth testing.

Toluna QuickSurveys dug a little deeper for us after Apple's media event in San Francisco on Wednesday, asking 1,000 US consumers via online polls what they thought about the new iPhone design.

Of those respondents, 83 percent like the image of the iPhone 7, versus just 17 percent who don't like it.

We asked Toluna if they could specifically ask respondents "Do you think the iPhone 7 lived up to the hype?" for us, and again the response was more positive than not with 58 percent saying it did, versus 42 percent who said no.

What do you think of the new iPhones? You can add your voice to the mix by taking our poll below:

Updated at 5:05 p.m. PT with new poll results.