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iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus: What's the difference?

Little or large? We get the measure of the new iPhones.
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Apple's new iPhones are finally official. There are some fancy new features to get excited about, but which phone has which? And what are the main differences between the two?

Let's take a look.

The iPhone 7 is available to pre-order now. Head to our dedicated page to compare iPhone 7 deals.

iPhone 7 vs iPhone 7 Plus: Size

iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus size

The iPhone 7 Plus is the bigger handset, with a screen that stands 5.5 inches diagonally.

That will be too big for some people, so if you're curious, we'd advise trying one out for yourself before buying.

The iPhone 7, meanwhile, is a bit smaller, at 4.7 inches. Most people will find the 7 a lot more manageable than the 7 Plus, but if you like a bigger screen for films and games, go for it.

iPhone 7 vs iPhone 7 Plus: Camera

iPhone 7 camera detail

One of the biggest changes in this year's range is the new dual camera system. Because it has two lenses on the back, it lets you capture photos with more depth, meaning you can have the subject in the foreground in focus, and blur the background.

This is known as 'bokeh' photography, and really makes the subject pop out of the photo.

It also enhances the zoom for more detailed shots.

iPhone 7 Plus bokeh

The dual lens camera comes as standard on the iPhone 7 Plus, but the iPhone 7 misses out on it, we're afraid. Though the iPhone 7 does share all of 7 Plus' other new camera features.

For the first time, the 4.7-inch iPhone has optical image stabilisation.

This keeps the camera's innards steady when taking a picture, meaning less blurry shots. The larger aperture lets in 50 per cent more light, making for clearer low-light snaps.

iPhone 7 Plus dual camera

Both phones feature a new 12-megapixel sensor that's 60 per cent faster than their predecessors. The two-tone flash has four LEDs making for 50 per cent more light, and a flicker sensor compensates for flickering light.

So you should be able to take decent snaps whatever the circumstances.

Live Photos now have video image stabilisation, and you can edit them after you've taken them.

You can also snap RAW files – while these are much bigger than standard photos, they have tons more detail, and so let you do more creative editing with your snaps.

The front-facing camera on both phones has also been upgraded from 5 megapixels to 7. It has auto image stabilisation, so your selfies should be blur-free.

iPhone 7 vs iPhone 7 Plus: Design

iPhone 7 Release Hero

Cosmetically, very little has changed between these handsets and their predecessors. But they do have some natty new colours.

Both come in two shades of black: jet black and one Apple just calls black.

The former is more glossy than the latter – it looks like you'll need to don a pair of white gloves if you don't want to leave fingerprints all over your phone.

These join the standard colour line-up of gold, rose gold and silver. Space grey is no more, we're afraid.

However, jet black is only available on the higher storage options, so if you want to go glossy, you have to spend big.

The antenna bands are now encased within the phone too, making for a cleaner, simpler design.

iPhone 7 vs iPhone 7 Plus: Performance

iPhone 7 processor

Apple's new A10 Fusion chip powers both phones. It's 40 per cent faster than the A9 (as found in the iPhone 6S) and three times faster than the A8 (found in the iPhone 6).

Apple also claims the handsets have 50 per cent faster graphics than the A9 and three times faster than the A8.

iPhone 7 vs iPhone 7 Plus: Battery

Apple says the 7 and 7 Plus have the longest battery lives ever on an iPhone. On average, iPhone 7 users should get more than two hours more battery out of their phone every day than from the 6S.

iPhone 7 Plus owners should get an hour more per day than the 6S Plus.

iPhone 7 vs iPhone 7 Plus: Storage

Another big change here: Apple has doubled the storage options for both phones.

The entry-level option is now 32GB, the middle tier is 128GB and the top-of-the-range is 256GB. Which should be plenty of space for all your photos.

Seeing as both phones have the same storage options, there's nothing to choose between them.

iPhone 7 vs iPhone 7 Plus: Verdict

iPhone 7 rose gold

Both phones look stunning. The 7 Plus has a couple of advantages over the 7, but it is more expensive, and the bigger screen will divide opinion.

We would go for the 7, but it's really a case of which one best fits your needs.

The iPhone 7 is available to pre-order now. Head to our dedicated page to compare iPhone 7 deals.

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