Whether you’re looking to upgrade your current phone, finally dip your toes in the Apple ecosystem, or in search of a cheap replacement, it’s hard to go wrong with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Released almost 4 years ago, Apple’s 2016 iPhone 7 line is a bit dated by today’s standards, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worthy of your consideration. In fact, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are still some of the most popular phones sold on Swappa. For anyone still on the fence, here are 9 reasons why the iPhone 7 (and 7 Plus) are still worth it in 2020.
With a 4.7-inch screen and A10 Fusion processor, it’s one of the fastest small phones you can buy 📱
Small, pocketable phones are going the way of the dinosaur. This is particularly bad news for anyone who prefers a phone they can easily use with one hand. That’s a good amount of people apparently. A recent poll conducted by AndroidAuthority showed that nearly 45% of their readers preferred smaller phones and wish there were more options. The good news is that the iPhone 7 is still a great phone in 2020, and despite being nearly 4 years old, is still one of the fastest performing phones on the market.
The battery life is still a top performer 🔋
Whether you’re going with the smaller iPhone 7, or the larger iPhone 7 Plus, battery life probably won’t be of much concern. When they first launched, the iPhone 7 was a top performer in the battery life department, and not much has changed since then. A lot of this has to do with the quad-core A10 Fusion chip, that features two high performance cores and two low power cores that sip battery while in standby mode. This gives the iPhone 7 roughly 13 hours of video playback, while the 7 Plus reaches 14 hours. Of course, standby time should be dramatically longer than even that.
It’s the only model with the Jet Black color option 😎
When it was released in 2016, the iPhone 7 launched with 5 color options. This included standard silver, gold, rose gold (pink), black color options, along with an entirely new color/finish: Jet Black. It’s easily one of the sexiest iPhone colors to launch, a glossy black finish that was prone to fingerprints and light scratches (a good case or skin would solve this issue). It’s by far the rarest color option found on the iPhone, making it a great collector’s item for die-hard Apple fans.
The lightning quick fingerprint reader is more convenient than face unlock 🙊
The iPhone 7 features Apple’s second generation Touch ID. Not only is it lightning quick, but it’s no longer an actual button. Instead, the second generation Taptic Engine simulates a “click” without physically moving. It’s really impressive and really feels like a physical button. While the majority of iPhone released today now feature Apple’s Face ID (face unlock), Touch ID is still a bit more convenient in that you can easily unlock your phone on your desk without having to pick up your phone or physically move your face over it.
It can easily survive a dip into the toilet, bathtub, or kiddie pool 🚽
Water resistance is by far a must-have feature found on phones today. The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus were the first phones to feature an IP67 water resistance rating, giving the phones the ability to survive a drop in the toilet, puddle, or small body of water. According to Apple, the iPhone 7 can last up to 30 minutes in 3 feet of water. This doesn’t mean the phone is waterproof, however, so you should never intentionally take the phone into the pool with you, or on your next scuba diving trip.
It was the first iPhone with Portrait mode 🤳
When it comes to smartphone photography, Portrait mode is one of those features people go crazy for. Spend any amount of time on social media, and you’re sure to run into photos taking advantage of this feature. Portrait mode originally debuted on the iPhone 7 Plus, this was due to the extra camera lens that helps the phone calculate depth. Portrait mode creates a virtual bokeh effect, with a blurred background similar to professional cameras. Unfortunately, this feature is missing on the smaller iPhone 7 because of the single lens.
Stereo speakers are great for watching videos or playing music 🔊
It’s one of the more underrated iPhone features that debuted on the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus and is now common on most premium handsets: stereo speakers. For the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, Apple was able to use the earpiece to act as a second speaker, giving the phone a stereo effect when playing media. Because the earpiece is angled toward your face — and by extension, your ears — it really helps boost the volume during media playback.
It’s going to receive iOS 14 later this year 📲
It’s 2020, and with the recent release of iOS 13.5, Apple successfully pushed the new update to their entire iPhone line — which also includes the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. Because the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are still supported by Apple, they still receive all the latest security updates, new emoji, and even new software features. For instance, iOS 13 introduced features like a system wide dark mode, new photo and video editing tools, a handful of revamped stock apps.
More recently, Apple announced iOS 14 and although it’s still a ways off, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are already in line to receive that update as well. iOS 14 brings a handful of new features like a redesigned home screen with widgets, new iMessage features, picture-in-picture video, and loads more.
The iPhone 7 is super affordable, making it the perfect phone for you or the whole family 🤑
|iPhone 7 (32GB)||$139+||$149+||$138+||$150+||$167+|
|iPhone 7 (128GB)||$169+||$163+||$155+||$145+||$170+|
|iPhone 7 (256GB)||$184+||$231+||$175+||$225+||Sold out|
|iPhone 7 Plus (32GB)||$268+||$250+||$235+||$210+||$200+|
|iPhone 7 Plus (128GB)||$260+||$269+||$225+||$320+||$239+|
|iPhone 7 Plus (256GB)||$289+||$325+||$269+||$337+||$255+|
Pricing and availability subject to change
One of the best reasons to buy an iPhone 7 in 2020 is by far the price. An attractive mix of price and features, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus offer some of the best values you can find. On Swappa, the vast majority of used iPhone 7 models are priced under $200, while most iPhone 7 Plus models are priced under $300.
With iPhone prices dropping all the time, there’s a good chance that you can find even better deals by browsing through our listings. Start shopping for used iPhone 7 or 7 Plus deals by hitting one of the buttons below.