iPhone 7 vs. iPhone 7 Plus Differences – Which Should I Buy?

iPhone 7 vs. iPhone 7 PlusThe latest iPhone 7 is available in a 4.7-inch display version and a Plus version with a 5.5-inch display like its forerunner. However, these present Apple phone models differ not only in the size, but also in a technical way. For example the larger iPhone 7 Plus has a Dual Camera unlike its smaller 4.7-inch-partner. The Dual Camera offers a wider range of functions to take better photos. So if you straddle between purchasing the iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, you shouldn’t just consider the size of the handset in your decision, but also the functionality of the devices. Learn below, how the 7th generation models vary in their functions and what pros and cons they have.

Size & weight

The most obvious difference between the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus is the size and weight of both devices. While the iPhone 7 is equipped with a screen diagonal of 4.7 inch, has the iPhone 7 Plus a screen size of 5.5 inch like other Plus models. It finally comes down to your preferences in order to choose the size. Holding the Plus model in the hand almost feels like holding a tablet. It is almost 2 ounces heavier than the smaller iPhone 7. With a length of 6.23 inches, the Plus model is an inch longer than the 5.44 inch long iPhone 7.

Size and weight of iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in comparison

Especially users with small hands could be overstrained with the iPhone 7. If you like it rather small and handy, then the iPhone 7 should be your choice – as long as a 4.7-inch display means handy to you. However, you should choose the big brother of the iPhone 7, if you prefer to play videos and games on a wider screen, and if you have no problem with the grand size of the iPhone 7 Plus.

(Dual) Camera

Another distinctive factor is the camera. The iPhone 7 already has a revised 12-megapixel camera with optical image stabilizer for non-blurry photos and videos, as well as a new quad LED True Tone Flash for brighter pictures. To beat this in the iPhone 7 Plus, Apple added the Dual Camera with the double lens for the first time. This means that the Plus model has a wide-angle and an additional telephoto lens. The second part allows a 2x optical zoom, which ensures sharp photos while using the zoom function. Beyond that, the “Plus” offers a 10x digital zoom, which is the double of the iPhone 7. Another feature is the depth effect, which simulates a SLR effect that can truly amaze you.

The Dual Camera of the iPhone 7 Plus

Despite the double lens of the Plus model and the relating features, both models are similar in terms of camera functions. Both have identical features, like the optical stabilizer, the new True Tone Flash, a 7-megapixel front camera, etc. Therefore, the iPhone 7 Plus is rather something for people, who are into photography, and who would like to have the additional features of the Dual Camera.


The iPhone 7 Plus is equipped with a bigger battery due to its bigger size. To specify this, the Plus model has a battery capacity of 2,900 mAh, whereas the little brother has to survive with a 1,960 mAh battery. The larger battery especially stands out in the standby, talk and audio playback time. Therefore, you can call 7 hours longer with the iPhone 7 Plus and in standby mode it will last even 6 days longer than the smaller iPhone 7. However, a larger battery has not only benefits. The disadvantage is that you have to charge it way longer than the little brother.

Battery duration chart of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus


In the end the question remains to answer: Are the bigger display, Dual Camera and larger battery justifying the higher price for the iPhone 7 Plus?

It is a question of taste and preference, which size to choose. It complies with the way you use the Apple phone. A bigger screen is more convenient for watching movies, reading or gaming. If you like to hold a rather compact smartphone in your hand, it would be better to get the iPhone 7.

For the camera part: Both iPhone 7 models have almost the same features, except for the Dual Camera system of the iPhone 7 Plus. Although it offers a wider range of functions, we wouldn’t say that it should be the reason to choose the iPhone 7 Plus over the iPhone 7.

The battery of the bigger iPhone provides a longer operating time. However, this also doesn’t justify the purchase of the significant pricier Plus version of the iPhone 7.

Therefore, the decision in choosing the smaller or bigger iPhone is a subjective issue. Considering the price in relation to the functions, we think it is not justified to get the iPhone 7 Plus.