So this is a bit of a cliche topic, living with an old iPhone but for me, its a reality. I’ve been using the iPhone 7 ever since December of 2016, so more than 3 years now and I’ve had quite a unique experience with this. In these 3+ years, I’ve switched to a lot of other flagships including the iPhone X and the XR to review them on the channel. But as soon as I am done covering them, I’ve sold them and always switched back to the iPhone 7, and there 2 clear reasons for that.

Price!

I paid a lot of money for this, Rs.56,000 to be precise, and I don’t think it’s worth it, so I got to justify it by using it as much as I can.

User Experience.

I’ve been using it for so long that I’ve become extremely comfortable with it. I think that’s just the way iPhones really are. Once you use an iPhone for quite a long time even its not the latest one its kinda hard to switch back to most of the other phones.

None of the devices that I covered on this channel have provided me the kind of satisfaction I’ve derived from using an iPhone. And I think that’s because iPhones don’t really degrade as much with time as other phones do. Like to begin with, my iPhone 7, or forget the iPhone 7, the iPhone SE which is now 4 years old in 2016 runs iOS 13 just like 2019 released iPhone 11 does. Even my iPhone 7 which has many many apps and only a few GBs of space left is just as smooth as it was on day 1 and that is a big deal. Now the camera sort of remains polarising. it’s a single-lens camera so no ultrawide or even portrait mode, and its not going to match what the new iPhones can produce but for me at least it still is a very decent camera.

It’s not the best device to play PUBG on, I think its a tiny screen for that plus the battery is just terrible now and that’s probably the only area that has degraded significantly over time. So the battery on the iPhone 7 is already pretty tiny at about slightly less than 2000 mAh, so it was never actually a great battery life to begin with but now more than 3 years later, the battery health has degraded to 73% but tbh it feels like it has degraded to 50% because when i use my phone heavily, which is most of the days, I’ve to charge my phone at least 2 times, once in the morning when i wake up and once in the afternoon. Also the standby time is just really poor, if I sleep at 100%, I’ll wake up at 80%. But luckily iPhone battery replacements are not extremely expensive, it costs about Rs.3500, so I’ll get it fixed.
So at the end of the day, it basically comes down to the software which for the most part has remained the same. The biggest difference in older iPhones and newer iPhones is the hardware. Better cameras, better chips, better screen, and better battery life. The major software features like dark mode, airdrop, car play, they remain available even on the older iPhones and that’s what stops me from spending a ludicrous amount of money on buying a newer iPhone and compels me to continue using the older iPhone 7 without any FOMO.

However, I would not recommend buying the iPhone 7 as a primary phone in 2020. I think the hardware is very outdated and its just not worth it. If you want a phone just as tiny and do not mind the 6-year-old design with giant bezels, the iPhone SE 2020 is for you. However, if you want a modern-looking iPhone with a fullscreen display, the iPhone XR is the best option you’ve got. Its got a giant screen, fantastic battery life, and incredible power. It will also last longer as compared to the iPhone 7, thanks to the software support from Apple.