Preorders for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus have already flooded into Apple's online store as many people try to get their hands on the newest iPhone. But is it worth spending the money on the iPhone 7 or 7 Plus?\nBefore you buy one, it\u2019s worth taking the time to find out what the critics think of the latest iPhone. For your convenience I\u2019ve assembled some of the most notable reviews of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus below. Reading them will help you make up your mind about buying the newest iPhone.\nThe Verge: iPhone 7 is the future in disguise\nNilay Patel at The Verge was impressed with the iPhone 7 but feels that it\u2019s really a harbinger of what\u2019s to come in the iPhone 8:\n\nThe iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are legitimately among the most interesting, opinionated, powerful phones Apple has ever shipped, and the most confident expressions of the company\u2019s vision in a long time. iOS 10 is excellent, the cameras are better, and the performance is phenomenal. And the batteries last longer. These are terrific phones.\nBut they are also incomplete. The most interesting feature of the iPhone 7 Plus\u2019 new dual camera isn\u2019t shipping at launch. Apple\u2019s making a big bet on iMessage and Siri apps in iOS 10 but it hasn\u2019t paid off yet. Apps haven\u2019t been updated to use the Taptic Engine or the new wide color gamut display. The entire ecosystem of new headphones and adapters required to make use of Lightning and wireless audio is just getting off the ground. Only Apple or Beats headphones offer the best wireless audio experience, and you might not like how they sound or fit. By the time developers even come close to hitting the performance limits of the A10 Fusion chip, Apple will be shipping the A11 Fusion Pro with six blades.\nThe entire time I was using the iPhone 7, I felt like I had a prototype of next year\u2019s rumored drastic iPhone redesign disguised as an iPhone 6. All those bold bets on the future are legitimately exciting, but here in the present using the iPhone 7 in a case feels a lot like using a iPhone 6S with a weirder home button and more adapters.\nIf you need a new phone right now, sure, buy an iPhone 7. The little one starts at $649 for a mercifully doubled 32GB of storage and ranges up to $849 for 256GB, and the Plus starts at $769 for 32GB and goes up to $969 for 256GB. Make sure you factor in the extra cost of headphone adapters or Bluetooth headphones, because you\u2019ll end up needing them. You\u2019ll be fine, and your photos will be better.\nGood Stuff\nImproved cameras\nBetter battery life\nGreat display\nTaptic engine feedback is neat\nDual camera zoom on the 7 Plus is great\nBad Stuff\nLack of headphone jack is inconvenient\nJet Black model scratches easily\nLooks just like an iPhone 6 in a case\nWireless audio ecosystem is immature\niPhone 7 Plus design feels big compared to competition\nOther iPhone 7 Plus dual camera features haven't shipped yet\nMore at The Verge\n\nWired: A fantastic phone that won\u2019t blow your mind\nDavid Pierce at Wired notes that the iPhone 7 is a terrific phone but it\u2019s not going to blow your mind:\n\nThe iPhone really isn\u2019t a single device at all. It\u2019s a million different devices. When you buy a phone, you decide what it becomes by downloading apps. Your iPhone could be a Snapchat machine, or an Instagram factory, or a universal remote for your TV. The smartest thing Apple ever did with the iPhone was to imagine it as an empty vessel, waiting for users and developers to fill it with their homes and dreams and email apps.\nAll these years later, Apple\u2019s taking the blank-slate approach that led to the App Store to the rest of the iPhone. It\u2019s opening up APIs for RAW and wide-color image capture, which means photo apps could totally rethink how they process images. Developers can use the taptic engine to make games and apps more responsive and interactive. iOS 10 gives developers substantial access to Siri (and thus AirPods), along with Messages, Maps, and more. The iPhone\u2019s role is increasingly to be a blank canvas, one that developers can fill however they please.\nIt\u2019s a strategically smart move that makes for boring hardware. A phone that\u2019s meant to be tweaked and twisted can\u2019t cause problems by breaking or dying prematurely. It can\u2019t turn off buyers with controversial or complex design. It needs enough power and versatility to live up to a developer\u2019s most outrageous dreams. In other words, it\u2019s the iPhone 7.\nSo, no, the iPhone 7 won\u2019t blow your mind with its design or features. It\u2019s still a fantastic phone. And philosophically, it feels like Apple is throwing open a door. The iPhone 7 might not be a revolution, but it might be the catalyst for lots of them. Your phone will be better in a few months, and even better a few months after that. And wouldn\u2019t that be exciting?\nMore at Wired\n\nUSA Today: The iPhone 7 is a worthwhile upgrade\nEdward Baig at USA Today was impressed by the iPhone 7, and appreciated the fact that it\u2019s more water resistant than previous iPhones:\n\nAfter nearly a week of using the iPhone 7 Plus, what stands out to me is its excellent camera and the fact that we finally have an iPhone that can get wet. The funky-looking optional wireless AirPods aren\u2019t bad either.\nThe $769 iPhone 7 Plus is a solid, albeit incremental, upgrade to the company\u2019s seminal smartphone. I\u2019d buy it and can recommend it to those of you in the market for an upgrade, though it\u2019s not leaps and bounds ahead of the rival Galaxy Note 7, which before its exploding batteries necessitated a recall, posed a formidable challenge to the iPhone.\nThis year\u2019s handsets look an awful lot like last year\u2019s iPhones and the iPhones that came before them. Apple is hyping the aesthetics on the glossy new jet black finish model, which for the record, does looks swell and feel great. (The phones are made of aluminum.) It\u2019s also a magnet for fingerprints and smudges. Worth noting: any cases you bought for a recent generation iPhone won\u2019t fit the new phones.\nYou\u2019re not going to shower with your iPhone. Or drown it in a fish bowl. But I did those things to test the water resistance of the phone. It survived, suggesting it should withstand less challenging encounters with H2O, perhaps a heavy downpour or drink spill.\nMore at USA Today\n\nThe Wall Street Journal: iPhone 7 is the anti-anxiety phone\nGeoffrey Fowler at the Wall Street Journal believes that the iPhone 7 is worth buying for better photos, water-resistance and longer battery life:\n\nOver the past five days, I have squeezed an hour-and\u20131\/2 more battery life out of the 7 and 7 Plus in brutal tests. I dropped an iPhone 7 in a pond, and it survived! And I\u2019ve managed to snap more than a few after-sunset photos I\u2019m actually proud of.\n\u2026I still won\u2019t call it the most advanced phone money can buy. These benefits would make the iPhone 7 the best smartphone\u2026 of 2015. Last year is when Apple should have put it on sale. Now Apple\u2019s just playing catch-up to Samsung , which added an equivalent camera and waterproofing to its Galaxy S7 six months ago.\nWhile Apple says the 7\u2019s screen is more colorful and 25% brighter than past models, I couldn\u2019t really see the benefit outdoors. Apple\u2019s iPhone 7 actually lags behind Samsung: Its LCD has the same old thick border, while Samsung\u2019s OLED screens go right to the edge. Those Samsung screens also cram in more than three times the pixels, making them amazing for looking at photos and text, and useful for new inventions like virtual reality.\nIs it worth upgrading your two-year-old (or older) iPhone? Yes. Will many of us want to sell the 7 next year when Apple introduces Mr. Ive\u2019s 10th-anniversary edition iPhone X Deluxe OLED in ceramic poppy red? For Apple\u2019s sake, I hope so.\nMore at the Wall Street Journal\n\nRecode: Where\u2019s my headphone jack?\nWalt Mossberg at Recode noted that the iPhone 7 is a great smartphone, but he still missed the headphone jack:\n\nThe most important thing about the 2016 iteration of the iPhone is that, overall, it takes a truly excellent smartphone and makes it significantly better in a host of ways, even without overhauling the exterior design and despite the removal of the standard audio jack.\nThe iPhone remains an outstanding smartphone, and this latest model makes it even better in many ways. And, unlike rival Samsung, Apple isn\u2019t beset with the very serious problem of exploding batteries. But the whole audio jack thing makes choosing the iPhone 7 more difficult than it might have been.\nYou won\u2019t go wrong buying the iPhone 7 if you can tolerate the earbud issue, especially if you\u2019re on an installment plan like Apple\u2019s that just gets you a new iPhone every year. You could get the iPhone 7 and then the big redesign next year, as long as you keep paying the monthly fee.\nBut despite the undisputed improvements, this new iPhone just isn\u2019t as compelling an upgrade as many of its predecessors. Some might want to wait a year for the next really big thing \u2014 and maybe a better audio solution to boot.\nMore at Recode\n\nNY Times: Who needs the headphone jack?\nOn the other hand, Brian Chen at the NY Times found that he didn\u2019t miss the headphone jack as much he thought he would:\n\n\u2026I didn\u2019t miss the headphone jack as much as I thought. Apple is pushing people toward wireless earphones with the introduction of AirPods, its first wireless earbuds, which I tried. I found AirPods to be a decent first attempt at wireless audio, though there were glitches.\n\u2026AirPods sound decent, with loud bass and clear audio quality, comparable to the wired earbuds that Apple has included in iPhones for years. They aren\u2019t, however, sufficient for drowning out the thunderous prattle of a loud co-worker.\n\u2026taking the leap to the 7 may be a wise bet, even for late technology adopters. Apple is likely to continue making iPhones without headphone jacks, and next year\u2019s iPhone will have a full-screen face with the virtual button built directly into the screen, according to two people at the company who spoke on condition of anonymity because the product details are private. Apple declined to comment on next year\u2019s iPhones.\nMore at the NY Times\n\nArs Technica: A unique set of trade-offs\nAndrew Cunningham at Ars Technica believes that the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are worth upgrading to if you have an iPhone 6 or older:\n\nAnyone using an iPhone 6 or older should at least consider upgrading\u2014maybe you\u2019re still on a 2-year carrier contract, or maybe your current phone is just showing signs of wear-and-tear and your battery isn\u2019t holding the charge it once did. For your money, you\u2019ll get water resistance, a much faster phone with two or three times the RAM and better battery life, a significantly improved camera, and a few other perks.\nThe iPhone 7 is a very good phone with the sorts of logical, useful upgrades that Apple typically delivers with new hardware. I still have my quibbles with the iPhone 6-era design and it\u2019s too bad that we\u2019re going to be trucking along with it for another year, but the iPhone 6 was also Apple\u2019s most popular phone by far so clearly actual people aren\u2019t all that bothered by it.\nIf you understand things best when they\u2019re phrased as tired idioms: the missing headphone jack is a fly in the iPhone 7\u2019s ointment. Plenty of people will be happy to scoop out the fly and use the rest of the probably-fine ointment. It\u2019s good ointment! There\u2019s just a fly in it. And the transition from wired to wireless is going to be more painful now than it will be a year or two down the line when more accessories and devices have adapted to follow Apple\u2019s lead. Waterproofing and better battery life have been common iPhone feature requests for years and the camera and speed improvements are nothing to sneeze at, but you\u2019ll need to buy into Apple\u2019s vision of the future if you want to get them.\nThe good\nA10 Fusion and everything else in the phone is super fast.\nGreat mobile cameras, particularly in the 7 Plus.\nBetter battery life than last year.\nSolid, sturdy construction that you\u2019d expect from Apple.\nScreens support a wider color gamut than before, and they balance resolution\/density and battery life well.\nWater-resistant.\nApple has finally bumped the base model up to a perfectly reasonable 32GB, making it easier to recommend. 128GB and 256GB storage options for $100 or $200 more ain\u2019t too shabby, either.\nAnd 3GB of RAM in the 7 Plus is another nice perk you get along with the bigger phone.\nThe bad\nSame basic design with the same basic quirks as the 6 and 6S, including the camera bump, the rounded slippery corners, and large width and height relative to the size of their screens.\niOS and its ecosystem, four or five years of software updates, and Apple\u2019s support network are arguably worth the price of admission, but you can still buy perfectly capable phones for much cheaper.\n7 Plus is very slightly more expensive than last year\u2019s model.\n7 Plus' telephoto camera isn't quite as high-quality as the main camera.\nThe ugly\nEven if you\u2019re totally, completely, 100 percent on-board with the removal of the headphone jack and believe that the future of sound is totally wireless, you can objectively admit that the transition is going to be rough.\nMore at Ars Technica\n\nDid you miss a post? 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