Since the official iPhone 7 announcement, fans of Apple smartphones have been anxiously awaiting the new devices. The iPhone 7 (4.7-inch display) and the iPhone 7 Plus (5.5-inch display) were sold out and backordered during pre-orders, prior to the in-store launch of the smartphones.
“iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus dramatically improve every aspect of the iPhone experience, reaching a new level of innovation and precision to make this the best iPhone we have ever made,” Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, said at an Apple event earlier this year. “The completely redesigned cameras shoot incredible photos and videos day or night, the A10 Fusion chip is the most powerful chip on any smartphone while delivering the best battery life ever in an iPhone, and an entirely new stereo speaker system provides twice the sound, all within the first water and dust resistant iPhone.”
What makes the device to appealing — aside from its user-friendly interface and sleek design — are the handful of changes that come with it: a redesigned home button, no headphone jack and a dual lens camera (one wide angle lens and a second telephoto lens; both 12 MP). And for those who have a clumsy streak in them, the device is splash and waterproof.
Should you get an iPhone 7? Its backordered status and the retired headphone jack may be a deal breaker since it eliminates the option to charge your phone and use your headphones simultaneously. For those in the market for a smartphone, then here are four other devices launching this year to consider if you’re willing to part ways with iMessage.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7: While this device rolled out in August, it will be relaunched after the South Korean company halted sales of smartphone in 10 countries over battery issues. Those who do not own a Note 7 can finally purchase the device and not worry about the battery.
Moto Z Unlocked (Oct. 2): The unlocked Moto Z is available for preorder on Amazon. Called the “most innovative phone” of the year by BGR, the device boasts 30 hours of battery life and the modular phone can be turned into a movie projector or even a boom box. The Moto Z, Z Play and ZForce Droid are already on the market.
Pixel & Pixel XL (TBD; Rumored Oct): Google has two new devices coming out — one boasting a 5-inch display screen and another with a 5.5-inch screen. The new generation of Google smartphones may lose the “Nexus” name altogether, with current rumors hinting at “Pixel” and “Pixel XL” for the new names, Business Insider reports. These devices will reportedly have a headphone jack, a USB-C port and will be really powerful.