​Should you get an iPhone 7? I have and this is my initial review of my new iPhone 7 Plus.

I have a new phone. An iPhone 7 Plus. With 256GB of memory.

Yes. A phone with 256 GB of memory. My laptop has a large hard drive, 1TB. My new phone has a hard drive a quarter of the size capacity in it.


So what am I looking forward to on my new iPhone 7 Plus?

Taking RAW pictures using the camera in Lightroom Mobile. That is the starter for 10. And the main event?

Taking genuine HDR images using the camera in Lightroom Mobile. This is a brand new feature in Lightroom Mobile, which uses the same technology used in actual Lightroom to make HDR images by merging three files. Except that the software takes three images and merges them automatically. And then applies auto toning to the completed Dng file.

I use the HDR Merge feature in Lightroom on my PC all the time, and on most merged images I apply the auto-tone as it provides a great starting point.

Which will leave me with a problem – if my phone can generate the single HDR image when will my actual camera be able to? I will want that feature - will Canon include this in the new Canon 6D?

Combine that with the two lenses and taking pictures is going to be a big part of what I am looking forward to doing on my new iPhone. And video I guess which I need to get into.

Oh yes and the phone is waterproof which is good

Apart from that I don’t know. Or really care at the moment. These things are enough to make me happy.

I know – I am easily pleased. Or as I prefer to say, I don’t ask for much!

But I will take the time to make the best use of the new features. This will be my starting point. The Apple website

One word on moving from one phone to another. It took an evening, but was all done and in the morning I had everything on my new phone. Sure there was lots of password inputting for various apps, but that is pretty good.

One thing that I did forget about was that after you take the Sim card out of a phone these days you still have a functioning device, especially in the range of Wi-Fi.

And also Bluetooth devices. I got in my car, thought I would play something on my phone through my car stereo as I do most days . I pressed play on the touchscreen on my car and picked up on what I was playing the day before. At the same point exactly.

Now that impressed me a lot. I hadn’t even paired my phone!

It was only when I got to my destination I realised that the car had found my old phone in my bag in the boot of the car and was playing a podcast from that quite happily!

Oh yes before I finish I must say that the services from Carphone Warehouse was excellent, and I was more than happy with the price for the phone with this ridiculous amount of memory.

All in all a happy experience going from the iPhone 6 Plus to the iPhone 7 Plus.

I will write more about my new phone over the coming months I have no doubt, and am looking forward to posting some HDR photography taken on my iPhone!

But for now to answer the question - should I get an iPhone 7 - if you only take photographs then yes. 

Rick McEvoy Photography

Saturday 25th March 2017