Now on the 3rd day with the 7 Plus. So Far:
- It doesn't feel as big as I thought it would, and there are definitely times when the bigger screen is nice. The screen is definitely brighter than the SE, and easier to read in the sunlight.
- Home "button" and haptics. I actually like the new "button". It felt strange at first, but it has grown on me to the point that I actually prefer it. I also like the haptics, and subtle vibrations that I feel in different apps. For instance, in Pocket Casts, when reodering podcasts in a playlists, you get a little bump with each position you move up or down. Not necessary, but still a cool feature, and while it doesn't make anything faster, or easier, it does add some "depth" to the experience.
- Like the 7, 3D touch, and waterproof. I forgot how much I liked using 3D touch, and some of the things it makes much easier to do. And while I haven't put the waterproofing to the test, it is nice knowing it has it. For instance I didn't worry when taking pictures of the kids playing in the pool yesterday.
- That brings me to probably the biggest pro, the camera. Just as I was about to say I wasn't impressed with it (was using it mostly indoors, not in bright situations), I got the chance to test it outside, using the zoom, and even portrait mode. It is pretty impressive. Of course portrait mode is a little flaky, and if you zoom in, the edges of the subject are kind of funky, but it does make a nice picture, and would be perfectly fine for social media use, but probably not printing. Now I don't think the overall camera performance is different from a 7 or even the SE/6S in general use (and especially in bright light situations like this), but for zoom, or this artsy, portrait effect it is pretty nice. Even my wife who normally just rolls her eyes when I show her new tricks, and features on phones was pretty impressed. If only I could convince her to use the 7 plus, then we would still have this functionality if I decide to go back to my trusty SE...
- Definitely not a one hand device, and I didn't expect it to be, but I have had a couple times where I was trying to use it that way, and you definitely have to shuffle it around in your hand to get to the extents of the screen. Not a big deal, but not as easy as the SE or regular 7, and I would worry that with enough of this activity I fear dropping it.
- Price. Yeah I know I already bought it, and I knew how much it was, but as I'm deciding if I keep it or not that will be a factor, several hundred more $$ back in my pocket vs. selling the SE is nice, and could be put to use when the SE 2 comes out https://forums.imore.com/images/smilies/wink.png
- Size. It doesn't feel as big as I thought, but it is, and it is most evident, not in your hand, but in your pocket.
- Battery life is the same or worse for me as I was seeing on the SE. Admittedly I probably used it a little more than I was with my SE, but I was expecting more. I have been ending the work day with 40-50% left vs 50-70% on my SE.
- Speakers. This was marketed heavily, and it might be a little better than the SE, but its not a huge difference. My wife says she can tell a clear difference between the 6S and 7, but the difference between SE and 7 Plus is not that great.
Will use it through the 4th then make my decision. I am still really on the fence, but I'm leaning back into the SE yard.
Here are some picture samples.