After ordering October 13, it took nearly a month for my iPhone 7 Plus to be delivered. But, man was it worth it.

I’ve been using an iPhone 6 Plus since it launched in 2014. The number of people who ask me if it’s too big is pretty absurd. Once and for all, it is not too big. It fits just fine in my pocket. With all the speculation the iPhone 7S (if the naming convention continues which no one expects it to) being the most groundbreaking iPhone yet, I had planned to wait until the iPhone 8 would come out. It will be the 10th¬†anniversary since the first iPhone. In classic iPhone fashion, my 6 Plus became super slow with iOS 10.

WHAT’S NEW?

The 7 Plus is incredibly fast. Force touch is far more useful than I ever expected. The new home button not being a tactile button is incredibly satisfying to press, as weird as I know this sounds trust me. The haptic feedback that Apple uses to make you feel like you’ve pressed this pseudo-button is impressive. To produce this feedback, they clearly upgraded the hardware that vibrates because the phone vibrates more intensely than anything I’ve ever seen. Apple continues to produce market leading cameras and the 7 Plus is no different. It actually has optical zoom and with iOS 10.1.1 Apple fakes DSLR like depth of field. This feature is still considered “beta” so it will only get better.

Build quality is something that has always put Apple ahead of all of its competitors. The iPhone 3G was the worst build quality but Apple went back to metal builds after a foray to a plastic phone, until the 5C which was the only budget iPhone to ever be produced. It was simply a plastic iPhone 5.

In short, I love the iPhone 7 Plus¬†and I’ve only had it a little over 24 hours.

SO MANY WAYS TO BUY

There are many different ways to pay for an iPhone. You can go with Apple’s Upgrade Program which includes Apple Care Plus, because after all when someone loans you money they want it insured. Plus, all carriers have payment programs which also need insurance. The payment plans are all essentially 0% loans for the full retail price of the device. Two-year contract pricing still exists, but because the cost of phones have gone up they are no longer prices in the $199, $299 and $399 price points – they’re much more expensive.

In light of this, I made the decision to sell my iPhone 6 Plus and pay full retail for an iPhone 7 Plus. This way, not only am I not locked into a contract but I can sell the device when the next phone comes out and get the most possible for my old device. Understandably, many cannot make this happen financially but if you can, it will pay off in the end.

SHOULD YOU UPGRADE?

If you already own an iPhone 6S, there’s no reason to upgrade iPhone 7. If you have an even earlier model, the answer is simple. Yes.

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