Smartphone Supertest 2017: What's the best phone right now?

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Apple iPhone 7 Plus Product Red: The headlines

Things are better when they come in pairs. Fact. As if a solitary KitKat finger could ever last your entire tea break! And that’s our thinking when we consider the two cameras pointing out of the back of the iPhone 7 Plus: what used to just be a plus-sized version of the iPhone has now fully stolen the spotlight from its smaller brother, thanks to its clever camera tech.

Yes, it’s a pocket-busting size that not everyone will like, but with better battery life than its little bro, we reckon the Plus is undoubtedly the iPhone to go for now. This Product Red edition is the same on the inside but swaps Apple’s usual metallic colours for a gorgeous crimson hue. The shiny rear is just as resistant to fingerprints as other models (jet black version excluded), but not everyone will appreciate the white glass front. We reckon it would’ve looked even meaner if Apple had gone for black glass instead.

Apple has never focused on hardware, which usually leaves the iPhone languishing towards the bottom of any specs tables, but bespoke software designed specifically for Apple’s own A10 Fusion CPU means iOS is still undeniably slick. And it's got tricks aplenty: for instance, the home button isn’t a button at all, but you can set three different levels of haptic feedback to trick your brain into thinking it responds to your prods and presses. 

The iPhone’s camera has always been one of its greatest weapons against the encroaching army of Android rivals, and that's definitely the case this time round. It’s still in beta, but the iPhone’s Portrait Mode lets you put those dual cameras to good use, blurring the background to really make your pics pop, just like a DSLR. The ability to zoom up to 2x with no loss of quality at all is a further boon. 

So, while the Apple iPhone 7 Plus may lose out in the design stakes to Samsung’s gorgeous Galaxy, if you’re firmly entrenched in camp iOS, it’s time to go big or go home. 

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