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Is an iPhone 7 still worth buying in 2021?

Ok folks, it’s 2021, officially four years since the iPhone 7 came on the market. If your memory hasn’t been completely warped by the madness of this year, you may recall that back in 2016, an iPhone 7 was the business.In the first quarter of 2017, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus were the number one and number two most sold smartphones, according to Apple Insider. We’re talking about a phone that could have set you back €900, and it accounted for 21.5 million of global smartphone shipments in the first sales quarter of 2017. So yeah, it seems like people liked it.

Fast forward to 2021, and you can pick up a pre-owned iPhone 7 for just €200. That’s a serious price reduction on a smartphone that pretty much dominated the year of its release. Now, 2021 is the year of working and studying from home, endless WhatsApp messages, and virtual socialising. Staying connected has never been more important. So, for just €200, will an iPhone 7 meet your needs in 2021?  In the year of TikTok, technology, and let’s be honest, a bit of turmoil, is an iPhone 7 still worth buying?

Here’s what we reckon here at Mint+.

If you’re looking for something affordable, the iPhone 7 could just be for you

As mentioned earlier, the cost of an iPhone 7 has come down significantly in just a few short years. Newer iPhones, like the iPhone 11 or iPhone SE 2020, are going to cost you a lot more, with the iPhone SE coming in at the €400-€500 mark and the iPhone 11 around €700 or €800. What’s more, we can guess from Apple’s previous patterns with updates that the iPhone 7 will probably receive the iOS 14 update, and with a bit of luck the iOS 15. So, you’ll most likely get bang for your buck well into 2021, and probably 2022, with an iPhone 7.

Your Instagram selfies should be in safe hands with an iPhone 7 

If you’re on the virtual job hunt this year, or just need to put your best foot forward on Tinder, you’ll want to take a decent headshot in 2021. The iPhone 7 has a 12-megapixel camera on the back and 7-megapixel camera on the front and can record 1080p video (also known as Full High Definition). While the hardware on the iPhone 7 camera isn’t top of the range, it should do the job unless you’re serious about photography. Will you be capturing award-winning wildlife shots? No. Will your Snapchats be snappy and your Tinder selfies suitable? Yes.

Now, if you sometimes find yourself tempted to get a bit more artsy with your Instagram pics, you can always opt for the iPhone 7 Plus. The iPhone 7 Plus will not cost you significantly more than the iPhone 7, and it comes equipped with portrait mode, which will allow you to focus in on photo subjects and blur the background (this is called the bokeh effect). The iPhone 7 Plus also has an additional telephoto lens, which the iPhone 7 doesn’t have, giving the iPhone 7 Plus the ability to offer optical zoom at 2 times and digital zoom up to 10 times. The iPhone 7 can only offer digital zoom up to 5 times. So, if you want to share a close-up of that smoky eyeshadow you just mastered, the iPhone 7 plus is a nice option that won’t break the bank either.

If you haven’t joined the wireless headphone movement, you’ll need to purchase an adaptor 

If you’re still attached to wired headphones, you’ll need to purchase an adaptor to connect them to your iPhone 7, which does not have a headphone jack. However, these are not expensive, and honestly, with Bluetooth headphones coming down in price and basically taking over the world, it’s probably about time you joined the wireless party!


For an older model, the iPhone 7 still looks pretty good and it’s fairly durable 

If budget and functionality are your main concerns, you’re probably not worried about how your phone looks, but it’s worth mentioning that for such a well-priced smartphone, the iPhone 7 still looks sleek enough in 2021. With more bezel (the border between the screen and frame) than the newer models, the iPhone 7 has a more vintage vibe, but it’s also a bit sturdier than some of the newer iPhones, which have glass backs. It was also the first iPhone to have some water resistance. So, if you’re guilty of occasionally firing your phone into a packed gym bag and heading off about your day, the iPhone 7 is a good option for you.


Overall, the iPhone 7 is definitely still worth buying in 2021 

All things considered the iPhone 7 is still an attractive pre-owned phone option in 2021. With 2 GB RAM and a quad-chore processor, you should be able to TikTok, swap Snapchats, and swipe on Tinder without difficulty, and do you really need much else? Sure, you could go and get a brand-new model for €1,000 and up, but if there’s a decent camera and a reliable phone going for so much less, why bother?  Unless you’re a hacker or a real snazzy tech lover, the iPhone 7 will most likely tick all the boxes for your phone needs in 2021. So, for €200, we’re happy. What do you reckon?