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Seven features the iPhone 7 'borrows' from Android

Derek Walter | Sept. 8, 2016
Apple clearly took some inspiration from many of the innovations that Android manufacturers have offered in the last couple of years.

If you were watching the Apple live stream and shouting at your computer, "hey, Android already has that!" over and over, you weren't alone.

Apple certainly took some "inspiration" from many of the hardware innovations brought about by Android phone makers. Here's a recap of the features that Apple ballyhooed on stage, but aren't exactly news to those of us who have been using Android phones for the past few years.

Dual rear cameras

No, you don't have to stop us. We have heard this one before. Phones like the LG G5,Huawei P9, and the HTC One M8 (from 2014!) feature dual rear cameras, which was the major feature of the iPhone 7 Plus. It'll bring 2X optical zoom and, according to the on-stage demo, produce some pretty impressive portraits and low-light shots.

The smaller iPhone 7 will have optical image stabilization, which was previously only available on the 6S Plus from last year. It also features an f/1.8 aperture, something found in plenty of Android phones including the Moto Z Droid, Xiomia Mi4, UMi Zero, and more conventional models like the LG G4.

The Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, and Note 7 also go further with a 1.7 aperture.

Apple isn't the first to touch down in the world of 2X optical zoom, as the Zenfone Zoomhas 3X optical zoom along with optical image stabilization (OIS). Same thing for RAW images-that's new to iPhone 7, but has been available on lots of Android phones.

The takeaway is that in the next year we should see companies push ahead even further with the camera now that Apple has seemingly bundled together a lot of the other innovations into an attractive package. My Galaxy S7 Edge is the best phone camera I've ever used, so I'm excited to see how the new iPhone compares.

Farewell to the headphone jack

What sounds anathema to iPhone users is already old hat if you have a Moto Z. Lenovo ditched the traditional hole-in-the-phone with its modular smartphone line in order to make it ultra-slim and compact. Other phones that have gone without it include Chinese-madeOppo R5 and LeEcco Le Max 2.

The other upside to Lenovo's approach is that the port you use is USB-C, which is quickly the growing standard in smartphones, tablets, and laptops. Lightning is of course ideal for those who live in an Apple world, but good luck using your Lighting headphones with non-iOS devices (including Macbooks!). Like most vestigial parts that disappear you probably won't miss the headphone jack after long.

Water and dust resistance

Samsung's Galaxy phones have been dunked in water for a couple of generations now. The current-generation Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, and Note 7 (when it's not catching on fire) feature water and dust resistance to the tune of an IP68 rating. Apple's IP67 rating means slightly less water resistance.


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