Are iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus Android copycats? This is rather a strong allegation and iPhone fans wouldn’t like it even a tiny bit considering that iPhones have long been pegged as the ultimate in smartphones. So what is that has made people to claim that the latest two flagships from Apple are Android copycats? Well there’s isn’t one, but at least five reasons we have seen that have been cited by many as the reason behind the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus being pegged as a copycat.
Firstly, Apple has been going on – in an indirect way – about its plans of getting rid of the 3.5mm headphone jack. Finally it has done so in iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus and while iPhone fans will be going ‘gaga’ over this, Android users have been pointing out that this it isn’t a unique feature as Android smartphones were the first to get rid of this jack. LeEco Le2 and LeMax2 do not have the 3.5mm jack and instead the company has been using USB Type-C port for headphone connectivity.
Secondly, the stereo speakers. iPhone 7 and 7 Plus offer stereo speaker output through the speakers as well as the earpiece. But this isn’t a first-in-the-segment feature as Android smartphones from HTC including the HTC One M7 have been offering stereo speakers since three years now.
Thirdly, Apple has highlighted IP67 certification for both its latest iPhones and while that may be a great thing for those with slippery hands, water and dust resistance has been around on Android smartphones for ages now. Remember the Sony Xperia Z smartphone released four years back or the recently released Samsung S7 and S7 Edge released just recently. All these smartphones have had the IP67 certification before iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.
Fourthly, the improved front-facing camera on the two new iPhones has been touted as a great feature for selfie-fanatics. But if you look at the currently available mid-segment smartphones in India including Gionee S6s or the Oppo F1s, they both have amazing front-facing camera and their performance is just about the same as that of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus at third of the cost.
Finally, Apple iPhone 7 Plus packs dual lens and while Apple will want you to believe its a novelty, critics have pointed out that it isn’t unique at all and HTC have had this feature in its M8 smartphone launched way back in 2014. Further, Xolo Black, LG G5, and Huawei P9 all have dual lens facilities and if you are buying the iPhone 7 Plus just because of this feature, we recommend that you shouldn’t as there are much cheaper options available in Android.