Is it Still Worth Buying a Used iPhone 7?

We review a used iPhone 7 today for all you deal-seekers. Find out if it's still a good idea to buy a refurbished iPhone 7.

Used iPhone 7 is it worth it in 2021
Is it a good idea to buy a used iPhone 7?

When you pick up the used & refurbished iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, you’ll notice it still feels fresh, sleek, and clean. It isn’t the newest Apple design anymore, but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t still feel insanely modern and nice. Another thing: this is one of the last iPhones to have a full metal body, so it feels different from newer iPhones that usually have a glass back. There are different colors available—as with any iPhone—so you can pick one that best complements your personality. Many people are fans of the all-black versions, but my personal favorite is the (PRODUCT)RED edition which was made in partnership with the (RED) organization which provides AIDs relief to Africa. Not only does this version of the phone have an incredible cause behind it, but it also looks awesome :D

Mhmmm that rich red color just makes me feel alive! I have a lot of red sneakers too, but let’s not get into my personal life, we were supposed to talk about the refurbished iPhone 7 :D

How is the camera quality on a used iPhone 7?

Since this isn’t a new camera, I don’t think it’s fair to compare it to phones like the iPhone 11 Pro and Samsung Galaxy Note10—both of which have night modes and multiple lenses. All that I will say about the camera is this: it’s good if you primarily take family photos and group shots. You’re probably not going to be taking any pro-grade pics with this, but that’s not really the point of a smartphone. Since this is an iPhone, it will take good pictures—all iPhones do. When looking at Android phones you should be more hesitant regarding the camera since every manufacturer has a slightly different color palette—some Android manufacturers like Samsung are known for saturated colors, while others reproduce dull colors that make certain scenes look super stale. But thankfully, photography is something Apple has always done right. Colors have always looked true-to-life for Apple products—as they should—considering how much capital Apple has invested into their camera software. So, if you buy a used iPhone 7, don’t expect its camera to be equal to newer iPhones in dark environments. It won’t have as many neat tricks up its sleeve, either, but if you’re shooting in a well-lit environment, expect pictures to look great with those true-to-life Apple photo colors we have all come to love and respect.

Reading tip: We wrote a lot of buying guides about iPhones, so if you want to know about the best used iPhones or read an iPhone XR vs. XS comparison, we got you covered :)

Will a used & refurbished iPhone 7 have good battery life?

My rant on this one is similar to what I had to say about camera quality. Yada yada yada, don’t compare this to a newer iPhone, those will naturally have more battery life, etc. And this is true, but it isn’t because batteries have gotten better. Newer iPhones will have on average better battery life because most of them are bigger. The iPhone XR can get almost 2 full days on a charge, but that’s a much thicker and bigger phone. You need to ask yourself if you really want to carry something that chunky along with you. I carry my phone in the front pocket of my jeans, and I much rather have a smaller iPhone than one with more battery life. Ever since the inception of the iPhone, people have become accustomed to charging their device at the end of each day, so most people don’t really need an iPhone with more than a day’s worth of battery life—and the used iPhone 7 should have no problem lasting you a full day. If you want more battery life, the iPhone 7 Plus can probably get you through two full days if you’re a light user! Like I said before, the bigger the iPhone the bigger the battery. I don’t really see this as an area where the used iPhone 7 lags behind newer iPhones, especially if you are comparing the plus-sized model.

Used iPhone 7 screen resolution & quality

This is another area that if you compare the used & refurbished iPhone 7 to newer iPhones, you really won’t see a difference in terms of quality. Yes, some newer iPhones have those newer notched displays, but I wouldn’t say they necessarily translate to a better user experience. To be honest, I kinda miss the home button; I think it’s much easier to use than Apple’s newer gesture based navigation, but it really is a matter of preference.

And aside from the differences just discussed, you won’t really notice a difference in screen quality when comparing a used iPhone 7 to newer iPhones like the iPhone XS or iPhone 11 Pro. You won’t notice individual pixels, although you may notice that some newer iPhones (like the ones I just mentioned) have slightly more color contrast in their screens because of OLED screen technology. I’m not going to go into the details, but I will say that this is also a matter of preference.

Verdict: should you buy a used iPhone 7?

There really isn’t much of a noticeable difference between a used iPhone 7 and newer more expensive iPhones. More advanced users may want a slightly newer iPhone with more flashy features, but the used & refurbished iPhone 7 is still more than enough for most people's needs.

So go ahead, don’t feel pressured to get a newer iPhone just to be cool, do your wallet a favor and get a used & refurbished iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus from Back Market :)

Similar iPhones you may want to buy

Not sure if you want to get an iPhone 7? If that's the case, here are some comparisons of the iPhone 7 versus other similar iPhone models.

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