The sound got a bit harsh close at max volume, though.
To test the call quality, I phoned my colleague Philip Michaels over T-Mobile's network.
The i Phone 7 is a fine device with important upgrades that help Apple keep pace with some of its competitors.
However, Apple hasn't quite been able to break from the pack and overcome the challenges presented by Samsung and Google in their Galaxy and Pixel lines, respectively.
For instance, the i Phone X took only 42 seconds to transcode a 2-minute 4K video using the Adobe Clips app.
The i Phone 8 Plus took the same amount of time, while the Pixel 2 took 2 minutes and 55 seconds and the Galaxy Note 8 needed . On Geekbench 4, which measures overall performance, the i Phone X notched a very high score of 10,357.
That’s not a knock against the newest i Phone; it simply has the same powerful A11 Bionic chip inside, which runs circles around Android phones in both synthetic benchmarks and real-world tests.
And if Apple can deliver more improvements to its i Phone's camera — specifically the AR-powered features — no one will complain.
Ultimately, power users will also want to see some bulking up to the i Phone's power and an A11 processor that helps the Apple smartphone stand out in a crowded market overrun with powerful competitors.
Fire up an augmented reality game or a movie, and you’ll see that everything else falls away except the content.
And Apple has banished Touch ID from this model in favor of facial recognition.