Here's Why the iPhone 7 and the Apple Watch Series 2 Are Becoming Favorites Among Jetsetters

Sure, all the cool kids have them, but that alone is not what makes the Apple iPhone 7 and the Apple Watch Series 2 must have toys for travel junkies.

The features causing travelers to drool, even now, weeks after the fanfare surrounding the mid-September release of the two products has died down, include such things as a camera on the new iPhone that singlehandedly improves your Instagram game, and an extended battery life for the phone that makes a serious dent in those all to familiar airport searches for a power outlet.

There's also the fact that the iPhone 7 is water resistant. Yes, you read that right. Apple's newest offering to the legions of smartphone obsessed individuals includes an entirely reengineered enclosure that results in a water resistant barrier.

In other words, no more panicking when water lands on your phone in any number of travel situations. And goodbye to those pricey purchases of LifeProof protective cases -- unless you have a toddler who thinks its fun to drop your phone, repeatedly. In which case, buy stock in LifeProof.

"I always get liquids on my phone, especially when I'm on a plane and you're sitting there as drinks are being passed over you and it dribbles on your phone," says Nicholas Kinports, luxury expert for Notice, an ad agency that represents luxury and lifestyle brands such Porsche, Loews, and Hilton. "It happens all the time. The water resistance is really a big step forward."

As someone who in October alone will be jetting to Chicago, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Francisco, New York, Phoenix and Des Moines, it's fair to say Kinports knows his way around the latest and greatest travel gadgets. That and he's a self-professed tech geek.

Not only does he already own both the iPhone 7 Plus and the Apple Watch Series 2, he's also come up with his own tidy list of pros and cons for both products, created after weeks of using both.

The feature most people rave about first is the camera, and Kinport is no different.  

With regard to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, Apple notes that the new camera features include 12-megapixels, optical image stabilization, and a larger ƒ/1.8 aperture and 6-element lens to enable brighter, more detailed photos and videos.

The brighter, more detailed pictures are key for the hordes of travelers snapping food images in dimly lit situations in order to brag about their latest fabulous meal at a fabulous restaurant, which has become practically a new national pastime.

"I like to do what everyone does, grab a picture of that awesome dinner you're having at a new restaurant," says Kinports. "That's hard to do in low light, but this phone does a great job."

The iPhone 7 Plus meanwhile features the same 12-megapixel wide angle camera as iPhone 7 and adds a second, 12-megapixel telephoto camera. So two cameras, in one phone. Combined, the cameras provide optical zoom at two times and up to ten times digital zoom. Overkill? Not at all.

"The dual lens set up fires at the same time and kind of merges into same image," Kinports explains.

The longer lasting performance of the new iPhone meanwhile, is based on its new custom-designed Apple A10 Fusion chip.

Apple says the chip features architecture that makes it the most powerful chip ever in a smartphone, while also allowing for more time between charges and the longest battery life ever to be offered.

"The iPhone 7 is perfect for travelers who need to stay connected on the road," says Steve Cuffari, senior content marketing manager for Webgears. "The additional two hours of talk time compared to the iPhone 6s will be a godsend for travelers."

The new phone also has increased storage capacity, which is practically making it competitive with some of the laptops out there.

"The need for a laptop while traveling is slowly disappearing," adds Cuffari. "The iPhone 7 is proof of that. Its models range from 32 GB, 128 GB and a whopping 256 GB storage capacity."

As for the Apple Watch Series 2, the primary features worth noting include its built-in GPS capabilities, the fact that it's entirely waterproof and has outstanding health and fitness offerings.

To begin with, the watch is rated water resistant for 50 meters, allowing for plenty of swimming, surfing or just hitting the pool, or in the case of the Los Angeles crowd, sitting elegantly poolside without fear of your watch getting sabotaged in any way.

Being fully water resistant is a distinct step forward from the last Apple Watch, which was merely splash proof.


For those committed to maintaining health and fitness while jet setting around the world (as we all should be), this watch makes it easier to maintain that dedication.

Apple for instance, has developed algorithms for two new workout options - pool and open water. The watch counts laps, tracks average lap pace and auto-detects stroke type, in order to accurately measure active calorie burn.


Not to be overlooked, the watch's built-in GPS is able to record precise distance, pace and speed for outdoor workouts such as walking, running or cycling, without needing to take an iPhone along with you.

Cool right?

The Apple Series 2 can also help navigate large, unfamiliar airports or cities.

"In airports like LAX and NYC, having improved guidance and navigation is critical," says Marc Ellis, travel tech entrepreneur and CEO of global airport loyalty program Thanks Again.

In terms of the cons of both products, here's a few highlights;

Kinports for one says that after incorporating the watch into his life, he has yet to find a feature that makes him feel like it's truly indispensable. There are plenty of cool features, he admits, but nothing game changing.

"I have to say, I'm not a huge user of it," he explains. "To me it's more of an accessory to the iPhone still. It's not a stand alone thing. I honestly haven't found that feature that I couldn't live without. You could definitely be just fine without the watch."

The iPhone 7 meanwhile has faced criticism on a variety of fronts. The fact that the new phone completely does away with the previous generation's 3.5mm headphone jack has rankled countless users.

The net result of this controversial decision on Apple's part is that users can either opt for the EarPods shipped with the phone (which are designed for use with the phone's Lightening port rather than a traditional 3.5 mm jack), or buy wireless headphones.

But using the EarPods in the Lightening port means you're unable to charge the phone, because it's not possible to do both at once.

And forget about slipping the black, high-gloss version of the iPhone 7 into your pocket, with your keys, or change...unless you're a fan of a scratched phone.

Just check out the scathing reviews on Youtube about this issue.

"Putting it in your pocket with your keys would murder it," says Kinports. "Apple has this disclaimer on the website stating that light scratching is part of its magic."

With a starting price of around $649, it's probably safe to say we'd all prefer our iPhone 7 magic be confined to its new camera, extended battery life and other nifty features. Maybe consider that LifeProof purchase after all.

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