Apple iPhone 8 Plus Review
Apple iPhone 8 Plus
- Fantastic dual-lens camera
- Lightning-fast speed
- Wireless charging
- iOS 11 is great
- Great build quality
- Tons of storage space
- Water and dust protection
- Dated design
- The camera humps are back
- Missing headphone jack
- No mobile HDR
- Glass back feels damage-prone
- Display resolution could be higher
Apple iPhone 8 Plus Review – An iPhone formed from glass.
Apple iPhone 8 Plus introduces an all‑new glass design. The world’s most popular camera, now even better. The smartest, most powerful chip ever in a smartphone. Wireless charging that’s truly effortless. And augmented reality experiences never before possible. iPhone 8. A new generation of iPhone.
The most durable glass ever in a smartphone, front and back. A color‑matched, aerospace‑grade aluminum band. New space gray, silver, and gold finishes.
|Disclaimer||If you see any error or incomplete data, please Contact Us.|
|Dimensions||158.4 x 78.1 x 7.5 mm (6.24 x 3.07 x 0.30 in)|
|Weight||202 g (7.13 oz)|
|- IP67 certified - dust and water resistant|
|- Water resistant up to 1 meter and 30 minutes|
|- Apple Pay (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX certified)|
|Display||LED-backlit IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|5.5 inches (~67.4% screen-to-body ratio)|
|1080 x 1920 pixels (~401 ppi pixel density)|
|Ion-strengthened glass, oleophobic coating|
|- Wide color gamut display|
|- 3D Touch display & home button|
|- True-tone display|
|Chipset||Apple A11 Bionic|
|CPU||Hexa-core (2x Monsoon + 4x Mistral)|
|GPU||Apple GPU (three-core graphics)|
|Internal Memory||64/256 GB, 3 GB RAM|
|Primary Camera||Dual 12 MP, (28mm, f/1.8, OIS & 56mm, f/2.8), phase detection autofocus, 2x optical zoom, quad-LED (dual tone) flash|
|1/3" sensor size @ 28mm, 1/3.6" sensor size @ 56mm, geo-tagging, simultaneous 4K video and 8MP image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, HDR (photo/panorama)|
|Video||[email protected]/30/60fps, [email protected]/60/120/240fps|
|Secondary Camera||7 MP, f/2.2, [email protected], [email protected], face detection, HDR, panorama|
|Loudspeaker||Yes, with stereo speakers|
|- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic|
|- Lightning to 3.5 mm headphone jack adapter|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||5.0, A2DP, LE|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO|
|NFC||Yes (Apple Pay only)|
|USB||3.0, reversible connector|
|Sensors||Fingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer|
|Battery||Non-removable Li-Ion 2675 mAh battery|
After spending a week with the 8, I can’t think of a single compelling reason to upgrade from an iPhone 7. The 7 is still extremely fast, offers virtually the same design in a lighter package with a bigger battery, and will get almost every feature of the 8 with iOS 11. If you really want Qi wireless charging, you can get a slim $15 case that supports it. And if you’re dying for Portrait Lighting, there are tons of photo apps in the App Store that offer similar effects. Of course, if you’re upgrading from anything older than an iPhone 7, the improvements in the camera and the overall speed of the phone are going to really impress you.
Apple’s line is now more segmented than before, with models at every price point between the $349 iPhone SE to the $1,125 256GB iPhone X, and the iPhone 8 sits near the top of that range. Prices are actually $50 more than the 7 was last year, with the 64GB iPhone 8 going for $699 and the 64GB iPhone 8 Plus going for $799. The decision between the 256GB iPhone 8 Plus at $949 and the 64GB iPhone X at $999 seems particularly challenging: do you value Apple’s best and newest design, or raw storage capacity? I know my answer, and it doesn’t look like another version of a phone I bought in 2014.
And yet, a lot of people are going to buy an Apple iPhone 8 Plus — it’s the phone to get if you’re on an upgrade plan, your older phone breaks or finally gets too slow, or you just need a new phone right now. It’s Apple’s new default phone, and it’s pretty great that a default phone is actually this good. But it’s not the future, and it’s not the cutting edge. It’s just the default.
It’s an iPhone.
When I first picked up the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, I immediately decided they were actually just the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus. I was wrong: They’re definitely much more than that. They’re just saddled with a less exciting design. If you subscribe to the maxim that it’s what’s inside that really counts, the 8 and 8 Plus are big improvements. They pack more storage, great cameras, improved software and absolutely first-rate performance into some highly familiar packages. The iPhone X will continue to suck the air out of the room for the foreseeable future, but one thing has become clear after my week of testing: They might not have the X’s style, but the 8 and 8 Plus are truly excellent phones that won’t let Apple die-hards and new customers down.
The Apple iPhone 8 Plus is exactly what you’d expect: a better 7 Plus. Basically, the 7S Plus. Despite all the under-the-hood improvements on paper, this is more like driving a familiar car with a new engine. Nothing is stopping you from buying the 8 Plus right now. And if you do that, you’re getting an excellent iPhone. One of the best ever.
But what about the sportier-looking car called the iPhone X?
Is it worth the extra $200? Is the camera demonstrably better? Is Face ID all it’s cracked up to be? Will you miss Touch ID and the home button you’ve known for years?
Honestly, we can’t make that determination yet. I only held the iPhone X for a few minutes at Apple’s Sept. 12 launch event. Its size felt great, but I didn’t get to do much with it. And I didn’t get to test Face ID.
Between the iPhone X, the, and the upcoming Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL — being unveiled Oct. 4 — there are plenty of top-end phones to consider. We still have more in-depth tests to run on the new iPhone’s battery life, camera comparisons and durability of that new glass body.
While the Apple iPhone 8 Plus is great, I can’t tell you if it’s the best phone — or even the best iPhone — of 2017.
Even if you hate to wait, I suggest that you should wait. In a few more weeks, we’ll have a much more definitive answer.
The Apple iPhone 8 Plus is a phone for the Apple fan who wants the longest battery life possible, and the most screen to look at, without having to pay the premium the iPhone X costs.
That said, if you’re going to pay this much, you should think hard about spending a little more to get the headline new iPhone… the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are using the rapidly-tiring shape that Apple has been offering for years, where the X is a whole new experience.
Also, if you’re a video fiend, you should only buy the iPhone 8 Plus if you’re happy to fork out for the 256GB model, otherwise you’ll run out of space within a few months if you don’t siphon off your movies.
Still here? Good, let’s wrap this thing up. Though many have argued that the Apple iPhone 8 and Apple iPhone 8 Plus feel like ’S’ upgrades, our experience shows that in many ways they offer more improvements than the jump from the iPhone 6s to iPhone 7 cycle. The camera enhancements are significant, bringing Apple back at the same level as the best in the business in some scenarios, while maintaining, or even extending, its lead in others.
The iPhone 8 and Apple iPhone 8 Plus are priced at Rs. 64,000 and Rs. 73,000 respectively for the 64GB variants, with a Rs. 13,000 premium on both if you wish to get the 256GB variants. Though there are a couple of other options in this price bracket, the only other phones worth considering at this price point are Samsung’s flagships Galaxy S8+ and Galaxy Note 8 or the Galaxy S8 and the HTC U11, which are marginally cheaper. If you don’t care about the OS, you could pick any one of these devices and safely call yourself the owner of the best smartphone in the world – software and the Note’s S-Pen aside, there’s very little to choose between these phones.
In a world where you can buy a smartphone that’s pretty good on all counts for about a quarter of these prices, we believe flagship smartphones continue to offer an experience that’s unmatched, though the number of people who really need this kind of refinement needs to be examined.
If you already have an iPhone and money is no object, you could upgrade to the iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus and be extremely happy, but you’d probably want to wait for the iPhone X for even greater bragging rights. Sadly, we don’t know a lot of people for whom money is not a factor when making buying decisions.
The cameras would be the best reason for owners of recent iPhone models to upgrade, and the A11 Bionic chip and wireless charging are welcome additions. However, if you have an iPhone 7 (Plus) or even an iPhone 6s (Plus), you have a phone that’s already fast enough for most tasks. Yes, the newest iPhone models will have an edge when it comes to running ARKit apps, but there are no “must-have” uses cases for AR right now. Wireless charging is a convenience that will one day be fast enough to be practical for all occasions, but that day isn’t here yet. And if you really want, there are ways and means of getting it to work with your existing iPhone as well, like by getting a case that supports wireless charging.
If you already have an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, you can probably skip the iPhone 8 line (unless having the latest and greatest camera is really important to you), and wait to see what Apple does with its lineup next year: maybe the X design language and features will become available at a more accessible price? We’d give the same advice to iPhone 6s line owners who are happy with their phone – if it ain’t broke, don’t go broke buying an upgrade just for the sake of it. But if you have a previous-generation iPhone that’s starting to feel long in the tooth, you will experience significant gains in all departments by upgrading to the new iPhone models.
So who are the Apple iPhone 8 and Apple iPhone 8 Plus for, especially in the real world where the prospect of the iPhone X looms large? If you have absolutely no interest in the iPhone X’s design, if you can’t get your head around the idea of the ‘notch’, or can’t afford the phone’s crazy price tag, then you can safely consider its siblings without thinking that you are ‘settling’ for an inferior phone. Yes, you will miss out on what looks like a gorgeous OLED display and other additions like optical image stabilisation on the telephoto lens, but there are plenty of question marks around the iPhone X right now – is Face ID good enough to replace Touch ID? How will the ‘notch’ be incorporated into your favourite applications?
We won’t have answers to these questions until we get the chance to test the iPhone X closer to its release in November. The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus might seem ‘boring’ in comparison, but with their improved cameras, A11 Bionic chip, wireless charging, and a whole lot more, either one of them could happily be your designated driver for the next couple of years – or until your head is turned by the new ‘X’ in town.
Well, how about it really? The Apple iPhone 8 Plus is pricey, there is no two-ways about it. It’s one of the most expensive smartphones and that will be that until the iPhone X arrives.
For the price though, you’re getting the fastest phone there is, a truly impressive camera and a superb quality screen. Yet, for the first time in history a Plus model is not at the top of the food chain and it doesn’t have a whole year before the next iPhone arrives.
There is a shadow hanging over the 8 series and we guess the Plus could be hit worse than the regular 8. In a typical Apple year, the iPhone 8 Plus would’ve been the better twin. This time around, it’s the middle triplet. We’ll know soon enough how bad this can be. But the worst thing is, the imminent iPhone X is making it harder for everybody to notice how good the iPhone 8 Plus really is.
It’s impossible to deny that the iPhone 8 Plus has a lot going for it: it takes everything we liked about the iPhone 7 Plus, delivers a few worthwhile upgrades, and largely steers clear of trying to fix things that aren’t broken. While it feels like a much lesser step forward than the 7 Plus itself was, some of the new features here could really end up being surprise hits, and we’ve especially got our eye on how wireless charging is received.
The new glass back is attractive enough, but we’re still not sold on the level of durability it offers, and just like with the iPhone 8, we’re confused and concerned about the odd clicking noise besieging our voice calls. Still, neither of those issues are serious enough to really have us looking at the iPhone 8 Plus in a strongly negative light.
Instead, the problem is more the rest of Apple’s lineup, and specifically the pending release of the iPhone X – a phone that looks to scratch the same sort of big-screen itch as the iPhone 8 Plus (not to mention satisfy users looking for dual-camera flexibility), while being a much bolder, forward-looking handset. From the incredible-sounding AMOLED display, to upgrades to the camera system (like a wider aperture for the telephoto lens, or portrait mode on the front-facer), the iPhone X promises to soundly one-up a lot of what makes the iPhone 8 Plus so appealing in the first place.
So where does that leave Apple’s more traditional phablet?
Well, it’s a much more affordable option, and even as a pricier iPhone than the 8, the Plus is still $200 less than the X. It’s also a phone that’s going to feel much more familiar than this odd new design, and while some smartphone users will seek out the innovative and unknown at every step, there’s nothing wrong with taking comfort in a handset that gives you more of what you already know – and that it’s faster, with better battery life than before, is a very nice cherry on top.
While we’re forced to admit that this year’s Apple iPhone Plus is no longer the jewel in Apple’s smartphone crown, it’s no less a powerful, versatile phone than it’s been in past generations, and a lot of the users who liked those predecessors are going to find plenty to enjoy here. But we’re not going to fault you at all – and we doubt Apple would, either – if the iPhone 8 Plus just doesn’t feel as appealing as it might have had the iPhone X never come to pass.
Bottom line: if you prefer your iPhone with this more traditional screen shape, or just can’t stomach the idea of a $1000 smartphone, go ahead and dive right into the iPhone 8 Plus. But if you can wait just a little longer so you can get a chance to see what the iPhone X can really do, you’ll be prepared to make one very informed decision about which vision for the future of Apple smartphones you want to support.
The iPhone 8 Plus offers slightly more than its smaller sibling. We are not only talking about the pure weight, which is substantial at more than 200 grams (~7 oz), but mainly the dual-camera. The display also features more pixels and you get 1 GB more RAM. The reworked case with the glass rear panel leaves mixed impressions. The build quality is great, and it is pleasant to the touch. However, the surface looks smeared after a few minutes. The Plus model is also really big for a smartphone with a 5.5-inch display.
The camera is quite similar to the iPhone 7 Plus and the second lens offers a 2x optical zoom. It also enables the soft Bokeh effect for portraits, which look quite good. The picture quality in general has improved compared to the previous model, and you can now record Ultra HD videos at up to 60 frames per seconds. Full HD is possible at up to 240 FPS, which creates spectacular slow motions. The Apple iPhone 8 Plus is certainly the best overall camera package you can currently get in a smartphone – if you like the essential settings menu.
The new A11-SoC is once again much faster and out of reach of the rivals. You also get fast LTE, long battery runtimes, and a case with water and dust resistance. As with its smaller sibling, we cannot find any major flaws, but some things are annoying. These include the limited warranty and the weak power adapter. The voice quality could be better in 3G networks and the sound is just average, despite stereo speakers.
Apple’s move towards Augmented Reality is important and will certainly be successful, thanks to the large platform and the enormous user potential for fast and profitable technology advancements. AR already works well, but it is still not as accurate or sophisticated compared to the Asus ZenFone AR, for example.
All in all, the Apple iPhone 8 Plus is a great product with high-end components, but both the smartphone and useful accessories are also very expensive.
The Apple iPhone 8 Plus is an interesting beast. It’s the safety phone. Hopefully representing the last of its kind, because Apple is obviously ready to move on. Apple is also a victim of their own success though. The transition to the iPhone X will take a little time. Progress on software and services cannot wait for the all-screen iPhone to be the norm.
This is a rough transition for Apple. A company normally better at “hiding the seams”, the iPhone landscape has never looked as busy as it does today. Choice is normally celebrated, but Apple’s current offerings feel scattered. Consumers can shop the iPhone SE, 6S, 7, 8, and 10. There are six variations of a single phone design, delineated by specs. This is not ideal considering this company used to pride itself on a streamlined, simple, easy to understand consumer conversation.
We’re rapidly approaching the post-smartphone era. During the Pixel announcement, Google proudly boasted that services and experience trump hardware. The Apple iPhone 8 shows us that Apple is also investing heavily in future services. The Apple iPhone 8 Plus might not be the most exciting presentation of that idea, but it delivers the horsepower required to move the platform into the next generation of apps.
iPhone lovers have nothing to complain about with regard to design. It has to be said that compared to other top-range 2017 phones one realizes that this smartphone has been left behind. Take the Galaxy S8 Plus for example: it is almost the same size but has a much larger screen and does not have a protruding camera.
Ok, Apple has the iPhone X as an ace in its sleeve, but despite this it claims that the iPhone 8 Plus is still a top-of-the-range iPhone and therefore deserves the same treatment. As you complain about the “exaggerated” frames (as some say) of competitors like the Xperia XZ1, you can’t let this detail run on your iPhone. Apple has put all its efforts into the design on iPhone X and this means that Phone 8 Plus doesn’t look like a big leap for users, at least in terms of aesthetics. It is so similar to the previous model that it fits perfectly into the covers of the iPhone 7 Plus.
If you fall in love with the Apple ecosystem and don’t want to quit it, other phones may not exist for you and so any comparison is superfluous. But before spending your money, keep in mind that the Apple iPhone 8 Plus doesn’t have the latest and most exciting technology from Apple. For that you’ll have to wait for the iPhone X.
The smartphone targets all users who want to update their older models such as 6S or earlier. Anyone who has an iPhone 7 Plus should not even consider this model. Another very important section of Apple’s users are those upon which the existence of iPhone itself is based, i. e. who consider this smartphone a status symbol. Many people only care about having the latest iPhone and are not interested in any new features or futuristic technology such as a bezel-less display or unlocking with facial recognition.
As a phone it’s great and works really well. It does everything it promises without any problems but if you’re thinking about spending nearly $1000 and you’re looking for a phone with the latest technology, you’d do better to look elsewhere or wait for iPhone X.