Apple iPhone 8 Review
Apple iPhone 8
- Lightning-fast performance
- Wireless charging
- Excellent camera
- iOS 11 is great
- Great build quality
- Early AR apps are very impressive
- Bluetooth 5.0
- Same pedestrian design
- Missing headphone jack
- Battery life
- No dual camera
- $50 more than the iPhone 7
- The camera humps are back
- Only average speakers
Apple iPhone 8 Review – Makes a splash. Takes a splash …again.
Apple iPhone 8 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.
main competitors: Samsung Galaxy S8
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|Dimensions||138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3 mm (5.45 x 2.65 x 0.29 in)|
|Weight||148 g (5.22 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|
|4.7 inches (~65.4% screen-to-body ratio)|
|750 x 1334 pixels (~326 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, 2 GB RAM|
|Primary Camera||12 MP, f/1.8, 28mm, phase detection autofocus, OIS, quad-LED (dual tone) flash|
|Features||1/3" sensor size, 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||2.0, reversible connector|
|Sensors||Fingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer|
|Battery||Non-removable Li-Ion 1821 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 iPhone 8 — 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.
It’s Big Phone Season, and everything is sprouting up. Samsung’s greatis already falling in price. The sports a stylus. There’s the upcoming , which will be revealed on Oct. 4. The iPhone 8 should be as powerful or more than any of them, but its conservative design and lack of new extra perks (like no dual cameras) could be a factor.
With that in mind, here are some quick-hit recommendations:
iPhone 7 owners won’t see much of a difference here, unless they’ve been waiting anxiously for wireless charging. I’d say they can skip the 8 — but they should check out the 8 Plus and the X (see below).
But iPhone 6S owners will get lots of upside from two years of waiting: water resistance, wireless charging, better cameras, better cameras and a huge leap in performance.
Anyone with an iPhone 6 or older — especially those with comparatively micro 4-inch screens on the iPhone 5S ($253.00 at Amazon.com) and earlier — will find the iPhone 8 to be a quantum leap forward.
Potential switchers from Android will likely find the iPhone 8’s 4.7-inch screen to be too small. They’ll be better served by the larger screens of the iPhone 8 Plus.
More budget-minded buyers who want power but don’t care about new looks: The camera and speed improvements here are the key. Are you OK with the smaller screen?
Again, though, it’s actually a good time to wait maybe a month or two to know the full spectrum of offerings to compare against, particularly the Pixel 2 and iPhone X.
In a lot respects, the Apple iPhone 8 should feel like a slam dunk: it takes the already winning formula of the iPhone 7, delivers a handful of solid upgrades, and even implements some all-new features. And if we’re looking at the phone on its own, it’s hard to argue that it’s not pretty successful. Performance reaches as-of-yet untouched new heights, a stellar camerapicks up some minor tweaks while not breaking anything in the process, and the arrival of wireless charging could well emerge as this phone’s big sleeper-hit feature.
Not everything about this phone is such a cut-and-dry win, though. The return of a glass back panel may look alright, but we’ve dropped enough phones to be wary anytime a manufacturer adds more breakage-prone glass to their lineup. And while it may just be case of some bad luck with bum hardware, or a software glitch that’s soon to be fixed, we’re still a little annoyed about that clicking sound while making voice calls.
But we really can’t talk about the Apple iPhone 8 without looking at Apple’s complete 2017 lineup. Sure, there’s a new iPhone Plus as well, and just like last year, that invites shoppers to choose between a compact phone, or one with a big screen and extra zoom-lens camera.
That’s already complicated iPhone shopping, and now we’ve got a new specter looming over the Apple iPhone 8’s release in the shape of the iPhone X. This new model isn’t just a new size option, or one that delivers an extra feature or two: assuming shoppers respond favorably, this looks like the new direction of iPhones going forward, involving unfamiliar new ways to interact with your handset.
Maybe without really meaning to, Apple turned the tried-and-true base-level iPhone into what’s looking increasingly like a model besieged by compromise. Will it inevitably come to be seen as the iPhone for iPhone fans who are afraid of change? For those who are clinging a little too hard to the past, rather than taking Apple’s hand and stepping forward into the future?
The Apple iPhone 8 is a fantastic, compact, powerful smartphone. But it may also be a phone that’s playing catch-up more than it’s really innovating, and that could well come back to haunt it.
In the end, assuming you’re properly educated on all of Apple’s 2017 iPhone options, you shouldn’t feel bad about going with the iPhone 8. But maybe don’t be afraid to try something new, even if that means stepping outside your comfort zone a little.
The Apple iPhone 8 might be the last of its kind, the last Apple smartphone with a home button and IPS display. If this is the case, the Americans at least gave us a very good final chapter. We once again miss major new features or innovations, but the iPhone 8 still beats its predecessor in many regards. A major factor is the new A11 chip, which is once again much faster and – like many previous models – out of reach for the rivals. The case is now made of glass, which is great to touch, but it is unfortunately more slippery and prone to fingerprints than before (except for the Jet Black iPhone 7). It looks like the move back to a glass rear panel was necessary for wireless charging.
The camera is a real highlight for video enthusiasts in particular since it is the first smartphone camera with Ultra HD video recording at 60 frames per second. Full HD videos can be recorded at up to 240 FPS, which is great for spectacular slow-motions. The photo quality is on a very good level and does not have to hide behind the rivals. The iPhone 8 is certainly the best overall camera package you can currently get in a smartphone – if you like the essential settings menu.
You also get fast LTE, long battery runtimes, and a case with water and dust resistance. We cannot find any major flaws, but some things are annoying. This includes the limited warranty and the weak power adapter. The voice quality could be better in 3G networks and the sound is juts 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 iPhone 8 is a great product with high-end components, but both the smartphone and useful accessories are also very expensive.
Still here? Good, let’s wrap this thing up. Though many have argued that the Apple iPhone 8 and 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 Apple iPhone 8 and 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 Apple 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 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 Apple 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.
It’s interesting how Apple will proceed from now on. Will it go back to the familiar pair of a regular and plus model, or will the iPhone X spawn a whole new line of iPhones? The Apple reboot?
The Apple iPhone 8 is in a strange place, being the archetypal iPhone and, in the same time, at risk of being the last of its kind. Speaking of, it’s probably the Plus that should fear extinction rather than the regular. We can see a future where the X’s offspring is thriving in the familiar configuration of a compact phone and a phablet and all the screen that fits in your preferred size. Sounds good, doesn’t it?
Today? Well, the iPhone 8 might as well be the best iPhone for the right users. Cheaper than the X and smaller than the Plus – meaning it’s one of the best premium compacts around. You’re not quite that kind of user? Well, we guess we’ll see you around neXt month then.
If you own an iPhone 7, or maybe even an iPhone 6S, then the jump to the iPhone 8 is not a big one. Sure, the performance is a bit better and there is wireless charging, but that’s about it. The jumps in the remaining features are not very big. If you own an even older iPhone and aren’t excited to splurge on the iPhone 8 Plus model or the iPhone X, this could be the best option for you.
And for the Android owners? The iPhone 8 is quite compact and such small smartphones are hard to find in the luxury class of the Android world. The exceptions are the Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact and the Google Pixel 2, which has a few drawbacks. The camera of the new iPhone, despite its single lens, provides great results, and the performance is fluid. If you’re prepared to drop $700, the choice is yours.