You might also not be thrilled with the release of the iPhone 8 or the iPhone 8 Plus but it’s not your fault. It’s the fault of the iPhone X which is way more better and way more expensive but that’s another story for another day.
The truth here is that the iPhone 8 is a really good phone with some really sensible features which makes it stand off against the likes of Samsung Galaxy S8 or LG G6.
The iPhone 8 is a really cool gadget with some nice hardware and software all built in together. Although being a new version, many Apple fans still are looking up to the release of the iPhone X which comes November and that might make the iPhone 8 feel bad.
With its IOS 11, the phone promises to do more though by you having to pay more. During the unveiling of the phone, it’s close rival the iPhone 8 Plus seems to be better equipped with some extra features which makes it way more higher in its pricing than the original iPhone 8.
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Also, there isn’t a Portrait Mode camera shots nor are there dual camera sensors. In fact you are going to have to still pay to get fast charging with extra bucks.
That might not be a really good deal though but you can believe me that this is a really amazing product.
While the iPhone 8 is cool, it’s battery life isn’t that a great amusement.
Although there is now fast charging capabilities whereby you’d get to 50% of battery just within 30 minutes if charging is a good one.
Assuming you’re the office type of person that does work often, you might find the rest of the day awesome with your iPhone 8 but long day with the phone and Augmented Reality games being played on a consistent basis for a long-term, the battery might not do well for too long in that type of condition.
I felt the smaller battery cells on the iPhone 8 isn’t very powerful enough to last throughout a day on extra heavy usage. This is a part where competitors such as the LG G6 or Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus excels
The Apple’s own chip is a really great one which makes the device to be very fast without a single hiccup while running lots of applications or playing games on it. And that’s thanks to its 2GB RAM.
Don’t be surprised. The phone also come in two variations which includes a version with 64GB and the other with 256GB. That would be a great idea just that both come with different price tags slapped at its back.
I won’t blame the iPhone 8 if it doesn’t do very well this time in terms of sales because many including me look forward to the November’s iPhone X which features some really cool piece of technology and advances.
It’s design and its screen size makes it a really cool desire. But though for those that finds the traditional iPhone way better since it’s cheaper and smaller can believe this to be a real great bargain
Designed with the old concept
The new iPhone 8 being an upgrade to the older iPhone 7 means you should get a little bit of tools, features and components other than those on the older version. Even the design is assumed to be new but well, we didn’t get that.
The internal components have been improved with lots of features since the days of iPhone 6.
If you’re following the iPhone 8 league, you will get a pressure sensitive screen with 3D Touch, a home button with TouchID, a nice HD display, an AirPod (because headphone jack is long gone).
You also get an identical look of the previous iPhone. Many at times I usually call this an iPhone 7S because it doesn’t feel like a complete upgrade but just a slight top-up with just minimal efforts.
The iPhone 8 and the iPhone 7 casing nearly fit into each other. The only difference is that the iPhone 8 has a glass back while the 7 doesn’t since it only boasts of an aluminium.
So the iPhone 8 is sort of 10 grams heavier than its predecessor.
Its also said to be durable and would withstand many pressures of any kind. We just hope that’s true in every sense of it.
There are three choices of colours which are Silver, Gold and Space Gray.
Space Gray might look sort of dark from a far but it’s actually that the glass is tinted with dark gray color. The other two are okay and not bad at all.
The Antenna bands have been reduced to smaller strips right at the top and bottom of each sides of the smartphone.
From the right side of the iPhone 8 are the power button and the SIM card Tray.
Volume controls and switch falls to the left side.
The Lightning port on the bottom edge is flanked by a speaker and microphone, and there’s nothing up top. There’s no triumphant return for the 3.5mm audio port, but Apple includes a Lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter in the box.
Just as usual, the Apple logo usually sit right at the center of the device while both camera and flash are popping at the top left side.
Camera bumps might be get scratched out because of poor handling etc.
So a case is a best bet in ensuring the safety of your camera sensor.
For a device with the display of 4.7 inch, it feels very convenient to hold and keep.
So you won’t be needing to master how to hold or how to navigate within apps using only one hand as in the case with the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus whereby you might need an extra hand assuming you’re trying to navigate back from an app and tapping on the App’s “Back” button is usually too high to be easily reached.
The iPhone 8 is really beautiful jokes apart even though it still felt the same with the iPhone 7 but a minor tweak and some upgrades means a whole lot. It’s also higher in price than the older one just that iPhone X might just be its antagonist yet.
The iPhone 8 is a very cool piece of technology as I’ve said earlier but I’m not entirely impressed. There are way many aspects whereby the iPhone rivals beat the smartphone this year.
It’s Arch-Rival the Samsung Galaxy S8 feels much better and way extremely new in many aspects of its designs and features altogether.
The iPhone 8 has a measurement of 5.45 X 2.65 inches while housing just a 4.7 inch screen that had 1,334 X 750 pixels. Unlike the Galaxy S8, it’s measurement is about 5.86 X 2.68 inches and yet, it still pack in its huge 5.8 inch screen with a huger resolution of 2,436 X 1,125 pixels and an AMOLED technology.
That would mean a lot to me. Considering the screen elongation and edge-to-edge display invented on the S8 which makes it way more futuristic and the management of bezels. The iPhone 8 still feel way old in situations like this. It still feels unnecessarily huge for its small display.
Although Apple did admit in some ways that the device is sort of old school that would mean alot considerably.
With the iPhone X’s (which also means 10) design, the iPhone 11 just in case Apple decides to skip the 9 as IN Samsung Galaxy Note 7 from note 5 might mean adopting entirely the new nearly bezel-less design which encloses a whopping 5.8 inch screen with an OLED technology within a very small piece. It’s really going to be cool.
But aside that, the Apple’s IPS LCD is the addition of True-Tone technology that is mainly designed to help enhance the quality of lights in places you might be using the phone.
This helps consistency so that you don’t lack the quality in any condition. Although that is cool, the difference can be told with an iPhone 7 beside the 8.
Although it’s an IPS LCD display, it’s still bright and boosts of vibrance. So staring at movies, ebooks, Games all appear to be fine.
And since “Premium” phone makers are now doing away with excessive bezels, the iPhone 8 looked somehow behind in that race especially for phones that has such price tag slapped on it.
Okay iOS 11 is the new thing and it is great. Stereo speakers are very good and iPhone 8 is now in some ways louder than the iPhone 7.
There is a bit more bass and that sounds cool for a small smartphone.
Samsung isn’t ditching headphone jacks even yet and that sounds great to Samsung Galaxy fans but Apple had apparently ditched it on the iPhone something which many haven’t seen as a necessity at least yet.
A Bluetooth 5.0 makes wireless router better, faster and supports longer range of connectivity than the Bluetooth 4.7 on the iPhone 7.
It all feels great altogether and it’s not really bad in some ways but Galaxy S8 wins in this aspect but the iPhone X might have to come to the rescue later by November.
Performance and Specs
No matter what, iPhone still makes premium smartphones. Although there are way many designs ported from the old iPhone 7 into the new iPhone 8, we don’t mind considering its performance.
The new Apple’s A11 Bionic chip is a really fast system on chip. It combines two high-performance cores with four high-efficiency cores and has an Apple-designed GPU inside.
So seeing a speedy navigation, apps, Games and general phone usage was really great. It’s so fast that you won’t feel a single hiccup during your usage of the phone.
Bug games with high resolution and screen pixels all worked well on the phone even while trying to perform more activities other than merely playing games and so on.
Streaming videos on YouTube, listening to music or watching videos all fees great. The iPhone 8 is a very beautiful phone.
Going through our Geekbench test, the iPhone 8 managed a single core score of 4,270 and a multi core score of 10,259, compared to the
Galaxy S8 which managed 1,762 single core, and 5,723 multi core, and the HTC U11 which hit 1,926 single core and 6,493 multi core.
Running the AnTuTu benchmarking tool , the iPhone 8 scored 214,492. That compares to 155,253 for the Galaxy S8 so don’t forget, this is still an iPhone 8 with lots of power and speed altogether.
Don’t get it twisted, the iPhone 8 and the iPhone X uses the same chip so we feel performance isn’t just going to be mild in any way but of high quality.
2GB of RAM on the iPhone 8 might sound way lesser than most Android phones whereby even Infinix Zero 4 has a huge 4GB RAM so also are other lower-end phones.
But those numbers aren’t just for fun. Operating Systems are different and memory management are different. Which is the case with the iOS.
Using the phone to play an Augmented-Reality game with a really powerful resolution might cost the battery life and put the performance at a but lower state but not noticeably a crawl of whatever type.
IOS 11 is wonderful
The iPhone 8 is a really nice upgrade to the iPhone 7 (Like I said, I’m only looking on to the iPhone X), it’s the IOS 11 that powers it part if what makes it very awesome. Also it’s ARKit is also a very powerful developer framework for Augmented-Reality apps and games.
Just as conventional AR software, the technology utilises your iPhone 8 camera to place virtual objects in your real life environment.
With amazing game such as the AR Dragon of the Magicplan app which allows you to create an accurate floor plan of your home.
AR comes bundled with the iOS 11 and this means it works with older devices that run that same operating system.
The difference is just that it comes out of the box with the iPhone 8 and that feels really powerful.
Using swipes, you can do more. Another thing I still find unamazing is big piles of applications on your home screen something which Android OS had been a material of for long.
Unlike IOS in general, Samsung UX can be extremely customised to mimic the look and feel of an iPhone or Windows or just a generic but beautiful layout.
Although the iOS 11 is still a very great operating system and we don’t doubt that, there is way more to add up in the future.
Apps navigation and animations which all pops, assembles or zooms all these effects are very stylish and they make the iOS 11 really beautiful.
Although Automatic refresh in the APP store making searches impossible might not be a good thing here. Although that problem might seems like a bug because the restarted iPhone 8 didn’t show the problem again (or at least not yet again).
Really amazing Camera
Taking a little walk down the street with the iPhone 8 in hand feels great. And the camera was even very comfortable. Although the iPhone 8 doesn’t have a dual-camera the Galaxy S8 doesn’t either but it takes beautiful shots.
The iPhone 8 has a 12MP main rear camera with an f/1.8 aperture, OIS (optical image stabilization) and an HDR. All these aren’t just enlisted, they are qualities the phone camera has. You won’t need to worry much with “Shakey” hands during shooting because the OIS got it all covered.
Taking pictures in various lighting conditions, all of which seem to be great.
The resulting photographs from whatsoever conditions usually appear bright and almost realistic. It’s low-light performance is a serious improvement but that of the Galaxy S8 might be slightly superior
IPhone 8’s camera blends in true and makes images colourful. We gave the score around 90% based on our rating and testing in comparison with other smartphone cameras.
IPhone 8 Plus has a higher ranking than the iPhone 8 considering its dual camera sensors.
Portrait Mode isn’t present on the iPhone 8 though and it’s a little bit of turn off from me but that’s not definitely a total shame.
4K videos up to 60FPS is available on the camera of the iPhone 8 and 1080P of video with an output of 42 FPS is also featured.
It’s 7MP front facing camera does well for selfies while covering a wide area. It’s got an f/2.2 aperture which makes a really great benefit for those that want to settle for the traditional iPhone.
Fast & Wireless Charging… Not yet?
The battery of iPhone 8 isn’t that much better still. Now the iPhone 8 with its smaller 1,821 mAh battery is slightly smaller than the older iPhone 7.
Although small and not so-powerful, the iPhone 8 includes a fast charging capacity where you can get as high as 50% of battery with just 30 minutes of connecting to electricity.
Also, wireless charging is made available via the Qi standard via its glass back.
Another $35 is needed to get you a USB-C for a blazing fast charging and you’ll need an Apple 29W,61W or 87W USB-C Power
Adapter to get this working out because the moment you open your iPhone 8’s box, you realise that it’s bundled with the same old 5W/1A charger shipped alongside iPhone 7.
Now assuming you don’t have one of these enlisted USB-C power adapter then you will need to get one which starts from $50 for the lower 29W version.
Extra cash with the high price already used to acquire the iPhone 8 might not sound as a good deal and that’s a serious turn off.
Despite the buying and buying, the battery still works quite well especially with the fast charging we tried it on. But lasting through the day on heavy use might be an exaggeration.
For example, playing an AR game for 2 hours took down the battery to nothing than mere 18% after a full charge.
While AR might be a serious detriment to the battery’s longevity, other power consumption comes from continuous camera usage and Internet usage. Although lowering your usage might give you a near to full day of usage before the phone powering down, but
when you want to consider a long trip away from home, you might need to carry your charger adapter along.
Apple, Inc. offers you a one-year long warranty which starts right away the moment you purchase an iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus. The warranty only covers the device’s manufacturing defects detected within those periods before the warranty runs out.
But the warranty doesn’t cover accidental or other types of physical damage as a result of mishandling or accidental handling including liquid spill or damage.
Additional $130 will get you AppleCare+ which extends warranty for an additional year which also help reducing two incident cases of accidental damages while having to pay lesser than the normal fee it would cost to repair damages.
Replacement of screen is $150 but you can get it for $30 assuming you accidentally damage it. This is how the AppleCare+ plan works.
IPhone 8 comes in two variations which are
2. The 256GB which is sold for $850.
Each one can be purchased and unlocked directly via the APPLE Store or via Internet service carriers.
How we feel
The iPhone 8 is a really small phone in its screen size but has a bunch of features that makes it a huge choice for all. Apple probably consider the phone a true value and tries every year to make it way better.
The fact that you have to keep purchasing and purchasing might not be a good choice for all but anyone from an advanced nation like the US or UK or Australia for example can still afford this but for developing countries where there is usually power outage, it might be a serious detriment.
No wonder many iPhone fans IN Africa still opt for a smaller phone to partner up with their iPhone just considering the battery longevity.
Since the iPhone is a phone that is sold worldwide and not only in developed countries, there should be need for the company to balance that up by making their batteries and services available as cheaper as possible while still maintaining the quality it already entails.
This aspect is where rivals such as Samsung Excel. The Galaxy S8, S8 Plus and Note 8 all have a good battery which are way better than the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus.
But all the same, the iPhone 8 is a really nice gadget that you might consider buying if you can afford one along with its Add-ons.
iPhone 8 Versus….
As good as it seems, it’s definitely not the best piece of technology out there considering the fact that everyone has his own choices and preferences. Turn offs and turn ons. All these might make the iPhone 8 a bit not your type but what are the best or closest options to the iPhone 8?
1.) iPhone 8 Plus : This is the larger variant of the iPhone. With its 5.5 inch screen and dual camera sensors and lots of features which sets it right above the iPhone 8, it’s surely the best bet assuming you’d prefer a little bigger smartphone other than the iPhone 8 itself. Else, you can also wait for the….
2.) iPhone X : the iPhone X (ten) is a new special edition phone which is expected to go on sales BY November. It’s the biggest iPhone ever made considering its 5.8 inch display. It also feature a new design whereby it do away with the home button and the TouchID replacing it with FaceID. Also, dual camera sensors and IOS 11 all feels great. It’s a really good phone we can’t wait to try out too. But it might be a limited offer and if you’d like to have one, then you’d better get a presale order by October ending.
3.) Samsung Galaxy S8 : If you want an Android phone, this is the best Android phone ever produced this year. It has everything you’d want in a complete phone and as big as it seems, it’s body is well tucked into the smaller body. A new design and on-screen buttons and Amoled are just little of what you get from the 4GB RAM powered smartphone. It’s fast and durable in all ways.
4.) LG G6 : Another one from LG. It’s a very powerful smartphone and great in many ways. It has a really strong battery capacity and its water and dust resistant. Curved screen makes it look more beautiful and it’s elongated screen with smaller device’s body chassis is still an outstanding feature.