Phone 8 & i
Phone 8 Plus aren’t mere consolation prizes to lớn Apple’s pricier flagships. They pack a ton of good features, including blazing fast processors, solid cameras và wireless charging. And because of they"re relatively low prices, they"re still some of the best phones you can buy today.
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Starting at $449 and $549, respectively, the i
Phone 8 và 8 Plus are also considerably more affordable than the i
Phone 11. Between the i
Phone 8 and i
Phone 8 Plus, our top pick remains the Plus because of its larger screen, longer battery life và more versatile dual cameras. However, the i
Phone 8 remains one of the best small phones on the market, và an excellent choice for one of the best used smartphones, given how it"s gone down in price over the years.
Phone 8 & i
Phone 8 Plus review: Design
I’m torn about the look of the new i
Phones. On the one hand, the new glass back looks elegant while being less slippery than my matte black i
Phone 7 Plus. Apple’s new phones are also built stronger, with the company claiming that the i
Phone 8 và 8 Plus boast the most durable glass ever on a smartphone. This is due in part to lớn a deeper strengthening layer. (More on that in a moment.)
On the other hand, seeing bezels this large on a late-2017 phone above và below the display seems dated compared not just with the i
Phone X but also the Galaxy S8 & other apk phones that are going the edge-to-edge route. My complaint isn’t just about aesthetics; having smaller bezels makes it easier to use a phone with one hand và fit it in a front pocket.
I do lượt thích how the strong 7000 series aluminum band on the i
Phone 8 is color matched with the pearlescent rear. On the gold i
Phone 8 Plus I tested, the back looks like a true rose gold and less pink than previous model. I also tested the silver i
Phone 8, whose back is a less exciting gray. The new i
Phones are also available in Space Gray.
For us minimalists, there’s no small type saying where this device was assembled or its model number beneath the word i
Phone. Now, it just says i
Measuring 5.5 x 2.7 x 0.29 inches and weighing 5.2 ounces, the i
Phone 8 is a bit heavier & a smidge thicker than the i
Phone 7 (5.4 x 2.6 x 0.28 inches, 4.9 ounces), but I barely noticed the difference. I’m guessing the extra girth comes from adding the wireless-charging capability and reinforced glass back. The i
Phone 8 Plus (7.1 ounces, 0.3 inches thick) sees a similar small bump up versus the i
Phone 7 Plus (6.6 ounces, 0.29 inches).
While the i
Phone 8 và 8 Plus still lack a tai nghe jack, music lovers will appreciate that they sound better sans headphones, thanks khổng lồ stereo speakers that are now 25 percent louder. When I streamed “An Honest Mistake” by The Bravery, I noticed deeper bass & more natural-sounding vocals on the i
Phone 8 versus the i
Phone 7 Plus.
Phone 8 và i
Phone 8 Plus review: Durability
We tested the toughness of the i
Phone 8 by dropping it on its face onto wood from a height of 4 feet and 6 feet; we then dropped it on its edge và face onto concrete from 4 feet; we then dropped it on its edge và face from 6 feet onto concrete.
Phone 8 survived drops from 4 & 6 feet onto wood without incurring any damage. A 4-foot drop on its edge onto concrete caused a minor crack and scratching along the bottom, which grew larger with a face drop from 4 feet onto concrete.
Apple"s phone lasted all the way up lớn a 6-foot face drop onto concrete, when its screen stopped working. The result of this testing was that the i
Phone 8 achieved an okay toughness score of 4.9 out of 10. Khổng lồ see the results of other smartphones, as well as our complete scoring methodology, kiểm tra out our điện thoại cảm ứng drop tests.
Phone 8 & i
Phone 8 Plus review: Specs
Phone 8 Plus
|Price||$699, $849||$799, $949|
|CPU||A11 Bionic||A11 Bionic|
|Capacity||64, 256 GB||64, 256 GB|
|Rear Camera||12-MP||Dual 12-MP (f/1.8, f/2.8)|
|Front Camera||7-MP Face|
|Unlocking Method||Touch ID||Touch ID|
|Colors||Space Gray, Silver, Gold||Space Gray, Silver, Gold|
|Screen Size (Resolution)||4.7-inches (1334 X 750)||5.5-inches (1920 X 1080)|
|Size||5.5 x 2.7 x 0.29 inches||6.2 x 3.1 x 0.3 inches|
|Weight||5.22 ounces||7.13 ounces|
iIf ever there was an apt name for a processor, A11 Bionic is it. This cpu absolutely smokes every app android phone on the planet. The A11 Bionic is a six-core CPU, with two performance cores that promise a 25 percent boost in performance over the A10, và four high-efficiency cores that promise up lớn a 70 percent improvement. Last but not least is an Apple-designed GPU that’s supposed khổng lồ be 30 percent faster.
Phone 8 và i
Phone 8 Plus review: Performance
On Geekbench 4, which measures overall performance, the i
Phone 8 was in another league, turning in a multicore score of 10,170. The i
Phone 8 Plus was a bit faster at 10,472. The Galaxy lưu ý 8, complete with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chip và 6GB of RAM, scored 6,564. That means the i
Phone 8 is a whopping 54 percent faster than the fastest apk flagship.
To put those numbers in perspective, the i
Phone 8 also beats the 7th-generation chip core i5 Mac
Book by a tad, which turned in 9,213 on Geekbench 4. The Dell XPS 13, our favorite Windows laptop, hit 7,159. For more on one these comparisons mean, see our in-depth article on the i
Phone 8"s performance.
There was an even bigger performance gap on 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited, which measures graphics performance. The i
Phone 8 & i
Phone 8 Plus notched 62,352 and 64,412, respectively, compared with 39,834 for the note 8. So Apple’s handsets pack about 63 percent more graphics might.
What about real-world performance? We edited and exported the same 2-minute 4K video video clip on the i
Phone 8, Galaxy chú ý 8 and Galaxy S8 using the Adobe Premiere đoạn clip app, and it wasn’t even close. The i
Phone 8 finished the task in 42 seconds, compared with more than 3 minutes for the Galaxy note 8 và more than 4 minutes for the Galaxy S8+.
Phone 8 also opened larger apps faster than both its predecessor and the top android phone right now. It took the handset 11 seconds to lớn fully load the Injustice 2 game, compared with 14.53 seconds for the i
Phone 7 Plus và 19 seconds for the note 8.
For more results, including opening a large file, check out our in-depth i
Phone 8 tốc độ tests.
Phone 8 and i
Phone 8 Plus review: Cameras
With a bigger & faster sensor, the 12-megapixel camera on the i
Phone 8 and i
Phone 8 Plus takes some of the best-looking photos I’ve seen from a phone. In fact, some shots I took outshone the stellar Galaxy lưu ý 8, which was previously rated our best camera phone. Now the i
Phone 8 Plus is in the top spot, and you can check out our camera face-off with the note 8 lớn see the results for yourself.
Take this photo of colorful flowers near Madison Square Park. The leaves’ edges on the i
Phone 8 shot have a subtle orange toward the tip and more sharpness overall, while the lưu ý 8’s photo isn’t as well defined và misses some of the gradation in hues.
In low light, the i
Phone 8 and lưu ý 8 were dead even regarding detail, but the i
Phone 8 produced more natural-looking colors with this group of toys. Furby in particular has the right pink, and the Tygra figure in the i
Phone 8 shot is less blurry.
Phone did a better job overall with this tricky image of the Flatiron Building, as the flower in the foreground is sharper and the xanh sky và clouds look realistic. On the lưu ý 8, the sky got blown out, but the building itself pops more because it’s brighter.
But the note 8 fought back in another shot of a fountain; while the i
Phone 8 offered more detail when zoomed in, Samsung’s image made the leaves look brighter in the surrounding trees.
Just as with the i
Phone 7 Plus, the i
Phone 8 Plus offers a true 2x optical zoom via its second telephoto lens, but now you can have a lot more fun with portraits. Portrait Mode stil artfully blurs out the background with the so-called bokeh effect — and it looks a little more natural now — while a new Portrait Lighting feature (in beta) lets you adjust the lighting of your shots before & after you shoot with several effects.
I took some portrait photos of my colleague Caitlin, & I was very impressed with the subtle but powerful changes Portrait Lighting can make to lớn a photo. When I switched from Natural lớn Studio light, Caitlin’s face became brighter without blowing out the shadows. The Contour setting introduced more contrast and shadows, which is kind of like adding makeup.
The Studio Light feature is the most ambitious effect, as it strips out the existing background & makes it totally black. And, if you want something even more dramatic, you can go for black và white with Stage Light Mono.
However, the Stage Light effect could be hit or miss; you need khổng lồ get in pretty close to the person’s face lớn get the best results, và long hair can look a bit unnatural when it gets cut off and put on black. In addition, I noticed that this effect took longer lớn process than the others. Lớn be fair, Portrait Lighting is in beta and could improve via software updates.
Phone 8 Plus doesn’t have all the fun. There are new Live Photo effects in i
OS 11 that work with both new hãng apple handsets. Loop replays the action, while the even cooler bounce plays the motion backward and forward, as seen in this jump by my colleague Kenneth.
The cảnh báo 8 still has one key advantage over the i
Phone 8 Plus in that both of the dual lenses on Samsung’s phone have optical image stabilization, which means better low-light performance when zooming & steadier footage when shooting video. The i
Phone X will have OIS on both lenses.
Phone 8 and i
Phone 8 Plus review: Video
Phone 8 & 8 Plus both step up their đoạn clip game, as they now record 4K resolution clip at up lớn 60 frames per second (up from 30 fps before), và you can now capture slo-motion footage at a super-slow 240 fps without sacrificing sharpness, as it’s in 1080p. Other phones lượt thích the note 8 & Galaxy S8 are stuck at 720p. The Sony Xperia XZ Premium shoots at a much slower 960 fps, but that’s also at 720p.
To evaluate the 4K capabilities, I shot some footage at Bryant Park in thủ đô new york City, và I could make out nearly every crook & cranny in a water fountain, including the angry stone faces spitting out the water. The i
Phone 8 also had no problem rendering multiple birds as they flew by without distortion. I could even see the fine mist from the fountain as I panned lớn the right toward the sun.
I’m a sucker for slow-mo dog footage, so I turned the i
Phone 8 Plus on my golden retriever to see how it could handle him retrieving a tennis ball. The grass could look a little crisper, but it was still pretty cool lớn see his fur swaying & jowls bouncing as he ran toward me.
Phone 8 and i
Phone 8 Plus review: Augmented reality
Thanks to i
OS 11, you can enjoy augmented-reality apps using Apple’s ARKit giải pháp công nghệ on any phone running the software with an A9 or newer chip. So that means even the i
Phone SE & older i
Phone 6s can use a growing number of truly immersive apps that employ the camera’s live view và overlay anything on top, from games and trang chủ furnishings khổng lồ educational content.
But the i
Phone 8 và i
Phone 8 Plus (as well as the upcoming i
Phone X) have been especially optimized for AR via the A11 Bionic chip, calibrated cameras & a new gyroscope and accelerometer. I tried out a few apps và came away impressed, but I was also left wanting more, as there’s not a ton of options — yet.
What is available shows off ARKit’s potential. The Insight
Heart app, for example, displays the wireframe of a human in front of you along with his heart. You then you can learn about this very important organ by getting in really close và looking at it from multiple angles.
I can see a lot of people using the Ikea app to figure out how furniture looks in their abode before they buy. I replaced the desk in my home office with a white Micke desk and added a chaise from the Soderhamn collection. The i
Phone 8 did a pretty good job scanning the room even without much light, though the furniture itself looked more like animations than the real thing.
The Thomas và Friends Minis phầm mềm is something I wish I had when my kids were younger. You can build your own train tracks right on the table in front of you. I felt lượt thích a kid again when the train jumped in the air off one of the ramps & flipped right in front of me. You can even walk around the virtual track to take in different views. It’s pretty amazing.
Other ARKit apps are on the way, including an MLB tiện ích that will show you a live view of who’s on what base when you’re at the game, along with key player stats. Và I’m really looking forward to lớn Warhammer 40K Freeblade, a robot-fighting game. I spent a bit of time with The Machines, a real-time multiplayer strategy game, và I was impressed not just with the graphics but how the sound intensified as I got closer to the action.
What I’d lượt thích to see is a dedicated section in the app Store for AR experiences, which I’m guessing is on the horizon, given the overhaul of the app Store that i
OS 11 has introduced.
Phone 8 and i
Phone 8 Plus review: Displays
Given that the i
Phone X boasts a beautiful 5.8-inch OLED display with 2436 x 1125 pixels, và the Galaxy S8 & S8 Plus thể thao 5.8 and 6.2-inch quad OLED screens, there’s no question that the LCDs on the i
Phone 8 & i
Phone 8 Plus are a step behind. They just don’t have the sharpness, wide viewing angles and perfect blacks the OLED competition has.
Nevertheless, táo bị cắn dở has made some improvements to lớn the 5.5-inch, 1920 x 1080 screen on the i
Phone 8 Plus and the almost-puny-by-modern-standards 4.7-inch, 1334 x 750 panel on the i
For starters, the True Tone feature has migrated from the i
Pad to the i
Phone, which automatically adjusts the trắng balance on the display lớn match the ambient light. This can reduce eye strain. The two LCDs also benefit from a wide màu sắc gamut, as evidenced when I compared a photo of a lake; a gray house looked more trắng on the i
Phone 7 Plus’ screen, và greens looked more lush on the i
Phone 8 Plus.
On our lab tests, the i
Phone 8 và 8 Plus delivered a very good 119.6 percent and 122.5 percent of the màu sắc gamut. That’s great for an LCD, but trails OLED phones like the lưu ý 8 (204 percent) and the Galaxy S8 (183 percent).
Apple’s phones vày offer very accurate hues, though, as they turned in a Delta-E accuracy ratings of 0.89 & 0.25 (0 is perfect). Samsung’s OLED handsets vị well here, too, as the Galaxy S8 scored 0.28 and the cảnh báo 8 0.5.
Phone 8 and i
Phone 8 Plus review: Battery life
Despite the serious speed boost, both the i
Phone 8 and the i
Phone 8 Plus offer slightly longer endurance than their predecessors — noteworthy since táo apple was only promising similar battery life to the i
Phone 7 & 7 Plus with its new phones.
On the Tom’s Guide Battery Test, which involves continuous website surfing over 4G LTE (in this case T-Mobile), the i
Phone 8 lasted 9 hours & 54 minutes, which is slightly above the 9:40 điện thoại cảm ứng average. The Galaxy S8, by comparison, turned in a longer runtime of 10:39. Last year’s i
Phone 7 hit 9:03.
Phone 8 Plus lasted an even better 11 hours & 16 minutes, which will put it on our list of longest-lasting phones and also puts it on a par with the Galaxy note 8 (11:11). The Galaxy S8+ was in the same ballpark at 11:04, while the older i
Phone 7 Plus lasted 10:35.
Phone 8 & i
Phone 8 Plus review: Wireless charging
The good news is that the i
Phone 8 và i
Phone 8 finally tư vấn wireless charging, and they should work with any charging pad that supports the Qi standard. When using Belkin’s $59 Boost Up pad, I found that the i
Phone 8 Plus charged at about the same pace as when connected via Lightning cable.
In the case of this Belkin & the similarly priced Mophie Charging Base, both will tư vấn faster wireless charging at 7 watts once hãng apple rolls out an update later this year. They’re currently outputting 5 watts, which is the same as the standard Lightning wired charger.
Phone 8 and i
Phone 8 Plus are capable of reaching 50 percent charge in just 30 minutes over a wired connection, but only if you invest in additional gear. You’ll need lớn spring for a 29-watt USB-C power adapter ($49) và a USB-C khổng lồ Lightning cable ($15 to lớn $25). That’s pretty crappy given that phones lượt thích the Galaxy S8 come with a fast wired charging adapter và cable in the box.
Phone 8 & i
Phone 8 Plus review: Software
In day-to-day use with the i
Phone 8, I’d say the biggest changes you’ll notice in i
OS 11 will be the new Control Center, Live Photo effects in the camera & a more immersive ứng dụng Store. Siri also has a more natural-sounding voice.
Control Center is now easier khổng lồ use because it crams more controls into a smaller space. For instance, the wireless controls & music controls are now on the same screen. When you long-press on one of the controls, you’ll see additional options, such as Night Shift & True Tone for brightness. However, I’m still waiting for táo bị cắn dở to make it easier to lớn change Wi-Fi networks by long-pressing the Wi-Fi icon.
If you want khổng lồ discover new apps, và you’re tired of scrolling through vị trí cao nhất lists, the new ứng dụng Store will be a breath of fresh air. You can see spotlight stories on specific apps, và there’s a redesigned Games section that makes it easier to lớn discover new titles in multiple genres.
Phone 8 & i
Phone 8 Plus review: Verdict
The $699 i
Phone 8 và $799 i
Phone 8 Plus represent a leap forward in performance and camera quality,but I wish they came in packages that looked và felt more “new.” That’s why I’m personally waiting for the $999 i
Phone X, which also adds Face ID và a more colorful OLED screen. Still,both i
Phones 8 have very good LCD screens,better sound than their prededessors,wireless charging & strong battery life — và for more accessible prices,to boot.
If you’re into Android, Samsung doesn’t make you choose between getting a cutting-edge design and spending close to lớn a grand. The $750 Galaxy S8 and $850 S8+ deliver great cameras and edge-to-edge OLED screens for just a bit more than the i
Phone 8 and 8 Plus. However, neither Galaxy phone can touch the performance of the i
Phone 8, & I expect them to trail táo bị cắn on the augmented-reality phầm mềm front. Want dual cameras? You’ll have lớn spend $930 and up for the chú ý 8, which approaches i
Phone X territory.
Overall, my pick between the two new i
Phones is the i
Phone 8 Plus. It gives you a significantly bigger screen than the i
Phone 8, longer battery life và more versatile dual cameras for just $100 more. The regular i
Phone 8 is good, but 4.7 inches just doesn’t cut it for me anymore.
In another place and another time, the apple i
Phone 8 Plus would have been one of the hottest things around. Swathed in hype, causing a stir, bringing the free ride of the competition"s flagships to lớn an abrupt and painful halt.
This turbo-powered, glass-clad, sharp-shooting & fast-charging piece of a điện thoại cảm ứng thông minh classic seems to have everything. Except... Time. No, it"s not going anywhere. It"s just that its days as one of the hottest things around are numbered. Now, we"re sure you know what we mean, so let"s slow down và start over. Time isn"t always a luxury - just don"t tell this khổng lồ an i
Phone 8 Plus.
The 8 series is about to leave generations of i
Phones behind. It"s been ten years of refining the visionary i
Phone. We saw it grow bigger, better, more durable, more powerful. Táo kept adding more screen real estate, more processing power & advanced camera features. In spite of all novelties, the i
Phone essence was always there, underneath the fancy add-ons. Now, that"s about to change.
Apple isn"t just on the verge of breaking clean from the past. The future has already begun with the i
Phone 8 & 8 Plus. But it doesn"t belong lớn them.
Back to the here and now, the táo khuyết i
Phone 8 Plus comes across as the usual incremental upgrade. The 8 Plus gets lớn keep its overall styling but swaps aluminum for glass and finally gets wireless charging. The new A11 Bionic chipset boasts an extra two power-efficient cores and, for the first time ever, an in-house GPU. Then the base i
Phone storage has been doubled and now starts at 64GB.
Browsing the camera specs leave the wrong impression of copy & paste from the i
Phone 7 Plus, when in fact both of the dual 12MP sensors have bigger pixels, backed by a superior flash và an exclusive new Portrait Lightning mode, which hopes to make the portrait shots look even better.
Finally, the screen size and resolution might be the same, but táo khuyết has added HDR10 và Dolby Vision support, as well as i
Pad"s True Tone màu sắc adjustment for life-like color presentation.
Apple i Body: Aluminum 7000 frame, reinforced glass front & rear, IP67 certified for water và dust resistance. Gold, Space Gray, and Silver color options. Screen: 5.5" 16M-color LED-backlit IPS LCD screen of 1080p resolution, 401ppi. True Tone adjustment via four-channel ambient light sensor, wide color gamut, cảm ứng 3 chiều OS: táo bị cắn i
Phone 8 Plus key features
OS 11 Chipset: Hexa-core (2 Monsoon + 4 Mistral) 2.09GHz apple CPU, tri-core apple GPU, 3GB of RAM, táo bị cắn A11 Bionic So
C Camera: Dual 12MP camera: wide-angle F/1.8 + telephoto F/2.8, live bokeh effects (including Portrait mode & Portrait Lightning), optical image stabilization, 2x lossless zoom, quad-LED flash with slow sync, phase detection tự động focus, wide màu sắc capture Video recording: 2160p
30fps đoạn phim Storage: 64GB or 256GB of built-in storage Connectivity: 4G LTE Cat.12 (600Mbps); Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac; bluetooth 5.0; Lightning port; GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, QZSS; NFC (Apple Pay and for the first time for NFC tag reading too) Battery: 2,691m
Ah battery, wireless charging (Qi compatible) Misc: Stereo speakers, Pressure-sensitive home key with fingerprint scanner, Taptic Engine
Main shortcomingsthiết kế is getting long in the tooth now being used for the fourth year in a row Big screen bezels (soon to lớn look even bigger in comparison lớn the i
Phone X) No 3.5mm audio jack (ships with a Lightning-to-3.5mm adapter) No micro
SD slot i
Tunes is still required for manual music upload No fast charger provided in the box (and the optional one is expensive) clip camera still recording mono audio only
Indeed, the i
Phone 8 Plus seems lượt thích a regular update but with the right touches in the right places. The screen bezels are here lớn stay but probably for the last time. The audio jack is already a goner, that"s for sure, while memory expansion was never meant lớn be.
Some may still have gripes with the over-reliance on the i
Tunes software for music transfer to the phone, but in times of táo apple Music, Spotify, Google Music, and Groove - we think this is another issue we mention one last time.
Phone 8 Plus is fresh off the assembly lines, but the i
Phone X is just around the corner, while the i
Phone 7 Plus is still relevant and cheaper.
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