- Steve Litchfield , iPhone Hacks
Apple’s typical launch claim that ‘this is the best iPhone we’ve ever made’ is absolutely true.
- Jonathan Bray , Expert Reviews
More of the same from Apple – just a little better in most departments and a little more expensive, too.
- Sharp, vibrant display
- Blazing fast performance
- Great battery life
- Excellent camera
- New camera modes for better lighting and background bokeh
- Heavy and unwieldy
- Overshadowed by iPhone X
Of all the phones Apple has released the iPhone 8 Plus has garnered the least amount of hype.
It’s not that it’s a bad phone. It’s just that Apple immediately superseded the 8 Plus with the announcement of the more advanced Apple iPhone X.
However, if you can’t afford the X, is the 8 Plus worth your money? Keep reading to find out!
If you’re looking for a stunning new design from the 8 Plus, you’ll be disappointed. Reviewers point out it looks almost exactly the same as its predecessor.
With that said, Apple added slight changes such as a durable glass rear. Though Apple touts it as the “most durable glass ever on an iPhone” experts still recommend a case.
But adding glass also added extra weight. The 8 Plus weighs around 202g without a case. For many, this was almost too heavy for comfortable use. Add in its width of 3.07 inches and it’s no wonder experts consider it bulky and unwieldy to use one-handed.
The 5.5 inch IPS display offers the same full HD experience as the iPhone 7 Plus. While not an improvement over previous models on paper, critics are quick to point out the display is crisp. They also noted excellent detail, good contrast and excellent natural color balance.
The one addition to the screen is True Tone technology, which adjusts the color temperature based on ambient light conditions. It’s a very subtle change. But when compared to a 7 Plus, reviewers found the display on the 8 Plus looked more natural.
The iPhone 8 Plus is no slouch in the performance department. It sports the same six-core A11 Bionic processor as the iPhone X.
When pitted against high-end Snapdragon chips, experts found it very comparable. In real life testing, they were blown away by its speed. They noticed no lag or delay—even when pushing the processor to the limit by multi-tasking, playing graphics intensive games or using an augmented reality app.
Battery life didn’t blow critics away, but they could get around a full day out of a single charge—even with intensive use. The 8 Plus also offers quick charging and wireless charging so you can top your phone off quickly if needed.
Cameras are one of the biggest draws for iPhones. The 8 Plus is no exception. The rear camera is a dual 12-megapixel lens setup. One has optical image stabilization and an f/1.8 lens while the other is an f/2.8 telephoto lens. Apple has also increased the size of the imaging sensor and added a new image signal processor.
All of this together means the 8 Plus should take amazing pictures. When reviewers tested it, this held true. The camera focused quickly on subjects. Reviewers also praised the camera for its detailed pictures with vibrant colors and great dynamic range regardless of lighting conditions.
The main update to the camera, however, is Portrait Mode and Portrait Lighting. Both use depth information and facial mapping to provide a creamy bokeh background and illuminate faces in difficult lighting situations.
While a decent phone, reviewers have a hard time recommending the iPhone 8 Plus. The Guardian states, “If you’re an iPhone-only buyer... don’t buy the iPhone 8 Plus at the very least until you’ve seen what the iPhone X is capable of…” Trusted Reviews adds, “I really like the iPhone 8 Plus, but I have a feeling I’m going to like the iPhone X more.”
Reviews (8.5/10 Avg. rating)
Represents a steady, safe update
The iPhone 8 Plus is a 7S Plus in all but name. There are plenty of improvements, yes, but it feels like Apple’s real focus this year has been on the iPhone X. I really like the iPhone 8 Plus, but I have a feeling I’m going to like the iPhone X more.
A refined 7 Plus with wireless charging
Wireless charging and pioneering video quality options aside, it’s a case of quiet refinement for the 8 Plus, bringing a camera experience that’s a little better and improved battery life.Read full review
One of the best phones you can buy
The iPhone 8 Plus is a mature version of a design that Apple’s been iterating on for four years. You know what you’re getting and it’s a solid phone.Read full review
Provides the best value of any new iPhone available
The iPhone 8 Plus holds fast to what has worked so well for the last 4 years: well-designed hardware integrated seamlessly with great software.Read full review
A curious case of a great smartphone that fails to excite
The Apple iPhone 8 Plus is a dependable workhorse and the default choice if you are looking for a pure performance flagship smartphone. However, it simply doesn't have the design and looks to match its performance credentials.Read full review
Fast but far from inspirational
The Apple iPhone 8 Plus is a decent phone. Its battery life is good, the cameras are (still) impressive and wireless charging is a nice touch even if it does come years behind its Android rivals. But it’s not the best you can buy.Read full review
Definitely a good phone, it is just very boring
On the whole, the Apple iPhone 8 Plus is a very safe release, and sadly, that means it isn’t very exciting. It keeps the same, ageing design of yesteryear with its bulky bezels and physical home button. Compared to 2017’s Android flagships – and even Apple’s own upcom...More
On the whole, the Apple iPhone 8 Plus is a very safe release, and sadly, that means it isn’t very exciting. It keeps the same, ageing design of yesteryear with its bulky bezels and physical home button. Compared to 2017’s Android flagships – and even Apple’s own upcoming iPhone X – the 8 Plus looks quite dated. The same is true of the software – iOS 11 has brought a new control centre, but other than that it is all a bit samey. More thought is required, I reckon.Read full review
Till the iPhone X comes, this is the best
I would buy this phone just for its camera. In fact, the sheer dependability and performance of this phone is good enough to make it a top contender in the premium segment. However, if you are already using an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, the jump might not make much sense.Read full review
A fine phone, but not the exciting iPhone
Plenty powerful, and more than capable. The iPhone 8 Plus is a testament to future Apple apps and services. Instantly the front runner for the future of Augmented Reality. Better video compression helps tremendously for reigning in video file sizes. Wireless charging is a welcome addition to this...More
Plenty powerful, and more than capable. The iPhone 8 Plus is a testament to future Apple apps and services. Instantly the front runner for the future of Augmented Reality. Better video compression helps tremendously for reigning in video file sizes. Wireless charging is a welcome addition to this ecosystem. All great positives for daily use, IF you can overlook the worn out design.Read full review
This generation of iPhone is all about minor upgrades
There's no denying the appeal of the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus: They're posh, exquisitely-crafted devices with powerful hardware, streamlined software, and some of the best camera experiences the smartphone industry is currently offering.Read full review
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