A Quick Look at the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus

While a great deal of publicity has surrounded the release of the iPhone X, there are many consumers who prefer going with the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus in order to accommodate a somewhat limited budget.  How do these models stack up against previous versions, what is the main difference between the 8 and the 8 Plus and finally, are there any downsides to keep in mind?  Let’s answer these three questions.

The Differences Between the 8 and the 8 Plus

The main disparity between these two phones is the size of the display screen.  The iPhone 8 offers a screen of 4.7 inches while the Plus model has upgraded to a 5.5-inch screen.  However, we should also note that the Plus offers 1080p resolution.  This could be desirable for those who are looking for stream HD videos.  In terms of cameras, the Plus is equipped with an f/2.8 telephoto lens; ideal for snapping in-depth pictures or taking that occasional selfie.  Finally, the iPhone 8 Plus is said to offer up to 14 hours of battery life.  This is longer than the standard model which is associated with between 11 and 12 hours.

Design and Functionality

It is not unreasonable to assume that the iPhone 8 is more of an upgrade of the iPhone 7 as opposed to an entirely new model.  It appears quite similar although the addition of a rose gold tone is certainly a visual improvement.  However, there is a bit more than meets the eye in terms of functionality.  The iPhone 8 line has been equipped with the A11 Bionic chipset.  This allows users to download apps which would otherwise require a great deal of memory to function properly.  Also, the new chipset will expand the life of the battery between charges. Besides these two advancements, most users are not likely to notice a great difference when compared to the iPhone 7.

Wireless Charging

Some consumers were slightly disappointed that the iPhone 8 was not a truly revolutionary (we now appreciate that these efforts went towards the design of the iPhone X).  However, one noticeable addition is a glass back.  Not only does this provide a slightly sexy appeal to the phone, but a glass back also supports wireless charging.  Keep in mind that wireless charging is not faster than traditional plug-in methods, but it is much more convenient.

Our Verdict

The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are modest improvements over the iPhone 7; particularly in the case of a new chipset and the larger screen associated with the 8 Plus.  As the unit is priced noticeably lower when compared to the iPhone X, it could be a welcome option for those who are unable to afford the latest phone within this flagship franchise.