- 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 It’s just that Apple immediately superseded the 8 Plus with the announcement of the more advanced Apple iPhone X.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.”
What the Critics Are Saying...
- Sambit Satpathy, BGR
Though there’s a lot that still works in the iPhone 8 Plus’ favor, I find it difficult to recommend someone spend their precious money on it. While the internals are able to match up to other premium devices available today, the same can’t be said about the other features. The design feels downright...
Having lived with the iPhone 8 Plus out of choice since launch, do we regret our decision not to go with the iPhone X? Not one bit. As for niggles - our experience tells us that a large number those that we encountered are software based and should be resolved over time.
- Alex Choros, WhistleOut
The design is well and truly showing its age, but the iPhone 8 Plus is the most pragmatic device in the 2017 iPhone family. You'll get up to two days of battery, two great rear-facing cameras, lightning fast performance, and a stunning True Tone display; it's almost everything you could want from a...
- Jared Peters, Talk Android
Is the iPhone 8 Plus a good phone? Absolutely. No smartphone can match the iPhone in single device sales, and despite having a shorter feature list, Apple takes the features it does offer and nails them like no one else can.
- Nimish Dubey, TechPP
It is a super smooth performer and for all its “predictable” design, still stands out from the crowd. As far as we are concerned, it is definitely a worthy upgrade from the iPhone 7 Plus.
Prices (Where to Buy)
Apple backs up the iPhone 8 Plus with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.
If your iPhone 8 Plus has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Apple support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Apple's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.
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