Not very popular compared to iPhone 6S, iPhone 7 or the mighty iPhone X, Apple iPhone 8 feels trapped in an old era clawing its way back to the market. Should you buy it at this stage or is it outdated for the right reasons? Read our review to find out.

Apple iPhone 8 Review

As someone who switched from iPhone SE to iPhone 8, I have been struggling to find the reasons this phone is not as famous as the other Apple flagships. The only thing I could point my finger to was the price. Why would someone pay 200 dollars extra for almost the same specs packaged both in iPhone 7 and iPhone 8? 

Apple iPhone 8 – Pros

  • Speedy Processor
  • Stellar Camera
  • Slick Software
  • Long Lasting Battery
  • Loud Speakers

Apple iPhone 8  – Cons

  • Saturated Display
  • Fragile Build Quality
  • Price Range Overshadows it between iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone X

Apple iPhone 8 – Specs

  • Screen: 4.7-inch Retina HD IPS LCD, 60.9 cm2 (~65.4% screen-to-body ratio)
  • Resolution: 1,334 × 750 pixels, 16:9 ratio (~326 ppi density)
  • Storage: 64/256 GB
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Processor: Apple A11 Bionic
  • Camera: 12MP rear, 7MP front
  • Video: 4K at 60fps, 1080p at 240fps
  • Bluetooth: Version 5.0
  • Battery: 1821 mAh
  • Wireless Charging: Yes
  • Price: $700
  • TechSeerreview: Hands-on

Design

iOS users have seen minimal changes in the design-build quality of iPhones ever since their 2014 launch of iPhone 6. From the distressing loss of headphone jack to the integration of recessed TouchID, every iPhone after iPhone 6 has the same feel to it.

Coming from a person who’s used iPhone SE and lesser generations for some years, iPhone 8 feels premium in the hand. The aluminum back has given way to glass and although deemed as the most durable glass, it is prone to cracks. In a period of two months, I’ve dropped my iPhone 8 a couple of times (damn you, small hands) which left the phone abraded from the rear camera. I’m pretty sure a few more drops and the rear camera will shatter.

Although Apple has introduced a polish look with a glass back, the disappointment sets in when you look at the front of the phone. You’re stuck with an upsetting familiarity. “I already had this, why did I buy it again,” would be mulled over in back of your minds if you were looking for the wow factor after spending all that money.

The thing that I disliked the most about the design is the camera bump at the back. The rear camera is at the top left corner of the phone and protrudes outward. When you put your phone down it will always rest on the camera, another reason to invest in a phone case. So yes the glass back is premium, but you would not get to see it much.

Display & Sound

iPhone 8’s display is bright with good viewing angles, and one of the best IPS LCD. One week with this and you would hate to go back to your SE. I’ve been reading Wuthering Heights without any eye strain for five hours and have been reviewing top AppStore games (stay around for them) with this phone. Except when sleepy, there haven’t been any blue light issues causing me to put the phone down.

It reminded me of Macbook Retina display due to their inordinate resemblance. I was a little bit disappointed with the saturated display. With the exception of the home button being morphed to a Touch ID, there is no difference between iPhone 6 and iPhone 8’s screen. We were expecting to see something different from an iPhone 7 screen but were disappointed with the identicality. TouchID is immensely fast but Apple, we needed more.

To back up my statement, let’s put it in an analyst way. iPhone 8 measures 5.45 × 2.65 inches, yet it has a 4.7-inch screen with a resolution of 750 x 1334 pixels. The Galaxy S9, measures almost the same 5.81 × 2.7 inches but comes with a 5.8-inch display with a resolution of 1,440 x 2,960 pixels.

We all do miss the headphone jack but at this phone, it’s been consigned to oblivion amidst the daily mundane life. Disregarding the jack (how dare I? well, move on), the audio quality on iPhone 8 is unbelievable. People saying it’s the same as iPhone 6 are right. If you cover the speakers on your iPhone 8, the muffled audio you hear is the audio you can hear on iPhone 6 at all times. That’s how loud the speakers are.

Hardware and Software

When released in 2017, iPhone 8 crashed multiple times. It was only when the phone’s software upgraded to iOS 11.4 that the performance increased. 11.4 runs, mind my informality, slick on this phone. And with Apple announcing iOS, 12, this phone is going to be much faster.

Bluetooth 5.0 makes the connection super fast. Also, voice quality on iPhone 8 is incredible. I had to use my headphones for attending calls on my iPhone SE but not with this one. The voice is loud and clear and the phone does not heat quickly for a troubled connection.

The processing speed of a digital device cannot be measured up to the software it runs. but also on the backbone behind that software. What iPhone 8 lacks in design and display, it makes it up with its innovative hardware. Apple’s A11 bionic chipset is, as an IT student would call it, powerful. The two high-performance cores combined with four efficiency cores is rocking an architect’s dream. Not only that, It also comes with Apple GPU (three core graphics).

For us, that means the iPhone 8, equipped with this new chipset, is incredibly fast.

In our OnePlus 6 review, we rated the phone to be packed with the most powerful processing speed because of its AnTuTu scores. Next came Samsung Galaxy S9. When ran through these tests, iPhone 8 beat the records set by Galaxy S8 and HTC U11. Although OnePlus6 still stands atop, iPhone 8 scores were admiring considerin its release in 2017.

The chipset that comes packed with iPhone 8 is the same in the later generations, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X. Although they have 3GB RAM instead of iPhone’s 8 2GB, it didn’t raise any issues for me. Navigating between Google Maps and Fortnite was smooth. We could easily resume Youtube after responding to an urgent call. We cannot compare the performance to the present flagships as there were no issues found with them either, but this smartphone does work flawlessly.

Battery Life

Apart from the A11 chipset, the battery life is what makes the iPhone 8 sets apart from iPhone 7. The battery life is boosted to provide an hour or two more than its predecessor. You can easily get through a whole day with your basic iMessages, social media connectivity, and browsing. However, for more battery consuming applications, VR/AR games or Snapchat (why they do eat up so much battery?) you’ll have to plug in midday.

The battery life isn’t a match to iPhone 8 plus or iPhone X, with the latter two providing an additional battery life of 50 minutes to one hour. Larger display calls in for more battery life, but this is unquestionably good for a smaller device.

Camera

I saved the best one for the last. Without a doubt, the camera in iPhone 8 is what’s having me swooned all over it. It’s stellar. I faced no issues in any way. Also, it is much more improved than the previous generations. The images are detailed even in low lighting. And the video quality is stunning. The video resolution can go up to 4K at 60 fps.

VERDICT FOR iPhone 8

Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus has brought the maximum sales to the company and iPhone X is not even close. Apart from the similar display and design compared to iPhone 7, Apple iPhone 8 brings a fast processor, slick software, stellar camera and an improved battery life to the table. Camera quality is almost the same as in iPhone X.

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