What should you expect from this iPhone 8 plus review?
In four words: massive, safe and cheap.
The iPhone 8 plus is no iPhone XS but at least it wouldn’t take a big chunk out of your account.
iPhone 8 plus marks the last batch of iPhones which has the traditional home button. The smartphone is quite great, but we also feel it is unexciting compared with the iPhone 7 plus.
Although we already got the iPhone XS, iPhone XR, and iPhone XS Mac, Apple has still kept the 8 Plus on sale which could make one think it has some promising features to offer.
We are going to look above, under, over, and into the smartphone in this iPhone 8 plus review and tell you what to expect and things to consider before getting this phone.
The iPhone 8 plus features many improvements from the iPhone 8 including a better battery and bigger screen and compared to the iPhone XS, its price is also an advantage.
Fast and wireless charging
Powerful dual-lens camera
Great speed and performance
No microSD slot
No 3.5mm audio jack
Display Size: 5.5 inches
Resolution: 1440 x 2960 pixels
Weight: 202g 7.5mm thickness
OS: iOS11, up to iOS 12.1
CPU: Hexa-core (2x Monsoon + 4x Mistral)
Storage: 64/256GB, (no microSD card slot)
Main Camera: 12MP Quad-LED dual-tone flash. HDR
Selfie Camera: 7MP, Face detection, HDR
Battery: Non-removable Li-lon 2691 mAh battery. Talk time of 21 hours
COMMS: Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi, wireless charging
Sensors: Fingerprint (front-mounted), proximity, gyro, compass, barometer
iPhone 8 Plus Review: Display and Design
When it comes to the design and build quality of the iPhone 8 plus we can conclude that Apple made a slip-up.
The design pretty much outdated and cheap when compared to the iPhone 6 plus
and the iPhone 7 plus
. It seems that Apple was trying to save money on phone design.
Another slip up by Apple is the weight. The iPhone 8 plus much heavier than the iPhone 7 plus
and iPhone 6 plus.
At 202g, it is 7g heavier than the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 which is much larger than the iPhone 8 plus in size.
We also have issues with the width which would make it hard for users to hold with one hand. At 78.1mm, it is pretty wide and you can consider the iPhone 8 plus a two-hand device.
Another slip-up we believe Apple made is with the back of the 8 plus. The back is made of metal instead of glass and although this might give it a shiner and smoother look, it also makes it more fragile and you have to worry about both the screen and the back of your phone getting cracked.
Still, on the back, we still got more bad news. The rear cameras still stick out which means you can’t lay the 8 plus flat on a hard surface. The best solution is to use a phone case.
The iPhone 8 plus is available in several colours – Silver, Gold, Red and Space Grey.
iPhone 8 Plus Review: Battery
The iPhone 8 plus comes with a boost in battery life, although at 2691 mAh it might not look like much, but it can boast of a talk time of 21 hours.
For music lovers, you can get a talk time of 60 hours if you use your iPhone as an mp3 player.
The iPhone 8 plus also has the wireless charging option due to the glass back, but it is quite slower than via cable.
iPhone 8 Plus Review: Camera
One of the amazing things about the iPhone 8 plus is its camera. It has two improved 12MP cameras on its rear which work together to produce sharper and clearer images.
Some key improvements like Portrait Mode, which supports flash photography and HDR (also available on 7 plus) and a new photo technique called Portrait Lightning make the camera quite fun and great at photo editing.
The 7MP front camera also holds much promise and offers a few improvements from the 7 plus, but the main thing we noticed is a much needed photo quality upgrade.
iPhone 8 Plus Review: Performance
The iPhone 8 plus runs on the iOS 11 which can be upgraded to the iOS 12. It is pretty fast just as we expected. The extra 1 GB of RAM makes multi-tasking much easier and faster and we can make promises of no lagging on this iPhone model.
iPhone 8 plus ROM storage starts at 64GB up to 256GB
iPhone 8 Plus Review: Sensors
The iPhone 8 plus doesn’t offer much promise with its sensors as it is lacking the Face ID feature.
It still has the fingerprint scanner which would still do just fine as in other models.
The iPhone 8 plus is water resistant and we noticed the headphone jack is missing.
iPhone 8 Plus Review: Conclusion
Why should I get the iPhone 8 plus instead of the iPhone X or iPhone XS?
The simple answer is the price.
The iPhone 8 plus is relatively cheaper than the X models.
It starts at E779 with 64GB of storage which is a little pricier than the Samsung Galaxy S8+
. For the 256GB of storage, it goes as high as E949.
Fortunately, the price of the iPhone 8 plus keeps going down and you would get it for a relatively cheaper amount depending on where you are buying from.
The iPhone 8 plus is a great phone, but it is also a big, chunky phablet. Its width and weight would be a problem for many users especially if you have to hold the phone with one hand.
Its design is dated, more of the 2014 look and we believe that Apple should have done more.
But if you are not fazed by the design, width and weight then the iPhone 8 plus is a great choice for you.
Its great dual-camera system, long lasting battery, fast performance, wireless charging feature and cheap price are good reasons to get iPhone 8 plus.
The iPhone 8 Plus is a great phone, but it’s not the best iPhone plus in the market right now.