iphone 8

As if one new iPhone wasn’t enough, here’s an up­date to the ex­ist­ing line, with the X’s smarts at a lower price

T3 - - Gadget Guru -

The daz­zle com­ing off the iPhone X might out­shine iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, but don’t ig­nore them, be­cause they look like great phones, start­ing at £699 for 8 and £799 for the 8 Plus.

They’ve got the power of the new A11 Bionic chip, wire­less charg­ing and up­graded 12MP cam­eras that let in 83% more light (same as the X). As with the 7 mod­els, the 8 Plus’ dual cam­era is the real gem, be­cause it works with the new Por­trait Light­ing fea­ture (though only one lens fea­tures op­ti­cal sta­bil­i­sa­tion, un­like the X, where both do).

The de­sign is sim­i­lar to pre­vi­ous iPhones, with the back curv­ing into the hand, al­low­ing it to feel as pre­mium as the cost sug­gests – they may be cheaper than the X, but they’re still flag­ship phones. The build has shifted slightly, though, and we now have a glass back, which al­lows for wire­less charg­ing. It feels a lit­tle less ro­bust than metal, but you’ll be able to juice up your phone more con­ve­niently.

The glass back means there’s not as much of a curve as be­fore, with a slight join be­tween the glass and the metal frame. It’s still recog­nis­ably an iPhone, of course.

It feels nice in the hand, but it’s still a strug­gle to get your fin­ger the whole way across the Plus-sized phone – the iPhone X is so much more us­able de­spite hav­ing a larger screen, be­cause it’s taller and thin­ner. The 4.7-inch iPhone 8 is more us­able, but we tend to pre­fer the 8 Plus be­cause it of­fers ex­tra bat­tery life and the bet­ter cam­era.

dis­play déjÀ vu

Sadly, the screen on the 8 mod­els isn’t ob­vi­ously up­graded from the 7 mod­els. Well, we say ‘sadly’, but the screen from last year on the Plus was a Full HD 5.5-inch dis­play that was clear and crisp, and didn’t rob the bat­tery of power just to pack in the pix­els. The smaller 8 has a less sharp 1136x640 screen, which is a bit weak at this price, though it’s bright, with gor­geous colours.

There is one key tweak to the screen, though, which is True Tone sup­port (also on the X), where the screen’s colour tem­per­a­ture changes to match the light­ing in the room you’re in. We ab­so­lutely love it, and go­ing back to reg­u­lar screens feels cold and nasty.

There are also stereo speak­ers which are up to 25% louder than the 7 mod­els, with richer bass.

It’s hard to shake the feel­ing that the iPhone 8 Plus is the op­tion for the iPhone 6S Plus up­grader who doesn’t want the ex­pen­sive iPhone X, which is def­i­nitely un­fair. This is the best iPhone on the mar­ket for those who don’t want to spend silly money, and sup­port for the most ad­vanced fea­tures such as Por­trait Light­ing is fan­tas­tic.

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