I pre-ordered the iPhone 8 Plus before I had a chance to play with it, and I’m still happy with my decision.
I wasn’t sure if I would be, considering Apple’s going to launch the iPhone X in November with more advanced features like facial recognition and a fancy display.
After a few days with the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, I’m pretty confident most folks are really going to like these devices, even if there is a better model on the horizon.
Basically, the iPhone X is going to be the device that gadget-heads who need the latest and greatest, and are willing to wait for it, will buy. The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are for everyone else, and while the design might feel like it’s getting old, they’re fantastic devices.
iPhone 8 vs iPhone 8 Plus
The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are almost identical when it comes down to specs. The latter has a 5.5-inch display instead of a 4.7-inch screen and has Apple’s more advanced cameras that allow you to take fancy portrait photos and zoom into objects (more on that later). It has a slightly bigger battery, too, but otherwise almost everything else is the same.
No, there still isn’t a headphone jack, but I’ve long moved on to using Bluetooth headphones. Apple includes a set of earbuds in the box that work over its Lightning port, however, so you’re not left out in the cold. You can always grab an adapter, too.
The stereo speakers, which fire sound from the top and bottom (or left and right in portrait mode) are louder and are easily among the best on a smartphone I’ve used. It’s really pleasing to sit on the couch and watch a TV show on the iPhone without hearing sound coming out of just one side of the phone.
The new iPhone 8 models feature a shiny glass back panel instead of aluminum, which Apple has used in almost all of its iPhones. The glass panel enables support for wireless charging, a feature Apple hasn’t ever offered before.