The iPhone 8 is a gradational updated iteration, compared to the iPhone 7 – it’s uncanny that Apple chose other than the 7S title here; as there’s only a handful of the latest technology on offer beyond the convalescent screen and more powerful and faster innards. However, it seems to be the best but boring iPhone by far. Let’s dig into the details of iPhone 8 hands-on review below.
What We Like?
- Finally Full HD
- New color gold is attractive
- Wireless charging
- Portrait Lighting is intuitive and useful
What We Don’t?
- All-glass design is less durable
- No dual camera, no Portrait Mode
Highlights Of iPhone 8 Hands-On Review:
iPhone 8 launches an all‑new glassful design. The world’s most famous camera, now even ampler. The smartest, most powerful chip ever in a smartphone. Wireless charging that’s actually effortless. And augmented reality experiences never before possible. iPhone 8. A new generation of iPhone. Here are the key features that given in a summarized form from our iPhone 8 Hands-on review.
- The most long-lasting glass ever in a smartphone, front and back. A color‑balanced, aerospace‑grade aluminum band. New space gray, silver, and gold finishes.
- Precision‑engineered to resist water and dust.
- The glass back enables easy wireless charging.
- All new 4.7‑inch and 5.5‑inch Retina HD displays.
- A Retina HD display that’s more elegant than ever. With True Tone, a full-color gamut, and 3D Touch.
- True Tone technology automatically fixes white balance to balance the radiants nearby you. For a pleasanter viewing experience in all kinds of conditions.
- With a wide color gamut and the best color efficiency in the industry, everything on the screen looks more dazzling and vibrant.
- Dual‑domain pixels proffer you a magnificent view of the screen from almost every angle.
- iPhone 8 stars a more superior 12MP camera. With a greater, faster sensor. A unique color filter, deeper pixels and optical image stabilization for photos and videos.
- Portrait mode on iPhone 8 Plus becomes even better. For sharper prominences and more naturally blurred backgrounds.
- Dual cameras and new facial landmarking create dramatic studio lighting effects in Portrait mode.
- The wide‑angle and telephoto lenses on iPhone 8 Plus facilitate optical zoom; as well as the digital zoom of up to 10x for photos and 6x for videos.
- Launching A11 Bionic. With four performance cores that are up to 70 percent more agile than A10 Fusion. And two efficiency cores that are up to 25 percent faster.
- A second‑generation performance manager gives more dynamism when you need it. While delivering the same great battery life.
- The new Apple‑designed three‑core GPU is up to 30 percent faster than A10 Fusion.
- A11 Bionic powers extraordinary augmented reality apps and games that will change the way you see the world.
- With no charging cable required, iPhone 8 is truly designed for the future of wireless.
Charge with wireless charging stations and mats in hotels, cafes, and airports around the world. You will get to know the details in our iPhone 8 hands-on review below.
- Introducing the AirPower mat. Just set your iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods anywhere on the mat to charge them wirelessly.
- It runs iOS 11; that is the most advanced, intuitive, and secure mobile operating system in the world. It’s designed to help you get the most out of iPhone.
- You can get to apps in Messages with fewer taps. Create bold new Live Photo effects. And discover new music with friends in Apple Music.
- Also, it allows you to experience mind‑blowing AR games and apps on the world’s largest platform for augmented reality.
Design And Build:
From the front, the iPhone 8 essentially looks a lot like its predecessor, the iPhone 7. Although the bezel is way bigger than the one on the iPhone X, it’s still a slick, classy-looking handset. When I first held it in my hand so that I could write iPhone 8 hands-on review in a more relevant way; I did not feel any less of iPhone 7.
Dimensions of 14 x 7 x 0.7cm (hwd) are not abnormal by smartphone standards; and the 4.7in screen has a 1334 x 750-pixel count – which shakes out at 326ppi. Contrast is a claimed 1400:1.
There have been a few key design improvements too. One example that I found while testing it for iPhone 8 hands-on review; is the way the antenna band now blends in much better with the overall design; whereas previously it was in stark contrast to the phone itself.
But the real style change is evident when you flip the phone over. The back of the iPhone, which has been aluminum since the iPhone 6, is now made of glass.
The silver, space gray and gold finishes gleam subtly, and the Apple logo is color-matched, giving an overall coherence to the phone.
The screen has been given an upgrade over the iPhone 7; which is the least we’d expect given that this phone has jumped a whole number forward.
It’s one of the most noticeable changes to the iPhone 8; with the 4.7-inch screen now coming with a Retina (Full) HD display, making it look sharper and more clear throughout your app use and web browsing.
Once again, this LCD screen is clear and bright to look at, with the new Retina display offering a nice-looking vista to peer at. That simply stunned me while writing this iPhone 8 hands-on review.
However, it pales in comparison to the OLED display of the iPhone X; and it definitely could do with being a touch brighter for the iPhone 8 to qualify as a real flagship phone given the current competition.
It’s got the True Tone technology we’ve enjoyed from the iPad Pro – and it does make a difference to the color of the display; however, in the demo area, it was hard to say if there was a massive change from the iPhone 7.
One of the main upgrades for the iPhone 8 is the new A11 Bionic chip inside, which is speculated to have been developed using a new 10nm process.
If that doesn’t mean much to you; it actually means the chip can run more smoothly; so the battery life can be extended and the power improvement; facilitating you to benefit from the advantage of new higher-power apps; and extending the life of the battery over earlier models.
But that’s not going to make a big difference from last year’s phone; simply because we’re already seeing iPhones becoming a little stronger than it should be for most apps; but it’ll keep things running smoother for longer.
When writing iPhone 8 hands-on review, I found that the chip is incredibly powerful for a phone of this size – and basically is used to push the AR experience. It seems a little like overkill for this handset; given that it doesn’t really have the higher-power camera; but the battery should be made more efficient as a result.
WIRELESS CHARGING AND PORTRAIT LIGHTING
The addition of wireless charging is one of a few key new “at last!” features Apple has brought to the iPhone 8 that’s useful enough to make anyone consider upgrading. Wireless charging is fabulous when it works.
The Qi protocol has one limitation, however: It doesn’t transmit effectively through thicker cases (and you ARE using a case, right?). We didn’t get a chance to try Apple’s new charging mat, which purports to juice up several different devices at different speeds simultaneously, but we look forward to testing this out.
The iPhone 7 introduced Portrait Mode and iPhone 8 enhances it with Portrait Lighting, which lets you switch the lighting scheme for a portrait among the various styles professionals might use in their studio. It wasn’t clear how to find Portrait Lighting, so I dug into the Photos app and clicked edit on what looked like a suitable shot.
A new wheel pops up at the bottom of the screen that simply and intuitively let me shuttle between the different modes, from Stage Light to Studio Light to Portrait Light. Easy to discover and to inspire, this is exactly the sort of thing that prompts people to upgrade.
Indeed, Apple has made steady, smart improvements to the cameras in its phones for years, and the iPhone 8 is no exception. Yes, it looks a lot like the 7. But the new cameras are more powerful, there’s optical image stabilization in both the 8 and the 8 Plus, and the autofocus is improved, according to Apple.
No doubt, there are many under the hood improvements to battery life and processing power, and the base model jumps up a bit regarding storage too.
The other big feature addition is AR. I tested this out briefly to write iPhone 8 hands-on review with a game. After a few seconds initializing the game and getting it to recognize the tabletop surface, giant robots clashed before my eyes. How was no one else noticing these things? AR takes robust processing power, but the iPhone 8 had no problems rendering, though the app was a little slow to load the first time.
Picture And Sound:
The picture quality on the new iPhone 8 is, broadly similar to that of the 7, but there’s one notable exception. The new Retina HD display adds True Tone, so ambient light is monitored and matched to provide a more natural effect.
At first, it looks like a subtle change – until you turn it off and see how blue the screen previously looked. It works as well here as it does on the iPad Pro, and it’s good to see Apple bringing this feature to its phones. Video recording is available at up to 4K quality (24, 30 or 60fps).
We haven’t been able to test the audio in a suitable environment, but Apple says it has redesigned the stereo speakers to offer deeper bass and go 25 percent louder than the speakers on the iPhone 7.
The iPhone 8 will run iOS 11, and all indications are it will support FLAC digital audio files. How Apple intends to exploit the possibilities of the FLAC format, regarding resolution and so on, is yet to be confirmed. But the addition of FLAC seems to have called time on both WAV and AIFF compatibility.
Apple has gone for a slight boost in the camera again, although it’s sticking with its tried-and-tested 12MP sensor in the back.
It’s – rather disappointingly – still the single sensor we saw on the iPhone 7 last year. It’s not terrible, as that phone was capable of taking some great pictures, but we’d hoped for two sensors this year.
That’s a feeling exacerbated by the jump to the iPhone 8 name – we’d have assumed this wouldn’t just be a minor camera upgrade.
The overall quality of the pictures is still superb though; you’re likely to be more than happy with your snaps, and zooming into images shows that things are still clear, bright and crisp.
The battery on Apple’s iPhone 8 is up to 8 percent smaller than that on last year’s iPhone 7, despite the new phone boasting similar battery life.
Figures published by TENAA, the Chinese wireless regulator, showed that the batteries in the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus have capacities of 1,821 and 2,675 milliampere hours (mAh) respectively, compared to the 1,900 and 2,900 mAh of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.
Apple often changes the size of batteries in its iPhones, even on models with similar dimensions. When it released the iPhone 6s two years ago, the battery was slightly smaller than its predecessor to make room for the introduction of 3D Touch. The absence of the headphone jack in last year’s iPhone 7 meant Apple was able to fit in a bigger battery.
It is unclear why Apple has reduced the size of the battery in the iPhone 8, but space is always at a premium inside smartphones. Since the battery is one of the biggest components, new additions to the phone often mean shaving down its size.
Although bigger batteries tend to mean longer life, milliampere hours are not a wholly reliable indication of how long a battery actually lasts.
Warranty And Pricing:
The iPhone 8 is going to be a far more palatable choice for those looking to spend a ‘normal’ amount on the phone, with the price not rising much from last year. The iPhone 8 price starts at $699 / £699 / AU$1,079 for the 64GB variant, while the larger, 256GB version is $849 / £849 / $1,329.
The Apple iPhone 8 comes with a one-year limited warranty that covers manufacturing defects. You cannot return an iPhone if the battery goes bad slowly, or its outer coating wears out or scratched due to use, and sadly, water damage does come under warranty either.
Our Point Of View:
The iPhone 8 is a surprising name for this phone, given in our iPhone 8 hands-on review; that Apple hasn’t really changed a whole heap – seemingly the company has preserved the significant changes for iPhone X.
There are the expected updates on board, mostly centered around the faster chipset (which Apple claims will lead to extended battery life), but on the whole, this phone pales in comparison to its impressive X-badged sibling. (this iPhone 8 hands-on review will be updated once the official updates hit the airwaves)
The screen is higher-res, which is welcome and looks a touch sharper and brighter in hand. However, it’s a lot more accessible cost-wise, so if you’re looking for a more affordable iPhone (relatively, it’s still a jolly expensive flagship phone like most out there), this is the one to go for.