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The arrival of the iPhone 8 was not as highly anticipated as the previous iPhones. The arrival of this iPhone was overshadowed by the iPhone X. This happened because earlier this year Apple referred to the iPhone X as the future of smartphones.
The software and hardware in the iPhone X are superior to that of the iPhone 8. As a result of this many people believe that the iPhone 8 is outdated.
Maybe so, but I believe that both iPhones appeal to a different demographic. The iPhone X is significantly more expensive so there will be lots of people who would like to upgrade from the iPhone 7 who isn’t willing to pay the hefty price tag for the iPhone X. Those people can opt for the iPhone 8 instead.
iPhone 8 Design:
The design of the iPhone hasn’t changed very much since the release of the iPhone 6. The only noticeable difference in this year’s iPhone is the aluminum back panel that we’ve seen on the previous iPhones has been replaced with glass.
Apple claims that this glass is the most durable glass that has ever been placed on an iPhone. This glass panel makes the phone a bit heavier than it’s predecessor. But I think that this was a great decision on the part of Apple because the glass panel makes the phone easier to handle. However, the look and feel of the rest of the phone is very similar to its predecessors.
When you look at the latest LG or Samsung phone, and you compare them to their predecessors. You can see that there has been some significant advancements in technology. I wish Apple would do the same with the release of every phone.
This year’s iPhone has relatively thick bezels this is something that we’ve seen less of in the other smartphones on the market this year. The iPhone 8 has an IP67 certification. This means it’s water and dust resistant and it can be submerged in 1 meter of water for 30 minutes without having any adverse effects on the phone.
The 3.5mm headphone jack has been removed but the iPhone comes equipped with a 3.5mm Lightning headphone jack adapter in the box. Thus giving you the opportunity to use your old wired headphones via the adapter.
iPhone 8 Display Screen:
The display screen on this year’s iPhone is a 4.7in screen with a 1,334×750 resolution. This is very similar to its predecessors, and it’s a bit smaller than the display screen on some of the other premium smartphones that are currently on the market.
The picture quality of the display screen is good, the colors are rich and luminous. This phone has one of the best display screens on the market right now. However, the display screen could have been bigger if the bezels at the top and the bottom of the screen were thinner.
Apple’s True Tone technology is a great new feature that’s been added to the iPhone 8. This feature allows the display screen to determine the exact percentage and intensity of white light that’s needed. The concept behind this feature is that whites look a bit different when viewed under different settings.
However, the True Tone will automatically adjust the display screen in real time to make the white look natural regardless of the setting.
iPhone 8 Performance:
Apple’s most impressive processor to date is the A11 Bionic. This has a direct impact on everything that happens inside the phone. The iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and the iPhone X have the same processor. However, what makes a difference in the overall performance of the phone is the amount of RAM that the phone possesses.
The iPhone 8 has 2GB of RAM and the 8 Plus and iPhone X have 3GB of RAM. The extra GB of RAM generally means that the phone will perform more efficiently and the battery will last longer as a result of this.
The A11 Bionic is a powerful processor which has six cores. There are two high power and four low power cores these cores along with the RAM allows the phone to work efficiently when multi-tasking.
For people who enjoy watching movies and playing video games on the iPhone, the speakers on this year’s iPhone is a bit louder than that of the iPhone 7.
iPhone 8 Software:
The iPhone 8 runs on the iOS 11, this operating system has improved the lock screen notifications. It has also improved Siri and the Control Center has been redesigned, it has a new look and feel to it.
The Control Center has been reduced to one panel. In this panel, you will have quick and easy access to Do Not Disturb mode, Screen-Orientation Lock, Flashlight, Screen mirroring, Camera, Clock/Alarm, and Calculator. The Control Center is customizable you can easily modify the settings for the things you do the most.
The voice of Siri has been modified, it sounds more natural and less artificial. However, sometimes it has a hard time understanding requests so there’s room for improvement here.
iPhone 8 Camera:
The camera on the iPhone 8 has been significantly improved from that of its predecessors. The front-facing camera is a 7-MP camera. The primary camera is a 12-MP camera with a f/1.8 aperture which has a wide-angle and telephoto lens. This camera also has an optical zoom and a 10X digital zoom as well as optical image stabilization.
Both cameras on this phone are identical to the cameras on the iPhone 7. However, the software that powers the iPhone 8 has been updated thus the reason for the improvement in the picture quality.
The iPhone 8 takes great photos with a wide array of rich and vibrant colors. The colors have great saturation with more depth this results in great photos with colors that look extremely natural. The pictures taken with this phone look more natural than the Samsung Galaxy S8.
Apple claims that they have rebuilt the sensor for this phone and they have added deeper pixels as well as a new image signal processor. I’m not sure whether or not this is true. But whatever they did to produce a camera that takes such great photos, I hope they continue to do it in the future.
In the camera app, you have the ability to disable the always on HDR mode. The Auto-HDR feature works well when taking landscape photos.
In a well lit setting the camera on the iPhone 8 is second to none. But in a darker setting, the iPhone 8 struggles to focus on the subject so it takes a longer time to focus. The photos taken in a darker setting is not bad. However, I think the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Google Pixel 2 does a better job.
The iPhone 8 is capable of shooting 4K video at 24fps, 30fps, and 60fps. This is the first phone on the market that can do this. I’m sure that other smartphone manufacturers will adopt this feature in the near future.
Videos recorded with the iPhone 8 are amazing, the ability to shoot more frames per second results in a much better video. This phone can also record in slow motion at 240fps at 1080p, this is also the first phone on the market to do this.
As technology expands the cameras on our smartphones have been getting better each year. Apple has raised the bar in the smartphone camera industry with the release of the iPhone 8. I’m excited to see what they have in store for 2018.
iPhone 8 Battery Life:
The battery life of the iPhone 7 was not great and the battery of the iPhone 8 is smaller than that of its predecessor. So what does this mean for the iPhone 8? Well, the battery life of the this year’s iPhone is slightly longer than that of the iPhone 7.
The battery will barely get you through a full day of moderate use. However, the standby time is great because the battery barely loses any power while standing by.
It will take roughly 30 minutes to charge the iPhone from 0-50%. The iPhone 8 also has wireless charging capabilities. To charge the iPhone wirelessly you will need the Qi-compatible wireless charging pad, this feature works very well but it takes a long time to charge.
My Final Thought:
The main selling point for the iPhone 8 is the camera and the new features that it possesses. This phone has an incredible camera and the overall performance of the phone is good, however.
When it comes to the design and the overall look and feel of the phone I think it’s slightly outdated. It feels more like the iPhone 7.5 rather than the iPhone 8. The iPhone 8 is available in space grey, silver, and gold.