It’s not so often that two brand new iPhone models are upstaged in their own launch, but that’s precisely what happened at Apple’s September event this year. The iPhone X has been the star of the show, the cool new kid everyone wanted to hang out with, while the iPhone 8 along with iPhone 8 Plus were relegated to the role of the designated driver – boring, reliable, the one you know will be there as soon as you are done partying with your new friends.

That was certainly the case in the hands on area post the launching event in the Steve Jobs Theatre, where everyone stood in line simply to spend some time with the iPhone X, while most iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus units waited for an audience. However, as quickly as it arrived, the trendy new thing was gone, not to be seen again until November. Having noticed the one with all the X-factor, it seems maybe not everyone is excited at the possibility of getting reunited with their ‘boring’ old friends.

You learn to value familiarity over the latest fashion and appreciate the reliability that comes with the tried and tested. Have doubts about Face ID about the iPhone X? Touch ID on the iPhone 8 along with iPhone 8 Plus functions great as always. Can not get your mind around the ‘notch’? No such thing on the ‘standard’ models. It’s this familiarity and reliability which both of these models hope to appeal to, though Apple wouldn’t need the ‘boring’ tag everywhere close to the duo, even if we frequently use the phrase as a compliment.

Let’s forget about the iPhone X for a bit and find out how another two fresh iPhone models fare in a world where their sibling does not exist. Are they compelling enough updates in their own right? Let’s find out.

IPhone 8 along with iPhone 8 Plus design and display

In the front, the iPhone 8 along with iPhone 8 Plus are practically indistinguishable from their predecessors. Virtually everyone we revealed our review units to opened with “Oh, it looks just like the [iPhone] 7” before we asked them to turn them around and look at the all-glass backs. That is right, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are all all-glass on the front and the back, a throwback to the design last seen in the iPhone 4S.

During the few weeks that we have spent with these phones, we – accidentally, we promise – handled to drop them once each. First, the iPhone 8, face down, from a coffee table, and then the iPhone 8 Plus in the height of about four feet. While the iPhone 8 escaped unhurt, its bigger sibling landed on tiles on one of its corners and had a little abrasion to show for it afterwards – a stark reminder as to why many people decide to pay their precious phones in cases. While on the topic, though the iPhone 8 along with iPhone 8 Plus are marginally bigger than their predecessors, we had no difficulty fitting our Apple leather cases by the iPhone 7 along with iPhone 7 Plus onto them. Most existing third-party instances designed for the older iPhone models should fit just fine also.

At 148 g, the iPhone 8 is the heaviest non-Plus iPhone to date, while the iPhone 8 Plus crosses the 200g mark. The additional weight could be noticeable if you used an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus without a scenario, but if you’re someone who changes your case quite frequently, you’re probably used to the overall weight fluctuating slightly and are unlikely to notice these differences. Still, it’s interesting to find a business obsessed with ‘thin and light’ movement in the opposite direction with just two of its marquee merchandise.

If showing the world you have the latest and greatest iPhone (we told you to forget about the iPhone X, remember?) As we said earlier, the front is virtually identical to that of the previous generation iPhone models, hence the only visible difference is in the back.

The Gold finish on the iPhone 8 along with iPhone 8 Plus appears like an amalgamation of those Rose Gold and Gold colors seen previously. Silver is essentially white, and Space Grey is shameful. The latter is the only option that’s black on the front, while another two have white bezels, like in previous decades. Colours are mostly a personal choice, although we need to say we will miss the Jet Black finish, despite its well-documented tendency to become scuffed up.

The nearly-all-glass body means that all iPhone models provide exceptional grip, and are unlikely to slip out of your hands. In the 2 weeks that we spent with the iPhone 8 along with iPhone 8 Plus, we didn’t observe any scratches or scuff marks resulting from being placed into and removed from pockets, or being stored with different items in our bag.

In the box you receive Lightning EarPods, a Lightning to 3.5mm jack, a USB Type-A to Lightning cable, and a 5W charger (more on this later), besides the phone itself, and a few literature. There’s no Type-C to Lightning cable, which implies you can’t directly join Apple’s flagship phone to its flagship laptops without buying additional cables or dongles out of Apple or third parties.

There is no change in the size of these displays on the iPhone 8 or the iPhone 8 Plus compared to their predecessors, and, indeed, the screens have the same resolution, brightness, and contrast ratios also. OLED and HDR support are reserved for the iPhone X, so the sole improvement here is that the addition of True Tone functionality.

According to Apple, True Tone tech “utilizes an innovative four‑channel ambient light detector to subtly adjust the white balance onscreen to match the color temperature of the light around you.” If that seems like a heap of jargon, we are here to help. In simple terms, like recent iPad Pro models, additional detectors present in the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus can discover the quality of light around you, and the phone can tweak the display’s white balance to match. This is designed to reduce eye strain and make objects on screen seem “as normal as on a printed page”.

In regard to real-world experience, possibly the most significant term in the previous paragraph is “subtly”. The existence of True Tone – a setting that is turned on by default, but can be switched off if you truly care about color accuracy – is unlikely to be noticed by most users. The result is nowhere as dramatic as turning on Night Shift, which alters the tone of the display and cuts blue light emission to reduce eye strain in a very visible way, and has been introduced in iOS 9.3. Most users probably even won’t notice (which, as Apple will tell you, is a good thing) True Tone’s impact until they watch their phone side by side with one which doesn’t possess the setting enabled.

You will no longer find the Auto-Brightness option under Display settings. IOS 11 even warns you that turning auto brightness off may have an impact on battery life.

IPhone 8 along with iPhone 8 Plus performance and software

While the iPhone 8 along with iPhone 8 Plus might not appear very different from the outside, there are big changes on the inside. All 3 new iPhone models – fine, we promise no reminders that the iPhone X exists after this – are powered by Apple’s brand new A11 Bionic chip. In our review of this iPhone 7 along with iPhone 7 Plus we noted how Apple has established itself as a pioneer in the mobile SoC space, and the way both phones were streets ahead of their competition in terms of raw performance at the time of their release. The iPhone 8 along with iPhone 8 Plus continue this tradition, and in some ways kick things up a notch higher.

Even the Apple A10 Fusion inside the previous-generation iPhone models was a quad-core chip with two high-performance cores and two energy-efficient ones, but only one pair could be active at one time. The A11 Bionic, on the other hand, contains six cores – four more efficient cores which are up to 70 percent faster than ones on the A10, and two performance cores that are up to 25 percent faster – making it Apple’s first hexa-core chip. More importantly, the A11 is capable of running all six at precisely the same time.

In the Geekbench multi-core evaluation, for example, the iPhone 8 Plus scored greater than 55 percent higher than the OnePlus 5, the phone that had scored the highest before today, and approximately 75 percent higher than the iPhone 7 Plus. In fact, its Geekbench multi-core score of 10,386 is higher compared to the several laptops on the market.

For the first time, an iOS device features an Apple-designed GPU. Given the CPU performance guide that Apple established with the A-series by moving chip design in-house, we will be closely watching what the firm has to offer in this department. The A11 Bionic includes a new Apple‑designed three‑core integrated GPU that delivers a ‘paltry’ 30 percent performance gain over the A10 Fusion.

All this power implies that the iPhone 8 along with iPhone 8 Plus can handle everything you throw at them with ease. Everyday tasks are smooth, and everything feels really snappy, especially on the smaller iPhone. We experienced a couple of niggles during the initial days of the review period, but the iOS 11.0.1 update appears to have addressed all of them. We’ve coated iOS 11 in depth elsewhere on Gadgets 360, thus we won’t repeat ourselves here, but discuss a few other interesting new features instead.

Perhaps the first thing that you will notice when setting up your new iPhone is that you finally have the option to use Quick Start to, well, quickly install your device. Just hold your brand new iPhone (or iPad running iOS 11) next to another current iOS device, and after ‘pairing’ the two, some of your settings like your Apple ID are automatically transferred to the new one. It will also ‘inherit’ your old device’s passcode. Bear in mind that this measure just copies some of the settings in the old device to the new one – you still get to choose whether you would like to restore apps and data from an iCloud/ iTunes backup or place this device up as new. In our experience, Quick Start saved a few steps during the installation procedure, and the post-restore experience wasn’t that different in contrast to a ‘routine’ restore from an iCloud backup. We still had to input passwords and set up email accounts, and so on, in third-party programs.

While older iOS devices do encourage ARKit – Apple’s framework for augmented reality games and programs – the latest iPhone models really shine when it comes to bridging the digital and physical worlds. Apple says the cameras on the new iPhone models are “individually calibrated” with fresh gyroscopes and accelerometers to enable more accurate motion tracking than the older iPhone models. The A11 Bionic chip is faster at things like world tracking and scene recognition, and the new image signal processor (ISP) is capable of real-time lighting estimation when using AR apps.

Regrettably, iOS 11 does little to improve the experience of using first-party programs in India: Apple Maps is still practically futile here and does not even have basic navigation features, even as Apple is adding lane guidance and much more in different regions. This implies other programs’ features like Calendar’s ‘time to depart’ alerts for meetings do not work either. There’s also no sign of Apple Pay, even as rival Samsung’s payment service may be used at virtually every point of sale in the country.

Though Apple doesn’t officially state the amount of RAM which iOS devices ship with, third-party teardowns and grade programs have revealed that the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus have 2GB and 3GB of RAM respectively, figures that are identical to those of their predecessors. What is new, and a welcome change, is the amount of storage that you get on the foundation model.

You now get 64GB of storage on the entry iPhone 8 along with iPhone 8 Plus (in comparison to 32GB earlier), and the only step up is to 256GB. What this signifies is that not only has Apple reduced the number of colours the latest iPhone models are available in from five (ignoring Product Red) to three, but the number of storage variants has also gone down from three to two, reducing the total amount of SKUs across the lineup from a whopping 30 (5x3x2) to a more manageable 12 (3x2x2).

The entry price of the flagship iPhone lineup has gone up as well – $50 in the US and Rs. 4,000 if you compare the iPhone 8’s launch price with this equivalent iPhone 7 a year ago, even though it’s worth reminding our readers that MRP of those 32GB iPhone 7 was reduced to Rs. 56,100 after launching, so in a way the Rs. 64,000 price tag of the 64GB iPhone 8 is Rs. 8,000 higher than that of its predecessor. Apple says the increase was necessary because its input costs have gone up, a claim that may have some merit as international RAM and flash storage prices have been on the rise recently. Rival Samsung has also established its flagship smartphones at higher price points this year, so Apple is certainly not alone in this respect.

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus both had stereo speakers, as do the newest models. Apple claims that the new speakers are up to 25 percent louder and deliver deeper bass, a claim we all discovered to be accurate during our testing. Like their predecessors, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are IP67 rated for water and dust resistance, which means they can be submerged in depths of 1 metre or less for up to 30 minutes, though, like before, Apple’s warranty will not cover liquid harm.

The glass back of this iPhone 8 along with iPhone 8 Plus is not simply a design element, it empowers an important characteristic: wireless charging. Apple has embraced the Qi industry standard of wireless charging, which means that though the new iPhone models do not ship with a wireless charger, you can pick up one of the many third-party Qi-compatible ones on the market. The likes of Samsung have affirmed this standard for a while, so we finally live in a world in which the exact same charger can top up both the iPhone 8 and Galaxy Note 8.

If you’re new to the world of wireless charging, you want to bear in mind a couple of points: first, it’s not really ‘wireless’. Most wireless charging mechanisms involve a plate of any kind where you can just put your phone and have it begin charging without plugging in any wires, however the plate itself has to be attached to an outlet via a wire or an adapter. Secondly, though there have been improvements in the technology recently, wireless charging is still painfully slow.

Apple gave us a 7.5W Belkin wireless charger to test this feature on the new iPhone models with, and it took 24 minutes to transfer the battery on the iPhone 8 Plus from 20 percent to 30 percent. Apple’s bundled 5W wired adapter billed the same phone from 20 percent to 36 percent in exactly the exact same time.

The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus encourage much quicker charging using USB Type-C, but you will have to obtain an expensive power adapter that is compatible with the USB Type-C Power Delivery specification along with also a Type-C to Lightning cable merely to use this feature. If you already possess a current (or previous generation) Apple MacBook, then you may use its charger, however you will still have to obtain the cable. Using our MacBook Pro’s 78W charger and also a third-party Type-C to Lightning cable, we can top the battery up in our iPhone 8 Plus from 20 percent to 51 percent in the same 24 minutes. Having said that, forking out nearly Rs. 70,000 on a phone and then being expected to invest even more to enable what should be standard functionality is classic Apple up-selling that rightly upsets many.

In terms of battery life, the experience using the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus was similar to that with their predecessors: that the prior will just about handle a day of use if you don’t do a lot of heavy lifting, while the latter will easily get through a day with a juice to spare. In our HD video loop test, the iPhone 8 along with iPhone 8 Plus clocked almost 8.5 hours and 9.5 hours respectively.

IPhone 8 along with iPhone 8 Plus cameras

Camera performance is a place where smartphones have made arguably the biggest improvements in the decade since the original iPhone was launched. From tiny, grainy images in which we could hardly recognise ourselves to ones that may be printed on a billboard, and movies that see a theatrical release, the phone camera has come a very long way in a relatively brief period of time.

For most of this journey, Apple has enjoyed the status of having the best camera phone out there, and the company has taken plenty of pride in calling the iPhone the most popular camera in the world. However, as we have mentioned in our recent iPhone reviews, this has not necessarily been true for the last couple of generations. Samsung, HTC, and Google (with the HTC-made Pixel) have caught up with – and in certain scenarios even surpassed – the iPhone’s camera performance, which signifies the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will need to really up their game to regain the crown. With tight control of hardware in addition to software, Apple seems to have done just that.

While the camera specifications remain the same in terms of megapixel sounds and aperture sizes, Apple states that the 12-megapixel primary camera includes a larger and quicker sensor, a new colour filter, and deeper pixels. As mentioned earlier, the A11 Bionic chip includes a brand-new Apple-designed image signal processor, which, among other things, aims to provide faster autofocus in low light and much better HDR photos.

All this is backed by improvements in the OS level. The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus support the brand new High Efficiency Image File Format (HEIF) and High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) container for storing photos and videos respectively, which, Apple states, decrease the total amount of space required from the media by up to 50 percent. This, obviously, implies that you are able to save more photos and videos onto your device and in the cloud. HEVC also enables new capabilities like shooting 4K video in 60fps and 1080p in 240fps.

If you install an iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus as a new device, they will save media in the new formats by default. Technically, HEIF is a brand new file format, and your images are no longer stored as JPGs on the phone. But for the most part, you don’t need to be worried about this. If you share photos and videos using other people using programs like Facebook, they will automatically be converted to JPG or H.264 respectively, so everyone can watch them. If you want, you can have your phone usage JPG/ H.264 by default by going to Settings > Camera > Formats and

Choosing Most Compatible, however you will miss out to the space savings and the ability to shoot 4K/60fps and 1080p/240fps. If you restore your iPhone from an iOS 10 backup, it might possess the Most Compatible option chosen by default, which means you will not see the additional video shooting modes. You can safely switch to High Efficiency without any problems if you so desire (we advise that you do).

With all that work Put in, how can the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus fare in terms of camera performance in the real world? In daylight, we noticed that the new iPhone models capture the most accurate colours and much more details than the likes of the Galaxy Note 8 and HTC U11. In macro shots, again the phones had the best-in-class color reproduction, but the amount of detail captured was only a fraction less than the HTC U11.

Low-light performance Is considerably improved compared to that of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, and with good reason. This is one place in which Apple had dropped considerably behind its competitors. While the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus still don’t quite catch as much detail as the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and HTC U11 in low-light conditions, their sensors still manage to perform a lot better than previously. At times, noise is visible when you zoom in, but most people will be absolutely pleased with the results.

Overall, we believe The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus have become at par with the likes of this HTC U11 and Galaxy Note 8, but not significantly better than either in any one factor of still photography aside from capturing the most accurate colours (which obviously things a lot). The camera performance of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus is identical, though the latter obviously has the ability to utilize up to 2x optical zoom thanks to its additional telephoto lens.

The headline camera Feature of this iPhone 7 Plus has been its Portrait Mode, which was allowed in a software update that shipped after the phone’s launch. The iPhone 8 Plus retains and considerably improves with this attribute, and some of the portraits that we took with it were just stunning. “DSLR-like” is a marketing term often used by companies to sell their phones, but in this case, it would not be an exaggeration.

A new attribute called Portrait Lighting enables you to tweak the light onto your face and in the background once you have taken a portrait or in real time while composing your framework, but with mixed results. Like the original Portrait Mode, the way that it performs dependson a whole lot on the background, the matter, and the lighting in the framework. Apple is labelling this feature as ‘beta’ and just like Portrait Mode, it must get better in the future thanks to machine learning.

The iPhone was already our favourite phone for shooting videos with, and also the If you take a great deal of videos with your phone, you do not need to appear beyond the iPhone 8/ iPhone 8 Plus, with the latter supporting 2x optical zoom in video mode also. We are not into selfies but if you are, the front camera on the new iPhone models packs enough punch to keep you happy.

We believe that the Best photos are taken with the flash turned off, but we realise most people leave it on the default ‘auto’ option, which means it inevitably triggers in low-light conditions. In our tests, we found that though Apple’s flash did not shine the brightest, it did provide the maximum uniform lighting given the right conditions, without flooding a particular object or spot with light. Apple’s implementation of this ‘selfie flash’ where the screen becomes the flash also came out trumps during our tests.

There are several Changes to the Camera program as well. You may no more toggle HDR from within the program – it’s set to Auto by default (and is designed to kick in once the ISP feels it’s needed), but you do have the option to turn it off entirely by going to Settings > Camera. Apple has also added some new filters to the app for article (and live) processing of photos, if third-party programs like Instagram aren’t your thing.

Still here? Though many have contended that the iPhone 8 along with iPhone 8 Plus texture like ‘S’ updates, our experience demonstrates that in many ways they offer more improvements than the jump in the iPhone 6s to iPhone 7 cycle. The camera enhancements are significant, bringing Apple back at precisely the exact same level as the best in the business in certain scenarios, while maintaining, or perhaps extending, its lead in others.

iPhone 8 Plus are priced at Rs. 73,000 respectively for the 64GB variants, with a Rs. 13,000 premium on both if you wish to acquire the 256GB variants. If you don’t care about the OS, you could pick any one of these devices and safely call yourself the owner of this best smartphone in the world – software along with the Note’s S-Pen aside, there’s very little to pick between those phones.
In a world in which you Can purchase a smartphone that is pretty good on all counts for about a quarter of those prices, we believe flagship smartphones continue to offer an experience that is unmatched, although the amount of individuals who really want this kind of refinement needs to be examined.

If you already possess An iPhone and money is no object, you could update to the iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus and be extremely happy, but you’d probably need to wait for the iPhone X for even larger bragging rights. Regrettably, we do not know a lot of people for whom money is not a factor when making buying decisions.

The cameras will be The best cause of owners of recent iPhone models to update, as well as the A11 Bionic chip and wireless charging are welcome additions. However, if you’ve got an iPhone 7 (Plus) or even an iPhone 6s (Plus), you have a phone that’s already fast enough for most jobs. Yes, the newest iPhone models will have an edge when it comes to running ARKit programs, but there aren’t any “must-have” uses instances for AR right now. Wireless charging is a convenience which will one day be fast enough to be practical for all occasions, but that day isn’t here yet. And if you really want, there are many ways and means of getting it to work with your existing iPhone as well, like by getting a situation that supports wireless charging.

If you already have We’d give the identical advice to iPhone 6s line proprietors that are happy with their phone – if it ain’t broke, do not go bankrupt buying an upgrade only for the sake of it. But if you have a previous-generation iPhone that is starting to feel long in the tooth, you will experience significant gains in all departments by upgrading to the new iPhone models.

So who are the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus for, especially in the real world where the prospect of this iPhone X looms large? If you have absolutely no interest in the iPhone X’s design, if you can not get your mind round the idea of the ‘notch’, or can not manage the phone’s crazy price tag, then you may safely consider its siblings without thinking that you are ‘settling’ for an inferior phone. Yes, you will miss out on what looks like a stunning OLED display and other additions like optical image stabilisation on the telephoto lens, but there are plenty of question marks round the iPhone X right now – is Face ID great enough to substitute Touch ID?

We will not have answers To these questions until we get the opportunity to check the iPhone X closer to its The iPhone 8 along with iPhone 8 Plus might appear ‘boring’ in comparison, but with their improved cameras, A11 Bionic chip, wireless Charging, and a whole lot more, either one of these could happily be your Designated driver for another few years – or until the head is turned From the new ‘X’ in town.


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