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Review: iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus

A-
Highly Recommended
iPhone 8 Plus

B+
Recommended
iPhone 8

Company: Apple

Model: iPhone 8 / iPhone 8 Plus

Price: $699 – $949

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Jesse Hollington

Pros: Solid updates to both of Apple’s standard iPhone models offer the same horsepower as Apple’s upcoming iPhone X in a proven and familiar form factor. New all-glass design brings back some of the “museum-quality” elegance of the iPhone 4 era. Virtually identical dimensions mean that almost all previous cases should continue to fit. A11 processor unlocks new camera improvements and experiences such as augmented reality. True Tone display improves on-screen color reproduction. Despite the same specs, both models feature noticeable camera improvements. iPhone 8 Plus gains a new Portrait Lighting mode for even better portrait photos. Fast-charging provides a 50 percent charge in 30 minutes. Wireless Qi charging makes recharging more convenient, especially when using a case.

Cons: Modest improvements over the iPhone 7 make this year’s update feel less significant, particularly in comparison to the looming iPhone X. The iPhone 8 continues to lag behind its larger sibling for photography. Package still only includes the same 5W power adapter as before, so you’ll need to supply your own adapter for faster charging. Wireless charging also doesn’t offer any additional performance over the included 5W power adapter.

The iPhone 8 also hearkens back to the iPhone 4 era in another small way; for the first time since the 2010 iPhone 4, Apple is offering a current iPhone model in only two capacities — 64 GB and 256 GB — rather than three. For six years, Apple sold an almost-too-small 16 GB entry-level version of the iPhone before finally bumping the lowest capacity model to 32 GB last year with the introduction of the iPhone 7, which doubled all of the capacities previously available in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s models.

Perhaps surprisingly, this year Apple has doubled the capacity of the entry-level model again, with the iPhone 8 base model coming in a 64 GB version, although Apple has also added a $50 price increase to match, placing the price of the 64 GB iPhone 8 squarely in between last year’s 32 GB and 128 GB iPhone 7 models. The mid-tier option has also been eliminated entirely from the lineup, with the 256 GB iPhone 8 selling for the same price as last year’s 256 GB iPhone 7.

The iPhone 8 Plus, however, actually gets a $20 price decrease from last year’s iPhone 7 Plus, going back to the $100 price difference that we saw with standard and plus models with the iPhone 6/6s. This puts the 64 GB iPhone 8 Plus at only $30 more than last year’s 32 GB iPhone 7 Plus, and actually drops the price of the 256 GB iPhone 8 Plus by $20 from last year’s comparable model.

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