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Thursday, November 23, 2017

iPhone 8: iPhone 7s in Disguise?


 

 

Surprisingly, Apple unveiled the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus on September 12th. At first glance, it looks nearly identical to the iPhone 7 from last year. Nevertheless, this model has some powerful tricks up its sleeves, but is it worth upgrading from the iPhone 7 or even skipping the iPhone X? 

What iPhone fans can immediately notice about the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus is the change from an aluminum back to a glass back. The reason for this is that the iPhone 8 now supports Qi-enabled wireless charging, the universal standard of wireless charging. In part due to the glass back, the iPhone 8’s various colors appear different, but will still be called silver, space grey, or gold.

The camera; as with every iPhone iteration, is an improvement to photo and video quality. Both the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus rock a new 12 megapixel rear-face sensor and optical image stabilization, which helps counteract the natural shaking of your hands. The iPhone 8 also  improves portrait mode and even allows users to implement different portrait lighting effects before and after taking the photo.

The most discussed about component on the iPhone 8 is its new A11 Bionic chip. According to Marques Brownlee, it is extremely powerful and is the fastest processing chip in any smartphone, which translates into a silky smooth experience when navigating iOS 11 in addition to providing great battery life given the chip’s efficiency.

A new feature of the display to the iPhone lineup is the implementation of Apple’s True Tone technology. True Tone adjusts the color temperature of the display to match the lighting of your environment, thus becoming more consistent to the eye.

All in all, the iPhone 8 is an amazing flagship smartphone that deserves a ton of praise, but it’s in a very strange position. While it is an upgrade from the previous iPhone 7 in terms of internals, it carries over the same design and display. It’s very easy to argue this phone should be a “s” iteration of the iPhone 7 instead of being called the 8. In addition, everyone knows that the iPhone X is coming out very soon and has all the upgrades in addition to improving the design and display that is clearly lacking on the 8.

However, I totally would recommend upgrading to the iPhone 8 instead of the iPhone X for various reasons. The iPhone 8 retains the home button, thus Touch ID and has a smaller display for those who prefer smaller phones. Last, but not least, the iPhone 8 is way cheaper as well (check price chart below).

  iPhone 8 iPhone 8 Plus
64 GB $699 $799
256 GB $849 $949

Photo Credit: Raymond Lee and Jason Ng

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