Apple iPhone 8

8.1/10 AVG.
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8.1/10
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The Apple iPhone 8 currently has an Informr score of 8.1 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 40 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

What's good

  • Optical image stabilization and larger sensor for better pictures
  • Screen is bright and provides excellent color reproduction
  • Blazing fast performance

What's bad

  • Screen not as sharp as the competition
  • Not much of an upgrade from the iPhone 7
  • Huge bezels around screen

Apple typically waits at least 6 months before unveiling the replacement for its previous models. With the iPhone 8, it only took a few minutes. They announced the iPhone X almost immediately after its presentation.

While not as exciting as the iPhone X, the iPhone 8 is still a good phone on its own. But is it good enough to upgrade from the iPhone 7?

Let’s find out!

As with many iPhone upgrades, the 8 is more of an evolution than a revolution. Design-wise it has barely changed from the iPhone 6, at least when you look at the front. It has the same home button, earpiece and display size.

When you flip over the phone, the glass back proves this isn’t an older generation. The glass isn’t just about looks. It also means Apple can add wireless charging. Unfortunately, reviewers found the smooth glass and very slippery.

They add that a glass back, while allegedly stronger, is prone to scratches and, of course, breakage. Most suggest using a cover.

The 4.7-inch LCD display now sports True Tone tech (first found on the iPad Pro). Experts were pleased with color accuracy and vibrancy. The True Tone tech allows the phone to measure ambient light and adjust the temperature and brightness. While useful, many reviewers didn’t notice much difference with the feature enabled.

Still, most consider it the best IPS LCD available due to its brightness and natural colors. The only complaints found mentioned a lack of sharpness and large bezels compared to the latest generation of flagship phones.

If you’re upgrading, performance is where the iPhone 8 sets itself apart. It uses a new A11 six-core processor and 2GB of RAM.

However, all six cores don’t run at the same time in most cases. Instead the phone uses four during common tasks. The remaining two kick in when it needs to maximize performance—such as during games or augmented reality apps.

While it might seem like a slight change, most critics were surprised how much faster the iPhone 8 was—even compared to the 7. Whether reviewers were multitasking, using AR games, playing graphics-intensive games or browsing web pages, the phone breezed through every challenge they threw at it without skipping a beat

Despite all this power, Apple opted for a smaller 1,821mAh battery. Fortunately, they added in quick-charging and wireless charging. But don’t worry. Reviewers could get around a day’s worth of battery life during normal usage. If you’re a heavy phone user—or plan to use AR often—it drains quickly. If you do need to charge mid-day, the addition of fast charging makes top-offs snappy.

Apple’s cameras have always excelled. The iPhone 8 is no exception. While it keeps the same 12MP camera as the 7 that’s where the similarities end.

The phone comes with a larger, faster sensor and optical image stabilization. It also has a new flash and image signal processor built into the A11 processor.

When reviewers tested it out, they snapped excellent pictures with good dynamic range, color reproduction and clarity most of the time. Still, they noticed in low light situations they had minor issues with noise and exposure.

While a great phone, many reviewers find it difficult to recommend considering the minor differences from the iPhone 7. When compared to the iPhone 6, they suggest upgrading—especially if you don’t have the money to spend on the iPhone X.

Digital Trends states, “If you... want a smaller phone without compromising on power then the iPhone 8 is going to tick all your boxes.” The Verge adds, “It’s Apple’s new default phone, and it’s pretty great that a default phone is actually this good.”


Operating system
iOS
Processor
2.39 GHz
Screen Size
4.7"
Camera
12+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Expert Reviews

The iPhone 8 was always destined to be overshadowed. The iPhone X looks and feels like a revolutionary device, while the iPhone 8 isn’t outwardly much different to the iPhone 7.

- Christopher Minasians, Expert Reviews
WhistleOut

The iPhone 8 is far from exciting, but it's a safe and sensible choice for your next smartphone. Battery life could be better, but significant camera improvements, lighting fast performance, and a stunning new True Tone display make it a meaningful addition to the iPhone family.

- Alex Choros, WhistleOut
TechPP

No, we do not think it is everyone’s cup of tea. But those who have tasted Apple tea in a phone-y cup? They certainly will not be disappointed. It is not the most affordable phone around, but the eight is great in its own zone.

- Akriti Rana, TechPP
TrustedReviews

Great camera, lots of power and a nice screen – only a shame that it’s all packed inside an ageing shell.

- Max Parker, TrustedReviews
V3

The iPhone 8 is an excellent phone and there are some great new editions to get excited about, such as the inclusion of wireless charging for the first time and Apple's new A11 Bionic CPU, which is benchmarks are anything to go by, is the fastest mobile CPU on the market right now.

- Carly Page, V3


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Common Questions


Apple released the iPhone 8 on September 22, 2017.


Apple iPhone 8 prices will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. Apple's suggested retail price is $699.00. You can compare iPhone 8 prices from around the web here on The Informr.


Apple backs up the iPhone 8 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your iPhone 8 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Apple support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Apple's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
4.7"

The Apple iPhone 8's screen size is 4.7 inches with 750 x 1334 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.39 GHz

There is a Apple A11 Bionic Hexa core 2.39 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the iOS 11 operating system (OS).

Camera
12+ MP

You can take photos with the phone's onboard 12+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 7+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
64/256 GB

Internal memory is 64/256 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
1821mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1821 mAh battery. Apple's performance ratings are 840 minutes, 714 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

iPhone 8 Specs

Overview
Release date September 22, 2017
Regions available USA, Canada, UK, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
CDMA:
800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
LTE:
1700/1900/700/2100 /800/850/900/1800/2600/2300/2500 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, EV-DO Rev. A, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
variations
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System iOS 11

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Processor Apple A11 Bionic Hexa core 2.39 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 64/256 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.19 W/kg
Body: 1.17 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Headphones, Data Cable
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1821 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging Yes
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Up to: 780 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 714 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Up to: 720 minutes
Talk Time Up to: 840 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 10 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Gold, Silver, Space Gray, Red
Dimensions [H x W x D] 13.8 x 6.7 x 0.7 cm (5.4 x 2.6 x 0.3 in)
Weight 148 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating IP 67
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 750 x 1334 pixels
Pixel density 326 pixels
Size 4.7 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating Yes
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Retina display
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.8
Resolution
12+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
5x digital
Flash
Yes (Quad LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, Panorama, Self-timer, Exposure control, HDR, Burst mode, Slow motion recording
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 60 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
7+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Face detection, Image stabilization, Self-timer, F2.2 aperture, HDR, Burst mode, Exposure control
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, Apple Lossless, eAAC+, eAAC, MIDI, MP3, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack No
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types XLS, RTF, PPT, PPTX, JPG, TIFF, GIF, DOC, DOCX, PDF, TXT, HTML
Weather Yes
Stocks Yes
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Apple A1863, A1905

Additional Sensor: Barometer

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Critic Reviews


Expert Reviews

In many ways a step forward from the iPhone 7

from Expert Reviews

The iPhone 8 was always destined to be overshadowed. The iPhone X looks and feels like a revolutionary device, while the iPhone 8 isn’t outwardly much different to the iPhone 7.

Read full review

The iPhone 8 was always destined to be overshadowed. The iPhone X looks and feels like a revolutionary device, while the iPhone 8 isn’t outwardly much different to the iPhone 7.

Read full review

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WhistleOut

The safe choice for upgraders

from WhistleOut

The iPhone 8 is far from exciting, but it's a safe and sensible choice for your next smartphone. Battery life could be better, but significant camera improvements, lighting fast performance, and a stunning new True Tone display make it a meaningful addition to the iPhone family.

Read full review

The iPhone 8 is far from exciting, but it's a safe and sensible choice for your next smartphone. Battery life could be better, but significant camera improvements, lighting fast performance, and a stunning new True Tone display make it a meaningful addition to the iPhone family.

Read full review

Less

TechPP

The dark horse in the iPhone line up

from TechPP

No, we do not think it is everyone’s cup of tea. But those who have tasted Apple tea in a phone-y cup? They certainly will not be disappointed. It is not the most affordable phone around, but the eight is great in its own zone.

Read full review

No, we do not think it is everyone’s cup of tea. But those who have tasted Apple tea in a phone-y cup? They certainly will not be disappointed. It is not the most affordable phone around, but the eight is great in its own zone.

Read full review

Less

TrustedReviews

A decent device, excellent in some areas even, but the lack of evolution in the design is hard to overlook

from TrustedReviews

Great camera, lots of power and a nice screen – only a shame that it’s all packed inside an ageing shell.

Read full review

Great camera, lots of power and a nice screen – only a shame that it’s all packed inside an ageing shell.

Read full review

Less

V3

It's a powerful, albeit boring upgrade

from V3

The iPhone 8 is an excellent phone and there are some great new editions to get excited about, such as the inclusion of wireless charging for the first time and Apple's new A11 Bionic CPU, which is benchmarks are anything to go by, is the fastest mobile CPU on the market right now.

Read full review

The iPhone 8 is an excellent phone and there are some great new editions to get excited about, such as the inclusion of wireless charging for the first time and Apple's new A11 Bionic CPU, which is benchmarks are anything to go by, is the fastest mobile CPU on the market right now.

Read full review

Less

The Inquirer

An incremental update over last year's iPhone

from The Inquirer

The iPhone 8 is an excellent phone and there are some great new editions to get excited about, such as the inclusion of wireless charging for the first time and Apple's new A11 Bionic CPU, which is benchmarks are anything to go by, is the fastest mobile CPU on the market right now.

Read full review

The iPhone 8 is an excellent phone and there are some great new editions to get excited about, such as the inclusion of wireless charging for the first time and Apple's new A11 Bionic CPU, which is benchmarks are anything to go by, is the fastest mobile CPU on the market right now.

Read full review

Less

Fone Arena

A safe alternative to those who are in search for a compact iPhone with its authentic feel

from Fone Arena

The Apple iPhone 8 has a blend of a powerful processor, classy camera, smooth operating system packed in a rather familiar design.

Read full review

The Apple iPhone 8 has a blend of a powerful processor, classy camera, smooth operating system packed in a rather familiar design.

Read full review

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Pocket-lint

The compact iPhone should not be overlooked

from Pocket-lint

iPhone 8 is small, compact, powerful, and will deliver the ideal phone experience for many - especially those who aren't fussed with all the latest and greatest features and the costs associated with them. Just because it has minimal upgrades doesn't mean it doesn't deliver maximum satisfaction.

Read full review

iPhone 8 is small, compact, powerful, and will deliver the ideal phone experience for many - especially those who aren't fussed with all the latest and greatest features and the costs associated with them. Just because it has minimal upgrades doesn't mean it doesn't deliver maximum satisfaction.

Read full review

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iMore

A nod to the past, and the future beckons

from iMore

The iPhone 8 itself doesn't excite me. It's a swan song. It's the end of the iPhone as we know it, and a salute to the past 10 years, without which no phone anyone owns today would be as good as it is.

Read full review

The iPhone 8 itself doesn't excite me. It's a swan song. It's the end of the iPhone as we know it, and a salute to the past 10 years, without which no phone anyone owns today would be as good as it is.

Read full review

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Make Use Of

Smart phone, dumb upgrade

from Make Use Of

You'll need to make your own mind up about this one, since it's a refined smartphone but a lacklustre upgrade. Had Apple included a fast charger and maybe some form of wireless charging pad, it would have matched the 8/10 awarded to last year’s iPhone 7 Plus.

Read full review

You'll need to make your own mind up about this one, since it's a refined smartphone but a lacklustre upgrade. Had Apple included a fast charger and maybe some form of wireless charging pad, it would have matched the 8/10 awarded to last year’s iPhone 7 Plus.

Read full review

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