After the first year of testing the iPhone 8 and 8 plus, you can already draw conclusions about the pros and cons of the model. The impression is positive, under the not newest body there is a powerful machine that has shown itself positively in different operating conditions.
Before drawing conclusions, let's recall the characteristics of the iPhone 8 and 8 plus:
Size iPhone 8 – 138.4×67.3×7.3 mm, weight – 148 g; iPhone 8 plus – 158.4х78.1х7.5 mm, weight – 202 g.
Widescreen LCD, Retina HD, Multi-Touch with IPS technology. In the iPhone 8, the resolution is 1337×750 pixels, the contrast is 1400: 1. The iPhone 8 plus is 1920 x 1080 pixels, 1300: 1. Supports Auto White Balance True Tone function.
Dust and water resistant IP67.
A11 Bionic with neural brain.
12 megapixel camera. 10x digital zoom. 1080p HD video recording at 30 or 60 fps.
FaceTime video calling over Wi-Fi or cellular.
Supports HEVC, MPEG ‑ 4 Part 2, H.264 and Motion JPEG video formats.
Li-ion battery, iPhone 8 has a capacity of 1821 mAh, iPhone 8 plus – 2675 mAh.
Operating system iOS 12.
Apple continues to work on optimizing smartphones for people with disabilities and health problems. The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus have accessibility features. Thanks to special options, a person with visual impairment, hearing will adjust the controls for themselves: use a magnifying glass, dictation, subtitles and read the screen aloud.
The description iPhone 8 and 8 plus would not be complete without a list of smartphone accessories. Unfortunately, the tradition of a small box with a minimum filling capacity was followed this time. The kit comes with the gadget:
standard charger with Lightning cable;
headphones with a Lightning connector;
adapter from Lightning to 3.5 mm;
a clip for prying a SIM card;
film on the screen;
Until the last minute, fans of gadgets Apple hoped to include a device for wireless charging. But the company never released its own docking stations, so those who want to take advantage of the new, cool feature will have to look for charging on the side. Engineers have equipped smartphones with Qi technology; any device with the same extension is suitable for recharging.
Weight and size
In iPhone 8 and 8+ there were barely noticeable changes in dimensions and weight, but for a complete analysis even such trifles are important:
The weight of the iPhone 8 is 148 g, which is 10 g more than the previous model, the 8+ 'has grown fatter' by 8 g.
Length iPhone 8 increased by 1 mm, thickness by 2 mm.
The changes in weight and dimensions were due to the introduction of the wireless charging function, as well as due to the change in the material of the back panel. Instead of aluminum, the cover is now made of tempered glass.
Every year, lovers of gadgets from Apple expect something revolutionary, and every year they feel disappointed. Yes, in iPhone 8 and 8 plus there are few external changes:
The back cover is now made of tempered glass.
The company logo on the back has been slightly displaced.
There are three body colors: 'Gold', 'Silver', 'Space Gray'. The red series of smartphones came out in a limited edition.
If Apple did not make major changes to the appearance of the next model, then it was necessary to achieve a different goal than the couple 'Wow!' from users. The design of the iPhone 8 is a legacy of the style of the last ten years of the company's work, the model became a transitional moment between the old and new generation of smartphones. The role of the flagship was assigned to iPhone X, and the 'eight' became a pleasant surprise for fans of the usual design. In the case of the iPhone 7, the latest achievements in engineering were embodied.
Like the 'seven', the iPhone 8 received an IP67 degree according to the standard that determines the resistance of a smartphone to the ingress of solid objects and water. The model is protected from dust to the maximum, as indicated by the number 6. But with water resistance, everything is not so simple. A value of 7 indicates the following:
the device can stay in water for 30 minutes without damaging the electronics;
immersion depth 1.5 m.
As a result, the iPhone 8 cannot be called waterproof, only devices with indicators of 8 and 9 points are called so. The smartphone from Apple is rather moisture resistant, withstands short exposure to water and moisture. Moreover, liquids with a different consistency are doubly destructive. If you get sweet coffee, soda tea, you need to immediately clean the surface.
iPhone 8 got 2 GB of RAM, 8+ respectively 3 GB. The memory of the iPhone 8 hasn't changed digitally from the previous model, but the performance and other functions of the smartphone have improved. The reasons:
A processor with a neural brain that analyzes, learns, searches for the best use cases for data.
6 cores distribute and simultaneously solve many problems.
OS iOS 12 has become faster to process and respond to requests.
Traditionally, the capacity of the iPhone 8 and 8 plus is 65 GB or 256 GB, depending on the configuration and price. Practice has shown that 2 GB of RAM and 65 GB of memory are enough to load 'heavy' games and complex programs with augmented reality function.
The battery in iPhones remains the most talked about part. Today, the requirements for the battery are not so stringent, if the smartphone sits down only in the evening – it's already a holiday. Therefore, the news that the battery iPhone 8 was not 139 mAh less than the 'seven' (1821 mAh versus 1960 mAh), aroused indignation.
The reason for the reduction in the iPhone 8's battery is that wireless charging and other elements were added to the case. But there is no need to get upset, the manufacturers have promised that the difference will be compensated for by better optimization of the smartphone.
As a result, in the first months of testing, the iPhone received positive ratings from developers and ordinary users. When compared with the 'seven', the eighth series gadgets proved to be no worse, and sometimes even better, than the previous model.
Charging in a new way
Back in the 90s and 00s, wireless charging was only in the arsenal of superheroes and heroes of science fiction films. And today, every year, the range of smartphones that support charging through induction energy transfer is expanding. IPhone 8 and 8 plus became the first in the lineup Apple to receive this technology. Advantage of wireless charging:
fast replenishment of energy, 100% battery in 30-40 minutes;