IPhone 8 And IPhone 8 Plus Camera Review

Another previous gimmick that's been given a spruce up is Live Photos, now allowing editing on the fly and even thumbnail inclusion, so you can turn them into mini masterpieces rather than seemingly always missing the right moment. It feels like the idea has been fully fleshed out at last.

iPHONE 8 PLUS: THE CAMERA

The camera is again the focus of much of the extra oomph, palpably better in low light, with improved zoom, excellent texture reproduction and an array of faux pro options such as 'Portrait Mode', utilising cool-sounding techniques like 'bokeh' and allowing you to focus light more than ever before.

Indeed, the 12-megapixel dual sensor on the rear camera works with the A11 Bionic chip to shift the lighting on the contours of your face in real time.

The real boon is the upping of video, though, now giving 4K filming at 60fps in a new file format that squeezes it into half the space – the same tech meaning HDR photos are now standard, too, without doing serious damage to your storage.

iPHONE 8 PLUS: THE BATTERY AND CHARGING

Apple finally moves into the wireless charging era, the glass body letting you charge your blower by placing it on a plugged-in phone coaster. It's speedy, too, taking about the same time as a wired charge, which we weren't expecting.

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The iPhone 8 Plus, of course, doesn't come with this in the box, so you'll have to get that extra – there are only a couple of decent options for this so far, from Mophie and Belkin, setting you back an extra £55.

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If you're still tethered to wired charging, the iPhone 8 Plus offers fast-charge – that's up to 50% battery from zero in half an hour – but only if you pony up for a special charger. Naturally.

That said, you probably won't need it – the battery on the iPhone 8 Plus has also been incrementally improved, in line with the greater demands on it. In relative terms, you'll get the same day of internet browsing, video watching and game playing out of it, as you would the iPhone 7 Plus, before needing to plug in, or put down, or whatever you choose.

iPHONE 8 PLUS vs iPHONE X

The iPhone X is an interesting diversion that does many of the same things in a slightly different, jazzier way than the iPhone 8 Plus, and suggests where Apple could be heading next – if you don't mind being the guinea pig. While no more powerful, packing the same camera and operating system to boot, the display of the X is better, boasting a 5.8-inch OLED screen with a 2436x1125 resolution over the iPhone 8 Plus's 5.5-inch LED screen with a 1920x1080 resolution.

This is predominantly because the handset has also been redesigned, riffing off the original iPhone's curves and extending the screen edge-to-edge, bar the controversial 'Notch' hanging down over, housing its array of sensors like a Nintendo Wii camera over your telly.

The other big difference is instead of fingerprint recognition it does face recognition, mapping your mug with new sensors, also using this tech less compellingly for new Animojis that ape your face for sending to your iPhone-toting friends.

The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus may not look vastly different to the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, but we still think it's a more attractive iteration than the iPhone X. We understand the 'Notch' design may well be an attempt to have a more iconic design that Apple can more comfortably claim as its own, but the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus's subtle refinement of the 7's chassis, with all-round glass and a lovely new, low-bling gold colour that looks more like rose gold to us, still makes it the best-looking Apple handset for our money.

When that money will need to be £200 more than the iPhone 8 Plus (or £300 more than the iPhone 8) to pocket the iPhone X, we're not sure a lighter, thinner handset with a bit more screen and facial recognition is enough to warrant the leap. If you do, fair game – you'll be getting a hot slice of the future on top of all the fun included here.

iPHONE 8 PLUS: THE DRAWBACKS

Well, the iPhone 8 really doesn't look all that different to the iPhone 7 unless you're really inspecting. It's hard to shift the feeling this is an iPhone 7S given a title it doesn't fully earn. Apple feels the all-glass exterior and camera realignment is enough. When you drop a serious wad of money down and your mates don't notice you've got the latest handset like they will with the iPhone X, you may disagree.

Along similar lines, for once, the big, new numbered iPhone ISN'T really the flagship – again, that's the iPhone X, a glimpse of the future with a £1,000 price tag that's both intimidating while also stealing a lot of thunder.

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And yet, while cheaper than its flashy older brother, the iPhone 8 is far from cheap, up £100 on the entry-level iPhone 7 in these Brexit times, although you get double the onboard storage for the outlay. Having said that, no 128GB option between the 64GB entry-level one and the 256GB high-end edition means you're quickly into the dollars.

Bar that, the only real issues are the inevitable smoothing-out period of a new OS – there are a fair few apps awaiting iOS 11 upgrades, so either look iffy or flat-out don't work. But these are few and far between and may well have been sorted by the time you read this.

Source : http://www.digitalspy.com/tech/review/a840998/iphone-8-plus-review/

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