We didn’t expect to get a black box with the iPhone 8. Technically it’s not really as black as the iPhone 7 but this one is sort of like a grey because it’s it’s called Space Gray. It looks really nice, modern and stealthy. On the front we get a reflection on the iPhone image. This is to make you know that this is an iPhone 8 not an iPhone 7 Plus. We get an Apple logo on the bottom and also an Apple logo on the top of the box then iPhone branding on the sides. There is no iPhone 8 or anything just iPhone and both of these actually have this really nice matte black font color. On the back we have the capacity. This may vary from 64 gigabytes and 256 gigabytes. We also get a listing of everything that’s included inside a box.
Peeling off the peel, the first thing that you will get as always is the design by Apple in California booklet. Inside that booklet we get the Quick Start manual which by the way it has now been redesigned. It tells you things such as the bottom positioning and so on and you can find a full manual in the tips app or online. Also is a warranty and a safety guide and a SIM eject tool which is basically the same as the previous ones that we got through the iPhone. Finally are some Apple stickers which are still white. We don’t get color matching stickers like on the 12-inch MacBook or the Mac Pro.
Holding the iPhone 8 Plus for the first time in the hands it feels good. The Space Gray looks much better. You will get a power adapter that matches your region. Speaking of the charger this is still a 5 watt charger. The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus they both support quick charging, that’s up to 50% in 30 minutes. But if you need to use a more powerful charger and a USBC c 2 lightning cable, you have to purchase both separately. One option would be to get a Macbook charger and the cable which would be way way way too expensive. We also get the ear pods which come with a lightning connector and then we also get a 3.5 mm 2 lightning adapter. You can use any headphones you wish. Finally we get a USB a 2 lightning cable. Unfortunately it’s not a USB C 2 lightning cable meaning that if you want to connect your iPhone to your MacBook you still need to buy an adapter or a USB C to lightning cable separately.
The design of theiPhone 4 and the iPhone 4s back in the days was most peoples favorite and now this design is back with a Phone 8 and 8 plus with that glass back. It feels much smoother with the glass and not as smudgy as the iPhone 4 glass. It’s very similar to how the Samsung Galaxy S8 feels. The writing on the back that they’re designed by Apple in California and the FCC logos they have actually been removed. This is only on the US model, so the European version still has these. The transition from the aluminum frame to the back actually feels really smooth. A black metal ring around the camera makes it look even more premium than the iPhone 7.
There are a few new features on the iPhone 8 Plus. First one is the wireless charging. This is actually a major feature on the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and the iPhone X. All that you need is a separate vial of charging pad and you do need to place it on the charging pad which has to be plugged in. We also get a few new camera features. The biggest one is actually the 4k video recording and up to 60 frames per second and also slow-motion 1080p up to 240. What is pretty interesting here is that those are actually disabled so if you go to settings and camera you actually have to enable. You have to go to formats and you have to enable a TVC and coding in the settings. Only then you will be able to see 4k at 60 frames per second and also slow motion the NDP up to 240.
Apple has also increased the sensor size on the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and the iPhone X. We get a larger sensor and according to Apple it lets 83 percent more light in. The iPhone 8 Plus does have a much sharper image especially when you zoom in. It also do capture quite a lot more detail than the iPhone 7. In terms of the camera we get a portrait lighting mode which lets you add different lighting effects such as studio lighting and and more a couple of such. It lets you remove the background and you can create some pretty interesting effects with this camera. Another change is the true tone flash on the back. It’s much brighter than it was before and supports something called slow sync. It basically works in conjunction with the shutter speed and in the end you get much more realistically looking shots in the dark with a flash.
The iPhone 8 Plus comes with a True Tone display option.It basically adjusts its color temperature based on the lighting conditions in your environment. Some may not like it because it affects photography editing and shooting.
iPhone 8 Plus is actually more faster than a 13-inch baseline MacBook Pro. Performance wise the Apple II 11 chip is just a complete overkill. It feels as fluid as the iPhone 7, so it doesn’t feel quicker or significantly more fluid than an iPhone 7 does. The iPhone 8 Plus kind of feels a lot like it iPhone 7s which feels a lot like a iPhone 6s. Essentially it is the fourth generation of the iPhone 6. That’s mostly because you get the exact same design. At least on the front we get exactly the same dimensions. The iPhone 8 Plus is a bit thicker than and heavier than both the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus and you can actually feel that when you hold it in your hands.
It’s still using the exact same display tech and resolution as in 2014, so still an LCD display. Obviously you get improvements such as the DCI P3 2016. Te colors are a bit better and the viewing angles have also been improved but overall this display is really similar to the one from the 2014 iPhone 6.
Main Specs for iPhone 8 Plus
5.5 inch Display
iOS 11 Operating System
Hexa-core (2x Monsoon + 4x Mistral) Processor
256 GB Internal Memory
3 GB RAM
Dual 12 MP Rear Camera
7 MP Front Camera
Non-removable Li-Ion 2691 mAh battery