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Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus review

What more can we say about Apple’s iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus that has been widely lauded for its sophisticated ‘’nothing.”

Excuse the compliment, but perhaps, if you are into handsets the way we are, then you’ll agree with the fact that Apple’s latest flagships failed to live up to the expectations that were promised, prior to their release.

Even though we are not in the habit of discrediting top-end handsets when we see one, but these over-hyped, sought-after and crowd-pleasing handsets from Apple is the direct expression of overly exaggerated flagships.


Perhaps, it wasn’t the intention of the California based giants to flaunt and advertise what most people might have been misled to think the ‘’biggest Apple flagships of the year.’’

We are not saying that Apple is arguably known as world’s most ‘’misleading handset manufacturer,’’ we are simply saying they know how to trick people into buying their ‘’so-called’’ flagship handsets.

Based on other reviews, we’ll say that we are not the only ones that think that the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus devices should have been released under the 7 series.

Or better still, Apple should have just concentrated on bringing the iPhone X and save everyone from a nerve-spiking and blood-rushing feeling attached to the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus handsets.

Let’s get into the main reason why are here – to see what exactly is so special about the ‘’top-nothing’’ iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus that brought an abrupt and painful halt to the other ‘’well-deserving’’ flagships out there.

iPhone 8
Apart from the new chipset with extra several processor cores and Apple’s first ever GPU, an all-glass body, a slightly upgraded camera, there’s absolutely nothing else that makes the iPhone 8 so special, compared to its predecessor.

These little upgrades on the iPhone 8 could have simply made it into an S upgrade at any time in a year at all. Interestingly, Apple keeps saying ‘’it’s hard to believe how much has changed,’’ when the truth is, it’s hard to believe they hold their devices so high whilst showing nothing for them.


So, yes, it’s quite hard to believe that the widely-praised and almighty iPhone 8 device made it out with an all-glass design, a powerful new chip, enhanced camera and wireless charging – this sounds really unbelievable – maybe two decades ago, but certainly not in this age of flagships.

 

Apple iPhone 8 key features

• Body: Aluminum 7000 frame, reinforced glass front, and rear, IP67 certified for water and dust resistance. Gold, Space Gray, and Silver color options.
• Screen: 4.7″ 16M-color LED-backlit IPS LCD screen of 750p resolution, 326ppi, True Tone adjustment via a four-channel ambient light sensor, wide color gamut, 3D Touch.
• OS: Apple iOS 11.
• Chipset: Hexa-core (2 Monsoon + 4 Mistral) 2.09GHz Apple CPU, tri-core Apple GPU, 2GB of RAM, Apple A11 Bionic SoC.
• Camera: 12MP camera with F/1.8 lens, optical image stabilization, quad-LED flash with slow sync, phase detection autofocus, wide color capture.
• Video recording: [email protected]/30fps, [email protected]/60/120/240fps video recording
• Selfie: 7MP F/2.2 front-facing camera with BSI sensor and HDR mode, [email protected] video
• Storage: 64GB or 256GB of built-in storage.
• Connectivity: 4G LTE Cat.12; Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac; Bluetooth 5.0; Lightning port; GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, QZSS; NFC (Apple Pay only).
• Battery: 1,821mAh battery, wireless charging (Qi compatible).
• Misc: Stereo speakers, a pressure-sensitive Home key with a fingerprint scanner, Taptic Engine.

Main defects
• The phone still has a Poor screen-to-body ratio in order words, too much bezel for the size.
• It comes with no 3.5mm audio jack but instead rolls out with a Lightning to 3.5mm adapter
• It has no microSD slot.
• In order to upload music, iTunes is still required.
• It does not come with a fast charger and the optional ones are usually very expensive)
• The phone’s video camera still records mono audio only.

Telling lies about bringing an unbelievable upgrade to your handset is one thing, but attaching an unreasonable price tag to the handset is just unacceptable. But then again, what do we know about anything, Apple seems to know it all.

 

iPhone 8 Plus
We just looked at what makes the iPhone 8 the most talked about handset in the world and quite interestingly, we couldn’t find anything.

It wouldn’t be fair to just talk about the iPhone 8 and sing all day long about what a top-notch handset it is, without talking about its sibling –the iPhone 8 Plus.

Maybe this variant of the 8 series is better than the former, we’ll just have to patiently find out if possibly it’s much more special than the regular iPhone 8. Again, we don’t mean to come off as very ungrateful, but the iPhone 8 Plus shares the same boat with the iPhone 8.

Unsurprisingly, the handset comes with virtually almost the same design and specification as the iPhone 8 apart from its size and other little changes.

Sporting an aluminum glass design, wireless charging, 64GB inbuilt storage space, 12MP camera and a new Bionic chipset that boasts an extra two power-efficient cores, the iPhone 8 Plus is no different from its sibling.

One might be left wondering, maybe Apple was hoping fans would go crazy with the newly added fancy ”add-ons” or just maybe we will cry tears with the newly added ”HDR10 and Dolby Vision” support to its Screen size and Resolution.

We are definitely back to where we started from, Apple’s is not the future of smartphones in the 21st century — they simply want people to believe they are.

We are already in future of smartphone and Apple’s iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 are definitely not there, so let’s keep our fingers crossed believing we might just see the true definition of a flagship handset with the company’s upcoming iPhone X device.

 

Apple iPhone 8 Plus key features

• Body: Aluminum 7000 frame, reinforced glass front, and rear, IP67 certified for water and dust resistance. Gold, Space Gray, and Silver color options.
• Screen: 5.5″ 16M-color LED-backlit IPS LCD screen of 1080p resolution, 401ppi. True Tone adjustment via four-channel ambient light sensor, wide color gamut, 3D Touch
• OS: Apple iOS 11
• Chipset: Hexa-core (2 Monsoon + 4 Mistral) 2.09GHz Apple CPU, tri-core Apple GPU, 3GB of RAM, Apple A11 Bionic SoC
• Camera: Dual 12MP camera: wide-angle F/1.8 + telephoto F/2.8, live bokeh effects (including Portrait mode and Portrait Lightning), optical image stabilization, 2x lossless zoom, quad-LED flash with slow sync, phase detection autofocus, wide color capture
• Video recording: [email protected]/30fps, [email protected]/60/120/240fps video recording
• Selfie: 7MP F/2.2 front-facing camera with BSI sensor and HDR mode, [email protected] video
• Storage: 64GB or 256GB of built-in storage
• Connectivity: 4G LTE Cat.12 (600Mbps); Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac; Bluetooth 5.0; Lightning port; GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, QZSS; NFC (Apple Pay and for the first time for NFC tag reading too)
• Battery: 2,691mAh battery, wireless charging (Qi compatible)
• Misc: Stereo speakers, Pressure-sensitive Home key with fingerprint scanner, Taptic Engine

Main defects
Just like the iPhone 8 handset, the iPhone 8 Plus also comes with a host of shortcomings including:
• This particular design is getting quite boring as it is the same one seen on other handsets over a space of four years.
• Big screen bezels that are somewhat bigger than the iPhone X
• The handset comes with no 3.5mm audio jack, but makes use of a Lightning-to-3.5mm adapter instead.
• Notably, it does not feature a microSD slot
• Users still have to go through the stress of using iTunes to manually upload music
• It doesn’t come with fast charger and the optional ones are usually very expensive
• It’s video camera still records mono audio only


We must say, we are quite impressed with the way Apple managed to deceive a good number of users that have probably realized what a waste of time and money they spent on the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus handsets.

Thanks to innovative smartphone developers always striving to bring top-end flagship devices, we can’t afford to settle for less or worse, be brainwashed.

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