One of the new wallpapers within iOS. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs for the Guardian
The stereo speakers are meant to be louder, but I couldnt really tell; I suspect the kids at the back of the bus will love it
iOS 11 increased the size of some fonts used for marking out certain things such as the Inbox label at the top of the screen in Mail above the search bar on the iPhone 8 it takes up quite a bit of space unnecessarily and is clearly designed to cater for the
iPhone Xs notch The iPhone 8 is water resistant, but theres still no headphone jack
The glass back is a fingerprint magnet
The iPhone 8s battery dropped by 15% while dormant for 8 hours overnight
The iPhone 8 costs 699 with 64GB of storage or 849 with 256GB of storage, and comes in three colours: silver, gold and black (space grey).
For comparison, thats 100 more for the cheapest version of the iPhone 8 than last years iPhone 7 (but the iPhone 8 comes with twice the storage). The
Samsung Galaxy S8 with 64GB of storage costs under 540 and LGs G6 with 32GB of storage costs under 430. Googles 599 Pixel is about to be replaced. Verdict
The iPhone 8 is the best iPhone released to date because it has much better battery life, an improved camera and wireless charging but its inherently boring. It has glass on the back, sure, but even without sticking it in a case its difficult to tell for the casual observer.
So what youre buying for your not inconsiderable 699 or more is a 2014 design with the guts of a more modern smartphone. Some will tell you thats fine, that its meant to be boring, that its still an iPhone. But I think if youre spending 700 you can and should expect more than that.
There are plenty of equally boring smartphones that cost under 200 (and some brilliant ones costing around 500). The problem is that if youre an iPhone buyer looking for the latest Apple smartphone you probably wont consider the notion of buying elsewhere, which leaves you stuck. Do you a) stick with the phone youve got, which is a good option if its still going strong; b) buy a 700 phone and live with the fact that its less exciting than a new paint job; c) buy an iPhone 8 Plus just for a change; or d) wait till November and take a punt on the even more expensive 999
But just keep telling yourself: at least this years 4.7in iPhone lasts a good day on a single charge.
Pros: 24-hour-plus battery, great camera, wireless charging, fingerprint scanner, water resistant
Cons: 2014 design, boring, large bezels around the screen, no headphone jack, no fast-charger in the box, expensive
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