iPhone 8 vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which One Is Better for You

Apple has announced the trio of new iPhones officially on September 12, the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X. Among them, the iPhone X, pronounced as iPhone ten, is created for iPhone's 10 anniversary and is a most attracted iPhone. It has no home button but integrates with a new feature of Face ID. This is thought as the design of future mobile phones. However, it is at a surprisingly high price $999 and won't available until November. If you want a more affordable yet conventional looking phone now, iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus is a better choice and they are readily available. Today I will do a full review to help you find out the difference between iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.

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Part 1. iPhone 8 vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Overview

Both iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus share same IOS 11 and Qi wireless charging, touch ID fingerprint sensor, processor A11 Bionic chip, M11 motion coprocessor, storage 64GB or 256GB, front camera 7 megapixel, lighting interface, Bluetooth 5.0, splash, IP 67 water and dust resistance and other similar tech Spec. As for the difference, following is a concise comparison list.

  iPhone 8 iPhone 8 Plus
Display size 4.7 inch retina display 5.5 inch retina display
Resolution 1334*750 pixels 1920*1080 pixels
Pixel density 326 ppi 401 ppi
Dimensions 5.45x2.65x0.29 inches 6.24x3.07x0.30 inches
Weight 148 g 202 g
Main camera Single 12 megapixel Dual 12 megapixel
RAM 2GB 3GB
Battery 14 hours of talk time on wireless; 12 hours of internet use; 13 hours of video playback on wireless; 40 hours of audio playback on wireless 21 hours of talk time on wireless; 13 hours of internet use; 14 hours of video playback on wireless; 60 hours of audio playback on wireless
Price Starts from $699 Starts from $799

Part 2. iPhone 8 vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Detailed Difference and Similarities

From what we have mentioned above, we found that the main difference between iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are mainly in size, camera and battery etc. Now let's go over the aspects one by one to learn more.

Design: iPhone appearance hasn't changed much since iPhone 6 except the iPhone X, which looks completely different from iPhone 7 Plus. As usual, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus still has the touch ID and rounded corner and similar button placements, but it has replaced the metal with glass on the back and front. The only obvious difference in design between iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus is the size and camera.

Software: They comes with the same IOS 11 which has some of the great new features including picture in picture, notification control center, live photos, files and storage etc.

Hardware: iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are equipped with the most powerful A11 Bionic chip, M11 motion coprocessor, 64G or 256G storage, you will find obvious performance improvement compared to the last year's models. As for the memory and battery, the iPhone 8 Plus has a slightly higher 3G memory and bigger battery while the iPhone has only 2G memory. The biggest difference between the biggest difference between iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus in hardware is the cameras. The iPhone 8 comes with a single camera which is basically the same of the iPhone 7 except it supports optical image stabilization built in this time. iPhone 8 Plus comes with a dual camera which is fantastic for taking photos with bokeh effect, AR, artificial focus. Besides, the iPhone 8 Plus camera supports the portrait lighting mode, making it much easier for taking selfie.

Display: iPhone 8 has 4.7 inch screen 1334*750 pixels while iPhone 8 Plus has 5.5 inch 1920*1080 pixels. Generally, the iPhone 8 Plus is better for watching videos, playing games with the bigger screen. Both equipped with Apple's TrueTone technology. It can automatically adjust the display saturation to make it look better under different environment.

Price: iPhone costs $699 for the 64GB and $849 for the 256GB while the iPhone 8 Plus costs $799 and $949 for the respective 64GB and 256GB model.

Part 3.Sum Up: Pros and Cons

Now you should have already learned the difference between iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus well. To sum up, the iPhone 8 has the Pros of impeccable performance, nice build quality, excellent camera, impressive AR apps support, easy to take everywhere and the Cons such as no dual camera, design is similar with the previous iPhone 7, battery is not so big. For the iPhone 8 Plus, Its advantages are high performance, excellent dual camera, wide screen and long battery endurance and the disadvantages are not easy to hold in hand or put into pocket, the camera humps are back, design is not innovative enough.

Anyway, both are the excellent phones which are available to buy now. The answer to which one is better is completely depends on your taste. If you'd like big phones for watching videos and cares about battery much, the iPhone 8 Plus will be a better choice. Else if you'd like a common design small screen iPhone with high performance, you can buy the iPhone 8.

By the way, when you play iTunes videos on iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus, you are required to authorize the videos on the devices before you can play them as iTunes videos are added with the DRM encryption. This is very annoying if you want to watch iTunes videos on multiple devices. To eliminate this trouble, you might try another better solution. Just use a specific software DRmare M4V to iPhone Converter for Windows/Mac to help you remove DRM from iTunes videos simply. After that, there won't be any limitations any more. For more details, you can visit: How to Remove DRM from iTunes M4V Movies.

Sept 21, 2017 03:47 pm

Posted by Josh Williams to Reviews

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