iPhone 8 Review

Last Updated: April 7, 2021

Our team was eager to get their hands on the new iPhone 8, one of the latest iPhones available on the market. Check out our review to see if this sleek and stylish smartphone suits your needs.

by AGENT Staff
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Announced alongside the iPhone X at Apple’s Cupertino headquarters in California, the iPhone 8 is truly a remarkable mobile device. Apple must be commended for releasing the iPhone 8, as it is clearly intended as a middle-ground for those of us who cannot afford their heavily priced flagship device. As there are certainly a few of us eyeing up this product, we thought we’d bring our readers the information they need to know about it too. Welcome to our iPhone 8 Review.

While we acknowledge that the iPhone 8 is certainly inferior in several ways to the iPhone X, that is not to say that it does not stand well on its own. Remarkably, the iPhone 8 was released less than a month before the iPhone X, so suffice to say that 2017 was a great year for all the Apple addicts out there. The 8 was believed by many to be a stepping stone between the iPhone 7 generation, and the new X generation, and it’s easy to see where people have gotten that impression.

The iPhone X is revolutionary, that’s for sure. Consumers will certainly debate and compare it to its competition, however, compared to other iPhones there have been a significant amount of design alterations made to the X. These design alterations have divided the Apple fan-base since their announcement, with such dramatic changes as removing the iconic home-button entirely. Thus, in many ways, the iPhone 8 may just well turn out to be the last iPhone as we know them.

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iPhone 8 Review 2021

So, it would seem Apple is throwing out the old, and bringing in the new, which is exciting news to all of us tech-lovers. But first, let us take a look at what just may well be the last iPhone to look like the industry defining devices that we have all enjoyed for over a decade now.


iPhone 8 Review – Design

The iPhone 8 is a beautiful addition to the Apple family. With an all-glass exterior, this iPhone is effortlessly charged wirelessly by placing it on Apple’s new intelligent AirPower mat. A new 4.7-inch Retina HD display allows for a more immersive and vibrant user experience. If the concept of an all-glass design worries you, be assured that you needn’t worry about your iPhone 8 suffering from the frailties of other glass-made products. Apple have gone to great lengths to ensure that this iPhone is as durable as any other, reinforcing the glass casing with a laser-welded steel foundation, and an aerospace-grade aluminium band. On top of all this, the iPhone 8 is water resistant.


iPhone 8 Review – What makes the iPhone 8 Different?

A controversial decision made by Apple, the iPhone 8 does not feature a headphone jack. Apple has stated that they made this design choice to waterproof the device. Encouraging users to embrace bluetooth headphones, or Apple’s wireless AirPods, it soon became apparent to the company that the removal of such an integral part from the phone was bound to irritate a sizeable portion of the public. It was then decided to include a headphone jack adaptor with each iPhone, a small cable that will slot into the lightning port at the base of the phone, allowing the user to use their own headphones. One problem with this design, as cited by several users, is that it renders listening to music on your iPhone while charging it.

Due to this product being made of glass, multiple reinforcing features have been included in the iPhone 8’s design. Heavily reinforced glass on the back make this product as much as 7% heavier than its predecessor. A larger display also gives this unit the feel of being much, much larger than the iPhone 7S. However, the iPhone8 may be heavier than the iPhone 7S, but it’s certainly not heavy. 

Note: The iPhone 8, while announced at the same time as the iPhone X, does not avail of the iPhone X’s facial recognition software, expect to find the traditional Apple home button on this iPhone. 


iPhone 8 Review – Performance

In true Apple tradition, the iPhone 8 simply goes. It’s hard to describe, but holding the latest iPhone has always had a certain electric feeling to it. There is a quiet understanding, never discussed, that in the palm of your hand lies the pinnacle of what the mobile phone industry has to offer. The iPhone 8 performs better than its predecessor across the board. Features that are barely noticeable, such as the white balance adapting automatically to its surroundings to maintain a perfect display, allow for a more refined and efficient user experience.

It goes without saying that it would be remiss not to discuss the camera. A combination of 12-Megapixel camera, and A11 Bionic Processor (laptop grade) makes the iPhone 8’s camera a force to be reckoned with. The iPhone 8 has a single f/1.8 lens camera with optical image stabilisation on the back (See our review on the iPhone 8S, which has an additional camera, for all the aspiring photographers out there). Additionally, there is a 7-Megapixel “selfie” camera.


iPhone 8 Review – Specifications

  • Dimensions: 138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3 (mm)
  • Weight: 148g
  • Operating System: iOS 11
  • System on chip: A11 Bionic chip with 64-bit architecture / Neural Engine / Embedded M11 motion coprocessor
  • Capacity: 256GB / 64GB
  • Location Services: Assisted GPS / GLONASS / Galileo and QZSS / Digital compass / Wi-Fi / Mobile data / iBeacon micro-location
  • Display: Retina HD display / 4.7-inch widescreen LCD Multi-touch display with IPS technology / 1334 x 750 – pixel resolution at 326 ppi
  • Camera: 12MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras /ƒ/1.8 aperture (wide angle) / ƒ/2.8 aperture (Telephoto)
  • Battery: Rechargeable lithium-ion battery / wireless charging (works with Qi-certified chargers) / charges via USB / Up to 50% capable in 30mins / 14hrs wireless talk time / 12 hours internet use / 13 hours video playback / 40 hours audio play
  • Colour Choice(s): Space grey / Silver / Gold


iPhone 8 Review – Verdict

The iPhone 8 is an excellent smartphone. As expected, Apple have outdone themselves again with this mobile device. Sleek and stylish in design, with seamless performance to back it up, the iPhone 8 definitely holds its own against all previous iPhone releases.

However, for the sake of critical fairness, we must admit that the removal of the headphone jack was a bit of a shock for us at Best Phone Cases. Such an important feature being dropped so unceremoniously came as a bit of a surprise, with the inclusion of the headphone-lightning adapter feeling almost like a last-minute damage control addition. Additionally, we’re not sure we buy Apple’s claim that this was for water-proofing purposes, as there have been several waterproof smartphones on the market that have retained this important feature.

With everything taken into consideration, the iPhone 8 still stands as one of the best iPhone releases to date. Announced alongside the iPhone X, which seems to be Apple’s vision of the future, it’s quite possible that the iPhone 8 will be the last of the classic iPhones. From now on, there will be no iconic home button, and it’s also likely that the headphone jack is gone for good as well. While we can certainly expect many more generations of iPhone, this device serves almost as a send-off for the iPhone’s we’ve come to recognise and love, and a fine send-off at that.

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