Overview & Price
The iPhone 8 is one of Apples latest iPhones and is rather impressive, it is quite similar to the iPhone 7 plus just with a few extra features.
In this iPhone 8 review UK we give you all of the information you need to make an informed purchase decision on this device.
The price of the phone at the minute in the UK is around £699. However now in 2019 there are some impressive new iPhone 8 contract deals on offer.
The iPhone 8 performance has been significantly increased from previous years, making the likes of gaming, browsing and viewing experience so much better.
Aesthetically this phone is very similar to the iPhone 7 as it has the same layout and same dimensions, you get to keep the home button, have the same camera bump but the phone is all glass which is interesting and also makes it more breakable.
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Design & Display
When it comes to the iPhone 8 design, its very clean, everything on the back of the phone is all behind glass, even the apple logo. This makes it very smooth to the touch and gives it a very grippy feel to the phone, the main reason for this is because of the wireless charging.
When you’re at Starbucks having a coffee or McDonald’s you can simply place your phone on the charging pad and you’re phone will start charging.
Much like other iPhone models nowadays the iPhone 8 and 8+ is water and dust resistant at an IP67, this gives extra peace at mind when using the phone around water or taking photos at the beach.
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Now because this phone is all glass, we would definitely recommend getting a skin or a case for the phone, if you’re upgrading from an iPhone 7, you’re previous case will fit this phone.
Now because of the iPhone 8 design being primarily glass, Fingerprints to show up a lot with it being glass which can be annoying especially in the Space Grey colour option and the phone is extremely reflective as with all glass phone.
The iPhone 8 and 8 plus still have the same IPS displays as before but they now support TrueTone, this is something that was in iPads before and is essentially there to adjust the colour temperature of the room you’re in based on the amount of light in the room.
There is however a setting to change this in case you are editing or trying to keep the colours true to the phone.
The iPhone 8 performance is pretty strong too, the speakers are 25% louder on both phones which is very noticeable as they sound a lot clearer and better overall.
Both phones come standard with 64GB of internal storage, and the iPhone 8 has a respectable 2GB of RAM.
However the headphone jack is still missing on this phone in case you thought Apple might bring it back, they have still included a lightning adapter though so you can still plug in headphones and use an AUX cable.
Apple Airpods are a great accessory for this device as they work wirelessly, making listening to music super quick and convenient whilst looking awesome too.
The main upgrades on the iPhone 8 and 8 plus do come from the inside, on the cameras and the performance of the phone.
Apple has used the A11 bionic chip is extremely powerful and allows you to run everything on the phone smoothly with no lag whatsoever even when gaming or running multiple apps at once.
The chip also makes the battery life a lot better than previous models as the phone is so efficient. This is because the chip is not working is hard and is a lot smarter, you can expect a full day of heavy use out of this phone easily.
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The phone runs on iOS 11 operating system which gives you a fresh control centre that puts al you’re toggles on one screen, a merged notification bar and lock screen and a few other tweaks.
Although it still suffers from some core issues that have annoyed users for years, such as the back button at the top left of the display not being user-friendly for right-handed users on the larger plus model phones, the chip makes it very future proof.
Furthermore, Apple Pay continues to be supported which enables you to contactlessly pay at stores or transport hubs which is extremely handy for those times when you forget you’re bank card.
The powerful chip enables the iPhone 8 to run the new augmented reality (AR) features very smoothly, such as the sky guide which gives high-quality information over your reality.
Overall the iPhone 8 performance aspect is strong, everyday tasks are a breeze and you wont find any lag or latency on this device.
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The chip also enables some video features in the camera, such as 4k 60fps video and 1080p 240fps slow-mo which is incredible for a smartphone, much like a Go-Pro.
The photo quality on the 8 and 8+ has been significantly ramped up from the iPhone 7 allowing you to take great high-quality photos which will not disappoint, and if you’re big into photography this phone is the one for you.
I will list the full spec of the cameras below but the primary lens is a 12 MegaPixel f/1.8aperture and the selfie camera is a 7MP with f/2.2 aperture.
Portrait mode on the 8+ now allows you to adjust the lighting effect during or after taking the photo, some are great and some are not so great so we advise to use them sparsely.
Although this phone is a great all rounder it does have a few downfalls, one of them being that the phone does get very hot when charging on the charging pad, you do need direct contact with the pad in order for it to charge.
Apple announced that they had not made any significant upgrades when it comes to battery life on the iPhone 8, this was pretty disappointing considering they upgraded the internals quite a lot.
That being said the battery will last you a full day on a single charge and also has a ‘power saving mode‘ which enables users to make the most out of that last 20%.
The iPhone 8 also supports wireless charging which enables you to charge the phone using a wireless charging pad which is extremely convenient as most modernised restaurants and fast food joints do have these pads inside.
However, the wireless pad does not come with the phone and is an accessory which costs around £60 in the UK. Fast charging is also great on the phone and will get you from 0 – 80% in 60 minutes.
Overall battery life was anticipated to be very bad with Apple not releasing any data on it and then users finding out that it is actually smaller than the one used in the iPhone 7, but with iPhones being extremely conservative when in stand-by we found battery life to not be an issue at all.
All in all the phone is great, and a brilliant all-rounder phone with is great for gaming, taking high-quality pictures and recording in slow motion.
The iPhone 8 has a slick, good looking design that offers a grippy feel with a stylish look.
The AR (Augmented Reality) features of the phone are cool too, the design is very similar to other models but now that the iPhone X is out, we personally would advise skipping this phone and paying the extra £200 and buying an iPhone X.
Although saying that the new refreshed Apple models are out next month with it being very close to September 2018, so waiting for the refreshed models is not a bad idea!
We hope you have enjoyed our iPhone 8 review UK, and feel free to leave a comment and give us some feedback, thanks so much for reading.
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Full Spec Below:
Launch: 2017, September
- Dimension: 138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3mm (5.45 x 2.65 x 0.29 in)
- Weight: 148g (5.22 oz)
- Build: Front/Back Glass, Aluminium Frame
- Sim: Nano SIM
– IP67 dust/water resistant (up to 1m for 30 mins)
– Apple Pay (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX certified)
- Type: LED-backlit IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colours
- Size: 4.7inches, 60.9cm² (-65.4% screen-to-body-ratio)
- Resolution: 750 x 1334 pixels, 16:9 ratio (-326 ppi density)
- Multitouch: Yes
- Protection: Ion-strengthened glass, oleophobic coating
– Wide colour gamut display
– 3D touch display & home button
– True-tone display
- OS: iOS 11, upgradable to iOS 11.4.1
- Chipset: Apple A11 Bionic
- CPU: Hexa-core (2x Monsoon + 4x Mistral)
- GPU: Apple GPU (three-core graphics)
- Card slot: No
- Internal: 64.256 GB, 2GB RAM
- Primary: 12MP, f1/1.8, 28mm, OIS, PDAF
- Features: Quad-LED dual-tone flash, HDR
- Video: 2160p@24/30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps
- Secondary: 7MP, f/2.2, Face Detection, HDR, Panorama, 1080p@30fps
- Alert Types: Vibration, proprietary ringtones
- Loudspeaker: Yes, with stereo speakers
- 3.5mm Jack: No
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– Lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter
- WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, hotspot
- Bluetooth: 5.0, A2DP, LE
- GPS: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, QZSS
- NFC: Yes
- Radio: No
- USB: 2.0, proprietary reversible connector
- Sensors: Fingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
- Messaging: iMessage, SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email
- Browser: HTML5 (Safari)
– Fast charging battery: 50% in 30 min
– Qi wireless charging
– Siri natural language commands and dictation
– iCloud cloud service
– MP3/WAV/AAX+/AIFF/Apple Lossless player
– MP4/H.265 player
– Audio/video/photo editor
– Document editor
- Non-removeable Li-Ion 1821 mAh battery (6.96 Wh)
- Talk Time: Up to 14h (3G)
- Music Play: Up to 40h
- Colors: Silver, Space Grey, Gold, Red
- Price: As seen in above post
- Performance: Basemark OS || 2.0: 3934
- Display: Contrast ratio: 1395:1 (nominal), 3.957 (sunlight)
- Camera: Photo / Video
- Loudspeaker: Voice 71dB / Noise 77dB / Ring 80dB
- Audio Quality: Noise -93.5dB / Crosstalk -80.4dB
- Battery life: Endurance rating 66h