iPhone 8 Buyer’s Guide

By Special Contributor Ben Heinlen of Validas

Here’s all the nitty gritty you need to know if you’re considering shelling out for an iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus.

The iPhone 8 has many of the same features that iPhone owners have come to know and love with a handful of upgrades. The most notable visual change is the glass and aluminum design giving it a classier look and feel while functionally making the device water and dust resistant.

Apple says the glass won’t make the phone more fragile but rational thinking and personal experience suggest it will. The rest of the design is similar to last year’s iPhone 7 with the classic home button, absent headphone jack and large bezel around the screen. The iPhone 8 boasts a laptop grade A11 bionic processor making it fast and efficient when multitasking.

A couple of additional upgrades that separate the iPhone 8 from its predecessor are wireless charging and improved cameras.

With battery charge time a perpetual challenge for the iPhone, the iPhone 8 is compatible with any Qi wireless charging pad. The added convenience of setting your phone down on the pad when you’re not using it and picking it up fully charged when you need it again is an attractive feature.

The iPhone 8 features a 7MP selfie camera and a more advanced 12MP camera with a larger, faster sensor along with a new color filter, deeper pixels and optical image stabilization. The Plus has a second camera which is particularly helpful in portrait mode, allowing you to artificially change the light in a photo. Apple made a conscious effort to stray from the previous pure color accuracy in favor of processing photos to look more vibrant. Additionally, the camera can now shoot slow motion in 1080p and shoot 4K video at 60 frames per second.

Users are loving the camera quality.

Check out the detail on this spider web.

What about size? Whether or not the regular or plus sized phone is right for you is ultimately a personal preference. The 8 Plus is similar in size to the 7 Plus and thus those who prefer the regular sized phones in order to be able to reach all corners without having to readjust the phone in hand will continue to choose the iPhone 8 over the 8 plus.

Another factor to consider is whether to spend the extra money for the iPhone X. Many have suggested that the iPhone 8 is more of an iPhone 7s, having little difference in specs and design than that of the iPhone 7. When pitted head to head, the improved chip, wireless charging and camera features are enough to argue that the iPhone 8 is slightly more than a 7s. However, when compared to the iPhone X, the ‘7s’ argument carries more weight. In the end, whether to choose the iPhone 7, 8 or X boils down to desired features and how much one is willing to spend…. or not spend.

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