Review: Apple iPhone 8
4.2Overall Score

Price (RRP): $1,079 (iPhone 8 64Gb) $1,229 (iPhone 8 Plus 64Gb)
Manufacturer: Apple

The iPhone 8 is a bit unconventional. It was one of two new smartphone models announced by Apple earlier this month, with the other being Apple’s most advanced smartphone ever, the iPhone X, and a clear indicator of where future smartphones are heading. The iPhone 8, on the other hand, shares the same basic design first introduced with the iPhone 6, albeit with considerable enhancements such as IP67 dust and water resistance. Compared to the upcoming iPhone X, and other competitors including the Samsung Galaxy S8 and LG’s G6, Apple’s latest model seems a little behind the times. So the question is, who is the iPhone 8 for?


iPhone 8 Silver

The iPhone 8 in silver.


iPhone 8 plus Gold

The iPhone 8 Plus in gold.

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Starting with its appearance, the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus have the same shape as their iPhone 7 counterparts, and nearly identical dimensions. The iPhone 8 comes with a 4.7 inch display, and the iPhone 8 Plus gets a 5.5 inch screen. The key difference is that Apple has swapped the back panel from aluminium to glass. The glass is said by Apple to be the most durable ever and includes a 50 percent deeper strengthening layer. There’s also a new steel substructure and aerospace-grade 7000 Series Aluminium frame for more reinforcement. The iPhone 8 has done well so far in terms of early durability tests, so it should be strong, and hopefully, the glass won’t break if dropped – although we’ll need to wait and see about that one.


iPhone 8 gold iPhone 7 rose

The iPhone 8 Plus in gold (glass) versus the iPhone 7 Plus in rose gold (aluminium).


iPhone 8 plus iPhone 7 plus

The glass back makes the iPhone 8 a little heavier than the iPhone 7, and a sliver thicker.


iPhone 8 edge

No headphone jack. Good that speakers are now up to 25 percent louder and deliver deeper bass.


The glass casing is also easier to grip than the all-aluminium back from the iPhone 7. There are three colours to choose from – silver, gold and space grey. We had the silver and gold models, and both are stylish and have a pleasing, premium feel. The silver, gold or space-grey aluminium band that runs around the phone is matched by subtle tinting in the glass, with a cool white, warm cream or dark grey, depending on the model. The effect is quite unique, and the tint appears to change slightly in different light.