Ready for a new iPhone but not ready to say goodbye to the physical home button we all know so well? Instead of getting caught up in the hype of the iPhone X
, consider the iPhone 8. The same day Apple introduced the iPhone X, they revealed the 8 and the Plus version. It's most similar to its predecessor, the iPhone 7, but includes some improvements. If you're trying to figure out which iPhone is best for you, read these four key differentials you should know about the 8.
iPhone users have watched with envy for years as Android users have placed their phones down on a pad and they start charging. The time has come for iPhone to do the same. Thanks to its all-glass design, the iPhone 8 is now wireless-charging capable. This means it works with any Qi-compatible wireless charging stations like you see in airports or Starbucks. That being said, don't make wireless charging be the reason you go out and buy this phone. Wireless charging won't be your only option with the new iPhone. You can still charge the old-fashioned way and save yourself from buying a charging pad.
With the 8, Apple introduced A11 Bionic
, a new and improved CPU. A11 Bionic has 4 core processors that work 70% faster than A10, the CPU in previous iPhones. Its new GPU is also 30% faster than the previous version. If you're one of Australia's 5.92 million mobile gamers
, this is great news for you. The iPhone's improved CPU and GPU make it a gamer's ideal phone. And, if you loved Pokemon Go, you'll love this new iPhone for its enhanced AR capabilities. This was a smart move on Apple's part as more AR games are coming to market. Overall, these improvements in CPU and GPU result in a really fast phone. The fingerprint scanner is fast and accurate, and navigating between apps is even faster.
If you're upgrading from an iPhone 7 or even 6S, you won't notice much difference in battery capacity. However, if you're coming from an iPhone 6 or lower, you'll notice how much more battery storage you have. With the new iPhone, you'll get about 14 hours of talk time and 40 hours of audio playback. To get even more battery life, consider the iPhone 8 Plus which gives about 21 hours of talk time and 60 hours of audio playback. It's not revolutionary but is better if you're coming from an older iPhone model.
The new iPhone has the best camera to date for an Apple smartphone. On the 8's Plus version, you'll get a 12MP dual-camera that includes Portrait Lighting. This new program uses facial landmarking to enhance shadows, spotlight, and other portrait features. Both the 8 and 8 Plus come with True Tone technology. This uses a four-channel light sensor to adjust the white balance on your phone's screen to match the colour temperature around you.
Is the iPhone 8 For You?
If you're upgrading from an iPhone 6 or earlier, you'll notice the differences in the 8. With its improved battery, cameras, and CPU, it'll feel like a completely new phone. Another key difference between this phone and the iPhone X is the cost. If you're not ready to shell out A$1,579 for the iPhone X, A$1,079 for the 8 is much easier to swallow. Ready to take the plunge with the 8 or 8 Plus? Don't forget to protect your new iPhone with a designer case