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Apple iPhone 8 Review

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Interface and Functionality

Apple's latest UI refresh delivers a good mix of powerful new features and updated apps

Apple iPhone 8 Review

Just before the retail debut of the iPhone 8, Apple's iOS 11 updates started landing, and this new handset is understandably running 11 right out of the box. Compared to past iOS updates, we're not seeing a ton of major changes, but instead a lot of little ones that still add up to a nice new edition.

One of the biggest winners here is the new Control Center redesign, not only cramming in more functionality, but also giving users the ability to customize what toggles they see here. But for all the buttons that are there, it's a bit maddening which aren't. Take brightness controls, for example: there's a fantastic brightness slider (that's way more responsive than anything you'll find on Android), with toggles for Night Shift and True Tone. But utterly missing is any way to control the phone's auto-brightness setting.

Of course, this is just scratching the surface, and from extended Siri availability, to a new App Store, to Files and improved Maps, there's no shortage of enhancements worth paying attention to here.

Processor and Memory

The new A11 Bionic chip utterly blows past the competition, even outdoing the latest iPad Pros

Apple doesn't mess around when it comes to the processors at the heart of its mobile devices, and its reputation continues to hold up with the introduction of the A11 Bionic chip. The processor's performance easily outdoes the A10 in last year's iPhone, and also flies right past the entire pack of Snapdragon-based Android devices. Really, the only serious competition it's got right now is the A10X at the heart of the latest iPad Pro models, and while those perform quite admirably, the smaller, lower-res screen on the iPhone 8 lets graphics processing soar, resulting in some stunning frame rates.

Apple iPhone 8 Review
While Apple continues to offer its users some well done cloud storage options, local device capacity is still king, and in recent years we've seen manufacturers everywhere transitioning to higher and higher starting levels. Over on Android, 64GB is the new minimum on some of the highest profile flagships, and with the iPhone 8 Apple gets on board the same boat.

Even if that's overkill for your needs, that lofty starting point is still quite empowering, freeing many users from ever worrying about storage space. The iPhone 8 is also available as a 256GB model – for a $150 premium.

Connectivity

New support for wireless standards augments an already impressive connectivity library

Apple iPhone 8 Review

The iPhone 8's connectivity options are much in line with what we got from the iPhone 7. That said, there very much are improvements here, and probably the most interesting one is the evolution from Bluetooth 4.2 to Bluetooth 5.0. While you're not likely to run into any situations where you absolutely need 5.0 support to work with new hardware, it does promise improvements that could extend speed and range limits, helping especially with internet-of-things hardware.

Another small enhancement comes in the form of support for additional satellite positioning tech, rendering the iPhone 8 able to receive signals from both European Union and Japanese systems.

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PhoneArena rating:
9.2Excellent
Display4.7 inches, 750 x 1334 pixels (326 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera12 megapixels
Hardware
Apple A11 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2390 MHz
2 GB RAM
Size5.45 x 2.65 x 0.29 inches
(138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3 mm)
5.22 oz  (148 g)
Battery1821 mAh, 14 hours talk time

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