Oct 1, 2017

iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus review! Well-balanced exemplary models that give high satisfaction level.

Apple's new smartphones, the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus were released. I would like to take a look at the new iPhone models which skipped the name "7S," and upgraded to "8" at once.

The iPhone 8 on the left and the iPhone 8 Plus on the right, released on September 22nd.

The look and texture has changed due to the glass material.

The models that were announced this September, were the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus, which we will be looking at in this review, and the iPhone X, which will be released on November the 3rd. The iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus were evolved from their previous models, the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus, as they should; their basic performance has been improved and a wireless charging feature has been added. On the other hand, the iPhone X has an OEL display, and it has adopted a new design of having no bezel. It no longer has a home button, which was a signature of the iPhone, and people see it as a new iPhone.
I assume many people are torn between the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X. It seems the iPhone X definitely gets more attention, but the iPhone 8 duo have a very high completion level. It is understandable why they skipped the name "7S."

It doesn't look that different from the iPhone 7 Plus at a glance, but the material used for the back panel is glass not metal, which enhances a high-end feel. The surface is said that it has 7 colors coated, and it changes its look depending on the light or the angle you look at it from, and it has a unique sense or presence. It is almost seamless with aluminum frame. It is said that it uses the strongest glass for a smartphone, but it doesn't mean it won't break. Many people would use it with a case, but because it has such a beautiful back panel, it makes me feel like using it without a case. This texture and look are difficult to see on the photos, so I highly recommend you to see it at the Apple store or other shops.

The one on the left is the iPhone 8 Plus, and the one on the right is the iPhone 7 Plus. The back panel is changed to glass from metal, and the texture has been changed a lot. It is difficult to see in the photo, so please have a look at it in person.

The seam between the glass and the frame is smooth. I can only can say "amazing" with such well-done detail. You also can't miss that the small letters that were on the iPhone 7 Plus are gone.

The iPhone 8 in Gold. Its shade is in between of the iPhone 7's Rose Gold and Gold.

The aluminum frame is elaborated, too.

Re-recognizing the convenience! It now supports wireless charging.

Now with the back panel being glass, wireless charging function has been added. It has adopted Qi, which has already been popular, so you can use the charger you already have if it is compatible. I hadn't used wireless chargers for a long time, but it is very convenient that I don't have to put the cable in and out. When the number of places where we can use wireless chargers at cafes and airports increase, we may not have to carry around our Lightning cable.

Also, if you are a Mac Book user you can use the AC adapter that came with your MacBook to use quick charge. In this case, you can charge to 50% from 0% in half an hour. It gives you a sense of security that you can charge it in a short time in busy mornings and between works.

It supports Qi wireless quick charging.

It feels great when Portrait Lighting works.

Its camera with high reputation still has the same number of pixels and the same tech specs, but it now has an improved image processor, which allows you to take more beautiful photos. Especially when you take photos in dark environment like night view and indoors, you can clearly see its difference. The iPhone 8/8 Plus take brighter photos with less noise. It is an advantage, too, that autofocusing is very fast and you can take photos quickly.

iPhone 7 Plus

iPhone 8 Plus

iPhone 7 Plus

iPhone 8 Plus

iPhone 7 Plus

iPhone 8 Plus

The iPhone 8/8 Plus have the newest OS, iOS 11. With iOS 11, Portrait mode, which takes photos with its background blurred like SLR by using two cameras, became official (with the iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone 7 Plus, which have dual cameras). The border between the background and object look more natural, and it takes less failed photos.

Moreover, the iPhone 8 Plus has a new function called Portrait Lighting (beta) which is a derived function of Portrait mode. It is a unique function that reproduces lightings at studios. It uses Depth API technology which measures depth, and it adjusts lights using the information of depth of nose and chin. It sounds like a difficult function to use, but all you have to do is take a photo with Portrait mode and choose the effect of lighting. It sometimes failed to cut the background off failing getting depth information, but when it gets it right, it feels great.

Portrait Lighting is beta version, but when it gets it right, everyone will definitely be amazed.

Overall

We had a look at the iPhone 8/8 Plus mainly at their new features. Wireless charging is not new but a useful function, and the improvement of the image processor is a great enhancement for those who take photos with the iPhone. Portrait Lighting has a room for improvement, but it feels excellent when it gets it right. You cannot ignore that the data capacity has been decreased thanks to the change of file format. When you send it to your friends or move it to your computer, it changes to JPEG format, so you don't need to worry about it.

The iPhone 8/8Plus can be said that they are culmination models of the 10-year history of the iPhone. They have the home button you are used to use, you can take beautiful photos with one single touch, and they have many apps. Innovative spirit has always got attention with the iPhone, but it always has been evolved listening to what users want like copy and paste, and multitasking.

On the other hand, iPhone X, which will be released on November the 3rd is a model made to be the new iPhone different from successive generations of the iPhone. Because it doesn't have a home button, it is possible that its usability would change a lot. However, it uses the A11 Bionic chip, which is used with the iPhone 8/8 Plus; they have similarities inside. The iPhone 8/8 Plus are not getting as much attention as the iPhone X, but they actually are exemplary well-balanced models in terms of price and usability, so it seems they will be smartphones many people would pick.

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