iPhone 8 Plus Review - Januari 2022

When Apple introduced the iPhone X this year alongside the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, attention was drawn to this model, which had more changes and was also more expensive than the others. Despite this, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus also contain significant changes compared to their predecessors. In fact, Apple is considered surprised by the naming of these phones. Normally, it was the turn of the models with the “S” designation; We've been waiting for the iPhone 7S and 7S Plus to come out. However, this time Apple chose to go directly to a number increase. We have been experiencing the larger screen version of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus duo, which will be available for sale in Turkey as of October 20.We share our impressions in the iPhone 8 Plus review and video.

iPhone 8 Plus review: Design

Apple continues the design language it switched to in 2014 in its new models. The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus follow the path opened by the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in terms of design. Widescreen bezels, curved corners, and rounded edges are equally preserved. However, there are significant differences in terms of the materials used. Apple underlines that it uses 7000 series aluminum, which increases durability. It is noted that the metal frame surrounding the edge of the phone has been further strengthened. Regardless, we prefer to use iPhones with cases. Therefore, we did not care much about the scratch and shock resistance of the metal frame of the phone.If you're buying a phone with such a high value, it's better to buy a case for peace of mind.

The most important change in this year's phones is on the back. Apple uses glass instead of metal on the back. Both the front and back surfaces are covered with customized and reinforced glass. The oleophobic coating also provides resistance to dirt and fingerprints. It would be wrong to comment on the back surface, as we use it with a cover most of the time. However, if we take into account that both have the same character, and if we interpret according to the screen glass covering the front, we can say that Apple's claim is not wrong and that the glass surfaces are resistant to fingerprints and dirt.

The most important benefit of covering the back with glass is the wireless charging feature, which we will talk about in more detail in the following sections. On the other hand, with the introduction of glass on the back, the color options are simplified a little compared to last year. The space gray color option returns, while the silver remains. The gold, on the other hand, is a little closer to rose gold, and the rear glass face is in cream-colored tones. Our preference is silver, as it makes white appear very clear on the glass surface, but it should be noted that gold and space gray also look attractive.

Last year, water and dust resistance features came with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus continue to host them as well. Thus, it will be possible to use the new iPhones more comfortably under the rain, by the pool or by the sea.

The 5.5-inch screen of the iPhone 8 Plus is surrounded by a very wide screen frame. This naturally increases the surface area of ??the phone. It's okay to grasp the iPhone 8 Plus with one hand and read something, but a second hand's fingers are needed for comfortable use. On the other hand, the use of glass on the back increases the weight of the phone noticeably compared to the iPhone 7 Plus. However, it would not be right to say that holding and using the body, which weighs close to 200 grams, is tiring. 

At the bottom of the screen we continue to see the Home button with the Touch ID fingerprint reader. The fingerprint reader works as fast as previous iPhones and takes you to the Home screen instantly. it can be accessed at any time thanks to its location on the front; Touching the button while eating or doing other work instantly bypasses the locked screen. In this respect, we find the Touch ID system practical. The convenience of this continues to be offered on the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus.

On the bottom edge are the Lightning port, speaker and microphone. Although we see two grilles symmetrically on the bottom edge, only one of them functions as a speaker. The other speaker is located on the front, above the screen. We also see the FaceTime camera and sensors at the top of the screen. The volume keys and mute switch are on the left side, and the power button is on the right side. Again on the right edge is the nanoSIM card tray.

When we look at the back, we see that two 12-megapixel cameras are placed in the upper left corner, in the same way as on the iPhone 7 Plus. Besides, there is a second microphone and a quad-LED True Tone flash. When we go down to the bottom, we see the Apple logo. On the metal-clad back of last year, the Apple logo was cut and specially placed here. Now we see the glass flowing uninterruptedly on the Apple logo. Going further down, the iPhone brand is seen with various texts and signs.

iPhone 8 Plus review: Hardware and Performance

Screen size and resolution are kept the same on both the iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone 8 as their predecessors. On the iPhone 8 Plus, we see a 5.5-inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution, LED-backlit IPS LCD screen. Again, Apple describes this screen as Retina HD. This screen also has wide color range support and high contrast. In this way, photos, videos, games, websites are added in a very sharp, clear and vivid way.

With this year's iPhones, Apple adds True Tone technology, which it previously featured in iPad Pros . True Tone technology dynamically adjusts the white balance of the screen depending on the color temperature of the ambient light, thanks to its four-channel environmental light sensor. Thus, images, especially written texts, look vivid and realistic as if they were printed on real paper. The eye is less tired. Although True Tone is an eye-related technology, it does its job unnoticed. When you keep this technology turned on, you may not feel much difference in your visual experience.But when you turn off True Tone, you will realize how much the color of the screen differs from normal and how it makes a difference to your eyes. You can also easily turn True Tone off and on from within the Control Center.

The screen brightness of the iPhone 8 Plus is high, which makes it comfortable to work outside in bright sunlight and not to have difficulty taking photos or videos. As a result of the high brightness, the display supports next-generation image formats such as Dolby Vision and HDR10. For example, you can watch various content on Netflix with Dolby Vision support, with more vivid and realistic colors. You can see the content that supports it by searching for “HDR” on Netflix.

The visual experience offered by the iPhone 8 Plus with its large, vivid and bright screen is complemented by the auditory experience that follows the same direction. With last year's iPhones, Apple made the switch to stereo speakers. This year's phones also have two speakers, one on the bottom edge and the other on the handset speaker. It is stated by Apple that the loudness of the speaker has been increased by up to 25 percent. Our practical experience also shows that Apple's claim is not empty. The sound coming out of the speaker of the iPhone 8 Plus is much louder than a smartphone. However, it is possible to feel the bass sufficiently. There is no explosion in the treble.However, since the bottom speaker is slightly stronger, the sound is felt to be louder than one wing. In other words, the stereo sound effect slips away, albeit slightly. Still, with the iPhone 8 Plus, you can listen to music and watch videos without the need for an external speaker.

One of the main innovations we expect from a new generation iPhone is, of course, the processor. Apple is introducing a brand new processor in this year's iPhones, which it calls the A11 Bionic. A11 Bionic, which the company describes as the most powerful and smart chip in a smartphone, uses a six-core CPU design and a second-generation performance controller. In addition, a triple-core GPU, also designed by Apple, accompanies this processor. Although not explicitly stated by Apple, the iPhone 8 Plus has 3GB of RAM.

This hardware package of the iPhone 8 Plus offers the smoothness and performance we expect from a brand new iPhone. The phone boots up fast, apps and games load and launch quickly, the user interface is fast to navigate, web pages are opened quickly, and scrolling and zooming are also smooth. In terms of augmented reality-based games and applications, a good performance is offered with the help of the power provided by the A11 Bionic.

Benchmark tests also reveal the strength of the iPhone 8 Plus. In the GeekBench 4 test, the iPhone 8 Plus has a 25 to 30 percent higher single-core performance than its predecessor iPhone 7 Plus, while this rate is doubled in multi-core. The iPhone 8 Plus manages to beat the iPad Pro with the A10X processor and even the entry-level MacBook Pro in this test. Another benchmark test, AnTuTu, is in the top 5 with nearly 20000 points.

On the storage side, we see that Apple has limited the options to two options this year, such as 64 GB and 256 GB. Actually, 64GB will suffice for most users, but for those who want to evaluate high-resolution cameras with 4K video and many photos, but also high-quality videos, 256GB, which is more than 64GB, will be a more suitable option. I wish Apple continued to offer 128 GB, this way it would be a more reasonable promotion opportunity for users. Those who want more storage space have to sacrifice a little more than before.

On the wireless connection side, we see that the iPhone 8 Plus includes today's and future technologies. 802.11ac Wi-Fi support is available. Add to this Bluetooth 5.0, which will be used in many newly announced and upcoming wireless devices. GPS support is also strengthened by systems such as GLONASS, GALILEO, QZSS. On the LTE side, theoretical download speeds of up to 600 megabits per second are supported with Category 12 support. What we will say is that when you buy the iPhone 8 Plus today, you will be able to use it for the next few years without any problems in terms of compatibility with wireless networks.

iPhone 8 Plus review: Battery

Normally we evaluate the battery under the Hardware and Performance section. However, we found it useful to open a separate topic for this on the iPhone 8 Plus. As a matter of fact, the iPhone 8 Plus has a lower capacity battery than its predecessor, the iPhone 7 Plus, at 2691mAh. However, thanks to the efficiency provided by the A11 Bionic processor, this phone manages to achieve the same operating life values ??as its predecessor.

In the video test we conducted at 60 percent brightness, with YouTube over Wi-Fi, the charge of the iPhone 8 Plus decreased by 30 percent in 1.5 hours. Apart from that, according to our general impressions, the iPhone 8 Plus's battery can easily be taken out of the day from morning to evening in normal intensive use. There is even a 20 percent capacity left towards bedtime.

Although the iPhone 8 Plus maintains its current status in terms of working life, it brings some innovations in terms of usability and comfort. We see the wireless charging feature on an iPhone for the first time, with the back surface covered with glass. Apple supports the open wireless charging standard called Qi. This means that you can use many Qi-supported wireless charging products on the market to charge the iPhone 8 or 8 Plus. You can even use wireless charging products sold by brands such as Samsung and IKEA in Turkey.

Wireless charging does not offer a big advantage over normal charging in terms of speed. In our test, it took an hour and a half for the iPhone 8 Plus's battery to reach 45 percent charge from 7 percent. This charging method seems more useful in terms of practicality than speed. Charging will become much more practical for you, thanks to a wireless charging mat that you can place on your desk, bedside table or living room table. By the way, wireless charging also works when you use the iPhone 8 Plus with a case. Of course, the thickness of the sheath should not exceed a certain level.

iPhone 8 Plus review: Software

The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus come with iOS 11, the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system. We have conveyed the innovations that come with iOS 11 in the detailed iOS 11 review article and video we prepared. You can take a look at these contents to get a more detailed idea about the new version.

New Live Photo editing tools coming to Photos app, QR code scanning ability coming to Camera app, special do not disturb mode to prevent distraction while driving, brand new Files app, easier access and editing of files in iCloud Drive and other connected cloud storage services Included with iOS 11 It is among the possibilities offered to iPhone 8 Plus users.

It is necessary to open a separate paragraph for the Control Center. You can control many settings of the iPhone 8 Plus in an easy and practical way, thanks to this control interface, which benefits from the magnified controls and the 3D Touch support of the iPhone 8 Plus's screen. These include turning the True Tone display setting of the iPhone 8 Plus off and on. Turning off cellular or enabling a personal hotspot via Control Center is pretty handy, although the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth buttons simply kill existing connections instead of turning them off completely. Likewise, it is pleasing that tools such as low power mode, alarm or counter setting are placed here. You can customize the controls available in the Control Center via Settings.

One of the most important innovations that came with iOS 11 was ARKit. This new application framework brings augmented reality capabilities to iOS devices. Using the cameras of iPhones or iPads, developers can place virtual objects or information in the environment, thus creating experiences that interact with the environment or add more meaning.

The high processing power of the iPhone 8 Plus makes this phone very suitable for augmented reality applications and games. If you browse the App Store, which has been renewed with iOS 11, you will see a section where augmented reality-based applications and games are highlighted. The options presented here are not very wide yet. However, when we try what is presented, we see that it offers very fast and realistic experiences with the iPhone 8 Plus.

For example, IKEA's augmented reality application, which is not yet available in the Turkish App Store, allows you to place virtual furniture in your environment with exact dimensions and to design virtual rooms. The MeasureKit app is taking object or distance measurements. Although the margin of error is as high as 10 percent in some measurements, the simplicity of the application and the way it works are affecting. AR Dragon, on the other hand, allows you to feed a dragon in your pocket and train it in your environment. Experiences will be enriched with new games and applications to be added in this area in the future. The iPhone 8 Plus will also support all of these in the best way.

iPhone 8 Plus review: Camera

On the back of the iPhone 8 Plus, there are two cameras that protrude slightly, just like the iPhone 7 Plus. One of these cameras is wide-angle and the other is telephoto lens. It has a wide-angle f/1.8, six-element lens, optical image stabilization, and a 12-megapixel sensor that's faster and larger than the iPhone 7 Plus. The telephoto camera brings optical zoom capabilities with its f/2.8 aperture value.

Apple uses a brand new image signal processor in its new phones. By taking advantage of the power offered by the A11 Bionic, elements such as the person in the scene, movement or lighting conditions are detected and the photos are optimized accordingly. At the same time, support for a wider range of color capture, faster focusing and better HDR photos are also among the features of the iPhone 8 Plus's camera.

It is possible to see the effect of larger size and faster sensor, new image signal processor and all other innovations in practice. As expected, the iPhone 8 Plus takes vivid, detailed, color-accurate and bright photos under adequate lighting conditions. When we look at its performance in low light, it is seen that it has made significant progress even compared to the iPhone 7 Plus. While the colors are more detailed, the scenes are a little brighter. iPhones put more emphasis on real light in low-light situations, not attempting to illuminate the scene by increasing exposure. Although the situation is the same on the iPhone 8 Plus, it should be noted that the frames taken look a little brighter and more realistic.In night shots, the noise is almost non-existent.

HDR feature is also among the elements that make progress. The HDR mode is automatically turned on in the camera of the iPhone 8 Plus. There is no special setting for HDR in the camera app. If you want, you can also save the non-HDR version of the photo. In the shots, we see that the details are more prominent in the shadows, but the light is more evenly distributed even in the scenes with contrasting lighting.

There were times when we used the iPhone 7 Plus instead of a DSLR for our private shoots. The frequency of this situation seems to increase a little more with the iPhone 8 Plus. The iPhone 8 Plus has the capabilities to be enough on its own for birthdays, weddings and special shots like this.

The dual rear camera of the iPhone 8 Plus allows you to use the Portrait mode again, just like last year's phone. As a reminder, thanks to the portrait mode, it is possible to take photos with a depth of field effect, with the object in front being sharp and clear and the background blurred. With the new phone, the performance of the Portrait mode gets even better. Especially in low-light environments, portrait photos can be taken with brighter and low noise ratio.

Of course, the most important innovation to come this year has been Portrait Lighting. Like the Portrait mode, which was in beta at this time last year, it is possible to test different lighting effects by reading face information and background depth, and obtain results accordingly, thanks to Portrait Light, which was in beta stage for its first time .

There are five different options under Portrait Lighting. Natural Light sharpens the image of the subject and blurs the background. Studio Light, on the other hand, offers an effect similar to shooting the subject's face illuminated with bright light. Contour Light makes the foreground person a little sharper with the shadings it adds. In Stage Lighting, the foreground object is thoroughly illuminated, while the background is completely darkened. Stage Light Mono, on the other hand, works like Stage Light, but produces a black-and-white photo.

According to Apple, for Portrait Lighting to work well, the background of the subject must be variable in color. In other words, a Portrait photo taken in front of a background with many people or objects in the background and different colors, instead of a Portrait photo taken in front of a plain, monochrome background, will provide a much better application of Portrait Lighting effects .

Although Portrait Light is still in beta, it is possible to say that it is already impressive in terms of the results achieved. In some shots taken with the Stage Light mode, there is loss of hair or face, involuntary blurring. However, effects such as natural light, studio light are fine, making the foreground object more distinct and vivid as expected. We think this feature will get even better with future software updates. With Portrait Lighting, you can create impressive posts for Instagram.

The iPhone 8 Plus also has important innovations on the video side. First of all, Apple is using a new video encoder. Thus, higher frame rates can be achieved. iPhone 8 and 8 Plus can record 4K video at 60 frames per second. Moreover, thanks to a new generation video encoder such as HEVC, which provides higher compression ratio, these high-definition and quality videos take up less space. A 1 minute 4K/60fps video has a size of 350 MB, which is fine.

Thanks to the presence of the optical image stabilization system, the iPhone 8 Plus can shoot very stable, professional video camera-like videos. It is pleasing that the frame rate of 60 fps is supported in both 1080p and 4K resolutions. 60 fps makes videos more realistic, so our preference on iPhone 7 Plus was 1080p/60fps. Now we are using 4K/60fps as the default setting, thanks to this speed being brought to 4K as well. The lack of optical image stabilization on the second camera causes the effect of hand shake when zooming in. It should be noted that the iPhone 8 Plus is quite successful in terms of sound recording.

Another innovation on the video side is the possibility of recording 1080p Full HD video at 240 frames per second in the slow motion video feature. This means that it is possible to shoot higher resolution videos at a much slower pace, where the details of every moving moment are felt.

The front camera has a resolution of 7 megapixels. With features such as f/2.2 aperture, HDR support and Retina flash, the front camera allows you to take bright and vivid selfies even in low light. In addition, 1080p video support will be appreciated by those who keep a video diary.

iPhone 8 Plus review: Conclusion

The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus have been somewhat overshadowed due to the iPhone X launch this year. However, Apple describes these phones as flagship phones and markets them as such. Indeed, these phones deserve the title of flagship phones with their features and improvements.

The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus appeal to those accustomed to the iPhone design and experience that has hitherto been offered. For users who are used to the home button and Touch ID fingerprint reader and find the rectangular 16:9 screen sufficient, iPhone 8 and 8 Plus will be suitable models. Of course, it should be noted that these models have a price advantage over the iPhone X.

With True Tone, the visual experience is slightly improved compared to its predecessors, while the A11 Bionic processor offers the high performance expected from a new generation phone. Wireless charging and fast charging are also welcome advances, but taking advantage of them will require additional expense. You'll get paid in terms of increased practicality and efficiency. Moving forward on the camera side continues, both phones have the qualifications to be suitable devices for capturing special moments.

Although there doesn't seem to be much change and the upgrade is said to be not necessary, the iPhone 8 Plus contains significant differences and advancements even when compared to its predecessor, the iPhone 7 Plus. Maybe you don't want to consider replacing the iPhone 7 Plus that you started paying for last year. But if you own an iPhone 6 Plus or 6s Plus and your habits are important to you, you may want to consider upgrading to an iPhone 8 Plus.

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