In 2017, Apple for the first time introduced three new models of smartphones at once iPhone and iPhone 8 is the most “typical” among them.
For most of the last decade, smartphone lovers have done nothing but change the models of devices iPhone. One year Apple released a major update, the next year a small one, then the two-year cycle was repeated again. First they came out with a bold new design, then the S model came out with updated internals and additional features.
The smartphone market is undergoing significant changes this year. The new flagships are different from the previous ones, the developers have returned to the drawing board and now devices with elongated frameless screens have become popular.
Even Apple, which has achieved limitless success by managing to ignore new trends, has not missed these changes. As a result, this year's iPhones received notable innovations.
This year, the company did not release the S models, instead they presented powerful and controversial devices. We are talking mainly about the iPhone X, since the changes in the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are noticeably less.
The iPhone 8 is already on sale and it will be considered in this review.
- iPhone 8 smartphone
- Lightning EarPods
- Analog headphone adapter
- USB cable > Lightning
- SIM eject tool
Apple did not release the iPhone 7s and instead released the iPhone 8. It would seem that the change of numbers means a new design, but this did not happen and the device has remained almost unchanged for the fourth year in a row.
Just look at the photos and it becomes obvious that the iPhone 8 is difficult to distinguish from the iPhone 7. The differences in the shape and size of the case are minimal, less than 1 mm. On the other hand, the weight of the smartphone has grown by 7%. However, you won't see it in the photos.
Dimensions don't tell the whole story. iPhone 8 has a glass back. Thanks to this, the developers were able to offer wireless charging, but the device became more fragile, since the glass is easier to break.
Apple doesn't like offering too many options to its users, but it has loosened control over time and as a result of the iPhone 7 was available in five color options. This time the company has introduced restrictions again and the devices are sold only in gray, silver and gold.
Protection against water remained in its place, although not of the highest level.
Among Apple's new smartphones, the iPhone X is the main attraction due to its borderless screen, and we do not see anything new in the iPhone 8. The diagonal remained 4.7 inches, the resolution also did not change. Despite this, there are still some innovations.
New this year is True Tone technology, which was introduced to iPad Pro tablets last year. The smartphone setup process shows how this technology uses the smartphone's sensors to adjust the color temperature of the screen based on the ambient light. Although this does not have a big impact on the work with a smartphone, such technologies improve the convenience of interacting with devices.
Video playback of HDR format is also supported. At least that's what the specs say, though of all the new smartphones, only the iPhone X has a screen that can actually deliver high dynamic range video. The iPhone 8's screen can't capture all the nuances that are available on the iPhone X.
As usual, the iPhone 8's screen is bright and feature-packed, even manually adjusting the brightness can produce high values that make everything visible in the sun well. Color reproduction is also high, with only a slight hint of bluish tinge.
On the one hand, having a choice in the form of a smartphone with a screen less than 5 inches is an advantage, since there are few such devices left among high-quality devices. However, the old screens with large frames around the edges and 16:9 aspect ratio seem to be outdated this year. Of course, there will be an iPhone X, but many people would like all iPhone models to be like that. Or at least that could be the compact version of the iPhone 8, since the iPhone Plus already has a lot in common with the iPhone X., leaving themselves an escape route.
Interface and functionality
Along with the advent of the iPhone 8, the distribution of the operating system iOS 11 began. Compared to previous years' updates, there aren't many big changes here, but quite a few small ones.
The Control Center has been redesigned to accommodate more items and allow you to choose which items are displayed and which are not. Despite the large number of buttons, some are still missing. For example, there is a brightness slider that is more responsive than the Android version. There are switches for night mode and True Tone, but there is no way to control the automatic brightness control.
Virtual Assistant Siri got more natural voice, the App Store has been updated, maps, the new Files program has been introduced. All this is just the tip of the iceberg, we will not go deeper into changes in the operating system.
Processor and memory
Where changes are always significant is in the processors of each new generation of iPhone. This time, the A11 Bionic model is used. Its performance far exceeds that of the A10 Fusion processor found in the iPhone 7 and the fastest Android smartphones and tablets. The only real competitor on mobile devices is Apple's A10X processor in the latest iPad Pros. The iPhone 8's smaller, lower-resolution screen allows for faster graphics display speeds.
Apple offers various cloud storage options, but local storage remains more important. In recent years, the amount of flash memory in smartphones has been constantly increasing. On Android, the minimum value for flagships is now 64 GB, the same thing happened on the iPhone 8. An option is also available with a smartphone with a memory volume of 256 GB, which costs $ 150 more expensive.
Communication standards remained the same as they were in iPhone 7. Mark the transition from Bluetooth 4.2 on Bluetooth 5.0. This allows you to increase the distance between devices and the data transfer rate. An additional satellite positioning technology also appeared, with the result that the iPhone 8 can receive signals from the EU navigation systems and Japan.
Judging by the specifications, the rear camera here is the same as in the iPhone 7. It remains unchanged resolution of 12 meters, as and Aperture F / 1.8.
Despite this, there is still a development. The camera sensor has become larger, with the result that there are larger and sensitive pixels in it. Improved isolation between them, which increases the purity of the image. Camera data processing systems have been improved by HDR and high autofocus speed.
No one doubted that the quality of the photos will remain at a high level. This applies both to the shooting in daylight and to weak lighting. Colors come out with natural, focusing on a close major object allows you to shoot landscape pictures.
With a very low lighting in photos, digital noise is inevitable, after a certain threshold, a flash will be needed, but the sensor gathers a few available light and finds it effective application.
The weak side of the chamber can be called just a large amount of light from third-party sources. This can be easily avoided if you find the right angle.
In front There is a camera with a resolution of 7 megapixel, not as functional as the main one. This affects the quality of photographs with different lighting. In general, its quality is at a good level.
All the above-described cameras are applicable to video, where there are more resolution and frequency options. The disadvantage is that to record with high efficiency will have to select settings with low compatibility with other systems.
Videos are obtained stable and the camera easily copes with different lighting conditions. Do not worry about moving objects, because the camera easily changes the focus and adjusts the exposure. The quality of sound cannot be called perfect, but it is quite enough. There will be no problem to hear any problems in a noisy environment.
It is unlikely that many buy an iPhone for the quality of speakers, but this dignity has nevertheless prevented anyone. Compared to the iPhone 7, the developers promised to increase the sound volume of up to 25%. "To" makes this promise vague and tests showed even lower volume than on the iPhone 7, although the difference was insignificant. In any case, the speakers sound well and remain one of the best on smartphones.
Apple uses stereo speakers, one is located at the bottom of the housing, the other in the ear sink. The situation with headphones is the same disappointing, as in the past year, because there is no connectivity for them. The package includes Earpods headphones under the Lightning connector, they sound well, but I would like to have a choice.
The kit includes an analog adapter to connect standard headphones to the Lightning connector, but it's not too convenient to wear it and you can lose.
Quality of calls
About most smartphones can be said that if there are no terrible problems with telephone conversations, their quality can be called normal. On the iPhone 8 problems were discovered. During telephone conversations, the climbing sounds from the ear shell are observed. It is unlikely that its source is a source, because this problem was only on the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus.
It seemed that this is a consequence of the function of noise reduction. An attempt was made to turn it off, but the clicks remained. Perhaps simply got unsuccessful pair of smartphones, although if he were so alone, it would be easier to believe in it. It is impossible to say that these clicks make a speech of the interlocutor of illegible, but for the apparatus of this level and such a price would like to get the perfect sound.
Since the shape and size of the smartphone remained the same, it was not worth it to wait change in the capacity of the battery. The tests have shown that compared to the iPhone 7, the duration grew slightly, with the screen turned on the machine runs longer for about an hour. Perhaps a more energy efficient processor is to blame.
Interesting things occur when connecting additional accessories. For the first time, the iPhone supports fast recharging standard, although the adapter is not included. Instead, you can connect a smartphone to the power adapter USB-C, the device can also be connected via the Lightning Laptops and Apple Computers.
Wireless recharging appeared based on the Qi standard. Since this is an open standard, you can select a charger that is suitable for other smartphones. For example, the Charger from samsung came up. The smartphone managed to quickly recognize it and start recharging. Smartphones on Android usually do not boast a similar speed. Without problems, wireless recharge works when there is a case on the smartphone.
Thus, from the point of view, iPhone 8 is the most impressive Apple apparatus from already released, although all this has long been on Android.
In many respects, the iPhone 8 is felt as a secure purchase. There are all the advantages of iPhone 7, several improvements and new features. Performance reached new heights, the camera remains among the best, a wireless recharging appeared.
There are also complaints. The glass rear panel looks good, but after falling it will not be so beautiful. Irritating a closing sound during a conversation by phone.
It is impossible to talk about iPhone 8 separately from other Apple devices 2017. If you want to get Large screen or if the compact screen is not as important for you, like Dual camera, you can make a choice in favor of the iPhone Plus. The presence of the iPhone X complicates the choice even stronger. In addition to the other size and aspect ratio there are a couple of exclusive functionality. If they are in demand, in the future, iPhone devices can only be such.
As for the iPhone 8, it can buy those who are configured conservatively and does not like sharp changes. It is unlikely to be justified with the transition from the iPhone 7 on the iPhone 8, but with older models completely. If the funds allow and there is no fear before innovations, you can make a choice in favor of iPhone X.
- High performance;
- Excellent speakers;
- high-quality chamber;
- Fast and wireless recharging;
- A sufficient amount of flash memory.
- Additional glass reduces durability;
- Problem with telephone conversations;
- few color options;
- The presence of a more expensive model reduces the value of this apparatus.