Apple iPhone 8 review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

Apple iPhone 8

Apple iPhone 8
  • Display

    4.7 inches

    1334 x 750


  • Storage

    64GB, 256GB

  • Battery size

    1,821 mAh

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If you favour a smaller handset and have been waiting years for acceptable iPhone battery life, the iPhone 8 is a very good premium option.

The good

  • Improved battery life
  • Great processor performance
  • Wireless charging now standard

The bad

  • Old school iPhone design
  • Only a single lens camera
  • iPhone 8 Plus or iPhone X are more fully featured


The smallest member of the 2017 iPhone family is a serious premium contender.

Of all the handsets announced at Apple's launch of its 2017 iPhones, the iPhone 8 model was the one that was met with the most lukewarm response.

That's hardly a shock given that the primary focus of the event was clearly the iPhone X, and even if its full-screen display and FaceID features didn't impress you, there was always the iPhone 8 Plus, with its dual cameras and larger battery capacity.

Against that competition, the iPhone 8 is rather easy to overlook, but the reality is that it fills a niche few handset makers even consider any more. That's the space for a more hand- and pocket-friendly device with plenty of power because most smaller-screened Android handsets tend to be low-power, budget devices.

Design

  • Maintains that familiar iPhone look, for better and for worse
  • The glass back adds weight and attracts fingerprints like nobody's business
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Camera

  • The single lens lacks the versatility of multi-lens arrays in other smartphones
  • Still one of the best cameras available in a phone of this size
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Performance

  • Genuinely impressive performance that challenges the value of the iPhone X
  • The relatively small screen limits the benefits of all that power

Battery life

  • Finally delivers all-day performance from an iPhone
  • Wireless charging is a big plus
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Verdict

  • Not a significant upgrade from the iPhone 7
  • Improved battery life is welcome, but still not on par with the competition
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Pricing and availability

Apple iPhone 8

Familiar yet impressive

The iPhone 8 doesn't stray far from the traditional iPhone formula, but it still delivers the premium experience expected of an Apple device. Buy yours today outright or on a plan with Telstra, Optus or Vodafone.

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Apple iPhone 8 specs

OS iOS 11
Display size (inches) 4.7
Display resolution (pixels) 1334 x 750
Pixels per inch (PPI) 326
Processor A11
Height (mm) 138.4
Width (mm) 67.3
Depth (mm) 73
Weight (g) 148
Battery size (mAh) 1,821
Wireless charging Qi
Internal storage 64GB
256GB
MicroSD expansion N/A
Fingerprint scanner Yes
RAM 2GB
Water resistance IP67
Rear camera (1) resolution 12
Rear camera (1) aperture f/1.8
Rear camera (2) resolution
Rear camera (2) aperture
Rear camera (3) resolution
Rear camera (3) aperture
Front camera (1) resolution 7
Front camera (1) aperture f/2.2
Front camera (2) resolution
Front camera (2) aperture
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed Category 12
NFC support Yes

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