Apple iPhone 8 review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

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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.

4.7 inches

Display size

750 x 1334px

64GB, 256GB

Internal storage

12 MP

Rear camera

1,821 mAh

Battery size

Finder rated as Good vs similar phones

Details

Display

Camera

Physical dimensions

Connectivity

Power, storage and battery

Device features

Display size 4.7 inches
Resolution 750 x 1334
Pixels per inch (PPI) 326
Rear camera megapixels 12MP
Rear camera aperture size f/1.8
Video recording 4K
Front camera megapixels 7MP
Front camera aperture size f/2.2
Dimensions 138.4mm x 67.3mm x 73mm
Weight 148g
NFC Yes
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed Category 12
Processor A11
RAM 2GB
Operating system iOS 11
Internal storage

64GB

256GB

External storage support Up to N/A
Battery capacity 1,821mAh
Headphone jack No
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Water resistance IP67
Wireless charging Qi
Launch price (RRP)$1,079
Launch date2017-09
Apple iPhone 8

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

Display

Camera

Physical dimensions

Connectivity

Power, storage and battery

Device features

Display size 4.7 inches
Resolution 750 x 1334
Pixels per inch (PPI) 326
Rear camera megapixels 12MP
Rear camera aperture size f/1.8
Video recording 4K
Front camera megapixels 7MP
Front camera aperture size f/2.2
Dimensions 138.4mm x 67.3mm x 73mm
Weight 148g
NFC Yes
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed Category 12
Processor A11
RAM 2GB
Operating system iOS 11
Internal storage

64GB

256GB

External storage support Up to N/A
Battery capacity 1,821mAh
Headphone jack No
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Water resistance IP67
Wireless charging Qi

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