Apple iPhone 8 review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

Quick Verdict

There's little doubt that the iPhone 8 is the lesser member of this year's crop of iPhones, but if you favour a smaller handset and have been waiting years for acceptable iPhone battery life, this 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

iPhone 8 at a glance
When did the iPhone 8 come out? Pre-orders from 15 September 2017, available 22 September 2017 in Australia
What’s new about the iPhone 8? A11 Bionic processor, improved camera
How much does the iPhone 8 cost? $1,079 (64GB)/$1,329 (256GB)

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

Of all the handsets announced at Apple's launch of its 2018 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 still-incoming 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

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

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

Verdict

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

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.

Promoted
  • Apple sells the iPhone 8 outright for $1079 with 64GB of onboard storage, or $1329 with 256GB of storage.
  • The iPhone 8 is also available on contract from Telstra, Vodafone and Optus.
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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 2
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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Updated August 17th, 2018
Name Product Processor type Display size Display resolution Internal storage
A11
5.8
2436 x 1125
64GB
256GB
A11
4.7
1334 x 750
64GB
256GB
A11
5.5
1920 x 1080
64GB
256GB
A10
4.7
1334 x 750
32GB
128GB
256GB
A10
5.5
1920 x 1080
32GB
128GB
256GB
A9
4
1136 x 640
32GB
128GB
A9
5.5
1920 x 1080
32GB
128GB
A9
4.7
1334 x 750
32GB
128GB
Apple iPhone 6
Apple iPhone 6
A8
4.7
1334 x 750
16GB
32GB
64GB
128GB

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