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.

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    • Apple sells the iPhone 8 outright for $1,079 with 64GB of onboard storage, or $1,329 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 22nd, 2018
    Name Product Processor type Display size Display resolution Internal storage
    Apple iPhone X
    A11
    5.8
    2436 x 1125
    64GB
    256GB
    Apple iPhone 8
    A11
    4.7
    1334 x 750
    64GB
    256GB
    Apple iPhone 8 Plus
    A11
    5.5
    1920 x 1080
    64GB
    256GB
    Apple iPhone 7
    A10
    4.7
    1334 x 750
    32GB
    128GB
    256GB
    Apple iPhone 7 Plus
    A10
    5.5
    1920 x 1080
    32GB
    128GB
    256GB
    Apple iPhone SE
    A9
    4
    1136 x 640
    32GB
    128GB
    Apple iPhone 6S Plus
    A9
    5.5
    1920 x 1080
    32GB
    128GB
    Apple iPhone 6S
    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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