If you are looking for a new iPhone at the lowest possible price, the iPhone 8 and 8 plus as of 2017 are viable options. (In fact, they're still so profitable that the US Census Bureau is using the iPhone 8 specifically for the 2020 census.) Although Apple has discontinued the sale, you can still purchase the devices from third-party vendors such as Walmart and Best . Prices vary depending on the retailer and model and capacity of the phone. From what we've seen so far, the iPhone 8 (64GB) costs an average of $ 350 and the iPhone 8 Plus (64GB) costs an average of $ 450. You can get them renovated for around $ 100 less. (In the UK and Australia, only overhauled or "renewed" inventory is usually shown, starting at around £ 260 or AU $ 400 for the iPhone 8 and £ 430 or AU $ 600 for the iPhone 8 Plus.

Unlike current iPhones, the iPhone 8 phones have an intuitive home button and a familiar design. However, if this is the main attraction for you, we recommend that iPhone SE 2020. Like the iPhone 8, it doesn't have a headphone jack, but as a newer phone, it has better hardware, more software support, and a more robust Apple return policy and a more stable trade-in value. (For more information, see our comparison article iPhone SE vs. iPhone 8: the differences that are important for budget-conscious people.)

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However, if you've chosen an iPhone 8 but don't know which model to get, we'll walk you through the key differences so you can make a more informed decision.


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At around $ 100 cheaper than the iPhone 8 Plus, we prefer the iPhone 8 primarily because of the money you'll save. Although the screen isn't as big and sharp as the iPhone 8 Plus and there is no telephoto lens, the iPhone 8 has enough for most people to meet your most casual phone needs. However, if you need to spend more money, we again recommend the newer iPhone SE, which starts at $ 399 (£ 419 and AU $ 749). At around $ 50 more, you get a better camera, faster processor, and dual SIM features.

Read our Apple iPhone 8 review.

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If you prefer a larger screen to watch videos or games and a telephoto camera to take beautiful portraits of your friends and family, choose the iPhone 8 Plus. Everything else on the phone, except for a slightly longer battery life (and the additional price of $ 100), largely corresponds to the iPhone 8.

Read our Apple iPhone 8 Plus review.

iPhone 8 and 8 Plus design: choose your size

As counterparts, the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus look almost identical, with the exception that the iPhone 8 Plus is larger and has a higher resolution. It has a 5.5-inch 1080p LCD display, while the iPhone 8 has a 4.7-inch 750p screen.

Despite the obvious size difference, you still need to consider how size affects your daily interaction with the phone. For example, if you have a smaller handle, the iPhone 8 is more convenient in the pocket and fits more easily in the pockets. If you watch a lot of videos and play games, the bigger iPhone 8 Plus is more impressive. And although you may not be able to see it with the naked eye given the higher resolution and pixel density of the iPhone 8 Plus, the images are a bit sharper (at least on paper).

That being said, the devices are similar. They come in three colors (white, black, and gold), but phones that old are limited in stock, so retailers may have fewer options in stock. They are both waterproof and can be charged wirelessly. But they also don't have headphone jacks and – instead of swiping gestures to navigate or face recognize as on newer phones – they have a physical home button that houses the fingerprint reader.

The second telephoto camera of the iPhone 8 Plus

While both phones have the same 12-megapixel standard camera with the same aperture of 1.8 f, only the 8 Plus has a second telephoto camera. This second camera lets you take portraits with a bokeh depth of field effect that adds a lot of drama. Apple has also added five lighting tools that you can apply to portraits, including studio and stage lighting.

In addition to the portraits, the telephoto camera offers additional zoom. While the iPhone 8 only has a digital zoom of up to 5x, the telephoto lens offers a clearer 2x telephoto or optical zoom that does not affect the quality of the photo. The digital zoom of the iPhone 8 Plus also extends up to 10 times.

iPhone 8 and 8 Plus battery

Since both the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus have the Apple A11 Bionic processor, you should expect them to work as reliably and quickly as the others. Apple never publishes these specifications. According to third-party providers, the iPhone 8 has a 1,821 mAh battery and the 8 Plus has a 2,675 mAh battery. The phones were clocked at similar times for our laboratory tests for continuous video playback in airplane mode. The iPhone 8 lasted 13.5 hours, while the 8 Plus lasted slightly longer at 13.75 hours. All in all, you can expect a similar battery life for both phones.

Comparison of the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and SE specifications

iPhone 8

iPhone 8 Plus

Apple iPhone SE (2020)

Display size, resolution

4.7 inches; 1,334 x 750 pixels

5.5 inches; 1,920 x 1,080 pixels

4.7 inches; 1,334 x 750 pixels

Pixel density

326 ppi

401 ppi

326 ppi

Dimensions (inches)

5.45 x 2.65 x 0.29 inches

6.24 x 3.07 x 0.3 inches

5.45 x 2.65 x 0.29 inches

Dimensions (millimeters)

138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3 mm

158.4 x 78.1 x 7.5 mm

138 x 67 x 7.3 mm

Weight (ounces, grams)

5.22 oz; 148 g

7.13 ounces; 202 g

5.22 oz; 148 g

Mobile software

iOS 11 can be upgraded to iOS 13

iOS 11 can be upgraded to iOS 13

iOS 13

camera

12 megapixels (wide angle)

12 megapixels (wide angle), 12 megapixels (telephoto)

12 megapixels (wide angle)

Front camera

7 megapixels

7 megapixels

7 megapixels

Video recording

4K

4K

4K

processor

Apple A11 Bionic

Apple A11 Bionic

Apple A13 Bionic

camp

64 GB, 128 GB, 256 GB

64 GB, 128 GB, 256 GB

64 GB, 128 GB, 256 GB

R.A.M.

2 GB

3 GB

Not revealed

Expandable memory

None

None

None

battery

1,821 mAh (Apple does not confirm this)

2,675 mAh (Apple does not confirm this)

1,821 mAh (Apple does not confirm this)

Fingerprint sensor

Home "button

Home "button

Home "button

Interconnects

lightning

lightning

lightning

Headphone jack

No

No

No

Special features

Waterproof (IP67); Wireless charging

Waterproof (IP67); Wireless charging

Waterproof (IP67); Dual SIM functions (nano-SIM and E-SIM); Wireless charging

Apple iPhone 8

The money saver


Apple iPhone 8 Plus

For the streamer or photographer


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