Thinking of buying the new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus? Read this It’s that time of the year again. New iPhones are here and this time there are three different phones. The iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus are released first but all eyes are on this year’s marquee device — The iPhone X. And that’s understandable. The iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus are great devices no doubt, but there’s a strong sense of deja vu.
People are calling out Apple for using the same design with only a few added features. There is a lot more anticipation over the iPhone X and there is a general belief that the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus are playing second fiddle to the iPhone X. If you have been waiting with bated breath for the new iPhones and now that they are out, if you are wondering whether you should actually go for it, we are here to answer your questions.
Here goes nothing: 1/6 Are the new iPhones any good? For the first time, the new iPhones that are out are not the ones people are focusing on right now. There’s an all new iPhone X with a radically new design and a whole lotta new tech. But here’s the thing. An iPhone is never a bad decision. Be it the good ol’ iPhone SE or even a iPhone 5s. I see people even now using the old phones and not complaining. Similarly, the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus are just as good, rather they are even better than ever. So what it they look the same? 2/6 But it’s the same design, what’s new? Sure, you can say the new iPhones look just the same. Apple has stuck to the same design aesthetic for three generations now. Only this time, Apple has used a glass back instead of polished metal. This could feel like Deja Vu for people who owned the iPhone 4 but a lot has changed. For one, Apple claims it has used the “most durable glass ever in a smartphone”. The glass is actually reinforced with a metal frame underneath which iFixit revealed in its teardown.
But the change in the material is not just aesthetic. It also adds to the iPhone 8’s list of new features — Wireless charging. The new iPhones finally caught up with other Android phones and supports Qi Wireless Charging. That is one of the most significant changes from the previous generation. Charging the iPhone wirelessly will change the way you use the phone. Trust us on this. You don’t have to keep it plugged in for the better part of the day. Just plop it on a wireless charging pad in your car, or on your office desk or even by your bed, and it’ll charge. Thankfully, Apple went with the wireless charging standard used by all other devices which makes wireless chargers affordable and easy to get.
The new glass back also provides a better grip to the phone, never mind the fingerprint smudges that will be all over your shiny new phone. But hey, even last year’s Jet Black iPhone 7 had the problem. Did it stop you from selling your kidney? Didn’t think so. 3/6 The camera also looks the same. What’s the big deal? Apple sort of reinvented the dual camera with the iPhone 7 Plus and now purists will argue, the new iPhone 8 Plus doesn’t bring anything new to the table. But did you check out the photos it takes? The phone actually got the highest ever rating by camera specialists, DxO Mark — 94!
But that’s just a number you’ll say. Wait till you see the photos I took with the phone. The colour balance in the day to the details under low light, everything has improved. And that’s mainly because of the improved and bigger image sensor in the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus. It can now capture more light with less noise and it clearly shows on the photos. Moreover, bright colours pop out more and the dynamic range is just brilliant. Suffice to say, very few other phones match up to the quality the iPhone 8 offers.
And for those looking for new features, there’s the all new portrait lighting mode that can make a professional photographer even out of your technologically-retarded grandfather. The feature is still under beta though so there are a few glitches here and there, but it offers a glimpse into a world where every other Instagram photo will look like it was taken by a Magnum photographer.
Photos apart, the new iPhone can now record 4K videos at 60 fps and whoa! The videos just look so much smoother. The stabilisation has also improved although they don’t have the dual OIS as the iPhone X. 4/6 Will my friends laugh at me if I get the iPhone 8? Android fanboys will. iPhone owners have already started saving up. The iPhone 8 Plus is priced competitively to the best Android phone out there. If you consider the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 as the best (it indeed is), which comes for Rs 67,900, then the 64GB iPhone 8 actually comes cheaper at Rs 64,000. The 64GB iPhone 8 Plus is a bit more expensive at Rs 73,000.
For that price, you get timely updates, all-round integration with Apple’s ecosystem and arguably a far better experience. But the more importantly, you will have a significant edge over Android users because of the stellar implementation of augmented reality in iOS 11. Google did try its hand at AR and has so far failed at it, but Apple got it right in the first attempt. I’ve tried out a bunch of AR games and apps and safe to say, it would be difficult to go back to the barren landscape of the Android’s camera. I got to play basketball where the hoop was on top of my colleague’s head. I accurately measured the length of my desk at home so I can get the right table cloth for it. I painted graffiti on the wall without being chased by the police, and if you happen to be outside my office with an iPhone, you will be able to see it as well. A permanent virtual masterpiece (not so much.)
AR is game changing. Unlike VR, you don’t need extra hardware for it. At least, Apple doesn’t. The new A11 Bionic processor is a beast and augmented reality feels as real as real reality. If your friends do indeed laugh at you for getting the new iPhone 8, set a dinosaur after them and the joke will be on them. 5/6 Should I wait for the iPhone X? Well, if you have around a lakh of rupees lying around and the patience to wait till next month. Sure. That’s the real new iPhone. In Tim Cook’s words, “the best iPhone ever made.” It has an all new way of authenticating using your face and can animate emojis using your expressions. The camera is also an improvement (but we don’t know that, yet) and there’s an AI-processing chip inside. This is of course apart from the gorgeous edge-to-edge OLED display.
But if you don’t have much money to spare, and neither the patience to wait, the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus is great value for money. It stands on both sides of time — the past and the future. The design is from the past, but everything inside is built for the future. Apple has put in the fastest processor ever in a smartphone, which is actually faster than its own MacBook in benchmark results and the camera will turn you into a pro photographer in minutes. 6/6 No? Where do I get it from, then? If you find the arguments compelling enough, then buy the iPhone from any one of these places. There are online retailers like Flipkart and Amazon. Both are giving no cost EMIs and exchange offers. Flipkart is offering exchange discounts of up to Rs 23,000 and Citibank and World Debit card users get an additional Rs 10,000 off. Amazon is offering exchange discounts of up to Rs 16,500.
Reliance Jio has the best offer though. Jio is offering 70 per cent buy back on the new iPhones, including the iPhone X, after 12 months if you buy it with Jio’s tariff plans. You can return the phone after a year of use and get 70 per cent of the MRP of the phone. That should come handy for the next upgrade. But in case you don’t want to upgrade, you can avail the discount in the form of vouchers, coupons or products across Reliance Digital stores.