Apple iPhone 8 vs 8 Plus: Unboxing & Review (All Colors)

by birtanpublished on November 3, 2020

What's up guys Mike here the Detroit Borg and today we're checking out the iPhone 8 and the 8 plus we're gonna compare them side-by-side in this video and take a look at all three colors silver gold and Space Gray now these are available in two capacities 64 and 256 gigs starting off at $6.99 for the iPhone 8 and $7.99 for the 8 plus the big new features for the iPhone 8 include wireless charging for the first time we also get fast charging over the USB port if you buy a separate accessory else get the a 11 6 core CPU which is powering the new and improved cameras along the back and if you have the

IPhone 8 plus you get some new features thanks to the dual camera setup we also get louder speakers Bluetooth 5.0 and true tone technology on the display so getting into these boxes let's start with the smaller 4.7 inch iPhone 8 in each color so first up we just have some plastic to remove from the box which they make very easy to remove then we can go ahead and lift up the lid on the top of each one is a packet and inside will find a much more colorful QuickStart guide we also have that very familiar sim ejection tool and a set of white Apple stickers on a clear sheet so

Getting to the phones each one is wrapped in plastic and the first thing I noticed right away is how much heavier they feel compared to the last generation iPhone 7 but that all glasses I definitely feels quite a bit different than the anodized aluminum we've been used to for many years when it comes to the accessories in the bottom of the box a pretty familiar story we have a 5 watt power adapter so this is not a fast charger which this phone is capable of so you have to buy that separately we also have a set of Wired ear pods so you won't find air pods included with the

IPhone 8 or the iPhone 10 also included is a lightning adapter if you want to use your own headphones and lastly we have a USB 2.0 lightning cable next up let's get to the bigger iPhone it's basically the same experience just scaled up to size we have some plastic surrounding in the box which comes off very easily we can pop the lid and the first thing we see again isn't the phone but the paperwork everything included in the packet is identical to the iPhone 8 just scale up the size even the stickers are the same size as the ones in the iPhone 8 but the clear sheet there on is

Just bigger to fill the box and moving on to the phones once again they are mostly heavier than the iPhone 7 plus and that's especially noticeable with a phone this large and lastly we have all of the same accessories as the iPhone 8 just spaced out more for the big box ultimately the iPhone 8 and 8 plus look a lot like an iPhone 7 and 7 plus but the phone has been completely redesigned for a glass back panel which finally enables wireless charging for the first time on an iPhone the frame of the iPhone 8 is still 7000 series aluminum with an anodized finish but

It's been strengthened internally so still as strong as the all metal chassis from the previous design both versions of the iPhone eight are one to two tenths of a millimeter bigger than the iPhone 7 and 7 plus but it's so minor that cases should not be affected by this actually the biggest perceptible difference is the weight the iPhone 8 is 10 grams heavier while the 8 plus is 14 grams heavier and you do notice it perhaps the only color that's ever been consistent on the iPhone is silver so of course we have a silver iPhone 8 now the back panel is sort of matched to the

Silver frame as well so it's a bit darker than the white on the front bezel the gold color is a little more interesting because it's more 2-tone than the others the others are a little more monochromatic so the back shell on the gold is much lighter than the frame the frame is a much more vibrant gold now this gold is new for Apple it's a bit warmer than the yellow gold that we had before but it's not as pink as the rose gold but I really like Space Gray but we've had a lot of phones that are called space grey but the color is actually quite a bit different from

Phone to phone so if you look at this space grey compared to space grey on the previous iPhones you can see it's much darker than before but it's still not quite as dark as the matte black from the previous iPhone 7 personally matte black was still my favorite color so I'm kind of disappointed to lose that with the all glass design but you can correct this with a D brand skin in fact they have a matte black skin that's perfect for this design in fact it goes right up to the aluminum frame and completely covers that glass so not only does it give you more protection for the glass

On the back of the phone but it also hides those fingerprints and gives you a little more grip and if you want to spice up the silver model they also have a marbled skin that's a perfect match if you guys want to pick up one of these or check out some of the other styles I'll leave that linked in the description below the buttons along the side are in the exact same location we have our separated volume controls along with our mute switch toward the top and along the right side we have a sleep-wake power button just below that is the nano SIM tray incidentally the nano SIM tray does

Have a water gasket around it to keep it watertight because this phone like the iPhone 7 is also ip67 rated toward the bottom and is a lightning connector so although we did not move to use BC this does pick up the USB 3.1 spec which does enable fast charging for the first time on an iPhone although we've had this before on the iPad pro unfortunately the included 5 watt power adapter and USB cable do not support fast charging you actually have to buy a new accessory for that so you can buy the 29 watt power adapter from Apple which is a USB C power adapter the

Same one that comes with the macbook along with a USB c2 lightning cable so with fast charging you should be able to charge half the battery in 30 minutes of course Apple did not return the headphone jack but we have a set of symmetrical speaker grilles however only one side has the microphone and the other side has a speaker but the earpiece does join the balance shaker for a set of steerer speakers just like the iPhone 7 and they sound even better this time they're 25 percent lather with deeper bass and it does make a difference just like the iPhone 7 we

Have a seven megapixel FaceTime HD camera so we don't get the true depth camera of the iPhone 10 so that means instead of face ID we still have touch ID so we have a touch ID two sensor which is surrounded by a color matching metal ring again this is covered in sapphire glass which keeps it very durable and there's still a fast and reliable way of securely unlocking your phone when it comes to setup the first thing I notice right away is that true tone is on by default because it has a more natural warm color that reflects the light in the room in fact during the

SATA process you get a little demonstration of how the technology works now for the most part it's pretty subtle until you really warm up the color temperature of the light in the room which I can do thanks to my lighting system so if I increase the color temperature you can really see the difference when true tone is activated now you can quickly disable this by going to the control center and 3d touching on the brightness slider you have the option to turn off night mode or turn off true tone another feature that's actually new with iOS 11 is Quick

Start so if you have an older iPhone you can basically use that to log into your accounts on your new iPhone so you can quickly transfer it just by bringing your new phone next to the old phone besides that you're prompted to set up touch ID the Serie wake up calls Apple pay Apple calls these retina HD display so we have a 4.7 inch and 5.5 inch display resolution of 13 34 by 750 on the 4.7 inch good for 326 PPI while the 5.5 inch gets a full 1080p display at 401 PPI although this is still an LCD IPS display it still looks fantastic it gets up to about 625 nits

Of maximum brightness it also supports the wide color space of dcpip 3 just like the iPhone 7 but again we also get true tone which is a new technology for the iPhone although the iPhone 8 comes preloaded with the standard iOS 11 default wallpaper there is a set of wallpapers exclusive to the iPhone 8 which you can apply and they're definitely a much more vibrant now the size difference between the 8 and 8 plus does change the interface just slightly so obviously we have more screen real estate on the 8 plus so more stuff can fit on the screen

At one time the A+ also gets a landscape mode so you can rotate the home screen to a landscape orientation and many of the Apple apps are specifically formatted for the widescreen orientation another familiar feature is reach ability so you can double tap the home button double tap not double press to bring down the display into a one-handed mode in terms of specs there is one slight difference and that is the iPhone 8 plus has three gigs of RAM while the iPhone 8 has 2 gigs of ram but they both get the same 6 core a 11 Bionic CPU and performer's overall is really impressive

So if you take a look at the Geekbench scores we're seeing huge gains over the previous generation this makes it by far the most powerful processor on any smart phone today and that CPU is doing a lot of work for a Ark it's the camera is p and much more once again the big difference between the iPhone 8 and the A+ is the dual camera on the back of the A+ but both of them have the same wide-angle main camera a 12 megapixel sensor which is all-new both of these sensors are larger for improved sensitivity and we also have deeper pixels for better noise

Isolation so we're less likely to see distortion especially in low light but the A+ adds another 12 megapixel sensor with a telephoto lens with an F 2.8 aperture so this is a technology we're pretty familiar with from the iPhone 7 plus and for the most part it's the same camera system just with an improved sensor unfortunately the telephoto camera did not pick up stabilisation like the main camera unfortunately if you want that you're gonna have to go for the iPhone 10 but ultimately electronic stabilization is still very effective one of the other features of

The iPhone 8 plus camera is the depth effect which applies a artificial blurred background to a subject but the iPhone 8 plus goes a step further with lighting effects so we have several lighting effects we can apply which are designed to replicate studio lighting sometimes those effects are pretty subtle depending on the lighting condition the photograph is shot in now you can apply these live or you can apply them after the photo has already been taken one of the most romantic effects is stage light mono which is designed to sort of cut you out

Of the frame and apply a black background but it's not entirely effective so sometimes it sort of cuts out the wrong edges now because we have the dual camera setup on the eight plus we also have access to some of the most powerful aspects of a our kit so this is augmented reality and this is being applied in some amazing ways one of my favorite demos is the sky guide app so this is using the power of the Bionic CPU along with the dual camera setup and all of the sensors built into the phone to keep track of the orientation of the phone movement and the depth of

Everything around you so in real time it can apply star maps to the sky your looking at and it's so precise and accurate that it only overlays on the sky so if you walk around trees it will actually hide behind the leaves of the trees but show up between the gaps of the leaves it's really impressive in terms of camera quality I'm actually surprised by how much improvement we're seeing in terms of sharpness exposure and color vibrancy one of the biggest weaknesses of iPhone compared to other cameras is just that the images didn't come out very vibrant there really comes

Down to the better color filters built into the camera as well as the a11 Bionic ISP so that makes apple's HDR processing one of the best I've seen on any camera so instead of washing out images to bring up exposure the color is preserved along with the detail in terms of low-light performance the iPhone 8 is excellent and there is a noticeable improvement over the iPhone 7 plus especially in terms of sharpness and color there's a lot more color with the iPhone 8 you see more reds and greens and things generally look quite a bit more vibrant because this phone has an F

1.8 aperture we're getting the nice shallow focus with this camera so even if you're not using the portrait mode you still get a nice shallow depth of field for certain shots so you get that nice natural blurred background without any electronic assistance but of course you need more distance between your subjects when it comes to video quality iPhone has always been one of the best cameras for video especially for 4k and even though we don't have optical image stabilization on the telephoto camera electronic stabilization has been extremely effective another thing I

Phone is really good at is continuous all focusing especially in video it very accurately and quickly focuses on the subject without hunting around and the transition is always smooth and natural and gets even better with the iPhone 80 one of the new features for this phone is 4k video recording at 60 frames per second that's a really impressive feat for a smart phone now that's thanks to a new high efficiency codec specifically h.265 which is not supported universally yet in fact in order to switch the 4k video recording you have to go to camera settings there you'll find several

Resolutions to pick from such as 4k at 24 frames per second 30 frames per second and of course 60 frames per second now if you have the iPhone 8 plus with a dual camera if you record 4k at 60 frames per second you lose access to the telephoto lens so you can't switch between the two now if you have issues with compatibility as I have you can switch off the high efficiency formats and go for the standard formats now the high efficiency formats basically have the storage space that each photo or video requires without sacrificing quality

Slow motion has also been bumped up to 1080p at 240 frames per second for the first time so again that's thanks to the new image signal processor built into the Bionic chip just like the iPhone 7 and 7 plus the 8 and 8 plus also have a taptic engine which replicates a physical click of the home button even though it's not a mechanical button anymore it's also used for 3d touch and there's another new feature with the iPhone 8 series which is tactic feedback when you hit the shutter release on the camera app I actually find that feedback to be pretty useful and it doesn't

Affect picture quality but I'm not sure why it's exclusive to the iPhone 8 series although these phones are heavier than the previous generation they actually have slightly smaller batteries by about 7% but that doesn't translate into any difference in terms of overall battery life so you should see the same as the iPhone 7 so the core differences between the iPhone 8 and the 8 plus really come down to a few things more RAM a bigger screen a bigger Barre for better battery life dual cameras for augmented reality and portrait effects as well as apps formatted for landscape

View so ultimately the iPhone 8 really is a redesign the iPhone 7 we have a lot of great new features a really powerful processor fantastic speakers but for me my favorite features really come down to faster wired charging as well as the new and improved rear facing cameras but otherwise I don't think there's a really compelling need to upgrade from the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 8 is a pretty safe bet while the iPhone 10 is definitely something much more interesting of course we have to wait until November to review that so make

Sure you stay tuned to the channel for that so I hope you guys enjoyed this video if you did please let me know with a like and I'll see you again in my next video

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