Apple does not slide back, but sometimes it moves slowly. The new iPhone 8 ($ 699 for 64 GB, $ 849 for 256 GB) rests a bit on Apple’s laurels. Although it is an excellent phone, it does not offer radical new consumer features for owners of iPhone 7 or 6s models. The powerful new A11 processor paves the way for the future of augmented reality Apple, but if you’re interested in this, the iPhone and the iPhone 8 Plus X are better Paris.
Before I start, I want to mention the comment above: 3.5 stars, the lowest rating we have given to an iPhone for a while. The iPhone 8 has a number of notable features, including the A11 processor and a camera that matches other $ 700 flagships. But in terms of the relationship between price and performance, it is the least attractive member of the iPhone family now, and for that we put our hands on a half star.
A familiar design
The iPhone 8 is very similar to the iPhone 7, except that the metal back is turned off for a sparkling glass. At 5.45 from 2.65 to 0.29 inch (HBD) and 5.22 ounces, it is almost exactly the same size as the iPhone 7 (5.44 at 2.64 at 0.28 inches, 4.87 ounces), but heavier . There is always a lump in the back, a lightning port at the bottom and no headphone jack. The 1334 x 750 4.7-inch LCD screen has the same size and pixel density as the iPhone 7, but it has been enhanced with the True Tone Apple technology, which provides a better balance in white offering different lighting conditions.
Below the screen is the traditional capacitive start button, with Touch ID. 8 The iPhone has no new Face ID iPhone X technology, allowing the fingerprint scanner to stay alive for at least a year. Two speakers, top and bottom of the phone, with the promise a louder sound than the line of the iPhone 7, although we have not heard a dramatic difference. The phone is also IP67 water-resistant, such as the iPhone 7 generation.
Faster than ever
The new six-core Bionic A11 processor has two ‘high-performance’ cores and four ‘efficiency’ cores. It is more than the four-core A10 and the binuclear A9, but the most important is a red herring; it is possible to design a fast processor with few cores or hearts.
What makes him bionic? Well, bionics is the science of combining biological and electronic components and methods, so I think it refers to the new neural motor. The neural motor is a personalized block of the A11 dedicated to machine learning. On the iPhone 8 he still does not do much, although he is involved in scene recognition in the camera application. But iOS 11 includes an API called CoreML to allow third-party developers to machine learning in their own applications, for example recognizing the types of food or clothing when they cause the camera.
The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus have the same processor, although the 8 has 2 GB of RAM and 8 Plus 3 GB, resulting in very similar benchmarks for both phones. They are both the fastest phones we have tested and in the same category as the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro.
On the iPhone 8 we saw 207k on the Antutu benchmark, 4257 on the single core Geekbench and 10.277 on the multi-core Geekbench. The iPhone 7 has 165k, 3500 and 6.024 respectively. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has fired 175k, 1870 and 6500.
For graphics, the score of 64,758 of the iPhone 8 on the 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited benchmark is almost double that of the iPhone 7 37,825. But wait! This is an area where Apple’s relentless refusal to improve screen resolution does not make up for it. The iPhones of last year reach the synchronization limit of 60 frames per second on the graphic benchmarks of GFXBench, and this too. The GPU of this iPhone is powerful enough to power the screen of the tablet ProMotion 120Hz Apple; I wish the phone has one.
For an application in the real world, we recorded a 2-minute video of 4K, applied a filter in iMovie and exported it in 720p. The iPhone 8 has managed to export in 24 seconds compared to the 31 seconds of the iPhone 7. That is a noticeable difference, but we could not find any other apps with the difference between performance 7 and 8 was easily visible; IOS applications are too well designed for a range of phones. The furniture placement app IKEA AR, for example, works perfectly on the 7.
All these benchmarks create maneuvering space. The iPhone 7 is already very fast in the current applications, including the first simple ARKit applications. The open question is whether all this neural and graphical power will make the iPhone 8 more efficient in future AR experiments.
We thoroughly investigated the iPhone 8 modem using the tests from the laboratory of the Ookla Speedtest Intelligence and the crowdsourcing data. (Note: Ookla is owned by Ziff Davis, the parent company of PCMag.com.) It’s faster than previous iPhones, but not necessarily $ 150 faster than the iPhone 7, and does not match the features of the Galaxy S8 modem. can be shown in the table below.
Apple says that US carriers have not yet installed network types where faster modems would make the difference. But Canadian carriers have, and American airlines are going the next two years. The phone also lacks an important function, MIMO 4×4, which improves performance in low-signal areas. This applies to all iPhones, but we want Apple to be more aggressive here.
The iPhone 8 brings two new power technologies to the table: Qi compatible wireless charging and fast charging. The more wattage you put in your charger, the faster the phone will charge, Apple tells me, until using a MacBook charger to reach 50% in 30 minutes.
We tried Qi with a new Mophie Wireless Charging Mat designed for iPhones, and with a Samsung Wireless Charging Mat. It worked with both. Lie-flat wireless charging solves the problem of “charging and listening” with iPhones; now you can charge the phone while using Lightning headphones. Or, of course, just use a wireless headset.
Wireless charging is slow, as on most other phones. With the phone starting at about 30 percent of the battery, we managed a 24 percent increase in one hour. Compare that with a 36% increase with the standard iPhone charger, or a 67% to 70% increase with an iPad charger. Apple says a firmware update will allow faster wireless charging in the future. If you switch to the iPhone 8, we suggest investing in a charger for iPad. You can take one for $ 19 and greatly speed up your load time.
Apple says that the iPhone 8 will have about the same autonomy as the iPhone 7. In our tests, we saw 6 hours, 25 minutes of video streaming time, significantly better than the iPhone 7 5 hours, 45 minutes .
A camera does not solve them all
The iPhone 8 has a single 12-megapixel main camera, f / 1.8, as well as a 7-megapixel front camera, f / 2.2. The main camera is optically stabilized, while the front camera is not. Apple says the main camera will provide better photos than the main camera of the current iPhone 7. The A11 processor brings new modes to video recording, with 4K video now up to 60 frames per second and 1080p video in slow-mo at 240fps.
Our camera analyst, Jim Fisher, did a very thorough analysis of the iPhone 8 Plus camera. (The main camera of the iPhone 8 Plus and the unique camera of the iPhone 8 are the same.)
For images taken in a decent light, Fisher points out that there is a negligible difference between the best that currently offers Apple and Samsung. There is also, we are sorry to say, a “marginal” improvement over the iPhone 7 and 6s. However, there is a big jump between the performance of the iPhone 6 (or Galaxy S7) and newer iPhones and Galaxies.
Apple’s software for handling low-light and real-world situations seems to be better than Samsung’s. In a city street at night, the iPhone did a better job pulling in the highlights of the light signage and did not turn off the street lights. Again, you should not expect a big difference between the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 7 here.
The iPhone 8 also takes 4k videos beautifully optically stabilized. At 30fps standard, there are not many advantages over the iPhone 7. But if you’re a true phone-based filmmaker, you’ll appreciate the three different frame rate settings on the new phone: 24fps for a cinematic look, 30fps to match traditional video, and 60fps for this ultra-smooth fast-action look.
All in all, however, just wait for small improvements to the iPhone 7’s camera. The 8 also lacks the second 8 Plus camera and X, and I think that’s going to be important for more than the possibility of 2x zoom.
Apple moves aggressively into augmented reality, and a phone with one camera is a big disadvantage when it comes to mapping the depth of spaces. Using two cameras, such as the iPhone 8, or better yet, the IR points projector forward-facing iPhone X, significantly facilitates the realization of augmented reality of high quality.
We saw it when we disassembled ARKit with Apple a few weeks ago. In the current state, ARKit can only map horizontal surfaces. It can not understand an entire room, including walls and ceiling, as Microsoft HoloLens can do. This can be a limitation of a camera to a single camera.
iOS 11: does the phone make a difference?
The iPhone 8 works, just like the iPhone 7 and 6S, on iOS 11. We have a full discussion of iOS 11 that goes into detail on the new features. But because iOS 11 works perfectly on the cheaper iPhones of last year, it is not an inherent reason to buy the iPhone 8. Apple does not currently maintain operating system functionality to work exclusively on the new hardware or processor.
However, if you choose between an Android phone and an iPhone, I would like to point out some important aspects on which operating systems differ: messages, the AR / VR division, services and privacy.
If you have a lot of friends with iPhones and you live in the United States, the messages can tilt the scale for you. Messaging is the standard text message app for the iPhone (formerly iMessage) and has many more group, presence and sticker messages than SMS. Later this year, he will also have similar possibilities to send Venmo money between iPhone owners. In countries where everyone uses WhatsApp or WeChat, it is not a problem. But in the United States, where e-mail applications dominate, the messages tend to create social groups for the iPhone that Android users can leave outside the circle. If at least many of your friends have Android phones, the critical mass will not matter that much.
Apple goes big on augmented reality where Android is stronger on virtual reality. AR consists of placing virtual objects in the real world; VR is about bracing a helmet and chasing the real world. So far there is no VR solution for iPhones and Google is a few months behind AR on Apple. I think the AR has a greater attraction, because VR helmets tend to sweat and to be a bit claustrophobic.
Augmented reality could also be a reason to trade with a larger iPhone instead of the 8th. This could not only work better with dual cameras in the future, but a larger screen also gives you an AR experience more compelling.
The more you use the services of Apple or Google, the better the iOS or Android experience. Apple really wants you to use Apple Music for example; If you ask Siri to play music, she tries to do it through Apple Music. Likewise, iCloud is thrown deeper into the operating system than other cloud services. The Gmail experience on iOS is acceptable, but it is better on Android. You get the exercise.
Finally, Apple is stronger on privacy than Google. The activities of Google are data and you should assume that it collects information about everything you do. Apple’s business consists mainly of hardware and it is less likely that your data will be shared with others.
Prices and conclusions
The iPhone 8, at $ 699 and $ 849, suffers a major problem: the iPhone 7 is now $ 549. And the 8 is simply no better $ 150. The main improvements here are wireless charging, which I still think is the essentially a curiosity, and the A11 processor. The A11 is great, but there is not much that tension on the other than augmented reality moment, and if you want the best phone augmented reality, you have to go with 8 or more X.
We recommend the iPhone 7 and iPhone SE, for now, for people who are looking for a smaller iPhone. I think next year’s models will be a big change for Apple, with new spectacular augmented reality capabilities, and you might as well have some money in your pocket.
If you look at an 8, the 8 Plus brings you closer to the new reality of Apple, but I am really interested in the iPhone X, which will appear next month. We will review this conclusion after we have seen it.
As for the old question iPhone vs Android: the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the Moto Z2 Force combines iPhone with camera and battery, and surpass it on screen and LTE performance. The iPhone has a faster processor. But ultimately, the strength of the iPhone is not in the specifications. It’s in the community and support – the ability to join group discussions with other iPhone users, get things done quickly on a Genius Bar and be the first to see new reality games increased. So, although we’ve rated the iPhone 8 lower than previous models, we do not think it’s a bad choice. This is not the best choice of iPhone.