iPhone 8 review
Is it worth upgrading to the iPhone 8 - or is the iPhone 7 good enough? And what about the iPhone X?
Startups rating ★★★★★
The iPhone 8 really is a top quality phone. It’s super-speedy, stunning, lasts all day and takes a great picture.
Plus it’s now more affordable than ever, and we’ve even found the best deals around with the UK’s leading mobile network providers, just in case you think it’s the one.
The iPhone 8 gives you the high specs you’d expect with any iPhone, now with a durable glass, Retina HD display with True Tone, wireless charging, augmented reality, and a top-of-the-line camera.
It’s also a smartphone you can rely on, with A11 Bionic, the most powerful and smartest chip a phone has ever had. That may sound like a gimmick, but we really were impressed with how fast and intuitive this device was.
Now, onto what you came here for:
Cheap for a premier iPhone
Typical price: £699
Or if you’re just after top value for money and great coverage, you might like to choose from the best value iPhone 8 deals available today:
|£8 /mth||£34 /mth||£53 /mth||£57 /mth||£0 /mth|
|£619 upfront||£59.99 upfront||£30 upfront||£29 upfront||£639 SIM free|
|Online only at
|OS||iOS 11||(operating system)|
|Phone size||138 x 67 x 7 mm||(millimetres)|
|Internal memory||64 GB||(gigabytes)|
750 x 1334
|Camera||12 Mp / 7 Mp||(megapixels)|
What’s it like to use?
It means business
Glass not aluminium
Slim yet light, the iPhone 8 feels like quality in your hand. It may look just like the iPhone 7, but this rear is glass (not aluminium), so it charges wirelessly.
Fingerprints show up more on glass, but we think it’s a small price to pay for so much convenience.
The 4.7-inch Retina HD display is stunning. The screen is bright, and there’s good contrast to make text easy to read.
Faster than fast
The shiny new A11 Bionic processor is about as fast as it gets. It’s faster than Android processors, but to be honest you won’t really notice it at these speeds. The important thing is the iPhone 8 won’t slow you down.
The iPhone 8 runs on the latest Apple operating system, which has plenty of perks. You can customise your Control Centre and add shortcuts to your homescreen.
Like the iPhone 6, you’ll also get 3D Touch. This is a nice touch, letting you do things like peek at your emails with a lighter touch. Then there’s the fingerprint sensor for the fastest and most secure way of unlocking your device.
The future of headphones
Wireless headphones aren’t for everyone. When Apple removed the traditional headphone jack from the iPhone 7, not everyone was impressed.
But if you’re keen to try the future of audio, Apple include a pair of Lightning headphones with the iPhone 8, so there’s little to complain about. Plus, you can always add an extension cable to the charger hole if you’d rather stick with what you know.
Overall, the sound quality is great – crystal clear most of the time, and just a tad muffled when there’s background noise, but that’s pretty common with mobiles.
How’s the battery?
Great for web browsing, good for calls
The web browsing battery life is great – just shy of 10 hours. But the call battery time is less impressive at around 12 hours – that’s about half of what you’d get with an Android at this price point (not that you’re likely to use your phone that long, mind).
The iPhone 7 battery life just was a tad better, though we like how easy it is to charge the iPhone 8 wirelessly thanks to the glass back. A 15-minute charge will also get you around an hour of juice – if you want more, you’ll need to look to a newer Apple model.
How about the camera?
Perfect for selfies and video pro
Apple cameras are some of the best out there, and this one is no different. The 12 Mp will give you some great shots in all lighting, and the 7 Mp front is perfect for selfies.
But the video function is where the iPhone 8 really comes into its own – with smooth motion and crisp colours.
Is it for me?
Yes, if you’re after a premier iPhone at a price you can swallow
Apple makes great phones, and the iPhone 8 has to be one of our favourites. It has everything small business owners need – quality phone calls, a decent battery, and a super-fast processor.
Plus, there are plenty of extras you won’t find everywhere, like the unbeatable security of the fingerprint sensor, the intuitive design of the 3D touch, and the very easy-on-the-eye True Tone screen.
But if you’re not convinced, you can compare it with its rivals in our full-fat review of the Top 10 Business Mobile Phones, including the other iPhones and leading Androids.
Why does the iPhone 8 make the Startups Top 10 mobiles? It’s slick, as fast as phones come, and has a hard-to-beat camera.
Some premier Android models give you an hour or so more battery life, but really nothing sets the two brands apart too much for business use.
Really, if you like your phones Apple and don’t like to idea of forking out a grand for the new iPhone X, we give the iPhone 8 a big thumbs up for our readers…