Tomorrow, September 29 in Russia will start selling the Apple iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, but for the first time in the history of the flagships of Apple will not last long at the head of the fleet, we are expecting the arrival of powerful iPhone X. So now the dilemma, whether to upgrade your “apples” (or change to AI-new true Android), exists only for those who is definitely not planning to give additional tens kilorubley for fresh OPE more thing. Whether Caliph for an hour 8 Plus to compete with other manufacturers ‘ flagships, the new device is interesting in General and why it is not 7S Plus — read our review.
Specifications of Apple iPhone 8 Plus
- Screen: IPS, 5,5″ Retina HD 1920 x 1080, 401 ppi, True Tone, capacitive, multi-touch, 3D Touch
- CPU: six-core Apple A11 Bionic motion coprocessor M11
- Graphics accelerator: integrated dual-core GPU
- Operating system: iOS 11
- RAM: 3 GB
- Built-in memory: 64/256 GB
- Memory card support: no
- Network: GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz || UMTS 850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz| LTE: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 66
- SIM: nano-SIM
- Wireless interfaces: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac (MIMO), Bluetooth 5.0, NFC
- Navigation: GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS
- Camera: two lens matrix on 12 MP and optical stabilization, wide-angle lens — ƒ/1.8, telephoto lens — ƒ/2,8, flash, autofocus Focus Pixels
- Front camera: 7 MP, ƒ/2.2, and the screen includes Retina Flash
- Sensors: light, motion, microgyroscope, accelerometer, barometer, dactyloscopy
- Protection against dust and moisture: IP67
- Battery: 2675 mAh, non-removable, support technology of quick charging and wireless charging standard Qi
- Dimensions: 158,4х78,1х7,5 mm
- Weight: 202 grams
Boxes of new iPhones have not changed significantly: brand minimalistic design above shows the device “with your back to the audience” with a glare, hinting at a glass coating.
The black “eight” comes in a dark grey box. Inside, everything to the teeth gnashing familiar: on top of the stack of paper, the envelope with the “clip” and two labels below the mobile, underneath the EarPods with a Lightning connector adapter to mini-jack, USB type-A ⇔ Lightning and standard adapter 5 V and 1 A.
During the tests, no one but one big Apple fan, of course not identified in the smart phone the new iPhone 8 Plus looks almost the same as 7 Plus.
The color palette has become poorer: in addition to silvery-white, Apple released a version in space gray, gold and all.
Front panel in light variants are made in white and dark, respectively, in black. To differentiate the smartphone from its predecessor “face” is impossible. Above the screen is a speaker grille above it — the window sensors on the left and the front camera lens. Under the screen round signature pad with fingerprint scanner in the bezel the color of the device. The display is bordered by a thin black border.
Rear new model gives only a glass coating and, as a consequence, the lack of plastic strips under the antenna. Everything else remained almost the same: in the corner visibly issued dual camera module, next to the noise canceling microphone and flash with two white and two orange diodes. A small surprise for those who have covers for 7 Plus with a cutout for the logo: put this 8 Plus without problems, but the Apple slipped a little lower. Apparently, in the new model, its location has made it a bit more perfect.
The metal frame has kept a line of predecessors — four small plastic inserts on the edges of the lateral faces. Despite the glass body, metal frame, probably affects the communication quality.
On the left side are buttons volume settings and the slider to switch to silent mode and back. Although in the older model, the screen orientation changes even on the desktop, adjust the slider to block this option, like the iPad, it is impossible. On the right side at the top are the power button, and below the tray are the only cards of the format nano-SIM.
The top end is pristine. On the bottom center is a Lightning connector, on either side of him screws the stars (now they are painted to match the body colour of the mobile). The rest of the place is occupied by a symmetrical grating, under which is the microphone and external speaker.
The dimensions of the iPhone 8 Plus is almost identical to its predecessor, but became heavier at 14 grams. Accordingly, his 202 grams of weight to get used to, but the dimensions — not if you were the owner of a “Plus” from Apple. Defectors from Android will have some time to find the power key: it is higher than most devices running OS from Google.
Glass panel in the back is less slippery than aluminum. But if the smartphone will roll on the asphalt glass with high probability it will crack. It is very easily soiled, while on the light model is not evident. The front protective glass of higher quality oleophobic coating, he “fingers” will have to be washed less frequently. By the way, his plane slightly above the frame that is felt in side swipes, and the eye can see, if you look closely.
The quality of the camera is traditionally at the highest level: there are no cracks, squeaks, backlash and anything what could be found fault with. Home key under the display purely nominal: a round platform placed under dactyloscopy which operates quickly and accurately. For the return to the home screen corresponds to a mechanism called the Taptic Engine, which is located inside the case, he properly fulfills all the depression. In the settings you can choose one of three degree of its impact.
Speaking about the display, it is impossible to avoid another comparison with the predecessor (and not only last year, to be honest): all the same IPS with Retina resolution, but in fact is Full HD 1920×1080. The picture quality and rich, saturated colors and natural, viewing angles are maximum — in General, display if improved, quite a bit “for show”.
The fundamental innovation of the one — mode True Tone, which slightly changes the hue of the display depending on ambient lighting. The feature works in different areas of the shade really is gradually changing, but its use remains in question. With the exception of the switch to the True Tone settings screen remain the same.
Mode “Raise to activate” extremely Intrusive: the screen wakes up when any movement of the smartphone, even if it is in your pocket. To save energy, it is better to disable it. Also settings allow slightly increase the size of interface elements.
New iPhone out of the box equipped with the latest version of the proprietary OSes — iOS 11.0. The initial launch of a long — lots of Windows with information and primary settings, twice you have to wait “a few minutes”. But you can put the iPhone 8 Plus to my old i-device, and it syncs automatically: logs, connect to the Wi-Fi hotspot, install apps when needed.
The home screen is a little different from the “dozens”, except that some icons updated: App Store, iTunes Store, calculator and a few more.
But over the functionality the developers did a really great job. The control panel became what was supposed to be customizable. However, now is not the glory of God: if the screen is open the keyboard to get the bar swipe from the bottom is extremely difficult — it turns out approximately in one case out of five. To get to its customization, you need to go to “Settings → control → Configure ale. management.”
Right from your dashboard go to its settings is impossible, as well as a long/strong tap on any icon to the settings of the relevant functions. However, the strong pressing (or long on displays without a Touch Force) opens the extended menu, that is sometimes useful.
Disabling wireless interfaces through the control panel cuts off the appropriate type of communication, but to completely interrupt the operation of the chip can only be in the settings menu. Also in control panel you should look for some more new iOS 11: the recording of the screen “do Not disturb while driving”.
Swipe from the top edge of the display now opens up as a lock screen with the latest notifications. “As if” — because he looks like that, but the device in fact is not blocked, and get to the home screen you can swipe from the bottom edge or by pressing the “Home” (no fingerprint scan). To read the early warning you need to swapnote up from the center of the screen.
The keyboard remained unchanged, but can now cling to the edges of the display for easy dialing with one hand. For stickers in a separate small socket at the bottom. “Dialer” is also not changed substantially — only slightly changed the appearance of the numeric keypad.
Finally, screenshots can now be edited immediately after they have been made to add a handwritten note and send — individually or the whole pack.
The system added the Files. It is possible to pick cloud storage (Google Drive, Dropbox, and here’s Yandex.The drive isn’t supported yet), but direct access to the file system, the user still does not receive, working with files is done through the app. Changed a lot the App Store, both appearance and structure.
It should be noted that the system needs serious improvements. At least it is strange that App Store applications are not always installed first time (AnTuTu established the sixth) — instead of downloading the store spinning gray circle expectations. Sometimes it skips insignificant lags of the interface, like the duplication of the volume window in a third-party video players.
The machine at work
Apple has traditionally updated its chipset, and now heart high-end gadgets, the company serves six core A11 Bionic with motion coprocessor M11 and the built-in GPU of its own design. It was adapted to work with neural networks and machine learning, although, unlike the iPhone X, a separate chip for this purpose in the 8 and 8 Plus no.
RAM in the iPhone 8 Plus 3 GB (in a younger model — 2 GB), both versions come with 64 GB or 256 GB of ROMs to choose from. The system takes little more than 10 GB, how to dispose of the rest of it is up to the user (memory card, as always, nowhere to insert). The more that the hardware has to ensure to use it in full, according to the benchmarks:
Any games easily run at maximum settings.
Stereo speakers iPhone 8 Plus give a great sound, including bass when playing music, felt the vibration of the body and especially the display. Headphones included — standard EarPods Lightning connector. Wireless included with the device is not added. Of course, the Full HD videos are played on hurrah.
We should praise large range of vibration signals from the minimum, meaning, for example, the web page refresh in Chrome, or switch the camera to strong — to call. The mechanism Taptic Engine running smoothly and efficiently.
As you know, iOS 11 supports augmented reality. And although the developers have not preinstalled any apps in the App Store you can download AR games and useful utilities, for example, to measure values or simulation tattoos.
The iPhone 8 Plus double camera, more powerful than a single iPhone 8, but it is a little easier than the upcoming iPhone X. for Example, optical stabilization was supplied by only one of the two lenses.
Day scenes the camera plays expected at the highest level, there is also excellent color reproduction.
Processing of fast motion night not perfect, but for a mobile camera is very decent. Noises and flashes during backlighting, but also on the level, are far from critical.
In areas camera perfectly fulfills foreground, continues to show amazing color reproduction and good motion in the frame.
Photos for “frontalka” show that it if was better than 7 Plus, imperceptibly, and from this point of view the novelty in advance loses iPhone X with all its sensors.
Special “trick” Apple iPhone new generation with dual cameras — portrait mode. Now he not only makes the bokeh effect, but also allows you to set the features of lighting and completely remove the background. This can be done during shooting, and after the fact. The Portrait is far from ideal, and the main problem with the hair. But let’s not forget that he is still in the status of beta, and for processing photos meets machine learning, who need a large amount of data for correction algorithms.
Portrait modes in order: “Daylight”, “Studio light, Contour light, Stage light and Stage light — mono”. The main mode, which makes the side — day, and no wonder: at night, the detail drops, orange light behind a person’s difficulty in separating it from the background.
HDR function works fine on the machine, notify the user of the inscription on the viewfinder when a photo is removed in this mode. In the settings you can disable this feature, then the camera app will allow you to select one of three modes: “Auto”, “On” and “Off.”
At close shooting detail is great, the background is slightly blurred. But flash works out not too gently and slightly distorts the color.
Distant objects can be approximated with a single tap — the camera has dual optical zoom.
Panoramic stitching is very neat and detail high on the front and rear plans, but the length of the picture still leaves one wanting more — a little more than half of turnover.
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In iOS 11 presented a new algorithm for compression of photos and they are saved in the format *.HEIC. In the device they do take up twice less space without losing quality — you can verify this in our examples (to open photos in a new format, you will need iOS 11). The system is configured by default so that when you export photos, they are automatically converted into *.JPG — this item is in settings, and apps like Dropbox.
The default video is shot in 1080p at 60 frames per second.
But the iPhone 8 Plus is able with the same frame rate to shoot and honestly 4K is 3840×2160.
The slow motion mode upgraded to 1080p/240ppi, but to adjust the deceleration speed without a third-party video editing software will not work — IN camera allows you to slow the video eight times to 30 frames per second.
The time lapses succeed perfect thanks to the same optical stabilization: the video below was shot without a tripod, with emphasis on the railing of the suspension bridge, which was noticeably loose while shooting.
Camera app now supports scanning QR codes (can be disabled in settings). Have the opportunity to save the last shooting mode used and the filter program will remember how you shot the last time, and after restarting not need to reconfigure.
Needless to say, iPhone 8 supports all current wireless interfaces. Stable cellular including VoLTE, mobile Internet is working as it should.
Information about much noise when communicating via FaceTime in our test sample, not confirmed — the sound is clear and crisp. But really Skype refused to run. Wi-Fi works steadily in both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. The coordinates are determined very quickly and accurately.
Apple focuses on the battery’s capacity of their machines, and for good reason: in the 8 Plus she is 2675 mAh — even less than the iPhone 7 Plus. Given the increased voracity iOS 11, running on a smartphone, its autonomy raises serious concerns. And no wonder: in a very economical mode of use (half hour of music, 40 minutes photos and video, some conversations, social networks and instant messengers, no games) the battery for 16 hours lost 91% charge. Hour races in Asphalt 8 lost charge 18%.
Innovations of the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus — fast and wireless charging. Neither “out of the box” does not work: for fast charging will have to buy the power adapter to the Macbook Pro and USB cable with more capacity, for the wireless platform standard Qi.
iPhone 8 Plus is good, even excellent smartphone. But it causes too many issues and it has a number of claims (especially autonomy). And most importantly, the device is absolutely no competitive advantage: an Android device for the same money is more interesting.
X iPhone with a large display and interesting functions, is much more expensive and not sold, and the new Apple few people are able to interest. That is why marketing the company missed the number 7S. Like, if you don’t plan to buy X, feel free to upgrade to “eight”. Well, the iPhone 8 Plus has a great main camera, a huge stock of performance and high quality device as a whole — at the level of Apple, but not as high as would be expected in the model number eight.
- great the camera;
- great “outside” sound;
- high ergonomics of the device;
- a huge amount of performance.
- low battery life;
- unfinished OS;
- scarce kit.
The author of the text: Max Dvorak
Picture device: Alexey Revin
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