Before I describe my experience so far with this device, I feel a background on how I ended up with this phone is important. I finished work and went to a large supermarket that happens to sell phones and has it’s own telephone network. I mainly went in the shop for a drink, and saw an advertisement for the network. So I was talked into enquiring about a SIM-Only contract, as I was happy with my Iphone 6, and as the deals were read out to me I spotted a demo model of the Iphone 8 plus and I knew I had to have it. Fast forward around half an hour and I am leaving the shop with my brand new phone.
Boring bits aside, I got the Space Grey model in 64gb. As it is the plus model, it is somewhat larger than the 8, but not too difficult to handle and not in any way reminiscent of a ‘Phablet’. I was initially sceptical of the seemingly small 64gb size as it was not expandable, but I haven’t even come close to filling even half of the storage.
SPECS AND FEATURES
The device weighs a little over 200g, and is 158.4 X 78.1mm. The screen resolution is 1080 X 1920 and includes 3GB of RAM. The phone has a rear dual 12MP camera, with a 7MP camera in the front. The first thing I noticed was the glass back, compared to the 6’s all metal back. This may seem to some as Apple rehashing their old designs from the Iphone 4, however this time it was different. The back is sleek and aesthetically pleasing, along with adding a somewhat ‘premium’ feel to the phone. Of course as I always have a case on my phone, I don’t get to enjoy the phone in all it’s beauty very often.
As I went straight from an Iphone 6 to the 8, I missed all of the initial ‘headphone jack conspiracy’ with the 7, however I have to say I do not miss having it at all. As the phone came with compatible earphones that plug into the power socket. Also for when I inevitably lost these whilst away for the weekend, the phone came with an adapter for regular earphones..
LIVING WITH THE DEVICE
The phone is very reliable, very rarely crashing. The storage, as I mentioned has never been an issue and the speed of the device is good. The battery life has had some mixed reviews, however I have found the battery life to be good overall. The screen quality is excellent, however the sound quality could be better. Whenever using the onboard speaker for audio, most notably speech, the quality, which is otherwise good, suffers. The headphone port only affected me once, and this was in a very minor way. I was on a train and was faced with the problem of charging my phone or listening to music. The phone’s battery life is good, so I chose the latter.
In summary, the phone is a great addition to the Iphone family, and I have genuinely never had a better phone. Everything that the phone should do, it does well. The only downside is I don’t have a good broadband provider now so I can’t enjoy my phone as much.
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