A flurry of iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus reviews hit the web on Tuesday as the embargo lifted on Apple’s latest handsets.
A selection of journalists in Apple’s good books were given an iPhone 8 and/or an iPhone 8 Plus to test and play with before they go on sale to the public at the end of the week.
The reviews were overwhelmingly positive — but many publications urged readers to wait for the iPhone X, which goes on sale in November.
Reviewers were impressed with the iPhone 8’s A11 chip (Apple’s most powerful chip to date), as well as the new augmented reality features and the increased storage capacity. But some complained that the iPhone 8 is basically just a slightly more powerful iPhone 7.
Here’s a roundup of what some media outlets are saying:
The bottom line: 'The iPhone 8 reminds me of the fifth Transformers movie -- you know it's new, though you can't for the life of you figure out how it's different. On its face, the 8 looks like an iPhone from 2014.'
The bottom line: 'A lot of people are going to buy an iPhone 8 -- it's the phone to get if you're on an upgrade plan, your older phone breaks or finally gets too slow, or you just need a new phone right now. It's Apple's new default phone, and it's pretty great that a default phone is actually this good. But it's not the future, and it's not the cutting edge. It's just the default. It's an iPhone.'
The bottom line: 'The iPhone 8 Plus is a superlative phone with a spectacular camera, but wait for the upcoming iPhone X before buying: it promises to fold all of the key features of the 8 Plus into a smaller, sexier package.'
The bottom line: 'The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus may not be as flashy as the iPhone X, but anyone upgrading from an older model will appreciate the jumps.
Coming from the iPhone 6s, for instance, you're getting double the storage, the option to wirelessly charge your iPhone, a refreshed design, and a faster camera. If you're coming from the iPhone 7 family, on the other hand, it's harder to make the case.
If you have last year's iPhone and want a comparable leap, I'd say boost than rainy day reserve for Apple's duly next-gen iPhone X.'
The bottom line: 'When I first picked up the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, I immediately decided they were actually just the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus. I was wrong: They're definitely much more than that. They're just saddled with a less exciting design.
If you subscribe to the maxim that it's what's inside that really counts, the 8 and 8 Plus are big improvements.
'They pack more storage, great cameras, improved software and absolutely first-rate performance into some highly familiar packages. The iPhone X will continue to suck the air out of the room for the foreseeable future, but one thing has become clear after my week of testing: They might not have the X's style, but the 8 and 8 Plus are truly excellent phones that won't let Apple die-hards and new customers down.'
The bottom line: 'OK, so they're not the all-singing, all-dancing iPhone X, but these phones are both worth moving up to, especially if you are coming from an iPhone 6s or older handset. However, I'd say there's enough upgrade here to make it worthwhile from an iPhone 7, too.'
The bottom line: 'The iPhone X may be pricey, but if you must buy a new Apple phone anytime in the next year, go for the X, or buy the iPhone 7 for a discount. Do not buy the iPhone 8 -- it's not worth it.'
The bottom line: 'If you want an awesome iPhone, this is it. I'd recommend the 8 Plus, if you can stomach the size, because the added camera power and battery life are really nice to have.
But both are fantastic phones, upgrades over even last year's model. But if you want to be part of the future, save your money for now. Then go get an iPhone X and see what's really coming next.'
The bottom line: 'For most Apple users, the real decision is which iPhone to buy, and if you aren't interested in shelling out for the X, the 8 is your new best option. Should you rush out and buy it? Probably not. If you need a new iPhone, is it a worthy upgrade? Certainly.'
The bottom line: 'The iPhone 8 models are at the more expensive end of the range. But even though they're fantastic devices, they're not as enticing as the iPhone X.
My advice is to ask yourself how much you're willing to pay. If you don't mind giving up some of the futuristic features in the iPhone X, then the iPhone 8 models will give you the same power and performance and most of the same features of iOS 11 for hundreds of dollars less. But if the price tag doesn't scare you away, hold off on the iPhone 8 and go for the X.'