As an ardent supporter of everything iPhone, I felt it was only right to post my thoughts on the short time I have had the iPhone 8 Plus. The reason I feel like this for the launch of this phone and not it's predecessors is that this phone launch actually brings us three choices, not just one or two.
After a few days with the iPhone 8 Plus, I'm pretty confident most folks are really going to like it, even if there is a better model on the horizon.
Basically, the iPhone X is going to be the device that gadget-heads who need the latest and greatest, and are willing to wait for it, will buy. The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are for everyone else, and while the design might feel like it's getting old, they're fantastic devices.
Here are my thoughts, in no particular order:
I never really cared about this....until my wireless charger came a few hours ago. Am I too lazy to plug in my iPhone to charge? Maybe! However, just plopping it down on the rapid charger is awesome. Starbucks, and other companies, are already working to get wireless charging in place for customers. This is available on 8, 8 Plus and X.
Smudge Free Screen
I had no idea this was a thing. Then I just noticed that my screen was smudgeless when the sun was hitting it in the car. That was never the case with previous phones. So I did some research. Was it this new glass body? Not sure but the Apple site calls it "oleophobic coating". It just works.
I expected the 8 Plus to feel different. The glass back is nice, but it doesn't make as much of a difference as I would expect. I think the iPhone 8 Plus is a lovely device, but coming as I am from a 7 Plus it doesn't feel all that different. It is heavier though, and I feel like it's quite noticeable in the hand.
The big question I had going in was "will it be slippery" and I'm pleased to say that it's actually not. Well, it is but not enough more than the metal on the iPhone 7 to worry me much.
Reports coming in from bloggers say that the iPhone 8 Plus battery is a little better than that of the iPhone 7 Plus. Ironically the 8 has a smaller battery but the specs say that the A11 processor uses power more efficiently than the prior phones.
In my experience so far I have not seen a dramatic difference thus far but the jury is still out.
I heard someone call the iPhone a "nice camera with a phone attached". I laughed but at the same time thought, "yes, it is". I never carry any of my real cameras any longer. The 1.8 and 2.8 apertures are better than some of the prime lenses I own and pay thousands of dollars for. And just like any camera, the more you spend does not make you a better photographer. The same goes for an iPhone. Just because I can get some cool photos with it does not mean my Mom can too (sorry Mom).
I just started doing more with the "portrait" mode, as this was the most significant update to the new phones. I have yet to shoot any model or actual people but so far it looks really nice. The camera on the 8Plus is actually going to be identical to that of the iPhone X too.
iPhone X Questions
Many Apple prognosticators like to wait until Gen 2 of all their products. I actually do not usually like to wait and usually jump on new products and ride the wave. However, in this case, the phone is supposedly not much different than than the 8 Plus, internally. The processor is the same, the camera is as well.
Upgrade or Not?
If you were hesitating over the iPhone 8 Plus, don't. There are some changes here that make the new iPhone a joy. Wireless charging is a really nice touch and the incremental improvements to the camera are always worth having. If you're coming from an iPhone 6 or 6S and you want this larger device, I heartily recommend it.