Apple iPhone 8 Plus in the test: Much better than his reputation?

Switch to the new smartphone or wait for the iPhone X?

The new iPhone 8 Plus in the test: Worth the transition? Photo: Sascha Tegtmeyer
The new iPhone 8 Plus in the test: Worth the transition? Photo: Sascha Tegtmeyer

The new Apple iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus are a mix of glass and aluminum. So basically nothing new: Visually still closely related to the 6ER and 7er series, the new A11 Bionic processor and the completely newly developed camera rather wake up the intrinsic worth of desires. We tried a Space Gray 256 GB iPhone 8 Plus in the test and the device is currently checked through its paces. Because the problem for all buyers of new smartphones is clear: Should I buy an 8er or rather put on the iPhone X with borderless display? Update at the end of the article: This is just after eight weeks our Zwischenfazit to the iPhone 8 Plus.

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This question is not so easy to answer. Nevertheless, we want to try to give a little decision support and now have to a detailed test a lance for the new gadget from the house of Apple. We are relatively alone with that. On Twitter some users mockingly wrote:

The iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus would have the shortest life of any iPhone model at all. Already after 10 minutes they were obsolete.

The users said that Apple presented the new model iPhone X at the keynote in early September ten minutes after the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus. This made it immediately clear to Twitter users that in addition to a new top model with borderless OLED display and many other gadgets such as Face ID, such it owns the iPhone X, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are immediately superfluous and look old.


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Sure, if you look at the technical specifications, that's true to a degree. But is that really crucial, or are there any good reasons to take a closer look at the iPhone 8 Plus? Of course there are those! Exactly for this reason, we currently have the iPhone 8 Plus in the endurance test. After several weeks of hands-on and testings we have to the iPhone 8 Plus in Space Gray with 256 GB developed a very clear opinion. But more on that later.

Back of glass: The feel of the new iPhone 8 Plus is really noble. Photo: Sascha Tegtmeyer
Back of glass: The feel of the new iPhone 8 Plus is really noble. Photo: Sascha Tegtmeyer

The iPhone 8 Plus in the test: is haptically a grenade

In recent years, you had to strive quite hard on new iPhones to get close to a new model. That was much easier this year for the iPhone 8 Plus with 256 GB in Space Gray. Either it was because people do not like buying this model or because of that Apple has produced enough of it. In any case, we quickly got the new eighth-iPhone hold in the hand and of course I tried it right away.

And lo and behold: the first impression convinces! Although the iPhone 8 Plus feels a bit heavier in Space Gray than the black 7 128 Plus with 8 GB that we have used so far. But the feel has become much more pleasant overall. Whether it's because the back is made of glass or a new alloy has been applied in Space Gray - in any case, the iPhone XNUMX Plus is a real haptic grenade and just feels great. It is incredibly comfortable in the hand and it seems much too bad to put this beautiful device in a shell. You really want to use the device without a case, because it feels so good.

From there on, however, there is also the usual minus point to complain about: Overall, resembles the design of the new model still the iPhone 7 Plus and its predecessor, the iPhone 6 Plus and its enhancement, the iPhone 6s Plus. As far as the look of the new phone is concerned, Apple has not made much of a jump since 2014 and has launched the fourth generation that still carries this basic design. But a new design may not be needed, because the true size of the iPhone 8 Plus is inside.

The new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are available in three different colors: Space Gray, White and Rose Gold. Photo: Apple
The new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are available in three different colors: Space Gray, White and Rose Gold. Photo: Apple

Page 2: The new features of the iPhone 8 Plus

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About Sascha Tobias Tegtmeyer 94 Article
As a journalist, passionate diver and ambitious stand up paddler, I've become more and more specialized in water sports topics. For several years as an online editor, content and SEO manager for the year Top Special Verlag in Hamburg, I edited the leading diving portal TAUCHEN.de editorially and am at home in the water sports industry. My passion is the sea and all the activities that can be practiced on, in, on and under water. To give this child a name, I created www.just-wanderlust.com - for all people who love the sea - love to travel and water sports like diving, surfing, stand up paddling.