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Apple iPhone 8 Plus

from  $929.99+

    Apple iPhone 8 Plus

    from  $929.99+
    from  $929.99+
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    92 Engadget Score
    The best in its category. We highly recommend it.
    92

    The best in its category. We highly recommend it.

    How we score

    The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

    Engadget Review

    The iPhone 8 Plus shares a powerful foundation with the iPhone 8, but a few features give it a distinct advantage over its little brother. Its 12-megapixel dual camera is one of the best we've used, and its bigger battery means it'll stick around longer on a charge than the iPhone 8. While it's easily the best big phone Apple has ever made, its slightly longer, slightly heavier body make it feel a little unwieldy compared to some of its biggest rivals.

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    Pros
    • Impeccable performance
    • Great build quality
    • Dual camera works well
    • Solid battery life
    • Early AR apps are impressive
    Cons
    • Design may be too familiar to some
    • The camera humps are back
    • Portrait Lighting modes need work
    • Can be uncomfortable to hold
    • Not as water resistant as its competitors
    92 Engadget Score
    The best in its category. We highly recommend it.
    92

    The best in its category. We highly recommend it.

    How we score

    The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

    Scores

    Engadget

    92
     

    User Reviews

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    84
    Average Critic Score
     
    90
    CNET
    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.
     
    80
    The Verge
    It’s the phone to get if you’re on an upgrade plan ... 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.
     
    80
    Wired
    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.
     
    90
    TechCrunch
    This year, Apple has done something really incredible with the Portrait Lighting mode, which is why if you’re in the market for a new iPhone, I recommend the 8 Plus.
     
    80
    CNN
    After a week of testing, it's clear the 4.7-inch iPhone 8 and 5.5-inch iPhone 8 Plus offer solid if moderate improvements, including better cameras, a faster processor and inductive charging. They easily could have been called the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus, but that wouldn't have been as dramatic.
     
    80
    USA Today
    For many potential buyers, especially those with an older iPhone looking to upgrade, the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus represents a solid purchase option. But I'm holding out for the next "latest" iPhone, the looming iPhone X.
     
    80
    The Telegraph
    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.
     
    80
    The Wall Street Journal
    You don’t have to spend $1,000 to get an improved camera and processor and even wireless charging ... But Apple’s confusing iPhone family now includes three pairs of practically identical phones: the regular and Plus versions of the iPhone 8, 7 and 6s. Don’t buy the spendiest one.
     
    90
    Macworld
    Some iPhone die-hards may be bored with the iPhone 8. It’s a big improvement, but not quite innovative enough to be exciting.
     
    90
    TechRadar
    A solid iPhone, but a clear evolution from previous Plus models. Compared to the iPhone X it's unexciting, but it offers the far better experience over the iPhone 8.

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