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Apple iPhone 8

from  $800+
91
Engadget
Score
The best in its category. We highly recommend it.
91

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 is the smallest of Apple's newsmartphones, but don't let its size fool you: It's an incredibly powerful machine. The A11 Bionic chip inside ensures games and augmented reality apps run smoothly, and the phone's 12-megapixel camera is much improved over last year. The 8's redesigned body also allows for wireless charging (finally!), though we wish Apple had done more to update its design. Not everything is perfect, though: The iPhone 8 still doesn't withstand water to the extent of some rivals, and it lacks the dual camera found in the 8 Plus. Still, for fans who want a blend of classic Apple style and top-tier performance, the iPhone 8 is an excellent option.

Pros
  • Impeccable performance
  • Great build quality
  • Excellent camera
  • Wireless charging works well
  • Early AR apps are very impressive
Cons
  • Design will be too familiar for some
  • No dual camera
  • The camera humps are back
  • Not as water resistant as its competitors
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Scores

Engadget

91
 

User Reviews

80
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Score Breakdown

 
81
Average Critic Score

Reception and call quality

100
 

Display

83
 

Battery life

80
 

Camera

90
 

Ease of use

80
 

Design and form factor

76
 

Portability (size / weight)

76
 

Media support

83
 

Durability

77
 

Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)

82
 
 
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. ... 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.
 
90
TechCrunch
For now the iPhone 8 is still going to get you most of the way to “the best” — especially when it comes to the camera.
 
90
CNET
The sensible, speedy iPhone 8 makes a nice upgrade to the iPhone 6S and earlier siblings, but we won't know until November how it compares to the much pricier iPhone X.
 
80
CNN
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.
 
80
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.
 
70
PC Mag
The iPhone 8 anchors Apple's 2017 phone line, but it isn't where the future is.