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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.

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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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91
 

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Key Specs

Type
Smartphone
Operating system
IOS
Screen size
4.722
Internal memory
641
Camera
Yes
Model
64GB

General

Type
Smartphone (IOS)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Internal

Input

Input type
Touchscreen (Capacitive [finger])

Power

Battery type
Li-ion

Camera

Camera
Yes (12 megapixels) (f/1.8) (Video, Auto focus, Digital zoom, Flash) (Yes)

Location

Location support
Yes (Gps, Cell loc, Wifi loc, Compass)

Storage

Internal memory
64 GB

Connectivity

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 ac)

Media

Media playback
Yes

Messaging

SMS
Yes
MMS
Yes

Browser and email

Browser
HTML
Email
Yes

Sync

Sync PIM data
Yes

Carriers

Regions offered
North America (US)

Radio type

Comm standard
Gsm, Cdma, Lte (Gsm, Edge) (UMTS / WCDMA) (EV-DO rA) (1 2100MHz, 3 1800MHz, 4 1700 2100MHz, 5 850MHz, 7 2600MHz, 12 700MHz, 13 700MHz, 17 700MHz, 18 800MHz, 19 800MHz, 20 800MHz, 25 1900MHz, 26 800MHz, 28 700MHz, 30 2300MHz, 40 2300MHz, 41 2500MHzMHz)
Subscriber identity
Nano-SIM card

Display

Screen size
4.7 inches
Screen resolution
Other (1334x750)
Pixel density
326 PPI
Screen type
LCD (Color) (Backlit)

Alternate display

Secondary screen
No

Hardware

Processor make
Apple

Sensors

Sensors
Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Fingerpint, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor

Other features

Flight mode
Yes
NFC or RFID payment
Yes
Model
256GB

General

Type
Smartphone (IOS)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Internal

Input

Input type
Touchscreen (Capacitive [finger])

Power

Battery type
Li-ion

Camera

Camera
Yes (12 megapixels) (f/1.8) (Video, Auto focus, Digital zoom, Flash) (Yes)

Location

Location support
Yes (GPS)

Storage

Internal memory
256 GB

Connectivity

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 ac)

Media

Media playback
Yes

Messaging

SMS
Yes
MMS
Yes

Browser and email

Browser
HTML
Email
Yes

Sync

Sync PIM data
Yes

Carriers

Regions offered
North America (US)

Radio type

Comm standard
Gsm, Cdma, Lte (Gsm, Edge) (UMTS / WCDMA) (EV-DO rA) (1 2100MHz, 3 1800MHz, 4 1700 2100MHz, 5 850MHz, 7 2600MHz, 12 700MHz, 13 700MHz, 17 700MHz, 18 800MHz, 19 800MHz, 20 800MHz, 25 1900MHz, 26 800MHz, 28 700MHz, 30 2300MHz, 40 2300MHz, 41 2500MHzMHz)
Subscriber identity
Nano-SIM card

Display

Screen size
4.7 inches
Screen resolution
Other (1334x750)
Pixel density
326 PPI
Screen type
LCD (Color) (Backlit)

Alternate display

Secondary screen
No

Hardware

Processor make
Apple

Sensors

Sensors
Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Fingerpint, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor

Other features

Flight mode
Yes
NFC or RFID payment
Yes