Which is not to say that there aren’t a number of caveats, which I’ll come to below. But the existing iPhone 7 Plus was already one of the most feature packed bits of consumer hardware ever made – and the 8 Plus improves on it in every area, for only a small price hike.
Writing for other sites about other platforms than iOS, the most striking thing about the iPhone ‘Plus’ designs is their size – the bezels, both top and bottom, are larger than is trendy now. This is late 2017 and most other smartphone flagships have had minimal bezels for at least a year, giving more screen real estate without making the phone itself larger. This is, of course, where the iPhone X comes in (love or hate the ‘notch’), while the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are stuck with a design from, arguably, 2012.
In fact, you could argue that the design hails back to 2010 and the launch of the classic iPhone 4, with its glass back, since for the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus Apple has dropped the iPhone’s scratchable aluminium back and gone back to Gorilla Glass, in theory less prone to scratches but – obviously – at the risk of shattering if dropped onto the pavement. The 8 Plus is also heavier as a result, but reassuringly so and the feel in the hand is terrific – again recalling the feel of that old iPhone 4 range.
Unlike on the old ‘4’ though, the sides are curved aluminum rather than flat stainless steel, meaning that the 8 Plus is vastly more slippery in the hand (though slightly gripper than last year’s aluminium backed design). I had my review unit in a Spigen TPU case within an hour of starting to use this day to day – and you’ll do something similar.
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