Nothing to get excited. This is the iPhone 7s
For the first time ever, Apple has launched 3 iPhone models this year. iPhone 8, 8 Plus and the X(Ten). 8 and 8 plus are minor incremental updates to the last gen iPhones while X stands out from previous iPhones with its beautiful all screen (samsung) display. Both iPhone 8 and 8 plus are now available at amazon for ₹64000 and ₹73000 respectively for base 64GB models.
Why the iPhone 8 doesn’t excite me?!
The above picture says it all. Just look at it for a minute. It’s the same design since 2014. This is year 4 of this design! This is the longest running design apple has had on an iPhone. Usually they recycle their product design every 2 years, but not this time too. You could easily mistake iPhone 8 for its 4 year old iPhone 6 from the front. And on the back, they first removed the antenna lines and placed it on the top with the iPhone 7 and now they changed aluminium to glass with their iPhone 8. That’s all they did. It appears as Apple is no longer trying to surprise and excite us with its annual iPhone revisions. Yes, in fact they did it with iPhone X. But why the 8 and 8 plus still exist ? With its huge bezels , the iPhone 8 and 8 plus look very out-dated compared to the beautiful galaxy s8 and excellent LG V30. In a year when Samsung and LG dramatically slashed the bezels to give us striking, futuristic designs, the iPhone 8 falls flat.
The problems with iPhone 8
I’ve said enough about the design in the beginning. But there’s a little more. Apple replaced the aluminium finish on the back with all glass to enable wireless charging, which is a very good addition. Appreciate that, even though android devices had this feature for years. At least Apple did it this time. The real problem is Apple claims the glass on the back of the device is “the most durable glass ever on a smartphone”. That’s a BIG LIE. This is still glass, Apple .It breaks when it falls from your waist height. Why is Apple even claiming this is the most durable glass ever? Because people would still believe them.
And one more thing. There’s no headphone jack . Again !
This phone supports fast charging, finally. But the real issue here is, they only include a regular charger. You have to buy a separate adapter and a cable to take advantage of fast charging. WHAT?! Every single phone out there, if it supports fast charging, it does come with fast charging adapters , OnePlus3,3T,5 , Galaxy S7,S8,Note 8, LG G6,V20,V30 all support and does come with fast charging adapters.
And one more thing! iPhones are slowest in charging speed compared to other android flagships
The current issues
There are plenty of complaints reported after the iPhone 8 has reached in consumer hands. A few of them are.
- Device splitting open while charging.
Pictures on social media showed an iPhone 8 Plus handset that appeared to have split alongside the side.
One owner said the device's casing cracked open as it was charging. Another customer, from Japan, said their iPhone 8 Plus had been delivered to them with the screen already partially detached.
They posted pictures on Twitter showing the phone split along the side.
Apple confirmed it was "looking into" two reports of the issue but declined to comment further
- Crackling sound from the earpiece
Apple already released a tiny update to fix some issues but ‘crackling issue from earpiece’ is not one of them , and it still continues to be a problem. Apple confirmed the issue and said “We are working really hard to fix this”. But it seems like it’s a hardware issue and a software can only fix it partially.
- Plenty of software bugs
Since iPhone 8 and X are running on same iOS versions, some users are reporting a strange issue where they can see the iPhone X’s bottom bar on their iPhone 8, which is very annoying.
How social media reacted
iPhone 8 is a joke
This is where things get interesting. Alongside 8 and 8 plus Apple also launched a complete whole new smartphone, the iPhone X. The thing that bugs me most about the iPhone 8 is the fact that iphone X is just around the corner. Every conversations, discussions about the iPhone 8 is going to be shaded away by the incoming X. So right now, if you are buying the brand new iPhone 8 or even the 8 plus which is worth a lot of money, will instantly become out-dated in just a couple weeks from now!! 8 and 8 plus has a home button and it is not the Apple’s flagship phone any more. Because the future iPhone is all screen. iPhone X is gonna be the phone that everyone wants. That’s the phone that matters. So it’s weird and stupid to invest any kind of money in 8 or 8 plus unless you cannot live without a home button. iPhone X makes 8 and 8 plus significantly less attractive for those who are enthusiastic about tech.
, And Apple really knows it!
Apple knows everything I just said about the iPhone 8. They know it’s less attractive compared to the X. So why did Apple actually even made 8 and 8 plus? The Answer – Money. Yes!
The iPhone 8 costs $699 for the base model, 8 plus is $799 and the X is whopping $999. That’s a $300 bump from the iPhone 8. If they had not released 8 and 8 plus, Apple could not have priced the X at $999 and they would be forced to sell iPhone X at around may be $750 - $850. Within 20 minutes of launching the iPhone 8, they launched iPhone X. So Apple made their own flagship out-dated within 20 minutes making people to buy the ultra expensive iPhone X. What a game! iPhone Xpensive
Apple iPhone 8 is a good smartphone. but just not in 2017 where you have excellent phones like galaxy S8, Note 8 , LG V30 etc. iPhone 8 is the most boring iPhone ever till date. Investing in iPhone 8 will just be the weirdest thing you do in 2017 unless you are a die hard apple fan who desperately needs a home button.