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Gadget Review – Apple iPhone 8 Plus A Ruthless Review

Apple iPhone 8 Plus - A Ruthless Review

Welcome back everyone, I'm ThioJoe, and it
is iPhone season. I'm sure you already know that Apple released
3 models this year, the iPhone 8, the 8 Plus, and the 10. The one we're going over today is the 8 plus,
which might not seem as exciting as the 10, but in my opinion, I'd rather have this than
the 10, simply because of the fingerprint sensor, and I doubt I'm the only one. But this is NOT a comparison video, we're
going to just focus on the 8 Plus, and do a ruthless review.

I'll tell you what I like, what I hate, and
everything inbetween. And if you're wondering, no I didn't get this
for free, I had to shell out the cash for it, so you know I'm not going to sugar coat
anything. Now as usual before we jump in I want to give
a quick plug for my instagram account, I really try to post only quality stuff over. So if you want to check that out it's just
@ThioJoe, and the link is also in the description.

So, let's first start off with the visuals
of the phone. The design is nearly identical to the iPhone
7 plus, with one notable exception I'll get to in a bit. On the front we've got the home button of
course at the bottom, and at the top, theres the camera, speaker, and proximity sensor. On the sides there are the usual power buttom,
sim card tray, volume buttons, and silent switch.

As well as the speaker grills on the bottom
and lightning port. No surprises here. On the back it's mostly the same story, you
can see the dual camera lenses, one being wide angle, the other telephoto, and next
to it is the flash and a rear microphone. We'll go into more detail about the camera
later.

But the big difference is the back of the
phone itself, which is now glass instead of aluminum. It does look pretty nice, and the advantage
of this is it allows for wireless charging, which I'm a big fan of, but we'll get to that
later. Oh and by the way, this is all water resistent
with an IP67 rating, so it can be submerged in water up to a meter. Ok let's get back to the screen, which is
a 5.5 Inch IPS panel as usual, not OLED.

The resolution is 1920×1080, which for a flagship
this size is actually pretty low. And I think the only reason they keep putting
these low res screens are to compensate for the tiny batteries they always use. That being said though, the pixel density
is still good to the point where you can't see individual pixels even up close. And comparing it to a higher resolution screen
like the original Pixel XL at 1440p, I couldn't really tell a difference, so I actually would
say it's acceptable as is.

With it being IPS, you also get a couple more
advantages, including the ability to go brighter than you normally would with OLED. And it is indeed significantly brighter than
the OLED on the Pixel XL. The other advantage is you can get a lot better
color accuracy with IPS, which is still the gold standard in that case. And I think this one does a great job handling
low black levels too.

The other thing to mention is the new iphones
have "true tone displays", which means it will adjust not only the brightness of the
screen depending on the environment, but also the white balance. This is pretty unique, and helps because normally,
your brain might think it's looking at different shades of white depending on the surround
light sources. So with all that I'm definitely satisfied
with the screen. Next, why don't we quickly go over the hardware
you can't see, inside the phone.

The brain of the iPhone 8 Plus is the A11
bionic chip, which supposedly uses a "neural engine", whatever that is. Apple sure does love their meaningless buzz
words. For storage you have the option for either
64 or 256 Gigabytes, in this case I have 256. And I gotta say, having this much storage
feels AWESOME, because you literally don't even have to think about running out of space,
or taking too many photos, or high resolution videos.

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So big props to Apple for going the extra
mile for storage, but I really don't know why they made the only other choice 64 GB. Such a big jump between the only two options
seems a bit strange. Anyway, other hardware includes the RAM, which
Apple doesn't seem to list anywhere I saw, but it apparently has 3 GB. Again, come on Apple, you're the only one
who skimps on the RAM.

3GB is definitely enough, but for a phone that literally can cost $1000
after your price hike, that's BS. Same goes for the battery capacity, which
is also not listed anywhere, they just say how many hours it lasts for different uses,
which as we all know is completely useless and never comparible to real life. A bit of research determined it to be 2691
mAh, which is quite frankly, ridiculously tiny. Yes, I know iPhones are highly optimized so
they can get away with lower specs, but come on, if they added a normal sized battery,
the battery life would be truly amazing.

I think it's pretty ironic that Apple isn't
afraid to make their phones bigger every year with enourmous bezels, but god forbid they
make it a bit thicker to fit in a bigger battery and better hardware. Does anyone really care if their phone is
an extra millimeter thick? Anyway, let's move on. Finally on the inside I want to mention the
new support for Bluetooth 5, which is a lot better than the previous version. For example, it has twice the range and twice
the bandwidth.

Now that is only if both devices are using
Bluetooth 5, but that will soon be used in a lot more accessories, and that is something
to look forward to. Alright let's move on to performance, starting
with my favorite part of any phone, the camera. Now I know it got the "highest DXO Mark rating
of any phone", or at least until the Pixel 2 was announced, but I just wanted to tell
you guys that you should not judge cameras based on this score. The scoring is mostly arbitrary, and is good
for a rough guess at best.

As always, the best way to determine camera
quality is look at the sample photos yourself. So, the back camera as I mentioned before
has dual lenses, both with optical image stabilization. Apple doesn't give the details on the image
sensors, but it's estimated that the equivalent focal lengths are somewhere around 50 mm for
the "telephoto", and around 28 mm for the wide angle. Now as for the pictures this thing takes,
you don't need some rating to see that it takes really awesome photos.

Autofocus is lightning fast thanks to the
phase detection autofocus, which they call "focus pixels". Here you can see a couple example photos I
took, this one was just after sunset, so it was relatively low light, but I really like
the way it turn out. You can tell it's night but also the area
around the trees are really lit up. I also took the same picture at the same time
with my Pixel XL, and you can see there's a big difference in the way these phones created
this image.

The Pixel's photo was much more subdued in
terms of saturation, and was definitely more accurate to how it actually looked. And while they both do have some noise as
you'd expect, I do think the Pixel's noise reduction wins out in this particular case,
retaining more detail if you zoom in all the way. Here's another example, where I just took
a picture with lots of light, it's literally just the sky, but we can see that around the
edges and especially in the corners, it was able to hold onto a surprising amount of detail,
and has minimal distortion. And with any lens, the resolution and sharpness
is going to decrease the further from the center, so this is impressive.

On the video side, the camera can also do
4K resolution at a whopping 60fps, which is pretty crazy. And for slow motion, it can do 1080p at 240
fps. Take a look at this mechanical watch before,
and after I slow it down all the way. It's pretty neat, maybe you never saw something like this before, you can actually see it actually rotating and then going back and forth.

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Awesome that you can see it with this phone. Another thing I haven't mentioned yet with
the camera is the new file formats you can choose. For images, you can now use HEIF, or High
Efficiency Image Format, and for video, the h.265 Codec. These formats allow images and video to be
stored with higher quality and lower file sizes.

So you might be surprised that the 4K60fps
video is only 50 mbps. I still think they should have increased the
bitrate, but at least 50mbps gets you a lot further with this codec than the regular one. Just keep in mind that these codecs are relatively
new, and not all devices might support them yet, but I'm sure they will soon if not already. And quickly before we move on of course, I
should mention the front facing camera, which is definitely among the best I've used, at
least from the Android phones I've used in the past.

One thing I noticed is it has a slightly longer
focal length than the Google Pixel, so it's a bit more zoomed in, but with selfies you
want that. That's because with wide angle lenses, to
fill the frame more, you need to move it closer, which causes big time distortion on your face. To combat this, you'd ideally hold your phone
as far away as possible then crop it. But with the longer focal length, there's
less need for that here.

Oh, and the pictures are pretty sharp too
of course. Ok so now onto battery performance. I was really happy with how well the battery
lasted on the 8 Plus, and I would consider myself a moderate phone user. I don't really play any graphics intensive
games or anything, but I do check my email or other accounts, and read stuff pretty regularly
throughout the day.

I know I was really harsh about the battery
size, but again, this thing is obviously optimized very well, so it can pull it off. In the time I've been using it, I've pretty
much finished every day with at least 30-40% battery left. And I don't know if this is just me, but it
seems like the first few percentages of battery take a LOT longer to use than the rest, but
I could be wrong. As for charging, as I mentioned there IS wireless
charging which is awesome, and even better it's the Qi wireless charging standard, so
you can basically use any wireless charging pad out there.

Of course it's slower than plugging it in,
but it's ideal for at night when you dont need it to charge fast, or just plopping it
down on the table. If you DO need to charge quickly, the new
iphones do actually support fast charging, finally. But the catch is, you need one of the higher
what USB-C chargers that apple sells, such as the 29W one, and they cost at least $50. AND you need a USB-C to lightning cable, which
is another $25.

But, with that, you're able to charge from
0 to 50% within around 30 minutes. The only thing is, it doesn't seem to give
you any indication that you are actually fast charging, which is a bit annoying. Alright, now let's get to one of the most
important things, user experience. Such as, how fast is this phone? Well as you'd expect, this thing is snappy
and responsive as any other flagship.

No issues with stuttering at all, everything
seems to always run completely smooth. Another thing I want to say is how much I
like the haptic home button. It's not an actual button, but rather just
a solid state indendation basically, with the fingerprint sensor built in. But Apple was able to use haptic feedback
to actually make this thing feel like you're pressing a real button, it's pretty crazy.

The haptic feedback is not new to the 8 Plus,
but I still wanted to mention it. Another returning feature is 3D plus, where
you press into the screen a bit harder, and it will perform certain functions such as
opening a context menu for shortcuts. Again, it kinda makes it seem like you're
really clicking into the screen. All that being said, there are some software
things that I find pretty annoying, but I.

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Guess this would be on any iPhone running
the same version of iOS. Coming from android, the first thing I noticed
is how STUPID the notifications system is. And yes I'm gonna get a bit heated with this
one. Why on earth does iOS not group notifications? If you're in a group chat, there is no reason
why you need to see literally every single message listed on your lock screen, because
it pushes all your other notifications down out of view.

Also, apparently you can't put more than 4
icons at the bottom of the home screen, when there is CLEARLY room for another one. Why not give people the option to? You've got to be kidding me Apple. So let me try and wrap this up. Some things I especially like about the iPhone
8 Plus are the large storage capacity at 256GB, wireless charging finally, even the pixel
phones don't have that, and also the great camera quality.

Some things I have mixed feelings about are
the battery, because yes it has great battery life, but I know it could be truly outstanding
if Apple would just put in a normal sized one. Also, I like that there is fast charging,
but it's ridiculous you have to spend an extra $75 to be able to do it. And the things I outright hate are of course
the stupid cumbersome notifications system, and limitations on customization, such as
how many icons you can have at the bottom, or changing default apps. But of course, those are software based and
there's a glimmer of hope that Apple could change it.

So overall, this is what I think. The iPhone 8 Plus is definitely a good phone,
and even though it might not seem as flashy as the iPhone 10, it has pretty much all the
features I'd expect in a top end phone. So if you've been considering switching to
iPhone from Android, I honestly think this is a great one to start on. Now on the other hand, if you have the 7 Plus
or something, which I haven't used by the way, well obviously the upgrades for this
phone might not be that important to you.

Especially considering Apple raised the price
of their phones by about $50. The 8 costs 700 and the 8 plus costs 800 for
the smaller storage sizes. It's definitely an incremental update, so
I don't know if I'd recommend this to someone, even an android user, unless they have a phone
that's more than a year old. Though I guess most people just get a contract
deal through their carriers anyway, so the price might not be as big a deal to you for
that.

I'm gonna finish this off by saying even as
someone who is used to Android, I'm definitely happy with this phone, with those few exceptions
of course. Is it necessarily better than Android? I'm not sure, there are advantages to both
which would take another video to cover. But if you do end up getting this phone, I
don't think you'll be disappointed. So that's it, hopefully you guys found this
video helpful, you can let me know what you think down in the comments.

And by the way, I did buy a Pixel 2 as well,
so I will be comparing the 8 Plus to that later on, be sure to subscribe for that. And consider enabling notifications by clicking
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