Close to the end of every year, Apple unveils a new smartphone which captures the interest of millions of iOS fanatics across the globe. 2017 was not any different and for the first time in many years, Apple launched two major smartphones. Both, which can be regarded as flagships in their own regard. In this feature, we will be covering the iPhone 7 vs iPhone 8 and how both stack up in a head on comparison.
Some might think that Apple would have been better of releasing an iPhone 7S and 7S Plus to compliment 2016’s iPhone 7 series. You can still call the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus just a minor upgrade to the iPhone 7, but there are some minor and major changes that make all the difference.
If you already own the Apple iPhone 7, you are probably wondering whether there is any point of upgrading to the iPhone 8. This decision could be highly confusing, especially since there is another iPhone coming upon us. That’s right, I am talking about the 10th anniversary Apple iPhone X, which is the center of attention at the moment.
Let’s go ahead and see how what happens when the iPhone 7 vs iPhone 8 in all its glory.
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Improved Design, but Not for Everyone
Looking at the iPhone 8 for the very first time, you might not notice any change at all. The smartphone still has the Apple touch ID, nearly identical bezels and front and back look as well. What has changed?
For starters, the Apple iPhone 8 has a glass body, making it capable of wireless charging. A first for Apple iPhones. The iPhone 7 on the other hand, had an aluminum body, making it lighter and slimmer than the new iPhone 8. Here are the dimensions we are looking at with the two smartphones:
- iPhone 8 comes in at 138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3 mm and 148g (5.22 oz)
- iPhone 7 compares at a smaller 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm and 138g (4.87 oz)
When talking about iPhone 7 vs iPhone 8, the weight and size may not be such a big issue for most users. Both are also the same in terms of water and dust resistance with the IP67 rating, but Apple does claim that the iPhone 8 comes with a 25% improvement in speaker performance with deep bass.
There is no headphone jack on the iPhone 8 as many people would be wondering. It seems as if Apple has killed off the headphone jack for good and we should stop expecting it in future models.
The stereo speakers for the iPhone 7 were also a first for Apple. If sound matters to you, then the iPhone 8 will live up to your expectations of having a great Apple smartphone with great sound quality as well.
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How Much Faster is the iPhone 8?
Performance matters. For every iPhone user out there, we all fell in love with the 7 series because it delivered in the performance section. Even though Apple has not introduced octa-core processors and beyond like other manufacturers, the iPhone 7’s A11 chipset still did a marvelous job at competing with any smartphone you threw at it.
Now here comes something that will really make the difference. The iPhone 8 comes with the new and highly improved A11 Bionic Chip which Apple claims to be customized by the company for elite performance. Had Apple kept the older chip in the iPhone 8, there would be no way we would ever consider buying it over the iPhone 7. There just would not be enough reason to do so.
If compared in terms of performance, the iPhone 7 vs iPhone 8 really comes down to processing power and the A11 Bionic Chip gives the latter a major boost over the 2016 flagship device.
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What About the Display?
There is a minor difference under the display category of the iPhone 7 vs iPhone 8. Both devices have great displays and the iPhone 8 only minorly improves on it.
The addition of ‘True Tone’ technology is the only new thing about the iPhone 8’s display, otherwise it has the same 4.7-inch, LED backlit IPS LCD. Giving you a resolution of 1334×750 pixels at 326 ppi and a 65.6% screen-to-body ratio.
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Same Cameras, but Improved Processing Means Better Pictures and Videos
Back and front cameras on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 are the same. Both do not have dual back cameras and come with 12 MP back and 7 MP front.
What changes the scenario for the iPhone 8 is the addition of the A11 Bionic Chip and Apple designed Image Signal Processor (ISP). This new technology by Apple is said to give the smartphone improved picture rendering and processing for clearer and crisp photography/videography.
Storage and Battery
Both storage and battery power is a deal breaker for iPhone fanatics and those looking to enter the Apple realm with either the iPhone 8, 8 Plus or iPhone X.
Battery power in regards to iPhone 7 vs iPhone 8 is essentially the same. The only difference is that the Apple iPhone 8 has fast charging. Thankfully Apple has caught on to fast charging and this now gives the iPhone 8 50% power within 30 minutes. This is not available for the iPhone 7. If fast charging is an absolute necessity, go for the iPhone 8.
Storage has changed as well. In 2016, Apple released the iPhone 7 with two options. 32GB and 128GB. This time around, Apple has forgotten about both as the iPhone 8 comes only with 64GB and 256GB, makes sense, doesn’t it?
This takes us to our next topic in the discussion of the iPhone 7 vs iPhone 8.
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When released, here is what the pricing looked for both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8.
Prices have increased, but so has the storage. For double the storage on both versions, you are paying a minor difference that means a lot in the long term.
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Conclusion of iPhone 7 vs iPhone 8
The debate of which phone is better can go on all day. What it really comes down to is whether you are looking to pay that extra fee for a newer and improved Apple smartphone or looking to save as much as you can.
Also, it’s good to keep in mind that the iPhone X costs $300 more than both versions. Which means that if you have that sort of budget, why not just go for the best which money can buy? No?
For all you iPhone 7 users out there. Unless you’re going for the iPhone X, there isn’t much reason here to upgrade. The iPhone 7 is still a great phone and will remain so for the foreseeable future. We just hope that Apple continues to value the iPhone 7 series community as much as we do.
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