Apple IPhone 8 in the Test

In the shadow of the iPhone X.

Conclusion of the 28.09.2017

The iPhone 8 convinces in test with brilliant performance, excellent workmanship and a great battery life. The photo quality is good and slightly better than in the previous, back behind the strong Android competition but a little. The look of the new Apple phones is the predecessor in the essential, just the fancy glass rear panel provides variety. Apple fans are looking for radical innovations, should take a look at the iPhone X.

iPhone 8 test: now with Wi-Fi shop

Remarkable new acts plus the iPhone 8 nor its larger sister model iPhone 8 — but instead of a rear aluminium can be found here in glass. Tastes are different, pilfered as the aluminum body of the otherwise virtually uniform iPhones of three years this effect iPhone 8 through his glass back on us. It is also handy, because the fingers find a better grip on the glass housing and slide off hardly.
Another advantage: The iPhone 8 supports – with separately available accessories – wireless charging. Here, Apple adheres to the open standard of Qi; It works so any corresponding Qi charger with new iPhones via HOWSmb. Currently, the iPhone 8 wireless connections accepted less than 5 watts of charging current. In the Apple store, there are certified Chargers that something should load faster after an update is expected by the end of the year as competitors – namely with 7.5 watts.
In our sample test fit by the way an old iPhone 7 sleeve made of plastic on the iPhone 8 and not hindered the Qi-charging function. The latter should work correctly with up to 4 mm distance. But it must remove conventional battery cases.

Disadvantages of the glass housing

The main disadvantage of glass is the higher fracture. Apple promises a strong material but, we expect nevertheless like to iPhone-4-times again more frequently with fragmented case back to be confronted. In addition, grease stains on glass are clearer to see than on Matt aluminium. Apple has the problem but overall good to the touch.
Unlike with high gloss mirrors like the Xperia XZ premium or HTC’s U11 Notice the Schlieren namely with the bright colors of silver and gold barely. Depending on how the light falls, they are to detect, but not disturb us. Only Space Grey is somewhat vulnerable. In addition, is it waterproof iPhone 8 as its predecessor and has a fingerprint scanner that works quickly and reliably. Only the offers face detection iPhone X.

Display with true-tone technology

We have seen little change in the quality of the display. Like the iPhone 7 also offers iPhone 8 on 4.7 inch diagonal 1,334 x 750 pixels. The sharpness is fine, Android-top models offer more. The difference is to see while on the edges of the letter, this one must look exactly. Expressed in figures: a maximum brightness of about 531 cd / m ² reached the screen rendering a checkerboard contrast image – the iPhone 7 offers 540 cd / m ². The color space covers just over 100% of the standard RGB color space. It can also the iPhone 7. Both smartphones like with natural color and good contrast. The AMOLED screen of the iPhone X we expect but still a bit more oomph.
Newin is the support for True-tone technology, the Apple with the iPad Pro has introduced. If enabled, the color adjusts the screen brightness and tint of the ambient light. This makes for a somewhat more pleasant reading experience, but only subtly affect and is hardly crucial to purchase. 3D-touch continues to support the iPhone 8. You can call thus a type context menu for some apps, by stronger typing on the icon. There then are quick links to frequently used features. 3D is touch part is useful, but not supported by all the apps makes sense. Initially the feature has a little effort, you get used to it.

Apple A11 with legendary performance

In terms of performance Apple has taken again a good step compared to the predecessor, already very fast forward. The Apple-A11 processor has six cores, two of them are very strong, four relatively efficiently. All can be active at the same time. Our test Web page loads the mobile in fabulous 0.17 seconds, fast Android phones need 4.5 (Sony Xperia XZ1) up to 8.5 seconds ()Galaxy S8). Just as quickly, our test PDF was loaded: only 0.8 seconds needed the iPhone 8, the currently fastest Android phones need with 1.9 seconds more than twice as long.
Also the graphics performance is strong: in the offscreen tests of the graphics benchmarks GFX-bench is the iPhone 8 up to 50 percent faster than the Samsung Galaxy touch 8. Running the benchmark on the screen, the iPhone can settle in theory even further due to its lower resolution, when using OpenGL, Apple or the benchmark limited the refresh rate to 60 Hertz. It allows to run the ‘ Manhattan ‘ test of Apple’s graphics interface metal, which reached iPhone 8 99 fps. the Bill 8 comes on 47 fps.
In short, The iPhone 8 sets new performance highs that are unparalleled. Games may be even more complex and demanding applications and Web pages run very smoothly and quickly. Partly the mobile at the top is warm – that’s not really disturbing, but it is striking.

Photo quality “only” good to very good

The iPhone 8 offers an overall good, but not exceptional photo quality. Apple uses a new image sensor with 12 megapixel that has larger pixels. This ensures a higher light sensitivity and improved representation in poorer light. Confirm that our test images: opposite the cam of iPhone 7 has to offer more Apple – but without the level of excellent now at twilight HTC-U11-Cam to achieve. In direct comparison, fine details in full view on the iPhone 8 are slightly dissolute, because more is the blur.
Even in daylight, the iPhone-8 camera in the hair of our art head of less detail works out. According to our lab values, the blur reduced the detail on difficult subjects by 20-30 percent. This is an improvement over the iPhone 7, but occur at the HTC U11 only 10 percent loss. Who keeps the images in full view side by side, see the quality difference. The colors are natural, and the quality is overall good to very good. Still, Apple fans who spend at least 800 euros for a Smartphone, can expect a little more.
The portrait function with blur effect for the background is there only when the iPhone 8 plus and iPhone X.

Video camera with full-HD slow motion

Cool, we find the possibility to include not only full HD videos in 60 Hertz, but also 4K-Videos with 60 frames per second. This also the ultra high resolution videos expire rounder and smoother, and especially on fast-moving subjects you can see objects more clearly. Impressive clips can also create slow motion function, which captures 240 frames per second without time limitation at full HD resolution. Both the 4K60-and the 1080p240 mode are currently unique selling points of the iPhone 8, 8 plus and iPhone X.
The image stabilization in video mode is acceptable. Comfortable coming forward, “the picture pumps” a bit, i.e. step movements provide shocks that cause that the device briefly loses focus. You can see the effect in direct comparison in the recordings of the Galaxy note 8, but somewhat quieter battle it out to the point. In this regard both cams offer optimization potential.

iPhone 8 with good battery life

We are pleasantly surprised by the good battery life. Surprise, because the battery capacity compared to the predecessor of 1,960 mAh has mAh (mAh) been reduced by Apple to 1,821. Nevertheless, running iPhone 8 in our online runtime test 2.5 hours longer and comes on very good 11:42 hours. To put this in relation: the Galaxy S8 creates with his 3,000 mAh battery slightly under ten hours.
Apple but always still not been satisfactorily fixed a shortcoming: the long loading time. With the supplied 5-Watt PSU takes 163 minutes to fully recharge the battery. The iPhone 8 has a quick charge function differently than the older models though, that a corresponding 29-Watt power supply and USB type C to lightning cable extra but 90 euro – other manufacturers is included. Thereby reducing the loading time then to 135 minutes.
After thirty minutes of charging time the iPhone 8 is loaded when you use the standard power supply to 27 percent, and when you use the strong power supply to 55 percent. After about half an hour, then significantly decreases charge. This added value but hardly justifies the additional cost for iPhone-8 owners.
If you iPhone 8 with Qi Chargers sold in the Apple store wirelessly charges that, it takes over 270 minutes, so 4.5 hours. Striking: After the iPhone is fully charged, it attracts 1.3 watt constant. Who wants to save a little power, so not always leaves it on the charging mat.

Unspectacular facilities

In the facilities, else, there are no surprises. Also the iPhone 8 has no slot for MicroSD cards and no removable battery. Our 64-GByte test device offers approximately 61 GB free space. Alternatively, Apple has still a 256 GB model in the program, which costs 170 euros more from the manufacturer, so 969 euro instead of 799 euros. A 3.5-millimeter headphone jack is no longer to find a suitable lightning adapter is in the box even when the iPhone 8.
The Intel modem, which is connected to the European version of the iPhone 8, creates appropriate antenna Assembly a maximum data transfer rate of 600 Mbits per second. To the maximum speed of LTE Apple does not react but unfortunately. The iPhone 7 Sparks with 450 Mbit per second. Top Android phones offer 1 GBit / s the difference at the time of the test does not have current relevance however, because there is still no tariff in Germany with 600 Mbit/s or more.
The phone lacks a status LED on the front panel to the display of missed messages. “Instead you can see» General | Accessibility «the» LED flash at remarks «enable – you can see the but of course hardly, if the cell phone with her back on the table.
Bluetooth 5.0 on board, that is twice as fast (about 2 Mbit/s) 4.2 LE (low energy) at close distance connections over Bluetooth or has a fourfold range at the expense of the transfer rate is also brisk AC Wi-Fi access. Lack of terminals taking stand September 2017 but no advantage by Bluetooth 5.0.

Strengths and weaknesses of iOS 11

The biggest advantage of the iPhone operating system iOS is Apple’s reliable update policy. Many iPhones regularly receive security updates and major updates per year. As more and more sensitive data on Smartphones hiking and they are captured (along with photos and emails also positioning, financial and health data), a secure system is important. Here, one must praise Apple compared to the chaotic state of in Google’s Android ecosystem.
With iOS iPhone 5s is also the four-year-old is still being supported, only the iPhone 5 is out. Android phones lose support after two years at the latest. However, Apple does not always completely brings the latest features of the respective systems on older devices. Noteworthy is also the performance drop the older iPhones can suffer through updates.
The operating concept of iOS has advantages and disadvantages compared to Android. We feel the small, but fine gesture with which one goes back a step or a page in menus or in the browser as pretty cool: it takes to wipe only from the left in the picture. iOS can be but in turn also very unintuitive. That you must leave the camera app, for example, if you want to change resolution and refresh rate of the records, is rather cumbersome. It is also impractical that you can copy not only music, but also photos and videos without additional software on the device. Read the main new features of the Apple mobile system in our Test 11 of iOS.
The bottom line, Apple offers a solid, but also conservative upgrade to its predecessor with the iPhone 8. If you have an older iPhone to iPhone 6, get plenty of new and good, all others should take a look on the iPhone X throw or wait for the successor to the iPhone 8.