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iPhone 8 review: Is the iPhone 8 worth buying in 2024?

iPhone 8

It’s Apple’s old school smartphone. So, does its classic design still stack up? Read our iPhone 8 review now to find out.

Our iPhone 8 review in summary

The iPhone 8 was first released in 2017. As such, it’s been superseded by a number of newer, more snappy models, featuring all screen design smarts, better display tech and longer battery life.

That said, the iPhone 8 offers an affordable way into Apple’s universe. If all you need is a device to text, make phone calls and browse the internet, it still holds up.

Camera

The single lens 12MP camera on the iPhone 8 is great for snapshots and delivers solid results in decent light. For quick social media images, it does the job perfectly well.

It introduces Portrait Lighting, an AI-powered feature that automatically switches around the colours, shadows, highlights, and more to take your portraits to the next level.

The front facing 7MP camera is more than good enough for selfies and video calls. Yes, you can buy better. But you’ll pay more for the privilege.

Design

The iPhone 8 uses the same, old style design language found on the iPhone SE 2022, with a Touch ID home button and wide bezel around the display. There’s no space for Face ID facial recognition, but the glass design still has a premium feel and is a breeze to use. In fact, many still prefer the old-style fingerprint recognition system – if that’s you, you’re in luck.

In the hand, the iPhone 8 feels a lot smaller than more widescreen new handsets, but that’s not a complaint. It’s pocketable and can be used one handed.

Display

At 4.7 inches, the iPhone 8’s screen is smaller than the iPhone 13 Mini. It packs Apple’s Retina display tech, with a resolution of 750 x 1334 pixels, and is surrounded by wide bezels which means it doesn’t have an edge to edge feel like other iPhones.

This, though, is only half the story. Despite its age it still looks superb and can handle streaming video, YouTube and web pages with aplomb. No, you don’t get the same striking colour reproduction as the latest iPhones. But for those who just want to be able to do the basics, it’s still more than good enough.

Operating system and performance

The iPhone 8 was launched with iOS 11, but can be updated to iOS 16, the one that launched with the iPhone 14. This means a sleek new lock screen, updated widgets and Apple’s Focus mode for ensuring you don’t get distracted by your phone when busy.

However, as Apple only supports devices up to six years after release, the iPhone 8 has stopped received major updates beyond iOS 16. That means it no longer supports the latest iOS.

The A11 Bionic chipset here is old, admittedly, but everyday performance is fine. It’s worth remembering that the iPhone SE 2022 has the same internal specs as the iPhone 13 and will support iOS updates for longer too.

Battery life

You can get through a day on a single charge with the iPhone 8, as long as you restrict yourself to light use. It’s definitely not as long-lasting as the latest models – you’ll likely need to carry a charger or power brick if you’re streaming music and video.

The iPhone 8 supports wireless charging, too. The wireless charging capabilities found on the handset are up to Qi standards, which means you’ll be able to plop your phone down onto any wireless charging mats and have it work.

Now, wireless charging isn't as fast as charging your phone using a traditional cable. However, it’s much more convenient, sleeker, and will be especially useful to people with different Apple devices.

iPhone 8's pricing and deals

It’s no longer available to buy outright directly from Apple, but you can still get the iPhone 8 on a series of affordable deals. Prices start from as low as £14 per month for 24 months, with zero upfront cost.

Check out our best iPhone 8 deals to see what’s available:

Pros and cons of choosing the iPhone 8 in 2024

Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Supports Apple Pay and wireless charging

Cons:

  • Showing its age
  • No longer supports the latest iOS

How does iPhone 8 compare against other Apple iPhones?

The iPhone 8 has the same design as the iPhone SE (2022). However, the latter comes with a much newer chipset, will support iOS for longer, and has a much better camera too.

The iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro offer better overall specs and a newer design. However, they come at a much, much dearer price.

iPhone 8: Final verdict

The iPhone 8 is a solid option for those who want an Apple smartphone without having to break the bank. However, its longevity has finally run out, as it no longer supports the latest iOS.

You can get newer models for not much more money that will offer the latest software for longer.

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