iPhone 8 Plus vs iPhone 7 Plus: What to Buy?

I have been using iPhone 6 for more than two years and have been pretty satisfied with it, but a week ago I accidentally dropped it and it got a crack. Since then I have been thinking of getting a new iPhone, and the main reason behind it is that I want a better camera, more battery life, and a bigger screen. So my options were iPhone 8 Plus or iPhone 7 Plus. I did not consider iPhone X because it was too expensive.

If you are yourself in a fix whether to buy iPhone 7 Plus or 8 Plus then read on and you might find the phone you should be getting. Following is what all I considered in making a decision to upgrade to iPhone 7 Plus or iPhone 8 Plus.

Design & Size

There isn’t really much design improvement in the iPhone 8 Plus over the iPhone 7 Plus. The iPhone 8 Plus is slightly taller, wider, thicker and heavier. Both have Home buttons with Touch ID fingerprint authentication.

iPhone 8 Plus – 158.4 x 78.1 x 7.5 mm (6.28 x 3.07 x 0.32 in); 202g (7.13 oz)

iPhone 7 Plus – 158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm (6.23 x 3.07 x 0.29 in); 188g (6.63 oz)

The iPhone 8 comes in three colors: silver, gold, and space grey. The iPhone 7 Plus, meanwhile, come in five different colors: jet black, black, silver, gold, and rose gold.

Apple added glass to the backs of the iPhone 8 Plus and is susceptible to smudges and fingerprints. The glass used is also prone to scratches that you can get from keeping your phone and keys together.

Both iPhones are splash, water and dust resistant, and have rating of IP67 under IEC standard 60529. You should keep in mind that the liquid damage is not covered under warranty.

Displays

As with design there isn’t much change in the display. Both phones have Retina HD display, 5.5-inch (diagonal) widescreen LCD Multi‑Touch display with IPS technology, 1920×1080-pixel resolution at 401 ppi, 3D touch, and 1300:1 contrast ratio.

iPhone 8 Plus supports ‘True Tone’ technology which balances the display against environmental lighting so that images appear more natural.

Processor

iPhone 7 Plus has Apple’s quad-core A10 Fusion processor: Quad Core CPU, Six Core GPU, M10 motion coprocessor, 3GB RAM.

iPhone 8 has the new A11 Bionic processor: Six Core CPU, Six Core GPU, M11 motion coprocessor, 3GB RAM.

Apple claims that iPhone 8 Plus performance is 70% faster than the iPhone 7 Plus in low mode.

Cameras

Like the iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 Plus has the same 12 megapixel dual cameras on the back with an f/1.8 wide-angle sensor and slow f/2.8 telephoto sensor (for 2x optical zoom) plus a 7 megapixel, f/2.2 sensor on the front.

Both iPhones have optical image stabilisation, optical zoom, digital zoom up to 10x, and the portrait mode, which everyone is crazy about.

Battery

iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 8 Plus have built-in rechargeable lithium‑ion battery that last about the same for both: talk time up to 21 hours; internet use up to 13 hours; video playback up to 14 hours; and audio playback up to 60 hours.

iPhone 8 Plus offers wireless charging and can charge 50% battery in about 30 minutes, but you will have to buy expensive accessories for it. You wont be getting the compatible Qi-certified wireless chargers with the phone.

Price and Storage

The iPhone 8 Plus starts at ₹77,560, while the iPhone 7 Plus starts at ₹62,840.

iPhone 8 Plus – 64GB (₹77,560), 256GB (₹91,110)
iPhone 7 Plus – 32GB (₹62,840), 128GB (₹72,060)

What did I Buy? iPhone 7 Plus or iPhone 8 Plus?

In nutshell, iPhone 8 Plus has the following over iPhone 7 Plus: a new glass-backed design, True Tone display, faster A11 Bionic chip, M11 motion co-processor, wireless charging, fast charging, 4K video recording at up to 60 FPS, and Bluetooth 5.0.

I bought the iPhone 7 Plus as there isn’t a big difference that really matters between the two phones. The iPhone 8 Plus will cost you around ₹ 13,000 more than the starting price of the iPhone 7. Also, if you want to use the fast charging feature you will have to spend more as to get the accessories. All things considered you should go for iPhone 7 Plus.

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