iPhone 8 Plus in the Test

Stylish mobile with brute power

Conclusion of the 28.09.2017

In the test that shows iPhone 8 plus not only large dimensions, but also great strengths. The performance is fantastic, the battery life is fine and the dual camera boasts a 2 x magnification. A still better position prevents the only good, but not outstanding photo quality, as well as the extremely long load time. Apple fans who can do anything with the borderless design of iPhone X, are served here very well, but have to accept that they receive not the coolest iPhone 2017.

iPhone 8 plus in test: A massive beauty

According to Cellphoneexplorer, as the normal iPhone 8 looks like even the iPhone 8 plus essentially, like all other iPhone top models of the last three years. For our tastes but somewhat prettier than its aluminum embossed predecessors is iPhone 8 through the new glass back – it is also excellently processed. Especially with such a large screen diagonals, the classic iPhone design but reaches handling limits, because the iPhone 8 is relatively heavy and big. The wide edges of display Apple has only the iPhone X abolished. The iPhone 8 plus is no longer to operate with one hand. Through the use of glass, the manufacturer supports now but Wireless charging according to the Qi standard.

The new housing material while prima contributes to the high quality iPhone look, but bruchempfindlicher than aluminum. In return we find it handy, because the glass fingers for better grip. Who disturb on visible finger Tapsern and used no case, should better access silver and gold (which is more like a pastel Rosé) to the color variations. There this small flaw is almost not noticed.

The screen is 5.5 inches tall, and resolves in full HD. The image sharpness is better compared to the standard model compared a tick. Also, the screen is minimal brighter (546 cd / m ²). The colors are beautiful, and we like the picture quality very good. Content can be identified also still well under sunlight. Here so little changes compared to its predecessor. Newin is True-tone technology, which adjusts the color representation to the ambient light. This makes for a more pleasant reading experience.

iPhone 8 plus is fast as lightning

A stunner is the responsiveness of the new iPhones. As well as the smaller iPhone 8, the plus version loads our test pages and test files at a phenomenal pace. Call it a PDF file takes here 0.9 seconds, the Galaxy S8 required for same item 2.8 seconds. Our test Web page is available after 0.2 seconds, Galaxy-S8 users wait for 8.4 seconds. Apple has the fastest by far Smartphone on the market currently, and probably for the next year. One reason for the top result is not only the strong Apple A11 processor, but even more the excellent coordination of hardware and software.

iPhone 8 plus: dual camera with 2 x zoom

On the back of the iPhone 8 plus is the concise dual camera. Both image sensors capture images with 12 megapixels, revised compared with their predecessors, however. Accordingly, the image points to this time something bigger and be therefore more sensitive to light. In combination with the fast aperture of F1. 8 and the optical image stabilization promises Apple rauschärmere photos in dim light.

Our test laboratory certifies the iPhone 8 plus a good to very good image quality. That HTC U11 But even more fine detail works out in difficult lighting conditions and like with a lesser use of blur – you can see it in the detail view in full resolution. The Apple-cam in direct comparison can set new standards not set, the pictures taken in practice are still managed.

When using the tele sensor, just a smaller F2. 8-Panel and no optical image stabilizer, the detail compared to the standard sensor decreases by 15 to 25 percent. In other words: If one something goes back into the 2 x zoom mode, to photograph the same detail as with the main cam, the scene at the telephoto is detail poorer. It is not a loss-free zoom so. Also it rushes in dark areas of the image more, because the aperture lets less light.

However, the system is a 2 x digital zoom of every single lens cell phone cam, which reduces the level of detail by 50 percent, to consider. Even if there is still development potential, which is a useful feature, with which the iPhone 8 plus from the smaller sister model stands out for us.

Beautiful portrait function with defects

We had fun at the portrait function, which also necessarily requires the second image sensor. This feature can be objects that front are in the picture, even more stand out from the background by the app creates a blur effect on him or sometimes even completely hiding him. This often but still can’t get is a little more than a nice party gag works.

Because if the color of the background not much stands out enough from the front plane, the so-called portrait light sometimes cuts a piece from the main subject. According to Apple, the tool still in beta state, thus we expect improvement in the next few months. Nevertheless, already some pretty shots could be create.

Cool slow motion videos

A nice feature is the slow motion function times another look at usual things throw allows. As the 960-fps slow motion of the Xperia XZ1 there is no ultra-high-speed modes here though, that Apple relies on comparatively high full-HD resolution with 240 frames per second. Currently only the new iPhones dominate it. The image quality is better than at Sony’s ultra slow motion, even though what is happening faster. Also, there is no time limit for Apple, you get the desired motif so easily.

At borders, this mode however came when we off filmed the bubbling waters of a fountain. Here were some block artifacts. The Galaxy films rated 8 also with 240 fps, but only in HD resolution.

iPhone 8 plus: great battery life & bad charging time

The long life of the iPhone 8 plus is good for users. In our online run-time test we play in dimmed light (200 cd / m ²) automates videos out and scrolling on Web pages. Under these conditions, the everything iPhone 8 with an active LTE connection 11:36 hours, so basically as long as the smaller iPhone 8. This is a very good value. Users in turn must have patience, if you would like to completely recharge the 2.675-milliamp hour battery. This requires the supplied weak 5-Watt power supply whole 3.5 hours.

If you like it faster, take cash in hand: for 90 euros can Apple afford a strong 29-Watt power adapter with USB type C to lightning cable, that goes to work more aggressively than the normal power supply. With the quick charger the battery is again fully operational after 2 hours.

Curious: The quick charger is faster with the big iPhone-8 plus battery finished than with the much smaller iPhone 8-battery, because here above fails (starting 20 Watts instead of 12 Watts) the charging current. For iPhone-8-plus buyer, the investment thus may be worth, when recharging your phone usually during the day. That Apple requires 90 euros for a product, which is included with other manufacturers, is however annoying.

iPhone 8 plus Wireless charging

Like the iPhone 8 also supports iPhone 8 plus Wireless charging according to the Qi standard. We have tested it with one in the charger sold Apple store and had to wait 4:16 hours until the battery in the attack was. It takes so 50 minutes longer than with standard power supply. By the way loads of Qi-charger iPhone 8 plus faster than the iPhone 8 Apple the charging electronics of the smaller model must have set very conservatively. After the actual charging process, the charging mat consumes 1.3 watt constant if the phone on her. Who wants to save a little power, taking it down then.

The facilities of the iPhone 8 plus otherwise no further differs from the standard model. Read detailed information, as well as an assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of iOS in our Review of the iPhone 8.

iPhone 8 plus Wireless charging

Like the iPhone 8 also supports iPhone 8 plus Wireless charging according to the Qi standard. We have tested it with one in the charger sold Apple store and had to wait 4:16 hours until the battery in the attack was. It takes so 50 minutes longer than with standard power supply. By the way loads of Qi-charger iPhone 8 plus faster than the iPhone 8 Apple the charging electronics of the smaller model must have set very conservatively. After the actual charging process, the charging mat consumes 1.3 watt constant if the phone on her. Who wants to save a little power, taking it down then.

The facilities of the iPhone 8 plus otherwise no further differs from the standard model. Read detailed information, as well as an assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of iOS in our Review of the iPhone 8.

The bottom line that offers iPhone 8 plus while a top performance, it is however more than the smaller sister model in the shadow of the iPhone X. By its very high retail price of 909 euros for the 64-GByte version we tested and 1,079 euro for the 256 GB variant it is priced closer to Apple’s “Future”-phone iPhone than the normal 8. Also, it is similarly equipped, works because of its design but conventionally and for many fans too boring. Who loves the classic design, is served here very well. But the iPhone X reaps the fascinated looks at the end.