Today, I will be reviewing the iPhone 8 Plus. For those who do not know, I publish the casual stories for police reports, court news, and even vehicle accidents. Most of my work is published from my cellular device. Originally, I started with Butler Dispatch LLC with a Samsung Galaxy S8 (non-plus) on the T-Mobile network. This review is strictly for the upgrade to an iPhone 8 Plus, and not about the network itself (which is superb, by the way).
The iPhone 8 Plus Honest Review
I went in-store to “JUMP” to the iPhone 8 Plus – 64GB in Space Grey to change from my Samsung Galaxy S8. The Galaxy S8 worked well, took amazing photos, but it was getting sluggish. Out is 55GB of usable space, over 34GB was free and it was still slow, even after several factory restores. However, I thought going back to an iOS emulator would be better.
Physical Aspects and Features
The phone itself is basically the same size as an iPhone 6/6S Plus and an iPhone 7 Plus. The buttons are all the same, but the camera on the back is different between models. The iPhone 8 Plus features 2 cameras on the back, along with a flash. The major downfall on the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 8 is there is only 1 “Lightning Pin” adapter port, and no 3.5mm audio jack. This means either you can charge your iPhone or listen to music. The only way to do both at the same time is to buy either a generic “hub”, or an official Apple hub for over $40. This is supposed to eliminate users from keeping their phones on-charge and overcharging their batteries. In addition to the “weight” issue, a 3.5mm jack added to a phone.
Software Issues and Slowness
Software on the iPhone 8 Plus is the same as other newest models, but when I first received the phone there was a mandatory update that had to be done or you would have the annoying “crackling” sound on every phone call. The phone boots much faster than other models, but I noticed after 2-3 days without a restart or after opening more than 12 apps, mostly systems app (email, settings, app store, Facebook, Snapchat, Messenger…) the phone would become very laggy and slow. This problem was resolved when you would lock the phone, or sometimes you had to forcibly restart the phone. A common issue with iPhones. Also, for your information – In the recent days, Samsung was able to launch it’s Samsung Gear S4 for the best price.
Overall this phone is great for the $799.99 spent… but, if you have an iPhone 7 or iPhone 6/6S, there is no need to upgrade. If you really want to upgrade, you should wait for the iPhone X to come out soon. The iPhone X will have a beefed up 5.8″ screen and supposedly better cameras.