Written by Amber

Apple iPhone 7 (Plus) vs Apple iPhone 8 (Plus)

On 12 September 2017, the iPhone 8 en 8 Plus were presented in the Steve Jobs Theater. They're the successors to the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. At first glance, the changes seem minor, but there are differences. For instance, the smartphones have been given a new exterior. Curious about what has changed and what has stayed the same? Here, you can read all the similarities and differences between the iPhone 7 (Plus) and iPhone 8 (Plus).

In short

Apple iPhone 7 (Plus) Apple iPhone 8 (Plus)
Screen LCD 4.7 and 5.5-inch Retina HD LCD 4.7 and 5.5-inch Retina HD
Casing Aluminum Glass
Water resistance IP67 IP67
Wireless charging No Yes
Dual camera Just iPhone 7 Plus Just iPhone 8 Plus
Optical image stabilization Yes Yes
Processor A10 A11

Design

Although the dimensions, size of the screen, and the design of the iPhone 7 and 8 are similar, the casing on these 2 Apple smartphones differs. The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus have an aluminum casing, while the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus have one made of glass. Until now, the iPhone 4 – introduced in 2010 – was the only one with a fully glass casing.

The casing

iPhone 7 casing

Apple iPhone 7 (Plus): sturdy aluminum

The Retina HD Display on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus is made of glass and has an aluminum casing. I think this means these Apple phones are quite sturdy. In addition, both iPhone models have an IP67 certification, meaning they're splash proof and dustproof. I won't have to worry when taking out my phone to skip to the next song on my playlist if it's raining.

iPhone 8 casing

Apple iPhone 8 (Plus): shiny glass

Like their predecessors, both the iPhone 8 and the 8 Plus have a glass Retina HD Display. The difference between these Apple phones is the glass casing. I think the choice for this material results in a sleek and high-end design. Another thing it shares with the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus is its IP67 certification. Although I'm a fan of the shiny exterior, glass is a fragile material. That's why I protect my iPhone against damage by using a cover.

Wireless charging

The option for wireless charging is another difference between the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8. Thanks to the glass casing with Qi functionality, you have the option to charge the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus wirelessly. Their predecessors don't have this function and have to be charged using a charger with a Lightning connector.

Side by side

iPhone 7 charging cable

iPhone 7 (Plus): wired charging

iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus can be charged via the Lightning port. These Apple models can't be recharged wirelessly, as they don't have the Qi functionality. I'm used to wired charging, so for me it's not a problem that these iPhone models don't feature wireless charging.

iPhone 8 Wireless charging

iPhone 8 (Plus): wireless charging

These 2 smartphones are the first Apple models that can be charged wirelessly. I think that's a big advantage, because I won't need an adapter when I want to listen to music while charging my iPhone. The Lightning port is now free to connect my Apple earbuds. The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus have a lighting port as well, so you can still charge them with a cable.

Camera

The cameras on the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus haven't changed compared to the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. For instance, the iPhone 7 and 8 each have a single camera, whole the iPhone 7 Plus and 8 Plus feature dual cameras.

Photos

iPhone single camera

iPhone 7 and iPhone 8: single camera

When comparing the cameras on these iPhone models, I discovered the functions have remained the same. Both models have a 12-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization. That means you'll take clear photos not only when you keep the phone still, but also when you accidentally move it. On top of that, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 both have a 7-megapixel camera with flash to make sure that you can actually see yourself in your selfies.

iPhone dual camera

iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 8 Plus: dual camera

The dual 12-megapixel camera can be found on both the iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 8 Plus. These smartphones both have optical image stabilization as well. Unlike its predecessor, the iPhone 8 Plus does have portrait lighting, which lets me set the lighting angle in my photos. By adding different lighting styles to my photo, I can make it look like it was shot in a studio. I think it's a cool feature that makes my photos even more beautiful.

Conclusion

The differences between the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, and the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are the casing and the option for wireless charging. The camera functions are very similar in my opinion. Considering the minor changes, I'm won't trade in my iPhone 7 for an iPhone 8, though I would go for a iPhone 7 Plus or 8 Plus. For me, the camera is an important part of a smartphone and I'm willing to pay a little extra for it.


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