Apple iPhone 7 (Plus) vs Apple iPhone 8 (Plus)
|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|
|Dual camera||Just iPhone 7 Plus||Just iPhone 8 Plus|
|Optical image stabilization||Yes||Yes|
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.
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.
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.
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 (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 (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.
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.
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 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.
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.