A Review of the iPhone 8

Power, Grace and Beauty in the Palm of Your Hand

Powerful. Graceful. Easy to use. The iPhone 8 brings useful features you would expect from an Apple product. It delivers a meaningful, new consumer experience thanks to a faster processor, wireless charging, and an excellent dual-lens camera that offers a great way to capture images. But that’s not all; many other elements combine to make this superb device the quintessence of all some consumers so profoundly adore today. This review takes an in-depth look at these features as well as the pros and cons of the smartphone.

Build and Design

In terms of build and design, the iPhone 8 sports an old design in that it resembles the iPhone 7, 6s, and 6, albeit it is sturdier. The Cupertino-based tech giant re-engineered the chassis, adding a glass rear to the alloy casing in a bid to make the device more robust. The glass back, which is further reinforced by a steel substructure, is touted by Apple as “the most durable [glass] in a smartphone.”

Sporting a glass rear makes the iPhone 8 more fragile than metal-backed phones. That notwithstanding, the innovation gives it a much more premium appearance than previous-generation iPhones. The gentle curve at the edges blends well with the glass and aluminum to make the device more comfortable and easy to hold.

At 138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3, the newer model is also slightly thicker than its predecessor. It may not feature a particularly head-turning design, but the iPhone 8 boasts a cleaner look when compared to Apple’s older phones. This is mainly because much of the text at the back has been removed to make the device clean and more appealing.

There’s still no sign of a headphone jack. But the phone more than makes up for this with some general sound improvements. The stereo speakers have been redesigned for enhanced audio output (volume has been upped by 25 percent compared to the iPhone 7) and deeper bass. There’s also a forward-facing speaker equipped to provide clearer audio.

Regarding display, the iPhone 8 features 4.7-inch Retina HD (750 x 1334) resolution IPS display with 16:9 aspect ratio, the same display as the outgone iPhone 7.

Features and Specifications

  • Display: 4.7” Retina HD, 750 x 1334 (326 PPI density)
  • Operating System: iOS 11
  • Processor: Apple A11 Bionic chip
  • Selfie Camera: 7 MP, f/2.2 lens, 1080@30fps video recording
  • Rear Camera: f/1.8, 28mm, OIS, PDAF, 2160@24/30/60fps, 1080@30/60/120/240fps video recordings
  • Ram: 2 GB
  • Rom: 64/256 GB
  • Battery: 1,821 mAh

Processor

The iPhone 8 comes with Apple’s own A11 Bionic chip, which has been hailed as the most powerful chipset in the world. The six core chip delivers two low-performance and four high-performance cores. Both core divisions offer significant speed improvements on the A10 chip. The regular cores are up to 25 percent faster, while the high-performance ones are about 75 faster.

Camera

Moving beyond the processor, the iPhone 8 delivers a superb camera that will definitely elevate your mobile photography game. The f/1.8 aperture of the 12-megapixel camera lets in plenty of light, ensuring better shots in low light conditions and sharper images overall.

The camera also boasts an excellent color reproduction capacity, while the auto HDR feature works to create perfectly lit photos with more color and details. The selfie camera features a single 7 MP f/2.2 aperture, which doesn’t produce as many details in pictures as the rear, sadly.

Battery Life and Wireless Charging

The iPhone 8 is powered by a 1,821 mAh non-removable battery, which lasts all day on average use. The device is also the first Apple phone to offer wireless charging capability.

As the iPhone 8 does not ship with wireless chargers, users rely on Qi-Certified wireless chargers to juice up the device. At the time of its launch, the wireless charging was limited to 5W. However, it has since gone up to 7.5W following the release of iOS 11.2. The upgrade is still not fast enough when compared with Samsung phones which offer up to 15W.

Pros:

  • Wireless charging
  • Fast mobile chip
  • Dual-lens camera
  • Supports fast charging with 28W chargers
  • Good battery life
  • Features a home button
  • 4K Ultra HD video at rapid 60 frames per second

Cons:

  • Large body
  • Dated 16:9 aspect ratio
  • No headphone jack
  • Old-fashioned look

Last Word

If you are coming from the iPhone 7 or 6s Plus, getting an iPhone 8 may not feel like a major upgrade if you consider the design. However, if you would rather a device with a better camera and wireless charging, then the iPhone 8 is worth considering.

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A Trio of Must-Have Gadgets for Investors

 

Whether you’re a newbie to the world of investing or have been dabbling in the stock market for some time, you likely find yourself checking your portfolio at least once a day; after all, you want to find out if your Starbucks or Target stock has risen in value or if it’s time to get out of that investment.

While investors have traditionally checked the stock section of a newspaper for this information, many now rely on their smartphones and computers to get updates in real time. Indeed, there are a number of must-have, handy electronic tools that make keeping tabs on your money and portfolio easier than ever. Here are a few prime examples.

An iPhone SE

While all smartphones allow you to make calls, send texts and take selfies, the iPhone SE goes beyond these functions with a user-friendly feature for investors. The smartphone, which comes equipped with the built-in Stocks app, allows you to easily keep track of everything in your portfolio from the palm of your hand.

In addition to keeping apprised on your various investments, the Stocks app also allows you to check the opening and closing numbers on the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500, as well as how well particular stocks have performed over the past two years.

Thanks to the iPhone SE, you don’t have to keep a folded-up newspaper in your purse or briefcase; instead, you can easily check your investments while standing in line for a latte. Now, how cool is that?

A Financial Calculator

When it comes to figuring out your finances, you can’t go wrong with a financial calculator. Sure, your smartphone’s built-in calculator or the one sitting on your desk can handle simple arithmetic, but a financial calculator is better for computing statistics and analyzing your cash flow.

A great and reasonably affordable option is the HP 12C Financial Calculator that’s sold on Amazon.com. At around $50, plus shipping costs, this slim and sturdy financial calculator will allow you to more easily calculate and track annual percentage rates, net present values and more.

A Fast and Reliable Laptop

In addition to owning a state-of-the-art smartphone, a laptop is also a great tool for investors. While smartphones offer more convenience, a laptop’s larger screen size will allow you to more easily read about your stocks, pull up your accounts, and check the markets. Technically, any laptop that connects to the internet will do, but to make your investing life easier and less stressful, you’ll want to find a laptop that’s lightning fast, reliable and that offers an amazing battery life.

After all, the last thing you want is to be in the middle of buying low, only to have your computer crash or the battery shut down. Additionally, because you might have multiple tabs open at once, you’ll need a laptop that can handle the activity, along with trading software apps.

As StockstoTrade.com notes in its reviews of the best laptops for trading, the MacBook Pro is a fast laptop with a battery life that lasts nine hours. Spring for the model that offers more gigabytes. And, since it’s lightweight, you can take it with you on the road. The Dell XPS and Surface Pro are also ideal laptops for investors.

Good Luck, and May Your Portfolio Steadily Grow

To become a prolific investor, you’ll need a number of key tools in your arsenal. By using your smartphone to check your portfolio, buying a financial calculator to handle the often-tricky mathematics of investing, and buying a laptop that will allow you to buy and sell when the iron is hot, you will be well on your way to watching your investments grow into a nice nest egg.

 

 

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