We are already a few weeks away from closing this 2019 and entering 2020, so any technological purchase on these dates is already looking forward to next year. In the Apple ecosystem we find different purchase options in terms of smartphone, and although the iPhone 11 are the most recent and with better benefits, the truth is that there are other mobiles such as the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus that are still very capable And at a lower price. But how much does it compensate to buy an iPhone 8 in 2020? We analyze it below.
Are the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus powerful enough?
Both the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus were launched in 2017, in the same generation as the now legendary iPhone X. In fact, these devices share the A11 Bionic processor, a chip that is no longer the best but still very capable. In fact you can continue to handle the device with a very good fluidity even having updated the device to the latest versions of iOS 13. Precisely in the aspect of software we can not beat the terminals, because if all Apple follows the same guidelines that Until now, we could see that this device continues to be updated until 2021 and at least. That is, we could get to enjoy iOS 15 and who knows if any other version.
In any case, we will see below a comparative table of both terminals with their technical specifications to, later, address some of them more broadly.
|Specifications||iPhone 8||iPhone 8 Plus|
|Colors||Space gray, silver and (PRODUCT) RED ™||Space gray, silver and (PRODUCT) RED ™|
|Dimensions and weight||– Height: 13.84 cm – Width: 6.73 cm – Thickness: 0.73 cm – Weight: 148 g||– Height: 15.84 cm – Width: 7.81 cm – Thickness: 0.75 cm – Weight: 202 g|
|screen||4.7-inch Retina HD IPS display and 1,334 × 750 resolution.||5.5 inch IPS Retina HD display and 1,920 × 1,080 resolution.|
|Processor||A11 Bionic||A11 Bionic|
|Internal memory||64 GB, 128 GB or 256 GB||64 GB, 128 GB or 256 GB|
|Rear camera||12 Mpx camera with wide-angle f / 1.8, optical image stabilization, digital zoom up to x5, True Tone flash with slow sync, automatic HDR for photos, video recording in 4K at 24, 30 or 60 f / s, in 1080p HD at 30 or 60 f / s and slow motion in 1080p at 120 or 240 f / s.||Dual 12 Mpx camera with f / 1.8 wide angle and f / 2.8 telephoto lens, optical image stabilization, digital zoom up to x10, True Tone flash with slow sync, portrait mode with lighting effects, auto HDR for photos, video recording in 4K at 24, 30 or 60 f / s, in 1080p HD at 30 or 60 f / s and slow motion in 1080p at 120 or 240 f / s.|
|Front camera||7 Mpx lens with f / 2.2 aperture, automatic HDR for photos and video recording in 1080p HD at 30 f / s.||7 Mpx lens with f / 2.2 aperture, automatic HDR for photos and video recording in 1080p HD at 30 f / s.|
|Touch ID compatible||Yes||Yes|
|Face ID compatible||No||No|
One of the aspects where these devices differ most from the current ones and even among them is the battery. The iPhone 8 has a range that is quite discreet. It is not bad, since it could arrive at the end of the day hurrying a little, but if a little excessive use is made the battery could run out in a matter of about 6 or 7 hours. In the ‘Plus’ model we already find something more remarkable and it is that, without becoming what is today an iPhone 11 Pro Max, this device is able to reach the end of the day with battery even making it give enough use during the day.
The theme of the cameras is also remarkable. If you are interested in any of these terminals, it is because you probably do not need the latest in this section and it really does not mean that you will be dissatisfied at all. These two iPhone models are more than compliant in the photographic field and are capable of taking both photographs and videos with very good quality. Perhaps on the iPhone 8 Plus it is worth a little more worth it because it has a double rear camera that allows for greater zoom and the famous portrait mode, but otherwise they are practically identical.
Another differentiating aspect of these devices with the current ones is the design . This is somewhat more subjective than the rest, so each person can have their own opinion. If you are a lover of the classic design with Home button and you do not mind giving up the ‘all screen’, these devices are the last you will find in Apple with this form. It also has a rear made of glass that gives a more premium touch to the devices and also allows them to be compatible with induction charging bases with the Qi standard.
The iPhone 8 is ‘threatened’ by a new iPhone SE
In 2016, the iPhone SE was launched, a device that came to fill the gap of the 4-inch devices that had become vacant. This device maintained the same design essence as the iPhone 5s, but with components that were then the most advanced. Since then several rumors of a second version of this device have emerged and it seems that, now, it would be 2020 the date chosen by Apple to launch this device.
And what does the new iPhone SE have to do with the iPhone 8? Well, if the first generation of this team came to be an improved twin of the iPhone 5s, in this case it would be the iPhone 8. That is, we would find a 4.7-inch iPhone with identical design to the iPhone 8 but with components own iPhone 11 . Thus, this device would have the most advanced Apple chip today: the Bionic A13. Also in aspects of autonomy could be rewarded.
The price of the new device we are talking about could not exceed € 400, so the iPhone 8 would be doomed to disappear from all catalogs and therefore it would not be worth buying it at this time. Its price is not only higher today but also, as we see, it has better components that make it better in every way.
Thus, the iPhone 8 Plus would be the most worth buying today , since both in size, battery and camera competes with the iPhone 8 and therefore with the reissue we were talking about. This is a device that is ideal for those who like mobile phones with large screens to consume multimedia content, surf the internet or just spend hours on social networks.
Where to buy an iPhone 8/8 Plus at the best price?
At Apple, either in its physical stores or in its online store, the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are still available. The price is much lower than what they had at the time of launch in 2017. From € 539 the normal version and from € 659 in the ‘Plus’ model. However, there are places where these devices are priced even lower than Apple. In addition, it should be noted that the 256 GB version of internal memory is no longer sold on Apple.
One of these places is Amazon, where we can find an iPhone 8 from 256 GB to € 563 , a lower price than the 128 GB version sold in the Apple Store. On the other hand we find an iPhone 8 Plus of 256 GB at € 662.99 , which also has a discount of more than € 150 compared to what we can find in Apple. It is necessary to say, for the skeptics to buy in this type of portals, that the devices with completely new and with all the guarantees as if it were acquired in any other type of commerce.
In short, and if you wait for our recommendation, we must tell you that the small version of the iPhone 8 will no longer be worth buying in 2020, while the iPhone 8 Plus is still worth it due to its features and the great price at which it is located in places like Amazon.