It’s that time of year again, folks, but this time shit’s a little more complicated. Apple turned heads at the annual iPhone lovefest by introducing not just one, not two, but three new iPhones—one of which is a pricey monster we’ll address in a future post. If you’re thinking about placing an order for an iPhone 8 today (starting at 8am GMT), however, we’ve got some tips.
Should you get the beefy new iPhone 8 Plus? Should you spring for 256GB of storage? You should do a lot of things in your life, including reading this blog post in full. It might just save you a few pounds.
FOR MOST PEOPLE…
Buy the 256GB space grey 4.7-inch iPhone 8.
Why the little one?
It’s the best size. Okay, for most people, it’s the best size. The iPhone 8 Plus, like the iPhone 7 Plus, will be fun for a select group of people who like holding pancakes in their hands and taking extra special photos with the dual camera system and paying more for those privileges. But the 4.7-inch screen on the iPhone 8 is enough real estate for the average user. It fits better in your hand, your pocket, and your bag. It’s a better deal.
The camera proposition is an interesting one, however. When Apple introduced the iPhone 7 Plus, the major difference between the big phone’s camera and the camera on the iPhone 7 was the extra lens and the bokeh effect. This year, both cameras get bigger 12-megapixel sensors, but the only new feature you can get on the iPhone 8 Plus that you can’t get on the iPhone 8 is something called Portrait Lighting. This lets you adjust the lighting while the dual-lens camera is in Portrait Mode. It looks cool, but it’s also a parlour trick that you can only use in specific circumstances. In conclusion, the iPhone 8 camera is fantastic enough for most people.
The question here is really, “Why not 256GB?” Apple doubled the maximum amount of storage for the new model, from 128GB in the iPhone 7 to 256GB in the iPhone 8. Pound for pound, storage has never been cheaper in an iPhone, so you can rest easy knowing that. Meanwhile, the only other option for an iPhone 8 is 64GB. That’s a lot of storage, but the improved camera means you’ll be taking more photos and videos that take up more space.
You might fill up your 64GB and regret not getting more storage. You likely won’t regret spending an extra £150 for the 256GB and never thinking about storage again.
Better resale value, full stop.
FOR THOSE WHO ARGUE WITH OUR SINGLE RECOMMENDATION…
You should wait for the iPhone X.
This one cuts deep. Who knows why Apple decided to release one new iPhone in September and another in November, but it happened. Some super fans will undoubtedly buy an iPhone 8, only to upgrade to an iPhone X when it starts shipping on 3 November. If you want to be that person, God bless you.
If you’re willing to wait, you might consider skipping the iPhone 8 altogether and spending a cool grand on the iPhone X. Aside from the hip factor of the anniversary phone, the iPhone X offers the biggest screen of all the new iPhones, new facial recognition features, and an even better camera. It’s more expensive, and you’ll have to wait longer. However, if you’re looking for the biggest upgrade from your current iPhone, the iPhone X is it.
You should buy an iPhone 8 Plus, if you love a big screen.
Don’t buy an iPhone 8 Plus for the camera alone. The bokeh effect in Portrait Mode is cool and the new Portrait Lighting seems neat. You can do accomplish these results in free photo-editing apps and desktop software, however. Here’s an app for £1 that will simulate the bokeh effect. Here are a shedload of apps that let you tinker with lighting and colors.
The new and improved iPhone 8 camera will take great photos, and you can improve them for much less than the extra £100 you’d spend on an iPhone 8 Plus. You can’t make the iPhone 8 screen bigger once you buy it, however. So if you’re going for the iPhone 8, do it for the screen—not the camera.
You should buy AppleCare+.
Are you clumsy? Then spring for AppleCare+. For an iPhone 8, it will cost you £129 up front. That doubles your one-year warranty for manufacturer defects and gets you lower prices on repairs. If you completely destroy your device, a replacement will cost an additional £79. If you crack the screen, that repair will cost just £25. So if you’re one of those people who tends to walk around with a screen that looks like abstract art, pay for AppleCare+ when you buy the phone. A third party screen replacement alone could cost the £154 you’d pay for the same repairs under Apple’s insurance programme.
You should use the Apple Upgrade Programme.
Do you need financing for your new iPhone? And do you also want AppleCare+? If yes, the Apple Upgrade Programme is a no-brainer. For an iPhone 8, it will cost you £37.95 a month for 20 months with 0 per cent APR. And the Apple Upgrade Program lets you trade in your phone for the new model after a year.
This is not a trick. The Apple Upgrade Programme just splits up the cost of the phone over the course of two years and gives you that upgrade benefit. If you can pay cash, by all means burn that paper. But you might as well use the Apple Upgrade Programme if you, well, if you want an upgrade in a year.
You should buy the 64GB iPhone 8.
Are you a cloud fanatic, someone who uses apps like Dropbox or Google Photos to avoid storing data on your devices? Then the 64GB iPhone 8 might be enough for your.
Here’s a quick little test. Do you currently own a phone with 32GB or less? Do you have more than 10GB of space remaining? Do you always have more than 10GB of free space on your phone? If you answered yes to all of these questions, the 64GB iPhone is probably enough storage space for you. Save your money and have fun trusting the cloud.
You should buy the new gold iPhone 8.
Express yourself, my friend. You deserve it.