Apple iPhone 8 Plus review

GSMArena team, 30 September 2017.

Telephony

The iOS 11 Phone and Contacts apps look almost the same as before utilizing a clean interface but with now stylized titles. You can force press around for some quick actions. Blacklist is available for those needing this feature.

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The phone app with Favorites call log phonebook a contact the dialer

The Phone app has been opened for some time to third-party messengers such as Skype, Viber, and WhatsApp and those can now share the same in-call screen as your phone calls. Even better, you can assign numbers within your phonebook to make calls through Viber or Skype by default, no need of switching apps whatsoever.

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A Viber call

FaceTime is naturally available for all compatible iOS and Mac devices and allows you to make free voice and video calls to any other FaceTime-enabled device. It now supports capturing a Live Photo from the stream in those video calls.

iMessage is here to stay, too - once enabled you can send free text and multimedia content, including voice-recorded messages, to any other iMessage-enabled Apple gadget.

Apple is also offering Wi-Fi calling. If your carrier supports it, your phone can be set to automatically place calls over Wi-Fi whenever you prefer. Some carriers won't even count the talk time generated over Wi-Fi against your monthly allowance.

Loudspeakers

As usual we've tested the new stereo loudspeaker setup performance of the iPhone 8 Plus, where Apple promises 20% increase in loudness. We can confirm the iPhone 8 Plus is the loudest iPhone model to date. Its two speakers are equally loud and with crisp and clear sound quality. It posted an Excellent score on our test and so it's a solid improvement over the previous iPhones.

Speakerphone testVoice, dB Pink noise/ Music, dB Ringing phone, dB Overall score
Apple iPhone 6s Plus 65.8 65.1 64.6 Below Average
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 67.3 65.7 66.5 Below Average
Sony Xperia XZ1 65.4 68.0 69.1 Average
Samsung Galaxy Note8 67.8 69.5 71.5 Good
Samsung Galaxy S8+ 68.5 69.4 71.6 Good
Apple iPhone 7 Plus 68.3 72.2 72.9 Good
Apple iPhone 7 67.6 73.2 75.7 Good
Huawei P10 Plus 64.8 69.8 82.5 Good
Huawei Mate 9 Pro 67.2 72.4 79.5 Very Good
OnePlus 5 69.2 72.9 77.5 Very Good
LG V30 66.9 72.3 84.5 Very Good
Apple iPhone 8 Plus 76.0 74.6 79.0 Excellent
Google Pixel XL 73.4 72.1 84.1 Excellent
Apple iPhone 8 71.7 77.8 80.3 Excellent
Huawei Mate 9 83.1 74.5 85.0 Excellent

Messaging

Apple's Messenger looks pretty much the same as last year - it's highly customizable with bubble animations, stickers, handwriting, various screen effects and newly added full-screen effects. Digital Touch is still available. The new Animojis will arrive with the iPhone X though the iPhone 8 and earlier will be able to only receive such.

One new feature available since iOS 11 is the option to mute entire conversations.

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Messages app

Notable default apps

With every newly activated iPhone you also get the complete iWorks suite including Pages (viewing, editing docs), Numbers (viewing, editing excel files), and Keynote (viewing, editing presentations).

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The iWorks suite

Apps such as Calendar, Weather, Calculator and Alarm (now with repeating reminders) are available, naturally.

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Calendar Calendar Weather Calculator

The Notes app has everything from before like sketching, checklists, different formatting with bullets and lists, inserting multimedia, among others. With iOS 11 it was upgraded with table support and a document scanner - you can use the camera to insert scans in your iPhone notes.

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There are two new apps coming with iOS 11 - Files and Clips. The new Files app finally brings basic file management to iOS. Don't get too excited though - it can browse and work with files from iCloud Drive and other cloud storages such as OneDrive, Dropbox and Google Drive - if configured. It also has its own storage space where you can save files from different apps and then access them from Files. It's not a full-blown file manager for all on-device files, but more of a unifying app that at least finally gives you access to iCloud Drive via third-party apps.

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Files

Clips is another new app and is very cool - it helps you make fun videos easily. You can add texts, effects, graphics, audio, and more. Clips also supports easy sharing, so your friends could see your creations in an instant. The app will also support 360-degree clips with the new iPhone X that's coming in November.

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Clips

The News app is here to stay.

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The News app

Apple Maps is getting better, too. Apple Maps now has lane guidance (finally!) and it shows the speed limit. Indoor navigation is available for malls and airports, with floor by floor directory and search (initial support will be for big US cities and a few foreign ones).

The TomTom-powered Maps keeps its previous features such as layers, third-party extensions such as Lyft and Uber, traffic and public transportations, among many others.

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Maps