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The iPhone 8 features a 4.7-inch display with a resolution of 1334 by 750 with 326 pixels per inch and a 1400:1 contrast ratio, while the iPhone 8 Plus features a 5.5-inch display with a 1920 by 1080 resolution, 401 pixels per inch, and a 1300:1 contrast ratio

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iPhone Specs and Review

  • Retina HD display
  • 4.7-inch (diagonal) widescreen LCD Multi-Touch display with IPS technology
  • 1334x750-pixel resolution at 326 ppi
  • 1400:1 contrast ratio (typical)
  • True Tone display
  • Wide colour display (P3)
  • 3D Touch
  • 625 nits max brightness (typical)
  • Dual-domain pixels for wide viewing angles
  • Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating
  • Support for display of multiple languages and characters simultaneously
  • Display Zoom
  • Reachability

While the design and display remain largely unchanged, the iPhone 8 is packing some serious cutting-edge hardware under the hood. Apple’s new A11 Bionic chip is incredibly fast. It combines two high-performance cores with four high-efficiency cores and has an Apple-designed GPU inside.

We found the iPhone 8 to be slick and speedy in navigation, apps, and games. Nothing we threw at it made a dent, whether it was an incoming call during a game of Asphalt 8: Airborne, which it handled gracefully, or jumping out of Netflix to read an email, the iPhone 8 took everything in its stride. Make no mistake, this is a powerful device.

We were excited to take the iPhone 8 camera out for a spin. Although the iPhone 8 lacks the dual-camera set-up that you’ll find in the iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X, it’s still one of the best cameras we’ve used.

The iPhone 8 has a 12-megapixel main camera with an f/1.8 aperture, optical image stabilization, and HDR. It’s designed to be easy to use; just point and shoot and more often than not, you’ll get a pleasing photo. We tried it out in a variety of different lighting conditions, indoor and out, and can confidently say it takes great shots.

Battery life is an area where Apple really needed to play catch up, so it’s disappointing to find that the iPhone 8 has an even smaller battery than its predecessor at 1,821 mAh. Thankfully, that disappointment is mitigated by the fact that Apple has added fast-charging support, so you can charge up 50 percent of the battery in 30 minutes. There’s also wireless charging support through the Qi standard, made possible by the new glass back.

Sadly, the smile may be quickly wiped from your face when you realize that the charger in the box is the same old 5W/1A affair that shipped with last year’s iPhone. If you actually want to enjoy fast charging then you have to pay an extra $35 for a USB-C to Lightning cable and you’ll need an Apple 29W, 61W, or 87W USB-C Power Adapter. If you don’t have one of those – they come with some iPads and MacBooks — then you’ll have to buy that too. They start from $50 for the 29W version.

Having to pay an extra $85 on top of the $700 you already paid for the iPhone 8 is ridiculous to get a feature that’s standard on every other smartphone at this price and many that are far cheaper. Go with third-party chargers and you won’t have to pay quite as much, but Apple should really be providing fast charging kit in the box.

Frequently asked questions on the iPhone 8 in South Africa

How much does an iPhone 8 cost in South Africa?

A brand new iPhone 8 starts from R9 999 and goes up to R11999. At Powerbite a Used iPhone prices from R5 999 with a 1 Year Warranty

Is the iPhone 8 water resistant?

The iPhone 8 has an IP67 rating, which means it can survive being in three feet of water for up to half an hour. So the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are not waterproof, but waterresistant.

Is the iPhone 8 water resistant?

The iPhone 8 has an IP67 rating, which means it can survive being in three feet of water for up to half an hour. So the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are not waterproof, but waterresistant.