Apple's cheapest iPhone, is it worth buying in 2020? — 2022
We are already a few weeks away from closing this 2019 and entering 2020, so any technological purchase at this time is already for next year. In the Apple ecosystem we find different purchase options in terms of smartphones, and although the iPhone 11 are the most recent and with the best features, 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, to what extent is it worth buying 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 legendary iPhone X. In fact, these devices share the A11 Bionic processor, a chip that is no longer the best but is 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 software aspect we cannot fault the terminals either, since if all Apple follows the same guidelines as so far, we could see this device being followed updating 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 extensively.
|specs||iPhone 8||iPhone 8 Plus|
|Colors||Space Grey, Silver and (PRODUCT) RED™||Space Grey, 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 IPS Retina HD display with 1,334×750 resolution.||5.5-inch Retina HD IPS display with 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||12MP f/1.8 wide-angle camera, optical image stabilization, up to 5x digital zoom, True Tone flash with slow sync, auto HDR for photos, 4K video recording 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, up to x10 digital zoom, 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, auto HDR for photos and 1080p HD video recording at 30 f/s.||7 Mpx lens with f/2.2 aperture, auto HDR for photos and 1080p HD video recording at 30 f/s.|
|Compatible con Touch ID||Yes||Yes|
|Compatible with FaceID||Do not||Do not|
One of the aspects where these devices are most different from the current ones and even between them is the battery. The iPhone 8 has an autonomy that is quite discreet. It is not bad, since it could reach the end of the day by hurrying a little, but if a little excessive use is made, the battery could be exhausted in a matter of 6 or 7 hours. In the 'Plus' model we already find something more remarkable and that is that, without becoming what it is today an iPhone 11 Pro Max, this device is capable of reaching the end of the day with battery power even by giving it a lot of use during the day.
The theme of 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 this does not really mean that you are going to be dissatisfied, at all. These two iPhone models fully comply in the photographic field and are capable of taking both photos and videos with very good quality. Perhaps in the iPhone 8 Plus it is worth a little more due to the fact that it has a double rear camera that allows a 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 may have their own opinion of it. If you are a lover of the classic design with the Home button and you don't mind giving up the 'all screen', these devices are the last that you will find in Apple with this form. It also has a back 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 the most advanced at the time. Since then, various rumors of a second version of this device have emerged and it seems that, now, 2020 would be 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 equipment was to be an improved twin of the iPhone 5s, in this case it would be the iPhone 8. In other words, we would find ourselves with a 4.7-inch iPhone with the same design as the iPhone 8 but with components from the iPhone 11 . Thus, this device would have the most advanced Apple chip today: the A13 Bionic. Also in aspects of autonomy could be rewarded.
The price of the new device we are talking about may not exceed €400, so the iPhone 8 would be doomed to disappear from all catalogs and therefore it would not be worth buying at this time. Its price is not only higher today but also, as we can see, it has better components that make it better in every way.
So that, The iPhone 8 Plus would be the most worth buying today , since both in size, battery and camera it 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 simply 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 launch in 2017. From €539 for the normal version and from €659 for the 'Plus' model. However, there are places where these devices they are at an even lower price than at Apple. In addition, it should be noted that Apple no longer sells the version with 256 GB of internal memory.
One of these places is Amazon, where we can find a iPhone 8 256 GB at €563 , a lower price than the 128 GB version sold in the Apple Store. On the other hand we find a iPhone 8 Plus 256 GB at €662.99 , which also has a discount of more than €150 compared to what we can find at Apple. It must be said, for those who are skeptical about buying on this type of portal, that devices with completely new and with all guarantees as if it were acquired in any other type of trade.
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 benefits and the great price at which it is found in places like Amazon.