Apple - iPhone 8 Plus 256GB - Gold (Verizon)

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iPhone 8 is a new generation of iPhone. Designed with the most durable glass ever in a smartphone and a stronger aerospace grade aluminum band. Charges wirelessly.¹ Resists water and dust.² 5.5-inch Retina HD display with True Tone.³ 12 MP dual cameras offer improved Portrait mode and new Portrait Lighting.⁴ Powered by A11 Bionic, the most powerful and smartest chip ever in a smartphone. Supports augmented reality experiences in games and apps. With iPhone 8 Plus, intelligence has never looked better.
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Overview

What's Included


  • Apple iPhone 8 Plus 256GB
  • EarPods with Lightning connector
  • Lightning to 3.5 mm headphone jack adapter
  • Lightning to USB cable
  • USB power adapter
  • Documentation

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1071 out of 1095)

Features


5.5-inch Retina HD display with True Tone³

All-glass and aluminum design, water and dust resistant²

12MP dual cameras with OIS, Portrait mode, Portrait Lighting, and 4K video up to 60 fps⁴

7MP FaceTime HD camera with Retina Flash for stunning selfies⁵

Touch ID for secure authentication and Apple Pay

A11 Bionic, the most powerful and smartest chip in a smartphone

Wireless charging - works with Qi chargers¹

¹Charging mat sold separately

²iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are splash, water, and dust resistant and were tested under controlled laboratory conditions with rating of IP67 under IEC standard 60529

Splash, water and dust resistance are not permanent conditions and resistance might decrease as a normal wear. Do not attempt to charge a wet iPhone; refer to the user guide for cleaning and drying instructions

Liquid damage not covered under warranty

³Display size is measured diagonally

⁴Portrait Lighting available in beta

⁵FaceTime calling requires a FaceTime-enables device for the caller and recipient and a Wi-Fi connection. Availability over a cellular network depends on carrier policies; data charges may apply


Overall customer rating

4.8
98%
would recommend to a friend

Expert rating

4.3

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A great phone (Comes with a hefty price tag)

    Posted
    Mike
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I am fluent in both languages (Android & IOS) I have to admit. The IOS is very user friendly, but cannot be customized like most Androids. The IPhone 8 is no exception. In order for you to customize your own ring tones, you must hook it up to your PC or MAC. I imagine everyone knows this. The iPhone 8 has the same dimensions as the iPhone 7, except it’s faster. I upgraded from an iPhone 6S. The one thing I must admit I do not like is how the home button feels. The 6S at least had movement. I guess this is the price you pay for water resistance. I heard people complain about the lack of an earphone jack. No big deal. Apple includes an adapter that fits in place of the lightning adapter. What I can see why some people complain is you cannot charge the phone & listen to music at the same time. Until Apple releases such an adapter that can do both, just grin & bear it. Most people use Bluetooth headphones or connect to the vehicle. I don’t see why so much fuss. Anyway, yes, the phone is exceptional. I also own a Galaxy Note 8. The Note 8 is as good as the IPhone 8. Both are super quick. I have used the “Antutu benchmark app” on the IPhone 8 and the Note 8 for comparison. Here are the results: IPhone 8 plus: 128052 Galaxy Note 8: 165930 As you can see, both are phenomenal smart devices. Both are a tiny computer in your pocket. If you worry about customizations, then the IPhone is not for you. However, if you can live with without customizing ring tones, then the IPhone 8 is your weapon of choice. Matter of fact, if you so choose to purchase the IPhone 8, then go with maximum storage. I believe you can purchase the iPhone 8 with 64gb or 256gb, either with 2gb Ram. I’m not sure about 128gb. Interface. The new interface is somewhat different. It seems more “Colorful“, some of the icons appear different & from experience, not all apps you had on the previous interface will work with the new IOS. Matter of fact, Swan Digiview will not work with the new IOS. The developer had to update their software to be compatible with the new version. Let’s talk about security. Nothing like biometrics. I will not use face recognition. Your face expression must always be the same after you setup your device the first time. The Galaxy Note 8 has a familiar security feature. Iris reader. I’ve set it up on my Note 8. What a pain in the you know what!!! You must look at the camera at the same angle every time to unlock the device. Also lighting has a lot in play. If the lighting & the angle is not the same, you’ll need to open your device a different way. Also, allegedly, anyone can unlock the device using a picture of you? I don’t know, I cannot give a definitive answer. What I can attest is the fingerprint reader is as good as the previous one with the IPhone 6S. Flawless. This is all I have for now. I hope it may answer a question or two.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Best iPhone Yet

    Posted
    Micheal
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    My son was still using a flip phone, and for a variety of reasons, I wanted to get him a smart device for his telephone, texting, and data needs. I had a year-old iPhone 7 Plus, myself, and was itching to upgrade, and so I decided to hand my 7 Plus down to him and purchase either an iPhone X or iPhone 8 Plus for myself. I considered the X, but was turned off by the loss of the fingerprint sensor for awakening/unlocking the phone; I am a long distance runner who often has my iPhone strapped to my left arm. Having to look directly at the phone to unlock it while running seemed like a non-starter in that situation. It also seemed like having to look directly at the phone to unlock it would prove difficult if one often finds oneself trapped in never-ending meetings and if, during such occasions, one would like to sneak a peek every now and then at one's e-mail or fire off a quick text without anyone noticing. And so I opted for the 8 Plus. I have not regretted it. While there are a number of differences between the 7 Plus and the 8 Plus, two great differences stand out for me. First, the 8 Plus has a higher storage capacity than its predecessor. And second, the 8 Plus has "wireless" charging. Both are features that I make great use of now that I have upgraded to the 8 Plus. With respect to the "wireless" charging, I wound up purchasing three wireless charging devices (one for my bedroom, one for my home office, and one for my work office). Once those devices are plugged into an outlet, one simply places ones iPhone in the charging cradle, and the phone begins charging without the necessity of plugging the phone into a lightning cable. The charging occurs even when the iPhone is in a protective case (I have a leather case). I even have found the wireless charging convenient in a few airports since I bought the 8 Plus. I think it was Atlanta's airport that had a wireless charging mat. Or was it Houston's? As for whether the iPhone 8 Plus is more responsive than the 7 Plus or has longer battery life, if so, I didn't notice it. Would I recommend to a friend? Well, certainly if this would be his or her first iPhone, if it would be replacing a non-Plus model, or if it would be replacing a model made before the iPhone 7. But if you already have an iPhone that is working well, if you are not running out of space on it to store your apps and data, and if wireless charging is not something important to you, it would not likely be worth the extra money to get the 8 Plus.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Last Chance iPhone

    Posted
    jbelli21
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    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    To be honest I had been getting pretty sick and tired of iphone just giving us reiterations of the same product over and over again and decided that I was going to give Apple one last chance before switching to Samsung, Google, or someone else. Finally they came through on this one. The new features are too great to go through but it just runs better and more intuitively than ever before. I chose to go with the 8 plus as opposed to the normal sized 8 as I had done in the past and that was a great decision. It isn't so big it can't fit in your pocket but is just larger enough that you certainly notice it and it makes viewing video and pictures that much better on it's sharp resolution screen. I chose the 8 over the X primarily because of the face ID, I'm not ready to make that switch and I love the finger print scanner as I can easily open it in my pocket or without looking at it in discrete situations. I could go on and on and I'm sure a lot of reviewers have but this is a great phone, far better than the 7 and actually lives up to the hype.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent phone

    Posted
    RikuisHOT
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    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I have always been a Samsung/Android phone person. I was tired of my phone constantly crashing and getting those “viruses” plus the new update of the galaxy took away ALL the free music I acquired over the years so I was not happy. I already had ITunes and thought well maybe I should try an iPhone. We originally went in to get my husband a computer but I decided to just “look” at the phones while we were there. (Honey blame the associate for taking too long to get your computer) The guys in the phone department were awesome! They had the red iPhone 8 Plus which was the one I wanted and it was on SALE! (My favorite word) It was only 749 for the 256gb so I was all about trying it out. I don’t think I will ever go back to android phones ever again. I love this phone! Apple has always been known to be seamless and everything is wonderfully integrated and beautiful and I couldn’t be happier with it!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    More of the same, only better

    Posted
    Morvac
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    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I debated a lot about this phone or the X, Note 8 and S8+. I’ve had iPhones since the 3GS and tried a few Android devices in between. Samsung makes wonderful phones, just not a fan of the android software. All the benefits of android don’t really apply to me. I don’t customize or need all the bells/whistles just a very solid phone that works. I had a iPhone 6 for 3 years and it was very solid. It begun slowing down after iOS 11 using multiple apps more so than the past so I upgraded to the 8. The X was simply out of my budget. If the Note 8 or maybe S8+ ran iOS I would have bought one of those. Overall going to the 8 was a simple process with the new migration in iOS 11, I was transferred over and fully working in 20 minutes. Sold old phone on swappa and away I go. Overall the 8 Plus is a very good phone. Camera is nice, MUCH faster than my 6, but otherwise much like my previous phone. True tone display sounds nice and works but found it to be of little value to me. Probably more useful on larger screens such as the iPad. Battery life is excellent as usual. Probably could go 2 days on my use. I also have an Apple Watch, no issues there either. I’m happy with it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Phone I ever had from android user for 8 yrs.

    Posted
    Mhie

    When I first got this phone I had to get use with all the navigating from an android user for 8yrs. I would only hade one or two problem with it compare to android that freezes on me every hour of using it, my apps would crash, at a point where I get annoyed using my android phone. So, I tried to switch to apple and see whats up. I would say Im glad I did try this. I love the camera, the selfie camera not so much, I like the wide angle camera on my previous phone(samsung s6). The system runs really smooth with the A11 bionic chip. I use a lot of apps on my phone for many reasons and this iphone handles it all well. Overall, I think Ill stick with this phone for a little while untill another device comes up that I think worth switching.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great phone with practicality

    Posted
    shiva9696
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    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    People who need a bigger sized phone would love this phone. It does everything that an iPhone X does with a different front camera and screen to be precise. I have used the iPhone X and the iPhone 7 Plus and I really like this phone better than the two. The camera and portrait modes are phenomenal and the screen with true tone display works brilliantly. The battery life is really a boon and can go for a full day without ever having to plug it in. The only downside would be the weight of the phone. The glass makes is super heavy but its adjustable. The phone is a great alternative and has the pracitcality of the home button that is missing on the iPhone X.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Phone

    Posted
    sweetsauce
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    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member
    • Top 500 ContributorTop 500 Contributor

    Great Phone. I was going to buy the iPhone X at first, but thought it was too gimmicky. Its a all "faceID" type of iPhone, I am not really drawn to that feature too much. I just need a iPhone that will work for me. I asked one of the Best Buy employees that had this version previously from her iPhone X upgrade, she felt that the iPhone 8 Plus had a better battery life. So one is expensive, and the other one is more expensive. I decided on the iPhone 8 plus instead, because its at a better price point, and has a better battery life. For a phone that has a enclosed battery, that is something really important to think of. The only real difference from both phones are their screens. The iPhone 8 plus screen is at 5.5 inch with a better battery, and the iPhone X edge to edge screen is at 5.8 inch, plus its FaceID/AugmentedReality feature. Other then that they're technically the same phone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

What experts are saying

Rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars with 28 reviews

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The analysis of all aggregated expert reviews shows that the reviewers are positive about GPS navigation, apps, reception and camera. Editors are less positive about connectivity and price and have mixed opinions about portability. Using an algorithm based on product age, reviewers ratings history, popularity, product category expertise and other factors, this product gets an alaTest Expert Rating of 94/100 = Excellent quality.
  • LetsGoDigital (UK)Ilse Jurrien on April 20, 2018
    Apple iPhone 8 Plus RED Edition | LetsGoDigital
    Apple launched a special edition of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus smartphones in corporation with the Global Fund RED.Full Review
  • Expert Reviews (UK)Rating, 4 out of 5April 17, 2018
    Apple iPhone 8 Plus review: Faster, better and now available in lustrous red
    More of the same from Apple – just a little better in most departments and a little more expensive, tooFull Review
  • Alphr (UK)Rating, 4 out of 5Victoria Woollaston on April 17, 2018
    Apple iPhone 8 Plus review: Fast but far from inspirational
    Not a particularly exciting upgrade, or an essential one, but the iPhone 8 Plus is still a very fine phoneFull Review
  • TechRadar (UK)Rating, 4.5 out of 5Gareth Beavis on March 14, 2018
    iPhone 8 Plus review
    It's no iPhone X, but the 8 Plus is a safe - if pricey - betFull Review
  • Trusted Reviews (UK)Rating, 4 out of 5Max Parker on February 13, 2018
    iPhone 8 Plus
    An iPhone 7S Plus in all but name. iPhone 8 Plus.Full Review
  • cnet.co.ukRating, 4.5 out of 5Scott Stein on December 22, 2017
    Apple iPhone 8 Plus review
    The 8 Plus isn't "the best iPhone you can buy," as the larger Plus phones have been since Apple started its "regular and extra large" iPhone releases in 2014 . And it's no longer the only big-screen iPhone. The iPhone X is a step above the 8 PlusFull Review
  • Tech Advisor (UK)Rating, 3.5 out of 5Dominic Preston on December 11, 2017
    iPhone 8 Plus review
    Is the iPhone 8 Plus a step ahead, or is Cupertino killing time until the iPhone X? Find out what we think in our iPhone 8 Plus review.Full Review
  • AndroidPITOctober 27, 2017
    Apple iPhone 8 Plus review: Classic look, future tech
    Well, here we are. This year the time has come once more to cross to the dark side of the force, at least for a few days. All of us are anxiously waiting to try the brand new and (in its own way) revolutionary iPhone X, but we must not forget thatFull Review


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