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Apple - iPhone 8 Plus 256GB - Silver (AT&T)

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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
  • Documentation
  • EarPods with Lightning connector
  • Lightning to USB cable
  • USB power adapter

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1365 out of 1402)

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


Customer rating

Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 1402 reviews

97%
would recommend to a friend

Expert rating

Rating 4.3 out of 5 stars with 30 reviews

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A great phone (Comes with a hefty price tag)

    Posted
    Mike
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    • 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

    A small step up

    Posted
    Tcubed
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    I had a iPhone 6 128gb for nearly the last 3 years, was very happy with it till last 2 months when battery started over heating and it would charge erratically. Had apple replace the battery in August, fixed battery problems for $80. With 128gb I could no longer keep as much music on the phone as I would have liked (+15K song library could only keep about 9k songs on the phone. So iPhone 8+ with 256gb seemed like the obvious choice. My wife as had S7edge plus for about 2 years. We frequently compare photos take from her S7+ to my iPhone. For last 2 years it was obvious that the S7+ took better photos under almost all circumstances (only exception might be iPhone's panorama view is easier to use and more stable). But for any simple photos S7 was better, so I'd keep my Sony Super zoom handy at all times. Upon getting the iPhone 8+ the first thing I notice was how much heavier it was than iPhone 6; i generally keep my phone in my front right pocket, iPhone 6 was barely noticeable, with the iPhone 8+in my front pocket I know it is there! But I can live with it, the larger screen is easier for my aging eyes to read, I've had some issues with the phone "remembering" the brightness setting, hopefully this will be addresses with a fw/update; new iOS release have often gone through a few quick update to fix minor issues. Any how I enjoy the larger screen area, a fair trade off for it increased weight. Now back to the photos, comparing the iPhone 8+ to the S7+ it's now pretty much a draw, S7+ seems a bit more colorful but with dark pictures the iPhone may be a little bit better. When using both in portrait mode, the IPhone cannot always seem to accurately determine where it wants sharp focus/soft focus to start/end; leading to some unpredictable results. That said, the S7+ has it own portrait issue where the background still remains in sharp focus. The iPhone's image stabilization is a big improvement (too many years in coming) and I'm glad it there, it does help to take better photos. Now why didn't I wait for the iPhoneX, well it had nothing to do with it's cost, rather the incremental improvements (I little more screen, OLED - but the same brightness) versus the big unknown, facial recognition. I'm accustomed the the home button and the fingerprint working pretty much all the time I did not wan to risk a possibly flaky new, yet to be widely tested, interface to potentially effect (slow down) the user interface/experience. Maybe after a million or 2 have tested it and it's been tweaked, I be confident in it. Right now I'll let some one else test it and tell me how it goes. sorry apple, you don't always get it right the first time (maps remember); and that was much easier than facial recognition.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Best iPhone Yet

    Posted
    Micheal
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    • 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

    Great tried and true performer

    Posted
    nrstx
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    I’ve been on iOS forever. Love the new Samsung hardware but I love iOS more. It’s what I’m used to, what I know and it works with pretty much most applications because a ton of other people use iPhones. That said, I felt kind of underwhelmed by the flagship this year. While the X has some neat new features, I don’t want to be the guinea pig for the phone of the future. For the money, it’s just not worth it to me, but this is just my opinion. I figured I’d let Apple take another year or so to work on OLED, interface-finessing and so forth. So I went with a tried and true design. This design has been around for a few years in most regards. However, I tend to like things that are solid performers and dialed in. The last thing I want to do is be frustrated by new tech. That notch is fine to me, but I bet it poses a lot of UI challenges and the need for specialized support for mobile web (especially on fixed sticky-navs). True, the exterior design on the 8 series is a bit long in the tooth, but the screen is plenty big for media content, faster typing, etc. and the speakers sound good for a phone. The processor (same as the one in the flagship) is snappy. And, Touch ID works quite well and I like using it. This is another HUGE reason I stayed with the legacy-design. While Face ID may be great and all (and do t get me wrong, the X’s cameras and AR capabilities with face mapping are really amazing) I just don’t want to always have to gaze awkwardly at my phone to do things. It will get better I’m sure, but Touch ID is fine and I will continue hoping they retain it in the future–even if under the screen, which would be ideal. The glass back is fine. While it looks nice out of the case, mine goes right into a case so it’s whatever. I would prefer aluminum but glass is fine if I ever use wireless charging…which for me is still a few years off b/c I don’t want to spend the scratch for a slower charging process. Again, perhaps that will get better. I don’t really care about the lack of a headphone jack. I use AirPods or Beats Solo3s anyways, so I ditched wires a while back for listening to music. The sound quality is good enough for me. Lastly, battery life is good, there are a ton of first and third party accessories available and I have zero regrets on updating to the larger screen format from my 6S which was a great phone and was still performing well for me. I just wanted a bit better camera and my dad needed a new phone, so there you go. My wife upgraded her older 6+ for an 8+ and she’s enjoying hers as well. Final thought: I use my phone more than most other things and it does a large number of tasks and provides a lot of entertainment for me. I want something snappy, reliable, well supported and secure. It’s a big investment, but if this phone can last me 3 years, I’ll be quite pleased and based on the performance of my 6s (my batteries were replaced by Apple about just over a year in, so I never experienced this slow down that was sensationalized in the media) I feel it will continue to work well for my needs.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The 8 is an iPhone

    Posted
    nikkorman
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    The 8 is an iPhone, meaning that its not much different from the iPhone 6/6s or 7. After playing with the X, the 8 is almost boring! However, it is faster, in fact I have an iPhone 6s issued through work and the 8 is hands down much faster. i am still getting used to the home button, which has a different feel. Upon setup there are options on how much pressure you want, in-order to get the home button to work. IOS 11 itself takes some getting used to. I went from an iPhone to a Samsung Galaxy S6 (people may disagree with me) but I see a difference in the hardware/software. Android is nice and customizable but I had icons shifting around, icons disappearing, Facebook not updating (most likely due to the Sprint network), etc. IOS is stable, easy to figure out, and more standardized. The 8 does not have 2 cameras on the rear like the X, therefore you cannot take portraits or images with DOF. There is also no optical or digital zoom like the X or 8+. For me it was about the music, I get 256gb worth of space, which is sweet. The rest of the things I can live with....first world issues right? The display to me looks Ok, similar to the 6s. However, apparently on 8 the display has been tweaked. It has increased brightness, Phone 8 also delivers. It adds support for the main HDR (high dynamic range) standards - Dolby Vision and HDR10 - which have been adopted on Netflix, Amazon Video and iTunes. Yes you’re not getting Full HD (let alone Ultra HD) on an iPhone 8 but the HDR is nice to have. Battery life is improved, on a full charge, I noticed this quickly. The 8 jumps into wireless charging. There is also no headphone jack but hey we live in a wireless world. Time to switch to bluetooth! Overall the 8 may not seem like that much, its still an iPhone and worth the upgrade.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Went with an 8+ over X.. glad I did

    Posted
    justinkk2005
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    I have always been the type to purchase the latest and greatest iPhone. I have had every iPhone since the iPhone 3G. When the X was announced, I was very impressed with the display and technology behind FaceID, however, TouchID was something I was not willing to give up. I tried a Samsung Galaxy S8+ and loved the display and force press home button at the bottom. I returned the device due to the OS and applications were not as well built as with iOS. I chose this 8+ due to having Touch ID, ability to have a home button of some sort, wider aspect ratio, $200 cheaper, easier repairability. This phone has the exact same specs for the exception of the display, FaceID, and OIS on the telephoto lens which I rarely use anyways. Battery life coming from a 7+ is great, although a modest improvement. I can usually get about 8 hours of usage and 24 hours of standby. Video quality seems to be greatly improved, I love 4K 60 FPS and 1080P 240 FPS is amazing! Overall speed and performance is unreal. It's amazing how fast the A11 chip is. I love wireless charging. Picked up some Samsung wireless chargers and I don't think I have plugged the phone in once since i've had it. I will say that I had to put the phone on a scheduled DND since I am unable to lay it on it's face to charge with wireless charging. At night, notifications would illuminate my entire bedroom if I did not schedule DND.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    iPhone 8+

    Posted
    LizR
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    I wanted this phone for the camera and larger screen size...BUT.. it is really too big for my tiny hands... so something to think about for you gals with small hands... it is also too heavy to stay on my magnetic dash mount, and falls off... my other complaint is probably an apple issue... when I send a text it immediately goes to the white screen where you can make written words,,, and really does not want to change back even when hitting the done button... I find this irritating, since I almost never use that function... and the screen orientation , seems to always want to be horizontal rather than vertical. I know I can lock it, but I like the ability to use both... So much for the negatives... I LOVE the all glass case... no sign of any scratches, and for the first time ever I did not put a screen saver on it... there is of course a case on the back... Love the QR charging capability... bought a stand one, so it is upright beside me at the computer and charging always till full. Have been using iPhones since the very first one, so other than these things, it is an iPhone! works like it should... images are very pretty...

    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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    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

What experts are saying

Rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars with 30 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.
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    More of the same from Apple – just a little better in most departments and a little more expensive, tooFull Review
  • TechRadar (UK)Rating, 4.5 out of 5Gareth Beavis on July 19, 2018
    iPhone 8 Plus review
    It's no iPhone X, but the 8 Plus is a safe - if pricey - betFull Review
  • CNETRating, 4.4 out of 5Scott Stein on June 14, 2018
    iPhone X power in a traditional body
    It's just as fast as the iPhone X, has a longer battery life, and, well, it still has the home button. The iPhone 8 Plus is still a great pick for anyone not ready for Face ID, but expect an update in the next few months.Full Review
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