iPhone buyers tend to keep up with the trend of owning the latest iPhone, but that really doesn’t mean the older phones aren’t good enough to use as your primary phone. And considering how incredibly expensive the iPhone X is, people interested in exploring the Apple ecosystem should consider the other excellent phones the company makes. We decided to compare the iPhone 7, the iPhone 8, the iPhone 7 Plus and the iPhone 8 Plus to see which phone would in in a shootout. While it’s obvious that the latest iPhone should be the best of the four, let’s take a look at the specs and features of these phones so you can decide for yourself which iPhone is the best fit for you. Let’s start with comparing prices.
iPhone 7 vs iPhone 8 vs iPhone 7 Plus vs iPhone 8 Plus: Price in India
The iPhone 7 was officially launched in September 2016 and is currently priced at ?42,999. The iPhone 8 is priced at ?56,890 and was launched at the same time as the iPhone X, which was in September 2017. The iPhone 7 Plus was launched along with the iPhone 7 and is currently priced at ?56,950. The iPhone 8 Plus was launched in September 2017 and currently costs ?66,590.
iPhone 7 vs iPhone 8 vs iPhone 7 Plus vs iPhone 8 Plus: Display
All the phones being compared here have LED-backlit IPS LCD displays. While the iPhone 7 offers a resolution of 750×1334 pixels on its 4.7-inch screen, the iPhone 7 Plus has a 5.5-inch screen with a resolution of 1080×1920 pixels. The iPhone 8 has the exact same display specifications as the iPhone 7, down to the pixel density of 326ppi. Similarly, the iPhone 8 Plus sports the exact same screen as the iPhone 7 Plus.
While all the displays support 3D touch, the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus displays also feature True Tone technology, which uses sensors to detect ambient light colour and brightness to adjust your screen’s white balance accordingly. All four phones come with ion-strengthened glass with oleophobic coating for protection against dust and scratches.
iPhone 7 vs iPhone 8 vs iPhone 7 Plus vs iPhone 8 Plus: Performance
All four iPhones in this comparison are currently at the same OS version — iOS 11.2 As for RAM, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 offer 2GB RAM whereas the Plus models come with 3GB RAM. While we have only compared base models here, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus come in 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB variants. Comparatively, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus only come in 64GB and 256GB variants. Apple does not offer expandable memory on any of its phones.
The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are powered by the A10 Fusion processor (quad-core 2.34 GHz) whereas the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus come with the extremely powerful A11 Bionic hexa-core chip, which is the same SoC that powers the iPhone X. All phones in this comparison are IP67 certified which makes them dust and water resistant.
The iPhone 7 comes with a 1960mAh battery, whereas the iPhone 8 offers a 1821mAh battery. The iPhone 7 Plus has a 2900mAh cell whereas the iPhone 8 Plus has a battery capacity of 2691mAh.
iPhone 7 vs iPhone 8 vs iPhone 7 Plus vs iPhone 8 Plus: Camera
The iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 both come with 12MP f/1.8 rear cameras. The Plus models comparatively come with the same dual camera setups as well — 12MP (f/1.8) + 12MP (f/2.8). All the phones rear cameras feature PDAF and optical image stabilisation.
What makes the iPhones perform differently is the software algorithms and processing, and of course, hardware optimisation. For example, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus lets you shoot videos in these formats and at these frame rates: 2160p at 30fps, 1080p at 30fps, 60fps, and 120fps. You can also shoot 720p slow-motion videos at 240fps.
Comparatively, on the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, you can record 2160p at 24fps, 30fps, and 60fps. You can shoot 1080p video at 30fps, 60fps, 120fps, and 240fps.
On the front, all four phones sport the same 7MP f/2.2 selfie camera. You can also shoot HD slow-motion videos at 120fps with the front camera.
iPhone 7 vs iPhone 8 vs iPhone 7 Plus vs iPhone 8 Plus: Verdict
We think the phone that offers the most value for money would be the iPhone 8. It offers a fantastic processor, sufficient onboard storage, and an excellent camera. If you want a larger screen, we’d recommend the iPhone 8 Plus.