A Detailed Look At The iPhone 7 Plus Vs. iPhone 8 Plus

Posted On 15 Dec 2019
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These phones are only a year apart, and both of them remain incredibly powerful smartphones today.

That said, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are Apple's cheapest entry-level phones you can buy. Meanwhile, the iPhone 8 Plus remains firmly in the higher-end premium spectrum of smartphones.

The iPhone 7 Plus came out the same year as the Google Pixel and the Samsung Galaxy S7, two phones that are considered ancient today. Yet the iPhone 7 is still going strong as a seriously fast smartphone.

The Dependable iPhone 7 Plus

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First into the ring is the venerable iPhone 7 Plus. One thing you should know about this phone is that for a year, no other phone was as fast or as smooth, or took better photos, than the iPhone 7 Plus.

In fact, even today most newer Androids still can't match the older champion in performance!

But first, a look at where this bold, beautiful Apple iPhone comes from.

Apple released the iPhone 7 Plus in September 2016. That's the same year that Samsung dealt with their exploding Galaxy Note 7s, and Google released its first-ever Pixel phone.

On the surface, the iPhone 7 Plus looked a lot like the previous year's iPhone 6s Plus. They both had the same screen size, and both fit in the hand roughly the same. But the iPhone 7 Plus looked a lot slicker.

Upgrade From The iPhone 6s

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How do they compare? For starters, there were no ugly antenna bands on it. And secondly, there was a new dual-lens camera inside a sleek, modernist camera housing on the back. This was Apple's first dual-lens camera, and they pulled it off brilliantly.

Another thing that people instantly noticed was the home button. On the iPhone 7 Plus the mechanical home button was replaced by a solid sensor.

It doesn't move when you press it; instead, a "taptic" engine vibrates to let you know it signaled your touch. It's still kind of cool!

Then there's the controversial lack of a 3.5 mm headphone jack. The iPhone 7 is the device that started that whole trend.

Finally, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus came in a bunch of new colors, including the awesome "Piano Black," which was a shiny, glossy, slick black color only found on this model of phone.

Today, the iPhone 7 Plus still performs as well as any of the newer flagships. Because it operates with the newest iOS software, currently iOS 12 but going on to iOS 13 later this year, the phone remains a strong contender.

And let's be honest. It looks gorgeous.

Meet The iPhone 8 Plus

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If there's one contender for Champion of the Mid-Range Smartphones title, it's the iPhone 8 Plus.

Although Apple prices the 8 Plus as a premium smartphone (it's nearly the same price as the iPhone XS), in reality, its design is getting rather dated.

It still looks like an iPhone 6 from four years earlier. Albeit, it's a little slicker and more premium.

Apple introduced the iPhone 8 Plus to the world in September 2017, alongside the much more exciting iPhone X. The 8 and 8 Plus were met with yawns.

But that was unfair because the iPhone 8 Plus is a beast of a phone. In fact, in any iPhone 7 Plus vs. iPhone 8 Plus faceoff, the iPhone 8 Plus comes out on top, at least spec-wise.

It's packing the same 5.5-inch 1080p LCD display as the iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 6s Plus, but it gets 401 pixels-per-inch (ppi), compared to 326 ppi on the 6s. So the first thing you notice is that the iPhone 8 Plus has a beautiful, bright display.

Also, it has the same taptic home button as the iPhone 7 Plus, and no 3.5 mm headphone jack.

Finally, the iPhone 8 Plus has the exact same 12 mp dual-lens camera as the iPhone 7 Plus. On paper, at least, these phones are evenly matched.

So what sets them apart from one another? Actually, there's a lot that separates them.

iPhone 7 Plus vs. iPhone 8 Plus

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By now you probably think that if both phones are the exact same, but the iPhone 7 Plus is a lot cheaper, then that's the phone to buy. You're not exactly wrong, but you're not right, either.

That's because when comparing the iPhone 7 Plus vs. iPhone 8 Plus, there are other things to look at.

Things like speed, quality of the user experience, and how long Apple will support them matter.

Round one: Hardware

Round two: Display

Round three: Cameras

Round four: Internals

Round five: Battery life

What About Prices?

After five rounds, we have a tie in the iPhone 7 Plus vs. iPhone 8 Plus battle. Both phones have the same hardware, same cameras, and the same displays.

And while the iPhone 8 Plus is a little faster, and features wireless charging, the iPhone 7 Plus holds a battery charge much better.

So perhaps it makes more sense to look at the prices. After all, if you're trying to choose between an iPhone 7 Plus vs. iPhone 8 Plus, pricing really makes all the difference.

And the iPhone 7 Plus is significantly cheaper than the iPhone 8 Plus.

In fact, Apple prices the iPhone 8 Plus as a premium smartphone. It's nearly the same price as the iPhone XS! On the other hand, the iPhone 7 Plus is extremely affordable. It's cheaper than many Android flagships, yet can still outperform them.

At the end of the day, the price is the deciding factor. And it's all iPhone 7 Plus.

How They Compare To Newer iPhones

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If you're wondering how an iPhone 7 Plus compares to a newer iPhone, you'll be pleasantly surprised.                                                      

Thanks to the tight integration Apple has between software and hardware, the iPhone 7 Plus remains just as fluid and snappy as the iPhone XR or XS.

Of course, you'll miss out on things like Face ID and Apple's amazing gesture navigation. But at the end of the day, you're saving a ton of money.

Seriously, is gesture navigation really worth a down payment on a car? Because that's the price difference between the iPhone XS Max and the iPhone 7 Plus.

Otherwise, you get the same quality performance.

And The Winner Is...

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Clearly, the iPhone 7 Plus is the winner of the great iPhone 7 Plus vs. iPhone 8 Plus prize fight.                                                          

It's as good in performance, design, and quality, yet much cheaper. And one thing we didn't mention is the fact that the iPhone 7 Plus is tougher.

Thanks to that all-metal casing, you can drop the iPhone 7 Plus and expect it to survive relatively well. Meanwhile, the 8 Plus has a glass back, and it's prone to shattering. Not good.

So if you're looking for a great iPhone that doesn't cost you an arm and a leg, pick up an iPhone 7 Plus. You won't regret it!

What's your favorite phone between the iPhone 7 Plus vs. iPhone 8 Plus? Let us know in the comments!

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