iPhone 8: is it worth the upgrade?

I recently upgraded to the iPhone 8. I should start by saying that my previous phone was the iPhone 6. I know, I know, it’s about time. I’m not a heavy phone user, in the sense that I don’t use my phone to watch movies or TV shows nor do I use it for playing games (I use my iPad for my scrabble addiction, thank you very much). All I require from a phone is checking my email and messaging, my social media feeds, listening to music/podcasts and taking photos. And since I wasn’t overly enthused by the iPhone 7, my iPhone 6 delivered for many years. Until it didn’t. My battery went from requiring one to two charges a day, to me checking my email on a full charge and my battery would immediately decrease to 30%. Plus the languages kept changing from English to French and sometimes Spanish (very random). Instead of opting in for the Apple battery replacement program I decided to take my wireless provider up on an upgrade – enter my brand new iPhone 8. It’s been about a week since this new relationship began and I couldn’t be happier. Here’s why:

1. It’s fast
According to Apple, the iPhone 7 is 90% faster than the iPhone 6 and since the iPhone 8 is 25% faster than the iPhone 7, this is one fast phone, y’all. I actually feel pretty silly how patient I was with my trusted iPhone 6 who would sometimes take over a minute to load web pages and refresh my Twitter feed. It doesn’t matter how many apps I have open, my iPhone 8 delivers images, video, music, instantly.

2. So much storage
Gone are the days where I would receive those annoying “storage almost full” messages from Apple and panic. With my iPhone 8 I’m rolling with a whopping 64GB. Which to a heavy user may seem like nothing, but for a user who has avoided downloading apps out of fear of racking up storage, now I’m basically walking on sunshine.

3. New home button
I read some negative reviews about the new home button, but I like it. Instead of moving inward when you press it, the iPhone 8 home button detects the presence and pressure of your finger. When you press the Home button, you feel a slight click. You can choose between three clicks to provide different levels of feedback when you click.

4. Better Camera
The iPhone 8 camera is apparently very similar to the iPhone 7, but it is quite the upgrade from the iPhone 6. There is much more detail, saturation and definition between colours than experienced in photos taken with my iPhone 6. Also, low-light shots look far more sharp than they ever did with my 6.

5. Wireless charging
The iPhone 8 has a glass back that works with those neat Qi charging bases you’ve probably noticed in cars, hotels, airports and IKEA furniture. I’ll be taking advantage of this feature and purchasing a wireless charging car mount. Goodbye, annoying cords!

Because of the similarities between the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8, if I had the iPhone 7 I probably wouldn’t be as excited with the iPhone 8 features, but if you’re a user of an iPhone 6 (or older), I can’t recommend it more.

lauren reyes grange


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