After nearly a year of daily usage, the 8 Plus is now my least favorite iPhone.
Since switching from Android a few years ago, I’ve burned through an iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, 7 Plus, SE and finally, an 8 Plus. None of them are perfect, so I’m always eager to switch to the next thing. But none have I been so eager to get rid of than the 8 Plus.
* **Weight:** It’s so heavy, significantly more so than any phone I’ve ever used prior. With the exception of the 7 Plus, each Plus phone has gotten heavier than the last: the 6 Plus was 172g, the 6s Plus was 192g, the 7 Plus was 188g, and the 8 Plus is a whopping 202g. The Pixel 2 XL, for comparison, was 175g. The 8 Plus is just tiring to hold in a way that previous Plus phones weren’t.
* **Glass back:** I hate that the industry is moving in this direction. Wireless charging, in its current incarnation, is much slower and more finicky than wired. You can’t use the phone while you wirelessly charge and you have to place it in the exact spot. Recently I took off my case because I wanted a slimmer profile in my pocket and the glass is so slippery that I often wake up to find that phone literally slipped off my charger in the night. I’m sorry, but wireless charging is not (yet) worth the added weight, cost, and loss of durability.
* **The size:** This is of course very subjective but I’m just tired of phones this big. I only switched to the Plus size line because the battery on the regular iPhones isn’t very good and I wanted a better camera. Obviously lots of people like phones to be big but honestly I’m just tired of the trend and want to move down to a smaller phone. I look at this thing sometimes and it’s just ridiculous. I’m glad it exists for people who want it but Jesus am I tired of using Reachability to save my thumb.
* **Frame drops:** Smaller issue but it’s been present since the moment I switched from the 6s to the 6s Plus. When you 3D Touch on a homescreen icon, for instance, on the 6s, it’s smooth as butter; on the 6s Plus, it’s choppy and you can see it dropping frames like crazy. I’ve had a 6s Plus, 7 Plus and an 8 Plus, done fresh installs on all, and they’ve still never fixed frame drops on the Plus phones. I cannot believe this.
I think this is the year I switch back to Android. The normal Pixel 3 looks really good and Android has come a long way since I was on it while personally I think even iOS 12 represents massive stagnation (the new grouped notifications are a joke). I’m bummed that Google is moving to a glass back as well, but that’s a tradeoff I’m willing to make to get rid of this behemoth 8 Plus.