My thoughts on upgrading from an iPhone 7 to an iPhone 8
I got a good deal on selling my two year old iPhone 7 and I checked the price of the iPhone 8 and decided it was worth it to upgrade. I have large hands, but still very much like the size of the iPhone 7/8. I did consider getting the iPhone X and XR, but ended up with deciding in favor of the iPhone 8 and I’m really really enjoying the decision so far. Here are some things I’d like to cover regarding the upgrade:
I upgraded from a Nexus 5X to an iPhone 7 over two years ago and while I was blown away with the speed of the iPhone camera, the results weren’t as detailed as my last phone. I take the still image quality of my phones very seriously because I shoot hundreds of images a month and sometimes will get a half decent image that I like displaying on this album([https://goo.gl/photos/QpCcejdpwgLmx6zL6](https://goo.gl/photos/QpCcejdpwgLmx6zL6)). I spent more time trying to take a good image on my iPhone 7 than I had to on my Nexus 5X, which was a budget device. I haven’t added a single image to that album from my iPhone 8(yet), but I am hopeful I will be able to soon because my early impressions are that the camera on the 8 is a significant improvement over the previous generation.
Here’s one of the images I took recently, I was very impressed with the details: [https://imgur.com/gallery/Kc3f1OR](https://imgur.com/gallery/Kc3f1OR)
This was a really interesting change. My iPhone 7 did okay in terms of battery life, but nothing to write home about. Apple’s own website claims that the iPhone 8 does as well as the iPhone 7 in endurance. The battery is also over a 100 mAH smaller iirc. However the iPhone 8 seems to last significantly longer than my iPhone 7 did. Also, keep in mind, I did get the battery of the iPhone 7 replaced as well a couple months ago. This is a welcome change.
**• The Miscellaneous Improvements**
Across the board there are a lot of smaller improvements that can’t be put into their own category. The speakers seem louder, performance is a tad better, display seems a bit more vivid, and other smaller things that I am probably forgetting about right now.
Now that we’ve talked about the good stuff, here are some other things I’d like to talk about:
**• The iPhone 7/7 Plus are still very good**
Just because I was benefited greatly by upgrading doesn’t mean that you will be. For a lot of people upgrading to an iPhone 8 will be an imperceptible change and it might be much better to just pick up, for example, a 128GB iPhone 7 on sale.
**• Long Term Support Concerns**
I know that Apple will keep the iPhone 7/8 supported for a very long time, but this screen size is getting phased out in favour of larger iPhones with notches. One of my concerns is that Apple may radically change the user interface of iOS and deem that it is not feasible to scale that user interface to the smaller screen sizes of the iPhone 6/6S/7/8. These concerns were somewhat alleviated yesterday as Apple started reselling the iPhone SE, which has an even smaller screen size than that of the 8.
**tl;dr:** I upgraded from an iPhone 7 to an 8. I quite like it, but it’s not for everyone and many of you should consider staying with an iPhone 7 or picking up one on sale.