The notch is completely fine. I haven’t decided, but I might even like it.
The phone is ridiculously slippery. I think it needs a case to avoid expensive tears.
The dimensions of the phone, combined with the slippery-ness, are a bit uncomfortable. I find my pinky finger naturally slides across to prop the whole phone up, which gets a bit sore.
The phone has felt uncomfortably warm in my hands once or twice. I suspect this is part of the set up process, where it’s working hard to download apps in the background or something.
Although other reviews have said the screen is bigger, I find the keyboard more cramped and harder to type on.
Autocorrect means the cramped keyboard isn’t so much of an issue, except for when typing in passwords or something when precision is necessary.
Gestures take a bit of getting used to. Originally I didn’t like them and missed my home button, but now after about a day I can see that I’m getting used to our new future.
I’ve found it helpful to enable the Reachability function in the settings. I’m still not sure if the phone is a one-hander (like my iPhone 6S was) or a two-handed (like my most recent iPhone 7+). For the moment it’s an uncomfortable inbetweener.
FaceID is brilliant. Occasionally it has asked me to move the phone to give it a more direct shot of my face (perhaps struggling with triple chins when I’m horizontal and propping the phone on my chest) but I’ve had no real problems and think I will be very happy to replace TouchID with it.
FaceID is especially good when it means I can avoid having to type out login details, as subconsciously I’m already dreading having to hit precise keys on the cramped keyboard but then FaceID saves the day and I’m whisked into the app.
The screen does seem of a higher quality or as if the pixels are bonded closer to the glass somehow. It’s a nice touch.
Surprisingly, I didn’t like the new iPhone migration system, where you can simply put your old iPhone close to your new iPhone (much like the AirPods) and have it transfer your backup across. I definitely recommend setting up each device as new to avoid transferring a bunch of apps you never use anymore (start with a blank home screen, and install only those apps that bring you joy #mariekondolife)
I think it might be possible to use the new migration system to bring across AppleID information (etc) but still set up as a new phone. If so, definitely do this.
On occasion I have noticed things feel a bit snappier than I’m used to. Using ‘Hey Siri’ was one example. Overall though the speed of the iPhone 7+ was probably fine.
The cost is ludicrous. Circa $2k Aussie dollars (and more once you throw in Apple Care and the leather folio case) for a phone is very difficult to justify. I use my phone perhaps more than any other item in my life, and so I’m usually willing to fork out a lot of cash for it, but this one is testing my boundaries.
TLDR – If you’re in the market for a new phone the iPhone 8+ might be the one to get. It hurts me to say that as a die hard Apple Fan, but the cramped keyboard and the case slipperyness makes me think such an excessive price tag might be a bridge too far.
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