In terms of design, the new iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, starting at $699 and $799, are extremely similar to the previous generation iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, reviewed below, which now start at $669 and $549, respectively. The biggest differences are the new models' superior cameras, support for wireless charging and the A11 Bionic processor, which delivers much faster and more efficient performance.
Note that Apple has also taken $100 off the price of the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus; they now start at $449 and $549, respectively. And the iPhone SE now starts at $349 -- $50 less than before.
Samsung's Galaxy S7, the Google Pixel, and the iPhone 7 all take photos that sometimes border on astonishing. In that sense, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus aren't as distinctive as phones anymore. They're excellently made, superfast, and this time they're water-resistant, too. They're great phones, but we already knew that about the iPhone.
After several months trying both phones, I prefer the 7 Plus. But I spend my life on my phone and run around shooting photos and videos for work-related posts. For me, it's an essential tool, and I justify the extra camera quality.
For a lot of others, the Plus will seem unnecessary. Pick the phone that you can afford, and go with battery packs for charge-ups. But I still feel like I miss that headphone jack, even though I honestly don't find many instances anymore where I need it.