The best phone of 2018: 15 top smartphones tested and ranked

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iPhone 8

The best new iPhone for those wanting to spend less

Release date: September 2017 | Weight: 148g | Dimensions: 138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3mm | OS: iOS 11 | Screen size: 4.7-inch | Resolution: 750 x 1334 | CPU: A11 Bionic | RAM: 2GB | Storage: 64GB/256GB | Battery: 1,821mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 7MP

Wireless charging is useful
Camera is great at point-and-shoot
Limited upgrade over iPhone 7
Bezel-heavy design looks dated

The key selling point for the iPhone 8 is that it's a smaller iPhone – you'll want it if you're looking for something a bit cheaper, and more compact.

If you want a new iPhone, and can't afford / don't want the iPhone X, the iPhone 8 is a good choice for a number of reasons. 

It offers much of the same functionality as the iPhone 8 Plus, including the same design, Touch ID home button, new A11 Bionic chipset and the freshest iOS 11 software.

Its screen may not be as sharp, and it may only have a single camera on the rear, but the iPhone 8 still delivers excellent performance in both these areas – and crucially its size makes for an easier in-palm experience.

The reason it's so far down this list is because the iPhone X and 8 Plus are so good. Its main shortcomings are that because it's cheaper and smaller than the other two new iPhones, battery life suffers and it lacks the dual camera sensor.

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Also consider: The obvious alternative here is the iPhone 8 Plus, but we'd say that if money is no object (and that's a big 'if') you'll enjoy the iPhone X a lot more, thanks to the smaller in-hand feel and massive upgrades.