5 great things to love about the new iPhone 8
Tim Cook presents the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus at the Steve Jobs Theater in California on Tuesday (Picture: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

The headlines might belong to the iPhone X, but the real star of yesterday’s iPhone event were the iPhone 8 handsets.

With a 4.7 inch (iPhone 8) or 5.5 inch screen (iPhone 8 Plus), you can pre-order the devices on Friday and have them in your hand one week later.

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While the geeks wait on the iPhone X, everyone else will be looking at the iPhone 8.

Why? Here are five great reasons the iPhone 8 handsets are the ones to look out for.

A gorgeous glass skin

5 great things to love about the new iPhone 8
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The iPhone has always sought to set trends in the design stakes.

In the past few years that has proven to be difficult as the iPhone 6 design from 2014 keeps getting reused.

The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus follow that pattern but with one key difference; the rear of the smartphones have changed from aluminium to glass.

This is a much nicer tactile experience, and the mix of colour and reflected light looks stunning.

The new handsets certainly look the part.

Wireless charging

5 great things to love about the new iPhone 8
Sure, there’s a wire coming from the charging pad, but you don’t need to connect one to the iPhone 8 itself (Picture: Apple)

The glass back also allows Apple to finally adopt wireless charging in the iPhone.

Simply place the iPhone on a charging pad and power will flow to the batteries with no cables required.

Apple has ensured the handsets are compatible with the Qi standard championed by the Wireless Power Consortium.

That should help promote wireless charging of every Qi device (including the Galaxy S8 and Note 8), not just the new iPhones.

Apple is also promising an improved wireless experience called AirPower.

This will use its own technology that will work alongside Qi, but it won’t be available until 2018.

It still has TouchID

For all the bells and whistles in Apple’s impressive but hideously expensive iPhone X, there’s no way to be subtle about unlocking the phone.

While the iPhone X relies on facial recognition, you still have TouchID on the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.

That means no holding up a phone to your face to have it recognise you, just discreetly hold your thumb over the sensor and glance down under the table.

Portraits from a better camera

5 great things to love about the new iPhone 8
The iPhone 8 has a 12-MP camera (Picture: Apple)

Although the physical lenses have not been updated, the iPhone cameras have new 12-megapixel sensors.

Apple’s new dedicated image processor will allow for sharper pictures and better image quality for normal pictures.

The software also allows you to simulate different studio lighting conditions, allowing for artistic portraits and filter-like effects, although you’re unlikely to use these regularly.

A massive 256GB of storage

When last year’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus were launched, the base model shipped with 32GB of storage.

Apple has doubled that with the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus both available with 64 GB.

If you need more room you should buy the 256 GB.

Remember that the iPhone does not use microSD cards to be added for more storage, unlike Android-powered devices, so what you buy in store is what you have for ever.

Alternatives

5 great things to love about the new iPhone 8
The iPhone X will cost £1,000 (Picture: Apple)

The obvious alternative is the third smartphone announced by Apple, the iPhone X.

That will have wireless charging, the improved camera, and a much more colourful OLED-powered screen.

It’s also going to cost £1,000.

So why not consider Apple’s arch-rival Samsung and its Note 8 phablet, the phoenix-like Nokia 8 from HMD Global, or Google’s Pixel 2, which should be announced in October.

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