Apple iPhone 8 Plus Review – Still a King?

We are pretty sure everyone knows by now that the iPhone 8 Plus was a most sought after device from Apple back in 2017 and we can tell you that for the most part, this device was such an interesting phone at that time because it kind of signified the end and the beginning of a new generation. It was a huge leap forward for Apple and the upgrades were well received by the consumers. Apple went on to release the iPhone X in 2018 but the iPhone 8 still to this day has been a fan favourite. Let’s discuss why everyone loves it and if a refurbished iPhone 8 Plus is worth buying in 2021.

Price of a Refurbished iPhone 8

Price is one of the most important factors when thinking about buying a phone so, let’s get this out of the way. Apple doesn’t sell a new iPhone 8 nowadays but that doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to buy one in good condition. You can easily buy a refurbished iPhone 8 and for those of you who might be wondering if you should go for a refurbished device then yes, you should definitely consider going for a refurbished phone as they offer better value and work just like a new phone.

You can buy an iPhone 8 Plus 64gb from Phonebot for $499 AUD. It offers great value and considering all the features, it surely is a bargain at this price. The 256gb variant might cost you a bit more.


Starting off with the front, the iPhone 8 Plus has a 5.5-inch screen, it’s a Retina IPS LCD display and the resolution is 1080 x 1920 pixels with a PPI (Pixel Per Inch) of 326. It goes all the way up to 625 nits of brightness, which in our opinion is enough for day to day and outdoor usage. The screen is bright and the colour accuracy is excellent, Apple has done a phenomenal job with the display and the form factor is perfect even for people with small hands. Even according to 2021 standards, the screen is great for daily use. It also has IP67 water/dust certification and oleophobic coating on the front which makes it resistant to water and dust. It also has an Ion Strengthened glass which may protect the screen from cracking when accidentally dropped.

Overall, the screen is excellent especially for those who consume a lot of media or play games on their phones.



We have a dual-camera setup on the back, the iPhone 8 Plus has a 12MP wide and a 12MP telephoto lens. The base model of the 8 series, has a single camera on the back. In our testing, the cameras were able to take stunning shots effortlessly. On the iPhone 8 Plus you have optical image stabilization which is great and you have the ability to shoot 4k in 60FPS. iPhone 8 Plus’s camera is able to let in more light, making for better shots in low light and sharper images overall. Both low light and daylight shots have excellent colour contrast and details.

In our experience, you don’t need to tweak the setting too much to get a great shot. All you need to do is point and shoot, the phone will be the rest. The ability to shoot videos in 4k at 60FPS is impressive and we know some other phones also had this feature but Apple has perfected it, the videos are sharp, vibrant and smooth.

Software and Memory

It was launched with the iOS 11 but the iPhone 8 Plus can be upgraded to the latest iOS 14 so, you can enjoy all the latest features from Apple. This makes the phone future-proof and secure. Latest software updates are always welcome and thanks to the iOS 14, the phone feels smoother and snappier than ever.

The iPhone 8 Plus has 3gb of ram which is plenty for multitasking and thanks to Apple’s optimization, everything is smooth. The more the ram you have, the more applications you can have open and multitask. In our extensive testing, the iPhone 8 proved to be an excellent performer in all of our tests and we highly recommend it.



The iPhone 8 Plus is powered by Apple’s A11 Bionic processor and Apple has done a great job with the hardware and software optimization. It can handle any task you throw at it and is perfect for those who are looking for a phone on a budget. Even gaming performance is good, the iPhone 8 is able to run every game smoothly. You may not be able to run every game at the highest possible setting but that’s expected, it performed exceptionally well and marginally better than we expected.

Apple’s mobile chipsets have always performed better than the Android counterparts and this is the case here, the A11 Bionic processor still performs like a champ.


The iPhone 8 Plus has a smaller battery than the 7 Plus, with a capacity of 2691mAh. The battery life of a device is good and can easily last you a day if you are careful with it. It can be charged up to 50% in 30 mins with the 15W charger. It also supports Qi wireless charging so, any Qi certified wireless charger can charge it wirelessly which in our opinion is excellent.


It has Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band and Bluetooth v5.0 with A2DP, which means good connectivity support in terms of browsing and you can easily share your data with friends and family.


A refurbished iPhone 8 will be the best option in terms of durability, battery, performance, and display. If you are looking for a phone in 2021, a refurbished iPhone 8 Plus should definitely be in your list. If you’re on a tight budget, go for a 64gb variant as it may cost less than the higher capacity ones. So, we hope this was helpful and made your decision regarding a refurbished iPhone 8 easier.

How to film soccer game


Soccer is one of the fastest-moving games, and it is also thrilling in every moment from the beginning to the end of the game. So, filming a soccer game entirely and perfectly is not as easy as you are thinking. Capturing everything in details including the football, players’ positioning, their jersey number, and the referee is key to film a well-analyzed soccer game.

There are a lot of websites online you can search from Google and can get huge information on how to film a soccer game properly. Techwhippet is such a website you can visit to gather more information about the topic. They have covered up everything in details from camera positioning and the tripod to the vantage position.

As expected, you need a few things in order to film soccer. There is nobody who likes shaky videos. These types of videos are irritating and not many people will be keen to watch it. For this purpose, you will be needed a camera first. You can use your phone’s camera as well to capture a soccer game, but it may not entice you.

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On the other hand, if you have sports camcorders, it is used to capture a good, high-quality video. So, we recommend shooting the entire play with sports camcorders which are perfect for capturing every single detail of the game.

Choose your camera first

Choosing a quality camera that has excellent camera resolution is a key to have better video experience. Also, you can go with your iPad or iPhone camera which will also do the work for you. Before going to capture a soccer game, it will be wise to practice capturing a practice match with your camera so that you can judge the video quality. If you see it will do, you are ready to record the whole game. Keep it in mind that you need to capture the entire game without leaving any moment. Every moment in a soccer game is equally important to analyze.

Select the best vantage position to capture

To record the entire field with referees, you should choose the mid position of the field so that you can see both sides equally. When you are doing this, you also have to keep in your mind one thing that you have to capture the signals of the referee as well as the jersey number of players. Also, do not only focus on the movement of the ball. Instead, watch the positioning of the players because that is equally important.

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It is also recommended that you make a record of the scoreboard after every goal. Bear in mind that you shouldn’t pause while the game lasts.

Shaky videos are worthless to watch and analyze

If you want to get rid of those shaky, irritating videos, you have to use a tripod. It is one of the must-have equipment to film a soccer game which will be good in quality. Moreover, if the tripod is tall enough, it will add extra advantage to filming your video. The high position allows you to film every angle perfectly. Shake-free, as well as clearer video footages, are only possible with a good tripod set at a proper height.

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It will be wiser if you can film the entire soccer game without zooming. It is almost impossible to capture a soccer game without zooming. This is something to be aware of when you are choosing your position on the stands.

Don’t pause before breaks

As a soccer game is very fast-moving, you should not pause your video before halftime. To capture all the moments and substitutions clearly, you shouldn’t pause it or stop your video. Otherwise, you will miss some important moment in this soccer game.


We hope and believe that you can film a good quality video of a soccer game. If you can follow all the steps shown above, we are confident that you will encounter no issues.