If you are looking to buy a refurbished iPhone, then you may want to consider one of the older models. Whilst they may not have the fastest processor or state of the art features compared to the latest models, they can still be an excellent investment to make.
One of the popular older models is the 8 series. If you are thinking about buying an iPhone 8, then you can either choose the standard version or the larger iPhone 8 Plus.
These phones have significant benefits that have proven to be popular with those looking to buy a refurbished iPhone. They have similarities and differences, which means that it is important to know more about each one before you take the plunge.
When was the iPhone 8 released?
The iPhone 8 was released back in September 2017 during the Apple Event where the Apple Watch Series 3 was also announced.
When was the iPhone 8 Plus released?
Much like the iPhone 8, the iPhone 8 Plus was also release in September 2017 during the same Apple Event.
What does a refurbished iPhone mean?
It is common to confuse a refurbished iPhone with a used iPhone. The idea of refurbished iPhones is that they are ones that have been used before, but, in order to make sure that they are safe to use and are still going to stand the test of time, they have been checked over to make sure that they are of the highest quality and fully functioning. Battery performance will be tested, and they will also be checked over numerous times for any faults. If anything can be fixed before the refurbished phone is listed for sale, this will also be completed. A 12 month warranty is also provided on all our refurbished handsets which covers any manufacture defects.
You may even find that you get a brand new battery when you buy a refurbished iPhone.
Is it worth buying a refurbished iPhone?
If you want to buy an iPhone 8 handset or an iPhone 8 Plus handset but are worried that it will be out of your price range, then a refurbished iPhone could be a much better option for you. Refurbished iPhones are designed to be an affordable option for those who need a new phone but can't afford to pay new phone prices.
They may not be "brand new", but they are still going to be up to a good standard and be able to provide you with the functionality that you need in a phone, just at a fraction of the cost. The only different being down to the cosmetic condition of the phone.
Buying a refurbished phone is an excellent idea for many of us. Not only does it save you money, but it also means that you can buy a high-quality phone that is going to be able to be used for years to come. Our 12 month warranty also provides that extra bit of comfort too. Refurbished iPhones are a great example of this, showing you that you can have one of the more prominent brands of phones out there without having to worry about the costly price tag.
Refurbished iPhone 8 vs iPhone 8 Plus: Dimensions and Design
One of the most significant differences between a refurbished iPhone 8 and a refurbished 8 Plus is the phone's size. The standard refurbished iPhone 8 comes in at 4.7 inches, while the Plus is more significant at 5.5 inches. The iPhone 8 Plus is also the heavier of the two models, with the standard weighing in at 148grams and the 8 Plus at 202 grams. They both come with a glass design, which is stylish and improves the functionality of the phone, and are available in space grey, silver, gold or product red.
Cost of refurbished iPhone 8 vs iPhone 8 plus
Prices vary depending on cosmetic condition and memory capacity with the higher pristine condition more expensive compared to the lower good condition devices.
Here at WeSellTek an iPhone 8 refurbished pristine condition 64gb phone currently comes in at around £160, whereas the iPhone 8 Plus refurbished pristine condition 64gb phone will currently cost you closer to £210. However, compared to newer iPhone models, this is a considerable saving.
A good condition 64gb refurbished iPhone 8 currently costs £120 whereas the same spec refurbished iPhone 8 Plus is currently priced at £170.
As you can see, there are huge savings to be made when it comes to the cosmetic condition of a refurbished iPhone. If you keep your device in a case, then it makes perfect sense to select a lower grade handset. For more information on our grading criteria click here.
Refurbished iPhone 8 vs iPhone 8 Plus: Camera and Video Performance
The cameras on both models are, in essence, the same. The rear camera used in the iPhone 8 is a single 12MP wide camera; however, the iPhone 8 Plus, you will get a 12 MP wide-angle and telephoto camera. Both front cameras are 7MP to allow for those perfect selfies to be captured.
Another similarity between the two is the video recording ability. This is set to 4k video recording, capturing as many as 60fps.
Refurbished iPhone 8 vs iPhone 8 Plus: Battery life
Apple have stated the battery life on the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus is very similar to the older iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus devices.
These models are known to have a great battery life, which is something that is important for many people in their phones. This is particularly true in modern times when we use our iPhones to not only socialise but also to game and to watch videos online too.
A refurbished iPhone 8 will allow for up to 12 hours of internet use and up to 14 hours of talk time. Whereas a refurbished iPhone 8 Plus will allow up to 13 hours internet use and up to 21 hours talk time.
Due to the iPhone 8 Plus being larger in a size a bigger battery is able to be used within the device, which allows for those extra few hours of use on a single charge compared to an iPhone 8.
Does a refurbished iPhone come with a new battery?
During the refurbishment process at WeSellTek, our handsets are fully tested which does include a battery drain test. Any battery health of below 80% is replaced, along with any fast drain issues, a new battery is fit into the handset. The handset is then retested to ensure the refurbished mobile phone is fully functioning and performing as we would expect.
Refurbished iPhone 8 vs iPhone 8 Plus: Storage and Memory
Storage and memory are vitally important when it comes to any mobile phone. You will be using your refurbished iPhone for so many things, and many of these will be downloaded to the memory.
Not only this, but you may also want to take lots of photos and videos and the more and more of these that you have on either your standard or your Plus version, then the fuller it will get.
A refurbished iPhone 8 and a refurbished iPhone 8 Plus both come in a 64GB version, 128GB and 256GB version if you need plenty of storage on your iPhone.
Refurbished iPhone 8 vs iPhone 8 Plus: Wireless charging
Suppose you are thinking about buying an iPhone 8 refurbished or iPhone 8 Plus device for yourself. In that case, you may be pleased to know that it comes with the functionality and ability to offer wireless charging, which can be hugely beneficial if you are looking to charge your phone quickly.
It is important to remember that wireless chargers do not come with your iPhone. Instead, you need to buy this separately.
Does the refurbished iPhone 8 come with headphones?
It is worth noting that, we do not supply our refurbished iPhone 8 handsets with any headphones. However, we do stock these and they can be seen on our accessories page.
Does the refurbished iPhone 8 Plus come with headphones?
Similar to a refurbished iPhone 8, we do not sell our refurbished iPhone 8 plus handsets with headphones. However, you can buy headphones that will work well with your iPhone, which will help you stream movies, TV shows or simply just listen to music as and when you want to.
Overall, the only major difference between a refurbished iPhone 8 and a refurbished iPhone 8 Plus is the size. For those who prefer a large screen then an iPhone 8 Plus is the perfect choice, where those who prefer a small handset, an iPhone 8 would be ideal.