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iPhone 8 Plus vs iPhone 11 Pro Max – Which Should You Choose?

iPhone 8 Plus vs iPhone 11 Pro Max – Which Should You Choose?


Hi everyone Aaron here for ZolloTech and
the iPhone 8 plus and the iPhone 11 pro max are currently the oldest and the
newest phones offered from Apple directly at the Apple Store or from
apple.com you can get these new but anything older than the iPhone 8 or 8
plus is not available new from Apple you can get it refurbished or used or left
over at other stores that may still have them in stock but the 8 and 1/8 plus is
the oldest that you can currently get so I thought I’d compare it with the 11pro
Max and in this video I’m going to compare everything from the cameras to
speed to how they are to use battery life and a lot more and if you’d like to
jump to a specific point in the video so you want to see how the speed is or how
the battery life is I’ll link all of the time codes in the description below so
you can check them out for yourself now the first thing is the price the iPhone
8 plus comes in at five hundred and forty nine dollars for the cheaper model
up to five hundred and ninety nine dollars with 128 gigabytes of storage it
comes in space grey silver or gold if you decide to go with the iPhone 11 pro
max it comes in at double the price at 1099 for the base model up to one
thousand four hundred and forty nine dollars for 512 gigabytes it’s available
in space grey silver gold and a new midnight green now the overall build of
both phones is a little bit different with the iPhone 8 plus the outside band
here or the frame is made of aluminum so that makes it feel a little bit
different and lighter than that of the 11pro Maxx the iPhone 11 pro max is made
of stainless steel on the outside ring so it gives it a little bit more weight
and it’s also glass front and back but with the 11pro max you have frosted
glass on the back with gloss only around the cameras now the nice thing is with
the 11pro max it does not pick up fingerprints on the back so if you’re
someone like me that doesn’t like to use a case that much you won’t see
fingerprints on the back but with the eight plus you definitely will it picks
up fingerprints very easily but that’s easily solved with a case now this is
glass front and back and there are some very big differences with this glass in
fact the 8 plus has more durable glass when it comes
to scratching and it’s less durable when it comes to dropping it so after using
this for quite some time when it first came out I have very little scratches
there’s one right there and that’s it that’s the only scratch on the display
and that’s not really a big deal for using it for about six months with no
screen protector the iPhone 11 pro max is very different
while it’s more durable and less prone to breaking if you drop it the screen is
much more prone to scratching very easily and that is why I have a screen
protector on right now after using this for about three months I have a ton of
scratches on it and I’ll show you that in a moment but first I want to talk
about our sponsor and that is who makes this screen protector and it’s a company
called shell our US and it’s a very unique screen protector you can see it’s
on here now it doesn’t have a single scratch on it and that’s because it’s a
99.99% sapphire this is the first sapphire screen protector I’ve used and
it’s super clear in fact you may not have even noticed that it’s on here I’ll
take it off in just a moment but it has an oleophobic coating just like the
iPhone does so you don’t see a lot of fingerprints on it and it’s truly a 9 on
the Mohs scale so really only something along the lines of a diamond or a
sapphire is going to scratch this in fact I have a knife here and I can push
this on the screen as much as I want you won’t see a single scratch in fact let
me turn the display off you won’t see anything I can scratch this all day long
with this knife the tip of this you won’t see a thing because it’s very very
strong and unless you bump something like a wedding ring or a diamond up
against the display you’re not going to see scratches so let me take this off
and while it will prevent some scratches it will not prevent it from shattering
necessarily but this has zero scratches on it you can see how clear it is and
I’ll link this in the description below so you can take a look at them yourself
they’re not inexpensive because this is true sapphire it’s been on other
channels as well and they’ve proved it’s sapphire as well so definitely check it
out I’ll link it in the description below now I’ve been using that screen
protector for about four days it’s been great but underneath it are a ton of
scratch no I don’t know if you’re going to be
able to see it in this light but there are tons of scratches all through here
all across the display something I’ve never seen before on any iPhone this
iPhone is very prone to scratching lightly now if it’s bad enough of course
I could bring it in I have Apple care I could have them swap the display if it
gets really bad or I crack the screen but it’s just something to keep in mind
for something that costs double it is much more prone to scratching so
definitely use some sort of screen protector if that’s going to bother you
now let’s talk about the displays themselves because they’re very
different the iPhone 8 plus has an LCD display and it’s a really great LCD
display but it’s LCD and won’t have the deeper blacks that the iPhone 11 pro max
or 11 Pro has so it’s a 5.5 inch LCD 1920 by 1080 with 401 pixels per inch
it does have 3d touch unlike the 11pro Max so it’s pressure sensitive although
you do get the same features with the 11pro max this is a pressure-sensitive
display as opposed to just pressing and holding so you do get that it goes up to
about 625 minutes of brightness so it is a nice and bright display but it’s not
as bright as the 11pro max the 11pro max has a 6.5 inch OLED display with HDR
it’s 2688 by 1242 with a pixel density of 458 pixels per inch
it goes up to 800 nits regular brightness and can go brighter than that
when it needs to play an HDR movie and it’s just an incredibly vibrant and
great-looking display it does have haptic touch so you can press and hold
that you’ll see it’s a little bit slower than when I’m using 3d touch it takes a
little bit longer to pop up but it does work just fine it’s just something
that’s not as nice as what we used to have so just keep that in mind now
another thing to consider with the displays is the iPhone 11 Pro max is an
OLED display and Apple uses PWM to control the brightness or a pulse width
modulation I’ve covered this in other videos as well but what that basically
means is the screen is always flickering to control brightness the faster it
flickers the brighter the display will seem so
you lower brightness it will flicker slower and while you can’t see this with
your eyes you can see this with a camera and this actually affects about one in
ten people and it causes headaches it can cause you to feel nauseated and
things like that so I’m actually affected by this but with the eleven
Promax they’ve changed the rate so that it’s high enough that it doesn’t bother
my eyes prior iPhones with OLED displays such as the iPhone 10 10s and 10’s max
actually caused my eyes to have a lot of strain and it gave me headaches that
doesn’t happen with this phone so if you’re prone to that just keep that in
mind it may bother you but it is much better on the newer phones the 11 Pro
and Pro max have better refresh rates for that PWM so it doesn’t bother your
eyes as much but definitely consider that if you’re looking at both of these
phones now when it comes to unlocking the phone this may be one of the main
reasons you decide to go with the eight plus because this has the touch ID
fingerprint sensor whereas we have face ID on the 11pro max now I’ve become very
accustomed to face ID it works fine I have no issues with it but if we show
speed here I’ll just press this and we’re in so normally what you do is you
just pick up your phone and swipe up and you’re in your phone but with the eight
pro or the eight plus you press and hold and it opens or unlocks the phone so I
know a lot of people still greatly prefer touch ID or would like the option
of both so if that’s something that means a lot to you obviously go with the
eight plus you’ll be happy with it now let’s talk a little bit about the specs
inside the eight plus has the a11 Bionic with three gigabytes of RAM and it’s
plenty fast I’ll show you that in a moment and then the iPhone 11 pro max
has the a 13 Bionic with 4 gigabytes of RAM so even though the RAM is 1 gigabyte
more I think you’ll see that we have very similar speeds with most things so
when you’re going into everyday apps the App Store that’s not going to be a big
deal they’re going to load about the same music is going to be about the same
and intensive apps are also going to be about the same so you’re not going to
see a lot of differences as far as loading application
however if you were to edit a 4k video and export it that puts a lot of strain
on the processor so I thought I’d show you that in the video now and then after
that we’ll talk about the cameras so let’s go ahead and go into iMovie now
I’ve loaded the same clip into the iMovie timeline and then I’ve added a
title on top so that it actually has to process this frame by frame
it’s a 4k video it’s the exact same video on both so I’ll export this and
this will push these processors pretty hard to export 4k video it takes a while
on my iMac Pro when I’m editing video to actually push this sort of content out
so let’s see how long it takes on both devices so we’ll hit done we’ll hit the
share button we’ll hit save video and let me bring in a stopwatch here so that
we can see how long it takes on both so let’s go ahead and see if we can hit 4k
4k and start and there we go and I’ll speed this up so that you can see how
long this takes I would expect it’ll take around five minutes or so now both have exported and it did take a
little bit longer on the iPhone 8 plus but I’m not sure that it’s worth double
the price if that’s what you’re going for
neither of these phones are warm on the back at all processing video seems to be
pretty easy for them so let’s go ahead and close these and let’s talk about the
cameras now the cameras are where the iPhone 11 Pro max excels and has a lot
better camera than the 8 plus in certain situations now the back camera on the 8
plus is a dual 12 megapixel camera one is a wide-angle lens one is a telephoto
lens we have an F 1.8 aperture on the wide-angle and enough 2.8 on the
telephoto it records 4k 60 video as well so it’s a very capable video camera I’ve
used it even in more recent videos I’ve used this or similar cameras to this
know on the 11 Pro max we also have 12 megapixel cameras but it’s an all new
sensor we have a wide-angle lens and F 1.8 we have a telephoto F 2.0 and we
have a new ultra wide F 2.4 aperture lens
we now have a night mode they also record in 4k 60 so what I wanted to do
in this video is show you some samples of photos side-by-side some video as
well and then we’ll talk about the forward facing cameras Oh cameras are recording in the 1430
since that’s where the iPhone 8 plus also does its best image processing when
recording video they’re both pretty good but I think the iPhone 11 Promax is just
a little bit better depending on what situation you’re using it in both
cameras can both record 4k 30 in 2x as well so you’ll see we’re zoomed in
optically by 2 times then we can just zoom back out the microphones are good
in both of them although the 11pro Max seems to be a little bit better and when
you’re shooting directly it’s something like sunlight they both do a good job of
really adjusting so you can have pretty decent dynamic range now the forward
facing cameras is where there is a huge difference on the iPhone 8 plus the
front camera is a 7 megapixel camera with an F 2.2 aperture it records in
1080p at 30 frames per second so it’s okay but it’s not incredible on the
iPhone 11 Pro max the forward facing camera could be used to vlog it’s that
good it’s a 4k camera 12 megapixel F 2.2 aperture that can record in 4k 60
it also can do an emoji and emoji if you’re into that but it has great videos
so let me show you the difference between the two now I’m using the
forward facing camera on the 8 plus and the 11pro Max and I think this is where
you’re going to see the biggest difference the 8 plus is in 1080p and
upscaled to 4k for this video but you’ll see the background isn’t as nice the
dynamic range isn’t as good as on the 11pro max also I think you’ll notice a
difference in the microphones as I’ve been switching between both devices so
here’s the 11 Pro max microphone it does a good job of eliminating background
noise and the 8 plus is okay but not as good now as far as water resistance or
resistance to dirt and dust the iPhone 8 plus is ip67 certified for 1 meter up to
30 minutes so it’s not bad but the 11pro max is IP 68 certified which means 4
meters for 30 minutes they they kind of went to the better side of IP 68 and
even made it ad per depth that it can withstand for 30
minutes now that doesn’t mean you won’t get water in it at all but it is better
protected than phones that don’t have it now battery life is where we see a huge
difference as well with the iPhone 8 plus we have a two thousand six hundred
and ninety one milliamp hour battery it’s about the same as an iPhone 7 plus
and you can expect 5.5 to six hours of screen on time with normal use now if
you’re playing a game or something like that it will be less but this here with
the iPhone 11 pro max Apple has really stepped up the battery size and it’s
almost 4,000 milliamp hours it’s 3969 milliamp hours it’s this will get you
about five hours more battery life than the eight plus and you’ll get about 10
to 12 hours of screen on time with normal use again that will vary
depending on how you use it so that is a huge difference between the two and its
really nice but you also get a fast charger with the 11pro max in the box so
you can charge it a little bit quicker you can fast charge the eight plus but
you will need to buy the adapter separately now as far as the speakers
are concerned there is a very big difference there as well so I’m not sure
you’ll be able to hear this but let me play one of my videos for you so you can
sort of hear the difference now I have both phones side by side I’ll move the
microphone so you can hear the difference between the two of them I’ve
been using primarily on my iPhone 11 Pro mattes this is my main device I’ve also
used it on the iPhone 11 which isn’t right here now hopefully you could hear
the difference between the speakers of the eight plus and the 11 Pro max the 11
Pro max is definitely a lot louder and cleaner at the higher volumes also
you’ve got better stereo sound and if you’re watching a movie you almost get a
surround sound feel when you’re watching something on the 11 Pro max so that’s
definitely something to consider now if you’re trying to decide which one to
pick well you could get to eight pluses for the price of an 11
max but you may not want an older display or an LCD display but things to
consider are things like face ID verse touch ID if you like the home button
obviously go with the 8 plus also the speed doesn’t seem to be much of a
consideration here but the cameras are definitely better on the 11pro max
especially for video and battery life is significantly better on the 11pro max
due to its huge battery but if those things aren’t a big deal for you then of
course pick the 8 plus also with both of them
they’re both premium devices and I think you’ll get years of use with the 8 plus
I think it’ll be supported for quite a few years still in the future with iOS
14 or iOS 15 but right now iOS 13 runs great on so those are all things to
consider let me know what you think in the comments below in which one you’ve
picked and why if you still want that home button I would love to see them
bring a home button option back as well I know a lot of people that still really
miss the home button on the 11pro and Promax let me know your thoughts in
the comments below if you’d like to get your hands on this wallpaper of course
I’ll link it in the description as I always do and thanks again to shell r us
for sending along the screen protector this is by far the best screen protector
I’ve ever used I love that you really can’t scratch it without some very very
hard Stone’s such as a diamond and I’ll link it to them in the description below
so you can check them out for yourself if you haven’t subscribed already though
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thanks for watching this is Aaron I’ll see you next time

100 thoughts on “iPhone 8 Plus vs iPhone 11 Pro Max – Which Should You Choose?”

  1. **Time Codes**
    00:00 – Start
    00:49 – Price and storage
    01:00 – Colors
    01:20 – Build and materials
    02:09 – Glass durability
    02:50 – Screen Protector Advertisement
    04:58 – Display
    06:00 – Haptic Touch vs 3D Touch
    06:18 – OLED PWM
    07:30 – Touch ID vs Face ID
    08:15 – Specs
    09:05 – Speed Comparison (4K video export)
    10:19 – Heat
    10:29 – Cameras
    11:25 – Photo and video comparison
    13:10 – Front camera comparison
    14:10 – Water resistance
    14:40 – Battery life
    15:25 – Fast Charging
    15:35 – Speakers
    16:42 – Which iPhone should you choose?
    17:20 – iPhone 8 Plus support life
    17:47 – Conclusion
    18:18 – Outro
    18:39 – End

  2. Who picked the 11 u are a monster cause the iPhone 8 is the best in my opinion it’s the best one I got a red iPhone 8 Plus but on my birthday I’m getting the iPhone 8 space gray no plus I can’t wait

  3. i dont get why the 11 Pro Max would be more prone to scratching as the 8+. both use the same Gorilla Glass 5 or 6, therefore should be equally prone to scratching

    i hope youre not just making this up to boost the sales of the screen protector

  4. Hi, my iPhone 6s Plus bought on year 2016 May, in before my battery health is 85%, recently I check back the battery now is drop to 81%, and I feel tm the battery life very fast to drop, is that normal that the battery health? Is it because I update to iOS 13.3 so it cause the battery health drop?

  5. Hi do you know why when airdropping content is not shown anymore? It just says name wants to airdrop and when pictures are sent as an example it no longer shows a preview

  6. 8plus users! Help!
    What happens to saved touch id passwords for websites etc.? Do they make a Face ID equivalent?
    Or do you need to back up them all, (I have a lot)

  7. Good video… The 11 is definitely the better phone but the 8 plus is still a really good phone. Probably wouldn't recommend buying one new but if you have one I don't see a reason to upgrade unless you must have the best camera or need 10 hours of on screen time on your phone which makes me wonder what you're doing with your life.

  8. Still have my iPhone 8 Plus over a year ago and I really enjoy my 8 plus But next year I’m getting the 11 pro max

  9. Even if I'm not interested in the video you always have bomb wallpapers to try out. Do you get them from multiple different places or did you find the best place to find wallpapers?

  10. If it had the camera design like the 8+ and the screen of any of the iPhone X and up screens I’ll snatch it up real quick 🤑🤑🤑

  11. Random question:- can u backup ur iphone through iPad pro or any latest IPad? As some says IPad now can replace Laptop. Pardon my English 😭 if my iphone disconnected from itune(wrong password for many times), can i backup or reset it from IPad? Using cable or do i still need to by laptop for backing-up(reset)iPhone or IPad?

  12. None, I’m using an 8 plus right not but this is my last iPhone for sure. iOS 13 is buggy, horrible HUD and barely anything works. If you get a iPhone make sure it’s the newest one cus they slow down all the old ones so that u upgrade quicker. Last iPhone

  13. Wow. Though, can we talk about how the 8 plus is still a great phone? It held up amazingly. Specially in the cameras/video. Wow.

  14. Maaan why is nobody mentioning that u lose the most Important feature of 3D Touch…. u cant peek into your WhatsApp chats anymore to read the messages while not receiving the blue arrows … 😑

  15. I want a new phone but I have the iPhone 8, I wanted a phone with an oled display but Apple dosent sell the iPhone XS anymore but I’m not paying 1,000 + dollars for the 11pro. 🙁

  16. Watched because I’m using my iPhone 8 Plus right now on the YouTube app. Now, I’ve been an iPhone user since the first day the first iPhone was released over 12 years ago. In the beginning I upgraded to each new model, because each change was a dramatic performance improvement.
    However, these days there’s not much to be gained and I believe your video demonstrates this point quite well. I simply refuse to spend unnecessarily and purchasing anything merely for bragging rights is ludicrous in my opinion.
    My iPhone and it’s screen looks much like yours even though I’ve owned mine since it was released. But the A11 Bionic chip is what really makes this model a keeper. Nice job on this video.

  17. OMG THE NEW IPHONE X after I buy it the iPhone 11 comes

    Me:q😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡

  18. My brother just upgraded form the iphone SE, which has served him loyally for 3 years now (october 2016 – December 2019) to the iPhone 11. He was obsessing about this phone and was saving up his money for 4 months! He LOVES the bigger display (minus the notch but he will get used to it), sound is better, and OMG the cameras are AMAZING!

  19. i have an 8 plus and mine runs so slow even after factory reset and updating it’s just super slow and laggy and getting the 11 pro max today

  20. You forgot to say that iPhone 8 Plus supports landscape orientation in home screen which phones from iPhone X does not support

  21. I purchased the iPhone 11 Pro Max coming out of Samsung for many years And the reason why I made the switch was just because I had the money

  22. I upgraded from s8 active to give apple another chance. Got the iPhone XR and can’t complain. Plus I work outside so I don’t want an edge display .

  23. I went from a 8Plus to an 11 Pro Max in September. I wanted a larger display for watching video, a longer lasting batter which is fantastic and sure a higher quality camera system. While the 11 Pro Max is twice the price, it doesn’t seem to hurt the wallet as badly when your making monthly payments to a carrier. It took a few days to get used to no home button, but I LOVE face i.d. when signing into online accounts. I often catch myself swiping up to close apps when I occasionally use my 7 year old iPad…lol I don’t feel there’s a right or wrong choice, it’s purely a personal decision as to what works best in function and financially. Nice review!

  24. Hey Zolo can you please do a update on the iPhone 7 Plus and just do a review on it and what IOS software will it stop at also is it still a good iPhone

  25. I didn’t have the 8+ before, but I have touched & played with it. I like the design of it. I kinda wish I would’ve chose that above the iPhone X when I did. Now I do have the Pro Max & I don’t have any complaints. The picture quality & battery life is what I enjoy the most! I know the price makes some pause, but I don’t plan to upgrade for the next two years or more so I’m happy with this.

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