While I am an Android user myself on the Blackberry KEYone, you can’t deny Apple make some good phones. Unfortunately, if you are committed to their ecosystem, there isn’t a great deal of options for finding a bargain.

When the iPhone 5C was released, it was supposed to be an affordable option for users, but in reality, it wasn’t much cheaper, and it made more sense to get the fully-fledged model.

With the latest generation of iPhone, you can be paying £1149 for the top of the range, iPhone X. At 0% APR that would be nearly £50 per month over the course of 2 years, just for the phone itself, you then need to pay for your data, calls and texts!

Granted, the iPhone 8 and 8-Plus are cheaper, but you are still looking at paying over £799 for the iPhone 8 Plus 64GB.

But do you need the latest generation iPhone? You could potentially save hundreds by getting one of the previous generations, and the performance difference will not be that much. In the case of the iPhone 8 vs the iPhone 7, they have the same shape too, so you wouldn’t be sacrificing looks by going for an older model.

So how do the two Plus model phones stack up against each other?

  • Processor: & RAM iPhone 8 Plus has Apple’s latest A11 Bionic chip. 2 cores are 25% faster, and 4 of the energy efficient cores are 70% faster. This certainly sounds impressive, but in real life, there isn’t that much noticeable difference. Both models use the same amount of RAM which is 3GB
  • Displays: Both the iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone 7 Plus have 5.5-inch LCDs—called Retina HD Displays—with 1920×1080 resolution. Nearly all other display tech specs are identical, including 1300:1 contrast ratio, 3D Touch, Wide Colour (P3) support, and 625 cd/m2 max brightness. The iPhone 8 plus has True Tone display, which automatically adapts the colour and intensity of the display to match the colour temperature of the light in its surrounding environment.
  • Both the iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone 7 Plus have an IP67-rated splash, water, and dust resistance.
  • Both phones use the same camera stats, though Apple claims the 8 has a larger sensor and new colour filter
  • Both phones have the same Touch ID
  • They both have all the same connectivity and connections.
  • With the iPhone 8, you get an all-glass While this is nice, it is more prone to smashing.
  • The iPhone 8 has fast charging and wireless charging.
  • The iPhone 8 has Bluetooth 5.0
  • The 8 comes with double the amount of storage.

So, the iPhone 8 does offer some worthwhile upgrades, but for the vast majority of people, these won’t be noticeable. The most significant upgrade for your average user will likely be the increased storage, with the base model now being 64GB.

Regarding pricing, if you were to buy SIM free from Apple it would cost you £799 for the 64GB iPhone 8 Plus or £949 for the 256GB model. While the iPhone 7 Plus costs £669 or £769. That’s almost £200 difference between the top models.

Fonehouse offer the best mobile phone deals, and if you buy from them, you can make an even larger saving. The iPhone 8 Plus 256GB will cost you £64 a month or £1536 over 2 years with £10 cashback. Whereas on the same contract you can get the iPhone 7 Plus for £56pcm or £1344 over 2 years, and with £70 cashback. This would give you a total saving of £252 which is over £20 per calendar month!