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Apple iPhone 8 Plus
Apple iPhone XS
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Apple iPhone 8/8 Plus (2017) vs Apple iPhone XS/XS Max (2018)

Analysis:

We couldn't find enough data on either option to be able to come to any reliable conclusions. We strongly suggest that you take a look at some other Smartphones instead.

The Apple iPhone 8 Plus was loved by reviewers at Tom's Guide, a highly trusted source that performs reliable in-depth testing. It did great in its "The 11 Best Verizon Phones, Ranked Top to Bottom" roundup where it was named its "Ranked 2 out of 11", which, in itself, makes it a product worth considering.

Moving on to the Apple iPhone XS: it was unable to reach the very top of any roundups from sources that conduct reliable and unbiased testing. Nonetheless, it still managed to impress reviewers from a number of such sites, like CNET, camerajabber.com, What Hi-Fi?, PhoneArena, Digital Camera World, Techradar, Tech Advisor, Photography Blog, AVForums, TechSpot, GSMArena, The Verge, hardwarezone.com.sg, PCmag, Expert Reviews, slashgear.com, and nextpit.com, enough for them to include them on those lists.

For a direct Apple iPhone 8 Plus vs. Apple iPhone XS comparison, we took a look at sources that tested both and found that the Apple iPhone 8 Plus got reviewed better by GSMArena, whereas the reviewers at Pocket-lint, PhoneArena, Tech Advisor, and AVForums preferred the Apple iPhone XS. Reviewers at What Hi-Fi?, Techradar, CNET, Expert Reviews, PCmag, and WIRED haven't shown a preference for either.

We also took a look at which sources liked these two products the most. We found that the Apple iPhone 8 Plus received its best, 10, rating from T3, while the Apple iPhone XS got its highest score of 10 from camerajabber.com.

Finally, we also compared their review scores to the rest of their competition - the Apple iPhone 8 Plus earned an average review score of 8.6 out of 10 points and the Apple iPhone XS received an average of 8.9, compared to the 7.5 average of Smartphones in general.

Comparison of expert ratings
Highly Recommended
Recommended
Mentioned
Not Mentioned
CNET
GSMArena
Tom's Guide
AVForums
Digital Camera World
PCmag
Photography Blog
slashgear.com
Techradar
PhoneArena
Tech. Specs Comparison
Apple iPhone 8 Plus
Apple iPhone XS
Operating System
iOS
iOS
Screen size
5.5 (inches)
5.8 (inches)
Recommended by trusted experts
Tom's Guide
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Runner Up
in “The 11 Best Verizon Phones, Ranked Top to Bottom” 
Last updated: 11 Oct 2017
GadgetMatch
Trusted Source
-
Depth of
analysis
No
In-house
Testing
Best Overall
in “6 Best Gaming Smartphones (Q1 2018)” 
Last updated: 19 Mar 2018
slashgear.com
Trusted Source
-
Depth of
analysis
No
In-house
Testing
Best in iOS
in “7 best premium smartphones of 2017” 
Last updated: 28 Nov 2017
BestReviews
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “Best iPhones” 
Last updated: 5 days ago
Recommended by trusted experts
CNET
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best all-around iPhone camera
in “Best phones for Christmas gifts 2018: iPhone XR, Pixel 3, Note 9, Moto G6 for $200 and more” 
Last updated: 13 Dec 2018
Techradar
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “Best phones for battery life: which smartphone is the longest-lasting?” 
Last updated: 5 Apr 2019
Expert Reviews
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “Best upcoming phones 2018: UK release dates for the best new smartphones yet to appear” 
Last updated: 13 Sep 2018

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