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UPDATE: iPhone 8 reviews: Good, but nothing to get too excited about

UPDATE: iPhone 8 reviews: Good, but nothing to get too excited about

09/23/2017

By Wallace Witkowski, MarketWatch

iPhone 8 gets lukewarm nods, but it's not an iPhone X

Apple Inc. recently kicked off pre-orders for its iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus with shipping to start on Friday, but reviews for the smartphone are tepid given that the slight upgrade is getting eclipsed by features touted on the more advanced, and more expensive, iPhone X.

Last week, Apple announced its iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/everything-apple-announced-at-its-iphone-event-2017-09-12), along with the iPhone X, or 10, model, but while consumers can get the former in their hands at the end of the week, they'll have to wait until Nov. 3 to get the iPhone X. The recurring theme that appears in many prominent iPhone 8 reviews is that it is a solid phone, probably good if you have an iPhone older than a 7, but otherwise, it's a minor upgrade over the 7.

Apple (AAPL) shares closed up less than 0.1% at $158.73, and are up 37% for the year. For the month of September, however, shares are down 3.2% so far.

In comparison, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed up 0.2%, and both the S&P 500 Index and the Nasdaq Composite Index gained 0.1% Tuesday. For the year and September-to-date, respectively, the Dow is up 13% and 1.9%; the S&P 500 is up 12% and 1.4%; and the Nasdaq has gained 20% and 0.5%.

Read:Apple may not be the unstoppable force behind stock-market records it once was (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/apple-may-not-be-the-unstoppable-force-behind-stock-market-records-it-once-was-2017-09-19)

Here's a roundup of what reviewers are saying:

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