The iPhone 8 and its close sibling the iPhone X have been out for a few months now. If you’re upgrading your phone or looking to buy a new iPhone, but can’t decide which one to choose, then continue reading this post. In this post, you’ll read about the differences between the two phones, the pros and cons of each, and a recommendation of which one to buy.
The iPhone 8 comes in two different sizes (and names), the iPhone 8 with the same size screen as the iPhone 7 at 4.7 inches, and the iPhone 8 plus which has a huge 5.5-inch HD screen. Not only is the screen size bigger, but it also has 3GB RAM as compared to the iPhone 8’s 2GB RAM, and a larger battery.
The iPhone X gets its name thanks to 10 years of iPhones (the first iPhone was released in 2007). This new Apple device is a game changer. The size is similar to that of the iPhone 8, but it packs a gorgeous Super Retina display in a 5.8-inch edge-to-edge display.
What are the main differences?
Because of how similar the iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X are in size and other features, let’s focus on these two devices for a thorough comparison.
iPhone 8 Plus vs. iPhone X (Differences)
- Bigger physical size (158.4mm x 78.1mm x 7.5mm) vs. smaller size (143.6mm x 70.9mm x 7.7mm)
- 28g heavier (202g vs. 174g)
- IPS LCD display vs. Super AMOLED display (the same display Samsung flagship phones use)
- Smaller screen (5.5 inches vs. 5.8 inches)
- 1080×1920 pixels full-HD display vs. 1125×2436 Super Retina display
- No Optical Image Stabilization vs. Optical Image Stabilization built-in
- Touch ID & Home Button vs. Face ID
- 2691 mAh battery vs. 2716 mAh battery
- £799 vs.£999
There you have it. These are the major differences between the two phones. On the surface, it doesn’t look like much until you get to the price. Is the iPhone X really worth£200 more than the iPhone 8 Plus? Let’s weigh the pros and cons of both.
The iPhone X has no fingerprint reader or home button
For many people, this is a deal breaker. The iPhone X had to get rid of the dedicated home button to make room for its gorgeous edge-to-edge display. But this means no more quick and easy payments with Apple Pay. Apple replaced the home button’s fingerprint reader with Face ID, this new tech uses your face to unlock the phone. But it isn’t very reliable.
It may even be tricked – and that’s a huge security issue. It can also be argued that Touch ID is a much faster and easier way to unlock the phone and make secure payments.
The screen size and display
There’s no doubt about it. The iPhone X has a much better-looking display and uses Super AMOLED screens supplied by Samsung. These are the same displays in the Galaxy S series and the Note series. Views are crisp and clean from any angle – much better than the iPhone 8 Plus’ IPS LCD display. However, there is one huge problem. The ugly black dip from the top of the iPhone X can be unsightly for some. It doesn’t go away, and it can’t be hidden.
Apple has done something amazing with the iPhone X. They have squeezed a larger screen into a phone size not much bigger than the iPhone 8. You get a smaller, lighter phone, with a bigger screen in the iPhone X – for some, that’s a win.
Optical Image Stabilization
The iPhone X comes standard with OIS. What is OIS? It’s a feature in some phones that helps to capture sharper, clearer photos, and reduces the chance of getting blurry pictures because your hand was shaking or shivering. Not only that, but it’s an excellent tool for taking pictures in low-light situations or when recording video. It’s a must-have feature if you want to use your iPhone as a dedicated camera.
One caveat of having a bigger, more pixel-heavy screen is that it will require more juice. While the iPhone X has a bigger battery, the battery life between it and the iPhone 8 Plus is very similar – which is a nice surprise! Another added bonus in both devices is the ability to wirelessly charge them through the use of a Qi wireless charger. This means no more fumbling around with cables.
Ultimately, when shopping for a new phone, it all comes down to the price. Is the iPhone X worth£200 more than the iPhone 8 Plus? That all depends on what you want. If you’re looking for a small size, bigger and better screen, the latest and greatest and best Apple has to offer, and have no issues with the price, then the iPhone X is made for you. The amount of tech Apple has squeezed into this phone makes it one of the best mobile phones out there today.
However, if you have a limited budget, and things like a fingerprint reader are a must for you, then the iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus will be the perfect devices for you. You can rest comfortably knowing the iPhone 8 comes with nearly the same camera set up as the iPhone X, and the speed and power are the same between the three devices. All three devices are also IP67 rated, which means they are waterproof for up to 30 minutes at a depth of 1-metre. The choice is yours.