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The iPhone X vs. The iPhone 8

Written By: Cassandra Bondie

Both the iPhone 8 and iPhone X have been officially released, unleashing a slew of debates around the world. The time has come to Compare Phones. Which smartphone is more impressive in terms of technology, design, and structure? Which smartphone is more user-friendly? More affordable? More valuable? We're going to answer all of these questions and more throughout the following sections. Our goal? To help you determine which phone you should support - financially and socially. Let's get started!

The Benefits of the iPhone X

The iPhone X features an edge-to-edge OLED display. Copied from Android devices, this display truly brings Apple and Samsung into the competition zone.  The device also offers a powerful front-facing camera, a smaller (and more manageable) display, and novel face-mapping technology.

For many Apple fans, the decision to purchase the iPhone X is a no-brainer.

The Drawbacks of the iPhone X

While the iPhone X is truly impressive, there are several drawbacks when choosing the device for your next upgrade. First, the iPhone X starts at $1000, making it the most expensive Apple smartphone to date. It also has some weird quirks, like a rectangular cut-out at the top of the screen that can negatively affect gameplay and application function.

The iPhone X doesn't have Touch ID. The AppleCare+ insurance plan for the device is also more than $190 - a significant jump from iPhone 8 coverage. Finally, experts are calling the iPhone X "the most breakable iPhone yet."

The Benefits of the iPhone 8

When the iPhone 8 was released, reviews varied among consumers. Some were genuinely impressed by Apple's newest design. Others were bored. The general consensus among them was, "Wait for the iPhone X to come out." Still, the iPhone 8 offers affordability and familiarity unmatched by the iPhone X. In our effort to Compare Phones, let's focus on the benefits of the iPhone 8.

The iPhone 8 is a redesigned phone with two models: the 4.7-inch iPhone 8 and the 5.5-inch iPhone 8 Plus. Some consider the iPhone X to be an extension of the iPhone 8, but we aren't in that camp.

Specs for the iPhone 8 include 3D photo sensing capabilities, optical image stabilization, wireless charging, and an iOS 11 operating system. Consumers can choose between 64, 128, and 256 gigabytes of storage - a unique feature of all iPhones.

The iPhone 8 is far less expensive than the iPhone X, starting at $700 for an iPhone 8 and $800 for an iPhone 8 Plus. You can save more than $200 by choosing a lesser upgrade, which is still a brand-new Apple smartphone.

It helps that, functionally, the iPhone 8 and iPhone X are identical. Both phones use Apple's new A11 Bionic chip, an M11 motion coprocessor, and a neural engine. The only difference is how these pieces are used. The front and rear cameras on both phones are also nearly identical, minus a few not-so-important features like Portrait Mode and Portrait Lighting.

Finally, the iPhone 8 doesn't have an unsightly notch at the top of its screen, making it easier to use applications you already know and love.

The Drawbacks of the iPhone 8

Unfortunately, the iPhone 8 is far from perfect.

Wall Street Journal writer Geoffrey Fowler summed up the problem nicely when he wrote, "Apple's confusing iPhone family now includes three pairs of practically identical phones: the regular and Plus versions of the iPhone 8, 7, and 6s. Don't buy the spendiest one."

He argues, in his September 19 article, that design changes made on the iPhone 8 are simply not enough to justify an upgrade. And he might be right.

Let's Compare Phones: Which is Best?

At the end of the day, you need to choose a smartphone that meets your needs and expectations. If you plan on upgrading to a new Apple smartphone, we suggest the iPhone X. You'll get the biggest bang for your buck. And, if the iPhone X represents a new direction for Apple, your upgrade will last far longer.

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