As the Apple event frenzy is slowing down, you’re left wondering – is it iPhone X worth the staggering price? More importantly, if you want to upgrade, should you save up for it or go for iPhone 8? Remember, the difference between the two in terms of price is $300, so making the right call is crucial. Let’s help you make a decision #mobilemagic
As with every major decision in our lives, we like to make a pros & cons list. First of all, is it worth changing your iPhone 7 for an iPhone 8? Well, let’s see what makes the newest one pop:
|iPhone 8/8 Plus||iPhone 7/7 Plus|
|Glass back||Aluminum back|
|A11 chip||A10 fusion chip|
|ISP Apple-designed ISP||No proprietary|
|AR support||No AR support|
|Video recording 4K at 30fps; 1080p at 120fps (slo-mo)||Video recording 4K at 60fps; 1080p at 240fps (slo-mo)|
|No Portrait Lighting/ Portrait Lighting only on rear cameras||No Portrait Lighting feature|
|Video formats: HEIF, HEVC||Video formats: HEVC, H.264|
|Qi wireless charging||No wireless charging|
So, if you decide to “level up” and buy iPhone 8, you get wireless charging thanks to the glass back, a much better processor, capable of handling augmented reality experiences and games. A new, Apple-made image signal processor improves every experience, be it a shooting one or an immersive one. If you’re into slow-motion videos, you’ll have the chance to take your art to the next level. Plus, if you get a Plus, your portraits are better off, by allowing you to direct the lighting in the shoot, like if you were on a set.
Now, that we cleared that up, let’s see how iPhone 8 or 8 Plus compares to the all new iPhone X (we focused on the differences below):
|iPhone 8/8 Plus||iPhone X|
|4.7-inch / 5.5-inch Retina HD display||5.8-inch Super Retina display|
|Traditional display||Almost bezel-free display|
|LCD screen||OLED screen|
|Home button with Touch ID||No home button; Touch ID embedded in display|
|Fingerprint recognition||Facial recognition|
|One rear camera/ dual rear cameras||Dual rear cameras|
|No Portrait Lighting/ Portrait Lighting only on rear cameras||Portrait Lighting on rear and front cameras|
|Telephoto lens has f/2.4 aperture||Telephoto lens has f/2.8 aperture|
|Primary camera with OIS||Both rear cameras with OIS|
As you can see, there’s a pretty hefty list of differences between the three brand new phones. Apple equipped all three with the same processor, A11 Bionic, and by doing so, offered AR capabilities to all three.
But, if you’re a person who is on the bezel-less bandwagon, you’ll love iPhone X.
If you hated Apple for ditching the headphone jack and wouldn’t want to be stripped of the home button too, go for iPhone 8 or 8 Plus.
If you liked the competition’s facial recognition unlocking system but are afraid of spoofing it with a photo, check iPhone X out – this has liveliness detection too.
If taking professional-looking selfies is your thing, iPhone X is the answer. If not, iPhone 8 Plus will do.
Last but not least, if you just wanted to see Apple finally bring wireless charging to their phones and nothing more, don’t hesitate to buy the iPhone 8.
Bottom line: You’ll get by with an iPhone 8 (64GB version) just fine. It’s got the power and the cool new camera feature. But, if you want the best Apple can offer (and you just can’t say no to a very, very pretty phone), put your wallet aside and don’t give into temptation until November.