For many years, we knew which iPhone was best because you could rely on the new additions when they were released every year. Now, we have three new models and nobody quite knows how to react. While the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are the two standard upgrades, we’ve also been treated to the ‘future of smartphones’ iPhone X. Today, we’re going to resolve the debate and compare them across different categories!
Interface – In truth, this is an interesting area because the iPhone 8 retains the home button while the iPhone X has taken a step forward by removing it. With the Control Centre now at the top of the page, you simply swipe up to get back home with the iPhone X; does this suit your style?
Screen – With the iPhone X, we have an OLED screen; the first for iPhone. In what Apple calls ‘Super Retina Display’, they’ve said it’s the first OLED worthy of being added to the iPhone. Since there’s no backlighting required, it allows for a much slimmer design and a new level of black. Although this sounds strange, the pixels turn off rather than approximating a black colour which makes it truer; OLED is also brighter.
Size – With the iPhone, size has always been important and the iPhone X is the largest there’s ever been in this range. Coming in at 5.8 inches, it’s 0.3 inches larger than the iPhone 8 Plus while the standard iPhone 8 measures just 4.7 inches so the difference is notable.
Battery Life – Once again, this is an important topic for iPhone fanatics and the iPhone 8 is very similar to the model it’s replaced. On the other side, Apple hasn’t stated an exact standard battery life for the X but it’s a couple of hours longer.
Camera – As a 12-megapixel telephoto lens and wide-angle camera, the main cameras are the same for both. However, the difference comes with optical image stabilisation which is on both cameras for the iPhone X and just one for the iPhone 8; in case you didn’t know, this feature eliminates blur by keeping the frame steady while also improving low-light performance. If you’re into front camera photography (selfies), this difference could be important for you.
Wireless Charging – With all three of the new iPhones, wireless charging is the norm and this saves the constant task of finding the charger. Since Apple Watches and AirPods use the same charger, you can keep all your Apple devices in the same place when charging rather than having to charge them wherever free sockets can be found. For guests, it’s also easier just to place the device onto the mat.
Unlocking – With the iPhone X, the Touch ID sensor has been removed with the home button so facial recognition is the new method of unlocking and this is called ‘Face ID’. As normal, you can also use a PIN code. Compared to the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, these still use Touch ID so this could actually be a big decision if you prefer the latter.
Processor – After upgrading to the A11 bionic chip offering 64-bit architecture, Apple hasn’t looked back and it can be found in all three models. Additionally, they all boast embedded M11 motion coprocessor as well as the same neural engine.
Price – After covering all the main features, we’ve reached the big one; how much does each cost? Currently, if you wanted to go SIM-free, the iPhone X is £999 making it the most expensive iPhone of all-time. Meanwhile, the iPhone 8 Plus is £799 while the iPhone 8 comes in at £699. Now available at all good mobile phone stores, we hope to have helped in your differentiation between the three models today!