Apple’s choice to release two new iPhones at once has led to more than a little consumer confusion. At two different price points and with vastly different tech, it’s one of the first times that users have a real choice in how their Apple-based smartphone experience will work. Below are some of the things you’ll need to consider when choosing between the two phones.
The Price Factor
For most users, the selling point of the iPhone 8 will always be the price. The three hundred dollar difference between the base model 8 and the X is one of those hurdles that’s incredibly tough to overcome for most consumers. It’s actually one of the largest gaps in pricing ever present in an iPhone release, with a 256 gigabyte 8 Plus still coming in fifty dollars lower than the iPhone X. For many consumers, the arguments about which phone to buy will stop there. If you can’t afford to drop over a thousand dollars on a phone, you simply can’t pass up the 8.
The 8’s value actually goes beyond merely being cheaper than the X. The 65GB model actually retails for just one hundred and fifty dollars more than a 32GB model from the previous year, making it one of the better deals when it comes to phones. While it’s certainly more expensive than buying an older device, it’s relatively low price point compared to the value-holding 6 and 7 makes it as close to a value-priced phone as you’ll find from the manufacturer. While a price tag of just under seven hundred dollars is nothing to sneeze at, it’s actually impressively low for one of these phones.
Of course, there’s a lot to unpack when it comes to the price of the X. The base model price of just under a thousand dollars is incredibly high when compared to most of the line, but the gap between phones is smaller than it looks at first glance. The X is probably more fairly compared to the 8 Plus, which has a base model retail of just under eight hundred dollars. The two hundred dollar gap between the two is still significant for the average consumer, but it’s not so large that it’s insurmountable. Indeed, it’s basically the difference between a 7 and a 6S.
Size and Screen
If you’re not just looking at price, the comparison between the 8 and X starts to skew a bit more in favor of the X. There’s no question that the X is the more technologically advanced device – rather, there’s a question of whether all the advances are actually worth the investment. The best place to start with that question is with size and screen quality, both things that most smartphone users consider important in their new devices.
The 8 features a 4.7-inch display, while the 8 Plus features a 5.5-inch display. The X is a bit bigger than both, with a screen size of 5.8 inches. Oddly enough, though, the X is a physically smaller phone than the 8 Plus – the new construction allows it to fit a lot more screen into a much smaller package. If you’re looking for the biggest screen size, then, the X is your best bet. The 8 is the smallest of the phones physically, but only by a bit which makes the X a very good choice for those who don’t want a monstrously large phone.
The screen tech is where the X really starts to pull away, though. The X has an HDR OLED screen, giving it the best possible image fidelity in the iPhone line. Apple trots out the line that the X has a one million to one contrast ratio, several times the fidelity of the eight plus. It’s enough of a difference that even casual users will notice that the X simply looks better. Whether that huge jump in fidelity matters is up to the individual user, though – it’s hard to say that a better-looking phone is definitively worth more than its counterpart.
Tech and Camera
It’s the tech that usually makes the difference between the phones. Again, the X is packing all the latest toys and it’s certainly got the bleeding-edge cred that the 8 doesn’t have. All of that tech isn’t necessarily something that every user is going to want.
If you were upset that the 7 lost the headphone jack, you’re probably not going to love that the X loses the home button. That stalwart part of the i-Device line is now gone, largely in service of fitting more screen space on a smaller device. With the lack of a home button also comes the lack of Touch ID, which means that you’ll no longer be able to quickly unlock your phone with the press of a button.
The big new tech in X is Face ID. It’s a largely unproven system and with which many users have problems, but it’s also a definitively cool feature. Whether it works for you is up for grabs and it’s still not nearly as user-friendly as a simple touch.
The final major division is the camera. While the two phones have largely the same rear-facing cameras, the front-facing camera on the X is much better. It’s been upgraded considerably to work with the company’s new AR tech and it shows. It’s probably going to be an upgraded selfie camera for most users, but it’s image quality is better even to the naked eye.
In terms of tech, the X is the clear winner here. In terms of familiarity, though, the 8 takes the prize. Which phone works for you depends upon how close to the bleeding edge of technology you want your phone.
Should you buy the X or the 8? It’s a tough question to answer. If you have the money and care about having all the newest toys, the X is a much better buy. In terms of value and familiarity, though, 8 wins every time. Think about what you value in a phone and then head on over to Letstango.com to buy your new Apple phone.