Late last year, Apple boldly launched three brand new iPhones, but which one should you buy?
Ditching the iPhone 7S, Apple went straight to the iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus. The surprises didn’t stop there, as they also released an iPhone X (or iPhone 10). This design was created in celebration of the iPhone line’s 10th anniversary.
What’s the difference?
You may have noticed that the release of the iPhone 7 was dampened when the lack of advancement in design was revealed, as it felt the exact same as the iPhone 6. For these new phones, this is not the case. The industrial design is the biggest difference between the two latest releases.
The iPhone X stands out due to being Apple’s most “out-there” phone design yet. The iPhone X has a futuristic design, with a screen that stretches right to the edges and the once huge bezel has been shrunk right down. The most questionable part of the design is likely the cut-out at the top that dips into the screen. This contains a front-facing camera and a multitude of sensors. We suspect it will be easy to get used to, but to some, it may be annoying having part of the screen blocked off.
Both the iPhone X and the iPhone 8 have glass backs that look very nice, but the durability is uncertain.
The water resistance rating of IP67 is the same as before, and the iPhone X no longer features the iconic home button that has been positioned below the display on every other iPhone. Because of this, the touch ID feature is only available on the iPhone 8, and not the iPhone X. Instead, the iPhone X benefits from the new Face ID feature. Using this face-scanning technology, you can authorize iTunes purchases as well as unlock your iPhone.
The A11 Bionic chip powers the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, and is built using the same 10nm process as the Snapdragon 835. A more efficient device with potentially smoother performance and better battery life are all a result of this new manufacturing process. The CPU of Apple’s A11 has two performance cores, which are 25% faster than the iPhone 7, plus four high-efficiency cores.
Both phones are incredibly fast. The iPhone 8 comes with 2GB RAM, and the iPhone X ups that to 3GB.
Hugely different in terms of design, both iPhones have similar internals. The first of Apple’s phones to ditch the IPS LCD display and replace it with OLED is the iPhone X. This is the same screen technology used by Samsung and LG.
Perfect blacks and highly vivid colors are offered by OLED, as opposed to LCD. Sticking to the iPhone 8 leaves you stuck with the IPS LCD panels. As well as being HDR compatible, the OLED in the iPhone x is also Dolby Vision and offers a significantly higher resolution of 2436 x 1125, rather than just 720p or 1080p.
Price vs. Price
Highly important factors such as battery life, screen size, and camera quality all play a role when you are deciding which phone to buy. The amount you are willing to spend on these improvements is also likely to dictate what your decision will be.
For the iPhone 8, you can expect to pay anything starting from US$699, or perhaps $34.50 on a monthly contract. If you go for the iPhone 8 Plus, this will add on $100 to the price. The monthly amount will increase to $39.50.
Apple’s most expensive iPhone yet, the iPhone X, can be bought for anything from $999. The monthly contract option will cost you $49.91.
These costs are for the iPhone alone. It does not include any extra expenses that may incur, such as data plans, taxes and the access fee your courier may charge. If you’re not too phased on the idea of having a bigger screen or facial recognition, and you would just like to upgrade your iPhone, then the iPhone 8 is the phone for you.