iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X – Which is Best for Me?
Last month Apple released three new iPhones: the 8, 8 Plus, and X. You may have been considering an upgrade for a while, and if so one of these three will be a great fit for you! Fundamentally, the 8 and 8 Plus are an incremental update on the 7 and 7 Plus, with a few cool feature upgrades. Like the previous generation, the 8 and 8 Plus are top-of-the-line smartphones with excellent cameras, a high-resolution screen, and offer water and dust resistance. The new models now feature a glass back, which gives an elegant hand-feel and allows wireless for ultra-fast charging as well as wireless charing (though the wireless charging mats are sold separately). Additionally the displays on the newer phones are greatly upgraded, showcasing a brighter and wider color spectrum while softening the edges during the evening to make it easy on the eyes. The newer cameras perform even better than their predecessors, especially in low-light. They also incorporate more powerful processors to allow "Augmented Reality" apps – meaning the apps will overlay fictional visual elements onto the real world. Some crazy sci-fi stuff is in the works, folks. ;)
But that's not all! The iPhone X (pronounced iPhone Ten) is being touted as the phone of the future, featuring a gorgeous and giant edge-to-edge bezel-less display, amazing facial recognition capabilities (allowing you to unlock the phone by looking at it as well as emojis that can mirror your facial expressions and talk with your voice), dual rear cameras, as well as the same wireless charging and high-end processing abilities in the phones above.
So which is the best phone for you? Well this brings Apple's current iPhone line-up to 8 models. Here is a quick break-down of the models and their features:
- iPhone SE: small phone size and low price point – great if you want a small phone that still has some great capabilities, a headphone jack, and don't want to spend too much.
- iPhone 6S/6S Plus: mid- and large-sized phones from two years ago – still have some nice features and a lower price point, as well the last remaining mid- and large-sized models with a headphone jack.
- iPhone 7/7 Plus: mid- and large-sized phones from last year – offer a performance boost over the 6S models, as well as greatly improved cameras and dust/water resistance. The headphone jack was removed, meaning you'd need either bluetooth headphones or a dongle connector to use your old ones. The 7 Plus model also introduced a dual rear camera, allowing for dramatic "portrait mode" photography.
- iPhone 8/8Plus: mid- and large-sized phones now being offered – similar to their predecessors with a nice performance boost, more beautiful displays, glass backs and capable of both fast-charging and wireless charging.
- iPhone X: mid-sized phone with "Face ID" facial recognition and a very large screen – a futuristic new concept that removes the physical "home button" and relies instead on gestures and facial recognition, features the fantastic dual camera of the previous Plus models, but on a mid-sized phone. Price point will be about $1000 for the entry-level model. I'd only recommend this phone if you're excited to be an "early adopter," otherwise probably best to wait for next year's model to see if they need to work out any kinks!
Let me know if you have any questions about the iPhone line-up and are wondering which would be best for you. I'm happy to advise!