​iPhone 8 vs. iPhone X: Which one should you buy?

​iPhone 8 vs. iPhone X: Which one should you buy?

Published by Carly on Oct 23rd 2017

iPhone 8 vs. iPhone X: Which one should you buy?

The tech world was sent into a tailspin with Apple’s September 12th announcement of the iPhone 8 and iPhone X. The anniversary edition of the iPhone became instant competition for the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. Yet, what is the difference between the devices? Which one should you buy?

Here are 5 things to consider when choosing between the iPhone 8 and iPhone X:

  • 1.Design

There are several design similarities between the iPhone 8 the iPhone X. Both have improved speakers (by about 25% from the iPhone 7), glass backs, lightening ports, dust resistance, and both are water resistant up to a little over 3 feet for 30 minutes.

Yet, there are several differences between the designs of the devices. Based on measurements, the iPhone X is larger and heavier than the 8, but smaller than the 8 Plus.

iPhone X: 5.65 x 2.79 x 0.30 in and 6.14 ounces

iPhone 8: 5.45 x 2.65 x 0.29 in and 5.22 ounces

iPhone 8 Plus: 6.28 x 3.07 x 0.32 in and 6.63 ounces

Though there are differences in the measurements between these devices, they are relatively small. Yet, the iPhone X does look different than the 8. With an edge-to-edge screen that covers almost the entire front of the device came with it what many call the “notch” on the iPhone X. This notch is the cut out of the screen on the front of the device, which holds the speaker and front facing camera. While this is obviously necessary, some are calling it a “hideous” addition to the iPhone X.

The edge-to-edge screen means the exclusion of a home button and Touch ID on the iPhone X. In its place, Apple introduced Face ID technology, which allows you to unlock your phone by simply looking at your device. Is Face ID a perfect system? Probably not since it is brand new for Apple. If you’re considering the iPhone X, keep in mind that you’re essentially a guinea pig for Face ID in mind and that there is no going back to Touch ID. However, with the iPhone 8, you can still hold on to Touch ID and the beloved home button.

  • 2.Cameras

The iPhone 8 has a single 12-megapixel rear-facing camera, while the 8 Plus and X feature 12-megapixel telephoto lenses as a part of their dual rear cameras. The rear facing cameras on the iPhone 8 Plus and X are similar, with the main differences being that Optimal Image Stabilization is only featured for wide-angle photos for the 8 Plus, while the X features it for the wide-angle and telephoto lens. Essentially, this means that the X would be more likely to capture clearer images in lower light.

Similarly, the front facing cameras on the iPhone 8 Plus and X are nearly the same, as well. Yet, the X features some interesting additions to utilize the front camera including Portrait Mode and the Animoji feature.

  • 3.Batteries

Both the iPhone 8 and the iPhone X feature wireless charging. However, wireless chargers are still pretty expensive, which is something to consider with these new devices.

When it comes to battery life, Apple clearly explain that the capacity is essentially the same between the battery in the 8 and the X, with a few minor boosts in the iPhone X’s battery.

  • 4.Displays

The most obvious difference between the iPhone X and the iPhone 8 is the display. The iPhone 8 sports a 4.7-inch LCD display, with a 65% screen to body ratio. While the iPhone X features a 5.8-inch OLED display, with an 82.9% screen to body ratio.

As Apple says, “the device is the display” in regards for the iPhone X. With a larger display, the richer OLED screen, and an increase in the resolution and pixel density, some says that this is the best display to ever come from Apple. While the display on the iPhone 8 is certainly good, it has no competition to the display of the X.

  • 5.Price

Doesn’t it all ultimately come down to price?

The iPhone 8 starts at $699, the iPhone 8 Plus starts at $799, and the iPhone X starts at $999 (all of these price points are for the 64GB option).

While the iPhone 8 certainly isn’t inexpensive, the X takes iPhones to a whole new level of price points. So, how much are you willing to pay?

Internally, the iPhone 8 and iPhone X are essentially the same devices, with some difference to the external designs and software features. While the iPhone 8 is available in-stores now, if you’re willing to go big and spring for the iPhone X, be aware that it is probably going to be difficult to get ahold of one for a while.

Whichever device you choose, we have premium holster cases available for the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and the iPhone X. Once you choose the perfect case for your new device, we will give you free shipping, too!