Apple has made it harder to pick an iPhone. This year the company launched the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus in addition to the new iPhone X, the 10th anniversary phone. So what are the differences between the three phones and which one should you buy? Here are seven of the most important things to consider before deciding on a phone.
IPhone has never been cheap, but this time you’ll have to shell out up to $ 1,500 to get one. The iPhone 8 has an initial price of US $ 699, the 8 Plus of US $ 799 and the cheapest iPhone X costs US $ 999. And this price is before tax, AppleCare and extra storage. So if your budget is tight, discard the iPhone X of your options. Or consider the Apple update program that allows you to pay for the phone for a period of 24 months and upgrade to the latest model once you have made half of those payments.
If price is not your main concern, the next you have to consider is size. The iPhone 8 Plus gives you a larger screen of 5.5 inches, but has a bulky body. The screen of the iPhone 8 is 4.7 inches and is more comfortable to maneuver with one hand, but you sacrifice almost an inch of screen space. The iPhone X falls right in the middle of these two iPhone 8 in size and weight, but has a larger screen 5.8 inches, which is larger than the iPhone 8 Plus, thanks to a design with almost no bezels.
The three new iPhone have True Tone technology from Apple, which adjusts the warmth or illumination of the screen to ambient light, but the 8 and 8 Plus have Retina HD screens as their predecessors, while the X has a Super Retina display with more pixels per inch. It is also the first iPhone that uses OLED and HDR technology for your screen to produce deeper blacks, richer colors and more realistic images. The downside is that you’ll have to put up with that tab that houses the sensors in the top bezel when you’re watching videos.
What you will not find on the iPhone X is the Start button. Apple got rid of the Home button on the tenth anniversary phone. This means that you will have to learn a new way to control your phone based on gestures. So, if you’re particularly fond of the capacitive start button, you might want to opt for the iPhone 8 or 8 Plus.
The fingerprint sensor has also disappeared on the iPhone X. The phone uses Face ID to unlock the phone and authenticate payments, which according to Apple is even safer than Touch ID. And, even though it is more secure, it does not seem to be as convenient as placing your finger on the phone, an action that has become very natural for iOS users. The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus kept the fingerprint sensor on the Home capacitive button.
If the camera is the most important thing for you, then opt for the 8 Plus or the iPhone X. Both phones have a second telephoto lens for better zoom and DSLR-like portraits. In addition, Apple added Portrait mode and Portrait Lighting mode, which mimics studio lighting to enhance portrait captures. The iPhone X has a slightly faster aperture and optical image stabilization on both lenses. If you love selfies, you also take photos in portrait mode with the front camera.