Apple has recently launched two new phones. After ditching iPhone 7S, it has jumped straight into iPhone 8 and also as a surprise, launched iPhone X (or iPhone10) to celebrate the 10th anniversary of iPhone lines. If you are planning to buy the new phones but wondering which one will be suitable for you, we are providing a detailed guide to help you with your decision to buy the perfect one.
The iPhone 8 is already available in abundance in the market but the pre-order of iPhone X has just started since 27th October 2017 and one has limited chance to grab the opportunity. So if you consider fast availability as a prime factor, you should know that you might not even manage to get iPhone X for Christmas as well! The supply is anticipated to be constrained even into this New Year.
iPhone X measures 143.6 mm by 70.9 mm and 7.7 mm thick whereas iPhone 8 measures 138.4 mm by 67.3 mm and 7.3 mm thick. The iPhone 8 is slightly smaller and thinner and the difference is almost negligible.
iPhone X weighs 174 grams and iPhone 8 weighs 148 grams. Here, the difference of weight is 26 grams and it is also quite negligible. So it won’t be wise to compare the iPhones based on this parameter for final purchase.
Unlike the size and weight of the two models, there is a huge difference in the size of the screen. The iPhone X has a 5.8 inch Super Retina HD display whereas iPhone 8 has a 4.7 inch Retina HD display. Here, iPhone X stands out but the measurement is deceptive.
There are two main reasons for this. Firstly, a notch is taken out of the top of the screen. If we measure the screen from the base of the notch, there will be some screen visible on either side of the notch but it’s not going to be useful. Secondly, the width of display of iPhone X is similar to that of iPhone 8 in portrait orientation. So it can be said that iPhone X is taller, but not wider.
Developers suggest that due to the swipe gesture indicator, the display of iPhone X has less vertical space than that of iPhone 8 in landscape mode.
iPhone X display is an OLED screen and Apple has named it as Super Retina display. The iPhone X display has a TrueTone, 2436×1125 pixel resolution at 458 ppi, with 1000000:1 contrast ratio while iPhone 8 display offers a Retina Display, 1334×750 pixel resolutions at 326 ppi and 1400:1 contrast ratio. This suggests that the quality of iPhone X will be superior to that of iPhone 8.
Both the models have a 12MP camera but there are certain key differences. iPhone X has two cameras – one f/1.8 aperture wide angle and the other f/2.4 aperture telephoto camera. Both are combined together to create stunning portrait shots with blurred background. It has an optical zoom which can zoom up to 10x.
iPhone 8 camera is just one camera with a f/1.8 aperture which is unable to create the fancy portrait shots and it can zoom up to 5x.
The selfie/Face time camera of iPhone X is different to that of iPhone 8. The iPhone8 model has a 7MP Face Time HD camera with Retina Flash but iPhone X has a 7MP True Depth front camera with Portrait mode and Portrait Lighting. The True Depth front camera of the iPhone X is capable of taking Portrait Mode Selfies.
The missing Home Button
One of the most important differences between the two models is the demise of the Home Button in iPhone X. The Home Button is an integral part of the design of iPhone. The removal of Home Button requires some changes in the iPhone interface. So, if you are planning to buy an iPhone X, you have to learn to navigate the new interface.
Also, Touch ID, Apple’s fingerprint recognition system for securing your phone has been replaced with Face ID.
Face ID vs. Touch ID
The Touch ID is an easy method to unlock your phone by just touching the Home Button. Using the Face ID, you have to unlock by looking at your phone. People are doubtful about the reliability, security and implementation of the Face ID. According to Apple, there is only one in a million chance that Face ID would allow someone else to unlock your phone while there is one in 50000 chance that Touch ID would allow unlocking using someone else fingerprint. Hence, Face ID is said to be more secure than Touch ID with certain exceptional cases.
Apart from the major differences, there are few other factors that may contribute to your decision.
- iPhone X is available in space grey or silver colour while iPhone 8 is available in gold, silver and space grey.
- Both the models have the same capacity of 64GB or 256GB.
- Both the models have the same water resistance capacity, rated IP67 under IEC standard 60529.
- Both the models have an A11 Bionic chip with 64-bit architecture, M11 motion coprocessor.
- iPhone X lasts up to 2 hours longer than iPhone 7 while iPhone 8 lasts about the same as iPhone 7.
iPhone 8 costs costs $699 for the 64gb version and $849 for the 256gb version.
iPhone X costs $999 for the 64gb version and $1149 for the 256gb version.
A few features worth mentioning about iPhone X are the Portrait Mode Selfies, improved Portrait Mode on the rear camera and the bigger screen. However, due to the removal of the Home Button, we need to re-learn the interface and wouldn’t be able to use the Touch ID anymore.
Hence, it can be concluded that you can go and order your iPhone X if you want to use the improved Portrait Mode or you can stick to the cheaper iPhone and enjoy the Home Button.