Logically, the iPhone 8 is better than the iPhone X

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If I ignore the cost of the iPhone X and the silly talk about how it is soooooooo expensive, I come to the logical conclusion that the iPhone 8 would be a better phone for me. When people talk about the cost of the iPhone X, they ignore the cost of the iPhone 7 as it is now and the iPhone 8 which is not a million miles away.

The iPhone X will win no matter what logic dictates because it is new and different, at least compared to each flagship iPhone from the 6 onwards. It does not offer anything special compared to the latest Android phones with regards to the screen, but Face ID and the other gimmicks will kick it out of the door in exchange for the cost of an older car that will still be fairly reliable.

Everything about the iPhone X suggests to me that I do not need it and in the real world I do not need an iPhone 8 either. The 8 is too close to my 7 and the X is a phone with a bigger screen and no Touch ID. I think about it and wonder what on earth drives more sales every single year for devices that are not tangibly better. In my previous article, I explained why people will spend the money and why it will sell and I stand by that, but just maybe I am getting old and cannot quite see the benefits of the X adding up to the extra cost. I realise that this article is an about-turn, but there are always two sides in any decision.

If I took that further, however, I would still be using an iPhone 6 and it would be fine for everyday use so I am not exactly heading my own words.

I would miss TouchID, even if Face ID is brilliant, and the home button could be a hard thing to lose. It is so embedded in how I use my phone that some time may be needed to move away from it.

If freelance work comes from buying an iPhone X I can justify the cost because it will pay for itself, but without that I don’t think the allure of the iPhone X is compelling enough to make me upgrade.

Categories: Articles, iPhone

2 replies

  1. Two possible avenues why the X is neck and neck with the 8 for me for my upgrade from the SE:
    1. Camera. It looks like the 8’s one lens is on par with the X’s one lens, but the X and the Plus have two, with some intriguing stuff done with the second. (Plus the X is more of a manageable size for quick photos than the Plus)
    2. In USD the difference in cost is 700 to 1000. Math can be weird and fungible but in some ways that seems like a medium-small distinction.

    I’m also wanting to go through the math of the upgrade program:
    That’s 50/month for a 1000 phone plus 130 for the AppleCare+.
    600 a year, and after 2 years/1200 I get to own the thing phone. That’s only 70 bucks more than just buying outright… Or I can treat it as a lease and get a new one every year.

  2. Side note (yes I get bored when LiM doesn’t update 😉
    It’s funny people “pick” on the notch.
    I think there are three options: 1 I believe will be a scientific impossibility of putting a decent set of camera and sensors behind an opaque pixel screen. Or you create a bar on top, the Galaxy S8 approach. Or you reclaim the space to the sides of the thing and make it useful, like for time and battery. (Or you try something wacky like a camera holder that pops out from the back)

    I think Apple has made the best choice, until they manage to make a screen gorgeous yet see through in one direction…

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