*NOTE- iPhone prices in Nigerian stores are higher than the official prices converted to Naira in this article
Apple’s iPhone 8 and 8 plus are available in stores nationwide and the iPhone X will be upon us soon. The iPhone X is going to be expensive and it launches on November 3 in which the $999/N359,640 phone will have by far the biggest starting price tag of any iPhone ever produced. It makes the $799/N287,640 iPhone 8 Plus, which launched this month, seem far more reasonable. This is possibly Apple’s most confusing iPhone line-up to date, so if you’re wondering which of these phones to purchase, we are here to help with our comparison of the key features below.
The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus both feature an aluminium frame with a glass rear and they are both available in Silver, Space Grey and Gold colour options. The iPhone 8 is the smaller and lighter of the two, measuring 138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3mm and weighing 148g, while the iPhone 8 Plus is bigger and heavier measuring 158.4 x 78.1 x 7.5mm and weighing 202g. They both look very similar to the iPhone 7 and 7 plus and there is little or no upgrade in terms of the design excluding the glass rear back on the iPhone 8/8plus.
The iPhone X meanwhile has a glass rear too, but it has a surgical-grade steel frame and it is only available in two colours, comprising Silver and Space Grey. In terms of size and weight, the iPhone X sits in between the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus at 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7mm with a weight of 174g.
All three devices have a Lightning port at the bottom flanked by speakers either side, a power button on the right edge, volume buttons on the left edge and none of them have a 3.5mm headphone jack. The iPhone 8 has a single camera lens, while the iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X both opt for dual-rear camera systems though the 8 Plus has a horizontal array while the X has a vertical array.
As said earlier, both the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus look similar to the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus in terms of design with a Touch ID fingerprint sensor sitting below the display and the same size bezels at the top and bottom. If you do not know what smartphone bezels are, it is the plastic/metal on the front of a phone that isn’t screen space
The iPhone X on the other hand, has an all-screen front with no TouchID and just a small tab at the top the display housing the front-facing camera and various sensors.
The iPhone 8 doesn’t get a dual camera like the 7 Plus and the iPhone X, and that’s a shame. But its photos and videos look improved. This time around, the front and rear cameras of the iPhone 8/8plus and X get better mostly via new sensors and a new image signal processor. While low light shots looks nicer, and shutter speed and focus seem a bit faster, I didn’t see enough of a change from my iPhone 7 to astonish me, but the photos I took with the iPhone 8 feel, really good. The 8’s camera still lacks the clever Portrait effects of the 7 plus and 8 Plus.The Apple iPhone 8 has a single 12-megapixel rear camera, offering an aperture of f/1.8, optical image stabilisation and digital zoom up to 5x.
The iPhone 8 Plus has a dual-rear camera, in a horizontal format, consisting of two 12-megapixel sensors. There is a wide-angle sensor with an f/1.8 aperture on board, as well as a telephoto sensor with an f/2.8 aperture and optical image stabilisation is present again, along with optical zoom and digital zoom up to 10x.
The iPhone X also has a dual-rear camera but in a vertical format. It also has two 12-megapixel sensors though, with one wide-angle at f/1.8 and one telephoto at f/2.4. It offers dual optical image stabilisation, raising the bar slightly from the iPhone 8 Plus. It also features optical zoom and digital zoom up to 10x.
This has to be a strong factor in deciding the next iPhone that is best for you. To be honest, the $999/N359,640 price tag placed on the iPhone X is a little bit far-fetched. Reports got to us that the reason behind the hike in price, is as a result of the new OLED display. The iPhone X’s display resolution is 2436 x 1125 pixels at 458 ppi. Samsung’s Galaxy S8, meanwhile, is 2960 x 1440 pixels at 571 ppi.
But raw numbers aren’t really what it’s all about. Many industry insiders have been saying for years that OLED is a superior display tech when it comes to colour, contrast, and power efficiency, the issue for the longest time was one of production and cost. Samsung and LG, amongst a few others, have taken the time to invest in and refine OLED to a point where it’s now a viable option. Apple has finally decided it’s worth it and has stumped up the cash to buy into the OLED game.
|iPhone 8 Plus||$799||$949|
|iPhone 7 Plus||$669||$769|
|iPhone 6s Plus||$549||$649|
If you have an iPhone 7, you’ll find the faster speed, better screen and better camera on the iPhone 8 “nice to have,” but not something that might drive you to upgrade, unless you’re particularly in love with the wireless charging Android owners have enjoyed for years. But if you own an iPhone 7 and have $999/N359,640 dollars that you aren’t using then you can get the iPhone X which is smaller than the plus size models if that is what you are a fan of.
Here is a decision guide to help you in your next iPhone upgrade
Based on the benefits and drawbacks of the iPhone X
* If the iPhone X price is a barrier, get the iPhone 8 if you must upgrade.
* If you’re desperate for as much screen as possible, but the Plus-sized phones are too much for you, get the iPhone X.
* If you want to see the highest contrast images at their best possible quality, get an iPhone X.
* If you are all about selfies and better selfies are worth a few hundred bucks to you, get an iPhone X.
* If you’re mostly hoping to get good rear-facing camera quality, then the iPhone 8 Plus will be fine for you.
* If you’re taking telephoto images and just can’t get enough light, the iPhone X’s slightly better aperture might (only might, because it’s not that big a difference) give you an advantage.
* If you really like being able to find your Home button without lifting and looking at your phone, get an iPhone 8.
* If you have difficulty with fingerprint readers for authentication (there are people with very fine fingerprints that just don’t read well), then consider an iPhone X.
* If you’re just plain tired of the iPhone design, then get an iPhone X. It’s definitely a different-looking phone.
* If you’ve been waiting years for wireless iPhone charging (even though i’ve been doing this on my Samsung galaxy S6 edge since 2015), you don’t need an iPhone X. The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus both come with wireless charging.
* If you really want an iphone now, then your only option is the iPhone 8. The iPhone X might take a while before hitting stores nationwide(Nigeria).
* If you really want the gold colour, then the iPhone X would not be the choice as it is only coming in silver and black this year, while the iPhones 8 come in silver, gray, and a new copper-style gold.
Feel free to leave your comments below and let us know your thoughts on the iPhone 8/8plus and iPhone X.