It's that time of year again: iPhone season! Apple’s decision to release 2 different phones in the same quarter is a new move, and it’s leaving many of us wondering which phone to choose. Let’s find out which phone is right for you.
Let’s start with the differences.
The most noticeable difference between the two is that the iPhone 8 is slightly thinner, and the iPhone X is a bit longer.
To be precise, the iPhone 8 is 138.4mm by 67.3mm and is 7.3mm thick while the iPhone X measures 143.6mm by 70.9mm, and is 7.7m thick.
The iPhone 8 weighs slightly less at 148 grams, while the iPhone X is 174 grams.
Here is where you’ll notice the biggest difference between phones.
The iPhone 8 looks very similar to the 7. It has all the classic elements, with the Home Button and a 4.7-inch Retina HD display.
The iPhone X is the first Apple phone to be without the Home Button. So, while the phone size is similar to the 8, the screen is much larger with a 5.8 inch Super Retina HD display.
As far as screen quality, the iPhone 8 offers a Retina Display with 1334x750 pixel resolution, and the iPhone X has a TrueTone Display with 2436x1125-pixel resolution—offering the highest quality screen in the iPhone market.
Both phones have a 12MP camera on the back, and a 7MP camera on the front--but there are some key differences.
The iPhone 8 has one camera lens with an f/1.8 aperture and a digital zoom up to 5x.
The iPhone X has two cameras on the back. One is a f/1.8 aperture wide angle, and the other a f/2.4 aperture telephoto camera. They combine to create beautiful portrait shots with blurred background. The iPhone X also has an optical zoom and a digital zoom up to 10x.
The iPhone 8 front camera has a 7MP FaceTime HD camera with Retina Flash, and the iPhone X has a 7MP TrueDepth front camera with Portrait Mode and Portrait Lighting. Basically, the iPhone X will take your selfie game to the next level.
Like its predecessor, the iPhone 8 uses TouchID to unlock the phone. The iPhone X has added a new and exciting feature: Face ID! Face ID recognizes the user’s face, and this new option will aid in things like unlocking the phone, showing (or hiding!) notifications, and the oh-so-entertaining Animojis.
The iPhone 8 comes in Space Grey, Silver, and the gorgeous Gold option. The iPhone X only comes in Space Grey/ Silver.
Both phones offer 64GB or 256GB of storage space.
Both phones can be charged with the classic lighting cable, and (thanks to the sleek all-glass back) can be charged wirelessly as well.
The glass back is neat, but comes at a price—both these phones can break and can break HARD. So whichever phone you choose, make sure you dress it for protection in one of our tech21 cases, which protects drop after drop!