Three iPhones stand here before you. Only one of them is still in the running to become Your Next Top Phone. The other two iPhones must pack their bags, leave the house, and go.
Apple’s decision to release 3 handsets this autumn means iPhone fans have never had a better range of prices and features to choose from. The iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X are all splash, water and dust proof, charge wirelessly or via Lightning, and come equipped with 64GB or 128GB of storage.
They share the same movement sensors, Bluetooth and everyone’s favourite voice activated know-it-all, Siri. But take a look beyond these features and you’ll see that there is a world of difference on offer.
Overwhelmed? Don’t be. We’ve looked across the entire buffet of everything these 3 iPhones have to offer, then filled up a plate for every appetite. We’ve also checked out what your fellow Apple fans are saying.
Smartphone amateur or happy snapper?
So let’s begin. You’re looking at three devices, unsure which one is your Forever Phone. Let’s take a deep breath and think about the one aspect that’s going to immediately point you in a useful direction: the camera. Whether photography and video is a big part of your life or an unimportant detail, it will help to remember that you’re looking at 3 very different cameras in the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X.
Are you happy to use your phone to take (very good quality) pictures and videos when you’re out and about with family or friends? Just like its big brothers, the iPhone 8 can deliver hefty 8MP photos and 1080p HD video, with stunning colour range and the intelligent, adaptive Retina Flash.
Next step: would you like to take portrait photos of those loved ones – the kind that you’d put in a book or print on a canvas? You’ll probably appreciate Portrait Mode, which allows you to take professional-looking shots – the kind where the background is soft and hazy but your subject is in perfect focus. This feature is available with the souped-up cameras on the 8 Plus and the X (but more on that shortly).
Finally, If you like to play the photography game on Expert, then the iPhone X is the only model of the 3 to have Portrait Lighting Mode. Using the same clever tech as Portrait Mode (which also allows you to make the new Animojis move and talk with your face), the X is able to scan your portraits then add one of five astonishingly accomplished-looking lighting effects. Don’t confuse these with bog standard filters – they make your images look as if they’ve been professionally lit.
My boyfriends been taking so many pictures of me ever since he got the iPhone 8, and honestly this camera is amazing wow pic.twitter.com/wzq1Mujfb1
— mitch (@sadsliceoftoast) October 4, 2017
Selfie royalty or fash-pack influencer?
If you can’t start your morning without a #wokeuplikethis moment or break a sweat without a pouty #gymselfie, then placing an order for the iPhone X is about to make you feel extra #blessed.
Anyone who’s already used the iPhone Plus’ Portrait Mode knows just how gorge it gets our snaps, but it needs two lenses in order to do the prettifying – and these have only ever been available on the back camera of the iPhone 7 Plus and 8 Plus models. But the addition of a TrueDepth camera to the front of the iPhone X means you can now unleash Portrait Mode to get you some sizzling hot, best-ever selfies. Get ready to make every shot a #nofilter shot.
If, however, you’re more of an Insta stylist (which, sadly for your other half, still means you need that human tripod – perhaps the iPhone 11 will come with a drone attachment), then you could keep on papping those garms with an iPhone 8 Plus and have enough cash left over for this season’s must-have Gucci belt. Okay, a canvas one.
ready for my iPhone X and its new and improved selfie camera already
— Aleen 🚀 (@Aleen) October 3, 2017
Precious metalhead or case collector?
Phones rarely leave our sides nowadays so it’s by no means abnormal to view a phone as an extension of our personal look. But there are definitely two tribes when it comes to dressing up (or down) an iPhone.
One tribe couldn’t even tell you what colour their current phone is, because those devices are accessorised to high heaven. Whether it’s a protective bubble of jelly, a handy battery bolt-on or this season’s faux shearling in a cheeky Millennial pink, it’s the personal touch that rocks their world – and they can choose freely between the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and the X because there are some amazing cases already on the market.
Already got my case for my iPhone X, just patiently waiting for the phone now.
— BNK (@khaleesislay) October 3, 2017
The second tribe is devoted to Apple’s design supremacy, preferring to keep their iPhones as naked as the day they were assembled (risky business, if you ask us) but also prefers the luxurious distinction that only a glint of bling can supply. If this sounds like you, then your inner Bond villain is going to want an iPhone 8 or 8 Plus – the only new Apple smartphones available in Gold.
Anybody else surprisingly awestruck by the new Gold color for the iPhone 8? pic.twitter.com/SWVLZvfKsJ
— Freddy Valladares (@FreddyValla12) October 4, 2017
Battery chancer or organised charger?
Picture this: you’ve got one hour left in the office until you’re due to meet the gang for a night of frolicking, but you’ve spent so long hammering out the details that you’re hovering at 60% battery. Do you whip out your neatly stashed spare charger for a strategic boost, or do you just shrug and wing it?
If you like to play fast and loose with your battery the iPhone X, which packs up to two hours’ extra battery time, is a perfect investment for those who like to keep their mobile mobile.
And no matter what your charging regimen, you’ll be delighted to learn that the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X can all guzzle up as much as 50% battery, in as little as half an hour. Now that’s powerful.
The iPhone 8 plus battery is godlike
— Richard (@TheSharkAttack_) October 3, 2017
Screen queen or pocket rocketeer?
Remember when you didn’t have a little TV with you at all times? Sucked, didn’t it. And if you’re our kind of people you’ll know that location is no longer an obstacle to enjoying your favourite TV shows – especially when you’re rocking Go Binge, which lets you stream Netflix and TVPlayer to your heart’s content without eating into your data allowance.
With up to 13 hours’ wireless video playback compared to the X’s 12, the iPhone 8 Plus was made for people who like to watch. However, at 202g and 158mm tall, the 8 Plus causes some serious bag in a trouser pocket. If you want a phone that doesn’t take up space in a mini clutch or your skinny jeans, The iPhone 8 is 20mm shorter and 50g lighter.
Some people say “you can never have the best of both worlds”, but they never counted on Apple, did they? The iPhone X’s luscious 5.8″ Super Retina HD screen pips the iPhone 8 Plus’ 5.5″ Retina HD one – and that screen sits on a teensy tiny 174g body only marginally larger and heavier than that of the iPhone 8. Voila – your dilemma just disappeared in a puff of Dolby Vision smoke.
Waiting to upgrade to IPhone X like.. pic.twitter.com/Z2I0BcrbkU
— Will Hight (@WilliamJHight) October 4, 2017
Button lover or tech pioneer?
Let’s face it; we’re essentially just shaved monkeys who happen to have invented reality TV, society and bubble tea, so there’s still nothing more reassuring than being able to touch something. That’s why we reckon it’s totally understandable to have an emotional attachment to the humble little button that made 10 years of iPhone possible. (Especially when recent models’ buttons have been able to read your fingerprint, rendering your phone accessible to you, and only you, with a dab of the digit.)
If you have ‘If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It’ tattooed on your arm (or indeed, your very soul), or just like showing off your manicure, the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus will meet almost all of your high-spec mobile requirements without the need to get your head around facial recognition.
However, we’re fairly sure a veteran navigator of Apple’s technological advancements will welcome the excitement of using iPhone X’s facial recognition. Just imagine the heady joy of having a phone which recognises its owner and fires up without being asked – let alone the thrill of making like Kate Moss and using you face to pay for everything that Apple Pay can buy you.
Sadly, there are some needs no model of iPhone can meet. Soz, m8.
Got this new iPhone 8 plus and my bf doesn’t even text me back
— Alexandra Haralambis (@hairylambis) October 3, 2017
And with the launch of the incredible iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, there’s now even more to choose from. Or do you fancy treating yourself to the new iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro or iPhone 11 Pro Max? They’re available to buy now, go check ’em out.