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.
Got your eye on a new iPhone, but don’t know which one to pick? The iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X are all similar. They’re 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’s a world of difference on offer.
Overwhelmed? Don’t be. We’ve looked at everything these iPhones have to offer, to make it a little easier for you to choose.
So, let’s begin. You’re looking at 3 phones, but don’t know which one to pick. Let’s think about the one aspect that’s going to immediately point you in a useful direction: the camera.
Are you happy to use your phone to take pictures and videos when you’re out and about with family or friends? iPhone 8 delivers 8MP photos and 1080p HD video, with stunning colour range and the intelligent, adaptive Retina Flash.
Would you like to take portrait photos of those loved ones? You know, the kind of photos that you’d put in a book or on a canvas? You’ll probably appreciate Portrait Mode. Available on the 8 Plus and the X, it helps you take amazing shots. By softening the background and keeping your subject perfectly in focus, you get pro-looking photos, effortlessly.
Want to play the photography game on Expert? Then the iPhone X is the only model of the 3 to have Portrait Lighting Mode. It uses the same clever tech as Portrait Mode and adds beautiful lighting to your shots.
Selfie royalty or fashion influencer?
Anyone who’s already used Portrait Mode knows just how awesome it is. But it needs 2 lenses to work. And that’s only ever been available on the back camera of the iPhone 7 Plus and 8 Plus.
The addition of a TrueDepth camera to the front of iPhone X means you can now use Portrait Mode to snap your best-ever selfies.
Precious metal head or case collector?
Phones rarely leave our sides nowadays so it’s normal to view it as an extension of your personal look. And there are 2 tribes when it comes to dressing up an iPhone.
The first tribe has accessorised their phones to the max.
In fact, they probably couldn’t even tell you what colour their current phone is. Whether it’s a protective bubble, a handy battery pack or something sparkly, it’s the personal touches that rock their world. And they can choose freely between all 3 models because there are some amazing cases already on the market.
The second tribe’s devoted to Apple’s design supremacy. They prefer to keep their iPhones naked as the day they were assembled. And they also prefer the luxurious distinction that only a glint of bling can supply. Sound like you? Then your inner Bond villain’s going to want an iPhone 8 or 8 Plus in Gold.
Battery chancer or organised charger?
Picture this: you’ve got an hour left in the office until you’re due to meet your mates for a night out. And you’ve spent so long sorting out the details, your phone’s hovering at 45% battery. Do you whip out your spare charger for a quick boost? Or do you just shrug and wing it?
If you like to play fast and loose with your battery, the iPhone X packs up to 2 hours’ extra battery time. It’s a perfect investment for those who like to keep their mobile, mobile.
All 3 iPhones can be charged up by as much as 50% in as little as 30 mins. Perfect, no matter what your charging habits are.
Screen queen or pocket rocketer?
Remember when you didn’t have a little TV with you at all times? Sucked, didn’t it? Location’s no longer an obstacle in the way of you enjoying your favourite TV shows.
With up to 13 hours’ wireless video playback, 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. Want an iPhone that doesn’t take up as much space? 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 5.8 inch Super Retina HD screen pips the iPhone 8 Plus’ 5.5 inch Retina HD one. And that screen sits on a small 174g body making it only marginally larger and heavier than that of the iPhone 8. Voila – your dilemma just disappeared in a puff of Dolby Vision smoke.
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 used Touch ID made your phone secure with just a tap.
Are you team ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’? Then, iPhone 8 and 8 Plus will meet almost all of your high-spec mobile needs. And you don’t have to get your head around facial recognition.
However, we’re sure a veteran navigator of Apple’s technological advancements will be excited to use iPhone X’s FaceID. Just imagine the heady joy of having a phone, which recognises its owner and fires up without being asked – let alone the thrill of using you face to pay for everything that Apple Pay can buy you.