If you are an Apple fan, this is the time of the year that might look like the season of global festivity. Around the same time every year, Apple releases its new flagship devices. There is no denying that iPhones have been the most path-breaking devices in terms of technology as well as user-experience. They have the knack to better themselves with every new release. I am confident that this year will be no different.
The long awaited iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 plus hit the market in a few days from now followed by iPhone X in October. You may have already made up your mind you will buy one of these iPhones. But, there is a good chance you are still undecided about which one to buy. I am hoping to help you make a choice with this article. I am going to lay all the three devices together and tell you how they are different from each other. Keep reading!
One look at the three phones and you can tell the difference. It’s the size that tells each model apart from the other.
iPhone X has the largest display of 5.8 inches. It is the largest for any smarpthone so far. Watching movies and web surfing could be a pretty awesome experience. But, holding and using the phone may not be very convenient as the large size doesn’t exactly serve the ergonomic purposes.
iPhone 8 Plus has a more standard size at 5.5 inches. Most flagship phones from other brands usually feature 5.5 inch display.
With the display size of 4.7 inches, iPhone 8 is smaller than the other two.
Note: All three devices offer OLED display.
As iPhone X stands out for its size, it must also stand out for its display quality. 2436 by 1125 pixel resolution backed by 458 ppi isn’t matched by the other two models. Apple claims that it will be a never before experience. The colors will seem to pop-out. iPhone X also has Super Retina HD display while the other two offer Retina HD display only.
iPhone 8 offers a resolution of 1334 by 750 pixel at 326 ppi. iPhone 8 Plus’s resolution isn’t as great as iPhone X but definitely better than 8. It offers full HD 1920 by 1080 resolution at 401ppi.
Surprisingly, iPhone 8 has a better contrast ratio of 1400:1 as opposed to 1300:1 offered by iPhone 8 Plus. X, however, goes too far with an exceptionally superior contrast ratio of 1,00,000:1.
Given the size and quality of display, iPhone X is bound to offer more amazing media experience than the other two.
Apple is known to offer optically superior cameras with iPhones. The new releases are no exception. In fact, the company takes the camera quality several notches up with these upcoming flagships. The image and video quality of these cameras is easily comparable to some of the DSLR cameras.
iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus have the same camera with same features. Both devices feature a 12MP camera that lets you capture images in the wide-angle and telephoto modes. Both have the camera aperture range of f/2.8 to f/1.8. Both feature optical zoom as well as 10x digital zoom.
iPhone 8 also has a 12 MP camera but it offers a single aperture of f/1.8. It also has a 5X digital zoom. However, what it lacks is optical zoom and the ability to take the photos in wide-angle and telephoto modes.
Make no mistakes though. iPhone 8’s camera is also pretty good. It can take some stunning shots. It also offers tons of other features that are same as that of the other two iPhones’s cameras.
As far as video recording is concerned, the three models offer same quality. All of them can record videos in 4K, 1080i, and 720P HD resolution. They can record the videos at up to 60 fps.
The only difference is that iPhone X and 8 Plus cameras offer optical zoom and 6x digital zoom during video recording. But, the digital zoom is absent in iPhone 8.
Apple had minced no words in saying that iPhone X will offer a much improved battery with longer life and faster charging capability. Now that the phone is about to be released, we will see if the company remains true to its claim.
On papers, iPhone X’s battery definitely looks superior than the other two models’. Apple says that X’s battery will last up to two hours longer than last year’s release iPhone 7. On the other hand, iPhone 8 and 8 Plus offer the same battery life as iPhone 7.
If we lay out the three new models against each other over battery life parameter, here is how the breakdown will look like.
iPhone X and 8 Plus will offer a longer wireless talk time of up to 21 hours as compared to 14 hours of iPhone 8. However, all three models offer nearly the same duration of 12-13 hours of continuous internet use.
iPhone X’s design has been the most talked about aspect of the model and for good reasons. Apple gives a radical makeover to iPhone X by getting rid of the Home Button, which has been traditionally present in all its previous iPhone models. This gives way to an all-screen design that Apple has been trying hard to push for years.
iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, however, keep up with the design tradition and continue to feature the Home Button on the bottom on the front.
So, how does the absence of the Home Button change the user experience? Unlike its co-releases, 8 and 8 Plus, iPhone X will use the Face ID to unlock the device. Of course, this will use the face recognition technology to give you access to your device. This also means that X drops the Touch ID which uses the fingerprint sensor to authenticate users.
iPhone 8 and 8 Plus will continue to use the ‘conventional’ method of unlocking; you will need to press the home button to unlock. If you have opted for fingerprint authentication, you will be required to scan your finger.
The Face ID for iPhone X is enabled by the TrueDepth camera, which is used for facial recognition. TrueDepth camera replaces the FaceTime HD camera of iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. If truth be told, TrueDepth and FaceTime HD cameras are more or less the same with face recognition being the most significant distinction.
There are some marked differences between the three flagship releases by Apple this year. However, whether or not these differences will have any remarkable impact on the user experiences only time will tell. iPhone X emerges as a clear winner as far as display and size are concerned. But, when it comes to the core performance specs, all the three devices are much the same. Also, the Face ID is still largely untested and we are yet to see how well it will be received by the users. Well, we can only wait and watch!