How to decide if you need the new iPhone 8, 8 Plus or X

How to decide if you need the new iPhone 8, 8 Plus or X

How to decide if you need the new iPhone 8, 8 Plus or X

It’s been a while since Pete has written a guest blog post for us here on He’s my technology guru so it seemed timely that he shares his assessment of the new iPhones that are about to be released. Will you get one? Let’s explore how to decide if you need the new iPhone 8, 8 Plus or X.

Thanks for this vital information Pete!  xoxo – Tanya

How to decide if you need the new iPhone 8, 8 Plus or X

As anyone who owns a smart phone had probably heard, Tuesday Apple announced the next generation iPhones.  They are called the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X.  Here are the highlights explained as simply as I can translate the tech.  More in-depth analysis to come in a later blog after I test the new phones:

Model X:  the 10th Anniversary Edition iPhone highlights

5.8 inch diagonal OLED display, “edge to edge” Super HD display with HDR (high dynamic range)

6 CPU (central processing unit) cores – 2 high performance; 4 high-efficiency

Apple-designed GPU (graphics processing unit) and ISP (image signal processor)

7 MP and 12 MP, front (selfie) and rear-facing cameras; f 2.4 for telephoto and 1.8 for rear-facing wide-angle cameras

Dual Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) – OIS on both backward-facing cameras

Portrait mode for selfies; improved flash; improved low-light pictures overall

4K video recording up to 60 fps (frames per second)

Face ID facial recognition security – much more secure than fingerprint security

No home button – swipe for home screen

Smaller form factor, but bigger screen than previous “Plus” models

More compact size makes for easier one-handed operation

Longer battery life than 7 Plus

Animojies – animated emojies based on your facial expressions for iMessaging

Wireless charging and fast charging mode

25% louder speakers with improved bass

Optimized for Augmented Reality (new type of gaming and more)

Available in November; prices start at $1000

Model 8 and 8 plus highlights (same as the model “X” above EXCEPT)

Touch ID (fingerprint) security – no Face ID

Traditional access to home screen, no “swiping”

No Animojies

Regular Retna display, not edge-to-edge or OLED

Traditional Touch ID/Home button

No portrait mode in front facing (selfie) camera

Only f 2.8 on the back-facing telephoto camera vs. 2.4 for the X model

Only single optical image stabilization

Does not support HDR (high dynamic range) format for movies

Traditional regular and plus phone dimensions

Bottom Line:

All the phones are better than the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, especially for photos, but also for faster processors, louder speakers, stronger glass, faster charging and wireless charging. The X is smaller in actual size, but with a bigger display than the 7 and 8 Plus models – this is a big deal for one-handed operation. The X has a much better display than the 8 and 8 Plus. The X can shoot selfies in Portrait mode – this is a big deal for selfies (and probably bloggers). The X has a better f-stop than the 8s, again an advantage if you take lots of pictures. The 8 models have the traditional Touch ID interface using the “home” button.  You will have to hold the X in front of your face to unlock it and “swipe” to access the home screen. The X and 8 Plus have better battery life than the 7 Plus (hooray!). The X is a lot more money than the 8 Plus or 8.

The 8 and 8 Plus are available in September; the X will be available in early November. Will you get one? I know I will!


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About Pete Foster
Peter Foster is an avid technologist, engineer and fan of US space operations. He has over 25 years’ experience as CEO of technology companies, been granted 12 US Patents, has co-authored a book on speech recognition and is an instrument-rated private pilot with over 2500 logged hours.
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