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ANSWERED on Mon 2 Oct 2017 - 8:34 am UTC by Roger Browne

Question: Most Sensible iPhone 8/x?

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jmweb 

Customer

 1 Oct 2017 02:41 UTCSun 1 Oct 2017 - 2:41 am UTC 

In the opinion of Ucluers what iPhone of the current offering of iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and the soon to be available iPhone X is the most sensible to buy?

 

Roger Browne 

Researcher

 1 Oct 2017 07:48 UTCSun 1 Oct 2017 - 7:48 am UTC 

Hi jmweb,

The three new iPhones are distinctive enough that it should be possible to select one of them. But first, a question. Have you previously owned an iPhone, and if so which model?

Best Regards,
Roger Browne

 

jmweb 

Customer

 1 Oct 2017 23:43 UTCSun 1 Oct 2017 - 11:43 pm UTC 

Hey Roger,
      Thanks for replying. The answer to your question is the iPhone 7 Plus.


Thanks again.

 

Roger Browne 

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 2 Oct 2017 08:34 UTCMon 2 Oct 2017 - 8:34 am UTC 

Thanks for your response, jmweb.

The iPhone 8 and 8-plus are incremental developments from the 7 and 7-plus.

Compared to the 7-plus, the main improvement of the 8-plus is that it adds wireless charging. For many people, this is a worthwhile convenience. Wireless charging is slower (i.e. takes longer) than wired charging, but it removes the need to mess around with charging cables.

Other significant improvements of the 8-plus are a faster processor and more storage (64 or 256 GB, compared to 32 or 128 GB on the 7-plus). Minor tweaks have been made to video recording, and color balance on the display. Bluetooth support has been notched up to a newer specification.

I can't find any downside of the 8-plus compared to the 7-plus, except that the wireless charging adds 10 grams to the weight, and an insignificant increase to the size (tenths of a millimeter). Apple claims the same battery life for both.

If you have been happy with the 7-plus, I think you will be at least as happy as the 8-plus. In that sense, it's the most "sensible" choice (which is what you asked).

One characteristic of iPhones (prior to the iPhone X) is that a significant part of the front panel is not used for the display. So, the iPhone 7-plus and 8-plus are very large phones for their display size. If you have found the 7-plus to be inconveniently large, you could consider the iPhone 8. It's functionally equivalent to the 8-plus except for the display size (4.7 inches on the diagonal compared to 5.8 inches). The display resolution of the 8 is slightly less (fewer pixels, but unlikely to matter to most people), there's a little less RAM, the battery is a little smaller, and there's only one camera on the back. Naturally, the 8 is less expensive than the 8-plus.

As the owner of the 7-plus, you might consider the 8 if you have found the 7-plus to be inconveniently large but otherwise satisfactory, and you are prepared to accept the smaller display of the 8.

This brings us to the iPhone X. By almost eliminating the bezels around the display, it has a screen that is slightly larger than that of the 7-plus and 8-plus, in a body that is significantly smaller than the 8-plus (but larger than the 8). Aside from being the most expensive phone Apple has ever sold, it's a totally new design that's not yet proven in real-world usability, so it may not be the most "sensible" choice.

The X is definitely at the cutting edge of technology, and might be bought by those who like to show the world that they are at the cutting edge of consumer electronics. But it's hard to see how swiping up from the edge of the screen, compared to pressing the home button, is going to make much of an improvement to anyone, or that unlocking with face recognition will be an improvement over unlocking with a fingerprint. I regard those changes, and the display notch, not as improvements in themselves but as necessary adaptations to enable Apple to shrink the bezel. The main reason to buy the iPhone X would be to gain the largest possible display size in the smallest possible body.

The iPhone X does offer some further improvements in its display. There are more pixels than in any other iPhone, and it uses OLED technology for the display (which will give darker blacks than those on other iPhones). So the iPhone X really is all about the display. But personally I think the iPhone 7 and 7-plus displays already look very good.


So, jmweb, is this the type of opinion you are looking for? Let me know if you require anything more on this.

Best Regards,
Roger Browne

 

brudenell 

User

 3 Oct 2017 06:48 UTCTue 3 Oct 2017 - 6:48 am UTC 

This well done review came out Monday in Macworld: iPhone 8 Plus camera test: Is it worth the upgrade from iPhone 7 Plus? https://www.macworld.com/article/3228123/iphone-ipad/iphone-8-plus-camera-test.html

 

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