iPhone 8/X

We had some technical difficulties with the website, but we are back up and running now.  Our first new review is for the iPhone 8 and X.  The iPhone 8 is just the iPhone 7s, but they skipped this in the numbering system for the 10th anniversary.  With minor improvements to the camera, processor, and software, the only thing that differentiates the iPhone 8 from the iPhone 7 is wireless charging — but at a hefty price of $130 for the correct cable and wireless pad from Apple.  But is that enough to justify the $150 price jump?  In our opinion, no.  Other than wireless charging, they did change the memory scheme from 32, 128, 256 GB in the 7 to 64 or 256 GB only in the 8 or 8 Plus.

They kept the same camera at 12 MP from the 7 and the dual cameras in the Plus model.  iOS 11 added the ability for the AR Emoji which allows you to animate yourself with a range of characters from a dog to a purple unicorn — great for the teens, not so useful in the business world.  The battery still performs as well as the 7, with all day support for most users.  Unfortunately, there still is no rapid charging support.

One big downside is the glass back, which is necessary to support wireless charging.  Apple tells us that the glass is stronger than the previous versions of the glass back, but who hasn’t seen someone with a broken back of their phone?  We’ve already had a report of at least 1 breakage to the back glass.  An unfortunate downside to the progress they made with the wireless charging.

We’ll keep the same 85 score on this one as the 7s models.  Wireless charging is nice, cancelled out by the potentially fragile glass back.

But, wait!  The iPhone X (read iPhone 10) is where Apple really spend all it’s R&D money.  The X ditches the home button completely (a shock to long time Apple users) in favor of a swipe factor.  Swipe up to close an app, swipe down from the “notch” at the top (a virtual notch in the screen where the front camera lives) to pull up your notifications, swipe down and left from the upper right corner to pull up your settings shortcuts, long touch an app to share it, short touch an app to open the ability to move/delete apps.  It all takes a little bit of getting used to.

Hardware features the same 12 MP camera, but gives you the dual cameras of the Plus models.  However, the edge to edge screen gives you a 5.8″ Super Retina screen while giving you a smaller phone than the iPhone 8 Plus at 5.5″ screen.  And the screen is the first OLED screen in an iPhone and is super bright.  The thing we’re most impressed with is the face-unlock.  It performs flawlessly every time in every lighting situation we tried it in.  Sadly, that’s not true for other phones.  Wireless charging is another feature in the X.

Unfortunately, the iPhone X price tag is a hefty one — $1,000 for the 64 GB and $1,150 for the 256 GB version.  That being said, this is the one that changes it up if you want a truly new iPhone experience.

We’ll give it a slight bump to 88 on the score as the innovations and especially smoothness of the face unlock are impressive.  Only that price tag is holding it back.



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