Apple recently unveiled three new iPhones: the iPhone 8, the iPhone 8 Plus, and the iPhone X.
While many iPhone fans are especially excited for the iPhone X, a device celebrating the line’s 10th anniversary, here are a few reasons you shouldn’t overlook the iPhone 8.
- The iPhone 8 will be easier to find.
The iPhone X is likely to be in extremely high demand, meaning many consumers will probably wait weeks for their phones to arrive. The iPhone 8, on the other hand, should be readily available.
Plus, the iPhone 8 released on September 22nd, so you can find it in stores now. If you’re looking to purchase the iPhone X, you’ll have to wait until early November at the least.
- Just like the iPhone X, the iPhone 8 offers wireless charging and fast charging.
If you’re excited about the fast charging and wireless charging capabilities of the iPhone X, know that the iPhone 8 offers the same features.
All of the new iPhones offer wireless charging, meaning you can use a charging pad instead of dealing with charging cables. You’ll need to purchase a Qi wireless charging pad to take advantage of this feature.
The new iPhones also feature fast charging, and the phones can reach 50% power in a matter of 30 minutes. Extra accessories are required, however: you’ll need a Lightning to USB-C cable, as well as a USB-C power adapter.
- The iPhone 8 doesn’t have the iPhone X’s unattractive and inconvenient “notch.”
Despite the iPhone X’s largely enthusiastic reception, iPhone fans have voiced widespread displeasure about the device’s unappealing “notch,” which appears at the top of the screen.
The “notch” houses the iPhone X’s front camera and facial recognition software, but the result is asymmetrical and unappealing: web pages have white bars on the side, some sections of games may be obscured, and the scroll bar disappears as you move down a web page.
If you aren’t a fan of the iPhone X’s “notch” design, the good news is that the iPhone 8 is completely notch free! It maintains the symmetry of previous iPhone designs.
- The front-facing camera on the iPhone 8 is nearly identical to the iPhone X’s front-facing camera.
Although the iPhone X’s front-facing camera does offer some special software features, the front-facing cameras of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are functionally identical to the iPhone X’s TrueDepth camera system.
Both the iPhone X’s TrueDepth camera system and the FaceTime HD camera of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus film video in 1080p, take 7-megapixel photos and have a ƒ/2.2 aperture.
The rear camera on the iPhone 8 Plus is also essentially identical to the rear camera on the iPhone X, with the exception that the iPhone 8 Plus has optical image stabilization (OIS) for only the wide-angle lens, while the iPhone X offers OIS for both the wide-angle and the telephoto lenses.
The iPhone 8 captures great images as well, but the iPhone 8 Plus has an additional telephoto lens like the iPhone X. The second telephoto lens allows you to zoom in without compromising the quality of the image.
- You can use your iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus phone cases with the iPhone 8.
The iPhone X has dimensions that are completely different from the dimensions of previous iPhones, so your old iPhone cases won’t fit.
The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are heavier than previous phones, and there are some minimal differences in depth, height, and length. However, these differences are so insignificant—less than a millimeter each—that you can conveniently continue using your iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus phone cases.
So, while most of the hype may be surrounding the iPhone X, it’s a great idea to consider the iPhone 8 as well. It shares many of the iPhone X’s best features, plus you can save time and money by skipping the iPhone X rush and reusing your previous iPhone case.