Tech Chap's Reasons for Why You Should Not Buy an iPhone 8 or 8 Plus

I think Tech Chap is off here.

His argument to buy the iPhone X is two-fold:

  1. It's a significantly better phone than the iPhone 8 or 8 Plus (his words).
  2. It's only $200 USD more than the iPhone 8 Plus to purchase the iPhone X.

Both of these arguments are flawed.

For one, the iPhone X is not a significantly better iPhone. Here are the main differences between the iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X:

  • 5.8-inch Super Retina Display (X) vs. 5.5-inch Retina Display (8 Plus)
  • HDR display (X) vs. non-HDR display (8 Plus)
  • Infinite contrast ratio (X) vs. 1300:1 contrast ratio (8 Plus)
  • Smaller size and weight (X) vs. larger size and weight (8 Plus)
  • Dual optical image stabilization (X) vs. single optical image stabilization (8 Plus)
  • f/2.4 telephoto lens aperture (X) vs. f/2.8 telephoto lens aperture (8 Plus)
  • Front-facing camera portrait mode + Animoji features (X) vs. no front-facing camera portrait mode or Animoji features (8 Plus)
  • Battery life closer to iPhone 7 (X) vs. battery life closer to iPhone 7 Plus (8 Plus)
  • Face ID (x) vs. Touch ID (8 Plus)

Do any of those bullet points mention a "dramatically" or "significantly" better iPhone X? I'm not sold. There are even features which skew toward the iPhone 8 Plus rather than the iPhone X.

I'd need to be shown a situation where the unstabilized f/2.8 telephoto lens on the iPhone 8 Plus is significantly outpaced by the stabilized f/2.4 telephoto lens on the iPhone X. It's proven to be difficult to distinguish between three professional camera lens apertures shooting the same image, so I'll be surprised if the difference between the two iPhones is dramatic enough to be generally noticeable.

I'd also like to see some real world data on the improvements Face ID has over Touch ID. We can quote Craigh Federighi until we're blue in the face regarding the qualities of Face ID. But his job is to sell the qualities of the iPhone X. There's four years of Touch ID history setting a pretty high bar for Face ID to overcome.

And the money argument is even more off kilter. The iPhone X costs 25% more than the iPhone 8 Plus. When you talk money, 25% would be considered a steep premium on any product.

Apple is charging a 25% premium to put the guts of the iPhone 8 Plus into an all-screen iPhone X. There are definite improvements the iPhone X offers — that OLED screen is surely going to put the now-old LCD technology to shame. But you're also paying a 25% premium to be an Apple beta tester regarding Face ID and an all-screen UI dependent upon gestures and cameras. Betting against the iPhone X in the long run would be bombastic, but for the iPhone fiscal year mid-September 2017 to mid-September 2018, there are unknown variables the iPhone X presents which the iPhone 8 Plus has long since answered.

My argument is not that the iPhone 8 Plus is the better iPhone. But writing off the iPhone 8 Plus is foolhardy.

If anything, I'd argue the 8 Plus provides the best value of any iPhone purchase this year.