DougFNJ

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I almost feel like a hypocrite writing this. I am an Apple nut, and I like having the latest and greatest. I had purchased the 8 Plus and was firmly in that camp when I got it. I had played with the X in the store and felt it was more of an upgrade for standard size 6/6s/7/8 units, and a downgrade from plus sized units. It didn't stop me from being intrigued by it. Well I ended up getting the X and compared it side by side back and forth with the 8 Plus. I gave myself significant time with the X where I could see my own use with my info in daily life that you will never get in a store on a demo unit.

Well I ended up falling for the X, the device size is just perfect. The only thing I struggled with for a bit was the thinner sides, but when I really looked at them side by side, it was not as significant as I kept thinking. The notch does not get in the way as I thought it would, most apps use it more as horns for the information then utilizing it as screen space. The advantage of this is where that information takes up a strip of the top of the Plus, the full screen area of the X is used. I am also liking the weight of the steel much more than aluminum. It's like a quality Swiss watch vs a G-shock.

Face ID was another thing I thought I would have a hard time with, but I have not had any issues shifting to it. I was nervous about having to move my face to it and adjusting the way I use the phone, but that has not been the case, it has been more flexible regarding positions than I thought.

So I went from a 7 to an 8 Plus to the X. The thing that grabs me is having a phone the size of the 7 which I loved with almost the same battery life as the Plus and a much bigger screen size than the standard. I definitely do not miss the button, and I guess the thing that grabbed me was how fluid the gestures are. Day 2 with the X in my daily life and I have no desire to look back.
 

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I almost feel like a hypocrite writing this. I am an Apple nut, and I like having the latest and greatest. I had purchased the 8 Plus and was firmly in that camp when I got it. I had played with the X in the store and felt it was more of an upgrade for standard size 6/6s/7/8 units, and a downgrade from plus sized units. It didn't stop me from being intrigued by it. Well I ended up getting the X and compared it side by side back and forth with the 8 Plus. I gave myself significant time with the X where I could see my own use with my info in daily life that you will never get in a store on a demo unit.

Well I ended up falling for the X, the device size is just perfect. The only thing I struggled with for a bit was the thinner sides, but when I really looked at them side by side, it was not as significant as I kept thinking. The notch does not get in the way as I thought it would, most apps use it more as horns for the information then utilizing it as screen space. The advantage of this is where that information takes up a strip of the top of the Plus, the full screen area of the X is used. I am also liking the weight of the steel much more than aluminum. It's like a quality Swiss watch vs a G-shock.

Face ID was another thing I thought I would have a hard time with, but I have not had any issues shifting to it. I was nervous about having to move my face to it and adjusting the way I use the phone, but that has not been the case, it has been more flexible regarding positions than I thought.

So I went from a 7 to an 8 Plus to the X. The thing that grabs me is having a phone the size of the 7 which I loved with almost the same battery life as the Plus and a much bigger screen size than the standard. I definitely do not miss the button, and I guess the thing that grabbed me was how fluid the gestures are. Day 2 with the X in my daily life and I have no desire to look back.
You’ve had both phones in your hands and done your own review. This is the very best way to come to a conclusion and Apple help this with fantastic return policies.

Happy the X is right for you and hopefully you can return your 8 plus or sell with a small financial hit.
 
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You’ve had both phones in your hands and done your own review. This is the very best way to come to a conclusion and Apple help this with fantastic return policies.

Happy the X is right for and hopefully you can return your 8 plus or sell with a small financial hit.

A Phone can be a really finicky device for many people, especially those who are unsure of what exactly they want from the iPhone. And when you're spending this type of money, you want to make sure you like what you're purchasing, because you only have 14 days to make a decision. Apple knows this too and wants the customer satisfied.
 
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DougFNJ

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Why would there have to be a battle. The OP likes the X. Great, enjoy your new phone :)

Exactly. I’m not saying the X is the best and 8 Plus sucks, they are both incredible phones. This X is giving me the best of both worlds, smaller size with a big screen. If they made the screen just a little wider I would say it was perfect, and I am finding so far that is my only compromise moving to this phone.

One thing I am loving with FaceID is how the phone has been opening banking apps automatically, no prompt needed. They perfected moving between apps. Previously double click the button, swipe back and forth over and over. Swiping the screens is much more convenient and fluid. The more I am using this phone and getting used to it, the more I am loving the experience.
 

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You will love the X. I went from the 7+ to the 8+ to the X and then back to the 8+ and now back to the X and it is now a keeper.
Glad you got there in the end and that I'm not only one who has this level of ocd for picking tech.

Got my new ip8+ in front of me now and digging it over my 7+ as the screen is definitely brighter and more colourful. Actually like truetone on this device as well. Still have strong envy for them X blacks though!

No thrills for my newer phone as it's essentially the same device but a fresh battery and wireless charging should keep my happy enough. Gotta start looking forward to an X plus with led (please Apple I can't do oled).
 

bruinsrme

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Went from7+ to 8.
Thought the X was the worst Apple thought ever.
The X is a very once phone no regrets going from the 8+ to the X
 

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So I went from a 7 to an 8 Plus to the X. The thing that grabs me is having a phone the size of the 7 which I loved with almost the same battery life as the Plus and a much bigger screen size than the standard. I definitely do not miss the button, and I guess the thing that grabbed me was how fluid the gestures are. Day 2 with the X in my daily life and I have no desire to look back.
Not sure this needed yet another thread on this same subject that has been done to death now, but well done, have a fish.
 

DougFNJ

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Not sure this needed yet another thread on this same subject that has been done to death now, but well done, have a fish.

Not sure why you didn’t just pick up your toys and move on if you are going to be pissy about it. Here’s a clue, many thousands of members, tons of threads, some of them are bound to repeat. If it were up to grumps like you there would be 1 single thread and all posts in it, and we would all have to search through that one thread for what we need.

Now pick up your lollipop and move along, nothing to see here from you. Buh bye
 
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Relentless Power

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Not sure this needed yet another thread on this same subject that has been done to death now, but well done, have a fish.

Why does it matter? Everyone is sharing different experiences. Just because one thread might be similar in context, doesn't mean the replies in thread will be same either. Not to mention, you don't have the exact same forum members replying with the same posts in every thread either.
 

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Great choice, definitely a huge upgrade from the 8 Plus or prior. I think a lot of people were just like you and didn't give the X much of a chance, immediately saying it's inferior due to the notch, screen size, etc. Once you actually have it in your hands and start to use it for some time, you really begin to appreciate. It's a great phone and I am sure you'll love it.
 

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Great choice, definitely a huge upgrade from the 8 Plus or prior. I think a lot of people were just like you and didn't give the X much of a chance, immediately saying it's inferior due to the notch, screen size, etc. Once you actually have it in your hands and start to use it for some time, you really begin to appreciate. It's a great phone and I am sure you'll love it.
I think "a huge upgrade" is a bit of a stretch as they are all this year models even if 8 series has last year's body. But it is a lovely device.

No way I'd recommend the 8 to anyone, 8 plus or X.
 

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I think "a huge upgrade" is a bit of a stretch as they are all this year models even if 8 series has last year's body. But it is a lovely device.

It's all just opinion, but for me it's been a huge upgrade from every iPhone I've had (each once since the original except for SE and C). The front of the iPhone, the home button, and how we interact with our iPhone's has been the same since 2007. It's definitely a huge change and better in every way.
 

DougFNJ

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Great choice, definitely a huge upgrade from the 8 Plus or prior. I think a lot of people were just like you and didn't give the X much of a chance, immediately saying it's inferior due to the notch, screen size, etc. Once you actually have it in your hands and start to use it for some time, you really begin to appreciate. It's a great phone and I am sure you'll love it.

So true. I always appreciate that you could spend as much time as you want looking at the display unit in store. But no matter how much you do, it’s not using the phone as YOU would use it with your information and your apps. Pain isn’t in the change, it’s in the resistance to the change, I looked too much at some of those changes as compromise because I wasn’t used to them. The more you experience this phone, the more I appreciate what the changes are. One for instance was the unlocking with FaceID then swipe, this annoyed me at first until you realize and form the habit that you don’t need to wait for it to unlock, you just swipe. Simple little things.

I think "a huge upgrade" is a bit of a stretch as they are all this year models even if 8 series has last year's body. But it is a lovely device.

No way I'd recommend the 8 to anyone, 8 plus or X.

I think the HUGE upgrade is moving completely to gestures. It’s like the argument android users throw at us with specs right? Side by side the specs are pretty much the same across the board. The look is similar of course, but after that the experience once you acclimate is such an upgrade. How many times have you found out something new about the X that continues to make it so much better as you use it more every day?
 

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I almost feel like a hypocrite writing this. I am an Apple nut, and I like having the latest and greatest. I had purchased the 8 Plus and was firmly in that camp when I got it. I had played with the X in the store and felt it was more of an upgrade for standard size 6/6s/7/8 units, and a downgrade from plus sized units. It didn't stop me from being intrigued by it. Well I ended up getting the X and compared it side by side back and forth with the 8 Plus. I gave myself significant time with the X where I could see my own use with my info in daily life that you will never get in a store on a demo unit.

Well I ended up falling for the X, the device size is just perfect. The only thing I struggled with for a bit was the thinner sides, but when I really looked at them side by side, it was not as significant as I kept thinking. The notch does not get in the way as I thought it would, most apps use it more as horns for the information then utilizing it as screen space. The advantage of this is where that information takes up a strip of the top of the Plus, the full screen area of the X is used. I am also liking the weight of the steel much more than aluminum. It's like a quality Swiss watch vs a G-shock.

Face ID was another thing I thought I would have a hard time with, but I have not had any issues shifting to it. I was nervous about having to move my face to it and adjusting the way I use the phone, but that has not been the case, it has been more flexible regarding positions than I thought.

So I went from a 7 to an 8 Plus to the X. The thing that grabs me is having a phone the size of the 7 which I loved with almost the same battery life as the Plus and a much bigger screen size than the standard. I definitely do not miss the button, and I guess the thing that grabbed me was how fluid the gestures are. Day 2 with the X in my daily life and I have no desire to look back.

Sort of in the same boat. I got the 8+ on launch day, and was happy to stick with the same design for one more year.

The more I read about the X, and attempted to convince myself not to get one, the more I failed. So, I caved and also got an X yesterday, thanks to some credits on my AT&T bill (for having a AW3 LTE) it doesn't really cost that much more to have both, so......at the moment I am rocking both an X and an 8+.

Day 2 with the X and I am starting to like it more than the 8+. The gestures in place of the home button took all of 3 seconds to learn and master. All in all, a great phone, and obviously where the iPhone is heading.
 
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Went the other way. Hate the X, went back to the 8 plus.


I did the same thing. I didn't "hate" the "X" I just preferred the screen size/display ratio of the PLUS. I didn't like the "long & thin" feel of the "X", I preferred a little less length and a bit more girth. ;)

I did REALLY love the FACE-ID. It worked flawlessly for me for the 10 days I had it. That is the only thing I do miss.
 
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