iPhone X Am I crazy to switch from X to 8?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by s54, Mar 30, 2018.

  1. s54 macrumors 6502

    Sep 25, 2012
    I know it sounds absolutely crazy, but hear me out.

    Initially, I bought the iPhone 8 (non-plus) when it first came out. I used it for several months and then jumped ship to the X. I’ve been using the X for months now and I do like it a lot. Or do I?

    I recently went to an Apple store and just for the hell of it, completely out of the blue, lifted the 8 again. Low and behold, I fell in love with it again.

    It feels soooo much lighter than the X and much more ergonomically friendly. It’s just as responsive and something about that super sleek and small form factor just makes me want to make the switch.

    Now, I realize that it’s a downgrade in many ways. However, there are some X features that I absolutely could do without. First is Face ID. It’s great when it works. I’d say that I find myself having to unlock the phone manually about 40% of the time, either because I’m unlocking the phone at an odd angle or due to lighting interference. I never had problems unlocking the 8, unless my hands were wet, which rarely happened. Second thing is the camera. Sure, it’s great, but too gimmicky for my taste. Don’t care for portrait mode and the zoom as I almost never use them. Additionally, I never once notice a difference in pic quality between my 8 and the X. Lastly, I could never personally tell the difference between the LED and LCD screens. I’m not saying it’s not noticeable. I’m saying that I never truly noticed. And although the screen on the X is bigger, it isn’t overwhelming so.

    All in all, I do like the X. I had no problems with it, other than unlocking annoyances or inconveniences, whichever way you want to spin it.

    Not sure what to do. My X is in immaculate shape and I know that I can still recoup most of the cost for it. The 8 just made an impression on me, again. I realize some people hate the bezels and the fact that it bears a design that dates back several years, but I find the build quality of the 8 is superb to prior models. And I personally don’t mind the bezels.

    Am I the only person who considered going from the X to the 8? - The 8 Plus is completely out of the question as I generally prefer smaller phones. The X is significantly heavier than the 8. You truly don’t notice it, unless you use it on a daily basis and then suddenly pick up the 8.

    I like phone that fit in my pocket with ease and don’t make it bulky. The X, despite not being that much bigger, does carry significantly bigger, if that makes sense. When I put the 8 in my front jeans pocket, you really can’t see it at all. Not the case with the X. It’s definitely more noticeable.

    I like the more nimble 8. Maybe I’m just crazy. Can’t quite put a finger on it lol
  2. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    It’s not crazy to purchase something that you like or prefer, you don’t have to have the latest device just because. The iPhone 8 still an excellent device for different reasons.
  3. plucky duck macrumors 6502a

    Jan 5, 2012
    The 8 is refreshingly light and nimble, compared to the X and the 8 Plus. The 8 and 8 Plus are like opposite extremes, in terms of size and weight, but both are remarkable and very likeable. The X is different, but not necessarily THE ultimate choice, especially if you want a small phone. The X I would say is the jack of all trades, but if you are decisive and know what you want exactly, the 8 and 8 Plus may very well check more check marks and save you money at the same time.

    The 8 is a beast of a phone in a tiny package.
  4. Phone Junky macrumors 65816

    Phone Junky

    Oct 29, 2011
    Sunshine State
    If that’s what you want, it’s not crazy.
  5. m0sher macrumors 6502


    Mar 4, 2018
    Yeah it’s not crazy if it’s better “to you”, get the 8 and be happier for those reasons you listed.
  6. Absrnd macrumors 6502a


    Apr 15, 2010
    You're crazy to think Macrumours could give you a sane answer, that you could/should decide for your self :)
  7. timeconsumer macrumors 68000


    Aug 1, 2008
    I “downgraded” to a 6s for the headphone port. So, no I don’t think you’re crazy for wanting to switch phones. If it would work better for you I’d say go for it.
  8. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    I returned my first X and got the 8+, but after only a few days I was back to the X.

    Both great devices.
  9. Geert76 macrumors 68000

    Feb 28, 2014
    the Netherlands
    Am I crazy to switch from my current girlfriend to my ex?
  10. timeconsumer macrumors 68000


    Aug 1, 2008
    Yes, you probably are.
  11. Phone Junky macrumors 65816

    Phone Junky

    Oct 29, 2011
    Sunshine State
  12. Geert76 macrumors 68000

    Feb 28, 2014
    the Netherlands
  13. rmoliv macrumors 6502a

    Dec 20, 2017
    I think some form of TouchID is necessary no matter what Apple says or thinks about the future of unlocking an iPhone - my take is that the market (consumers) will force them to introduce a TouchID option alongside FaceID on the X, unless we all behave as sheep. Just as an example, many times you will want to unlock your iPhone just by extending your arm to take a sneak peek from a distance equal to the length of your arm - at least I do, especially at night when I'm in bed and my iPhone's on the bedside table. Would you be able to unlock the X from such a distance and angle and low light (or no lights at all) conditions? It's not crazy. The X is still a beta.
  14. mthomas184 macrumors 6502


    Aug 11, 2016
    I switched from the X to the 8 Plus for a couple reasons.

    1. Wanted Touch ID back
    2. Face ID was slow and wouldn't work 80% of the time, even after setting it up again
    3. Never could unlock my phone in the morning. I would always have to use a passcode
    4. I work behind a desk and having to pick it up every time just to see a text was getting annoying
    5. When watching a video, if I wanted to scrub the video, the scrubber was right against the home bar so it would switch apps instead of scrubbing and it got super annoying

    Like everyone else said, its completely preference and I definitely went back. Hopefully this years models improve them.
  15. Hofstede macrumors member

    Dec 15, 2014
    A great analogy
  16. IowaLynn macrumors 65816


    Feb 22, 2015
    Sounds like you need variety and grass is greener syndrome ;)

    I have X on an upright stand and looking at it on my desk unlocks it. But I decided to never automatically lock.

    Think it is early model and defective? Bought mine this March and Face ID only gets better. No need to touch. Wonder if the infrared is not properly focused or something or distorted.

    I don't like the swipe gestures. Not one bit. I prefer Android S9 in that Dept but again Ssmmy has two strikes, FPS on back and I never want that Bixby button

    Old familiar shoes or pair of gloves
  17. bruinsrme macrumors 603


    Oct 26, 2008
    You’re crazy!
    However, my statement is based on my desires.
    You have to go with your desires.

    There could be a million reasons why you should stay with the X.

    Here’s how I look at it.
    You’re using the phone. If the 8 meets your needs and you enjoy it then go for it.
  18. DNichter macrumors G3


    Apr 27, 2015
    Philadelphia, PA
    It's not crazy. If you want something smaller, go for it. Personally I think the large phone thing is dead and people will start to migrate back to smaller phones. I think the X is the largest I want to go.
  19. eyoungren, Mar 30, 2018
    Last edited: Mar 31, 2018

    eyoungren macrumors Core


    Aug 31, 2011
    ten-zero-eleven-zero-zero by zero-two
    OP, this is as far as I got.

    When anyone starts a thread with that statement it tells me they are looking for others to validate their decision.

    As others have stated, get what you like. Screw what anyone else thinks about it.

    If you keep operating in your life by consulting a committee to make or validate your decisions you are in for a miserable time.
  20. Ffosse macrumors 68000

    Nov 5, 2012
    I've got both. Each is great: The X is my everyday phone with my main sim - I use it for most things. The 8 I use in bed for podcasts and reading. Having 2 phones I hope to spread out the battery longevity of each.

  21. barkomatic macrumors 68040

    Aug 8, 2008
    Are there features on the X you would miss? You focused on what you didn't like in your post.

    It's strange to hear the inconsistent experience with Face ID that people are having. FaceID works slightly better than Touch ID for me. On the fingerprint reader, I'd constantly get misreads and would have to use the passcode.
  22. j800r macrumors 6502

    Jan 5, 2011
    Coventry, West mids, England
    You don’t need the internet’s permission to switch back. Use whatever device you like.
  23. Ladybug macrumors 68000


    Apr 13, 2006
    Its far crazier to keep using something you aren't enjoying. Initially I bought an 8+ but after a few days I exchanged it for an 8. The 8+ is a really nice phone but I found it too large for my taste. Buy what works for you personally because the only opinion that matters here is your own.
  24. bevsb2 macrumors 68000

    Nov 23, 2012
    I have an 8 which I got first and then got the X. I love the form factor of the 8 and prefer Touch ID. I thought about switching back on several occasions as I love my light weight gold phone, but when I put the screens side by side, there is no comparison. The gorgeous screen on the X always wins and that's the phone I use.

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