iPhone X: Underwhelmed coming from 8+

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by AppleFan360, Nov 9, 2017.

  1. AppleFan360 macrumors 68020

    Jan 26, 2008
    I've been using the 8+ for the past month and received my iPhone X. After a few days of using it I'm starting to wonder if the differences between the 8+ and the X are worth someone laboring over which phone to get. I really liked using the 8+ and would have been perfectly happy using it for the next year.

    When I received the iPhone X, the "wow" factor pretty much wore off after the first day and I was still left with how well iOS was working. Both phones have great cameras, great screens, and are fast. With that said however the facial recognition is pretty nice when unlocking the phone and unlocking certain apps that previously used Touch ID.

    I would definitely recommend the X to anyone coming from the iPhone 6 or before but I think that most would be perfectly happy with the iPhone 8. I certainly wouldn't tell someone NOT to get the iPhone 8. I mean, lets get real here, the 8 is definitely no slouch. It's a classic design that has been almost perfected.

    Alas, after all is said and done, I'm a techie at heart who must have the latest and greatest. I will sell off my iPhone 8+ and happily use the X at least for the next year. I just wanted to convey my thoughts about how people really shouldn't get too wrapped up in the differences between the two phones. Both are great no matter how you look at it.
  2. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    I was not will able to adapt and returned the X for an 8+ sim free. Last three phones were the plus size.
  3. baller1308 macrumors 65816

    Dec 8, 2009
    The X is bigger than the regular iPhone's but smaller than the Plus's, in terms of screen real estate. The screen is taller but not as wide, and even more so until apps are updated to support the X. It took me a couple of days to adjust to the smaller screen, but like that one hand usability is easier.
  4. spooky23 macrumors 6502


    Jan 11, 2013
    We like shiny new things. We are simple creatures.

    I obsess when I get a new phone. Treat it like it's been handed to me from the heavens above. Then a week later I chuck it onto the sofa like it's a remote control. The buzz, that wow factor always disappears in time. Think as long as the UX doesn't have you wondering about another device then the one in your hand is doing the job it needs to do.
  5. jr866gooner macrumors 65816


    Aug 24, 2013
    I’m not going to lie, I love my 7 but I’m at that point where the main thing I think about is OS stability.... I don’t think I could even justify the X over 7 right now... yes it’s a nice phone but not enough to remortgage my home for.
  6. anson42 macrumors 6502

    Mar 13, 2014
    Oakland, CA
    I was using a 7 Plus and I feel the pain – ok more of a slight soreness – going from the wider keyboard to the narrower keyboard. I thought I had left that behind. There is very little to dislike about the iPhone X though. I don't mind the notch, Face ID is awesome, and it is damn fast (as is probably the 8). The longer viewable area is really nice however when viewing video even if the notch covers a bit of the video content. That is definitely an advantage over the 7/8+. I would really like to see a larger version of the iPhone X next year that adds back the 7/8+ width but with an even longer display.
  7. Knightcastle macrumors 6502


    Apr 25, 2015
    What is the UX and how do I pre-order it?
  8. balaplus macrumors 6502

    Oct 23, 2017
    Pleazzeee.... It is no Rolex. Time to move on!
  9. sean000 macrumors 68000


    Jul 16, 2015
    Bellingham, WA
    The ease of one-handed use is a big deal to me. I keep going back and forth, and I guess I will until I compare them side by side. I've never owned a plus phone, so I will admit that I have no direct knowledge of how much the size difference actually affects one-handed use. My hands are not large (I tend to go with Medium size gloves). The iPhone 6 (non-plus) was already a size increase over the iPhone 5, and I noticed one-handed operation was not as easy on the 6 as it was with the 5. I did get used to it, but that really put me off of trying the Plus... it just seems like a two handed phone. While the larger display would be nice, I use my iPad for extended use and my iPhone for shorter interactions.

    The main appeal of the X for me is that I get dual camera in a phone that is physically smaller than a Plus. I'm sure I will appreciate a little more screen real estate, but for me it's all about the camera.

  10. alent1234 macrumors 603

    Jun 19, 2009
    I saw the X in Best Buy last night. it's too long and why I hate the Galaxy screens. I just bought the 8+ on a BOGO deal and not even thinking if I should have bought the X
  11. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    I don't have an issue with the length for the iPhone X, it just feels smaller to me coming from an iPhone 7 Plus. It's comfortable to hold and it's very well-made. But I would prefer a much larger display, which hopefully will be within the next year.
  12. noobinator macrumors 603


    Jun 19, 2009
    Pasadena, CA
    you got a cheap house!
  13. alent1234 macrumors 603

    Jun 19, 2009

    and playing around with it, the first thing I thought of was that apple ripped off samsung on some of the gestures
  14. partyboy4357 macrumors member


    Oct 6, 2017

    you want to pre-order something without knowing what it is? Hmmm
  15. madKIR macrumors 6502a

    Feb 2, 2010
    I had an 8 Plus for 2 weeks. I am enjoying the X now. The screen itself is worth it. Also, I can tell that the rear camera is marginally better in low light, thanks to better aperture and IOS on both lenses. Portrait mode on the front camera is pretty convenient as well. Face ID rocks! I don't miss Touch ID at all! I still have my old 6S Plus: it feels outdated next to the X. Yeah, the screen is wider, but that's about it. If you really need that screen ratio, then enjoy your 8 Plus. The battery life is very similar between the two as well.
  16. DNichter macrumors G3


    Apr 27, 2015
    Philadelphia, PA
    Big upgrade from my 7 Plus, which is basically an 8 Plus. To each their own, glad you made up your mind.
  17. Knightcastle macrumors 6502


    Apr 25, 2015
    That was the humour :)
  18. partyboy4357 macrumors member


    Oct 6, 2017
    Oh must be a dad joke,
  19. chfilm macrumors 68000


    Nov 15, 2012
    The cameras in the X are a lot better Actually, especially portrait on the front cam is sooo cool!
  20. zekkragnos macrumors 6502a


    Jun 24, 2010
    Coming from an iPhone 7+ not really. The X is far superior and I love FaceID/Screen. Having said that, I wish there was an X PLus. That would probably be the perfect size for me.
  21. TimeSquareDesi macrumors 6502


    Apr 25, 2013
    I'm totes New Yorkian
    thank god im not the only crazy person on this forum that obsesses over tech.
  22. Leonard1818 macrumors 68020

    Nov 15, 2011
    Thanks for the input. I'm seeing this being a common opinion when comparing the two.

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