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janeauburn

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I tried both the X and 8 Plus in the Apple store. Went for the more familiar 8 Plus. Have two of them sitting here. Here are my observations:
  • Apple must have fixed the screen uniformity issues of previous phones. Both phones are supremely uniform in lighting and tone, and both are pleasant to read.

  • Phone call quality is fine with both. I could find only one 7 Plus out of, oh, 5 or 6 I must have tried that had decent phone quality. Reports of bad speaker phone quality w/ with 7 phones are rampant on the net. I experienced the same issue with all but one phone.

  • Grippy at last, thanks to the glass backs. This will make carrying these phones caseless very tempting. Also offsets somewhat the fact that the phones are thicker and heavier than previous generations.

  • Both phones run cool. The new processor must be really heat efficient.

  • Speakers are really nice. I do notice the extra bass response.

  • One black and one gold. Both are beautiful, although I do notice with the gold one that one can see the seam between the white front and the gold edge at the top (and to a lesser degree, bottom) if one looks closely. Glad I'm not obsessive about these things. Given the perfection of the phone otherwise, this is one of those "get over it" issues.

  • Overall, excellent phones. It's clear that Apple has silently addressed the flaws I found in the 7 series.
After having both of these phones in front of me for a couple of days, I have no X envy whatsoever. I'll give Apple a year to work that x-thing out and hopefully bring out a slightly larger x.

As to the 8 Plus, if I were to advise anyone on which color to get, I'm afraid I could not. They are both beautiful. Black is stealthy and will work better with waze in the car, since the frame is less distracting. Gold is just super classy. The two-tone color scheme is outstanding. Silver struck me as too monotone, kinda boring.

These phones want to be used naked, but woe is the day when they're dropped onto concrete.

And P.S.: Google Fi is the best cell phone service going, bar none. If you're an international traveler, you'll save a bundle while traveling and get high-speed service all the way. Get a Fi-compatible phone, activate the SIM, and then put it in your iPhone. Worth the hassle. Works splendidly with the 8, no weird configuration necessary.
 
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tonybarnaby

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Loving my iPhone 8 Plus as much or more than I loved my previous s8+, even with all the hardware advantages it had over the iPhone. I didn’t see any jerkiness on android, but going back and using the phones side by side is crazy. I’ve never used a pixel, but that’s usually the phone of choice for people moving from Apple to android. Apparently the pixel is as close to an iPhone as it gets.

I’d give my s8+ an 8.5/10 and my IPhone 8 Plus a 9/10.
 

tonybarnaby

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Not even close, IMO. I had the Pixel 2 here for a week. Maybe the XL is a lot better, but the regular Pixel 2 felt cheap to me.
I was referring to the “stock Android” software the pixel is known for. The pixel is way behind Samsung in terms of hardware, but it’s for the iPhone feel since the company that designed it also designed the software it runs on.

The pixel xl2 is superior to the pixel 2 in nearly every way besides price. The only people who should consider a pixel 2 over the xl2 are people who like smaller phones.
 
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Helmsley

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My 8 Plus arrived earlier...can't wait to start using it tomorrow.

The 6s it's replacing is getting a new battery and I'm giving to my Dad.
 
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Really like the size of the iPhone 8+, but my sights are on next years pixel 3. 8+ is a nice size for my large hands and the screen is Pleasant for my eyes and is the reason I got it. When you really look at it, it’s just another iPhone amongst other iPhones and that includes the iPhone X. What I’m looking for now is software. iPhone X is not up to speed yet, but I hope Apple will improve on it as they normally do next year.
 

Glideslope

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I have no regrets going from my 6s + to my 8 + 256g. I've used the X dozens of times. I don't see the hype. Face ID needs at least another Generation before I'll trust it. I'm nervous enough as it is the the S*** iOS patches coming out of Apple.
When the actual numbers are broken down by device people will be surprised just how close the numbers are with the 8+ vs X. :apple:
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Really like the size of the iPhone 8+, but my sights are on next years pixel 2. 8+ is a nice size for my large hands and the screen is Pleasant for my eyes and is the reason I got it. When you really look at it, it’s just another iPhone amongst other iPhones and that includes the iPhone X. What I’m looking for now is software. iPhone X is not up to speed yet, but I hope Apple will improve on it as they normally do next year.

Bah, my oldest has a Pixel 2 for their work phone. All I hear is complaints. Especially the display. To be fair they complain about iOS 11.2 on their 7+ as well. The word "Cheap" is the most common when describing their Pixel 2. :apple:
 
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Only downside is that it scratches pretty easily. I’ve gotten past it since I still love the naked look on the 8 Plus though.

I Personally have not had that issue. And I do not use a case. I think it's dependent On what type of surface you set the phone down as well, aside fom Common sense on how someone treats their Phone.
 

Strelok

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I Personally have not had that issue. And I do not use a case. I think it's dependent On what type of surface you set the phone down as well, aside fom Common sense on how someone treats their Phone.

I didn’t have this issue until the iPhone 6. My iPhone 5 and 5S had ZERO scratches. I don’t know what it is, could be that I’ve lived near the beach the past few years and my pockets have some sand in them. Definitely going for a screen protector and clear case/debrand wrap for my next one.
 
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