And the main reason not to buy the iPhone 8 is... iPhone X (poll results)

We asked you what would be your main reasons for abstaining from buying the new iPhone 8, and, guess what, it's the iPhone X, just as analysts are predicting. The iPhone 8 Plus now sells on par with the iPhone 8, which has never happened since Apple began announcing two phones instead of one, and it's mostly because folks are waiting on the iPhone X, say carrier reps. 

The next big reason (21% of our 2952 respondents) for not getting the iPhone 8 is that your current iPhone works fine for you, while the legacy "surfboard" design that is getting a bit long in the tooth is cited as the third main reason by 18% of our respondents.

For all the talk of "soft" iPhone 8 and 8 Plus demand in anticipation of the iPhone X later in the season, their sales seem to be pretty substantial, according to what's probably the most reputed Apple analyst out there, KGI Securities's Ming-Chi Kuo. The all-important carrier sales in particular have been pretty "stable," he calls them, and opening weekend shipments were 50% of last year's volume, which apparently is in line with most analysts' expectation, given that there is a third major iPhone on the horizon.

Folks are surprisingly flocking more to the Plus version, however, compared to last year, and the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus sales have been almost equal, judging from carrier and other sales channel probes. Needless to say, the iPhone 8 Plus is currently the only one you can use the much-touted Portrait Lighting tricks on, at least until the iPhone X comes around, so there might be something to that end.

What would be your main reasons not to buy the iPhone 8?

Waiting on the iPhone X
No need to upgrade from my current iPhone
Legacy 'surfboard' design
More fragile glass rear
Fast charging comes at extra cost
No dual camera for optical zoom and portrait modes
Other (sound off in comments)

Related phones

iPhone 8
  • Display 4.7 inches
    1334 x 750 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Single camera)
    7 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A11 Bionic, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 256GB, not expandable
  • Battery 1821 mAh
  • OS iOS 13.x



31. midhath93

Posts: 15; Member since: Jun 23, 2014

Coz its s**t

27. Phullofphil

Posts: 1846; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

I don’t know why everybody so worried about the notch like its ugly or pointless. To me I believe that that’s a very pessimistic view of that feature. I like to think of it as a more of a glass half full kind of design. Pretend it’s not there. Than you have all the normal battery, bars, and time lower on the screen screen. And that’s basically how I look at it you have a normal screen and all the stuff that you don’t want on your normal screen you can push up in the corners. Plus if it wasn’t there what would be there. That’s right absolutely nothing. And I do completely release but I would way rather have little bits of information in there and absolutely nothing and have a same pieces of information lower on the screen in my way other stuff. I am definitely pro notch. And the only way I’m going to change mine is in the whole face recognition 3d camera dohickey on the front is completely worthless but I really doubt that I am pretty sure that’s going to be a major hit. Sorry about all the mistakes I am texting with voice recognition through my car speakers and I would rather keep my eyes on the road

26. Derass

Posts: 149; Member since: Aug 06, 2015

I like the iPhone 8's blazing fast processor, and I want an iPod again. But if I'm spending $1500 CAD, I would like the physical design to be up to date; this 4 year old business just isn't on par with other 2017 flagships. The 720p screen is quite disappointing too.

23. JohnR

Posts: 168; Member since: Sep 08, 2017

Yeah, don't care. I bought the iPhone 8 plus. I don't want to deal with the headache of delays, bugs and nearly $1300 for the one I would want including taxes. Just for a better screen, front facing camera and bunch of unknowns at this point. Those paying all the money will be stuck with it next year while the rest of us will be upgrading to what will probably be the superior next gen version.

17. Michigan

Posts: 246; Member since: Nov 19, 2016

yeah they are waiting for xnotch 'almost bezeless' is this just pulling a tard?

16. p51d007

Posts: 707; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

The face ID....what an "innovation" over Touch ID Touch ID... Step 1. Place finger on ID pad, phone unlocks, screen turns on. Face ID... Step1, Turn on phone, Step2, hold in front of face, Step3, swipe up. Yeah!!!! more steps! Brilliant!

19. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

You are very smart...,keep it up.

21. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Because its the truth. It takes more steps to use Face ID than it takes to use Touch ID... Thus making Touch ID the more convenient and hassle-free unlock mechanism... And it does take a genius to realize that.

30. iushnt

Posts: 3191; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

U too r Cnour. I am already your fan.

20. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011


11. cmdacos

Posts: 4429; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Not really a huge uptick over the group that didn't feel a compelling reason to upgrade to either.

10. southernzombie

Posts: 358; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

I really can't understand why Apple would do that to themselves. Its like hey here is this really good phone that is a slight upgrade to the iphone 7 we released last year. We call it the iphone 8. A few minutes, later hey guys you really shouldn't want that one tho because in a couple of months we are releasing a monster phone like we've never done before with newer better looking design except for a weird notch in the screen but you'll get used to that. It'll be the most expensive mass produced phone ever but that won't matter because we know you guys will buy it anyways. And since its a totally new design we are going to take away useful features that you love and that work well and make excuses to explain why we did it to make it look like we are geniuses, but you'll buy it anyway. Introducing the all "new" iphone X. with all the great features that android users have had for years plus a new facial scan feature that barely works even when we are trying to show it off and a new processor that is lighting fast.

7. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

A Note 8 or S8 user must buy an iPhone 8 not X. It is hard to move directly to very high technology (iPhone X), so better for them to buy iPhone 8 (high technology) first.

12. cmdacos

Posts: 4429; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

That would be moving backwards not forwards. And a user from any other device would be annoyed that there screen is partially covered up by a unibrow.

15. Tipus

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

He won't understand it anyway. His worship temple is apple store and steve jobs is his god. And that is his own words. :))

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 31817; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

His post was hilariously stupid.

28. iushnt

Posts: 3191; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

dont sadden the troll, better make him happy as I feel he needs help.

25. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1625; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Why would anyone down grade to a iPhone from a Note?

29. iushnt

Posts: 3191; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

I totally agree with you. I feel S8/note 8 users should buy iPhone 6 not 8. You gave more credit to S8/note 8 buy comparing it with ip8.

5. aspleme

Posts: 30; Member since: May 18, 2014

Top 3 reasons translate to: I'm not impressed with it. Given that the price isn't really any different from any other iPhone release, reason 4 also translates to: I'm not impressed with it.

3. pecapello

Posts: 108; Member since: Feb 19, 2015

I’m from Brazil and own the 7 Plus and I’m planning to sell it here for the same price I can buy the 8 Plus in Miami next year. But the thing is: I really prefer the aluminum back.

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 31817; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

The X is clearly the much better option.

8. Lumbergh

Posts: 463; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

Not necessarily. You're losing the home button, have to deal with the notch, and considerably pricier. Granted, X has a better resolution and nicer form factor. I see why people would choose the iPhone 8+ over the X.

24. deleon629 unregistered

I agree. Think the S8 nailed the haptic home button/app drawer swipe via recent update, In addition to giving you a free Note 8 or S8 if you purchase the phones outright. There's technically nothing new to look forward to...except the dandruff buildup on the shoulders of the guy standing in front of you at about Apple flagship store for three or more days, perhaps lol

1. PhoneInQuestion

Posts: 496; Member since: Aug 20, 2017

Sure, why not spend over eleven hundred dollars on Jony Ive's forehead.

22. matistight

Posts: 1066; Member since: May 13, 2009

Not the iPhone 8.

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