Is there any reason to buy the iPhone 8 instead of the iPhone X? Yeah, there are a few

This year's Apple iPhone event was marked by a very special appearance — the iPhone X. For the first time ever, Apple introduced a total of three handsets — the familiar-looking iPhone 8 and 8 Plus combo and the futuristic, nearly all-screen iPhone X.

By now, you are probably well aware that the latter has a starting price set at $999. On one hand — that's quite costly. On the other — the phone certainly has enough of an allure factor to make you want to shell out.

So, is there any reason to go for the “regular” iPhone 8, other than it being a full $300 cheaper than the iPhone X? Well, believe it or not, there are a few benefits to go cheaper here. Let's explore them!

The iPhone 8 is the most compact new iPhone you can get

With no compromise in power, the iPhone 8 has pretty much all the key hardware of the 8 Plus and even the X — the same Apple Bionic chip inside, an optical image stabilizer for its single camera, wireless charging and all that. Considering Apple's current lineup, the iPhone 8 is like the 2017 version of the iPhone SE. The latter proved that compact phones are still well-loved, so the iPhone 8 should still have its fair share of fans.

And, as if to really drive that argument home, the iPhone X has a slightly reworked user interface — the Control Center can now only be pulled down from the top-right end of the screen, instead of the bottom. With such an elongated display (5.8 inches, 19.5:9 aspect ratio), you just know that screams “Use me with two hands!”.

Same old shape, but all your accessories fit

The iPhone 8 is the 4th generation iPhone to bear the same design as the 2014 iPhone 6. Yes, one can definitely call that boring and lazy. On the other hand, however, the iPhone 8 is only a smidgen thicker than the iPhone 7 and iPhone 6s. If you happen to be stocked up on a wide array of cases and accessories, it's a good bet that most of them will fit the iPhone 8, unless a very specific design element is at odds with the 0.2 mm thicker body.

An actual home button and fingerprint scanner

To achieve the all-screen shape, the iPhone X does away with the home button at the front and, with it, gone is Touch ID. So, you're stuck with Face ID, which may or may not work amazingly well, but the point is that the good ol' tactile button will be sorely missed. Well, unless you go for an iPhone 8, that is.

Related phones

iPhone 8
  • Display 4.7" 750 x 1334 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A11 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2390 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 1821 mAh(14h talk time)
iPhone X
  • Display 5.8" 1125 x 2436 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A11 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2390 MHz
  • Storage 256GB
  • Battery 2716 mAh(21h 3G talk time)



1. afrohoxha

Posts: 264; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

First time a not top notch phone is recommended for the exact reason of not being top notch

2. DRS1977

Posts: 680; Member since: May 27, 2015

The ugly notch and huge bezels are reason enough alone to skip the "X", not to mention the ridiculous price. Maybe in another 5 years Apple will make a true bezel-less phone. By then everyone else will have moved on to true folding phones.

7. Tabby_Tiger

Posts: 305; Member since: Jan 23, 2017

The notch isn't really that bad. They could black it out in certain apps and you would notice it's there.

8. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Yup, they should have just left it black as a permanent bezel but with carrier/battery info showing, far neater with zero effort.

12. tedkord

Posts: 17511; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Either way, you've got a bezel there. It's just a digital bezel instead of a hardware bezel, making the screen smaller than it's advertised measurement.

19. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 2013

Problem is, Apple will reject any apps from the App Store that try to mask/hide the notch. Apple WANTS devs to make that notch stand out.

14. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

The notch is innovation. They will make sure to write a cool paragraph to marvel at the notch in order to make buyers believe it is a feature. “The process of creating the notch began with the endless possibility of retina-OLED technology. Each of the missing pixel on the retina-OLED panel is carefully plucked by hand in order to create a beautiful and perfectly symetrical notch on each iPhone X which takes days to do. The notch, such an engineering marvel.”

20. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 2013

I can just imagine hearing Jony Ive's voice saying that during a keynote video.

22. Phantom1031

Posts: 267; Member since: Aug 02, 2014

Hahahaahhahaahhaha this post made my day

3. thetruthhasbeenspoken

Posts: 83; Member since: May 02, 2017

Yes. There is a reason. It's called human stupidity.

4. techbuttcheex

Posts: 205; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

Buy an iPhone 7

5. pt020

Posts: 186; Member since: Apr 08, 2014

The only good reason to buy the 8 are those huge bezels where you can put your cup of coffee.

6. Cat97

Posts: 2022; Member since: Mar 02, 2017


9. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1603; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

I prefer the iPhone 8 design, the notch on the X would drive me insane, not to mention the problems developers are having with their apps because of it.

11. tedkord

Posts: 17511; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The 6s is the best buy in iPhones right now. Lower price, still has both the touch ID and the 3.5mm headphone jack. You don't get wireless charging or fast charging, but overall they're the best bet this year.

16. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

No, the 7 is the best bet. No one needs a goddamn 3.5mm jack. I’ve been plugging that hole up with a 3.5mm dust plug since they started putting the 3.5mm jack onto flip phones. The mushy home button on the older iphones also collect too much dust.

13. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Stop asking this same question! You’ve been asking this for a month plus now. It’s simple, if you want the 8, you would have it by now or your planning on getting I. If you want the X, you’re still waiting for the release. People on this site know what they want, so stop asking!

15. BullDozer

Posts: 160; Member since: Dec 18, 2015

These are just commercials paid by Apple. Iphone8 is a huge flop. Apple is pushing all sheeples to promote it.

17. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

People on this site would prefer this site only release Android news and you are a perfect example of that.

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 31762; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That horribly ugly notch, that horribly ugly notch, the vertical camera housing, no FPS, the screen looking like a tempered glass protector, and that horribly ugly notch.

21. Godfather

Posts: 68; Member since: Oct 31, 2012

I would follow up with this post with a "Is there any reason to buy the iPhone 7 instead of the iPhone 8? Yeah, there are a few"

23. Phantom1031

Posts: 267; Member since: Aug 02, 2014

Apple has cheated with iphone x, they show no bezels, but there are bezels, and with iphone 8 they are at least not cheating, they are showing clear bezels, again another reason to buy iphone 8/7s/6sss, whatever u may call it

24. Phantom1031

Posts: 267; Member since: Aug 02, 2014

All OEMs have played a stupid game this year by fooling people for the term so called “bezel-less”, I hope next year they have something good under their sleeves, at this point of time I was thinking to change my note 5, so options are either mid-rangers or phones from last year, otherwise a big no no for this year models, they look very attractive but less productive

25. monoke

Posts: 1206; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Iphone x - Notch if you want the best!

26. TechDork

Posts: 404; Member since: May 10, 2010

I upgraded to the 8 because the home button on my 6S stopped working LITERALLY a day before the keynote and I refused to continue using Assistive Touch until November lol. I couldn't take it!

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