Battery Life

The iPhone 8 Plus has the best battery life, lasting nearly 2 days. iPhone X comes second, it’s slightly better than the iPhone 8.

The iPhone X has got a 2,716 mAh battery, the iPhone 8 Plus has a 2,675 mAh battery, and the iPhone 8 uses a 1,821 mAh battery. Despite the iPhone X having a slightly larger battery than the iPhone 8 Plus, it does not quite last as long.

We don’t know whether this is due to the new OLED display or some other reason, but we get close to a day and a half to two-day battery life on the iPhone 8 Plus, while on the iPhone X we get a solid day, just a bit better than the iPhone 8.

We have run our custom test that measures typical battery use on all three iPhones and below are the results. Here, you can also see how the iPhones compare to other competitors in terms of battery life.

There is another important aspect of battery life and that is the time it takes to recharge a battery. All three iPhones support fast charging, but in order to actually use it, you need to buy a different charger than the slow charger included in the box. Apple sells a $50 fast charging adapter and to use it you also need a USB-C to Lightning cable for another $25, so that’s an additional $75 to use fast charging. This is a rip-off, especially considering that these iPhones are expensive, especially the $1,000+ iPhone X, but it is what it is.

Finally, all three new iPhones now finally support wireless charging. In order to use it, though, you need to buy a separate wireless charger and the ones Apple sells in its stores cost $60. With the iOS 11.2 update, Apple adds support for faster wireless charging to the iPhones, bumping wireless charging speeds up to 7.5 watts.

Battery life (hours) Higher is better
Apple iPhone X 8h 41 min (Good)
Apple iPhone 8 8h 37 min (Good)
Apple iPhone 8 Plus 10h 35 min (Excellent)
Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
Apple iPhone X 189
Apple iPhone 8 148
Apple iPhone 8 Plus 178

Call Quality

Apple has ironed out earlier issues with call quality on some of the first iPhone 8 models. Now, all three new iPhones have similarly great call quality: they are sufficiently loud so you don’t have much of an issue hearing callers in different environments, and call quality is also very crisp, especially for those markets where you can use technologies like VoLTE and HD Voice (dependent on carrier support).


So… what are the differences and which one should you get?

Let’s first look at the prices:

  • iPhone 8: $700 for 64GB, $850 for 256GB
  • iPhone 8 Plus: $800 for 64GB, $950 for 256GB
  • iPhone X: $1,000 for 64GB, $1,150 for 256GB

These are the most expensive iPhones, and the iPhone X is singularly the most expensive mainstream phone on the planet.

Here is how we see the main advantages of each iPhone over others:

  1. The Apple iPhone 8 is the most compact one and light-weight one, easiest to carry in a pocket. That is its main advantage over the X and 8 Plus. Compared to earlier iPhones, it is more powerful with the A11 chip, has a better camera and supports fast charging and wireless charging. The 64GB model is not too expensive.
  2. The Apple iPhone 8 Plus has the advantage of the secondary camera and Portrait mode over the iPhone 8. With its larger screen, it’s also better for playing videos and reading text, as well as for productivity. It also has the best battery life, reaching nearly two days on a single charge.
  3. The Apple iPhone X has the most impressive design of all. Its advantage over the 8 Plus is that it has similar screen size in a much smaller overall size. The OLED screen looks more vibrant than on any earlier iPhone. The secondary camera takes better Portrait pictures in low light and the front camera can also take portrait shots. The battery life is slightly better than the 8, but not as good as the 8 Plus. Face ID works fine, but it’s not as fast as Touch ID and does not work as reliably.

All in all, the iPhone X is clearly the future, but it’s not quite as polished as the other two, in a way, it’s “the future still in development”. It’s also just cool and new, while the 8 and the 8 Plus feel… a bit boring. So… which one are you getting, if any?

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