Reasons I'm Not Buying an iPhone X (or iPhone 8)

Toni Houston
September 21, 2017

Apple CEO Tim Cook (R) and Apple chief design officer Jonathan Ive (L) look at the new Apple iPhone X during an Apple special event at the Steve Jobs Theatre on the Apple Park campus on September 12, 2017 in Cupertino, California.

GMA anchor Robin Roberts said "you knew this was coming", before reading off the Twitter users' question about the considerable price tag.

"Overall, my pick between the two new iPhones is the iPhone 8 Plus".

Lacking both a front button and the already removed headphone jack, the iPhone X's new look also presents one new upgrade: the price tag. But this marked the first year Apple introduced a higher-priced version of the iPhone with a larger display.

The Wall Street Journal's Geoffrey Fowler said this is "not the upgrade you're looking for", and noted that, while there are fun upgrades for portrait photos and augmented reality, the differences aren't enough to justify an upgrade from the iPhone 7.

The Verge's Nilay Patel said the iPhone 8 shows that Apple's design has "stood still for four years", and that the "true competitor" to new Android devices from Samsung and LG will be the iPhone X. He also said that the option to pay for the iPhone X over time through carrier-offered installment plans makes the iPhone X even more affordable.

Patel noted that wireless charging is still slow - though Apple will improve that with a software update - and wasn't particularly impressed with portrait mode with the new camera. It features a vertical dual camera system on the back. The new Portrait Lighting mode uses a similar tactic to adjust the lighting effects around the subject.

The iPhone X supports wireless charging based on Qi standard, and fast-charging technology.

What more could I ask for from my smartphone's processor?

As The Verge wrote a year ago, "A quick look at the Geekbench scores attained by the iPhone 7 quantifies a staggering achievement: the single-core performance of Apple's latest generation of smartphone processors has basically caught up with Intel's laptops CPUs". They will hit the store shelves this Friday.

"The regular iPhone 8 is good", Spoonauer continued, "but 4.7 inches just doesn't cut it for me anymore". However, recently, it was reported that the estimates of the shipping are now dropping to between 1 and 2 weeks. She considers the iPhone 8 a solid choice for those upgrading from a much older device, such as the iPhone 6s. Depending on the model you want, you might get your handset on the launch day itself if you pre-order it online.

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