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iPhone 8, 8 Plus and iPhone X.

10 years ago, the iPhone was born and it’s safe to say it one of the key players in the smartphone revolution. Its unique design and touchscreen without keyboard caught the eyes of many, including competitors. Many wondered how Apple was able to achieve such feat.

Now we back in 2017. To celebrate the iPhone’s inception in 2007, Apple decided to unveil the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus – successors to last year’s iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. Making it the first time since the iPhone 3GS launch that Apple skipped the “S” variants. Also Tim Cook, in Steve Job style, pulled out the “one more thing” card which was the special iPhone X. By the way, it is pronounced “Ten” and not letter “X”.

Naturally, the unveiling of the three smartphones are causing quakes around the world. Some people can’t wait to pre-order the iPhone 8/8 Plus as from September 15th or the iPhone X as from October. Others feel the phones are too expensive and aren’t worth it so I’m here chilling for the memes to start rolling in and rolling in they are. On the price side on things, the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus will start at $699 (N260K) and the iPhone X will start from $999 (N360K). Don’t get excited yet though. Due to shipping and other charges, expect those prices to go up big time.

Apple’s iPhone Line-Up and prices. Image Credit: Mike Murphy

So for all that money, what will you be getting? The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are more or less “beefed up” versions of their predecessors. They both spot better cameras, True Tone display, glass body to facilitate Wireless Charging, Apple’s new A11 Bionic processor and new OS out of the box which isn’t a big deal since current iPhone users can easily upgrade once the  OS update is made available. And there’s still no headphone jack. The iPhone X is probably the main attraction. Its got all the above with more. Like an edge-to-edge display and Face ID amongst other things. Apple did claim that the trio are the most durable glass phones. So you won’t be stuck with a beautiful but easily breakable phone. Lets take an individual look at the trio.

iPhone 8

iPhone 8 on a Charging Pad. Image Credit: CNET

The iPhone 8 is perhaps the baby of the trio. Baby in the sense that it’s the smallest in the pack. It has the regular  4.7″ screen Apple had been using since the iPhone 6 and also a similar design. It has a glass back for the sake of wireless charging just like its siblings since that can’t be accomplished with an Aluminum body. On the back, you’ll find the 12MP camera just like the iPhone 7 but with software upgrades for better photography experience over it’s predecessor. Beneath the phone, you’ll find stereo speakers and the lightning port. It is also lighter than the iPhone 7, making it easier to hold.

iPhone 8 Plus

The iPhone 8 Plus Colours. Image Credit: Business Insider

This guy has all that the iPhone 8 has but in a bigger body and an attractive 5.5″ screen. It also has the same dual camera setup found on the iPhone 7 Plus. With software improvements though, the camera will be be better on the iPhone 8 Plus. There will be improved depth and dynamic portrait pictures. It’s probably for people who feel the iPhone 8 is too small or want a better camera experience thanks to the dual lens.

iPhone X

The Main Guy. Image Credit: Forbes

Undoubtedly the biggest and baddest of the trio. Well, not the biggest in size. The iPhone X is actually smaller than the iPhone 8 Plus and this is mostly due to its all-screen front. Its beautiful 5.8″ edge-to-edge OLED display dominates the front giving it a compact and innovative design. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen such a display though. We’ve seen it on Samsung’s and LG’s line of smartphones and it’s nice to see Apple is joining the bezel-less gang. Speaking of Samsung, they actually supplied the OLED panels used in the iPhone X.

Besides the display, another unique thing about the phone is Apple’s new Face ID. Apple eschewed the Touch ID on the iPhone X and replaced it with the Face ID – an advanced 3D facial recognition system that Apple claims 1 in 1,000,000 would have a face similar enough to trick the new system. That’s pretty cool since regular facial recognition systems are two dimensional which means someone can unlock your phone with a picture of you. Face ID can also be used with ApplePay for payments. Apple also claims that “If others don’t recognize you, iPhone X will.” Meaning iPhone X adapts to your facial changes, making it easy to unlock your phone. What’s more, iPhone X’s dual rear cameras have been optimized for AR (Augmented Reality). Let me now bust your brain small. Do you know that the iPhone X is as fast as (if not faster than) the 2017 MacBook Pro?

That’s not all though…

Another major Apple event means a slash in the price of older iPhones. Making people wonder if they should shell out money on the new guys and get the old but still capable guys. Last year’s iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are a great choice if the new guys are too expensive for you as they also pack some serious punch. Infact some might argue that iPhone 8 and 8 Plus aren’t worthy upgrades but that’s entirely up to you. My opinion? If you have have enough money to shell out and you want the newest from Apple, then go for it. Otherwise, keep the cash. If you’re the 256GB kinda user and want the 8 Plus variant, spending another $50 (N18K) can get you the iPhone X. Although, you’ll have to settle for the 64GB variant.

The iPhone 6S and 6S Plus are also good choices if you’re looking for good iPhones at a not-so-premium price. Released in 2015, the brought some pretty interesting features to the table like the 3D Touch amidst other things. My opinion? If you’re not about new tech, want something capable and on an “iPhone budget”, this is your guy.

iPhone SE.

And finally the iPhone SE. Apple’s response for people who want a small but good enough iPhone. The SE looks a lot like the original iPhone 5 but packs the power of the iPhone 6S. They’re both powered by the same A9 processor and both share camera capabilities. My opinion? It’s the cheapest of them all at the moment and a good choice if you like “something light”. Its small size makes it comfortable to hold and use. With the SE, you have a compact phone with performance that can rival it’s bigger siblings. Or atleast try.

Well, that’s all for now. Let me know what you think of the new iPhones and which is your favourite. Also I hope you’re not planning to sell Kidney. It’s not worth it o. LOL. Should you get one (or all), be sure to send it over to MoreBranches so we can review it and maybe, give it back to you. I said maybe.

Adeshola Ogunleye

Grown man in a young body but I use that to my advantage.

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