Apple announced three new iPhones this year: the iPhone 8, the iPhone 8 Plus, and the high-end iPhone X.
Those three phones start at $A1,079, $A1,229, and $A1,579, respectively.
The most expensive iPhone model this year, the iPhone X, in many ways represents the future of the iPhone.
That said, there are several reasons it’s worth considering an iPhone 8 model instead of the iPhone X:
This might be the most important factor for many people.
The iPhone 8 starts at $A1,079, while the larger iPhone 8 Plus starts at $A1,229.
The iPhone X, on the other hand, starts at $A1,579.
It's simple maths: You can save at $A350 by going with an iPhone 8, which, keep in mind, is still a brand-new phone from Apple.
This is probably the most important reason to consider the iPhone 8 and the 8 Plus over the iPhone X: Functionally, they're all identical.
Each is powered by Apple's new A11 Bionic chip, a neural engine, and the M11 motion coprocessor. The only difference is how the phones use these features: The iPhone X uses the A11 chip and neural engine for its new face-detection system, Face ID, which the iPhone 8 does not have.
And all are also running iOS 11, which means you're getting the same great apps and ecosystem in the iPhone 8 as the iPhone X.
Since the release of iPhone 5S in 2013, Touch ID has changed the way we use our iPhones -- unlocking the device, storing passwords, and using our fingerprints to pay for goods via Apple Pay.
Touch ID is a known, proven entity. Based on early reviews and impressions, Face ID seems to work well -- most of the time -- but is less reliable, and more importantly less fast, than Touch ID.
For what it's worth, Apple says Face ID is less prone than Touch ID to being tricked, and can work in most situations where you think it wouldn't: in the dark, and if you make changes to your face -- try growing a beard, or adding a pair of glasses, or changing your hair, or throwing on a kooky outfit, Face ID should still work.
Still, we're in the early days of the iPhone X. Technology is not infallible, and it's impossible to predict what could go wrong with this unlocking method. (Thankfully, the passcode backup still exists.)
By choosing an iPhone 8, however, you choose to forgo being a guinea pig for Face ID.
4. The iPhone 8 and the 8 Plus support fast charging and wireless charging for the first time -- just like the iPhone X.
All of these phones support the Qi wireless-charging standard as well as fast charging.
The downside for all of these iPhones, unfortunately, is that you'll have to buy extra accessories if you use either new charging method. Apple offers several Qi wireless-charging pads (its own AirPower pad won't be out until 2018), and you'll need to buy extraworth of equipment -- a Lightning-to-USB-C cable and a USB-C Power Delivery-compatible charger, specifically -- if you want to use fast charging for your iPhone 8, 8 Plus, or iPhone X.
Again, this is one more expense to consider when thinking about the iPhone 8 versus the iPhone X.
If you care at all about photography, the rear cameras on the iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X are nearly identical. The iPhone 8 is also a great shooter, but the larger 8 Plus adds a second telephoto lens so you can zoom in without losing image quality.
The only difference between the rear cameras on the iPhone 8 Plus and those on the iPhone X is that the X has optical image stabilisation for both the wide-angle and telephoto lenses, for sharper images, especially in low-light settings. The iPhone 8 Plus has OIS for only the wide-angle lens, like the iPhone 7 Plus before it.
6. The front-facing cameras on the iPhone 8 and the iPhone X are also identical -- save for a few extra features.
On paper, the FaceTime HD cameras of the iPhone 8 and the 8 Plus are functionally identical to the front-facing camera inside the iPhone X's TrueDepth camera system. All these phones take 7-megapixel photos, have a ƒ/2.2 aperture, and film video in 1080p.
The only difference is that the iPhone X has a few 'exclusive' software features: Portrait Mode for the front-facing camera (in addition to the back); Portrait Lighting, which lets you remove backgrounds in your selfies for a dramatic effect; and Animoji, which lets you send animated emojis to your friends that mimic your facial expressions and even speak using your voice.
The TrueDepth camera system on the iPhone X is the lone interruption on that phone's edge-to-edge display. People don't seem to find the notch too bad in usage, but very few apps are optimised for the unique shape and layout of the iPhone X. This will likely change over time, but for now, most apps will look and work best on the iPhone 8 or 8 Plus.
The iPhone 8 and the 8 Plus' dimensions are nearly identical to their predecessors, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. The new phones are a bit heavier, and there are slight differences in their height, length, and depth, but all the differences are less than a millimetre each, which means your old iPhone 7 cases will still fit.
The iPhone X's dimensions are completely different from those of past iPhones, so your old cases won't work with this phone -- one more expense to consider on top of the phone's price.