Now that the iPhone X (iPhone 10) is available in the UAE, Apple fans have swarmed the malls and online stores to get their hands on the device.
But is this something you should do?
Apple usually gives its users a year before a new model comes out, but seeing as the new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 plus was released only a couple of months ago it’s hard to decide which upgrade you should be spending your money on.
Apple boasts that the iPhone X is the epitome of Apple design, with an edge-to-edge OLED screen with a breakthrough depth-sending camera. But with high specs come a high price – if you can get your hands on one, the base iPhone X costs AED 4,099. Is it worth it?
Well, here’s a comparison to help you decide if it’s worth upgrading to the iPhone X.
The iPhone has surpassed most other phones when it comes to the quality of pictures and the features of the camera. Both the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 plus have bigger and faster camera sensors just like the iPhone X. Your pictures will come out richer in colour, and you’ll be able to shoot with faster autofocus and better low-light performance. The only advantage the iPhone X has over the iPhone 8 camera is that it offers a lower aperture, which means your camera will focus more on the subject rather than the background.
This is pretty self-explanatory, the iPhone X’s Face ID feature scans your face in order to unlock your phone, replacing the long-standing Touch ID function, which unlocks the phone based on fingerprint. The iPhone X is the first model to use this feature, but is it better? Touch ID has always been easy to use, and you can unlock your phone or even confirm Apple Pay purchases with a press of your finger. Compare that to the fact that, even after Face ID has recognised you, you still need to swipe up to unlock your phone. So, it actually takes longer to unlock your iPhone X than it does your iPhone 8 and below.
We have to give this point to iPhone X, which comes with an amazing OLED screen. OLED screens are easier to read in the sunlight – which is helpful for Dubai – and provide an overall crisper resolution. The iPhone X’s display supports True Tone, wide colour, 3D Touch and HDR at 458 PPI (pixels per inch) which means movies will look incredible if you want to watch them on your phone.
Although the iPhone X seems that much cooler than any of the other iPhone models, the iPhone 8 and iPhone X both run on Apple’s new A11 Bionic chip. So, whichever iPhone you do decide on, they will provide the exact same speeds.
The amount of money you’re willing to spend on a phone is usually the deciding factor for most people. If you want an iPhone X with 256 GB of memory, then expect to pay close to AED 5,000. But an iPhone 8 is a lot cheaper at AED 2,849 – which is still quite a lot of money for a phone, but considering how similar it is to the iPhone X, it’s a bargain.
So, do I buy it?
The iPhone X has a slightly better camera, better screen resolution and a new stainless-steel frame, but that doesn’t mean you should buy it. There’s no denying that Apple creates hype around its new models, and that’s exactly what has happened with the iPhone X. If you look at the fact that the iPhone 8 and iPhone X run on many of the same internals, it’ll be tough to tell the difference on performance.
If you’re the type of person that needs to have the latest iPhone model, then be willing to spend a lot of money and possibly time, as shops are selling out quick.
But, really, if you’re an iPhone user and you’re looking to upgrade, the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus represent better value for money. They come with many of the features of the iPhone X, but they aren’t nearly as expensive.