I've used the iPhone 8 and the iPhone X - and the winner is clear

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iPhone X Hollis Johnson

Apple now sells three premium iPhone models for the first time in the product's history.

So, which should you buy? The iPhone 8? 8 Plus? X?

I've used all three models extensively. Here's how they compare.

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If you ask me, I think the iPhone X is much better than the iPhone 8.

If you ask me, I think the iPhone X is much better than the iPhone 8.

The iPhone X nails it across the board.

It has the perfect form factor, thanks to its large screen and minimized footprint. The iPhone 8 design feels stale and outdated as it enters its fourth year.

The iPhone X also represents exciting features that will become standard in smartphones over the next several years like facial recognition, super high-res displays, and advanced cameras.

The iPhone 8 is still a great phone, and you won't be disappointed if you buy one. But if you want the best of the best, the iPhone X is the clear winner.

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The iPhone 8 starts at $699 (64 GB model). The iPhone 8 Plus starts at $799 (64 GB model).

The iPhone 8 starts at $699 (64 GB model). The iPhone 8 Plus starts at $799 (64 GB model).

The iPhone X is expensive. It starts at $999 for the 64 GB model. The 256 GB model costs $1,149.

The iPhone X is expensive. It starts at $999 for the 64 GB model. The 256 GB model costs $1,149.

The iPhone 8 only has one camera lens. The 8 Plus has two lenses, but doesn't have dual optical image stabilization.

The iPhone 8 only has one camera lens. The 8 Plus has two lenses, but doesn't have dual optical image stabilization.

The iPhone X's rear cameras take great photos. Both lenses have optical image stabilization, which means it takes better shots in low-light environments while minimizing the "shaky cam" effect.

The iPhone X's rear cameras take great photos. Both lenses have optical image stabilization, which means it takes better shots in low-light environments while minimizing the "shaky cam" effect.

The iPhone 8 still has a home button with the Touch ID fingerprint sensor.

The iPhone 8 still has a home button with the Touch ID fingerprint sensor.

The iPhone X doesn't have a home button. You swipe up from the bottom of the screen.

The iPhone X doesn't have a home button. You swipe up from the bottom of the screen.

The iPhone 8 just has a standard front-facing camera. It doesn't have Face ID and can't take portrait selfies.

The iPhone 8 just has a standard front-facing camera. It doesn't have Face ID and can't take portrait selfies.

The TrueDepth camera can also take portrait selfies.

The TrueDepth camera can also take portrait selfies.

The iPhone X has Apple's TrueDepth front-facing camera system. It's used for facial recognition and enhanced AR features like Animoji and better Snapchat lenses.

The iPhone X has Apple's TrueDepth front-facing camera system. It's used for facial recognition and enhanced AR features like Animoji and better Snapchat lenses.

The iPhone 8 has an LCD screen. It's still good, but not as good as the iPhone X screen, which can display deeper blacks by actually turning off specific pixels.

The iPhone 8 has an LCD screen. It's still good, but not as good as the iPhone X screen, which can display deeper blacks by actually turning off specific pixels.

The iPhone X has a sharper screen that uses OLED technology. It was recently rated the best smartphone display ever made.

The iPhone X has a sharper screen that uses OLED technology. It was recently rated the best smartphone display ever made.

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The iPhone 8's basic design hasn't changed much since 2014.

The iPhone 8's basic design hasn't changed much since 2014.

But that's where the similarities end. The iPhone X has a brand-new design with a larger screen.

But that's where the similarities end. The iPhone X has a brand-new design with a larger screen.

They both have wireless charging.

They both have wireless charging.

They both also run iOS 11, the latest version of Apple's iPhone operating system.

They both also run iOS 11, the latest version of Apple's iPhone operating system.

Both phones are powered by the same processor, so you won't notice a difference in speed or performance.

Both phones are powered by the same processor, so you won't notice a difference in speed or performance.
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