I downgraded from an iPhone X to an iPhone 8 - and I think I like the less expensive phone more
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I really liked my iPhone X.
For about a year, I was on Apple's bleeding edge: I used Face ID to unlock my phone, I swiped up to change apps, and I generally enjoyed what Apple said was the "future of the smartphone."
Then, in September, my iPhone X got stolen, and faced with the possibility of a $1,000 replacement, I downgraded.
A colleague had a spare iPhone 8 I could borrow. I popped my SIM card in, and it's been my companion for the past month.
It turns out, I sort of like it more than my iPhone X. In fact, I've been debating what phone to get to replace my lost iPhone X, and I might decide not to buy this year's new models - the iPhone XS and iPhone XR - and get an iPhone 8, which was released in 2017 and has the same basic design as iPhones released in 2014.
It appears that the market may be saying the same thing. Several reports over the past week suggest that Apple's iPhone XR isn't selling as well as the company expected, and that Apple is cutting back production of the new model and increasing the number of iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus units it's making.
After spending over a month with the iPhone 8, I'm not surprised.
The iPhone 8 is lighter than the iPhone X or XS.
Touch ID is just as good as Face ID.
The iPhone 8 is just as fast as the iPhone X and can run all the same apps.
I didn't really need the extra screen space on the iPhone X.
It's not all perfect though. The iPhone X had better battery life, and I miss that.
I also miss the zoom lens on the back of the iPhone X.
So what phone should I get to replace my old device? It might come down to price.
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