What if scenarios can be intriguing or ridiculous. What if 120,000 voters decided to go for Hillary instead of Donald? Move the votes around and the outcome is dramatically different. Here’s another example. What if Apple introduced iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus but no iPhone X?
How does iPhone 8 compare to Samsung’s Galaxy S8, the Galaxy Note 8, or Google’s new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL? All three devices have excellent displays, great cameras, but only the Samsung models have the new micro-bezel design. Only the Pixel 2 models do not have wireless charging or dual cameras on the back. All three models are priced about the same.
How do they compare in use?
Stephen Smith says iPhone 8 Plus has solid improvements but he’s not keen on the design because Samsung changes the design every year. Is that important?
I like the current iPhone design, although it’s feeling outdated (and has for some time). Samsung switches up the design of its flagship phones every year. Apple’s continued reliance on a design that debuted in 2014 seems lazy in comparison.
Let’s examine that.
Smith thinks design is how a smartphone looks and Apple’s iPhone 8 Plus looks much like iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s Plus, and iPhone 6 Plus. Ho hum and boring. Really? Apple thinks design covers the entire device, inside and out. Look at a Porsche 911. Boring, right? Or, put another way, timeless. Slap a case onto each of the aforementioned smartphones and what do you see?
Don’t these class leading smartphones look about the same? Rounded corners. Flat body. Big screen. Case. Other than the coming trend of micro-bezel designs evidenced in Samsung’s latest, iPhone X, and a few others, what’s the difference? Flat slabs of aluminum or glass with rounded corners and a big screen.
Simply put, if Apple introduced only the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus this year they would be competitive with the best smartphones available and priced about the same. Cameras? All of them are very good. Screens? You would be hard pressed to tell the difference between the highly touted Samsung OLED display vs. the indistinguishable from perfect LCD TrueTone display in iPhone 8 models, despite the difference in pixels per inch (Retina).
iPhone 8 gets the same A11 Bionic CPU that powers iPhone X and runs rings around most Android devices, including Samsung’s latest. I’ve listened to both the iPhone 8 Plus speakers and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8’s speakers. iPhone 8 Plus sounds much like the 12.9-inch iPad Pro (slightly less volume).
How would Apple’s iPhone 8 models fare if there was no iPhone X on the way? Both models would still outsell Samsung’s Galaxy S8, Galaxy Note 8, Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Combined.