Phone Showdown: iPhone 8 Plus vs Pixel 2 XL vs iPhone X
Which is the best for you?
Google and Apple released great new phones just this past month! Are you going Android or iOS? Touch ID or Face ID? We’re here to help you out with a rundown of the pros and cons of each!
Display (Battle of the bezels...or slowly the lack of them)
The iPhone 8 Plus has minor screen improvements compared to the iPhone 7 Plus. The screen is a 5.5 inch, 1080p LCD panel, but now includes the iPad’s True Tone technology that changes colors based on the lighting in surrounding. Oh, and this model still has thick bezels around all sides.
Meanwhile, the Pixel 2 XL uses a Quad HD 2880x1440 panel, which has the OLED benefit of intense black levels. It’s mostly fantastic for this reviewer. Most progress is found on this phone with the smaller bezels like the iPhone X. The screen size is 6 inches compared with the 5.8 inches of the iPhone X…. and they are almost at identical weight.
Apple stepped up its game by using an OLED display with the iPhone X. Though not necessarily a larger display from previous iPhones, just an elongated 18.5:9 aspect ratio.
Where it does stand out is the contrast ratio, power savings combined with the True Tone Technology and it also strikes the best balance between realism and saturated colors. The display can be cropped out because of the cutout “notch” on the top sensor bar which may be a con for some.
In terms of DxOMark scores, the Pixel 2 XL gets above the rest by setting the new record. It may just have one camera at the back a 12.2MP f/1.8, but has both optical and electronic image stabilization (the front-facing camera is 8MP f/2.4).
The iPhone 8 Plus has a dual-lens camera at the back: 12MP f/1.8 wide-angle camera and 12MP f/2.8 telephoto camera ( no optical image stabilization for either cameras). The front camera is just 7MP f/2.2.
The iPhone X has the same 12MP wide angle camera as the iPhone 8 Plus but the second 12MP telephoto camera is faster and includes optical image stabilization. However, the highlight is on the front camera: the 7MP TrueDepth camera. This technology enables the new Face ID technology and the popular Animoji feature.
Both iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X are capable of augmented reality, which is still in its infancy, but promises more to come in 2018.
The iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X are made of glass front and back. And the latter is right now considered as the priciest to repair. It’ll cost you $279 for screen repair and $549 for other damages (like the glass back). The iPhone 8 Plus is not far behind with screen repair at $169 and $399 for other damages. Meanwhile, the Pixel 2 XL’s screen repair is at $220 and for the small glass panel at the back, it’ll cost you around $160.
The iPhone 8 Plus glass back shattered in just 1 drop. Yikes! While the Pixel 2 XL gets just a few scratches.
And in a face drop, the Pixel 2 XL gets the most damage, shattering the top portion and even missing some glass parts.
While in our previous blog, we got to check out how iPhone X will have practically the same result as the iPhone 8.
Expensive but great phones! Though that’s A LOT of cracks in a beautiful screen.
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iPhone 8 / 8 Plus: Reviews are in!
We look at the reviews and even drop tests on the new iPhones!
It’s been just a couple weeks since the release and lots of reviews for the new iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are out! Are you planning on getting one or waiting for the iPhone X ? We’ve got an overview of info to help you get started!
What’s great with the 8?
That’s about it for the exterior… the rest of the upgrades are mostly found internally. The iPhone 8 contains tweaks and improvements from the iPhone 7 and making it future proof. Same with the iPhone 8 Plus.
Trusted Reviews also comments how powerful the A11 Bionic chip is, which is more powerful than the current Qualcomm high-end Snapdragon chips out there. This is found both in the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, positively affecting its performances.
Another awesome perk you get from both phones is found in the camera. Wired.com reviews that the new camera and chip combined made everything faster and more efficient. If you go for the iPhone 8 Plus, it boasts Portrait Lighting, so your photos are on point!
Both devices are also going big with Augmented Reality combined with iOS 11. But with PC Mag’s experience, better to go with the iPhone 8 Plus for this perk. Overall, this is a safe choice as it’s familiar compared to the upcoming iPhone X.
What’s not to like in these devices?
Having glass in front and at the back has major cons too. TechAdvisor says it will probably slowly slide off if placed in an uneven surface. While Wired also reviews that just after few days use they already saw a few scratches while using it without any case or such. (Side note: who DOESN’T put a case on their phones these days???)
Speaking of expensive, the glass back is also more expensive to replace than the front one.
Sold with getting either of these devices? But those drop tests though...
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iPhone 8: we got a date!
September 12 folks! Set your calendars...
The internet is abuzz as we finally got a date for the iPhone 8! Read on to know more! The day we’ve all been waiting for! Apple officially announced that September 12 is the Keynote 2017 for (presumably) the iPhone 7S/ 7S Plus and iPhone 8 (or whatever it will be called).
Days before, Wall Street Journal may have just confirmed this straight from Tim Cook himself. Contributor at Forbes Gordon Kelly also has the same tune. While TechCrunch is affirming this is the date Apple is aiming for.
Other dates to remember?
With September 12 being right on the money, Mashable hypothesized this will be the timeline based on Apple’s previous launches:
- Sept. 15 - Preorders will start
- Sept. 19 - first reviews of the new iPhones will come out
- Sept. 20 - iOS 11 will be available for download
- Sept. 22. - iPhone 7S and 7S Plus will go on sale (the new Apple watch too should it be announced in the Keynote)
What about the iPhone 8?
The same site reports that Apple might say it will be available “later this fall”, however BGR says otherwise. They're claiming it will run alongside the 7S/7S Plus as it’s the only way it’ll hit its target revenue for the month.
Where will it be held?
Apple will be launching at the Steve Jobs Theater, which is still under construction.
There were previous talks that if construction won’t finish in time, they may opt for the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco where previous iPhone events were held.
OK, is the price really $1,000 for the iPhone 8??
No official word yet. But current rumor has it that the 64GB Capacity could start at $999. Then go as high as $1,199. We at Tech Armor totally understand that this may bring about a huge dent into your wallet. Even if you choose the possible iPhone 7S/ 7S Plus, that's still quite a huge amount and that kind of large investment deserves the utmost protection. Good news is we’ve got the just what you need!
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iPhone 8 Rumors: more info from HomePod?
That device is a gold mine!!!
More rumors and discoveries are abound with the upcoming iPhone close to knocking on our doors...or wallets to be more precise. Now let’s go head on!
More info from the HomePod
Developer Guilherme Rambo dug deeper within the HomePod firmware code/iOS 11 beta and found videos within on how we might just live without the Touch ID and physical Home button.
The first video he posted shows an iPhone accessing the Control Center by swiping from right to left. Though sacrificing the shortcut to the camera.
The second video he tweeted demonstrates how you can access the app-switcher with swipe up gesture. Just a little extra: he also added videos displaying how the HomePod can be configured, the Apple TV and Whole House Audio using any device with an Apple ID. Though it makes a lot of sense, it might be best to take it with a grain of salt for the mean time.
Facial Recognition: Apple’s final choice?
This can be considered as pretty sure as the Korea Herald reported the phone will advanced facial recognition scanner plus 3-D sensors for AR applications.
The 3-D facial recognition sensor can sense your face in millionths of a second. It’ll be used to unlock the phone and make payments. And is practically instant too according to known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
Great! So about the price...?
Definitely no going back with the $1,000 price range folks. Alright, alright, time to make sure the wallet’s ready for that huge dent! We know where you’re coming from on this. That’s why we want to make sure that no dents, dings, scratches or whatsoever ever comes close to your new device.
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With just WEEKS away from September, what’s new in the web for iPhone 8?
We’re pretty sure everyone (including us ) really had a blast with the iPhone 8 leaks coming from the HomePod. But for now folks, let’s see what’s new this week! We might get lucky again right? ;)
More info found in the HomePod?
And yes we do get lucky again! The developers who found lots of info from the HomePod last time have more news for us! Developer Steve Troughton-Smith kept digging onto the HomePod and found that the home button in the upcoming iPhone:
- Can be resized
- Indicator can be hidden
- No API to change its color, and
- Tab bars extend under it (background of bar extends underneath); check out the picture below:
Troughton-Smith also discovered metrics regarding the status bar on the edge-to-edge iPhone, including notch height and ear width. Olivier Charavel was quick enough to create a mockup with the numbers. This is what may be expected to be the touch screen part on the upcoming iPhone:
Hold on folks, there’s more! Developer Guilherme Rambo saw codes from the HomePod that the phone will suppress notification sounds when you’re looking at it.
- Software definitely supports payments
- 3rd party apps can use it
- You can add multiple faces (relating to the face recognition lock)
Copper turned Gold?
Known-leaker Benjamin Geskin says the iPhone 8 will only be in 3 colors: Black, Silver and so far Foxconn’s internal name “Blush Gold”. This info was also released from Weibo and will only be sold with 64GB or 128GB.
Hands on with a dummy phone
MacRumors got hold of a dummy phone that gives a clear look on how the upcoming iPhone will look like. It’s based on leaks, CAD drawings, etc. that came out this July.
Still have to ask: price?
Sad to say it’s still at around $1,000. Yup, that high. :(
So Apple’s really doing this are they? Going $1,000 high? We know, we know. It’s A LOT of money to invest on. That price is no joke. Best to keep it as safe as possible. Phew!
Don’t forget that Apple is ALSO likely to release updated versions of the iPhone 7 (rumored to be called the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus). Fortunately Tech Armor already has these screens covered as the device hardware should remain the same. However, a new report indicates there may actually be a slight change to the body size (roughly 0.1mm on all sides). While this may seem insignificant, it could produce problems with existing iPhone 7 and 7 Plus cases fitting these new devices. We’ll keep you updated as we hear more!
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Apple leaked iPhone 8 data?
Well, Apple pushed out the firmware for the $349 HomePod surprisingly way ahead of its release in December. (Fun fact: it’ll run on iOS 11.0.2, currently two patches ahead of what’s available for the public.)
So far 2 developers took the opportunity to check out the code. Little did they know, they’ll be discovering gold nuggets on the iPhone 8.
What did they discover? “Pearl and D22”
Face Recognition may certainly be a go for the iPhone 8. Steve Troughton-Smith discovered code name “Pearl” along with the lines of: BKFaceDetectOperation, settooCloseToCamera and setTooFarFromCamera to name a few. With all of the rumored trouble Apple was having with integrating Touch ID into the iPhone 8 screen, it appears that face recognition will take its place.
While Guilherme Rambo found code name “D22” and rendered the phone icon available for it:
No new leaks on the price?
Unfortunately, none coming from the horse’s mouth on that, although rumors are still at $1,000 to $1,400.
No going back with the $1,000 price range?
Seems that way folks. But look at the bright side! Tech Armor promises to keep your huge device investments safe from drops and scratches!
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iPhone 8 Rumors : no more Touch ID?
That might even just be the tip of the iceberg for the iPhone 8.
Down to the last few months before the new iPhone 8 is launched! Don’t worry, we’ve got a rundown so you’ll be in the know! ;)
Houston, we may have a problem. Maybe even a lot of them.
With an all-screen display a popular rumor, where will the Touch ID be placed on the iPhone 8?Bad news: there might not be one. Apple might drop it if they won’t be able to embed the fingerprint sensor in the screen.
Folks, there’s more... Known KGI securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts Apple won’t be able to embed the Touch ID in the screen. The feature may be removed totally on the next-generation phone. While his other predictions are quite the same with other rumors in the web. It may then be replaced by a facial recognition system --- instead of placing it in the back like the Galaxy S8. An alleged device photo leak from Weibo also shows now Touch ID in the back.
The 3D camera sensor and the wireless/induction charging software are the problems still being fixed. If not fixed in time, it might either cause delay of phone launch or the softwares would be launched at a later time.
But there’s a bright side! The phone just might have a rear-facing 3D laser for AR apps and improved autofocus.
Though analysts say there may be a slight chance of getting it at a discounted price.
$1,000 is already a LOT. Now rumors have the iPhone 8 around $1,200?!
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