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5 Reasons to Buy the iPhone 8 Instead of the iPhone X

4. TouchID

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Speaking of the removal of the Home button, the iPhone X also removes TouchID from the device. TouchID has been one of Apple’s biggest successes, integrating it into services like Apple Pay and even bringing it over to the MacBook Pro. Apple has chosen to replace the fingerprint-scanning technology with face-scanning, rather than putting a fingerprint scanner on the back of the phone like other manufacturers have done.

While hands-on reports about FaceID have been good so far, there have also been reports that it isn’t quite as fast or intuitive as TouchID was. While we’ll have to use the technology ourselves to make a final verdict, we still wish Apple could have figured out how to integrate TouchID beneath the display. If losing TouchID is significant to you, the iPhone 8 is the phone you’ll want to pick up.

5. The iPhone X’s Design and Materials

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The new flashy design of the iPhone X is definitely the biggest draw of the phone. It’s got very small bezels on the side, top and bottom, making it feel like a nearly all-display phone. I won’t get into the ugliness of the notch at the top of the phone, but for the most part, it’s a very impressive-looking device.

In addition, the iPhone X uses new materials to change up the look and feel of the phone. The sides are now made of a shiny stainless steel and the back is made of glass. In fact, in some ways it feels like a bit of a throwback to the original iPhone. While the iPhone X is probably durable enough for daily use, glass backs always have the possibility of being shattered, and stainless steels gets scratched pretty easily.

Even aside from familiarity (which we already talked), the look and feel of the iPhone X just may not be for everyone. For that reason, Apple has kept the standard iPhone line around in the iPhone 8. While I doubt Apple will be keeping it around for very many years, right now it may be the safer purchase for some until Apple works the kinks out of its new flagship device.

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