Goodbye iPhone X, hello iPhone 8 Plus

I bought iPhone X the first day they were commecially available two months ago. I wrote up some of my initial thoughts here after a few days of use.

The one thing that kept bugging me was typing on the iPhone X. I always considered myself a great smartphone typist. And for many years I prefered banging out a quick message on my phone versus a computer.

But all that changed with iPhone X. The keyboard and I didn’t get along. It’s just too narrow and tight. I tried everything. I tried one finger use. I tried switching to Google Gboard. I tried voice recognition.

Last week, I picked up my old iPhone 7 Plus. The keyboard felt so nice. The very next day I went to the local Apple Store and bought the iPhone 8 Plus which has same exact form factor as the 7 Plus with the internals of the iPhone X.

A few other obvservations after making the switch back to the Plus size phone for the past week.

  • Touch ID is way better than Face ID. I am excited about the future of FaceID but it’s just not as good just yet. TouchID is faster and much more accurate.
  • App switching on iPhone X is sloooow compared to the 8 Plus.
  • The iPhone 8 Plus has a lower resolution display but surpassingly I prefer the larger screen size on the Plus for viewing photos, videos and reading text. And of course typing!
  • Battery life. The battery life on the 8 Plus lasts a few hours longer than the X according to Cnet’s research. That’s been my experience as well.

I suppose it’s not a big surprise I prefer the old design for some things. I’ve been using the Plus form factor since 2014 with the arrival of the iPhone 6 Plus.

There is something really wonderful about using a product that your hands and mind are completely used to. It’s one of the reasons I adore Leica M cameras. My two year old Leica M (model MP) feels almost exactly like my 50 year old Leica M (model M3). My hands know exactly where to go. It all feels so natural.

The iPhone X is an amazing camera. My wife loves hers. And millions of other people cherish the new design and form factor for good reason. That edge to edge design is stunning. But for me personally, the Plus works best for me.

I hope Apple has an iPhone X Plus on the drawing board. That would be the best of both worlds.