Which device is better in terms of battery life and call quality?
We take a closer look at the battery life and call quality of the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X.
iPhone 8 Plus has the best battery life of all three new models, which can last for over 32 hours between charges on average. Battery life on the iPhone X is decent, in reality use, the iPhone X lasts a day with some juice left over - but not enough to go for two days, just slightly better than the iPhone 8.
More interesting is the 2,716mAh battery on iPhone X, which is actually bigger than the battery on the iPhone 8 Plus, which has a 2,691mAh battery. But iPhone X still doesn’t last any longer than iPhone 8 Plus. We do not know whether this is due to its new OLED display or something else.
Battery life is obviously one of the most important aspects of smartphones. There is another important aspect of battery life - Charge time. All three models offer wireless charging capability with Qi chargers and all three also support fast charging to the level of restoring up to 50 percent charge in 30 minutes.
Unfortunately, it’ll be a bit pricey if you want to get those speeds. Fast charging requires an Apple USB-C power adapter and Lightning cable. Apple doesn’t include any of these things in the box, they are sold separately. That means not only will you have to pony up for either a 1-meter or 2-meter cable at $25.00 and $35.00 respectively, you’ll also need to buy Apple’s $49.00 USB-C Power Adapter. A pricey investment… yeah, I know.
These three models also support wireless charging. Unlike conventional charging, where you plug a wire into a port, wireless charging happens via an electromagnetic field created by a charging pad. Apple is using a wireless charging standard, called Qi, that nearly every other company in the industry has adopted. Just like the fast charging, if you plan to use wireless charging, you need to buy a wireless charger. Apple sells a couple of Qi chargers in its store, and there are several cheaper wireless chargers on Amazon.
Some earliest iPhone 8 buyers reported a “static” and “crackling sound” when they made a call, but Apple has solved this issue. Now, all three models have the same call quality: They are loud and clear to hear callers from different environments, and the call quality is excellent, especially for those who can use applications like VoLTE and HD voice.
So which one should you choose?
Firstly let's take a look at the price: