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Upgrading from 7+.....8+ or the X? Any thoughts?

Discussion in 'Accessories & Phones' started by Mary, 5 May 2018.

  1. Mary

    Mary MobiLurver

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    As stated above, Verizon has some deals going on and it's almost time for me to upgrade, (if I want). Any thoughts on the 8+ versus the X? Do I even need to upgrade at all?
     
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    Well Mary, I’ve got the 8+ and I didn’t notice any real difference between it and the 7+ I had before, photo-wise. Rog has the X and I had to borrow it because I’d forgotten mine and I really liked the X. It seemed to me to be easier to make a better (sharper) photo than with mine, and it’s slightly smaller. Seeing them written down, my thoughts don’t seem to be all that coherent, but, if I had the choice, I would get the X if I was thinking of changing. But then, here on Mobi, there’s a thread about how it’s the photographer and not the camera that produces great images, so ... :confused:
     
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    None of us ’need’to upgrade Mary, do we... :whistle:

    But, if you want to and are able to, I would certainly make the X a first choice... :thumbs:

    It is smaller than the Plus sizes but still has a bigger brighter screen... ;)

    If you’re not sure though, why not pop along to your local Apple Store and heft them, or better still, find some friends/family closer by who have one of each and try them for size... :D
     
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    What about the lack of a home button? My friend has the X and I don’t like that aspect, and the convoluted path you have to take to close out your open apps. :barf: I also think I would prefer fingerprint ID over facial recognition.
     
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    Yes, all your points are well taken Cat. I could care less about the facial recognition. I wasn’t aware of the app closure issues. Not to mention the monthly payment is like $44! Maybe I just need to settle down for a while longer and enjoy what I already have. I’ll see if the prices come down in September when Apple does their announcing. Thanks for your thoughts.
     
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    Home button is redundant Cat, and not missed at all... :whistle:

    And not at all sure why you suggest adios-ing open apps is a convoluted path? It may just be one extra step, but it hardly constitutes a convoluted path... :D
     
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    I dunno... I’m not sold. :mobibabe: Granted, I’ve only messed with the X a couple times, but I didn’t like it and am hoping fervently that this isn’t the norm moving forward. :eek:
     
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    I had every intention of getting either an 8 Plus or X when they came out. I was ready to upgrade my 7 Plus and pass it on to Fabi to replace her 6. I studied the tech specs closely and looked at all the comparative reports to decide which way to go. I learned that the only improvement with the 8 Plus camera was a slight improvement in low light performance, most likely only noticed in low light video. And the X camera is the same as the 8 Plus, although it has a couple of software additions to portrait mode. The bigger advancements with the X have more to do with other workings with the phone and display, but not the camera. The X is indeed an impressive piece of hardware but as yet it hasn’t reached the camera. Maybe next time.
    I concluded, with great disappointment, that I could spend a wad of cash and be no further ahead of where I already was with my 7 Plus. So I decided to wait and see what develops with the next iPhone models. We’re already half way to the next model year so why not wait and see what happens.

    Realistically, all phones available now are suffering the same limitation of tiny sensor size, which is forced by the limited dimensions, especially thickness, of modern phones. They have pushed the limits of the tiny sensor as far as it will go at 12 Mega Pixels. Other cameras have tried to put more pixels into a tiny sensor but the image quality ended up being improved in the next model by reducing mega pixels.
    Making the sensor bigger is the first step to improving image quality. But as soon as that happens the rest of the camera has to get bigger, too, which will mean an untidy lump around the camera, thickness-wise.
    Likewise, we have seen the lens get a little wider angle as a way to reduce camera thickness. All phone/camera makers are struggling to get beyond this current impasse so at least we know there is a lot of research and development going into it.
    As we experienced with the 6 to 7 models, the camera improvement necessitated making the lens bigger, which in turn rendered all the existing lens attachments obsolete. Part of this was wider angle and part is the image stabilization operating in a bigger range. Vignetting of the corners was the biggest problem. The old lens attachments did not have sufficient covering power. The new ones have all been made bigger. So what will happen with the next camera improvement? I still haven’t got back to where I was with my add-on lenses.
     
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