But then Bill Atkinson stunned me when he exchanged his for an 8. He ran a lot of apps side-by-side and simply decided he preferred the bigger screen on the 8.
That's weird. One of my favorite things about the iPhone X is that it's a smaller device than the 8 Plus, but its actual screen area is almost the same. Less bulk in your pocket for very nearly the same amount of usable screen area. And the X's display is an ultra sharp OLED with a higher pixel density and contrast ratio than the 8 Plus screen. It looks incredible.
But the biggest difference is Face ID. I was skeptical when it was announced, but I'm totally in love with it now. I've only had the phone for a few days, but I've already gotten used to pulling it out of my pocket and swiping up to unlock it in one fluid motion, and it works every time. It's so fast and fluid that it makes the old clunky Touch ID home button on my iPad feel like a relic from another time.
I was certain I would hate the notch, but I don't. While actually using the phone I don't really notice it at all.
The one thing I'm not crazy about is that battery life is just slightly worse than I was used to with my 7 Plus, but not so much that it's a problem. Maybe a 10% difference at the end of a typical day. I can live with that.