How Big Is the iPhone X?

It's one thing to compare dimensions between the iPhone X and the rest of Apple's lineup, but it's much better to see how it measures up when you put them all in your hand.

Apple iPhone 8, iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus (left to right)

Apple iPhone 8, iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus (left to right)

That's why we've created this handy visual guide.

On paper, you might think the iPhone X is larger than the iPhone 8 Plus because it has a bigger 5.8-inch screen, but that number is deceiving. The Super Retina OLED display on the iPhone X has a narrower aspect ratio than the iPhone 8 Plus' 5.5-inch panel. And because there are virtually zero bezels around the iPhone X's screen, it has a more compact size.

How compact? The iPhone X measures 5.7 x 2.8 x 0.3 inches, compared with a considerably taller and wider 6.2 x 3.1 x 0.3 inches of the iPhone 8 Plus. The iPhone X is also a full ounce lighter than the iPhone 8 Plus (6.1 versus 7.1 ounces).

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Row 0 - Cell 0 iPhone 8iPhone XiPhone 8 Plus
Screen Size4.7 inches5.8 inches5.5 inches
Size5.5 x 2.7 x 0.29 inches5.7 x 2.8 x 0.3 inches6.2 x 3.1 x 0.3 inches
Weight5.2 ounces6.1 ounces7.1 ounces

With the iPhone 8 Plus In my hand, I find reaching across the screen practically impossible with my thumb, though I don't have the biggest mitts. With the iPhone X, I have no problem typing with one hand; targeting icons on the other side of the screen with my thumb is a stretch but easily doable.

Apple iPhone X

Apple iPhone X

The other place I notice this big size difference? My jeans. The iPhone 8 Plus is so tall that it digs slightly into my thigh as I climb stairs. The iPhone X definitely has some heft to it, but I notice it a lot less in my front pocket as I walk around.

Apple iPhone 8 Plus (left) and iPhone X (right)

Apple iPhone 8 Plus (left) and iPhone X (right)

When you look at the iPhone 8 and its relatively tiny 4.7-inch screen, it's downright Lilliputian compared with the iPhone 8 Plus. It's about 2 ounces lighter than the Plus, and much shorter and narrower. You'll have absolutely no issues typing with one hand on the regular iPhone 8 and reaching across the display.

MORE: How to Use the iPhone X

You just have to really want a small screen if you're seriously considering the iPhone 8. A lot of people prefer smaller phones, but when you're paying $699 or more for a phone, I would personally want more real estate for enjoying games and movies, as well as looking at photos.

iPhone X vs Android Phones

If you're looking to compare the iPhone X with the latest Android flagships, Apple's phone is a bit heavier than the Galaxy S8 (6.1 ounces versus 5.5 ounces) but it's also a little bit taller (5.7 versus 5.9 inches). Both have a 5.8-inch display.

Google Pixel 2 XL, Apple iPhone X and Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (left to right).

Google Pixel 2 XL, Apple iPhone X and Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (left to right).

The LG V30 has a larger 6-inch display, but it also has a narrow aspect ratio, measuring 6 x 3 x 0.29 inches and weighing a fairly light 5.6 ounces. The Pixel 2 XL is larger, thicker and heavier than the iPhone X, but it has a bigger 6-inch screen.

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Row 0 - Cell 0 iPhone XGalaxy S8LG V30Google Pixel 2 XL
Screen Size5.8 inches5.8 inches6 inches6 inches
Dimensions5.7 x 2.8 x 0.3 inches5.9 x 2.7 x 0.3 inches6 x 3 x 0.29 inches6.2 x 3 x 0.3 inches
Weight6.1 ounces5.5 ounces5.6 ounces6.2 ounces

So there's a quick look at the size of the iPhone X. Tell us in the comments if you think it's just the right size for you.

Credit: Shaun Lucas/Tom's Guide

Mark Spoonauer

Mark Spoonauer is the global editor in chief of Tom's Guide and has covered technology for over 20 years. In addition to overseeing the direction of Tom's Guide, Mark specializes in covering all things mobile, having reviewed dozens of smartphones and other gadgets. He has spoken at key industry events and appears regularly on TV to discuss the latest trends, including Cheddar, Fox Business and other outlets. Mark was previously editor in chief of Laptop Mag, and his work has appeared in Wired, Popular Science and Inc. Follow him on Twitter at @mspoonauer.