Skip the X - get an 8 Plus instead
Contrary to some articles, I don't agree with the assertion that the iPhone X screen is larger than the 8 Plus. When looking at a stock chart or email, particularly in landscape mode, the 8P screen effectively is larger because it is higher. Compare an X and 8P side-by-side at a VZ store and see what I mean. Now, the higher 458 dpi resolution of the X might be nice, but I could not see the difference in an un-zoomed picture when comparing it to the 8P's 401 dpi. I could, however, see the
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difference between the 325 dpi resolution of a standard iPhone 8 (and to my old 6S). The 8 Plus is the sweet spot, particularly for the price.
The Plus size is just that much easier on the eyes, and I was surprised how quickly I've adapted to it's size when holding it. In just 2 days, I went back and turned on my 6S, and I could feel the eye strain when looking at the screen. I'm not sure I'll ever go back to the old 4.5" screen size. That size does fit the pants pocket better, but when the time actually comes to use the phone, I think the bigger screen makes up for that, every minute you're reading or typing on it.
The 8 also adds TrueTone. I've played with blue LEDs since the 1990s and have known for years it's a terrible color for your eyes to localize to. TrueTone works so well, I'm not sure I need a matte (glare) screen protector anymore. Also, I went with 64GB. I might have picked 128GB had Apple provided that option, but I've never gone over 64GB yet. (i.e. a 2 hour, 4K, 60fps video uses up about 50GB on the phone -- that's plenty for me.) In 2 years time, I may have wished for the 256GB, but...nah.
The only con so far, is the phone is slippery (although strangely, the glass still gives a decent amount of friction when running your finger over it). I'll be looking at a case from Peel to maintain the slender design but get a good grip.
The 8 Plus is certainly the finest phone I've owned. I wasn't sure about giving-up on the headphone jack of my 6S, but I forgot all about it within the first day.