iPhone X Review
Apple’s latest flagship device, the iPhone X is the latest device to come from the tech giant. As you would expect comes with a hefty price tag. The question being, is it worth it?
The first thing you will notice about the iPhone X is Apple’s take on an edge to edge display, which looks great!
The Display and FaceID
The 5.8 inch edge to edge display is beautiful to look at. It’s crisp, the contrast and colour range is incredible. It does come at the cost of some design aesthetics i.e. ‘The Notch’ which houses the 6 sensor FaceID system and speaker. This also means the removal of a key feature from previous iterations of iPhone, TouchID.
So how do you unlock your phone or use Apple Pay? Apple has introduced facial recognition or FaceID (see iPhone 8 vs X) already seen on Android devices such as the Samsung S8.
But what about getting home to all your apps, multitasking, accessibility? All replaced by a gesture based system, see our quick start video to gestures on iPhone X here.
Even with such as large display the phone still features 3D touch to quickly access shortcuts for apps or available widgets.
A life without a Home Button
I will admit even after using it for several hours I still find I am stuck with a 10 year old habit of reaching for the home button. A life without a home button is comparable to when Windows took away the start button. It will take time to get used to the gestures however once you are accustomed to the new way to navigate it’s quite intuitive.
A bigger power button with more power
The side button is larger which I didn’t think would make much of a difference but in fact does make putting the phone to sleep and activating Siri and Apple Pay a bit easier. It’s the simple things.
A scratch, where?
The one thing I did find myself worrying myself over was dropping the device. With previous iPhones I found I didn’t worry about the odd drop. With the iPhone X I found my nerves getting the better of me. I want a rugged case, I want a tempered screen protector, I want it protected. It may be the cost of the device or the sheer ratio of display to bezel, but I find I am wary of the potential damage to the all glass design.
5.8inch diagonal OLED display
Built-in Stereo Speakers
Processor – Apple’s A11 Bionic chip – 25% faster than previous A10 (iPhone 7)
3GB of RAM
Front facing camera – 7MP, f2.2 aperture, 1080p video recording ability
Rear camera – 12MP wide angle (f1.8) and telephoto camera (f2.4), 4K video recording up to 60FPS.
If you do decide to get this phone I highly recommend that you purchase insurance or Applecare+ for your iPhone X. Apple have gone back to a iPhone 4 era glass style front and back and due to it’s larger size if you drop it, it can be a very high price for a repair:
Screen Repair Only: £286.44 inc VAT
Other damage: £556.44 inc VAT