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Apple iPhone X

Category : Mobile

Release Year: 2017


Publish Date:
November 11, 2017


  • Works as advertised High
  • Aesthetic design High
  • Easy to use/maintain High
  • Reliable/Durable High
  • Worth the money High
- The iPhone X is the most expensive iPhone ever.It has the biggest screen, smallest bezels,and it is the first iPhone to drop the home button.But the question is, is it worth it?It all starts with the design.From the rear it looks very similar to the iPhone 8.You're getting an all-glass back for the first timesince the iPhone 4 days.The X comes in two colors, silver and space gray.The silver is basically just white with a silver chassiswhere the space gray swaps out the rear glassfor a very dark gray color and a dark metal band.It really does look and feel premium.There's a solidness and heft to the designthat just wasn't there on the iPhone 6 and 7.However, there's a price to pay for that.Unlike a metal back which might just get scratchedor dented, no matter how strong Apple claims this glass is,it can absolutely be cracked if you drop it.One of the upsides to switching to glass for the rear panelis the addition of wireless charging.In a very un-Apple-like move, this supports the Qi standardthat has been around on android phones for years,meaning that you should just be able to drop the Xon a cheap wireless charging pad and it'll work no problem.You also get the small added benefit of being ableto fast charge the X via a USB-C to Lightning cable too.Now, the silver phone is especially prone to scratchingas they moved from aluminum to stainless steel.This is a harder material that gives the phoneits expensive feel, but like the old iPods,expect it to scuff easily.Thankfully, like the iPhone 7,you've got IP67 water resistance.Now, this isn't full waterproofing,but your shiny new $1,000 iPhone should have no problemgetting a little wet or even totally submerged for a minute.Like always, the design looks greatbut you should probably get a case.Flip the phone over though,and you'll see the biggest change this year: the display.Put the X side by side with the 8+ and the lack of bezelsreally does make the phone looklike a much more modern flagship.It looks similar to the Galaxy Note 8.It lacks the curved edges but has nearly no bezels otherwiseexcept for the notch.After using the phone for a few days,it doesn't really bother me.When you're using the phone in portrait mode,it basically just means that you get a little bitof extra vertical screen real estate with stuff likebattery and time on the edges.When watching video, you have a couple options.For standard 16:9 content, the true blacks of the OLED panelmake things look a lot like a normal iPhone.But for example, on YouTube you can pinch to zoom itto full screen.You crop a little of the frame and sometimes the notchlooks a bit off, but it's a good wayof taking full advantage of the display.Now, not all apps support the X yet.A lot will display with black bars on top and bottom.Thanks to OLED, the blacks are properly blackso that mostly means it just looks like you're usingan iPhone 7.That display though really is something.The change from IPS to OLED means that you're gettingfar better contrast.That black is actually black here.I know I keep saying it,but it really does make a huge difference.The screen looks so much more contrasty.The color is pleasant as well.It's nicely calibratedand the screen gets impressively bright.My only real issue is that there is a bit of color shiftingwhen you look at it off axis, but it's fairly minorand the rest of the advantagesof OLED definitely outweigh it.The iPhone X also gives you supportfor HDR 10 and Dolby Vision.Watching Stranger Things: Two on the X looks phenomenal.The brightness and contrast really does make content pop.In fact, we're shooting this video in HDR.If you're watching on an HDR TV with somethinglike a Chromecast Ultra or even some smartphoneslike the Galaxy S8,you should be able to see the difference.Audio is also impressive on the X.It has a pair of speakers, one front-firing that doublesas the speakerphone, and the other on bottom.It's not quite as loud and crispas dedicated stereo speakers on the Pixel 2,but it blows away basically any other flagshipout there right now.Combine that with the great screen and you have one ofthe best mobile video experiences, period.Something interesting is that the iPhone X touch layerrefreshes at 120 Hertz.The screen itself is still 60 Hertz, which can't matchthe level of smoothness of something like the Razer Phoneor iPad Pro, but that faster touch layer does make the phonefeel a lot more responsive.With the new screen comes arguably the biggest changeto the iPhone in the last 10 years.No more home button.One on hand, it's what gives the iPhoneit's most recognizable shape,but in 2017 it's looking awfully out of date.Instead of the home button, the X relies on a seriesof gestures to navigate the phone.Swiping up has replaced the home button and the gesture areadoubles as a quick swipe to move between apps.After a couple of days,to me this feels like a very natural evolution.iOS already uses so many gestures to navigatethat once you drop the button and totally commit,it speeds up moving around the entire interface.There are some trade offs though.Some button combos have changed.For example, you now hold the power button to trigger Siriand you can screenshot by holding power and volume up.The biggest trade off is that there's no longer touch ID.Instead, the iPhone X introduces Face ID.This is a big reason why the notch is as big as it is.You're essentially getting a Kinectthat has been miniaturized into the top of a phone.I will absolutely admit that before I tried the X,I had my doubts about Face ID.But it actually works.After a quick set-up, it works basically as advertised.Tap the screen and in the time it takes for youto swipe up to unlock,Face ID scans your face and unlocks the phone.It's not perfect.You do need to be looking at the phone for it to work,but I was impressed with just how versatile it is.Your results might vary,but I basically have no major complaints with Face ID.It feels like I just don't have a passcode.This take also makes Animoji possible.Look, these are just fun, okay?This works as an iMessage app that scans your faceand translates it into a talking emoji.It does a really good job of even capturingsmall facial motions and lets you do karaoke.So, you know.One area that's basically the samebetween the iPhone 8 and X is performance.Both phones give you the Apple A11 Bionic,which is hands-down the fastest chipyou can get in a phone today.This translates into a phone that feelslike you just can't trip it up.Not matter how much I multitask,it just doesn't break a sweat.Animations stay locked at 60 frames per second,and because you have those new gestures,it feels lightning fast to move between apps.While this isn't exclusive to the X,this power does come in handy for games.Of course, standard titles like Minecraft run hereno problem, but you also have some pretty fun AR games.The iPhone X brings a pair of 12 megapixel cameras,one wide angle and one telephoto.This is the same basic setup as on the 8 Plusand it works well here.Apple has cranked up saturation in this generationand it makes images look a lot more punchy,which while maybe not quite technically accuratedoes make for a better looking photo.There's a good amount of detail but what's really impressiveis the dynamic range.HDR is on by default and there have been a few shotswhere I legitimately couldn't believe how much rangethe X was able to keep in one picture.The telephoto camera on the 7 Plus came in handy for mea fair bit, but it's a lot better on the X.It still isn't quite as sharp as the main shooter,but it now has image stabilizationwhich makes a big difference, especially in low light.The A11 chip inside does quite a bit to analyze each shotand make adjustments based on that.Now, while the days of the iPhone having far and awaythe best camera on a smartphone are over,you really won't be disappointed with what you getout of the X.Portrait mode makes a return here and it's solid.If you look closely, you can see where the cameradoesn't perfectly cut you out of the background sometimesbut for the most part it does a good job.You can now also take portrait selfies.These rely on good light with pretty optimal conditions,but when done right they can really make the front-facingcamera look a lot more expensive.The problem is that while decent in a vacuum,I really prefer the way that the Pixel 2 handles these,which you guys can check out in my full comparison.Portrait mode is handled well on the iPhone X,but there's room for improvement.As a guy who shoots a bit of video, I have to say,the iPhone X is about as goodas a smartphone gets right now.It shoots 4K at 24, 30, or 60 frames per secondand I have absolutely no complaints about the quality.Stabilization is terrific, color is nicely saturated,dynamic range is good, and the auto-focus and exposuregenerally do a great job.You also get solid 1080p 240 frames per secondslow motion options as well as the still impressivebuilt-in time lapse mode.Put it all together and it is hard to be disappointedwith the iPhone X camera.And that really is the story of this phone.While battery life isn't quite as good as on the 8 Plus,it's still significantly better than previous iPhonesand for me it was really no problem to make it througha full day of use.When Apple announced a $1,000 price tag for the iPhone X,they pretty much threw down the gauntlet.If this phone wasn't incredible,there was no way that it would be worth it.But it kind of is.(light upbeat electronic music)

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