iPhone X Review: Innovative And The Best iPhone Yet From Apple

Tuesday, June 19, 2018
 iPhone 10 Review

So, here we are. Six months after! OOPS! I finally get the chance to review the iPhone X which is the best iPhone yet.


But sincerely guys, Apple has been the pacesetter when it comes to producing smartphones with great functionalities and amazing user experience.


iPhone X further solidifies that claim. It’s amazing and innovative to say the least.






Apple has been working their butts off, for decades to bring us this kinda update. They took a huge gamble in providing an all new and better experience for its users.


Apple decide it’s time to do away with some of its features. The Touch ID is no longer available, but it has a better replacement - Facial ID.


The Home button has also been axed giving more room for full screen display and a way of adopting the bezel-less approach for modern smartphones. It’s a new navigation experience all together.


Also add those to the removal of the 3.5mm jack.


Apple brought features (some of which are already spotted on android devices) which we haven’t seen on previous iPhones. It’s tempting to say, “it’s the norm,” but it really isn’t. Being among the world’s leading smartphone brand, it was needed.


Sincerely, every upgrades on previous iPhone models weren’t phenomenal. It’s basically what we’ve come to expect.


The design was simply becoming usual since the inception of the iPhone 6, but it’s pretty much different this time around, as there was a major redesign for the iPhone X.


It’s a breath of much-needed fresh air.


It’s costly, yea, but it’s somewhat worth it (not completely). Now to the bigger question, Is it worth having? Should I rather stick to the iPhone 8 or 8 Plus? What’s really spectacular about the iPhone X?


Some of its features are already a trend in the industry - Facial ID recognition software, wireless charging and bezel-less displays.


Before the full review, let’s see a rundown of the specs.


IPHONE X SPECS

iPhone 10 Review



DISPLAY: Type - Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors; Size - 5.8 inches, (~82.9% screen-to-body ratio); Resolution - 1125 x 2436 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~458 ppi density); Protection - Scratch-resistant glass, oleophobic coating


SOFTWARE: OS - iOS 11.1.1, upgradable to iOS 11.3; Chipset - Apple A11 Bionic; CPU - Hexa-core 2.39 GHz; GPU - Apple GPU

DESIGN: Dimensions - 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm; Weight - 174; Build - Front/back glass, stainless steel frame


CAMERA: Primary - Dual: 12 MP (f/1.8, 28mm) + 12 MP (f/2.4, 52mm), quad-LED dual-tone flash; Features - Geo-tagging, simultaneous 4K video and 8MP image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, HDR (photo/panorama); Secondary - 7 MP (f/2.2, 32mm), [email protected], [email protected], face detection, HDR

MEMORY: External Storage slot - No; Internal Storage - 64/256 GB, 3 GB RAM.

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IPHONE X PRICE AND RELEASE DATE



As we all know, the iPhone X is now available worldwide. It was released on November 3, 2017.


With regards to the price, it’s the most expensive smartphone on the market. It’s costly, but ardent iPhone users would look past the cost.


The iPhone X cost $1000, £1000 and AU$1580 for its 64GB model.


It’s more expensive for the 256GB variant. It cost $1150, £1150 and AU$1830.



IPHONE X - SCREEN AND DISPLAY


iPhone X Display



Best iPhone screen yet, stunning graphics and vibrant colours; and inclusion of a notch.


As it is with every iPhone upgrades, there’s an increase in screen size. Apple also upgraded to the OLED display tech (a little bit late).


The iPhone X adorns a 5.8-inch OLED screen display, putting it ahead of the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. It is narrower and taller than the 8 series.


Apple decides to ditch its LCD display for the more better OLED display, making the quality, colour saturation and sharpness to be better.


The OLED display is high tech and has very effective display offering clearer and deeper blacks; and more shining whites. It’s actually crisp viewing stuffs on the smartphone, bringing a completely new feel along with it.


This display isn’t new though, but not also common. It’s used on high end devices, maybe due to its cost. Samsung has long been using it on its flagship devices.


Whatever the argument may be, Apple deems it fit to use it on the iphone X. It has incredible displays. The OLED is said to be the very best display tech on the market.


About the bezel-less display, it’s the trend in the industry. Other brands had followed this trend before the iPhone X. IPhone does it better.


It’s almost bezel-less, which offers the opportunity for a more appealing effect. Apple included a notch which has stirred up arguments. Opinions are divided amongst users.



The notch is for a reason though as it houses the TrueDepth camera. Some recently released android phones has the “notch” included on them.


It has some disadvantages when viewing movies. You may not really like it as it is irritating. It’s barely noticeable while in portrait mode.



Typing on the iPhone X might not be smooth as it is on other iPhones. No thanks to the narrower display. Digits are compacted and might be a lil bit jumpy.


iPhone X comes with the 18:9 aspect ratio seen on android devices. One problem - some apps on the app stores haven’t been encoded to fit-in to the new display. It leaves a black screen below and above the screen.


It shouldn’t be a problem though, as the developers roll out updates of their apps.


HDR playback is a feature that's new for iPhones. If you’re familiar with the Dolby Vision and HDR10 formats, you’d know what to expect for such feature - a true and realistic image experience for viewing movies; add the OLED screen to the mix, and you’d get nothing less than amazing.


The true tone display, also available on the iPhone 8 & 8 Plus, will give a better adjustment of the white balance.


IPHONE X - FACIAL ID



iPhone X Face ID

It’s surprising for Apple to discard the Touch ID for the Facial ID. As effective as the Facial ID may be, they could have easily opted for both IDs. It’s bold move nonetheless.


How does it function? It’s pretty much easy. Postion your face on the view and tilt your head around a bit, viola! Your iPhone is unlocked. Easy right?


This new feature is easy to use and better than other Facial IDs on some smartphones. An important thing to note is: if your face isn’t in full view, it’ll lock you out, thereby requesting a pass code to access your device.


It’ll take sometime to get use to this feature. It shouldn’t pose much of a problem.



The infrared sensor makes it possible to unlock the device when you’re on eyeglasses. It solely depends on the lenses of the glasses owing to whether it’s penetrable or not.


The Facial ID is not as fast as the the Touch ID; another disappointment, but it’s definitely more secure. Gone are the times when you could easily reachout to your device and simply unlock by just touch of your thumb.


While the Facial ID is brilliant, you’ll have to get use to its functionality.


Another transition you might want to get accustomed with, is the Apple Pay. You’ll have to double tap the power button at the side to launch the Apple Pay, and it’ll activate Facial ID; have it register your face; then it’ll be ready to pay.


It’s relatively different to when you just had to approach the reader with your thumb across the button and your payment is verified.


Let’s set something straight, the Facial ID is not powered by the display screen. It’s powered by the TrueDepth camera at the notch.


There’s another feature to the TrueDepth camera which would be noted in the camera review.

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IPHONE X - DESIGN



The iPhone X got a major redesign which you would easily notice. It differs from the designs since iPhone 6. Speaking with utmost sincerity, it’s a premium design.


iPhone X has a curve to its sides. There’s no home button; it’s bezel-less and has a glass back. You’ll have to be extra careful while handling the iPhone X. With such premium design, it’s safe to say it’s a $1000 device (not with utmost confidence… LOL).


iPhone X Design


The iPhone X parades an all glass design. The front and rear of the device are adorned with glass. The aluminium build for its sides has been ditched for a stainless steel.


The design is beautiful, but not so much after you must handled your device with greasy palms. Your fingerprints would cover the device in no time, giving it a scruffy look. You’ll need to get a case to prevent such.

The rear adorning a glass is thesame as the iPhone 8 and 8 plus. The iPhone X comes with a different design though. Every of its button were thoroughly embedded into the rim with a certain kind of sharpness.


Thesame can also be said of the camera spot as there is a slight bulge.


Another improvement is the weight of the iPhone X. It weighs 174g compared to 202g for iPhone 8 Plus. It feels comfortable when held with just one hand. You could easily perform some features without needing your other hand.


There’s no 3.5mm jack for this iPhone which has been removed since iPhone 8. It encourages the use of AirPods and Bluetooth headsets. It might be frustrating for some users



IPHONE X - ANIMOJI



As the name may have implied, it simply refers to animated emoji.


It’s a feature which allows you create personalized animated emojis using your face, through the selfie camera.


There are variety of options. Whether you prefer a unicorn; a piece of shit; or you wanna know how you’d look being a cat or dog, and other options.


The wonderful thing about it, is its high accuracy of the facial mapping.


It’s not something to get particularly excited about, as you may quickly forget you had such feature. It’s fun though.


It’s relatively easy to share its videos on iMessage compared to other apps. App developers or Apple may need to find a way to make sharing easier.



IPHONE X - HARDWARE & SOFTWARE PERFORMANCE



IOS is easily regarded as one of  the most complete OS in the industry. Not only that, iPhone chips are the most powerful.


If you’ve used the iPhone 6 prior to this iPhone X, you’d probably had a feel of what iOS 11 has on offer. It’s an entirely different experience on the iPhone X, largely due to the absence of the home button.


There’s more gestures on the iPhone X. Some gestures on previous iPhones isn’t same as this iPhone.


iPhone X software & hardware


If it were to be previous iPhones, you would be able to launch the control centre by swiping up from bottom of the screen. It isn’t thesame for iPhone X. It now serves same functionality as the home button.


It’s same as Samsung flagships.


To open the running apps window, you’ll have to perform a semi-swipe upwards. Swipe further upwards, you’ll access the home screen.


I guess it makes things a little complicated. To clear running apps, you’ll have to press and hold on a bit, then a swipe gesture.


The internal specifications of the iPhone X is same as the iPhone 8 Plus - same six core processor. It’s powered by the A11 Bionic chip which is blazingly fast. Combine that with its 3GB RAM, you’ll get a super fast device.




iPhones has never been known to lag, even for its 1GB RAM models. The chip is the magic.


Being a relatively new device, all apps and games hasn’t quite taken advantage of the massive potential of this device. Maybe we’ll start to see improvements when they start getting updates.


The gaming experience is out of this world. It gives you a realistic experience of the scenes. More like a real world feel.


There is an improvement in the audio quality. The volume is now alot better with a bass boost now improved. It’s still the dual speaker setup.



A forward facing speaker on the front, working in tandem with another speaker at the bottom reverberating quality sounds.


You can now watch movies in landscape mode without worry of your hands covering the speakers.


Wi-Fi call feature is available. The data and Wi-Fi reception is absolutely improved offering faster browsing experience.


IPHONE X - CAMERA



iPhone X Camera


The iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus has similar characteristics in terms of camera. The iPhone X differs with some improvements and additional features making it better.


Although the camera is amazing, it still can't be regarded as the best. It’s just one of the best. Huawei P20 Pro (probably the best), Google Pixel 2 and Samsung Galaxy S9+ offers more in terms of camera.


The iPhone X has dual 12MP rear camera which has an aperture of f/2.4, higher than iPhone 8 plus f/2.8 aperture. The main wide-angle lens has an optical image stabilization of f/1.8 aperture.


The iPhone X now perform better in lowlight conditions unlike previous iPhones.


There’s now a completely rebuilt sensor and new ISP (Image Signal Processor) for better textures and colours. Picture saturation is a lot better on the iPhone X than previous iPhones, it’s not in thesame standard as Samsung’s.


Landscape shots are excellent and detailed.


The lighting options which add extra effects to these photos are strangely limited. There are not enough options.


Amongst the effects, ‘contour light’ is the best. It adds little ray of light around the cheekbones and eyes. The two ‘stage light’ is pretty much a ‘beta’ version. We’ll see some improvements when Apple starts rolling out updates for its iOS.


Photo taken with the iPhone X. Competing light source
doesn't compromise camera quality.


Video capturing is another thing entirely. It’s world class. Videos can be captured in 240fps slow motion at 1080p and 4K at a very smooth 60fps. To enable this fetaure, you’ll have to make a jump to the new HEVC format.


Much emphasis have been made about the the stunning abilities of rear camera. How about the TrueDepth or selfie camera?


The TrueDepth camera has 7MP ability. It has great selfie capability with incredible depth giving you an amazing selfie experience.


The potrait mode blurs the background, light up the scene, and enable you to cut yourself out of the photo to a dark background. The last feature is pretty amateur with some glitches - it doesn’t trim the edges of your head and body perfectly.



The photos are natural, clear and crisp.

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IPHONE X - BATTERY



The OLED screen uses less battery. It affect the battery life positively as it doesn’t drain the battery.


The iPhone X battery lasts longer than previous iPhones. It’s a 2716mAh capacity battery. A bit bigger than other iPhone batteries.


iPhone X Battery


You’ll get a 12hr runtime on heavy usage and 18hr uptime for lighter use.


The iPhone X supports wireless charging using same Qi charging standard as Samsung. It would be worth pointing out that, the iPhone X is not the first iPhone to have this functionality. It’s been available on the iPhone 8.


You could use any charging pad to charge your iPhone as it’s not restricted to Apple Wireless chargers. There is no fast charge for this feature. The Samsung S9+ wireless charge is faster than the iPhone X’s.


Fast charge still wasn't used for USB charging. The iPhone charger wouldn’t give you any form of fast charge.


You could use an iPad charger or a USB-C lightning cable for any form of fast charge.


It takes about 2hrs15mins+ to charge an iPhone X with a dead battery with airplane mode activated.


Your regular charger would give you a 20% battery for 15mins of charge.


VERDICT



The iPhone X is an amazing device, but… it’s too expensive. It’ll be a big turn-off for iPhone users wanting to take the leap.


The truth is, it differs from other iPhones. There were great improvements to give you the ultimate iPhone experience.


The TrueDepth camera, blazingly fast chip, iOS 11, high resolution display, bigger screen, major redesign (premium design), Facial ID, AR effects, very good speakers, 256GB of storage, lightning download speeds, and other factors make the iPhone X an exceptional phone.


iPhone X Verdict


Apple claims it’s the future of smartphones. It cannot be said as such. It’s the future of iPhones.


Are there better devices? Very few could compete with this monster of a device. When I mean very few, we’d talking of Samsung. The Samsung Galaxy S9+ is what’s simply called a masterpiece. It’s sold for a little less.



The iPhone X is not a perfect device. It’s just too expensive for a mobile gadget. I mean, $1000? A no no. Not many would want to upgrade their iPhones.


Nevertheless, it’s for ardent iPhone users. You’d want to get the iPhone 8 or 8 Plus depending on your budget.



Innovative? Yes. The future? Yea, but for iPhones.



APPLE IPHONE X FULL SPECS AND FEATURES

iPhone X Specs




LAUNCH

Announced - September 2017
Status - Available. Released October 2017





DISPLAY


Type - Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size - 5.8 inches, 84.4 cm (~82.9% screen-to-body ratio)
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Resolution - 1125 x 2436 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~458 ppi density)
Multitouch - Yes
Protection - Scratch-resistant glass, oleophobic coating






PLATFORM


OS - iOS 11.1.1, upgradable to iOS 11.3
Chipset - Apple A11 Bionic
CPU - Hexa-core 2.39 GHz (2x Monsoon + 4x Mistral)
GPU - Apple GPU (three-core graphics)





NETWORK


Technology - GSM / HSPA / LTE
2G bands - GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G bands - HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100
4G bands - LTE
Speed - HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (3CA) Cat12 600/150 Mbps, EV-DO Rev.A 3.1 Mbps
GPRS - Yes
EDGE - Yes




BODY


Dimensions - 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm (5.65 x 2.79 x 0.30 in)
Weight - 174 g (6.14 oz)
Build - Front/back glass, stainless steel frame
SIM - Nano SIM




CAMERA


Primary - Dual: 12 MP (f/1.8, 28mm) + 12 MP (f/2.4, 52mm), OIS, phase detection autofocus, 2x optical zoom, quad-LED dual-tone flash, check quality
Features - Geo-tagging, simultaneous 4K video and 8MP image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, HDR (photo/panorama)
Video - [email protected]/30/60fps, [email protected]/60/120/240fps,
Secondary - 7 MP (f/2.2, 32mm), [email protected], [email protected], face detection, HDR



MEMORY



Card slot - No
Internal Storage - 64/256 GB, 3 GB RAM


SOUND / AUDIO


Alert types - Vibration, proprietary ringtones
Loudspeaker - Yes, with stereo speakers
3.5mm jack - No




Noise Cancellation - Yes, Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
Music Play - MP3/WAV/AAX+/AIFF/Apple Lossless player



VIDEO



Technology - Dolby Vision/HDR10 compliant
Display - Wide color gamut display, 3D Touch display, True-tone display
Player - MP4/H.265 player


COMMS


WLAN - Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, hotspot
Bluetooth - Yes, 5.0, A2DP, LE
GPS - Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, QZSS
NFC - Yes
Radio - No
USB - 2.0, proprietary reversible connector





FEATURES



Water & Dust Resistant - Yes, IP67 certified - dust/water resistant (up to 1m for 30 mins)
Payment Type - Apple Pay (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX certified)
Voice Command - Siri natural language commands and dictation
Cloud - iCloud cloud service


SENSORS



Face ID - Yes
Accelerometer - Yes
Gyroscope - Yes
Proximity - Yes
Compass - Yes
Barometer - Yes


MESSAGING



Type - iMessage
SMS - Yes, threaded view
MMS - Yes
Email -Yes
Push Email - Yes


BROWSER



Type - HTML5 (Safari)
Others - Google Chrome




MODIFIERS



Audio Editor - Yes
Video Editor - Yes
Photo Editor - Yes
Document Editor - Yes



CHARGING



USB Charge - Yes, Fast battery charging: 50% in 30 min
Wireless Charge - Yes, Qi wireless charging


BATTERY




Build & Capacity - Non-removable Li-Ion 2716 mAh battery (10.35 Wh)
Talk time - Up to 21 h (3G)
Up to 60 h
Colors - Space Gray, Silver
Price - USD1000, £1000, €1000

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