There hasn’t been an iPhone release in the last three years with as much hype as the iPhone X launch. For more than a year, we’ve been teased with this incredible bezel-free slab of glass that will define Apple’s future when it comes to the iPhone. The iPhone X (no, it is not the “x,” it is the “10”) is finally here, and it delivers on the promise.
When I saw the iPhone X for the first time, I was impressed - but also amazed. The display is incredibly bright and full of contrast, and the notch attributes the design neatly. The phone fit perfectly in my hand - just like my iPhone 6S. Gone is the home button, and with it, the thick forehead and chin. The swipes are perfectly useable. The software experience is fluid, unlike anything I’ve ever seen. Face ID works well, and so does Animoji.
Smile to unlock the iPhone.
Unlocking the iPhone X with Face ID is very intuitive: pick up the iPhone and swipe up to unlock. Very rarely does Face ID make you wait for more than a second to unlock the phone. It may not be as quick and consistent as Touch ID yet, but it is close enough to be a suitable replacement.
In my experience, Face ID has been very accurate. Glasses don’t pose a problem for it, as far as my testing goes. And no, none of my friends could unlock it without me in the frame. There have been reports of twins able to unlock each other’s iPhone X, and some sunglasses not allowing Face ID to work. It is not perfect yet, but some future software updates may make a difference.
When someone else looks at your iPhone X, the lock screen notifications are hidden. It adds a neat layer of privacy that doesn’t hamper the convenience of glancing at your notifications on the lock screen.
When the Samsung Galaxy phones got the Iris scanner, skepticism resumed, because people were not convinced that it could replace fingerprint scanners. However, Apple is changing this perspective with the iPhone X - Face ID is real, it works, and it will stick.
The best camera I’ve used on a smartphone, hands down.
The iPhone X produces pictures with perfectly natural colors, with no extra sharpening and saturation. The camera app is easy to access with a 3D Touch on the lock screen. Just pointing and shooting results in excellent shots, but you can always tweak your exposure to get a better shot. Daylight shots are crispy, with great dynamic range and color accuracy. Night time shots are usually better than those take on other devices, and the f/2.4 telephoto lens performs just as well as the wide-angle.
Here are some pictures from the iPhone X:
Here is a sample 4K 60fps video shot on the iPhone X, wherein zooming in results in switching to the telephoto camera:
Both cameras on the iPhone X are 12 MP with independent OIS systems. Like the iPhone 8 Plus, the wide-angle camera has an aperture of f/1.4. Unlike the iPhone 8 Plus, the telephoto camera has a wider aperture at f/2.4 instead of f/2.8, which results in better low-light shots.
The best iPhone display, ever.
The iPhone X is widely said to have one of the best displays in the market. The new OLED display that Apple designed with Samsung specifically for the iPhone X has better brightness and contrast than any iPhone display before. As it is with OLED panels, blacks are perfectly black, and bright colors pop.
Apple is a late adopter to OLED technology, but the wait has paid off. As of now, I have not heard of any burn-in issues with this display, or any inaccuracies in color reproduction. OLED display may deteriorate in the long run, but there is a good chance that Apple has optimized iOS to prevent burn-in.
A polished iPhone experience for those who can afford it.
Apple has set a high bar for its competitors with the iPhone X. Then again, the iPhone X is expensive, with a starting price of $999 for the 64 GB model. Nonetheless, the phone is currently sold out across the world, with a 4-5 week wait time in many countries.
The iPhone X is fluid inside, beautiful outside. The excellent display, camera, battery life, performance, and design make it the complete modern smartphone experience.
Bottom line, we’ve come closer than ever to Jony Ive’s vision of a perfect slab of glass. The iPhone X delivers.