The reviews are in. iPhone X is a hit. Based on shipping times of one week or so, it also looks as if Apple will have plenty of iPhone inventory for the all important holiday shopping period. What do iPhone X owners with 30 days of experience think?
I hit the 30 day mark this past weekend and it is easy to say iPhone X is the best iPhone I’ve ever used. Unlike going from iPhone 6s Plus to iPhone 7 Plus, there was a learning curve, that that’s likely the case for every new version of iOS, too. The most notable and pleasant changes from iOS 10 and iPhone 7 Plus to iPhone X are Face ID, the gestures, the size, the camera, battery life, and the display.
The non-issues are the Notch and missing Touch ID and the size. Whoops. Two of the same item on each side of the ledger. Size. You’ve already read about the display and Face ID ad nauseam, so let me cover the size first. In pixels, iPhone X is bigger than iPhone 7 Plus and 8 Plus. But it’s not. The physical size is slightly taller than iPhone 7 and iPhone 8. That makes iPhone X a bit easier to hold and use with one hand. The display may have more pixels but there is plenty wasted space in the Notch ears and at the bottom of the screen.
Who cares? Absolutely nobody. The display is awesome to behold. Photos and videos pop with clarity and the Notch noise just disappears and only seems to get in the way when watching movies that fill the screen. Yes, for me, Face ID works as fast as Touch ID, is way more convenient most of the time, but requires you to lift the phone toward your face to unlock, whereas with iPhone 7 Plus and Touch ID I could check notifications with a tap to the Home button. Which is faster? It doesn’t matter. Face ID works very fast and doesn’t care if your fingers are sweaty and works without gloves. That’s a plus.
Gestures are different on iPhone X. Without a Home button you need to learn to swipe up from the bottom of an app to get to the Home screen. It works and takes only hours to get the muscles to remember the changes. Control Center is a pull down from the top right Notch ear and that is more difficult to do with one hand. AssistiveTouch is your friend.
The camera is stunning and a dramatic improvement over iPhone 7 Plus which has all but replaced my DSLR. Point and shoot wins. iPhone X’s improved quality– images and screens– are visible in a side-by-side match. The portrait mode and options are an improvement, too. Are images as good as a higher quality DSLR? No. But most people would be hard pressed to tell a difference between the two.
Considering that iPhone X is smaller than iPhone 7 Plus the battery life is much improved with around 50-percent at the end of a typical day. I’ve tested it and I can get three full days of battery life by using Low Power Mode and turning the phone off at the end of the day.
On the negative side, Apple hasn’t been able to remove all the physical buttons and that’s where a few problems reside. The Power and Siri and Apple Pay button are the same button. Opposite the Power button are the Volume buttons so gripping the iPhone on both sides can cause some issues. Siri can come on, or the Power Off slider appears. Messy. The double tap of Power button brings up Apple Pay so it’s similar to Touch ID but a notable change. Raise to Wake turns on iPhone X’s display and Face ID unlocks the iPhone, but still requires a swipe up to get to the Home screen, whereas Touch ID only required a press of the Home button.
30 days and plenty of love. I plan to hold off on my next iPad and Mac purchase because I know where Face ID is going next.