The iPhone X is finally here, Apple has been hyping this phone for quite a few months before it’s arrival. Apple put so much time and effort into hyping the iPhone X that it overshadowed the arrival of the iPhone 8.
Apple claims that the iPhone X is a complete reimagining of what the iPhone should be, ten years after the original iPhone revolutionized the world. This means that Apple has made some major changes to this iPhone, it has some different features and functionalities which will set it apart from its predecessors.
There are a few things you will notice when you take a close look at this iPhone in comparison to the other iPhones. The fingerprint scanner and the home button are gone. They have been replaced by Apple’s Face ID unlocking system and Apple’s navigation gestures system.
If you compare the iPhone 6 and all the other iPhones that were released right up until the iPhone 8. You will notice that the look and feel of those iPhones are extremely similar, the newer iPhone may have a few new features in comparison to its predecessor.
However, they all look and function similarly. Many iPhone enthusiasts were unhappy as a result of this because they were expecting more innovation from one model to the next.
Apple has made a strong statement with the release of the iPhone X because this phone is extremely innovative. Apple would like the iPhone x to be the beginning of a new generation of iPhones.
iPhone X Design:
Apple took a huge risk when they decided to drastically change the design of this iPhone. However, I think they made the right decision because this was long overdue.
The iPhone X is a nicely designed premium phone which is made primarily of surgical-grade stainless steel and glass. Apple claims that the glass on this phone is the most durable glass that has ever been placed on a smartphone, only time will tell if this is really true.
The camera bump located at the back of the phone is big, this is something that I dislike on this phone. I’m not sure why Apple felt the need to put a big camera bump on such a sleek, attractive phone.
There is no headphone jack on this phone, this is something that many iPhone users may dislike. The mute button, volume buttons, and the sleep/wake button are located on the sides of the phone.
There’s a notch located at the top of the display screen, Apple refers to this as “sensor housing.” If you like the notch, that’s great. However, if you dislike it you should know that Apple has approved an app called Notch Remover. You can get the Notch Remover app in the App store which will remove the notch by masking it with a black bar.
iPhone X Display Screen:
The display screen on the iPhone X is an OLED display screen, this is the first iPhone to feature an OLED display screen. This display screen is a 5.8-inch display screen which was manufactured by Samsung. Apple claims that this display screen was custom designed for the iPhone X.
The display screen on this phone has a taller height to width aspect ratio in comparison to the display screens on the other iPhones. The aspect ratio of the iPhone X is 19.5:9. This is 22 percent larger than the 16:9 aspect ratio that we’ve seen on the previous iPhones. The iPhone X has a new 2.5K higher resolution with 2436×1125 pixels and 458 pixels per inch.
As a result of the different aspect ratios, when viewing videos or opening apps that haven’t been optimized for the iPhone X you will see big software bezels. These are big black borders at the top and bottom of the screen which will make it look as though you’re viewing it on the iPhone 8.
All the previous iPhones had LCD display screens, LCD display screens work by blocking light rather than emitting light. As a result of this LCD’s require a backlight to function correctly.
The iPhone X has an OLED display screen which uses Diamond PenTile Pixel Layout. This means that every pixel on the screen shares blue, red, and green with subpixels around it. Apple claims that they are doing lots of custom antialiasing and subpixel rendering to make their display screen look better than Samsung’s OLED.
The display screen on this phone is amazing, the colors are rich and vibrant without looking oversaturated. As most OLED display screens age they will display some burn-in. Apple claims that they have done quite a bit of work on this display screen to minimize the burn-in.
iPhone X Cameras:
The iPhone X comes equipped with a dual camera setup at the back of the phone. Both cameras are 12-megapixel cameras. The primary wide-angle camera is optically stabilized with a f/1.8 aperture. There’s a telephoto lens which has an aperture of f/2.4 which is also optically stabilized.
As a result of the optically stabilized telephoto lens and the wider aperture on this camera. The camera on the iPhone X can perform better in low-light areas than its predecessors.
Apple claims that they have completely rebuilt the sensor and they made it larger and faster. They also have a new ISP (image signal processor) this is supposed to enhance the colors and textures in the photos.
Photos taken with the primary camera are amazing, they are slightly more saturated than the previous iPhones. However, not as saturated as a Samsung Galaxy phone. The combination of the dynamic range along with the rich, vibrant colors makes this camera one of the best cameras on the market.
Whether you plan on taking photos in a well-lit setting or a darker setting you will get great results. Whether you plan on taking photos in portrait mode or landscape mode. The iPhone X will produce great high-quality photos.
Video can be recorded at 240fps slow motion at 1080p, and 4K video can be recorded at 60fps. Currently, the iPhone 8 and the iPhone X are the only phones on the market that can do this.
The selfie camera located at the front of the phone is a 7-megapixel True Depth camera which has Portrait mode enabled. Portrait mode uses AI to determine what parts of a photo should be hyperfocused and what parts should be blurred.
This is also known as the bokeh effect in photography, I think this is a great feature that works very well, some people like it and some people don’t.
Slow Sync Flash On The iPhone X:
Whether taking photos in a well-lit area or a darker setting the iPhone X manages to do a good job. The iPhone 8, 8 Plus and the iPhone X have a new feature which Apple refers to as Slow Sync Flash.
With the Slow Sync Flash feature, the phone will take a photo at a slower shutter speed while firing the flash quickly. Thus leaving the shutter open longer which exposes more light to make the photo brighter. The end result is a great high-quality photo that looks extremely natural. Apple did a great job with the cameras on this phone.
iPhone X Hardware:
- Super Retina HD display
- 5.8-inch (diagonal) all-screen OLED Multi-Touch display
- HDR display
- 2436-by-1125-pixel resolution at 458 ppi
- 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio (typical)
- True Tone display
- Wide color display (P3)
- 3D Touch
- 625 cd/m2 max brightness (typical)
- Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating
- Support for display of multiple languages and characters simultaneously
There are 2 variants of the iPhone X, there’s the 64GB variant and the 256GB variant, the dimensions are 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm (5.65 x 2.79 x 0.30 in). Both variants have 3GB of RAM and a 2,716mAh battery.
The iPhone X is water and dust resistant it’s rated IP67 under IEC standard 60529. This phone can be submerged in 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes without having any adverse effects.
The iPhone X comes equipped with the A11 Bionic chip with 64-bit architecture, neural engine, and an embedded M11 motion coprocessor. The primary camera is a 12MP camera and the front-facing camera is a 7MP camera.
iPhone X Software:
The removal of the Home button has changed the way iOS 11 works. The Home button on a phone plays such a big role in the way the user interacts with it. As a result of the Home button being removed, you have to learn lots of new gestures to perform the different tasks in which the home button was used for.
Learning The New Gestures On The iPhone X:
To access the Home screen you must swipe from the bottom of the display screen to the top. To access the multitasking menu, you must swipe and hold. You no longer have the ability to swipe apps away, you must press and then tap the X icon.
If you would like to switch apps you can do it by swiping the bottom of the display screen. Some of the other features and functionalities that required the Home button have been refined and you can access them via the lock button on the side of the phone.
To access emergency services you can do this by rapidly tapping the lock button. To access Apple Pay you can do this by double tapping the lock button. To capture a screenshot you must press the volume down button and the lock button together.
If you would like to turn the phone off you can do so by performing a long press of the volume down button and the lock button.
If you miss having the Home button on this phone and you would prefer not to use the new gestures. There’s a solution, Phone Arena has discovered a way to create a virtual home button on the iPhone X.
iPhone X Will Keep The Contents Of Your Notifications Private:
As a result of the Face ID feature, the iPhone X knows when the owner is looking at the display screen. When you receive notifications the phone will hide your notifications until you look at the display screen.
If someone else picks up the phone and looks at the display screen, they will only see the list of apps that have your notifications. The Face ID feature can tell when someone else is looking at the display screen and the actual content of the notifications will remain hidden until you look at the display screen.
There’s a bug in the software that Apple needs to fix. When the screen is locked you can access torch and camera, however, they do not disappear when you receive notifications. Things become a bit messy as a result of this, hopefully, Apple will solve this issue when they update the software.
Animoji Is An iPhone X Exclusive Feature:
One of the new features on the iPhone X is Animoji. Animoji is an animated emoji, this feature is exclusive to this phone as a result of the front-facing True Depth Camera which it uses for facial recognition. This feature works by creating thousands of data points to convert your facial expression into an Animoji.
When creating an Animoji the more animated your facial expressions are the more it will show in the Animoji. For example, if you’re going to open your mouth, you should commit to it and open your mouth as wide as you can and the character will do the same. However, each character has its own set of unique characteristics.
The rest of the software that’s on the iPhone X is the same as the software you’ll find on any other iPhone. Apple did a great job with the software on this phone but I think they can do more things to utilize the extra space on the display screen.
iPhone X Performance:
The iPhone X is powered by the A11 Bionic chip, which makes the phone extremely fast and responsive. This phone runs on the iOS 11 operating system and it has 3GB of RAM.
The A11 Bionic is a six-core processor, there are four low-power cores and two high-power cores. This phone works very efficiently, whether you’re watching videos or playing video games there is absolutely no lag, the phone will not slow down.
The iPhone X has built-in stereo speakers which are located at the top of the phone. Directly above the display screen and there are another set of speakers below the display screen at the bottom edge of the phone.
The sound quality of these speakers are great, these speakers can get extremely loud when you turn up the volume. The sound quality never changes, even when you crank the volume all the way up.
iPhone X Battery Life:
The iPhone X will last through 1 day of moderate use, it’s okay but it’s not great by any means. When Apple introduced the iPhone X they seemed a bit modest when speaking about the battery life. They stated that it will deliver 2 more hours than the iPhone 7 did.
The iPhone X supports wireless charging, this phone uses the open Qi charging standard, this is also present on the Samsung Galaxy S8. As a result of this, you can charge the iPhone X on a variety of compatible charging pads.
Apple is expected to release their own charging pad in the near future which will be called “AirPower”. However, until this happens they recommend using a Mophie or Belkin pad.
Although this phone supports fast charging it does not come with any accessories that will allow you to do this. The charger that comes with this phone is the same 5W wall plug charger that all the previous iPhones came with.
If you would like to use a form of fast charging to charge the iPhone X you will have to buy a MacBook USB-C plug and USB-C-to-Lightning cable or an iPad charger.
My Final Thought:
As I stated earlier, I think it was a bit risky for Apple to redesign the iPhone X and to give it an entirely new look and feel. But it worked out well because I think Apple did a great job with this phone. However, it has its strengths and weaknesses as any other phone does.
Many iPhone enthusiasts complained about the previous iPhones. They wanted to see more innovation and creativity from one model to another, I think all those people will be happy with the iPhone X. If you’ve never had an iPhone before but you’ve always wanted one, you should consider getting this phone.
The iPhone X is available in silver and space grey. Please let me know your thoughts about the iPhone X in the comment section below.