5 Dec 2017

10 Reasons to Fall in Love with the iPhone X (A Review)

Christmas has come early this year. My gorgeous OH queued for four hours on launch day to buy a new iPhone X. For me! He could have kept it for himself but kindly gifted it to me. Before Christmas. Even before my birthday. 

So now I have skipped a few generations and made a big upgrade from an iPhone 6 to an iPhone X. I have been using this new iPhone X over the last few days and am sold on it.

Here are 10 reasons why I have fallen in love with the iPhone X.

Having used the new iPhone X over the last few days, I have fallen in love with this technological marvel. It’s fast, intelligent and an absolute joy to use. There's more. Here are 10 reasons why I have fallen in love with the iPhone X. (review)

1) Large Screen Size 

The iPhone X has a 5.8-inch screen, larger than any of the previous iPhone versions (bar the plus). I love how the screen occupies every available space at the front. Except the Top Notch! The Notch is a bit like marmite – you either love it or hate it. Personally, I feel the notch adds character to the device for otherwise you would be looking at just another screen. It hampers readability, only ever so slightly, and only if a notification annoyingly decides to pop up right at the top edge of the screen. Otherwise, at 5.8 inches, the screen is large enough to comfortably read e-books and watch videos on.

2) Stuning Display

The iPhone X has a state-of-the-art Super Retina OLED display screen. It means you get remarkable colour accuracy and contrast, making for an incredible viewing experience. Images are sharp, vibrant and bedazzling.

3) Face Recognition makes it personal

The iPhone X takes personalisation to a whole new level. Finger printing has been replaced by face identification. The initial set up required me to look into the front facing camera and move my head from side to side, up and down, to allow the iPhone X to map my face. Now, all it takes is one glance for my iPhone X to unlock for me.

I may have bed hair, I may have make-up or no make-up, I may be covered in sweat after a workout. It makes no difference. My iPhone X recognises and unlocks for me. It works well even in the dark if I place the screen close to my face. And it works when you log in to new apps for the first time too.

The ease and efficiency with which the Face ID works is extraordinarily flattering and immensely satisfying.

4) The Home Button is no more

The Home button is a thing of the past and I am not missing it at all. It only served as a dust trap, if I’m being totally honest and I am glad to see the back of it. Contrary to expectation, it didn't take long to wipe clean my muscle memory. I had forgotten all about the Home Button within about an hour of starting to use the iPhone X.

A narrow bar at the bottom of the screen now allows for navigation. Swipe up to go to the home screen. Swipe down from the top right corner to access Wi-fi and display settings. Swipe down from the top to access previous notifications. A single tap on a notification, not a swipe, is all that’s needed to open it. Similarly, a single tap on a blank, locked screen awakens it.

It is so much easier to tap or swipe than fumble for the home button, I think Apple have got this just right.

5) The Camera is something else!

The best feature of the iPhone X for me is the camera. It is absolutely brilliant.
The iPhone X comes with a true-depth front facing camera for impeccable selfies. Plus 12MP dual rear cameras, one wide-angle and one telephoto lens and 10x optical zoom.

The photos are sharp, detailed and crystal clear with rich, vibrant colours. I have found them good enough to use without editing, thus saving me time.

If that wasn’t enough, you can now create and add your own animojis (animated emojis that mimic your facial expressions) to messages.

iphone X camera used in Photo mode

iphone X camera used in Portrait mode - stage lighting

6) The iPhone X is Intuitive and Discreet

The locked screen shows notifications but does not reveal them till the iPhone X has been unlocked. Talk about being discreet!

The iPhone X is intuitive. The ringer and alarm sounds decrease in volume the moment you touch the device.  It can be a tad too intuitive. The iPhone X seems to lock screen orientation in landscape mode when I access any apps that work with videos. I am not sure if this is intentional or a glitch. We shall see.

7) A Sleek, Sophisticated Design

A combination of glass and surgical stainless steel make for a sleek, sophisticated look that screams class without being ostentatious. Apple claim the new iPhone X is dust and water resistant. A few weeks of normal use and I have to agree. My iPhone X still looks as clean and bright as the day I unboxed it. I haven’t had the (mis)fortune to test out the water resistance, but I will take Apple’s word for it.

8) Hey Siri!

I had to set Siri up by saying, “Hey Siri,” a few times over, when prompted. Now Siri launches with voice recognition without the need to press buttons or swipe the screen. All I need do is look at the phone and say, "Hey Siri," and presto! Siri answers. Usually with a cheeky response!

9) Speakers, Battery Life and Ease of Charging - it all matters

The speakers and sound on the iPhone X are brilliant. Even when I am not on speaker phone, I can hear what’s being said on the other end with the phone held away from me. The ringer on full volume is so loud; I can hear it through closed doors with the shower turned on.

The iPhone X goes from 0 to 100% charge in just a couple of hours. The charge lasts for more than a day with normal use. I have gone over 30 hours without needing to recharge my phone.

The glass back allows for wireless charging using the Apple mophie wireless charging base.

10) Enormous Memory

At 256 GB, there is enough memory in the iPhone X to hold all my photos, videos and apps.  I may never have to delete any photos again!

And this is why I am in love with the technological marvel that is the iphone X. It’s fast, intelligent and an absolute joy to use. Is it worth paying a small fortune for? With all that's on offer, I think so.

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