The iPhone X - A rookie’s point of view
22nd of July, 2018
22nd of July, 2018
My first iPhone was the 6plus, so I really can’t take this comparison too far back. Since my first, I’ve had interactions with the 6, 6 plus, 6s plus, 7plus, 8, 8plus and now the X (pronounced 10 not ‘ex’)
I’m not a “techxpert”. I don’t have formal education on phones and how they work, but I’ve always been one to turn my phone inside out to make sure I don’t miss a thing of what it can do.
If my phone has that feature, best believe I’m finding it out and using it.
It isn’t worth the cost to have one for “call-and-text” purposes only.
This article is for you if you’re looking for information or you’re considering picking up the X. Pros, cons and everything in between
There’s a lot of structural differences between the X and older generation iPhones as you can almost certainly tell at first glance.
It’s smaller than the plus range but bigger than the 6,7 and 8.
Despite being smaller than the pluses, however, the screen is larger (at 5.8” vs 5.5”) and so coming from the 6/7 plus, I didn’t feel a significant downgrade in screen size. Or much of an upgrade either.
The notch is a dead giveaway, and a design change I thought I’d have problems getting used to in the beginning. The notch sits at the top and houses the front-facing TrueDepth camera system, which powers iPhone X’s Face ID facial recognition system (and Apple’s Animoji feature).
At first, it seems like such an obstruction, but you soon get used to it and barely notice it.
I did however, find that it leaves less room for the battery percentage and that is a slight bother.
I’ve had contact with Samsung’s face unlock and iris scanners a fair bit, even though I haven’t ever owned one. I still found their speed and accuracy less impressive. Apple’s Face ID works almost every single time in both the light and the dark. It works even when I have glasses on and with or without makeup.
It doesn’t work when I have a face mask on though. It also tends not to work when someone attempts to just shove it in front of my face, although that may be due to the inaccuracy in their placement and their tendency to not swipe up the screen first.
It works in both the light and dark; but still requires some level of illumination to detect a face in the dark.
There have been reports that twins have fooled it, but I have yet to witness that myself.
The vertically oriented rear camera distinguishes it significantly from all the older models.
The camera on the iPhone X is very similar to the one on the iPhone 8 Plus, with some small differences. Both have a dual 12MP sensor array but on the iPhone 8+, only the wide angle lens has optical image stabilization. (Ignore the jargon, there’s a slight improvement and that’s that)
Review videos on YouTube swear you can hold the iPhone X underwater at a depth of 1m for about 30minutes. So I held my breath and pinched my heart vessels and yup... dropped my phone in a bowl of water. (I couldn’t make out time to go to the pool)
I let it in without any casing in a bowl of average depth for 10 minutes. Took it out, wiped it off and continued to use it with no worries *sigh of relief*
I will definitely take it with me to the pool for some great underwater photos.
I also noticed that you cannot use the screen underwater. I couldn’t swipe up to attempt unlocking with Face ID, so as such cannot unlock my iPhone X underwater.
Wireless charging as in iPhone 8, 8 plus
Double camera with portrait mode as in 7 plus, 8plus. Water resistance.
Pros include, the sleek design, the awesome camera, great OLED screen display and size, Face ID and Animoji, wireless charging,
Cons include: expensive price, the notch (I couldn’t put this under pros but I don’t mind it too much), cannot unlock under water (face ID works but you can’t swipe up to activate it), the Twitter app does not rotate with the screen!
So far, I love my iPhone X and I can’t help falling in love with its sleek design more everyday. So go out and buy one, or not, but you have what you need to know to make a choice.
... From a rookie’s point of view.