It’s been just about a week of using the iPhone X and I’ve come to some additional thoughts.
- The front-facing 3D Camera is spot on and a huge upgrade from previous generation iPhone front-facing cameras. Not just for the obvious addition of Animoji but for taking selfies and using portrait mode.
- Animojis are gimmicky but fun. If and when there’s a dedicated app to making them, it’ll really shine.
- The rear cameras, while not significantly different from the iPhone 7 Plus when just comparing specifications, operates faster and much better in lower light. Additionally having Portrait Mode in a smaller form factor is welcomed and the new dynamic lighting is cool.
- The Dynamic Studio Lighting for Studio Light and Studio Mono algorithms need a lot of work. I’d say 1 out of every 20 photos I’ve attempted to use this resulted in a decent shot. The software cuts too aggressively in certain areas and not enough on others. I’d say this is the biggest miss of this new feature and iOS 11.1. I’m sure with later iOS releases this will improve but it’s fairly unusable in day to day at this point, unless you want a janky looking photo.
- The battery lasts all day without any issue. I was pleasantly surprised to find out the total battery capacity is greater than that of the Plus models. I’m very happy with it thus far. We’ll see how it degrades over time though.
- The apps that aren’t optimized for the X screen resolution are apparent but it’s not as big of a deal to me. The apps will come around and it’s not a bad experience by any means.
- There’s an iPhone X exclusive ringtone. While phone calls are few and far between, Apple is definitely pushing the “elite” status of this phone in its lineup.
- The performance is off the charts. Every app is super fluid and iOS handles everything smoothly, as expected.
- As per this Reddit thread there have been complaints about the screen being unresponsive in colder weather. Surprisingly I did experience this a couple of days ago while it was around 40° F and rainy outside. My hands were very cold too and I wonder if that had anything to do with it. Needless to say it was a little frustrating but I didn’t think too much of it at the time. This is certainly something I’ll be keeping an eye out for. Especially since Apple says the device is designed to be used at 0° C/32° F. Time will tell.
- The Apple genuine leather case is very comfortable and accents the device quite nicely. I’m glad I splurged for it and am looking forward to the natural wear on it to get that nice brown leather color.
- The notch is a completely moot point. I never think about it. I don’t look at it as a detractor. It doesn’t distract me whatsoever. A complete non-issue. If anything since there’s no physical home button anymore it makes it easier to orient the device.
- FaceID continues to be very good, reliable, and fast enough. The revealing of notification content only when your face is recognized is one of those “Apple Magic” moments. It’s such a great subtle feature.
The iPhone X is such a premium device and it reminds you that it is, everytime you use it.
While Apple markets the glass as being really strong I am actively concerned with its durability. I will do my best not to drop it but if any device warrants a case, it’s this one.
I’ve said this all along. If you are content with your iPhone 6(+)/6s(+)/7(+), then you probably don’t need to make a jump. If the 6 feels a little long in the tooth, consider the 8 or 8+. The entire new lineup is pretty great.
If you want to join the early adopter train and have the means? Then the choice is clear.
If you don’t have at least an iPhone 5s, and are working with something older then I strongly recommend making an upgrade of some sort since anything before the 5s isn’t running a 64-bit chip and can’t run the latest OS or newer apps.