Apple iPhone X, hands on review
by Dan Claxton | smartphones | 7th November
“He’s been!”, shouts my wife from downstairs. No, not the big man with the red suit and white beard, but the next best thing…the DPD delivery driver! The frantic page refreshing the week before paid off, and I managed to bag one of the first batch of Apple’s finest. The iPhone X (pronounced ten) is the biggest design overhaul since the iPhone 4, and 10 years on from the release of the original iPhone, Apple have made some bold design and technology changes.
Time to get hands on with the Lowdown.
There is a small ‘notch’ at the very top of the screen which houses some seriously impressive tech. Oh yes, with the home button removed Touch ID is no longer, make way for Face ID! With a combination of TrueDepth cameras, infra-red lasers and infra-red scanners, your face is detected, and in a split second, ‘voila’ your phone is unlocked. At first, I was a little dubious as to how this would stand up next to the tried and tested Touch ID that has been around since the iPhone 5s, but I have to say the reliability of Face ID has surpassed my expectations. (Also, I quite enjoyed trying on a load of silly hats and glasses to see if it still recognised me).
Beyond the unlock function, Face ID makes buying apps and contactless payments much easier, all you need to do is look at your phone (which most people do every chance they get anyway!)
AND (drumroll please…), the new face detection technology is needed for the iPhone X’s most important new feature…Animojis!! Ok, maybe not the most important, but definitely the most fun! You can now send a short video/audio message with your face becoming an emoji such as a monkey, dog and or talking poop (everyone’s dream)!
With stereo speakers mounted inside the iPhone X the sound quality is nice and clear. I probably wouldn’t recommend you using it for a house party, but a quick episode of Stranger Things or a viral video of a dog on a skateboard will sound just fine! With the headphone port well and truly laid to rest, you can use the lighting earbuds included with the iPhone X, your own earphones with the mini-jack adapter (also provided in the box), or take a leap and treat yourself to some Bluetooth cans! For optimum enjoyment and convenience, Bluetooth is definitely the way forward and I will be posting a wireless headphone / earphone buying guide soon to help you decide which might be right for you! In the meantime, here are the ones that I’m currently using (and they are all excellent):
All this technology and premium design comes at a cost. The 64gb model coming in at £999 and the 256gb at £1149, which makes them the most expensive iPhones to date. I opted for the 256gb model, as I thought the extra bit of cash for a lot more storage was worth it, but 64gb will also be plenty big enough and welcomed by people still juggling with only 16gb’s!
Is it worth it? I would have to say it is. The iPhone X is a showcase for how an expensive luxury phone should look and feel. Face ID is the future of phone technology, the full screen display is gorgeous, and the whole thing just works as an Apple product should.
I’m off to send some more Animojis! Peace out!