iPhone X Review

 

The iPhone X is the breakthrough that Apple phones need. Apart from the original iPhone in 2007, this new iPhone will have the biggest impact on the direction of Apple’s smartphone.

Apple calls it the future of the smartphone, the embodiment of what it has been trying to achieve for a decade. But if the iPhone X is a synonym for premium parts and a whole new experience, it’s also a big bet for the Cupertino brand, which is trying to take a leading role in the innovation of smartphones.Losing keys and reliable items such as the Touch ID fingerprint scanner, the start button; Introducing new methods of navigating and unlocking the phone and demanding much more for the privilege seems risky for a company that was already on the ground by eliminating the traditional headphone jack last year.

But the iPhone X is the phone we’ve been asking Apple for years: a world away from more and more tired designs that those who only want a new iPhone should have.

Main features of Apple iPhone X Plus

Body: Stainless steel structure, front and rear reinforced glass, with IP67 certification for resistance to water and dust. Gray Space and money options.
Display: Super AMOLED 5.8 “display with 1125 x 2436px, 458ppi resolution, HDR video support, large color gamut, True Tone setting thanks to a six-channel ambient light sensor, 3D touch.
Operating system: Apple iOS 11
Chipset: Hexa-Core (2 Monsoon + 4 Mistral) Apple CPU 2.39GHz, Apple GPU three-core, SoC Bionic Apple A11
Memory: 3 GB RAM; 64/256 GB internal memory (not expandable)
Camera: 12MP dual camera: F / 1.8 wide angle with OIS + F / 2.4 telephoto lens with OIS, live bokeh effects (including portrait and landscape), 2x lossless zoom, quad flash with slow sync, auto focus detection live, wide range of color shots
Video recording: 2160p @ 60 / 30fps, 1080p video recording @ 30/60/120 / 240fps
Selfie: 7MP F / 2.2 front camera with BSI sensor and HDR mode, 1080p video at 30 fps, depth detection in vertical and animoji mode
Memory: 64 GB or 256 GB of built-in memory
Connectivity: 4G LTE Cat.12 (600Mbps); WLAN a / b / g / n / ac; Bluetooth 5.0; Lighting Sports; GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, QZSS; NFC (Apple, read NFC tag)
Battery: 2.716mAh battery, wireless charging (compatible with Qi)
Miscellaneous: Face recognition with a dedicated TrueDepth camera, stereo speakers, Taptic engine

Main shortcomings

The notch is not only a pain in the eyes, but has also unexpectedly influenced the design of the user interface
The excellent fingerprint sensor TouchID has already been passed
3.5mm audio jack (included with a Lightning to 3.5mm adapter)
No memory expansion via a microSD
ITunes is looking for content
A quick charger is not included (and the optional charger is expensive)
The camcorder continues to record only mono audio
iOS does not seem to use the available real estate screen optimally or does a good job by replacing the start button

Design

X iPhone design is controversial, but no less iconic than the design that first debuted with the iPhone 4. It has a timeless quality and is both a work of art and a meticulously crafted tool.

You can see it right away when you see the iPhone X with its old brothers, the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. There is no comparison The existence of the iPhone X makes the older models of the iPhone look like pedestrians and are outdated. You see the future in this design.

Okay, other smartphone makers delivered what is now considered the standard for modern flagships: high screens, 18: 9 with small bevels, long before Apple made it to the iPhone X.

And some smartphones even offer technically more impressive designs. Samsung’s flagship products feature screens that elegantly arch around the edges of the device to create a true beveling effect. And few phones have an unsightly notch on top of the screen that ruins the infinite group effect. Apple should have done what it did Samsung with its flagship products in 2017, which OnePlus made with the 5T and virtually every other smartphone maker does when it applies this design more to other devices.In short, the iPhone X is beautiful but broken, a problem common to many Apple products. Some will choose it for its appearance, and that is a decision that I fully understand. The quality of construction and materials are impeccable. It is a device that is worth the luxury and that its owners will share and appreciate over time. It is a shame that I need protection with a case. What does it matter in view of its slippery and unsustainable glass design.

 

Screen

In case you have not noticed, the iPhone X has a new screen something crazy. Apple calls it the Super Retina Display.

They are 5.8 in the same rival as the Galaxy S8 and, although it has no curved edges like Samsung, it is still beautiful. The resolution of 1125×2436 makes it the smartest iPhone with 401ppi and looks long like a glossy magazine. Although the phone is smaller than the 8 Plus, the big screen makes it harder to use in many ways. For example, applications at the top of the screen are more difficult to reach, so the iPhone X is generally a two-handed device. It is not only free of telescopes, it is also the first time that Apple uses OLED technology. This means things like the contrast have improved a lot and the colors are much brighter, especially compared to the LCD screens of other iPhones.

The screen is also very bright when you need it and has Apple True Tone technology to automatically adjust the color temperature.

It should be noted that the unusual aspect ratio of the 2.17: 1 screen means that not all applications will be displayed in full-screen mode, although this will become a minor problem over time. Apple as National Rail is displayed at the top and bottom with black bars.

 

The so-called “notch” is an important part of the screen and is there to accommodate things like headphones and front camera. Instead of having a telescope across the width of the phone, Apple rolled it.

We did not find the annoying pain of the eyes we feared, but it’s terrible when we watch videos or play games in full-screen mode. Fortunately, you can choose a video that does not fill the entire screen.

The other problem is that two small areas have no room for all the notifications and information you are used to. Other Bluetooth icons, battery percentage, do not disturb and more, the latter being the kind of mistake.

Cameras and photography

Before you dive into the cameras, you have to understand the subtle differences between their implementation on the iPhone X and the iPhone 8/8 Plus. After all, the camera’s capabilities are an important selling point for flagship smartphones, and especially for iPhones. And Apple always retains the best features of the camera for its most expensive iPhone.

This has made it again this year: The rear-view camera system of the iPhone X has a dual optical image stabilization, in which the iPhone 8 Plus offers only the OIS on the wide-angle lens. It’s important, and even if I do not have an iPhone 8 Plus, this one difference would be enough to switch to the iPhone X. The front cameras for selfies are identical, with a sensor of 7 MP, but the iPhone X also has TrueDepth features for face recognition connections and a new feature called portrait lighting, which I’ll discuss below. Speaking of which, Apple debuted last year with a new vertical mode with the iPhone 7 Plus; This feature uses the camera’s dual camera system to create a software-based depth effect. But he made it very bad: Most of the photos I took in portrait mode reveal his faint edge detection, with the edges of the object in the foreground, maybe a person in the background. I prefer the normal bokeh effect now common in smartphone photos, and the Pixel 2 XL captures high quality portraits with its own portrait mode (even software-based).

For the iPhone X, Apple is trying to improve the carrying mode by bringing it closer to the selfie camera and adding a new set of vertical lighting effects that enhances the foreground motif or eliminates the bottom of the plane. Replace it with one dark background. The effect can be impressive, but like the portrait mode itself, it has bugs and usually strange edges. The problem with this approach is that low-light cameras like Pixel 2 XL use the darkness for an optimal effect: Instead of lightening the scene, you can focus on a lighted area and take a picture.

 

Battery life

The iPhone X is equipped with a Li-Po 2,716 mAh battery, which is not removable, about the same capacity as the iPhone 8 Plus. Energy Saver mode, which you can manually turn on, should extend the life of the iPhone X battery when the charge drops below 20%.

The iPhone X comes with a 5V / 1A slow charge charger, which charges only 20% of a discharged battery in a 30-minute charge phase.

We also tested the iPhone X in a fast wireless charger compatible with Samsung Qi: it was charged to 17% in 30 minutes.

The phone supports fast charging via the USB-C power supply, you just have to buy the right cable (USB-Ca-Rayo, $ 25) and use a compatible charger from a MacBook, Pixel 2 or even USB-C port a Mac or PC. This will allow you to charge 45% of an empty battery in half an hour.

Perhaps the best way to get better loading speeds in new iPhones is to always use a 12W charger for iPad. It has a cheaper price than the MacBook 29W charger and comes with a light included in the cable. It is only slightly slower than the MacBook charger, as the iPhone can only charge with up to 15W of power.

Aside from the obstacles, the iPhone X has released balanced results in all areas: you can make about 19 hours of 3G calls, 9 1/2 hours of surfing the internet with a single charge, or you can watch videos during about 12 hours. The tear resistance was above average and therefore the very good resistance of 74 hours is no surprise.

In the 3G call and in stand-by tests such as the iPhone 8 Plus, the X achieved similar values, but was delayed by about 3 hours compared to the 8 plus in video playback and surfing the Internet. This means that the AMOLED display uses more power than the LCD screen of the iPhone 8 Plus.

Connectivity

Apple’s iPhone X is compliant with the LTE Cat 12 standard (up to 600 Mbps, 150 Mbps) and covers an impressive variety of LTE tapes. Regular 2G and 3G connectivity is covered as well as a variety of supported network bands.

IPhone X also supports the latest Voice over LTE (VoLTE), HD Voice and Wi-Fi call protocols, but these are user-dependent features.

Of course, the latest Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5 standards are also supported.

There is also support for NFC and thanks to the new NFC Core API iOS 11, the player functionality works to read NFC tags in addition to Apple Pay. IPhone X supports reading a label in NDEF format, but only in an application that can read and take action. This last request makes us wonder if this also means that iPhones will now be able to use NFC-supported pairing for various wireless devices and accessories that Android users have enjoyed for a long time. Unfortunately, we did not have an exercise to try, but we will update this section if we have more information.

The iPhone X uses a patented Lightning connector for data transmission via cable, charging and audio transmission. Support for the USB host is limited: you can connect certified accessories or access the memory of your digital camera through proprietary adapters, which are sold separately. You can pair a Bluetooth keyboard with the phone if you need this device.

There is no 3.5mm audio jack on the phone, but you can use the included Lightning to 3.5mm adapter to continue using your favorite wired headphones with the iPhone. Or choose a wireless headset.

 ACT

If you’re using a recent iPhone, maybe something from the iPhone 6 and above, then you’ve probably already tried iOS 11 … but it’s very different in the iPhone X.The main difference is the start button or the missing button, as you probably already noticed. This has been replaced by gestures, and suddenly Apple’s desire to swipey in the previous iOS iterations makes sense.When you drag up from the bottom of the screen, the Control Center no longer activates, but serves as a startup button. It takes a long time to get used to it, but it quickly integrates into muscle memory.In a few days we did the same on other phones, and that reminds you how to open the menu on a Samsung phone as if you were in the right place.

However, using the iPhone X in landscape orientation causes problems. It looks like the notification panel, without the guts to separate them, takes up most of the space at the expense of the Control Center, which is more useful, and you need to slide right off the top right corner to access it last

In daily use of the iPhone X however: this thing is sweet as butter, with hardly any problem in sight (besides Animoji who did not stop freezing us). This is the advantage of a phone with the new version of iOS on the market: most problems have been solved.

 

Our judgment

The first version of the future phones after Apple, the iPhone X, is an excellent smartphone and a new address from Apple. However, its restrictive price prevents it from being obvious when buying a flagship smartphone. For the retail price, the iPhone X must be significantly above the rest in all aspects. Which is not the case

 

 

 

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