iPhone X Launches to Mixed Reviews, More Good than Bad – Here’s What We Think
Launched on November 3, 2017, the much-hyped iPhone X has, generally, been received well, not that there hasn’t been the odd complaint doing the rounds amid an overall good response.
So, let’s go ahead and check out what’s so good and what’s not so good about the new Apple phone. But before we get into all that, let’s first talk about its specifications with iPhone 8 Plus as the benchmark.
The notably different OLED screen with HRD support and a much higher resolution of 2436X1125 pixels as compared to the 1920X1080-pixel display of the iPhone 8 Plus, is one of the most impressive features of the new Apple device.
Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) has been integrated with the phone’s rear telephoto lens – an improvement from the 8 PLUS which had OIC only in the wide angle lens. The X’s battery capacity is better as well.
At first glance, in so far as the design is concerned, it seems to be more of a catching-up effort by Apple than any innovation, really.
It is common knowledge, now, that Apple has done away with the Home button in the X, thereby, making provision for more screen space. While it may be a good move in terms of improving customer experience by removing technical impediments, it’s certainly not a first of its kind.
Furthermore, there are some aspects of this design concept that fails to match up with competing handsets. Yet, going forward, it’s a positive a move which has gone down well with the end user.
The side buttons are no different from the iPhones of late, with the Volume and Mute buttons on one side and a SIM card slot plus a rather conspicuous interaction button on the opposite side. The button has taken over a number of functions from the missing Home button. The headphone jack continues to be absent, with just a Lightning port on the bottom.
While the X weighs less than all the preceding Plus models, at 6.14 oz it is still heavier than the other iPhones till date – almost as heavy as the Galaxy S8+ by Samsung. It’s just a little thicker than the iPhone 7|8 but doesn’t beat the 0.48-inch-thick iPhone 3GS which continues to hold this rather embarrassing record.
The all-glass back of the iPhone X has a single raised portion, a bump if you like, incorporating the vertically aligned dual cameras and the flash. The perpendicular arrangement of the cameras has everything to do with AR applications.
While the glass back may look modern and stylish, its inherent fragility is always a cause for concern, especially with the $1000 price tag attached to the device. The only logical explanation for this would be its conduciveness to wireless charging as opposed to an aluminum back like that of the iPhone 7.
iPhone X Specifications;
|NETWORK||Technology||GSM / HSPA / LTE|
|Status||Available. Released 2017, October|
|BODY||Dimensions||143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm (5.65 x 2.79 x 0.30 in)|
|Weight||174 g (6.14 oz)|
|Build||Front/back glass & stainless steel frame|
|– IP67 certified – dust and water resistant
– Water resistant up to 1 meter and 30 minutes
– Apple Pay (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX certified)
|DISPLAY||Type||Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Size||5.8 inches, 84.4 cm2 (~82.9% screen-to-body ratio)|
|Resolution||1125 x 2436 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~458 ppi density)|
|– Dolby Vision/HDR10 compliant
– Wide color gamut display
– 3D Touch display
– True-tone display
|Chipset||Apple A11 Bionic|
|CPU||Hexa-core (2x Monsoon + 4x Mistral)|
|GPU||Apple GPU (three-core graphics)|
|Internal||64/256 GB, 3 GB RAM|
|CAMERA||Primary||Dual 12 MP, f/1.8 & f/2.4, phase detection autofocus, OIS, 2x optical zoom, quad-LED (dual tone) flash|
|Features||Geo-tagging, simultaneous 4K video and 8MP image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, HDR (photo/panorama)|
|Secondary||7 MP, f/2.2, 1080p@30fps, 720p@240fps, face detection, HDR, panorama|
|SOUND||Alert types||Vibration, proprietary ringtones|
|Loudspeaker||Yes, with stereo speakers|
|– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic.
– Lightning to 3.5 mm headphone jack adapter
|COMMS||WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||5.0, A2DP, LE|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, QZSS|
|NFC||Yes (Apple Pay only)|
|USB||2.0, proprietary reversible connector|
|FEATURES||Sensors||Face ID, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer|
|Messaging||iMessage, SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email|
|– Fast battery charging: 50% in 30 min
– Qi wireless charging
– Siri natural language commands and dictation
– iCloud cloud service
– MP3/WAV/AAX+/AIFF/Apple Lossless player
– MP4/H.265 player
– Audio/video/photo editor
– Document editor
|BATTERY||Non-removable Li-Ion 2716 mAh battery|
|Talk time||Up to 21 h (3G)|
|Music play||Up to 60 h|
|MISC||Colors||Space Gray, Silver|
|Price||About 1150 EUR|
(Specs credit: https://www.gsmarena.com/apple_iphone_x-8858.php)