Apple allows original iPhone reviewer to publish first impressions with the iPhone X before launch

Back in 2007 when the original iPhone made its debut on the market and forever changed the smartphone industry, only four journalists in the world were given sample units and allowed to post their reviews before anyone else.

Steven Levy was one of the four journalists who reviewed the original iPhone. He is now writing for Wired and was given the chance to be among the first to publish his first impressions with the new iPhone X.

He wrote a long and thorough article in which he highlights some of the best aspects of the iPhone X. Without calling it a review, this is certainly the closest things we have until November 3 and beyond.

Levy has had the iPhone X since last Tuesday, so he's probably had enough time to be able to come out with a pertinent first impression on the best iPhone Apple has ever released. Here is a short excerpt from the article published on Wired:

If you haven't yet decided on whether or not to buy the iPhone X, these first impressions might shed some light on some of the phone's positive and negative aspects. Keep in mind that we'll be publishing our full review as well, so you might want to hold off on your purchase if you haven't already done it.

source: Wired

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iPhone X
  • Display 5.8" 1125 x 2436 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A11 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2390 MHz
  • Storage 256GB
  • Battery 2716 mAh(21h 3G talk time)



1. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Meh, any review "allowed" is unlikely to be taken seriously.

10. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Really?? Then what about those very positive, cinematic Pixel 2 xl reviews done by so many on YouTube from phones given to them free as gifts by Are they serious enough??

11. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

I'm not saying the guy is legit or not, I'm just saying if Apple have allowed it then no-one, (especially on sites like this) is going to think it very credible.

13. Nopers unregistered

It’s not like Tim Cook held a gun to his head while he was doing the review so he’d only say positive things. I’m sure he was free to speak his mind. Whether or not he’s predisposed to like Apple products is another story. Every reviewer has some favourite phone and will be biased, it’s up to you to decide from the hundreds of viewpoints whether or not it’s the phone for you.

17. French_Toast

Posts: 98; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

Even if the Iphone X turns out to be a phone not so bad, with its giant notch it will always be a disgusting piece of design no matter what the Isheeps say to hide this fact undeniable.

28. androapplephone

Posts: 47; Member since: Oct 04, 2011

Ah another smart guy that throws around isheep like everybody who buys an iPhone are basically one person with one opinion. You don’t have to like the phone but unless you have something smart to say with a reason why your just a troll that wants to hate stuff. #hater #androsheep #troll #trollhatersheep

29. seret6

Posts: 279; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

Eww the iphonex has really flopped hard. Otherwise why would apple update mid-nov delivaries to 3rd nov if there were so many orders?

30. seret6

Posts: 279; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

So sad that iphone x flopped hard

36. AVVA1

Posts: 228; Member since: Aug 01, 2017

So you're an analyst now? LOL

33. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Most of Pixel 2 xl's review on YT point out about screen flaw, some of them even give side-by-side comparison with other phone (especially with galaxies)

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 31764; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Should be an interesting review.

5. tedkord

Posts: 17512; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It is. He seemed to like it overall, but didn't exactly enthusiastically recommend it.

3. tedkord

Posts: 17512; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

You completely failed to mention that the reviewer found that Face ID was hit or miss.

7. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

Its just a newer way to do face recognition. It still has the same list of points of failure. No matter what type of fingerprint reader you have. Whether it requires swiping or not. They both have the same points of failure. Changing how the tech works, doesn't always changes its flaws. A fingerprint reader will always have the same flaws, if it is required for you to touch the sensor. Dirt, dry/wet skin or not touching the sensor will always be its failure points. Face Recognition will also always have the same failure points, with complexion, shadows, to much/little expression, to much/little light and more. The more points of failure on the list, the lest accurate it will be. I can't wait when the fans be begging Apple for the FPS. Then now that the under-the-display FPS is now likely has its bugs worked out after 2 years, apple will bring it to the next model and everyone will go buy it. Face recognition will work more times than now, just as the FPS does. But Face ID requires always lifting the device up while the FPS does not. Touch ID allowed for more discreet unlock usage in places like meetings where such draws no distraction. Now a Face ID not working will draw attention.

24. lyndon420

Posts: 6916; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

And yet...entering my passcode has never failed me. Just saying.

31. kartik.07

Posts: 73; Member since: May 04, 2015

Just asking if you don’t want to look at your phone or use it why would you be opening it with your finger print? If you will be using your phone then you would be looking your at your phone which means it will be unlock by the face id granted it work almost as good as fingerprint scanner or better.

34. cmdacos

Posts: 4388; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Especially under the desk at a meeting. Face id works flawlessly then /s

4. ikenvape

Posts: 309; Member since: May 28, 2014

Huh, well someone should tell Booredatwork that lol they have up their YouTube review

6. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

Because he is kissing up to Apple is why. Says so right in the article. "He has written a long and thorough article in which he highlights some of the best aspects of the iPhone X"

12. Cat97

Posts: 2022; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Wow, what a privilege ! :)

16. xplayer57

Posts: 34; Member since: Dec 24, 2012

Youtube channel 'Boredatwork' has also published a video review of the iPhone X !!

19. midan

Posts: 3227; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Face ID Super fast 1.23 The guy even said he expected it to be slower than touch ID. Also look the angle, that woman doesn't do anything extra, just like she would start using her phone normally, like Apple said, it will become second nature.

21. tedkord

Posts: 17512; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Read the review this article is about. Face ID was hit or miss. And (you're going to love this), Apple told him he was looking at it wrong!

23. midan

Posts: 3227; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Yes you need to look your phone, you can also switch that off from settings If you prefer it to work without eye contact. I watched all these hands on videos and in one video guy said face ID works everytime.

26. midan

Posts: 3227; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

This is the guy from the review "after 2-3 days i mastered it"

27. tedkord

Posts: 17512; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Yes, he had to learn how to "look at it right." In other words, it's just like other face recognition, you need to line it up with your face. No one needed to learn how to master fingerprint sensors.


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Allowed review? What a BS, probably paid by apple!

37. iampun33t

Posts: 137; Member since: Apr 17, 2013

Oh yes, giving you a review unit is same as giving you a review unit and not allowing anyone else to review it, but you! It is exactly the same! /s

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