Apple iPhone X hands-on: Enter the $1,000 marvel


Steve Jobs helped create something revolutionary with the introduction of the original iPhone a decade ago, ushering a totally new age in mobile that we haven't come close to seeing since then. Ten years, that's where we're at now, and predictably, Apple is touting its 10th anniversary smartphone, the iPhone X, as the device that'll be setting the standard for the coming decade that's to come. Obviously, there's a lot for this phone to live up to, especially considering its long line of predecessors – with each one continually setting benchmarks for the company.

Even before its official launch, there has been criticism and applause for the phone, but what's intriguing is the new price bracket it's entering. Before we get to that, though, let's go through the categories to see what the hype is all about in our hands-on time with the phone. We're eager about checking it out, however, it has some stiff competition already.

Design


Apple iPhone X hands-on: Enter the $1,000 marvel
Apple iPhone X hands-on: Enter the $1,000 marvel
Apple iPhone X hands-on: Enter the $1,000 marvel
Apple's designs have been iconic, making the iPhone one of the most recognizable gadgets in the world. Holding the iPhone X for the first time, there's no denying the premium quality of its construction – something that's always been synonymous with the iPhone since its inception! Flaunting a glass meets stainless steel frame, it feels substantial in the hand, which is nice knowing the price you're paying for it.

One of the biggest changes to the design is the elimination of the home button, which makes room for its all-new "Super" Retina Display. This move, though, isn't an original idea, given that this has been a trend amongst most of the flagship devices released this year. However, the home button-less iPhone X appears strangely alien. While we understand their decision to remove it (not so much for the headphone jack last year), the thing that throws us off the most is just the notch cut-out with the display. It's distracting for sure, but a necessary one for them to store the new TrueDepth camera system.

Still, it makes us wonder if Steve Jobs would've approved this slight distraction. Knowing how meticulous he was about product designs, this is one thing that takes away from the design's uniformity. Well, we suppose that users will eventually become accustomed to it, but for now, it's that nagging thorn on its side.

Display


Finally, Apple has adopted a display resolution greater than 1080p! Even though 1080p resolution is plenty enough for most people, its rivals in the space have been upping the game with Quad-HD and above resolutions, so it's a relief to know that Apple has taken that plunge as well! What we get here with the iPhone X is a 5.8-inch 2436 x 1125 Super Retina Display, one that leverages OLED technology. Indeed, it's a stark departure, but one we're gladly to accept.

Not surprisingly, it's extremely rich in detail, offers exceptional viewing angles, and produces those deep blacks you expect from OLEDs. But then again, these are characteristics that are rampant in the space with other devices. There's nothing notably impressive that screams at me about the display, just because the all-screen thing has been done over and over again by other devices – so Apple is following the trend and catching up.

Maybe that'll change after spending a bit more time with it, but for now, we've seen screens of the same caliber. 

Apple iPhone X hands-on: Enter the $1,000 marvel


User Interface


We're not going to dive into the typical iOS experience here with the iPhone X, just because it's very much the same as what you'll find with the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. What's strange, though, is the fact that you're going to need to change your habits because there's no longer a home button. That's without a doubt the weirdest thing about the experience, since we've grown accustomed to getting back to the homescreen this way. Instead, it's now done by flicking with an upwards motion from the bottom of the user interface. Much like many things Apple has done in the past, like removing the headphone jack, this is something we're going to have to live with. Other processes have changed, too, such as accessing the action center, getting into the "cards" view, and even accessing the notifications panel.

While iOS continues to deliver new features and experiences, the biggest one brought on by the iPhone X has to be the new Animoji. Leveraging its new TrueDepth camera system, which is the culprit behind the notch with the display, this allows users add even more personalization to text messages. From our quick try at it, we're pretty convinced by its ability to capture every subtle expression we make – including tougher ones like having one eyebrow raised higher than the other. It's a cute new feature we're certain will appeal to people. 

Apple iPhone X hands-on: Enter the $1,000 marvel


Besides that, everything else is pretty much the same as before. Simplicity and cleanliness are two qualities that continue to be a profound throughout the experience, so users familiar to the look and feel of iOS past should easily be able to transition to the iPhone X with no major hiccups.


Processor and Storage


Apple has never been about the specs. Sure, they might talk about the improvements with their chips at the unveilings, but beyond that, you'd ever hardly hear about them. True to form, the iPhone X runs snappier than any other iPhone before it, which makes perfect sense when you factor in all the optimizations made to the software, as well as the new processor under the hood.

Speaking of the process, it's the Apple A11 Bionic running the show behind the scenes, which is comprised out of six cores – two high-performing cores and four low-power ones. In all honesty, though, it's the same level of snappiness we're accustomed to seeing year after year that exceeds our expectations. It's tough to even mention an Android phone that runs this exquisitely smooth.

In terms of storage, the base model of the iPhone X is 64GB of internal storage, which is a good starting point for the series. However, you're better off going with the next level up because 256GB of storage will come in handy for those killer 4K videos at 60 FPS.

Camera


The iPhone 8 Plus is already known for its camera performance, so it'll be interesting to see how much better results the iPhone X will deliver. On the back, it has a similar arrangement with its dual-camera implementation – a 12MP F1.8 camera for all conditions and a 12MP F2.4 2X zoom telephoto lens. As we've mentioned already, this new camera combo enables the phone to capture 4K video at 60 frames per second, which is an impressive feat considering that very few DSLRs can achieve this.

With the dual-camera combination, it's all about the portrait mode yet again. However, there's now new real-time lighting effects allowing you to dramatically alter the look of your subject. We didn’t spend a whole time checking out the camera, but we're nonetheless eager to see how it stacks up with some other cameras that have impressed us of late – like the new Pixels.

Apple iPhone X hands-on: Enter the $1,000 marvel


Battery


While we're still in the dark regarding the actual capacity of the battery inside of the iPhone X, Apple did reveal that it's better than the iPhone 7 – by the margin of 2 hours more than that phone. What's even better, though, is that wireless charging is available, thanks in part to the new glass construction of the phone, so a totally new world is being opened up.

Expectations


Apple bragged about how the iPhone X will be setting the benchmark for the next decade, we all know that it first needs to establish itself as the best phone released this year before going after such an ambitious mark. From the premium design, to its new Super Retina Display, there's no arguing the amount of changes seen with it over its siblings in the iPhone 8 line. It's such a dramatic change, which begs the question of how much it's going to cannibalize sales of the other two new iPhones.

The toughest part about the iPhone X is its price! At $1,000 for the base 64GB model, it's a hefty investment that's sure to take a chomp out of your wallet. Furthermore, it's priced a wee bit more than some of its contemporaries. Then again, we're entering a new age with these super-priced smartphones, so it might indeed become the new norm going forward. Expect out in-depth review soon!

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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 256 GB
  • Battery 2716 mAh(21h 3G talk time)

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48 Comments

1. J2017

Posts: 69; Member since: Oct 25, 2017

The notch is not necessary. They could have put a small bezel up there. As always iPhone arena making excuses for Apple's bad decisions

2. kiko007

Posts: 7456; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Apple's "bad decisions" have them cashing in. Where have your bad decisions gotten you? Commenting on a forum that you apparently loathe... excellent work.

6. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"Apple's "bad decisions" have them cashing in." No, Apple's bad decision have them get owned in the courtroom, release defected handsets and buggy OS updates... which is juust like almost ever other company out there who's made bad decisions. "Where have your bad decisions gotten you?" What an ironic question coming from a dude who got limited for his bad decisions... That's rich!

9. kiko007

Posts: 7456; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

If this post was supposed to be some long-winded attempt at humor... you should head back to the drawing board.

21. funky013

Posts: 17; Member since: Jun 30, 2016

you are nothing but an idiot. Do yourself a favor and get a break from the internet

28. kiko007

Posts: 7456; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Learn how to start a sentence... then we'll talk.

34. miketer

Posts: 491; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

When an argument gets heated up, then it's all down to grammar and letter cases. Lousy.

42. Klinton

Posts: 1408; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

The ONLY reason for NOTCH to be there, instead of slim bezel is, Apple to brag that the display is 5.8''.!!! (while is not more than 5.5'' real use) Period! And WTF is 'Super Retina Display' and why the media repeat this BS all the time?? LOL

19. sgodsell

Posts: 6700; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Bad decision or not. It's been proven that the herd of sheeple will lineup for almost anything that Apple makes. Look it's a new design that isn't for everyone, and some might not buy it because of the missing TouchID. Instead they are forced to use FaceID. That could also be another bad decision. Who knows? In the end if you want an iPhone with an oled display with a bezel less design, then your only choice is Apples iPhone X. If you want countless options, then look at Android.

20. sgodsell

Posts: 6700; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

What would have been more of a marvel is a fingerprint scanner and facial recognition on the one iPhone. Oh, wait that is already done with a number of Android smartphones.

11. J2017

Posts: 69; Member since: Oct 25, 2017

You're conflating bad decisions and cashing in. Stop being a sycophant and corporate ball washer.

12. J2017

Posts: 69; Member since: Oct 25, 2017

You're conflating bad decisions and cashing in. Stop being a sycophant and corporate ball washer.

18. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1134; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Apple cashes in on gullible consumers that they've managed to fool they offer the best there is. They cash in on people who believe they need to own the latest iPhone or else they won't matter. They cash in on people that feel that they need a new phone because the latest iOS update has made their phone noticably slower. They spend millions promoting their iPhones in such a manner that they let people believe they are diifferent, that they make a difference, when in reality they are just blindly marching to Apple's tune.

27. Macready

Posts: 1797; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Typical fallacy. Logic that is only relevant as a stock investor, not as a consumer, which is what the argument is about. McDonalds switching to powder milk for its milkshakes in the late sixties was great. Great for cash yes, less so for its consumers. Hence it now proudly states to use milk again.

40. Leo_MC

Posts: 6296; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Because customers are forced somehow to buy McD or Apple if they don't want to, right?...

5. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 653; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

Great designs are always controversial. I like the notch design as it stands out of the crowd while still looking very nice.

13. cmdacos

Posts: 3805; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

In the same way the Ford Pinto and AMC Gremlin stood out in a crowd, I agree.

24. LiLLicky

Posts: 88; Member since: Oct 27, 2017

Funny

44. Klinton

Posts: 1408; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

'stands out of the crowd ' Yes, but with what? Did I read 'MARVEL'?? lol

7. Darckent

Posts: 87; Member since: Sep 17, 2016

What do you expect from iPhonearena? They made excuses for metal casing now their gona love glass though they've put it down on other phones Made excuses for the removal of headphone jack Talked up LCD over amoled ...now what they gona say? Never did auto brightness in the scoring of Samsung phones because if they did the nits would be brighter than the iPhone..what they gona do now for the brightness test on the X? If they do auto to make the nit score higher why haven't they ever done it when reviewing Samsung phones? And the killer was this year calling the s8 pretentious in its looks...but now they love the bezel less look of the iPhone..can you get a more bias website And this is coming from a Lenovo p2 user soon to be a razer phone user....oh and by the way iPhonearena many reports are claiming that the razer is the smoothest phone period due to the 120ghz screen..I know that's gona hurt you

23. LiLLicky

Posts: 88; Member since: Oct 27, 2017

Exactly. Iphonearenax to the rescue to blow smoke lol

38. Hasnz

Posts: 10; Member since: Dec 31, 2015

I agree . It would have still looked good if they added the bezel in the corners . OMG its so baaaaaaaad . I still have to see it in person though . Sometimes I dont like things in the beginning but it tends to grow over me . let see

43. Xilam unregistered

I like the notch.. because unlike you I see a slim bezel on top (just like samsung) but it has extra screens on both sides for extra info/controls/etc... Plus, it's more difficult to do what apple did with iPhoneX than what samsung did with their flagships - add bezels to top and bottom, and try to hide bezels on sides by curving the screen which in my opinion is practically awkward...

45. path45th

Posts: 398; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

The notch is what makes the X recognizable. A thin bezel at the top is like so many other devices, it wouldn't be so nice for Apple to go along with the pack. When somebody pays 1000 dollars, it's good to have something that looks different.

3. Darckent

Posts: 87; Member since: Sep 17, 2016

Why are iPhonearena calling this a marvel? What can you do that you can't on other phones? All this phone highlights is how behind apple have been and how bias iPhonearena scores have been for iPhones in the past if this is a 'marvel'

14. cmdacos

Posts: 3805; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Animoji of course. You must not be an 11 year old girl.

4. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1134; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Wow this article just oozes blind fanboyism to a point it's just pathetic. At first I was gonna refrain from saying anything, but seriously start employing people that are actually critical about Apple devices.

8. Medoogalaxy

Posts: 232; Member since: May 25, 2017

Respect the minds of people, the device doesn't come with anything new, all these available in other devices better and affordable price, people have become superficial and dont know the technical things are these remnants of Apple's corrupt media and false marketing, which works to distract minds in order to damage the reputation of competitors in the public without attention to the delivery of the correct information and realism..this page bears a measure of this reality that people live from ignorance, coma, flattery and disregard and reverence and absolute magnificence of Apple !

10. Whitedot

Posts: 690; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

"Marvel" that sounds more like sarcasm to me. You have wicked sense of humour John.

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