Is the iPhone X worth buying?


The iPhone X is the long-awaited “all-screen” iPhone. It has been imagined numerous times over the years by various concept artists. And when rumors and leaks confirmed it to be a thing in 2017, the tech world braced for the coveted announcement. That announcement has now come and past and every iPhone user out there is probably wondering “Should I upgrade to the iPhone X or stick to one of the cheaper models?”. Well, here's what the iPhone X has over any other handset in Apple's lineup:

Design


Hands down, it's the most futuristic-looking iPhone ever. A 5.8-inch display surrounded by a thin, easy-to-handle frame looks good and is surely going to be comfortable to hold. The metal on the side is actually stainless steel, instead of aluminum, and the back is covered by highly-durable glass.
In the design department, it certainly looks like the most desirable iPhone. But it's not all about design, is it?

Software


For the first time ever, we get an iPhone that controls quite different than any other handset that Apple is currently selling. Since the iPhone X has no home button, it makes use of a swipe-up gesture to close apps. Experienced iOS users will wonder “well, how do you call up the Control Center to adjust brightness, then?”. The Control Center is now pulled out from the top-right portion of the screen... Yup, that tall 5.8-ich screen, you need to reach all the way to the top.
If you want to enter the recent apps carousel, you perform the swipe-up gesture, but hold it for a second. There's also a really nifty new way to switch between recently used apps — just swipe left or right across the bottom of the display.


Hardware


On the inside, the iPhone X is powered by the same A11 Bionic chip as the iPhone 8 duo. There is a subtle difference in its telephoto camera – it's assisted by an optical image stabilization module and has an aperture of F2.4. That's wider than the iPhone 7 Plus' and the 8 Plus' aperture of F2.8 and the latter two lack an OIS module around their secondary cameras.


The big difference is in the Face ID module on the front. It packs all the sensors needed for the accurate 3D-scanning tech to work. But Apple also makes use of said sensors via other software features. For example, iPhone X has a Portrait Mode (the background-blurring DSLR simulator) for the selfie camera, too, thanks to its advanced face and background detection. It also has the Animoji app, where you can express yourself through moving emoji, if that's your thing.

It's also worth noting that the iPhone X is the only iPhone with an AMOLED panel — the technology that Samsung's phones are known for. It will have deep blacks for some extremely high contrast and is as color-accurate as we'd expect from an iPhone, Apple says. It also has a super-high resolution of 2436 x 1125 pixels, making for 459 pixels per inch — the sharpest phone screen Apple has made thus far.

So, what's the final verdict?


If you consider yourself a casual iPhone fan, we can't help but think that you'd do fine with a regular iPhone 8 / Plus. In fact, if you have an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus, you're good to keep it for at least a year more, without bothering much about upgrading to the latest-and-greatest. The iPhone X is, for the most part, an all-screen design and a really, really advanced selfie camera. The “regular” iPhone models still feel and operate as before, with the home button, Touch ID, and the Control Center “where they should be”, and they still pack powerful, powerful hardware in their core, so, really, you are not missing out on much.

Of course, if you are an “early adopter” or just need to have the biggest and baddest phone Apple has to offer, you will be hard-pressed not to go for the iPhone X. You get a unique design that will turn heads for sure, you will be able to brag over iMessage with your fancy Animoji, and you will enjoy the deep blacks and extremely high resolution of the new OLED panel. The question is, do you want to drop $1k on these “advantages”?

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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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135 Comments

1. EC112987

Posts: 1215; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

If you're into the iPhone game I believe getting an iPhone 8plus and an iPad is the better deal. Buying an iPhone for a thousand dollars just because the screen is better isn't worth it to me. The phone does look amazing but too rich for my blood. I was really hoping for a new SE.

6. androiduser

Posts: 510; Member since: Jun 18, 2014

Not it's not worth buying at all

8. Lumbergh

Posts: 463; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

I agree. I'd recommend the iPhone 8 Plus before recommending the iPhone X. You're losing too much with the X for a $1000 device. No home button No touchid Stupid cutout/notch Apple failed with the iPhone X design. LG, Samsung, and Xiaomi are all winning in that department.

15. sgodsell

Posts: 7368; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Hey, come on, Apple had courage last year when they removed the 3.5mm audio jack on the iPhone's. This year Apple should be using a new word for removing TouchID on the iPhone X. I was thinking stupendous, or maybe another word would fit here better? Any thoughts guys...

19. TerryD

Posts: 546; Member since: May 09, 2017

'Courage' - Last year we removed the headphone jack and you didnt seem to mind. Now we've removed TouchID, the Home button and swipe up for Control Centre. Hope you don't mind!

60. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

That's hilarious, man.

66. Soundjudgment

Posts: 370; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

"Touchless in da Saddle."

89. ullokey

Posts: 178; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

It was Motorola which removed the headphone jack

84. androiduser

Posts: 510; Member since: Jun 18, 2014

They also don't include a fast charger in the box xD

10. bobby84

Posts: 595; Member since: May 13, 2016

Yes, it's not worth it for the 8 and the X is too much and not worth the price

13. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

It's not even worth upgrading to from the iphone 6. They should pay their users to downgrade to that notch.

18. IronTech

Posts: 153; Member since: May 27, 2016

X stands for expensive! LOL

64. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Hopefully you will the money to buy it.....the only reason to say that.

78. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Reminds me of a hypocrite troll in this site "Note 8 is $930" Mxy/Flash: $1000 for a phone? Heck no "iPhone X is $999" Mxy/Flash: ... [Proceeds to worshipping his iPhone]

99. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Someone please tell this fake clown I think $1K is too much for a phone, even for the iphone.

105. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Please explain why you bash the Note 8 for its price in some articles, but never say a thing when it comes to the iPhone X. Oh wait, you can't, that would be blasphemy for you LOLOLOL

16. thxultra

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Depends on the persons situation to me. For people that lease their phones IE Jump On Demand it is worth it for a few bucks more a month you will get a better screen, New Camera functions, Face ID, Awesome A11 processor, wireless charging. However if you have a paid off Iphone6 even it isn't worth $1k to switch to me. Honestly the iphone6 still does everything most people use daily. This phone will sell like crazy. As I expected preorders didn't sell out for the iphone8 because people are going to get the X.

44. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Maybe a 6s. 6 is quite good, but it lacks 3D touch - which is a great feature to have with iOS.

61. Xilam unregistered

I just got a new iPad as a gift (iPad 9.7, 2017) and disappointed it has no 3D Touch. I never had a device with 3D Touch, just played with it at Apple Store - it is indeed a huge feature to compliment an OS.

106. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

3D Touch is useless. The four finger swipe gesture in the iPad alone is 50 million times more useful

55. ecmedic4

Posts: 520; Member since: May 02, 2013

Ive been watching the pre-orders also for the 8/8 Plus and figured the same as you, ppl are gonna wait for the X. I am not expecting to buy the X, I really like the design and features, but I really love my TouchID. I have a 7 Plus right now and yes the 8/8 Plus essentially look the same, but I do think they look great with the glass back again. I'm still on the fence about getting the 8 Plus or waiting til next year to see if they figure out the embedded FPS. I will definitely be getting the new Apple Watch tho, I've skipped the first 2 versions waiting for cellular, so now its time to get one. Pre-orders for those seem strong so far.

24. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Apple will gladly take your money whichever one you get, because at the end of the day, your buying an iPhone. With that said, people are more about the latest and greatest in the Apple world. Low key, people will be looking for the notch. If you have the notch, you have the latest and greatest. The 8 while a great option is a old design that we've had for the last 3+ years. For the general public, specs barely matter anymore with the exception of battery. It's way more about the looks and status symbol.

28. JohnR

Posts: 152; Member since: Sep 08, 2017

You nailed it

49. Chidoro

Posts: 168; Member since: Sep 20, 2016

I see a lot more older iPhones in the wild around my parts than older Android phones. Really, it's not even close.

59. Valinor

Posts: 175; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

I believe buying the Iphone 7 is the better deal. The phone is basically the same and way cheaper.

62. Xilam unregistered

In that regard, every phone regardless of brand or age is basically the same.

74. Dingy_cellar_dweller

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

If you don't buy the x phone you are buying last years model.

2. Iodine

Posts: 1480; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

We will see after battery stats will come in. And all those new ways of charging. That's a month worth of waiting.

3. Cat97

Posts: 1892; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

If you can wait 6-8 months you will be able to get a similar design with Android for probably around 600-700 USD.

14. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

No please. Similar designs? That notch is pretty hard to beat in the ugly department.

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