Results: the iPhone X – no longer simple and straightforward

So, the iPhone X is hitting preview rooms around the world and impressions are raining down. We now have the full information how the new gesture-based UI works, and it sounds quite different from anything that iPhones have been doing thus far. See, there's no longer a single home button to help you navigate the interface... there's actually no button on the front. Instead, the power key has adopted some of the physical home button's functions and the rest have been transferred to on-screen swipes and gestures.

A single tap on the power button is a sleep / wake, as before; a dual-tap activates Apple Pay; triple-tap will bring up any accessibility options you have enabled. A press-and-hold activates Siri. A power + volume up press takes a screenshot; holding power + volume up will bring up the Power Off prompt.

That's... different. iPhones have always been known for being simple and intuitive to use. We thought we'd ask you — does the iPhone X look simple or intuitive to you? Here's how that poll went:

Is the iPhone X's UI too complicated now?

Nah, it's within reasonable limits
It's getting a bit confusing, but I believe people / I will get used to it
Yup. I have no idea what's where anymore

Related phones

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)



1. torr310

Posts: 1705; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

It's not for normal elder people like it once was anymore.

9. Lumbergh

Posts: 463; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

Taking away the home button wasn't a good idea IMO. The swipe up gesture doesn't seem as intuitive. Not only do you lose the home button, you also lose touchID

15. androapplephone

Posts: 45; Member since: Oct 04, 2011

Well we should all wait till we get to play with it first before we come to any conclusions.

20. Lumbergh

Posts: 463; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

But there's no fun in that lol

24. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Oh yeah being an android fanboy and a troll isn't as easy as it sounds isn't it? You have too nitpick every little thing and find a negative angle for each and every feature to troll the Apple fans. I think this phone is excellent and Apple is going in the right direction. Those who don't want change, like old things, there is an option, it is iPhone 8/8 Plus. Apple thought about this problem and thus came up with a great solution.

26. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"You have too nitpick every little thing and find a negative angle for each and every feature to troll the Apple fans." How ironic that coming from you.

44. tedkord

Posts: 17479; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

You'd think that no matter what direction Apple took.

46. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

Apple isn’t known for intuitiveness.

49. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

have you tried ?? because as someone that's used a phone fully based on swipe gestures before, to date nothing has come close to it in terms of being intuitive !

13. palmguy

Posts: 987; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Gonna start referring people to stock Android for the simplicity of a smartphone. :-)

14. irossdrummer

Posts: 371; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

True that!! Pixel or Pixel 2 phones for simplicity :)

25. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

For blue tint, burn in display, dull colors and grainy displays, clicking noises on speakers also you may have to refer the Pixel 2 xl I guess.....LOL

43. sockergris

Posts: 57; Member since: May 13, 2017


52. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

You have too nitpick every little thing and find a negative angle for each and every feature to troll the Android fans.

2. Hollowmost

Posts: 425; Member since: Oct 10, 2017

iPhone X isn't Halloween and twins friendly PA !!

47. mikehunta727 unregistered

Who gives a s**t if it isnt twin friendly? People have already tested the Face ID and only some twins were able to get in and some didnt. Man there seems to be a LOT of bitter angry kids on PA recently judging by many comments

3. Justlooking

Posts: 84; Member since: Aug 27, 2014

Actually if you used a palm Pre and/or BB10 it can be a walk in the park. There is nothing new or revolutionary on the gestures.

27. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Just like the best feature of android which is the "android lag" in android phones which exists for ages now. Oh wait, there are few new futuristic, next level features have been introduced by the pioneer of Android, Google in their latest high priced flagship phones recently. Blue tint of the display, muted dull colors, display burn in and grainy textures on screens.

36. baldilocks

Posts: 1545; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Sounds like you need a safe space, kid. You just keep saying the same things over and over and not really making much of an impact. Try harder.

45. tedkord

Posts: 17479; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

He's in incredible pain because people aren't praising the new iPhone like he believers they should.

41. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1588; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

At least your attempts to troll are so bad I can laugh at them. I appreciate the entertainment.

4. lallolu

Posts: 734; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

If they decide to base upcoming iphones on the iphone x, then apple may find it difficult to get new converts to IOS since the transition will be too cumbersome.

5. surethom

Posts: 1730; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

There will be a learning curve but if it's your phone you will get use to it withing a week. But non users will have no idea what to do.

6. PSAfromThisGuy

Posts: 146; Member since: Jan 16, 2017

If this is true, and the majority of people just don't get it (per the survey results).... it proves my theory that iPhone users have an IQ that is not measurable... I swear, iPhone users make technology hard because its too simple to use... lol. Y'all make my head spin I swear.

8. mikehunta727 unregistered

You make your own head spin mate lol. You can't possibly judge/assume nearly a billion people IQ just cause they use a iPhone

16. androapplephone

Posts: 45; Member since: Oct 04, 2011

Thanks I was about to say the same things. But people can like what they want no need to get personal either.

29. sgodsell

Posts: 7602; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

First of all it's not a billion people. It's a billion active Apple devices. Which includes the Apple Watch, Apple TV, iPads, iPhones, and Macs. So not even close to a billion users. Think about it some people have all those and multiple devices in their home. Where as when Android talks about it's numbers. It is actually over 2 billion monthly active accounts, which can be way more than 2 billion devices.

37. mikehunta727 unregistered

About 800 million active unique users. That's a whole ton of people and nearly a billion

19. nathan000m

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 01, 2017

I wouldn't trust these polls too much. PA is full of haters on Android. I've had Android and iPhones. I feel like iPhones are the overall superior devices especially when you add the seamless handoffs to other devices and their general ecosystem. Having said that, people hate on Apple so much they will click anything negative about the iPhone for no reason other than to troll. The new UI is not complicated, it will just take some getting used to.

7. toukale

Posts: 669; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

I don't think the iPhone UI is getting more complicated, if anything it is growing with the rest of us. 10 years ago, the iPhone needed to be simple since it was a new interactive way to use a touch UI for the masses. Now 10 years later, we are all well verse and ready to move beyond the simple stuff. It's like learning how to read, at first we learned our alphabet, then learning basic words, then sentences and paragraph. Now we are moving into reading books, eventually we will move into more complicated manuals etc... It's just the normal evolution of things, and the iPhone ui is no different.

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