Apple iPhone X Review
Apple promises — and delivers — respectable battery life.
In terms of dimensions, the iPhone X is not much bigger than the iPhone 8. However, it does have a way larger display. How's that's supposed to be good for battery life, you may ask. Thankfully, Apple has gotten hold of an innovative technology that has allowed it to produce an L-shaped battery, instead of a standard rectangular one. This means the company managed to fit a considerably larger juice pack in a space not much roomier than that of the iPhone 8. The end result?
The iPhone X battery life is significant upgrade over last year's iPhone 7 in terms of battery life. The X lasts for 8h 41 min on our battery test, while last year's iPhone 7 lasted 7h 46 min. Now, this year's iPhone 8 scored almost the same as the X – 8h 37 min, but again, we have to keep in mind the iPhone X is almost the same size, but with a way bigger screen. This puts the iPhone X on equal footing with the new Pixel 2 and 2 XL, and slightly ahead of the Galaxy S8 and S8+. The iPhone X doesn't quite deliver iPhone Plus-grade battery life, but it's remarkably close, which we definitely appreciate.
Just like the 8 and 8 Plus, the iPhone X is capable of wireless charging courtesy of the standard Qi technology (most wireless chargers sold nowadays use that). It doesn't support fast wireless charging speeds just yet, for whatever reason, but Apple promises this feature is coming sometime in the near future.
Using the good old USB charger with the iPhone X, it takes about 3 hours and 9 minutes to go all the way from 0% to 100%. This is definitely markedly slower than what some competitors offer out of the box. For example, Samsung's Galaxy S8 completely recharges in just 1 hour 40 min using the stock charger. The iPhone X, 8 and 8 Plus do support fast cable charging, but Apple requires you to purchase a more powerful charger and the corresponding cable to let you unlock this super-power. Not very cool.
Conclusion: answering the $1000 question
We're used to experiencing the iPhone as a service – something that just works, and you get to upgrade from time to time, enjoying a seamless boost across all fields like design, display, camera, performance, etc. The iPhone X doesn't exactly fit into this whole setup. It represents an unexpected plot twist that requires you to rethink the way you look at the protagonist. It both looks and works differently from what we're used to, and it just so happens that the transition from the 'classic' to the 'modern' way of using an iPhone isn't too smooth.
The gesture-based interface is nothing dfficult to wrap your head around; as a matter of fact, operating an iPhone like this feels quite nice – it quickly becomes natural. Even Face ID works surprisingly well, making sure that all of those who're used to Touch ID will not complain too much about it.
The iPhone X is probably not the best iPhone you can buy right now, but it sure is the most exciting one. And if you've been watching the iPhone space, waiting for something new to finally happen, you know what that means. The main purpose of the iPhone X is to show us the future of the iPhone, the next chapter in the iPhone story. It feels like a prototype for Apple's next-year phone. Aside from $1000 bucks, there's nothing else stopping you from getting a taste of that future, today, but you'll have to put up with the compromises that come with this privilege.