Battery life

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.

Battery life (hours) Higher is better
Apple iPhone X 8h 41 min (Excellent)
Apple iPhone 8 8h 37 min (Excellent)
Apple iPhone 8 Plus 10h 35 min (Excellent)
Samsung Galaxy S8 8h 22 min (Excellent)
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 7h 50 min (Good)
LG V30 9h 34 min (Excellent)
Apple iPhone 7 7h 46 min (Good)
Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
Apple iPhone X 189
Apple iPhone 8 148
Apple iPhone 8 Plus 178
Samsung Galaxy S8 100
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 102
LG V30 108
Apple iPhone 7 141

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 two really troublesome things right now are app optimization and the notch. As it currently stands, you can enjoy most apps or games out there on the full, 5.8” display, as they first need to get updated for the new aspect ratio. Even Apple's way of running many of those “classic-style” apps right now feels a bit odd, with tremendous black bars and frustrating 'swipe-up-to-go-home' lines taking up precious space. It's just not a very good experience at the moment. Then comes the notch, which is not only strikingly odd, but also happens to prevent you from truly enjoying the large display, even if the application you're running is optimized for it. Whatever you do, there's always going to be that strange, black shape biting into your content, never completely permitting you to become completely immersed in whatever's on screen. Perhaps with time, we'll get really good at ignoring it, forgetting that it's there at all, but this just isn't the way we feel right now. And as far as we're concerned, the most anticipated (and most expensive) phone of the last few years should only fascinate us, not require us to adapt to its weird ways.

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.


  • Exciting new form-factor
  • Best in class performance
  • Best in class speakers
  • Face ID authentication is a winner
  • State-of-the-art camcorder


  • The notch design is controversial
  • Most apps & games are yet to be optimized for the new screen
  • Feels like a work in progress
  • Very high price

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12 Reviews



5. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

In before the bitching, whining, and gaslighting starts! Gotta say though, all the pros and cons are definitely fair. As an X owner, it does at times feel like a work in progress product. Not in terms of usability or performance, but in certain design elements and overall polish. Kinda reminds me of when the first iPhone launched imo.

15. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

Yeah, because the first iphone had a huge notch.

17. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Not really what I meant, but, okay.

152. androiduser

Posts: 510; Member since: Jun 18, 2014

best in class speakers ? are you f**king kidding me.. wtf seriously. the u11 and pixel 2 completely obliterate it in that category. let alone the upcoming razor phone and u11 plus

155. yyzamin

Posts: 382; Member since: Aug 26, 2015

No they don't. Do your research before you start making false claims.

163. nyc_rock

Posts: 15; Member since: Feb 04, 2010

Had the pixel2 and now the X. The X has better speakers.

172. Reviewerofstuff

Posts: 127; Member since: Jun 02, 2018

The Razor phone has the best speakers out of any smartphone . PERIOD.

164. steodoreben

Posts: 379; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

I’ll rate iPhone X -9.0 and other Android phones +9.0.

141. CitizenX

Posts: 41; Member since: Jun 27, 2014

So how does a "work in progress" get a 9 ? Easy, it's an iphone

156. yyzamin

Posts: 382; Member since: Aug 26, 2015

Found the butthurt android user

161. lightyears

Posts: 69; Member since: Aug 24, 2015

Because it is not Phonearea but Applearena. Bunch of jokers

6. Tipus

Posts: 869; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

Iphone X is better than iphone 8 in almost everything, yet score is lower. Go figure

14. bucky

Posts: 3784; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I’m guessing price and expectations might have something to do with it.

74. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Well, take it like this.: iPh X score is more fare. iPh 8 score was offence to the human beings

120. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

The writer is kinda heart-broken, and this is the lowest possible score he can give to Apple's phone

124. redmd

Posts: 1935; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

You take the words out of my mouth. Touché Ray

146. DerryAhmad

Posts: 296; Member since: May 05, 2012

- Touch ID is more reliable than the Face ID - The iPhone 8 has better performance benchmark than the X (sans Antutu) - The 8 Plus has better battery life than the X. - The X charging time much longer than the 8. - The 8 is more durable than the X (you'll need a case for the X, even the metal frame is so easy to scratch) - The 8s are cheaper than the X So no.. the iPhone X only better in some cases than the 8 (and 8 plus) - Design, Display and Camera.

23. antifanboyism

Posts: 57; Member since: Jun 20, 2017

before the release of iphone x the touch ID sitting on the front bottom bezel was a reminder that the phone ur using in your hand is an iPhone. Since after the release of Iphone x bezels have been reduced and touch IDi has been removed and we know iphone may have lost its identity without Touch ID but to make iphone still distinguishable from the rest of bezelles smartphones applease introduced the Face ID with Notch . From now that Notch is reminder that the phone ur using is an iPhone X . we all know apple likes to make its devices look distinguishable from rest of the world in one way or two that why for Apple that Notch is the new identity of iphone . That's why apple told the developers not to use the space around the Notch in such a way that it will blend in with the display bcoz apple doesn't wants to that Notch to be forgotten .

58. LiLLicky

Posts: 88; Member since: Oct 27, 2017

Ur spot on. Apple needed a trademark look to the new front and the only thing to manipulate was the unibrow on top. It's ugly but u will always now think unibrow=Iphone when u see that hideous notch.

35. SanDiegoFreddy

Posts: 47; Member since: Oct 27, 2014

I was hoping for more information on the speakers and headphone loudness (decibels and voltage). Are they the same as the 8 and 8 Plus? Why is there no multimedia section in this review? Either way, I enjoyed the read.

36. Be_Mine

Posts: 258; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

I think it is actually a fair result. Btw.. Are we all going to ignore how ugly the rear camera setup look in the iPhone X. I don't know if we will all be as forgiving if it was on some of the Android flagship devices. I think the Dual Camera setup on the iPhone 7/8 Plus looks way better than this.

37. Hollowmost

Posts: 421; Member since: Oct 10, 2017

I don't see the lack of touch ID on cons lol

40. toukale

Posts: 631; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

Why would that be a con when what replaces it works equally as good and even better in some situation. This is the problem with the world, where we can't accept that a competitor to our favorite company du jour did a great job with their device and in some cases better than our favorite company du jour. If anything I want each company to keep raising the bar, because it will force others to keep reaching and surpassing that bar. When that happens, we (consumers) are the winners.

61. LiLLicky

Posts: 88; Member since: Oct 27, 2017

Bc no ist wants to stare at their stupid phone during a private meeting, church, etc. Fingerprint scanner would alleviate that awkwardness.

112. cmdacos

Posts: 4208; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Hmmm don't recall twins being able to access each other's phone with touch Id... Must have missed that...

166. romeo1

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

How is it better? With fp scanner you just touch the scanner and it unlocks at once. Or you click the button and it unlocks. With this you have to pick up your phone or turn it on. Then you need to let it see your face then you swipe up. It takes much longer than fp so it's not good enough to replace it

41. fyah_king unregistered

Loving my Note 8, pixel 2 xl and zte blade z max. I paid a grand for all three.:)

47. epeevic

Posts: 10; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

Why don't you put specs of other phones when they are better than the iPhone? The pixel 2 has better camspeed specs and you chose not to display them.

53. jmill75

Posts: 122; Member since: Jul 22, 2009

I am a die hard Android user by far. Havent used an Iphone since the 6S. Woke up at 3am to get a preorder in for the X. I just bought a Pixel 2 and wanted to see if this was the year to maybe switch over to iOS for a bit. 2 key things I think made my decisions to return it. Which I was very surprised by. 1) Screen next to my Pixel. For all of the crap the Pixel receives do to screen issues, I didnt think the Iphone's screen was anything to write home about. Sure it is nice, it is OLED and all. Just wasnt blown away. 2) iOS Jank. For all of the kudos the bionic chip gets, there seemed to be a lot of stutters here and there.It was like using a Samsung phone honestly (pre-Note 8). Which is why I love the Pixel. Again, dont get me wrong, the X is a great piece of hardware, probably the best hardware I have ever felt. Just wasnt blown away with everything else.

73. midan

Posts: 2884; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Wonder how they tested the battery life. All Videos iv seen in YouTube all shows iPhone X battery last quite lot longer than 8 plus doing all kind of different tasks. And another These are all x battery test i can find and all have same results.

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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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