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 (Good)
Apple iPhone 8 8h 37 min (Good)
Apple iPhone 8 Plus 10h 35 min (Excellent)
Samsung Galaxy S8 8h 22 min (Average)
Samsung Galaxy Note8 7h 50 min (Average)
LG V30 9h 34 min (Good)
Apple iPhone 7 7h 46 min (Average)
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 Note8 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.




Pros

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

Cons

  • 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

PhoneArena Rating:

9.0

User Rating:

8.7
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