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 Note 8 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 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

PhoneArena Rating:


User Rating:

13 Reviews



171. jamal1001

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 30, 2018

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169. Kashton

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 31, 2018

I basically had already made my mind up that I was just going to stick with my iPhone 8 my exclusive 4.7 inch design and display that I’ve exclusively used since day 1 of the iPhone 6. In fact had Apple not changed that design I would have been perfectly fine. I loved the second gen Touch ID and of course I found the regular iPhone 8s smaller design to be the perfection of what a smartphone should be. You have a easy to use, carry around, one handed phone that still allowed you to consume media or read articles browsing the web. Zero complaints. So I really never bought in on the hype surrounding the iPhone X or 10 rather. Then came release day which I ignored. Then I was signing up for Xfinity internet and cable one day right around the launch of the 10. They gave me information about their new mobile side that they were offering to existing customers and then offered me a nice money Visa card to sign up so I took the special offer and then all the sudden I found myself having this new found interest in the iPhone 10. I finally was able to get one with Xfinity after a month and half of solid trouble and a huge mess I suppose since they were a new mobile company. I can tell you I’ve not touched my iPhone 8 since the day my 10 arrived and had I not actually experienced the 10 there would be no way to ever convince me that it would totally become my favorite iPhone to date. As for the reoccurring mentioning of the notch in this article unless you’ve not actually used a 10 on a daily basis I feel like you’re really not entitled to say the notch ruined the 10 when in fact it simply hardly made any negative user experience. Sure I noticed the first day or two but seriously anyone who’s used the 10 day in day out 99 percent of those users would tell you the notch really isn’t a big deal to them and I’m the exact same so I feel as if this article was written by someone who might have used the 10 for a day or a few hours then wrote the article because the entire article was simply created and based off the notch at the top of the iPhone 10s display. I don’t in any way what so ever even care nor do I view content on my 10 in full screen mode and not once have I ever thought to myself that I hate that notch and it’s becuase like the majority of other 10 users out there do. They and I just really don’t even see it because it’s simply not big enough to in the slightest ruin any type of media consumption as this articles states over and over until the last summary even. So I recommend that any writer which I write professionally myself, actually personally use the product I’m which they write about then the article will in fact become actually credible. That’s why as a writer and reviewer that I must personally myself use the product if I’m going to actually review and write about it. So to summarize, the iPhone 10 is simply amazing and is the perfect blend of screen size and perfect one handed form factor packed all into one device.

162. lightyears

Posts: 69; Member since: Aug 24, 2015

Whoever launch their phone, the clear winner of this season is undoubtedly S8 and Note8. They are still the phones to beat.

160. lightyears

Posts: 69; Member since: Aug 24, 2015

The insecurity of Face ID already exposed. Speakers are excellent is a joke. Exciting new form factor? good joke. Apple could have done much better but lost the opportunity.

159. Sotikon

Posts: 27; Member since: Aug 23, 2017

It’s a shame Google’s new Pixel line did not get a higher score than Apple’s gang of products this year. Proves how bias writers on here are.

158. GrosseFatigue

Posts: 211; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

And it still managed to get a 9 to Samsung Note 8 8.9. This place has 20 years reviewers who grew up with Apple. They never understood the Note. Now all flagship screens are 6".

157. GrosseFatigue

Posts: 211; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

I look at this ugly duck and his uglier brother the 8 and what it tells me is that the Note 8 is cosmetically exceptional and underrated by comparison. The Note 8 is a mature product, a work of art. The screen of the X is not even working properly. Apple is a good one generation behind Samsung in smartphones design. Wait until we read everywhere that it brakes all the time.

153. androiduser

Posts: 569; Member since: Jun 18, 2014

the iphone x 64gb starts at 1800 dollars in my country

149. hellhr

Posts: 41; Member since: Feb 25, 2016

I am not happy with that screen, regarding black bar and color shift from angle... Heck, even Apple didn customise native aplications for new screen format. Go figure

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Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 10, 2017

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147. jackyhao78

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 01, 2017

iPhone X (iPhone 10) with a slim 5″8 inch OLED screen, FaceID 3D recognition, chip Bionic A11, the camera supports Portrait mode both before and after, the frame around the body of Iphone X is made of polished metal, wireless charging QI. Great!

145. Diego!

Posts: 880; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

OMG... I'm shocked... rated iPhone X (10) with a 9. This is too much. The end of an affair? What happened?? xD xD

144. tedkord

Posts: 17517; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

"DESIGN TAKEAWAY: The iPhone X is nice, but the notch prevents it from being a work of art. It is by and large a utilitarian design in a contemporary, premium package. Even with the Galaxy S8 being a six-month old device at this point, the iPhone X feels more like a gap-closer than anything else – it fails to convince it was worth all the wait." Score:9 Nine is the floor of the curve on which Ray grades iPhones.

143. techbuttcheex

Posts: 205; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

Isn’t amazing how the Galaxy S6 had better color accuracy? Lol. Apple is the biggest failure in the industry.

142. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Wow , no con on price. No con on how easy the screen will crack. No con on things taken away. No con on notch. And why did you delete posts iPA

140. Spedez

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

Hmm, a fair iPhone score. Peculiar...

137. RoyalMike unregistered

The swipe ruins the phone, they could easily add an always on 3d touch home button like Samsung did in S8.

134. Bozzor

Posts: 248; Member since: May 02, 2012

A 9.5 score is too high for the phone at this point, simply because the apps are not optimized and - let's face it - there has to be some sense of value. $1,000 has to demand incredibly strong performance across the board. Apple comes close, but the lack of optimized apps is a big limiting factor at this time. That will change over the next few months though...

132. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

125. ColinW

Posts: 413; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

If you look back over past Phone Arena reviews there has been strong criticism of many aspects of non-iPhones, that are ignored in iPhone reviews. One that particularly comes to mind here is the operating system itself. It is not easy to use anymore, not consistent across its range, the apps are not optimized for the screen and RAM management is awful as demonstrated by the may "real world" speed tests. Add to the fact that there is still no expandable storage or adequate upgrade options (no 128gb), inferior wireless charging and waterproofing, no fast charger in the box, the camera bump is simply bad design and not to forget all the new iPhones are the most fragile yet. For a phone that is mainly a "catch-up" addition compared to its peers overall, it is far from revolutionary either. A score of 9 is extremely generous and reflects the Apple bias which sadly does exist on PA.

121. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016


116. Luuthian

Posts: 332; Member since: Sep 09, 2011

This seems like one of the fairer reviews I've seen for sure. I tried the X in store and even though i had only a few moments with it I'd agree with most of the conclusions presented. Good write up. Shame Apple is charging customers $1000 to essentially beta test the future though... I'll be grabbing an iPhone 8 in Dec probably. The future can wait IMO.

106. ImperialDynamics

Posts: 84; Member since: Nov 30, 2012

benchmarks are not the whole story. Performance in practice is more important. For example the Note 8 has better performance in practice than the iPhoneX ( proof: ). And the Note 8 is not even the fastest Android. That title now belongs to the Razer Phone. Speaking of the Razer Phone, that also surely beats the iPhoneX when it cames to speaker quality so consider removing the "best in class speakers" from the pros list above.

104. wando77

Posts: 1169; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

The iris scanner on my note 8 works fast andperfect....... (even in the dark or with my oakley sunglasses with purple lenses). Maybe it's cause you have specs?? mentions it doesn't work with those

103. midan

Posts: 3261; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

First time ever i have difficulties to pick a colour. I always choose black and in my opinion all tech and gadgets looks best in black. Ordered space gray when preorders started, but seeing the silver version in real life i have to say it looks very very good! I Haven't yet seen the space gray in real life. What colour you guys got?

102. aasifmaqsood

Posts: 29; Member since: Sep 30, 2015

Notch on front. Camera bump on back. This is X for you..

100. YeahYeah

Posts: 252; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

Am i dreaming? was expecting 9.9 rating.. wasn't expecting 9.0 rating.

99. Tech-shake

Posts: 213; Member since: Nov 14, 2016

I swear no matter what score the author gives this phone, he will always get someone complaining about it being too high too low. Like guys seriously this is just the reviewers personal opinion you are welcome to take it or leave it no one is forcing to do anything!

98. poptart574

Posts: 223; Member since: Feb 29, 2016

The real score should have been an 8.5 at most. The excitement is there yet the execution is not.

95. tleskiv

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 07, 2016

It's a good phone and fair rating. Just the back glass is garbage. Scratches really easily.

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iPhone X
  • Display 5.8 inches
    2436 x 1125 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Dual camera)
    7 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A11 Bionic, 3GB RAM
  • Storage 256GB, not expandable
  • Battery 2716 mAh
  • OS iOS 13.x

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