After 10 years with practically the same design, the iPhone X proposes a different idea for the Apple phone. Without start button and OLED screen, this is our in-depth test and review of the iPhone X after a month of use.
Finally a great Apple phone comfortable to carry
As a user years ago of an iPhone Plus model, the arrival of the iPhone X supposed a priori excellent news: to have the possibility of charging with a smartphone/phablet of more inches with less space occupied. For me, in this month of use of the iPhone X, the most shocking has been to have a 5.8-inch screen manageable. It’s almost a Christmas miracle.
However, despite this reduction in size, in the day to day the iPhone X has not proven to be a lightweight terminal and, although with 30 grams less than the Plus model this year, still holds more than 170 grams day after day They are appreciable. The reason is none other than a thickness not very small and the use of quality glass. It is a blunt terminal in hand.
The passage to the glass in the back gives you opportunities with wireless charging, as well as reducing the possibility of it slipping out of your hand simply. The grip of that back I like more than the metal, but in the end, I left the impression, like all high-end glass, high fragility. We have not had the luck the misfortune to prove in this month of use that resistance to falls, but in the day to day giving it a very intensive use.
Carrying it in bags with more objects, in your pocket with keys and coins and being careful not to leave it on tables and all kinds of surfaces, the front, and rear glass are just removed from the box. It’s fantastic the resistance that shows the finish of the iPhone X.
In my case, I’m using it without a case, but it’s not a bad idea to protect it with one, although I warn you that the nooks and crannies are full of dust and textile remains if You usually wear it in a pants pocket.
Although I told you that I did not find it especially slippery, I can not say the same when we put it on a table and similar flat surfaces. The rounded edges, its high weight and the glass on the back make it slide to little that there is some inclination. So I’ve taken a couple of scares; be careful with where we left off.
If it does not slide anymore, it is because of the hump of the dual camera, that aesthetically I do not like anything and that also makes when we have on the table the terminal when pressing the screen, is lame considerably.
From the design say one more thing: missing some visual reference on the front when the screen is off. It happens to me as in other smartphones without frames, that one in a hurry ends up taking the phone in the wrong orientation to be able to use it.
Otherwise, the absence of the 3.5 mm port to use any headset because the adapter ends up getting lost very easily still does not convince me. And it’s never there when you need it. The port, yes.
OLED screen of the iPhone X: neither better nor worse, “but just the opposite”
One big question I had about the iPhone X was the screen. The quality of the IPS panel of previous generations I think was very difficult to overcome and although the new OLED panel does not, in global terms and after this month of use, there are more advantages than defects.
The OLED panel there is no doubt that it is of the highest quality, manufactured by Samsung, but calibrated by Apple to make it more content than the Koreans. The most feared and most appreciated at the beginning of using the iPhone X, the changes of tone with a white background, forget a few days of working exclusively with this phone.
If you bring it close to a quality IPS panel you will notice the difference for a while, but once you get used to it, the greater contrast and visibility outdoors will ultimately win you out.
If you usually use it with a high brightness level, you will love it. I especially liked what it has to do with the display of the iPhone X outdoors. It looks really good.
On that OLED screen, I miss the Always On the function of other brands. When you get used to it, it is interesting to know the time or the pending notifications or if you have received new ones since you last consulted. Here Apple leaves all that to the Apple Watch but, what about who does not have it or wants it?
Face ID: it’s amazing, but it’s not for me
After this month of use with the iPhone X, I am clear that the most radical change has not occurred on the screen and the move to OLED technology but in the goodbye to the Touch ID and the arrival of face identification. Here I have my biggest doubts about the iPhone X.
Face ID I admit that it works very well, it is fast, it learns how Apple promises, and it is very striking how it recognizes me with hardly any light or when I wear a wool hat; I do not doubt that it is a portent in innovation, but it is not for me.
In my particular case, I prefer Touch ID. Sounds weird, but it is. If Apple had left some edge in the lower frame for a smaller Touch ID, I would prefer it to Face ID. But I have to assume that the fingerprint reader is doomed to Apple.
My experience with Face ID is that of an I want, and it seems that I can but finally defeat me. Maybe it’s because of the beard, the glasses, my complete baldness or particular use scenarios, but after this month of use and a lot of Face ID training, I have not managed to get the system to force me to enter the code numerous times along the day. Too many for my patience, much more than with Touch ID from afar.
In my case, the worst situations have been intense light where I think that the reflections of my head confused the sensors, and especially on the sofa,
comfortably seated and with the head supported. There, Face ID in my particular case fails, I see problems when it is not clear the depth to have supported the head.
That Touch ID has gone has only one clear advantage for me: the arrival of gestures to the operating system. It seemed to me exaggerated when acquaintances told me that now they were trying those gestures with iPad and other devices and it turns out that it is completely true.
The greatest success of Apple with this iPhone X, in addition to the reduction of frames, for me is in that operation without a start button. Although you have to get used to the different zones to slide from above, as well as to multitasking, which improves when you realize that you do not have to wait for the other applications to appear after sliding from the bottom to the center, one does not wants to return to physical controls.
They also change the key combinations for certain tasks such as screenshots or restarting the terminal. If you’re lazy like me and you turn to Google for these little details, you’re sold because you’ll be terminals until you get a PC or another smartphone. It has happened to me more than once.
By the way, and as you asked some, the animated emojis effectively end up in oblivion within five minutes of using them. They give just for the announcement of Apple and little else.
The key to autonomy is the burden
In the performance part and battery, in this month of use, I focused on the second. No doubt I have or has arisen about the power of the A11, which is demonstrated more than in fluidity of the system, in everything that has to do with Face ID or the camera. In the possibilities of a phone that is left over in performance.
If we talk about the battery, here Apple manages to replicate the behavior of the Plus versions of their phones, which means that you have assured, despite a very intensive use, arrive in a solvent and over the end of the day.
Interestingly, the only day I arrived with the low battery warning before the night was on the trip to record the video: running from five in the morning, audio by Bluetooth in the car for more than two hours, making the point WiFi access for as many hours and a lot of mail consultation, social networking / communication systems and calls with continuous changes of coverage to go by train.
Another thing is the charge, a black point that Apple refuses to tackle by the simplest way: with a charger according to what this terminal demands. Here he keeps a joke in the form of a charger that makes us take more than 3 hours to reach 100 %. Unaffordable, so it’s time to go through the box and get a real charger to improve those figures.
As for wireless charging, nothing that is a secret: it is slow, very slow. However, and always depending on your particular use of the phone, it is a way to charge the hooking phone. Some people use it to recharge the phone’s battery at night, something that I see less sense because I prefer the cable for those cases, but in my particular case, I have seen in this month using a working mode that ensures forget about the iPhone charge.
Right next to the work computer I have a wireless, flat charging base, and where I always have the iPhone X placed, which ensures that the load of the same is always high without worrying about it. Yes, depending on the model of inductive charger, we must be aware that the iPhone is always more or less centered to load.
More than once I thought I was loading and not being well placed despite it seemed, I have taken the surprise that it had been wasted time.
The only downside is that Face ID, in this situation, does not recognize me and to unblock I have to look at the terminal or in the worst case, take it by hand. With a stand-type base, it would solve that problem.
Yes, the notch is still there
From iOS 11 and the iPhone X, there is not much to say. The system has received a couple of important updates in this month of use, and we can already tell that it is stable. I highlight again its broadest and most mature ecosystem, the security and well interrelated that are all the devices if you are within the closed circle of the company.
In the field of applications, little by little the most important ones are adapting to the tab, notch or eyebrow of the iPhone X. But what has not happened is that it has disappeared by magic. After this month of use, I’m still not used to it so in my case, it has not become invisible.
It is true that makes the iPhone X recognizable at a glance with the screen on, but it is still an element that bothers more than it contributes.
It will depend on your uses and customs with an iPhone, but the tab is there, for example, so you can not have the battery percentage in sight unless you slide the control panel. Small details but essential for the user.
The portrait mode of more possibilities
As we already verified in the photographic comparison among the best of the year, there are 3-4 terminals that, except for details, offer a very complete and compelling photographic experience and that scarcely marks differences between them. You have to go to the details.
The photography with the iPhone X follows the guidelines that Apple has marked since the first iPhone: zero complication when it comes to taking a picture with the guarantee that the ISP will do the dirty work for you. That’s why there are no manual controls as standard.
If you like to have the control you have to go to third-party applications. Also in the video, with excellent image quality and especially sound, the iPhone X makes an excellent note in this month of use.
The fact is that, probably due to the great improvement of some terminals with Android, the photography with the iPhone X does not stand out especially when we focus on looking for as much detail as possible or a treatment of the dynamic range at the highest level.
In those two sections, there are better photographic smartphones this year, although in the global we are satisfied, as most users will do than use your phone as the main camera without more pretensions.
At this point, the best of the iPhone X camera is the portrait mode for possibilities. Without counting on the Pixel 2 XL, it is the one that does it better, but Apple adds that very striking extra of the changes of light that people who make a photo love.
I would also add that, in this iPhone X, there is a portrait mode for the secondary camera or selfie, and it works very well, which is another point in its favor.
What would I have all this month of use with the iPhone X, given its price of almost 1415 US Dollar? That is the reduction of frames there is no going back, and it seems that in the use of gestures and go beyond the recognition of faces either. There is value in the terminal, and another thing is that everyone can take advantage of what it costs.
Regarding its rivals, at this point, I think that, valuing everything that an iPhone X and the high-end of Android offers, the exchange value between platforms is almost exclusively on the side of the operating system and the preferences of each: more possibilities on Android, more quality ecosystem on the iOS side.