iPhone X

iPhone X

After a couple of weeks of waiting my iPhone X arrived.

I haven't been quite this excited about an iPhone in a while; largely because of the screen and the introduction of Face ID. There are dozens of great reviews out there; I'd recommend Rene Ritchie's review over on iMore. I do have a few thoughts I want to share, though.

This is the first time I've gotten Apple Care+ for an iPhone. I don't like using cases but with my 6s Plus I felt it was so large and slippery that a case was necessary to ensure I didn't drop it. The iPhone X has a very similar physical shape to the sixes, but the glass back is much less slippery. It's also potentially more fragile. Repairs on the X are super expensive, so Apple Care+ gives me a little reassurance.

Face ID is really impressive. If you remember early iPhones, before we all quite sensibly started to passcode protect our phones, you'd just swipe to unlock and were at the home screen. Of course, it's as secure as Touch ID is. What's even better is how it works in securable apps, like 1Password or maybe your online banking app. In these cases where you used to get a Touch ID prompt it now just authenticates. There's a little Face ID animation and then you're in. No tapping, no active participation on your part. It's almost invisible. Your passwords in Keychain/Auto-Fill are also now secured, and when Safari detects login fields it will automatically trigger face ID and populate the fields for you, the brief Face ID animation the only indication that anything is going on. It's really cool.

The edge to edge display is beautiful, and I have to admit I kind of like the notch at the top. It's really the only visual feature on the face of the phone itself, and it's the thing that makes it identifiable. Full screen content in particular looks great; almost like holding your photos or videos. You'll notice the impressive colour capabilities if you have any iTunes movies that have been updated with HDR or Dolby Vision. It feels a lot like having a Plus sized screen on a non-Plus sized phone.

My final thought regards the cameras. This is my first dual-camera iPhone (I never owned a 7 Plus) and the detail I've been able to produce in really awkward conditions has been excellent. I'm looking forward to giving it more of a run for it's money when the opportunity arises.

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