Bringing in the iPhone 4S was a nice touch! Here's what I think the iPhone X did right:
Stainless Steel frame.
Spectacular AMOLED screen with superb brightness and record-high sunlit-legibility above 5.0! Amazing in every way!
Good set of stereo with great audio prowess.
Excellent performance as expected from Apple. The A11 just blows the competition away! The only that comes close, matches or beats it is Apple's own iPhone 8 & 8Plus. Both the CPU and the GPU perfrormance is simply scintillating!
Extremely Good camera capable of taking great shots. 4K@60fos and 1080p@ 240 fps is superb.
However the Note8 is capable of matching and probably even exceeding the iPhone X with it's similar specs + Dual Pixel. Also don't forget the vastly better overall package of the Note8 and it's best selfie camera package.
But really, that's a long list of drawbacks, even by iPhone standards:
Bad Ugly notch (Neither appeals to designers nor developers).
Doesn't even show the battery percentage in the notification bar. #AppleProgress
Tapping on Wi-Fi or Bluetooth severs all connections, but it doesn't turn off these features. #AppleLogic
Unimpressive battery endurance.
Despite the new design, it doesn't look as striking as say the Note8, S8 or the original Mi Mix.
No fingerprint sensor.
No 3.5mm audio jack.
Still only IP67.
No microSD slot.
Extreme iTunes dependency.
Pathetic Video App.
Poor unituitive gestures which make a complicated mess of even the simplest tasks.
Ugly line at the bottom of the UI.
Lame Force Touch which hasn't yet been abandoned. Can easily be replicated by a long press.
Closed uncustomisable iOS ecosystem.
For $999, you get that atrocious 5W charger and basically no extra goodies. Unless you consider an Apple sticker to be a goodie.
Regarding Video, iPhone was supposed to go off to a flying start.............
Mono Audio???!!! Pathetic.
It's the equivalent of watching a Chris Nolan IMAX movie in a theatre with the sound coming from your small mono Bluetooth speaker.
Anonymous, 10 Nov 2017So you are saying the iPhone X is like a Ferrari and that Android flagships are like a Honda/T... moreWasn't what he was saying at all lol but pretty presumptuous cas most truly rich people I know are tight a%/es.. Also assuming your an android user stating Android users don't care if Apple fans waste their money yet hear you are in the iPhone x review comment section seeking comments out, generalising that Apple users are superficial.. of course Apple fans will be leaving comments in droves in iphone threads.. Deal with it..and what HE SAID be happy with what you got and what others have, misguided or not. I am curious though I'm an android user for the last almost two years and plan to pick up the iPhone x so what's that make me?
Anonymous, 10 Nov 2017I also have the freedom to voice my opinion.
It's not your business to shut people up.
P... moreThis. But also, just because i won't buy it doesn't mean i'm not affected. Other manufacturers are starting to overprise their phones more and more, and also crippling their phones more and more. Why? Well because they they realize it's perfectly acceptable, judging by Apple's customers who blindly buy no matter what.
Since Apple made their first iPhone, all smartphones started turning into fashiophones.
-We lost non-removable batteries.
-SD slot is also not always guaranteed
-There's huge price spiking.
-Glass back is considered normal and even great.
-We are losing the 3.5mm jack
What next? We'll start to lose a part of the screen as another great "innovation"?
Rafe Firmani, 10 Nov 2017It will reach the point when enough is enough...
But in the meantime, If X is still selling a... moreI also have the freedom to voice my opinion.
It's not your business to shut people up.
Please keep your act-high-and-might comments to yourself.
SwaggyP, 10 Nov 2017Xiaomi had the excellent Mi Mix 1 and replaced it with a downgraded Mi Mix 2. There's definite... moreThe Mi Mix 2 is at best as much of a downgrade as the iPhone X is a downgrade over it's predecessors.
Of course, you may argue about the battery, screen size and camera module, but battery and screen of the iPhone X are as much a downgrade over the predecessors in some ways, and it dropped the fingerprint scanner to boot.
Yes, the iPhone X has the biggest diagonal of all iPhones, but actual size in cm2 is smaller than the 6/7/8+ iPhones. And that's even before taking into account the rounded corners and cutout at the top.
Yes, the iPhone X has not the worst endurance figures, but it loses out to older iPhones, so a downgrade.
Xiaomi going to a 6" display, down from 6.44", is a choice they made, for good or worse. The smaller battery is a consequence of that choice. The lower MP sensor is of a higher quality with better overall module build around.
Just as iPhone made choices, making the iPhone X 'worse', Xiaomi did the same. You either buy the phone for what it offers, or you don't. But as much as one can argue for the iPhone X, one can argue for the Mi Mix 2 that there's reasons to purchase it.
IN FLA, 09 Nov 2017Apple, Google and Samsung seem less concerned with quality and more in a rush to get a high pr... moreExactly my thoughts.
Apple offers a device for 1000 dollars/1200 euros that has:
No 3.5 mm jack, mono sound recording, still no proper media codec support, screen with a seriously big cutout, no manual mode in camera, still crippled connectivity, NFC still for pay only, LTE CAT 12 only....in 2017?!
And not even the best performer anymore, lost that edge too, some top androids are actually faster than new iphones....
I mean, OK, there are fans, I get it, but...1000 bucks/1200 euro for this....
Mike Greene, 10 Nov 2017Apple and Samsung were two of the last companies to hold the physical home button when everyo... moreMost if not all YouTube reviews of the X say it takes a day or two to learn the new gestures and become instinctual very quickly, I cannot recall one of them stating awkward or anything along those lines.. Besides a couple os updates and it's all good
It's not like the screens terrible or batteries are exploding.. Catch my drift.
Still the best hardware on any current flagship and I can live with maybe dubious OS depending on who you talk too til updates iron that out
Mike Greene, 10 Nov 2017Apple and Samsung were two of the last companies to hold the physical home button when everyo... moreGestures was always the navigation of the future (as far as touch goes) but due to original capacitive screen's low accuracy they had to do with the button.
The central button was always a thorn in Jobs' sides. He never wanted it and if he was alive today he would had removed it already. iPad actually had gesture navigation almost from the get go (by then capacitive screen tech was more mature).
The only thing you can blame Apple for is that post Jobs they are too damn conservative. As for the button it lived 3-4 years more than it should . iPhone X is actually the true iphone 5.
As for Samsung, no comment. They do not seem to have a direction. They try everything and anything they can. Sometimes they chance into spectacular ideas, but since they do not know any better they often revert the changes (for example the original Note phone was far more square to help with keeping notes, late Notes have almost completely negated the use of the pen by using tall aspect ratios ... it's to be expected when talking about a company who does things randomly).
SwaggyP, 10 Nov 2017Xiaomi had the excellent Mi Mix 1 and replaced it with a downgraded Mi Mix 2. There's definite... moreThey don't get a free pass. The choosers simply choose the phone and ui which suits them most. It isn't possible in land of iOS
Apple and Samsung were two of the last companies to hold the physical home button when everyone else adopted on screen buttons, this year both companies decided to get rid of home buttons in their flagships and what we got to know about each one's approach.
Samsung removed the home button but tried to keep the overall experience same for its users. The back button on right side tho it can be changed to left now. A recent apps button and a 3d touch always on home button which wasn't seen in any phone till now, iPhone 7 had it but it wasn't embedded in the display itself. So a Samsung user coming from older models like S5, S6 or S7 will get almost the same experience. The fingerprint sensor was put to back this time but the phone can still be unlocked the same way, press the always on home button without waking up the phone while looking at the display and the phone will be unlocked in no time by the iris scanner giving an impression of inbuilt fingerprint sensor. The bottom navigation panel with back home and recent buttons can be hidden easily by two taps tho the home button will still be functioning on pressing the area where it's embedded giving the same experience of physical home button while watching videos, playing games and using any app. The overall experience was enhanced by options like swipe down anywhere on display for notification panel and swipe up anywhere for apps, these settings can be changed according to taste.
The other one is Apple which being the first company to bring 3d touch and a 3d touch home button in iPhone 7 strangely couldn't implement an always on 3d touch home button in display in their most premium phone till date. What they came up with is a swipe up line which is a user nightmare. To ruin it more there are things like swipe down from left of notch for notification, from right of notch for control center. The experience is no where near what people are used to and what they'll be using in future when inbuilt fingerprint sensor will come. The unlocking takes more time now due to the swipe even after face verification. Apple's rushed software approach for an anniversary edition makes an arrogant image of Apple. They are saying like'' if you want a phone which has demanded features samsung's display and bezel-less design then you'll have to pay extra and will have to accept unfinished non practical software. Otherwise keep buying what we are giving you from years and don't complain ''. I think and everyone thinks that iPhone x was supposed to be the main device of the year, they could name it as iPhone 8,X or anything but it was supposed to in the place of iPhone 8 as the next iPhone. It's a direct competitior to S8 which is a usual successor of previous device not an anniversary edition sold at premium price. Apple + amoled and unfinished software can't make it a more expensive device than the current iPhone of the year. I'm sure iPhone 8 and 8 plus users who will spend a flagship amount will be left with a device which even the company doesn't approve as their current flagship. IPhone 8 wasn't supposed to come this year. IPhone x was supposed to be the main device.
ApplePen, 10 Nov 2017OP for stealing data?still invalid, all OEM's are stealing data and apple is not excluded on that thing.
opt, 10 Nov 2017non sense
did you know that androids have different phones to chose from? if you are looking ... moreXiaomi had the excellent Mi Mix 1 and replaced it with a downgraded Mi Mix 2. There's definitely milking going on on the android 'verse as well... As long as I'm not seeing enough bashing about android makers milking , I won't accept the allegations against Apple; I mean I hate it, but I don't see why Samsung, LG or Xiaomi should get a free pass...
BTW OnePlus is progressively upping the prices each generation despite posting less and less upgrades (each gen), so it's not as if Oppo/OnePlus is out of this...
ApplePen, 10 Nov 2017you hit the spot right there
enough to make the android fans realize that they are the one... morenon sense
did you know that androids have different phones to chose from? if you are looking for affordable phone with tough build quality hardware and software theres OP, Xiaomi etc where as iphone only had one choice. your statement is invalid ninja rep.
SwaggyP, 10 Nov 2017Not really, when everybody else produced worse phones than 2016 (S8 is worse than S7 in pretty... moreyou hit the spot right there
enough to make the android fans realize that they are the ones whose being milked.
Anonymous, 10 Nov 2017Overpriced.Not really, when everybody else produced worse phones than 2016 (S8 is worse than S7 in pretty much everything, G6 from G5, etc) Apple produced a phone that was twice as good as their last one.
They only priced it as highly because they can. Because the rest has dropped the ball. I mean Note 8 costs almost $1000 and is worse than Note 4 in certain central things FFS ... Obviously Apple would price their phone as highly.
Blame Android manufacturers who try to milk the consumers (Apple tries to too, but at least gives you value).
"it doesn't matter who did it first but who did it right"
apple may be late to implement those features, but lets take a look who did it first ,and then what happened? MESS
apple don't rush things like those half baked android features.
apple is innovation
Anonymous, 10 Nov 2017This phone takes overpricing to a whole new level. As consumers, we should not be telling thes... moreIt will reach the point when enough is enough...
But in the meantime, If X is still selling at fast rates, it's not your business to complaint about.
There's always law of demand and suppy, And perhaps in your opinion it is overpriced, keep it to yourself.
If you can't afford it, or you can afford it but you think it's crazy bla bla...you have a freedom not to buy, as others also have a freedom to determine for themselves.
This phone takes overpricing to a whole new level. As consumers, we should not be telling these bloodsucking companies that yes, your pricing is reasonable, we will buy your phone no matter the price as long as the tech is the best. A clear message needs to be sent that enough is enough, prices have headed northwards for quite a while and there is a limit to how much you can overcharge us.
jtrogr, 09 Nov 2017Nah. Its just funny that to see people bash all the time.
First the screen was ugly and had l... moreSo you are saying the iPhone X is like a Ferrari and that Android flagships are like a Honda/Toyota? You are seriously wrong! Here's a better comparison: iPhone X is like a fancy, gold plated nail trimmer, made of stainless steel that looks gorgeously expensive, but actually costs less to produce being
also made in China but is well promoted as status symbol by celebrities and priced sky high with the impression it is 'US made'. Android flagships are like stainless steel Swiss Army knives that don't only trim or cut nails but do many other functions as well because of flexibility and a whole lot more useful features to boot. Now Android users don't care if iphone buyers want to waste money on a status symbol iphone. It's when iphone owners claim that the iphone is worth the price and that it is the bestest phone in the entire world/universe in all aspects (photo, video, battery life, etc.) that you expect a heated response. Deal with it. The truly rich do not have time and don't care about the negative comments in gsmarena. For them, an iPhone X is a status symbol and they would even be happier if the price increases some more so as to separate the truly rich from the pretending to be rich (who by the way, are the most vocal iphone defenders in gsmarena).