iPhone X A pretty inaccurate "review" - Forbes Review: "Why The iPhone X Is The Worst iPhone Ever"

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by pullman, Mar 16, 2018.

  1. pullman macrumors 6502


    Feb 11, 2008
    I just read this "review", more of an opinion piece really, and thought it really doesn't describe accurately the user experience of the iPhone X. Has anyone else seen it?


    I've only had mine a few days but I am overall very pleased with how Apple has implemented the gestures. I think Face ID is great and find it magical that it works in complete darkness.

    There is, as Jean Babtiste Su notes, an extra step to have to swipe up to come to the home screen but I have a feeling that will be made optional in a later iOS update; some might like that, others might prefer to get to the home screen directly.

    However, I certainly don't relate at all to Babtiste Su's view that it takes 2-3 seconds for Face ID to work. On my phone it is as fast as Touch ID, if not actually faster. Touch ID, on the other hand, would repeatedly fail if I my fingers were either too cold, too warm or a bit wet. Face ID has never failed to recognise me.

    I also don't understand the problem he has with swiping up; that has never failed on mine but then again I have no notifications on the home screen (which he says causes the delay) because I find them distracting.

    There is also a comment in the piece about the tap to wake function which he writes "hopefully" will work. I don't know if he has actually tried it but tap to wake is very effective. And it is not necessary to "fly" one's head over the device; mine unlooks at a distance of about 40cm and a 45 degree angle. That's pretty amazing tech at work, imho, and a very userfriendly implementation of the function.

    Babtiste Su has a point about how Control Center is invoked; that is less than ideal on a taller phone. What I do is use the "reachability" function (activated in apps too) and then swipe down at right on the middle of the screen. Works extremely well.

    What also works well I find is the swipe up and hold for the app switcher. I was initially quite reluctant to this function but I quickly became used to it. Contrary to what he writes, it has never failed on my phone.
  2. raqball macrumors 68000

    Sep 11, 2016
    Forbes is terrible... When I am doing research on something and I see a Forbes article I move along to the next without ever clicking their link..
  3. orev macrumors 6502

    Apr 22, 2015
    "Why The iPhone X Is The Worst iPhone Ever"

    Because Forbes needed a click-bait headline to goose their traffic on a slow Friday
  4. willmtaylor macrumors G3


    Oct 31, 2009
    A Natural State
    You’re linking to it and discussing it aren’t you?
    Forbes: Mission accomplished!
  5. adamhenry macrumors 68000


    Jan 1, 2015
    On the Beach
    More clickbait garbage from forbes. I will not give them a click no matter the headline or discussion here.
  6. nburwell macrumors 601


    May 6, 2008
    The best part is that he claims Apple will bring back Touch ID with the release of the next generation iPhone X. :rolleyes:
  7. russelljg macrumors member

    Jan 15, 2018
    Surrey, UK
    The article by an independent makes some reasonable points which the OP makes an effort to refute.

    After that it’s just the ‘x defense force’ out quickly attacking anything but the points. Hey, at least the Forbes writer owned an X so that negates the usual get out, eh ?
  8. BasicGreatGuy Contributor


    Sep 21, 2012
    In the middle of several books.
    Forbes tech reviews are meaningless and a waste of time.
  9. dulaney22 macrumors regular

    Sep 9, 2008
    They need to . . . along with getting rid of that notch . . . or many of us won't come back.
  10. MEJHarrison macrumors 65816

    Feb 2, 2009
    When I do click their links, I'm reminded that they don't work with my ad blockers. And I don't work with their ads. So it's a mutual decision to avoid them. :)
  11. Raist3001 macrumors 65816


    Mar 5, 2012
    Right behind you
    Even then it's just one person's experience not at all shared by everyone.
  12. Phil A. Moderator

    Phil A.

    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2006
    Shropshire, UK
    I don't know if it's the worst iPhone ever but I do know it's the only one I've had no interest at all in buying.

    I'm sure it's going to lead to better phones in the future but for me personally it feels more like a way for Apple to bridge the old and new worlds than a true leap forwards and I'm happy to wait until all the compromises have been removed
  13. Raist3001 macrumors 65816


    Mar 5, 2012
    Right behind you
    Personally love the gestures. It was one of the main reasons I wanted the X.

    I have a love/hate relationship currently with FaceID. I look very forward to Gen 2.

    I like the swipe up as it gives me time to view my notifications. Honestly, the swipe up is really a non issue.

    I personally have experienced a lag with FaceID on numerous occasions. But I also faced lag with touchID at times.

    Hard to believe, but if so, you are quite lucky :)

    Mine either.

    Love tap to wake. On my X I have the Raise to wake feature off and use Tap to wake extensively. I so wish I had this on my iPad Pro.

    I agree with Baptisate on this point. Horrible implementation by apple of control center. This will most likely change in the future.
  14. thadoggfather macrumors G4


    Oct 1, 2007
    I don’t care if they think it’s terrible

    Genuinely doesn’t affect me in any capacity and I welcome a diversity of opinion even though it feels like clickbait

    But if they were gonna be bold, why not at launch?

    At least verge posed the question “what if 8plus is better than X”

    Which I thought was cool

    I love my jailbroken X. I feel on That new level
  15. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    I do not put a lot of stock in others reviews.

    Apple gives us all the ability to do our own 14 day review
  16. BugeyeSTI macrumors 68030


    Aug 19, 2017
    Everybody's entitled to an opinion. I just don't agree with the reviewers in this case.
  17. Shirasaki macrumors G3


    May 16, 2015
    Meh implementation of gesture (esp the control center one), not that fast Face ID (noticeable delays on my face. Work, but almost always delay for unknown reason), weird home bar position (esp in landscape, which is a dangerous position when playing certain games), notch (a deal breaker), and on and on.
    I don’t say I necessarily agree with Forbes guy’s point, but iPhone X is definitely not the best phone out there. Samesung S9 is better than iPhone X in many ways. Plus it has a headphone jack.

    I hope next gen iPhone and iOS 12 could eliminate some silly gestures, reduce the notch (based on rumor), improve Face ID (I can see it’s superiority over Touch ID) and perfect the phone. After that, I might consider upgrading.
  18. ddrulez macrumors regular

    Dec 12, 2012
    I will not give Forbes a click. I know that Forbes is a bad spot to look for a review. They did the same when the Apple watch was released.

    Avoid that site in the future is my advice for you.
  19. gpoop macrumors regular

    Sep 8, 2017
    Iphone 7 was the worst Iphone and I only say that because it literally was an iphone 6 with a different camera bump.
  20. jeyf macrumors 65816

    Jan 20, 2009
    and the iPhone8 is almost the same as the iPhone7

    the iphonex is the premium price item so it must be much better

    all these phones are defined by the software and are the same. Not the incremental changes in hardware
  21. EM2013 macrumors 68000


    Sep 2, 2013
    Don’t own an X so I can’t comment on everything else but definitely hate how control center is setup on the X.

    I plan on getting the plus sized X and it definitely would be annoying having to reach to the top for CC.
  22. adnbek macrumors 65816


    Oct 22, 2011
    Montreal, Quebec
    I find this part hilarious:


    Lol, it took weeks to take the original photo and make it larger?

    Forbes is so full of junk from contributors...errr... oops I mean “experts” and “analysts” like this guy.
  23. Jimmy James macrumors 601

    Jimmy James

    Oct 26, 2008
    So Forbes would recommend a 3G before the X? How about a 5? The original?
  24. nordique macrumors 65816

    Oct 12, 2014
    That author is entitled to their opinion, and they can use whatever phone they wish - clearly though this is a click bait article

    I think, overall, the iPhone X is the best iPhone ever. FaceID isn't for everyone though. I like it, but it's not perfect.
  25. bushman4 macrumors 68020

    Mar 22, 2011
    Forbes is just a chatterbox when it comes to technology. You will never learn anything that has not already been leaked to another site
    Reading Forbes for Apple stories is a waist of time. Instead of reading Forbes go to the bathroom and do something useful!

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