iPhone X owners... How is it?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by ThunderMasterMind, Nov 7, 2017.

  1. ThunderMasterMind macrumors 6502a


    Apr 29, 2016
    I've been with my 6S for 2 years now, and I really dislike it. Battery life is bad, it gets excessively hot(Which is the why the battery is trash), it's ugly, it's easy to break. To put it lightly, it was sad compared to the amazing quality of my previous 4S. I finally got an SE running after a long waiting period for locating what I needed to piece it together. Now I have a phone that's basically new to free up time to make a decision on iPhone X or 8 to replace my 6S.

    From everything that I've seen, it looks like the majority like it, which surprises me a little. My friend says that he can't go back to an older iPhone, it's just that good. He's always talking about the gestures and things, which I basically get with my 6S. Those of you on 11 that use 3D touch with the app switcher non-stop know what I'm talking about. If you are on 10, you won't understand, because the switcher on 10 is quite inferior to 11's.

    I want to hear from more people about the X. Here are my questions I'd love to be answered with nice detail:

    What's wrong with it?

    What's amazing about it?

    How's the build quality?

    Overall, is it worth it?

    I'm curious. I really want to get a new iPhone to replace this tin can I have, so I want to know if it's good from other people's views. I will of course have a look at a demo at a store, and then make up my mind from a demo, and the feedback I've heard. That's just typically how I do it, don't judge lol.
  2. SR71, Nov 7, 2017
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2017

    SR71 macrumors 68000

    Jan 12, 2011
    Boston, MA
    I'd agree with him. The gestures alone allow me to move around the OS much faster than I could with a home button and in a way that feels more natural and, in a way, fun. The size is wonderful, I get the benefits of a big display in a phone that's about the size of an 8. Much more comfortable to hold and also less chance of me dropping it since it's not unwieldy like my 7 Plus was.

    The screen is absolutely gorgeous. Colors are vibrant, but not oversaturated. The display gets incredibly bright and one of my favorite things about the OLED display: it's super easy to see in direct sunlight. I always struggled to see my 7 Plus's display which made it difficult to use at the beach or for taking outdoor pictures in the summer. Similarly, the deep blacks make it amazing to look at at night.

    Face ID also works fantastically for me. It's learned pretty much every angle that I hold my phone at and it hasn't failed me once in the past two days. Works quickly and reliably in every lighting condition -- bright sunlight, pitch black, etc. All no problem. Face ID definitely isn't as fast as Touch ID, but it's way more seamless. You feel like you don't have a passcode set at all. You just tap the display to wake it, and swipe up. No waiting required. This is also awesome in Safari cause it'll autofill your login info for websites by scanning your Face and authenticating you. This also works fantastically for apps that offer Touch ID/Face ID lock. With Touch ID you had to deliberately touch the fingerprint sensor to authenticate an app and unlock it, but with Face ID you just open it. There's no other steps. It's seamless. I've now started turning this setting on in any app that offers it because it gives me extra privacy without impacting convenience.

    Overall, I'm really impressed with the X. It is by far the most fun I've ever had using an iPhone.

    Edit: Forgot to mention, but I don't mind the notch one bit. I don't notice it in use and I love the ears, makes the display look more immersive. Speaking of immersion, I also prefer to watch videos fullscreen to the corners. It looks amazing on the X's display and I don't mind losing a tiny bit of content on the edges. After a couple minutes you forget about it anyway and just get lost in whatever you're watching. All I know is, I love it and the notch doesn't bother me at all when watching video.
  3. Renho macrumors 68000


    Sep 15, 2014
    SR, CA
    It’s great! Gestures feels smoother than pressing a button! Face ID works great. Just wish it was bigger. But feels better for one handed use. Still want it bigger!
  4. pat500000 Suspended


    Jun 3, 2015
    Gestures are 'top notch." I mean, when you close an app, you just swipe it up...that's it.
  5. Caliber26 macrumors 68000


    Sep 25, 2009
    Orlando, FL
    I've owned every single iPhone since the 3G and I'll admit this is the third time I've felt so excited over an upgrade (the first two being with the iPhone 4 and the introduction of FaceTime and Retina Display, and then again with the iPhone 6 and it's larger screen offering).

    Face ID is suddenly INDISPENSABLE for me. I'm not even exaggerating here. Touch ID was/is very impressive with its speed and accuracy but not having to move a finger and just zoom past the log-in screens of apps and websites is such a joy. Before, when opening any of my banking apps, I'd have to rest my finger to use Touch ID and enter the app. Now, I open the app and I'm logged in the instant the phone sees my face. It's a minor thing, yes, but it adds so much to the overall experience. I haven't had any issues with it, to be honest. It works in all types of lighting conditions, with & without hat and/or sunglasses, as well as laying on my side. Only when it's laying flat on a table or desk it's very hit or miss (depending on how well you can look down towards the camera) but I can totally live with that.

    I was very skeptical about losing the home button because it seemed like it would be cumbersome or not work consistently but I'm surprised to see how much I love the new home gesture. In fact, when using my work-issued iPhone 7, I now find myself trying to swipe home. Pressing the home button suddenly feels very strange. You'd think after so many years of using the home button that it would be etched into my muscle memory but it's fascinating how quickly we adapt to new things.

    The other thing I was a little weary about was the size. When the 6/6+ came out, I got the Plus but returned it three days later and got the 6 instead. It was just too big for me. I'm a huge fan of single-handed texting so that alone was a deal breaker for me. The iPhone X is a littler wider (and much taller) than my iPhone 7 but the learning curve hasn't been bad at all. I definitely don't see myself returning the phone this time around. Plus I'm thrilled to finally have the best camera available without having to be coerced into getting the Plus model.

    I say get the X. I think it's Apple's best phone to date and it's worth giving it a chance. If you don't like it, remember, you have 14 days to return it and then go with an 8 or 8+.

    PS: the build quality? It's Apple at its best. I like it waaaaay better than any of the aluminum phones we've had since the iPhone 5. The X and the 4/4S are the very best designs so far, IMO. The X feels solid, heavy, and quite expensive. I am in love with this design and hope it sticks around for as long as the 6/6S/7 did.
  6. meikdunj macrumors regular

    May 21, 2015
    It is a joy to use. Swiping gestures work brilliantly.
  7. butterfly2 macrumors newbie


    May 1, 2016
    Just be careful don't drop em! Cost to replace the glass back n front
  8. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Gesture control is unique on its own. I definitely think Apple has a strong future in implementing this in different ways. I think there is also learning curve that goes along with it however.
  9. jimbo1mcm macrumors 68000

    Mar 21, 2010
    Had a 7. This X tops it easily. Not having to press the home button is great. The screen is gorgeous. You don't even think about the notch after the first day. The speakers on the 7 were great, these on the X are much better!!! They have clarity and volume and work on calls also besides media. So nice to use Itunes on my MacBook to transfer all my 31 GB of music plus playlists to the X. Bluetooth in the car works perfectly. Face ID works quickly and every time. A keeper.
  10. areyes163 macrumors 6502


    Jun 15, 2012
    I️ think that’s one of my favorite things is using Face ID to login to things. It’s really nice.
  11. alexberry macrumors member

    Jul 16, 2010
    Have to concur with the views above. I've also been through every iPhone since the 3G, and this is probably my favourite yet. Love FaceID; the gestures instead of the home button; the camera is awesome (never had a +plus phone - too big for me - so the camera is a definite step up from the iP7 and earlier) and the screen is beautiful - no issue with the notch and actually I expect it'll become an iconic component of the iPhone for a few years. Even the battery life has impressed me vs my previous iP7...
  12. deadworlds, Nov 8, 2017
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2017

    deadworlds macrumors 65816


    Jun 15, 2007
    Citrus Heights,CA
    I agree with everything everyone has said. The gestures were surprisingly quick to learn. I have an iPad Pro and have caught myself swiping up to return to the home screen. Using touchID on the iPad is also weird now. I have gotten used to swiping up on the phone and having it unlock, touchID seems slower to use simply because it requires I deliberately place my finger on the sensor and wait for it to scan. FaceID has also been super accurate for me unlocking at different angles, laying down, in the sun, walking, in the dark etc. simple.

    The screen, it was the first thing you notice when you turn the phone on for the first time. To me, it’s super sharp really crisp. The Retina display looked great on the iPhone 5-7 but the Super Retina display looks even better. We can’t forget about the colors, they look great, vibrant and natural, not overly saturated like I’ve seen on Samsung phones. It’s also incredible how deep and dark the blacks looks on the display. It also looks great in direct sunlight, very readable unlike a more traditional LCD screen.

    I am coming to the iPhone X from a 7+. I loved the larger screen of the 7+ but disliked the size of the device in my hand. It made one handed operation very difficult, especially texting. The iPhone X screen is slightly smaller and I can now reach both sides of the keyboard with my thumb. I don’t miss the extra space of the 7+ because to me this screen size is just more functional to me. Also the notch is a non issue, after about 5 minutes of use I started to not even notice it. I also like how the status bar is now tucked away up into the ears, creates a great looking screen.

    Build quality, we all know Apple makes their devices feel like premium products but boy did they outdo themselves on this one. The glass back is the same as the 8 and it feels great sturdy and heavy. To me, the stainless steel frame adds to the look and feel of the phone. The materials just feel great in your hand.
  13. Knockoutjosie macrumors 6502a


    Nov 3, 2012
    trade in your phone and get 300 for it towards an X.
  14. MrMac2015 macrumors member

    Apr 15, 2015
    The battery is almost unbelievabley good. I’m normally dead by tea time and got to bed last night with 40% after hammering it all day. Worth it alone for that.

    Only downside for me is not having display zoom atm but it’s now a minor complaint. On really small font sites I just go to landscape and zoom.

    Best iPhone ever!
  15. KONVICTED Suspended


    Oct 16, 2017
    Much smoother experience with the new gestures, loving my X so for
  16. iapplelove macrumors 601


    Nov 22, 2011
    East Coast USA
    I love mine. And if I didn’t love mine, MR would be the place I would be vocal about it lol.

    I mean what’s not to love? The screen is amazing, it’s super fast, Face ID is the most fun, coolest way I ever opened a device. What’s Touch ID again? lol

    The size although subjective is perfect! The one thing I was hesitant about was moving away from a plus sized iPhone for 3 years to the X. Hesitation vanished after the first few minutes.

    Fun fun fun lol
  17. Aussi3 Suspended


    Jun 3, 2012
    Facesticks on the App store
    FD905487-2E41-480F-98BB-DB558CDA2101.jpeg This will squash your battery life concerns from your 6s this is what I’ve been getting with the iPhone X with 10% left :)
  18. Vundu macrumors 65816


    Jun 10, 2009
    Manchester, UK
    The worry of OLED burn-in. Even though there is probably no need to worry it is in the back of my mind.

    The screen, FaceID and Cameras. Probably the most impressive iPhone I have had. The gestures that replaced the home button feel so much more natural.

    Build quality is very high. It feels amazing in the hand with the stainless steel band and glass back.

    For me, yes it is worth it and I can see myself keeping it for the next few years unless next years has something radical.
  19. ugahairydawgs macrumors 68030


    Jun 10, 2010
    The X is only 7mm narrower and half an ounce lighter than the 7 Plus.
  20. tromboneaholic Suspended


    Jun 9, 2004
    Clearwater, FL
    FaceID works without having to think about it. I had doubts before it arrived, but now I’m convinced it’s better than TouchID.

    People keep arguing which one is faster, but what they miss is the human element. Sometimes I see FaceID activate and log me into a website with stored credentials or the Apple Store app faster than I would have reacted to a prompt for TouchID.

    As has been said, the gestures make using the home button antiquated.

    The build quality feels like the best since iPhone 4s.
  21. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Face Id is inconsistent, though I've turned off Require Attention for Face ID and Attention aware Features. Since then Face ID has improved greatly. Given from what I've seen here, I suspect my glasses may be interfering with the phone trying to lock onto my eyes.

    The display, its near the size of the Plus but in a smaller for factor.

    Top notch, as usual. I'm very happy with the quality.

    Worth is subjective, and only you can answer that. Given that I spend 1,000 for the phone - more since I'll be plunking down $$ for AC+, it better be good. I feel its a big improvement over the iPhone 8, so the $200 price increase over the 8 is worth it.
  22. tromboneaholic Suspended


    Jun 9, 2004
    Clearwater, FL
    Regarding glasses, I replied to you in another thread that my wife had an issue at first because she was holding it too close to her face when she wasn’t wearing her glasses. She has a very strong prescription, so we thought FaceID was having trouble distinguishing her with and without glasses. It turned out to be the distance, not the glasses.

    Did you try setting it up again holding the phone where you are holding it when you have an issue? That can help...
  23. Pug72 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 18, 2012
    I absolutely love mine!

    Like others I had concerns coming from a Plus but the difference is small and you'd need both side by side to notice really.

    Navigating without the Home button is pure bliss, it works so well. Face iD is fantastic and wireless charging is such a convenience.
    Got a flat pad on my bedside unit and a charging stand on my desk, doubt I'll have to plug in a lead much at all.

    Apps in portrait (most of them) that have been X updated look great with the tallness of the screen. Forget any talk of unusable areas at the bottom or top, scrolling content on the entirety of the screen is fantastic.
  24. DNichter macrumors G3


    Apr 27, 2015
    Philadelphia, PA
    I love it. Easily the best iPhone I have ever had. I love the screen, the build quality, the size, the gesture based UI (I actually use multitasking now), and Face ID. All of which are a huge improvement from my 7 Plus.
  25. cardfan macrumors 68000

    Mar 23, 2012
    Screen is the number one thing. Text and pics pop on it. Face ID works fine but that said it's still a solution because they couldn't do touch ID no matter what Cook says. The UI is garbage though. Getting control center is a pain. Those that cite reachability should simply be laughed at. There's a freaking home indicator line at the bottom of every app that simply makes every app look much worse. This should auto hide or not be there. Battery % should be at top, not an icon. Apps not updated for X look really bad.

    If you can put with this or think things will gradually improve then go for it. But it's a short time now til sep 2018. You may as well stick with a 7 or get a much cheaper 8 as the deals come along. Apple has a mess to still sort out and I'd recommend to anyone to simply wait as the 8 series offers the best experience right now.

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