My iPhone X impressions so far..

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by kart, Nov 2, 2017.

  1. kart macrumors regular

    Jul 16, 2011
    I thought I might give you my impressions thus far, after using my iPhone X for the past 8hrs, here in Australia..

    I’ll start at the very beginning.
    I pre-order last Friday through the Apple store app, and within 2 minutes of pre-orders going live, I had secured my iPhone X 256gb in Silver for launch day, 3rd November. I choose the collection option from my local Apple store with an early morning half an hour window (8:00 – 8:30am) to pick up the newest edition.
    I arrived a little prior to 8am this morning and yes there was a line, but I went straight to the front of the pre-order collection line..
    I was extremely lucky, through the whole pre-ordering and collection process, it was as smooth as I could have ever hoped. I had my iPhone X in my hands by 8:10am, and was off to set it up.

    The iPhone X is a stunning phone, coming from an iPhone 7 Plus, the first thing I noticed in hand was obviously the size of the X. It felt like I was holding an iPhone 7/8 and every time I picked it up, it is noticeably smaller and differs to how my 7 Plus felt.

    Super Retina display: For me, the name says it all. It’s a super beautiful display, with colours popping from the OLED, it is a welcome addition and makes the X a stand out for myself. I can’t wait to play back some 4k, just to really see how it does perform!

    Interface (and no home button): The first few times I held the X, I was reaching for the home button, to go home or multitask. Now, with a quick and easy swipe from the bottom of the screen up, I have found that I have already basically forgotten about the home button.
    Multitasking via swiping (left-to-right) at the bottom of an open app is fast and convenient. I might now take the time to mention how fast this thing really is..
    The iPad Pro 10.5” was the quickest iOS device out there for me (that I had used previously,) but now we have a new winner. The X is very quick, blazingly quick, making the experience enjoyable and a noticeable upgrade from my 7 Plus.

    The notch: I have found that it is definitely noticeable, its black, and it stands out when you’re in apps such as Instagram, notes etc.. It isn’t too bad though, and I expect it to be something that I will get used to, hopefully quickly. Most apps have now accommodated for the notch which is great to see.

    Face ID: easy to set up, however has been a little hit and miss for me so far.. It hasn’t been as reliable as Touch ID was on my 7 Plus. Little things such as if the iPhone is on a desk (by your side,) and you want to open it - eg to look at an iMessage, I use to be able to rest my thumb on the 7 Plus, and it would open up, now I am finding myself physically picking the iPhone up, and having to unlock it, making it a much longer process.
    Instead, you can choose to enter the passcode to save having to pick it up, however I find little things like this nowhere near as quick/easy as Touch ID was – something I will have to get use to.
    I also don’t like how to unlock the iPhone, you have to swipe up..hopefully something Apple can make optional in a later Ios update

    Animoji: One word, fun. Not sure that I will use it often at all, but at the moment it’s a novelty and good fun to play with.

    Charging: Wireless charging works well, I like the fact that I do not have to plug my phone in, I can just rest it on the charging pad.
    I have also been charging it via a 29w MacBook charger, USB C to lightning cable, and boy does this thing charge fast! A MUCH-welcomed addition for those times where you don’t have long to charge your phone before you duck out.

    Camera: Can see a solid upgrade here coming from the 7 Plus, however I have not played with either front or back camera much at all, so I won’t make too much comment here on the cameras (sorry.)

    Holding it case-less the iPhone X feels extremely nice, I don’t find it too slippery and feels a very solid device.
    I am currently running a Belkin glass protector on the front (fitted by Apple,) and also a black silicone Apple case.
    Glass screen protector hasn’t been a nuisance yet, more then it was on my 7 Plus. I can’t afford to run without a glass front protector, and it has saved me numerous times in the past.
    The Apple silicone case is as I have come to expect (having had one for my 6 Plus and 7 plus.) There was a reason I was always going to buy another for the X.
    I really think that the silver model looks premium, the stainless-steel sides look amazing (hopefully don’t scratch too easily) and the iPhone is just something to look at and appreciate. I had a quick look at the Space Grey model in store, and it too was very nice, however for me, I am happy I went with the Silver option.

    Conclusion: I think this is the iPhone I have always wanted, the design is beautiful, the display is as equally beautiful, and the internals of this thing make it the flagship iPhone that it is.
    I do hope that the future holds a plus sized model of the iPhone X, having used plus models for the last few years now, I am use to the size, the grip and how it feels in the hand.
    I can’t see a reason for Apple not to bring out a plus size option next year, and I think that many previous iPhone 6/7/8 Plus users will agree.

    Sorry it isn’t a too "in-depth review," I thought I would quickly write something up.
    Please note, this is my impressions from using the iPhone X for the last few hours, I am sure others will have varying hands on opinions.

  2. Koobs macrumors 6502


    Sep 20, 2014
    I’m in the same boat, I’m coming from the 7+ too. Glad to see your positive review of the unit. I like checking my notifications so I welcome the fact that we have to swipe after unlock. Thanks for the review.
  3. ET iPhone Home macrumors 68040

    ET iPhone Home

    Oct 5, 2011
    Orange County, California USA
    How is it that other countries are getting the X before us here in the U.S.? I don't get it.

    As for the Animoji, can someone with a non-X iPhone received Animoji's sent from X users?
  4. Koobs macrumors 6502


    Sep 20, 2014
    I really hope that you’re joking.
  5. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    Thanks for the open and honest insight. Hopefully FaceID continues to be refined through software. I just got my iPhone X case. :rolleyes: Looking forward to getting the actual phone sometime in the next week or so. :)
    --- Post Merged, Nov 2, 2017 ---
    Time zones, unfortunately. We never insisted on moving the international date line 8000 miles east. :D
    --- Post Merged, Nov 2, 2017 ---
    Back in the early days of the iPhone we Americans got the phone before the rest of the world. Now we are among the last (by a few hours). And most of us have the most inconvenient pre-order times since Apple thinks the world revolves around Pacific Time.
  6. Lobwedgephil macrumors 601


    Apr 7, 2012
    I would love to see a pic of the display with that screen protector. Thanks for the review!
  7. Bethanie21 macrumors regular


    Aug 19, 2015
    Bristol, U.K.
    Good, honest review, doesn’t sugarcoat anything. ;) the new phones are certainly blazingly fast, strange to think my 8 has all the power of a MacBook :eek::p
  8. kart thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 16, 2011
    New Zealand & Australia timezones differ from the U.S for example, it is 4:38pm here in Australia on 3rd November.

    As for the Animoji's you do not have to have an iPhone X to receive them
  9. swinery macrumors member


    Sep 9, 2017
    has anyone gone from an OLED screen like a samsung to iphone x? I waited ages to get an X because I couldn't bear parting with the OLED screen and I'm wondering how X compares to my s7edge
  10. Titleist macrumors regular


    Sep 19, 2012
  11. fullauto macrumors 6502a


    Oct 19, 2012
    A few notes -

    Coming from a 6+ I really am missing that extra 5mm screen edge. The screen looks so long and thin, that’s the only gripe after 5 hours of moderate use. I hope it passes. Have I thought about going back to the 6+? Yes.. a couple of times. But I’ll give it a few weeks.

    I turned off ‘Require attention’ for FaceID and prefer this setting. Sure, my partner got into my phone whilst I was driving simply by pointing the phone, but there’s nothing to hide. Probably 3 failed attempts so far, but generally it seems faster and easier than TouchID.. it’s just ‘unlocked’ and ready to go.

    Removing the swipe up after unlock would be welcomed, unlock and straight to the home screen. I guess the swipe up step stops unlocking and accidental app launches etc.

    New dynamic wallpapers are coloured circles/dots as per the old designs, nothing too flash. New Live wallpapers are great, animated gradient swirls. The same stills used on packaging and previously leaked, however they are now animated.

    New ringtone is welcome and set as default.

    Animoji - so funny, we’ve had some fun with this, my partner almost wet his pants. The dog, cat and alien are pretty awesome. It’s unbelievable how much expression the dot projector/3D sensor pick up. This feature really showcases the advancements in camera and tracking technology.

    Picked up a blue cosmos leather case which is grippy and a great shade of blue. Also opted for the Belkin glass protector which was applied using the machine in store.

    Chose not to go with AppleCare just yet and will see what happens over the next 60 days. I will probably get it but the $1900+ bill was enough to make me cringe without adding another $300.

    The screen is nice and clear, a 30 degree turn left or right does cast blue, not sure if this is exaggerated because of the Belkin glass protector.

    Coming from a 6+ the camera is unbelievable. Colours are vibrant and the detail is super sharp.

    Full screen video looks amazing and the notch really hasn’t botherd me in any scenario. I quickly felt ‘well this is just how it is’ and if anything, the workmanship that’s gone into the curves and smoothness of the notch and corners is pretty amazing. I can’t say I’ve ever seen a display cut with such precision.. but again, I do miss that 5mm. Fingers crossed the X Plus happens next year.
  12. AdonisSMU macrumors 604

    Oct 23, 2010
    American companies don’t even put America first anymore. :confused:
  13. Deeds500 macrumors 6502

    Aug 22, 2014
    Do you complain that Auckland is the first major city in the world to see in New Year's too?
    --- Post Merged, Nov 2, 2017 ---

    Not a fan of Face ID, I see. Welcome to the reality that all touch ID lovers warned Face ID lovers about. It's a cold new world out there for iphone users.
  14. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Decent initial review. As for next year, there is no doubt that Apple will have a larger (6.4) model offered alongside a 5.8 iPhone. As the OP stated, Face ID will continually be updated for any inconsistencies through software updates as well.
  15. Deeds500 macrumors 6502

    Aug 22, 2014
    You can't say you weren't warned that the X is narrower than a Plus.

    Sheesh this X is already copping negative reviews. I knew it would be the piece of garbage that it is, just knew it. This was supposed to be the best ohone ever made, but:

    The notch is noticable to some
    Face ID too much of a burden to some
    The screen is narrower than the Plus

    What a rubbish device, seriously. And no, I'm not trolling, calling it out for what it is, flawed in so many ways.
  16. kart thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 16, 2011
    Have you had a hands on with the phone to verify what you’re saying?
    Face ID no doubt will get better, go back and look at Touch ID gen 1..
    I wouldn’t associate garbage with the iPhone X, it’s a totally new form factor for Apple, and they have taken a risk with implementing new technologies into the x.

    I highly recommend that people who want the plus size factor opt for the 7/8 plus until such time the X plus makes its way into the market.

    Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, and I respect yours.
  17. unibility macrumors 6502a

    Apr 6, 2012
  18. TrueBlou macrumors 68040


    Sep 16, 2014
    One mans meat is another mans poison as they say. It may not appeal to you and it certainly won’t appeal to lots of other people, but let’s not get carried away.

    You’re on an Internet forum, don’t let the distortion field fool you. You always, always hear significantly more complaints about things on these places than you do positive feedback. It’s human nature, we like to complain.
  19. blackhawk526 macrumors member


    Jul 24, 2010
    I may be the only plus user that's happy to go down in size. The plus's were always too wide and wieldy. I only kept a plus for the bigger battery.

    Taller displays are here to stay, they simply work better for the average use scenario which consists of Facebook, IG, and Safari scrolling all day. The new displays allow more content in portrait mode and are easier to hold which means less drops. Win-win!
  20. TrueBlou macrumors 68040


    Sep 16, 2014

    You’re not alone, I’m looking forward to the reduction in footprint, different reasons. I love the Plus but could never go down to a regular sized iPhone now, the X is a good compromise for me. I’m not too fussed about it being narrower, I only use landscape for games, which I don’t play a lot of and the odd Youtube video.
  21. MzJanelle macrumors member

    Sep 20, 2016
    I agree. I ordered the X case and was happy with the size. I have small hands and 7+ seems bulky to me but I enjoyed the bigger screen. Now the screen is bigger in a more narrow design. I like!
  22. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    you cite one passing comment in a positive review. Confirmation bias, anyone?
  23. iScone macrumors 6502


    Sep 15, 2014
    Melbourne, Australia
    Well duh. Pretty much everyone has confirmation bias at this point, including those who put others down because they happened to have bought the X themselves... ;)
  24. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    Considering he took my joke about moving the international date line literally, I think he has a worse case of it than I do.
  25. ET iPhone Home macrumors 68040

    ET iPhone Home

    Oct 5, 2011
    Orange County, California USA
    THANK YOU for being the professional person you are by answering my question :), unlike some the smart a$$' in this thread :rolleyes:.

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