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macrumors regular
Original poster
Sep 9, 2016
I cannot be the only one.

I have a day 1 ( launch day ) iPhone X/256gb. This has become lesser of a phone and more of an asset/sidekick.

Recently, I went to China and japan for visiting. This little device went from just an expensive pocket camera to a damn near life support system.

It got me through all of japan at ease. Apple Maps is BRILLIANT. It wasn’t literally at pace with me while walking and navigating their complex streets, confusing transit system and keeping track of my money, steps walked, and all of the rest. The battery did not drain at all even though I was recording video, taking pictures extremely heavily while the navigation was still on. Heck, I was even FaceTiming everyone back home while the Navi was running and it remained nice and cool.

Being over seas is what makes these iPhones shine. Mainly through iMessage. I was able to FaceTime audio/video everyone back home like If I was still in my house-no problem.

I went over there with knowing absolutely nothing about anything and this little device carried me through the whole trip.

I had friends there with android devices and of course 3/4 of them ran into the typical android freezing, random restarts etc despite them being the galaxy S10.

My iPhone X has become my sidekick. But I am afraid that it will eventually slow down due to its lack of power. I really hope Apple starts to give these phones proper RAM.

But anywho, who else is still in love with their X ?


macrumors 603
Aug 19, 2017
I have no problem with the performance of my X in the past year and seven months. I’ve had no hardware issues and very few software related bugs so all in all, the X has been a pleasure to use. Depending on what the new iPhone XI offers I may just hang on to the X for another year. I was on the fence about upgrading to the XS when it was released but I’m happy I didn’t..


macrumors 6502a
Nov 12, 2014
I also have a launch day 256GB model. It's a great device and will soon become the phone that I've kept for the longest time since getting my first-ever cell phone back in the summer of 2000. I'll be sticking it out until the 2020 cycle, as I'm interested in the rumored 5G iPhone, as well as the return of Qualcomm modems. I had the battery replaced last November (currently at 98% capacity), so it should be good to go until September 2020. For the first time in years, I feel no need to upgrade. I would certainly LIKE to upgrade and, if I was an Android user, definitely would, but I chalk that up to shinyitis!
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macrumors 68020
Apr 4, 2011
It is a great phone and one of the best "longevity" iPhones out there, the other being the 5 and the 6S in my opinion. After seeing rumors of the XI, I have no qualms with using this for one more year and waiting for a potentially redesigned 5.4" model with 5G.


macrumors 603
Jul 5, 2007
Phoenix, AZ
I’m keeping my X as well. It’s a solid device. I am going to go get it’s battery swapped out before the 17th, before it’s AppleCare is up.
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macrumors 6502a
Jan 29, 2008
Auckland NZ
I recently gifted my X to my wife after upgrading to a Xs Max.

I have to say, I still would be happy with my X - possibly even for another year or so, but see no reason to upgrade from the Xs Max for at least 2 years...and really there's not much difference between the Xs and X, if I am honest..


macrumors 601
Apr 21, 2004
I can understand where OP is coming from. Traveling and having an unlocked phone is hugely important. Especially when you are in a foreign country and you cant speak the language. Google maps is huge for site seeing or orienting yourself in relation to your hotel and sites of interest. Of course researching stuff while you are on the trip, and communicating to your loved ones is also important. And the camera of course.

Last year my dual sim max. I landed in Singapore. Turned on my 1gb data plan using the virtual sim, and used Grab (it’s like Uber) and we got to the hotel safely at 11pm at night.
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macrumors 6502a
Mar 4, 2018
I’m going on 2 years in Feb with my X and plan to keep it another 2 years until 5G and Qualcomm modems are implemented. ;)

The X easily set the new standard for a few years with Face ID and full screen, minus notch for the FaceID housing.

The A11 Bionic chip is still a powerhouse. Every year these chips keep getting better with sheer processing power, so a few years for an iPhone has no real affect.

My apps opening a millisecond faster isn’t going to be noticed by my upgrading every year. I’ve been happy with the X’s speed to date.

Receiving most current iOS software updates in a timely manner with at least 5 years of support makes it easy to hold onto longer. (iOS 13 will feel like a new phone in my hand).

The X hit a lot of check marks when buying a phone, so easy to keep. :apple:

IMO It was an overbuilt phone with quality parts for its 1st new design by Apple in a long time, which makes it a solid phone. Qualcomm modem to boot. :D
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Jul 12, 2016
In love with an iPhone? No. Do I enjoy the Max for what it has to offer in terms of having a larger display/bigger battery and the camera? Yes.

The one thing worth noting to me, is I’m indifferent to Apples OLED panels, as they could’ve used LCD on the Max, And I would’ve been perfectly fine with that. Strictly preference.


macrumors 6502a
Apr 26, 2005
Bristol, UK
The X is still a great handset and very capable.

I skipped the XS and it's going to be a tough upgrade call this year, it'll easily be good enough until next years new model, and potentially longer than that.


Aug 4, 2011
Already decided against upgrading this year. Skipping it. Nothing in the rumors remotely interesting.


macrumors G3
May 28, 2005
My wife wanted to trade me her X for my SE after a few months of ownership. Now she wants to trade it to Apple for an XR so it'll be colorful.

Me? I'm planning on taking my SE apart next weekend to fix it, so I don't have to get an Xx.

I really hope they have something better ready for 2020.


macrumors 6502a
Nov 10, 2017
West Central Ohio
Totally love my ipx and out of all the phones and devices I have ever owned, this is my favorite. It is beautiful and works flawlessly. I also am quite excited to nearly have this paid off. I may never be able to financially invest another $1000 in a phone so I am keeping this one as long as it works as well as it does. I only have this because it was a Christmas gift from my husband who told me if I returned it I would hurt his feelings. I enjoy this phone so much.


macrumors 68020
Apr 4, 2011
The one thing I will say is that I am jealous of how fast Face ID is for the XS and XR. There is a slight delay in the X which I'm hoping iOS 13 will fix. Based on WWDC they said it will unlock 30% faster, but that means the XS/XR will open that much faster too!


macrumors 601
Dec 22, 2016
It’s the best smartphone I’ve owned. It reached ideal dimensions for both form factor & screen size for a device I use in Portrait mode most of the time.

It’s portable - fits comfortably in all my pockets, without being obtrusive when walking/sitting. Although, it could be lighter imo.

It’s still as fast as any newer model iPhone, thanks largely to IOS. But it does need more RAM as Apps still refresh.

I may consider the rumoured 5.4” next year, as the hardware/software upgrades may be worth it, & it’ll be even lighter, making it more portable. Although, if it’s too small, I won’t mind holding onto the X for another year or two.
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macrumors 68040
Jan 28, 2008
Vancouver, BC
In love with an iPhone? No. Do I enjoy the Max for what it has to offer in terms of having a larger display/bigger battery and the camera? Yes.

The one thing worth noting to me, is I’m indifferent to Apples OLED panels, as they could’ve used LCD on the Max, And I would’ve been perfectly fine with that. Strictly preference.
isn't that practically the XR?


Jul 11, 2019
The one thing worth noting to me, is I’m indifferent to Apples OLED panels, as they could’ve used LCD on the Max, And I would’ve been perfectly fine with that. Strictly preference.

Same here, because at the end of the day they are more or less calibrated the same anyway. Same P3 gamut, same 6500K native whitepoint, etc. The underlying technology is just that - underlying technology, which only serves to support the calibration targets, which are the same on both LCD/OLED.

While OLED blacks look nice, I find that I really dislike them in the sun. Staring at an OLED iPhone with a black wallpaper in the sun is just strange, because you're literally looking at the turned off display, and in the sun, you can really tell that that is what you are looking at - it's almost like you're inspecting for dust under the glass or something.


macrumors regular
Aug 31, 2014
I absolutely loved mine. It is/was a great phone. I got a deal that I couldn’t pass up and upgraded to the Max. I have no regrets, but the X has a special place in my history of phones.
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