Video: iPhone X review: Face ID, the notch, and a new screen
Nearly four months after buying the Apple iPhone X, my primary T-Mobile SIM card remains inside. In its wake lies a long list of returned or shelved Android smartphones.
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If you follow me on Twitter, you will see me question the sanity of buying the latest iPhone, often stating I am not going to buy it. Spoiler: I always end up buying one.
However, you will also read there and on ZDNet that I typically give up on the iPhone after a month or so -- as I grow bored with iOS and its terrible notification system, or as I find a flashier Android phone with newer technology, a bigger battery, a unique colour scheme, or some other feature I think is better than the iPhone. Apple's iPhone X has changed that perspective for me, and I'm almost ready to admit I prefer an iPhone and am a member of the flock.
The moment I picked up iPhone X, I knew I was holding something special. Rather than the focus on minimal side bezels, the fact that there are no measurable top and bottom bezels either has set this phone apart from everything else I have tried. It feels like I am viewing all display with no hardware around the display, and it feels like the future.
Speaking of the display, the OLED panel is made by Samsung and improved by Apple. It's stunning, and I cannot find a single fault with it, not that I ever really found a problem with Apple's previous LCDs either.
The iPhone X has hardware features I loved using in Android phones before, including wireless charging, a high level of water and dust resistance, and good-sounding stereo speakers.
Apple brings Face ID to the mobile world, and my iPhone X never even feels like it is locked. I pick it up and 98 percent of the time it is ready to go.
I can honestly say that the only thing I miss from the hardware aspect is a headphone jack, but thanks to Apple's ecosystem, that is really not much of an issue either.
I lived through the days of Palm WebOS, Nokia's MeeGo, and BlackBerry 10, so the gesture-based UI of iPhone X is a welcome breath of fresh air to me. As I mentioned before, I also tend to give up on iPhones after a month, so I am not so beholden to the iOS experience that the gesture-based UI upsets me at all.
I love swiping around to get things done and have no issue with the battery indicator not being present, as the battery gets me through a day, especially with a convenient plop down on a wireless charging pad positioned around my office and house.
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The more I use iPhone X, the more I enjoy the press-and-hold actions. Applications continue to be just a bit better in iOS than on Android, and there are still occasionally some apps that launch first on iOS.
While I don't use an Apple computer, the Apple Watch Series 3 and Apple AirPods make the iPhone X experience full and complete. You won't find a better smartwatch than the Apple Watch, but you need an iPhone to use it. The Apple Watch has a brilliant display, provides useful and functional notifications, works well as a GPS sports watch, and is the activity tracker that does well at motivating you to perform.
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Apple AirPods work with Android and other Bluetooth devices, but the absolute best experience is with an iOS device. I never think about charging my AirPods or about how to enable a reliable connection every time. They just work, and are the closest thing to magic that Apple has created.
On my journey to the iPhone X promised land, the following Android phones lie on the side of the road:
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MWC is being held next week, with Samsung kicking things off with the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus, followed by announcements from Sony, Huawei, and others. Given the latest Android update report card from JR Raphael, it is likely I won't be forking over my own money for a new Android phone until later in the year when Google rolls out the Pixel 3 XL.
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