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iPhone X: The Android Central review

It's a well-known refrain: Apple releases a new product and half the world claims it's the best thing ever, while others claim it's the equivalent of refried beans.

Apple calls iPhone X the future of the smartphone, and after using it for a week — coming from months of Android use — I can comfortably say that it's a really great phone. In fact, it is the best iPhone to date, and I've had a tremendous time with it, but it doesn't drastically change my opinion of the iPhone as a product, nor of iOS as an ecosystem.

That's not to say Google and its hardware partners can't stand to learn a few things from the iPhone X.

Let's cut to the chase.

Face ID

Face ID is awesome. I disabled my fingerprint sensor on the Note 8 to see whether Samsung's iris scanner (which approaches the same security level as Face ID) could compete, and it just couldn't. And while Samsung's Face Recognition feature is indeed faster than iris scanning, it's also much less secure.

Here are the major differences: Face ID combines the best of iris scanning and face recognition. It creates a three-dimensional map of the face, so it has more planes of data to work with than just the iris, and uses infrared to match the data stored in its secure enclave against the person standing in front of it.

Face ID is so good and so consistent, you don't even need Touch ID. Until Android manufacturers can get there, they should stick to fingerprints.

With the Galaxy S8 or Note 8, you must choose one or the other; iris scanning, which is far more finicky and requires the phone to be close to the face to work (although it works great in the dark); or face recognition, which is faster and more forgiving, but uses the front-facing camera, which makes it fail more often in the dark.

I was admittedly skeptical of Apple's decision to remove the fingerprint sensor from the iPhone X — other than aesthetics (and perhaps cost), what reason did it have for not putting a Touch ID sensor on the phone's back? — but the adjustment has been relatively seamless.

Face ID works faster and more consistently than the Note 8's iris scanning.

The reliability has been close to perfect for me; whether indoors or in bright sun, the screen turns on as I take it out of my pocket, or I tap it once to turn on the display, lift it slightly towards me, and it unlocks. I've gotten into the habit of turning on the screen and swiping in one motion, and only a handful of times it hasn't caught up with me. Face ID also has the added benefit of working when I'm wearing gloves which, as I've recently discovered in a spate of cold Canadian days, is very helpful. Neither of Samsung's facial biometric solutions works reliably enough outside for my liking.

Moreover, Face ID APIs use the same biometrics hooks as Touch ID, so apps like 1Password, which I open dozens of times a day, just work out of the box. Android doesn't have that luxury; Google added cross-platform fingerprint APIs in Marshmallow, but there's no equivalent for iris or face recognition, so unless I use the fingerprint sensor on the S8 or Note 8, I have to manually enter my not-fit-for-human-consumption password every time.

I've spent a lot of time trying to make the S8 and Note 8's combination of biometrics work for me over the past months. Neither iris scanning nor face recognition is consistent enough for me to use by themselves (and remember, you can only use one at a time), and the fingerprint sensor is very poorly placed.

Face ID is about the same speed as Samsung's face recognition, but it's far more reliable.

Face ID is about the same speed as Samsung's face recognition, but it's far more reliable.

Smart Lock does help, especially if you're connected to a wearable or in a trusted environment like a home or workplace, but for security reasons, it only works in four-hour stints. The dissonance is just enough to put me off; you have to be so close to the screen and so deliberate that every time it fails I just want to disable it completely.

On the other hand, though, I dislike having to swipe up to unlock the phone every time; Face ID should let me bypass the lock screen altogether as Samsung's pressure-sensitive home button facilitates. Just tap the screen, authenticate, and let me in.

The upside is this: Apple nailed biometrics on the iPhone X, and Android manufacturers are going to have to think about whether they can and should try to compete, or just stick to the tried-and-tested rear or side fingerprint sensor, which is working well for them so far.

The size, weight, and materials

Apple calls the Gorilla Glass substrate covering the front and back of the iPhone X "the most durable glass ever made in a smartphone," but it's still glass, and it still scratches. I haven't dropped my unit yet, but judging from some tests it's not unbreakable, either.

That said, I really do like the overall design of the phone. It's slightly shorter and wider than the Galaxy S8, which also advertises a 5.8-inch bezel-less OLED display, but the stainless steel frame (shiny and chrome on my silver unit) looks expensive and feels distinctive. Given the $1000+ price, though, I'm not about to use this thing without a case, so I won't be seeing much of that chrome, for better or worse.

The iPhone X is also substantial — kind of like the Essential Phone in that regard. It's 174 grams, some 19g heavier than the Galaxy S8, and nearly identical to the much-larger S8+. Apple knows how to build a solid phone — it's been doing so for years — but the industrial design here doesn't feel worlds ahead of, say, Samsung or HTC. It's a luxury product that looks and costs the part, but doesn't feel considerably more so than the similarly-priced (and unapologetically aluminum) Galaxy Note 8.

What is does offer is a "Plus" set of features in a standard-sized body. I'd love to see Samsung offer a dual camera on its smaller Galaxy S9 flagship next year, because that size — the iPhone X, Galaxy S8, Essential Phone — hits the sweet spot for media consumption and one-handed use.

The screen and the notch

OLED is a big point of discussion right now, but the reality is that there's nothing particularly special about the iPhone's Samsung-made OLED screen. Like the latest displays on flagship Samsung phones, it's both incredibly sharp and vibrant, with near-perfect calibration, while also butting up against the limitations of modern OLED technology. Even Samsung hasn't figured out how to make an OLED display with an RGB stripe, so the iPhone X's sub-pixel array forms the same diamond shape as its Samsung rivals.

Blue shift is a thing, though not nearly to the same extent as the Pixel 2 XL, and even though the iPhone X's 2436 x 1125 pixel display is some 57 ppi denser than the iPhone 8 Plus's, you're still dealing with all the inherent properties, good or bad, of OLED. I like the screen and think it's probably among the best out there right now, but it's also Apple playing catch-up in a big way.

The notch, on the other hand, is interesting. A lot of early reviewers said that it "disappeared" into the experience of using the phone, but there I have to disagree. I see the notch, and am occasionally distracted by it, but here's what I've found: when an optimized iPhone app understands how to work within the confines of the notch, it's great. Google Photos, for instance, works beautifully by using the notch area as an accent; everything important — tabs, search bars, dialog boxes — are all below it.

There are still far too many apps that either haven't been optimized properly, and are therefore pillar-boxed, or haven't had enough time to really embrace the UX changes the iPhone X necessitates. Instagram, for instance, asks you to swipe up from the bottom to open a link in Stories — I've given up trying that move because it takes me home every time.

Even with its quirks, the notch is relatively innocuous in portrait mode. Switch to landscape, though, and nearly every situation looks odd. Safari doesn't wrap the design around the notch, which makes sense, while some games and video apps just ignore it altogether, so a portion of the content just isn't there.

It's inevitable that Apple will try to shrink the notch area until it disappears altogether, but until then we're stuck with a landscape experience that is truly problematic.

The gestures

The iPhone X's gestures are fine. I still think swiping down from the right side of the screen to access Control Center is a mistake, but given the way iOS is programmed, I don't see much of an alternative.

Android users will actually prefer the new system-wide gestures that return to the home screen with a swipe up from the bottom or switch quickly between apps with a horizontal flick of the thumb. There's still a learning curve, but it's neither insurmountable nor unintuitive; it took me a day or so to get used to.

In fact, the ability to quickly swipe between open apps is my favorite part of the new UX, since that's something I've been utilizing to great effect since Android 7.0 Nougat implemented the ability to tap twice on the multitasking button to switch between the last two active apps.

I've often wondered if Android will ever move away from a dedicated navigation bar and, if so, how it would work. Companies like Huawei and Motorola are moving in that direction with virtual or physical gesture areas that negate the need for static keys, but I've yet to find a solution that's reliable enough to switch to full-time. If and when Google decides to address this, I'm sure the solution will feel more natural for the platform.

The haptics

Haptics don't get a tremendous amount of attention, but they should: Apple's Taptic Engine is awesome, and should be fiercely emulated by every Android manufacturer. LG did a good job with the V30 — its haptics are precise, subtle and extremely satisfying.

I don't love the way iPhone X conveys notifications, but if left on a desk, incoming pings don't vibrate my coffee mug off the table; instead, it's more directional and therefore more effective. Given that Android uses haptics for so much of its OS-wide interaction, I'd love to see a company like Samsung spend more time on this.

The cameras

I'm pleased that Apple managed to fit a second stabilization module inside the iPhone X's secondary camera, because telephoto shots benefit from the additional gyro data, but it's clear to me, despite what DxOMark says about the phone's still photo fidelity, that it can't compete with the Pixel 2 for sheer delightful output.

iPhone X (left) | Pixel 2 (right)

What the iPhone X offers, as most iPhones have since 2010's iPhone 4, is consistency. Every photo taken with the iPhone X is usable — realistically grainy in low light, or properly exposed in bright, harsh sun — if not spectacular.

I also think it's interesting, and kind of hilarious, that Apple got beaten by Google in the race to the selfie portrait; even with all of the miraculous Kinect-like tech inside the notch, portrait selfies don't look any better — and in some cases are notably worse — than those transmuted by Google's tiny little front-facing camera and machine learning algorithms.

As I found with the Note 8's secondary telephoto lens, I appreciate its presence, but rarely use it. That it's stabilized, with a slightly wider ƒ/2.4 aperture, should help with the occasional video I shoot — the fact that the iPhone X can deliver 4K video at 60fps is one of the few standout features of the A11 Bionic chip, which is close to twice as fast as Qualcomm's flagship platform these days — but I haven't noticed an appreciable boost in quality over the iPhone 8 Plus.

In low light, the Pixel 2 is better, but not by much — Google is doing a better job with post-processing, since the above photo, taken in almost total darkness and lit only by the street lights and my wife's phone screen, is ISO4800 on the Pixel 2 but not as grainy as the iPhone's ISO2000.

I want to like the new Portrait Lighting modes that avail themselves of both the front and rear cameras. I almost always prefer the "Natural Light", or default, version of a photo, but I have also come across a few examples that really impress me.

As for Animoji — well, I'm having fun with them.

Battery life

I find Apple's descriptions of iPhone battery life to be confusing at best and frustrating at worst. On its specs page for the iPhone X, Apple claims that it "lasts up to 2 hours longer than iPhone 7," which is not helpful to me at all considering the iPhone 7 runs completely different silicon and, when it was released, was priced more than $300 less.

I'm getting all-day battery life, but an iPhone 8 Plus this isn't.

Instead, I want to be able to judge the iPhone X compared to the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, and the only useful metric Apple gives me is something called "Internet use," which is neither specific nor helpful.

I've learned that despite claiming "up to 12 hours" of internet use on both the iPhone 8 and X, and 13 hours on the iPhone 8 Plus, the iPhone X falls somewhere in the middle of those legacy designs. I usually get to sleep with 10-15% battery left, which is what I'd have remaining from a Galaxy S8, and slightly less than from the Pixel 2. In other words, larger Android flagships still wipe the floor with the iPhone X for longevity, but I've yet to find an Android phone other than, say, the Huawei Mate 9, that can compete with the iPhone 8 Plus.

iOS and the ecosystem

I spend a lot of time these days going between phones — between phones running "stock" Android and others running stock Android, and others still running versions of Android you wouldn't wish on your worst enemy (but fewer of those every year, thankfully), and iOS.

iOS still feels like a static mess in some ways, full of stolid, uncaring icons, red badges shouting at me to clear them, and a home screen completely unwilling to work with my aesthetic sensibilities.

But it's also, like, so fast. Android could only dream of maintaining the touch responsiveness and consistent frames per second that iOS so effortlessly achieves. You may think your Galaxy or Pixel is buttery smooth, but compare it to the flawless movement of the iPhone X home gesture and you'll be quickly humbled.

Those apps, too, are still better. I want to believe, now that we're in 2017 and not 2012, that developers care as deeply about feature parity on Android, but they don't: the best indie apps still don't come to Android (although one can argue, and I'd agree in some cases, that the indie app scene is extremely vibrant on Android — just in a way that doesn't make them much money); games arrive months late, if at all; and beloved products, especially camera-based networks like Instagram and Snapchat, lack specific features or optimizations that drive me crazy.

It's 2017 and you still can't count on Android apps to be of the same quality as their iOS counterparts.

My banking app, for instance, brought Touch ID (and, thanks to transferrable APIs, Face ID) support to its iOS app two years ago; the Android version forces me to enter my password like a chump every time. My favorite writing app, Bear, has no intention of building an Android version, and my formerly favorite meal-planning app, Grocery King, hasn't updated its Android app in over two years.

Of course, given that I spent the vast majority of my year with Android, I have come up with viable cross-platform alternatives — Google Docs is pretty good, and Mealime is great, too — but it still feels like Android apps play second fiddle to their iOS counterparts.

Apple deserves a lot of credit here, too. Android creation is known to be more cumbersome, both in app development due to Java, and in maintenance thanks to the sheer number of devices in use, but Apple has built an extraordinary ecosystem of dedicated developers that want to try to eke out a living on iOS. Apple's curation services are pretty great, too, especially with iOS 11: I always feel like there are great new apps to check out in the App store, but with Google Play I never know what the algorithm is going to feed me.

But Android is still better in these ways...

After spending any length of time with iOS, a few things really stand out to me: notifications are still much better on Android; the typing experience is more enjoyable on Android; using Android is much more flexible; and the variety of Android hardware is breathtaking.

Notifications are among the most critical details in any operating system today, and Android nailed it years ago and only continues to get better with every iteration. Google's lead in this regard is so absolute it might as well as insurmountable. In contrast, I loathe dealing with notifications on the iPhone.

Android and iOS are now very similar, but Google's platform has a couple of important advantages.

Typing, too, is considerably more enjoyable on most Android phones, mainly due to Gboard, which (ironically) started out as a third-party iOS app and brought its best features to its own mobile OS. Gboard's autocorrect is smart and reliable and its performance is near-perfect even on older hardware. And like Android itself, you can modify it to look and act the way you want. Apple added a bunch of that stuff to QuickType in iOS 10 and 11, but I always prefer to peck out long-form emails on my Pixel than my iPhone X.

I also love spending time with new Android phones, from the no-nonsense metal chassis of the $229 Moto G5 Plus to the mesmerizing light shifts of the Solar Red HTC U11. Android's openness has facilitated a revolution of smartphone construction and deconstruction, and Google's OS continues to allow practically anybody, at any price point, to get on the internet.

Should you buy an iPhone X?

Apple deserves a lot of credit not just for pushing the envelope of smartphone hardware innovation — look at iFixit's teardown of the iPhone X to see just how elegantly the whole interior is laid out — but for creating an ecosystem where, once you're in, you don't want to leave.

And while I know it's gauche to want us all to live in harmony, in my ideal world I'd have every devoted Android user try the iPhone X for a few days, and every devout iPhone addict use, say, a Galaxy Note 8 or Pixel 2 for the same amount of time. There are lessons to be learned from exploring the differences between the two and, in the end, realizing that they're not so different.

Android devotees probably have little interest in buying an iPhone X, especially one that costs $1000. That's fair: this is a very expensive phone. But if you're aghast at the presence of this review on Android Central, you're exactly the person who should try it, both to see what you hate and what you like.

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Daniel Bader was a former Android Central Editor-in-Chief and Executive Editor for iMore and Windows Central. 

  • That fact that it's £1,000 and upwards, people can & should learn that it's just a phone and can they should buy a cheaper one that can do what the iPhone X does.
  • No. No you can't. You cannot find a cheaper phone that records 4K video content in 60 fps, that can do AR, or that has an optically-stabilized secondary camera.
  • Oh yeah, you're right. I'd forgotten about the 4K video recording, or those stupid animoji's, those are worth the asking price alone. 😂😂😂
  • Animoji isn’t AR.
  • you act like there is a BIG price difference between a 128GB Google Pixel XL and an IPhone X. $50. that's it.
  • Apples to oranges (no pun intended)... For the 64 GB version, the iPhone X is $150 more ($1000 vs. $850) than it's Pixel 2 XL counterpart. While the iPhone X has a larger max storage configuration of 256 GB compared to the Pixel 2 XL's max if 128GB, the price difference here is $200 ($1150 vs. $950).
  • There's actually a $50 price difference between the base model iPhone X ($999, 64GB) vs the highest storage configuration of the Pixel 2 XL ($950), which isn't that much different at all. You're right.
  • How much does it cost to upgrade the ios cloud storage on Apple? Pixel pics and videos come free for the next couple years. I would think you have to at least consider that in the pricing question.
  • Also the fact you can't enjoy fast charging on the iPhone out of the box. As greedy as it gets
  • The xperia xz premium can
  • Unreliable camera and HORRENDOUS bezels.
  • Most people don't care that much about bezels, seriously. Speaking of the XZ Premium, if there have to be Android representative speed tests in the world, I wish more of these ran the XZ Premium or XZ1 up against the iPhone X, much less background process bloat than the Samsung 8 series.
  • You speak for most people?
  • I dont think speed tests are relevant anymore for top line phones, its nit picking. Theyre all fast. No awards are given out for those classed as the fastest. These things are so powerful nowadays that they handle pretty much everything thrown at them. Yes if you compared them closely, actually ran them side by side, then 1 will win, but as I said, they're all more than fast enough If you watch these speed comparison vids the phones just fly thru all the tests. Yes youre gonna get a winner of course but its irrelevant. Theyre all decent.
  • “I dont’t think speed tests are relevant...”. Not sure what you want to see out of such a test. This article suggests that the iPhone is notably smoother than other Android phones. It also notes that the power of Apple’s new chip is what allows 4K video at 60 FPS. Seems to me like speed matters.
  • So XZ premium over pixel 2 XL or OnePlus 5 to represent Android for performance? I don't think so
  • The Note 8 can hold more apps in the background than the iPhones. I don't get your point
  • You've not experienced the Note 8. Next to no bezel = way cool. Once people experience it they won't ever actually want to go back to what they had.
  • Had to laugh at this one. I actually own an iPhone X, a Note 8, and a Sony Xperia XZ Premium and your statement is flat out incorrect. I actually prefer the Sony to the Note. As a matter of fact, I'll be selling off my Note 8 and keeping the Sony.
  • I've not had an issue with my xz premium camera and I perfer bezels to all screen as I want front facing speakers and an audio jack to o and a finger print reader. Only 2 things I miss on my xz premium are double tap to wake and always on screen as not sure why sony have not out them on but I was proving a point to the above it dose 4k recording and has a 4k screen.
  • Got the XZP a few months ago and thought I could live without the fingerprint scanner and wi-fi calling. Sadly, after a week of being without those features, I returned it and got the S8. XZP is nice for sure, but still lacking overall.
  • i take it you bought the U.S. version that had the fingerprint scanner disabled, there were (easy) ways around re-enabling it via flashing international firmware. but I understand not liking the loss of WiFi calling.
  • Yeah it sucks without hen but I live in the UK and have both of these on mine but never know why the differ on countrys bit of a joke.
  • There are other phones that record 4k at 60 fps and OSIS on both lenses AND they have faster wireless charging, real fast charging without needing extra accessories, longer lasting batteries and run a more flexible, customizable and powerful OS.
  • Name them.
  • no there isn't
  • I think you might be high
  • Just want to correct one thing from the article: Gboard is now available on ios, and benefits from 3D Touch to get better results than swiping the space bar.
  • Gboard started on iOS. The article says that.
  • All the new iPhones can do the 4K and AR. The only thing they don't have is the OIS in second camera. IPhone X is predominantly a design and FaceID update. Apart from that and the screen it's largely identical to an 8 Plus. And the others are cheaper as well. I'm borderline desperate to go back to Android, but Google isn't as good as either Microsoft or Apple in building platforms. The apps are bad compared to iOS, and even if I wanted to write them myselces, Google simply doesn't have good enough APIs to create comparable experiences. So I'm basically locked into iOS unless k want my phone to be much, much weaaker in terms of what I can do with it. I have the 7 Plus, but I'll probably get the 8 Plus if I don't get an X. I really, really wanted a Pixel 2 XL, but I can't deal with that screen (have gone into Verizon 6 times to play with it all ready, not gonna happen). Android needs more caring developers, and for Google to pay better attention to how it prioritizes things when building a platform. Yay for multi window, but there still isn't an API for apps to query which resolutions and FPS are supported by a device - rendering video analysis apps useless since they all default to 30FPS HD/FHD for device compatibility. 30 FPS is useless for analysis, so no point in buying an Android phone unless you travel with a dartfish rig and don't mind endlessly transferring files to a laptop. Apple and this nailed 4-5 year's ago, when they implemented the functionality on their second wave of devices which supported a higher FPS than the 5S. True Tone and 3D touch are also things Android should ape ASAP. I don't like the Pixel images. It tries to balance for true white, which messed up the other colors. It's pretty obvious in the selfie. It turned the guy's face red because of it. The images it pushes out are consistently too cool, as a result (compared to an iPhone or Note 8). The Pixel still has the issue where if you aren't shooting with Google's camera app, the output is piss poor. The phone is still completely dependent on that software to take a decent jpicture. I know they have a chip, but it's non factor of it's not enabled...
  • It has nothing to do with what iPhone X can do or it can't do. If someone wants an iPhone or iOS, they will spend the money. There is nothing wrong with that. It's preference.
  • Why the fudge do I want to read about a POS IPhone? Android Central can do one.
  • If only there were a way to scroll past the articles that don't interest you. If only...
  • If only swiping wasn't such a royal pain in the a$$!
  • This is like saying that a $5000 Louis Vuitton bag is simply not worth it because it's just a bag, no matter the craftsmanship and brand recognition.
  • Except for the fact a Louis Vuitton bag IS just a bag. You can oversell the craftsmanship and brand all you want or you can buy something that will work well for a tenth of the price. Buy quality but don't buy into elitism and don't be a sucker.
  • Same as buying vehicles. I have spent my fair share on exclusive brands and the best are always Honda and mazda. For 1/10 of the price of my Mercedes or Jaguar.
  • I see what you're saying BUT, unless you're going to be pouring a lot of money into modding.. your Honda and Mazda will not be as fast or be as luxurious as your jag or benz. Disclaimer: I'm not a luxury car guy so I am not advocating.. I drive a fast "econobox" because it gives me the performance which I care about but not the luxury that I don't care about and don't want to pay for.
  • The fact that iPhone makes one phone with its own os, and just barely squeezes by every year In technology is the reason. I hate it. It should be leaps and bounds over Android but nah.. just release a few new features and charge more every year.
  • Resale value
  • I love my iPhone X. I actually left my Note 8 for the iPhone X because the size of the X is better and FaceID is much more secure than the laughable facial recognition on the Note 8, that can be spoofed with a photo. Also, security updates are very important to me and the Note 8 is still stuck on the August security patch, which is not cool at all. The Pixel 2 XL is a no-go for me because of the poor quality of the display. I'm interested why you didn't mention AR in your review. AR is one of the selling points of the new A11 bionic chip.
  • LOL. You left the Note 8 because the size is better? How? Face ID is secure? The Note 8 has 2 other methods more secure than the face ID. Fingerprint and Iris scanning. You're complaints are invalid.
  • Iris scanning is unreliable and slow and facial recognition can be spoofed with a photo of the phone owner. And the placement of the fingerprint sensor is terrible on the huge device. The Note 8 is way too big.
  • You were never an android user. Just a simple apple fan boy.
  • you seem to be the one butthurt that he likes the iPhone. who's the fanboy here?
  • You can definitely spot the Apple Trolls..
  • How about we all chill on calling others trolls just because their opinion differs? Hrm? Sounds good to me :).
  • I'm not calling anyone a troll. I'm stating that as an android user for years, you can spot apple trolls easily. And vice versa.. That comment had troll characteristics, but I'm not insinuating they are a troll. But they could be. Other comments reveal they may not be a troll, but just a phone slut who never takes the time to learn a particular device. Rather just hops from one phone to the next while simultaneously judging the previous ones. Just an observation. No offense should be taken.
  • You were absolutely calling me a troll.
  • Quiet troll
  • Really, who is troll here?
  • You're definitely contradicting your statements. "I am not calling anyone a troll" then say "As an android user fro years, you can spot Apple Trolls easily".   How can you say you spot trolls (a.k.a calling them trolls) without calling them trolls? Yeah let's not play dumb. You know what I meant and know what you did. Let's leave it at that :).
  • I know I didn't call anyone anything. Until I was forced to ;)
  • Troll confirmed. We have an Apple Troll on the loose.
  • I owned every major Android flagship this year, including the S8, S8+, Note 8. Earlier this year, I had an S7 edge and Moto Z Force Droid. I also owned an iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X. I’m not an Apple fanboy. It’s that some phones are better for my use than others. The Note 8 was an unwieldy beast when I had it. YMMV.
  • That extra 4 mm (the equivalent of the iPhone eks thick bezel) over your 8+ must have been a nightmare...
  • Seems there are fanboys in this and the iMore forum. I wouldn't classify Retinella as a fanboy or a troll. I remember seeing him post as an android owner over here. Like him I switched to Apple. I like things about both platforms but right now I feel like Apple after quite a few years with various Android phones.
  • Those are legit complaints about the note 8 as far as unlock options and size. I prefer fingerprint unlock myself and I'd never buy a note with that placement.
  • Iris scanner is nearly as fast as face id and faster when you also have to still swipe to unlock the IP eks. Security of face id over iris scan is debatable. Both have very convuluted ways of bypassing. A twin can get by face id but not through iris or fingerprint so you can't preach that it's secure.
  • No, iris scanning is not as face as FaceID. The iris scanner required you to place your eyes in the eye area on the screen, and it only works about half the time. FaceID can get spoofed by a twin, but it still is much more secure than a fingerprint.
  • Only half? Iris scanning has worked for me way more than that.
  • Yep no issues with mine except in bright sunlight which is where fps comes in handy. Typically though I smart lock to my watch.
  • Fingerprint can't get spoofed by a twin. Making your point invalid.
  • Uh, yes it can
  • Uh....their fingerprints are different so....I suggest you learn the science you're talking about instead of making wildly false claims.
  • Mine seems fast. Then again, I did use it in good lighting. In other scenarios, yeah. Not so fast.
  • "The Note 8 is way too big." Until Apple releases the inevitable Plus series sized X next year. :p
  • People have preferences, and many that I've talked to says that they would like to have a Plus model for the X, since they find it small, and I agree. The iPhone X doesn't take full advantage of its display, and you can see how much waste of space it has starting with the keyboard, and then with the unoptimized apps.
  • Did you get the iphonex with the cheap face ID or the real one?
  • Every iPhone X has the real FaceID.
  • You do know apple put a cheap version of the face ID in right? You know so they could meet demand
  • That was debunked long ago. Thanks for playing.
  • Nothing about the iPhone x size is better than the Note's. Ridiculous comment.
  • YMMV. No need to be offended because someone has a different opinion from you.
  • No there isn't. So don't be offended.
  • It is to people who don't like gigantic phones.
  • Why are security updates important to you? Are android phones getting hacked or getting viruses because that don't have the most up to date security patch?
  • There's a lot more to phone security than getting a virus. Hell, that's not even on the first page of issues that can be caused by having an out of date phone.
  • Im sure the iphone X is great. But it costs a $1000. I swear apple has raped everyone who purchased it in my opinion. No phone should cost no damn $1000 i dont care what feature comes with it. Im a phone junky and i would never pay that price for a device, no mattwr how big the hype gets. Just me though
  • May I ask to be wary using words like "rape" in contexts that really don't call for that? I understand one can have strong feelings about the fair price for an item, but ultimately nobody is forced to buy an iPhone X.
  • it can't be spoofed by a picture, it was a demo unit running demo software in the best buy store. I haven't seen anybody do it once they had the device in hand. here is a video of someone trying it and it not working.
    i have the x and the note 8. I've had issues with both. Before the recent update on the iPhone x iOS 11 was slow terrible unresponsive at times and just a hassle to use not to mention the issue when people would put I and question mark would appear.
  • Of course you will say android is better in a lot of way as it is in your perspective. But ios also has a lot of advantages! Same with pictures, both look great and it is more a matter of taste on how it renders
  • I've been an Android user for years, one things that Apple get right is pushing out software updates, compare that to Android and it's fractured state.
  • Watch and see as Apple is becoming more and more fragmented.
  • How So cmdacos? They have 1 VERSION of IOS. It gets updated yearly, for devices 5 years behind. My Son's 5s got IOS 11 and that is 5 generations behind the 8. I have yet to see a mainstream android device get 5 Android OS updates. That would mean getting Oreo on my OG galaxy Note. Please...valid points. I am still using my 6s as the 7, or 8 provided NOTHING new and exciting for me. The speed difference between the 6s and 8 is very very minimal. I am just waiting for my upgrade cycle at Telus so I can grab the new Essential phone. Something different....Not Samsung (which I cannot stand after owning a bunch of them), and also picking up a Chromebook. More than likely the Samsung plus. I played with the pixelbook yesterday. IT'S AWESOME.
  • Compared to what? Samsung or LG? Google is just as fast.
  • What? Did you even read the review? Jeez..
  • Obviously not!
  • It's nice to read a sensible review of the iPhone X. Everything else I see is hyperbolic nonsense that would have us believe it is a class unto itself, which simply is not true. It's a great phone, but it's very much a part of the leading group - not a tearaway winner. Were it priced sensibly, that might be different. But the price is an issue and the fact that it doesn't even include the fast charger - basic equipment at the top end nowadays - make the price borderline consumer hostile.
  • Well, the Google Pixel 2 XL costs almost as much as the X and lacks a better build quality, lacks a better screen, and it lacks wireless charging. So...yeah.
  • So in your world 150 bucks is almost the same.
  • With 128 GB it's $949.
  • So what. The option is there for 850.
  • And so what? The most expensive version is $950, which is pretty much up there. The point here is comparing how close the most expensive pricing for the Pixel 2 XL would be to the iPhone X. And, $150 still ain't that much, especially if we're talking flagship prices in here.
  • I'll play that game, 1150 is the most expensive iPhone. 200 bucks more than most expensive Pixel. Point is, there is a option for 850. Not so for the iPhone.
  • The X doesn't come in 128GB
  • 128GB Pixel 2 XL is $950. 64GB iPhone X is $999. $50 is not that much.
  • Damn it, stop it. What does 64gb Pixel cost?
  • They’re both ******* expensive. There
  • It's a troll ignore it
  • To say that the iPhone X has a better build quality is highly subjective as there are plenty of people that conversely believe that the Pixel 2 XL is a well-manufactured device. There is no metric that can prove one is better, from a quality perspective, than the other. The screen issue is debatable, however, but even then, like build quality, what is unusable for some is perfectly fine for others. I personally haven't had an issue with the Pixel 2 XL's screen at all. The blue shift doesn't make the Pixel 2 XL unusable, it's just slight more prominent than the color shift that all OLED screens have. It doesn't bother me because I typically look at my phone's straight on than at weird angles, but that's just my own subjective viewpoint. And then there's wireless charging. This is another feature that is rather polarizing. Some like it for its convenience while others hate it for its comparably slow charging speed compared to the increases we've seen in recent years with Quick Charge and rapid charging with USB C. The respective positives for both forms of power delivery ultimately come down to which one you prefer, but it certainly doesn't make one better than the other. I've had devices that had wireless charging in the past and I enjoyed the convenience of being able to just drop my phone on the charger, but as wired charging speed have improved greatly in the last couple of years, charging speed has become, for me at least, far more important than convenience. All this to say that each of these features you brought up as being better in the iPhone X are subjective determinations, likely to help justify the exorbitant price of the iPhone X. Before you criticize my use of the word "exorbitant," just remember that for the base storage configuration (64 GB), the iPhone X is $150 more than the Pixel 2 XL. At max storage, it's $200 more. While the iPhone X does have double the storage of the Pixel 2 XL (256 GB vs. 128 GB), Google provides unlimited photo and video storage at maximum resolution on Google Photos, thus rendering the discrepancy in storage price moot. I'm not saying that the Pixel 2 XL is not an expensive device (because it is), but with price differences of $150 and $200, respectively, those differences are not insubstantial amounts of money (unless you're Scrooge McDuck and literally swimming in your gigantic vault of gold coins).
  • See, you are a troll. I was right the first time. Easily spotted
  • That was a nice objective write up. Thank you.
    If Apple had come out with this year ago, I would have been tempted to try it!
    I did upgrade from Apple to Android - HTC & then Samsung - and are enjoying that I can customise stuff. When I changed 3 years ago, Apple had a small screen and I was crying out for a large screen and now have moved on the Note8 which I am loving. I like what Apple does correct on its phones but they are boring and so predictable.
    I do prefer the fingerprint sensor as a means of opening a phone and I no issue on opening Note8 either with my left or right hand and usually by the time it's out of my pocket it's open!. The finger reaches the sensor very naturally - my hand size is average.
    I use a Mac ( for over 10 years) and consider I have the best of both worlds!
  • I stopped reading when you called the iris scanner finicky--you must be a moron. There's nothing finicky or iffy about the iris scanner on my S8. It's fast, it's accurate and NO, YOU DON'T HAVE TO LOOK DIRECTLY AT nor do you have to look into the circles. I've scanned my phone by a mere glance at it, day or night, walking or sitting. So you're either lying to give the iPhone some points or--more than likely, you're one of those people that don't take time to set something up properly and then complain that it doesn't work. We've already seen face ID fail and if you watch the video of the live failure the demonstrator wiped his face twice before trying again which leads to believe that face ID has trouble if sweat, light or makeup is on your face that wasn't there when you set it up. We have also seen it fail when siblings try it and it fails when a young child with less defined faces try it. At least Samsung was forward thinking enough to keep the fingerprint scanner. Face ID is a beta product rushed to market for bragging rights.
  • Wow...someone is super salty this morning! Fanboys like you are so laughable!
  • "you must be a moron"
    Insults don't accomplish anything except for losing an argument part of its credibility.
  • Well, I had the S8, S8+, and Note 8 and the iris scanner was finicky on each of those devices. And it didn’t work I direct sunlight.
  • Just like some have had that same issue with the X. Reports of FaceID being finicky and not working in direct sunlight. I haven't had the issue with my S8 but at the end of the day they both use cameras and cameras can have issues with direct sunlight. However, I still have the fingerprint scanner to use as a back up....
  • FaceID doesn't use a camera. 30,000 IR dots are projected onto your face to get a 3D rendering of your face. I suggest you learn the products you're talking about instead of making wildly false claims.
  • I'm sorry I used the wrong term. Should have said sensor. I suggest you quit getting butthurt over comments. Might make your life a bit more enjoyable. Either way...people have still had the same issue. Got anything to say about that?
  • If FaceID didn't use a camera it wouldn't work. From the Apple site... "Face ID is enabled by the TrueDepth camera and is simple to set up. It projects and analyzes more than 30,000 invisible dots to create a precise depth map of your face."
  • You can tell when you've called someone out on their BS. That's when they get nitpicky about comments while not responding to what you've called them out on.
  • Shush with those pesky facts.
  • Learn the products or just listen to the marketing spin as you have?
  • If you want to get technical, iris scanning would be about 800% more "finicky" because it has an 800% smaller FoV. You absolutely do have to look at just the right spot, and that's by design. You've just gotten good at doing it, as Samsung predicted people would, so it works great for you. Face ID and Iris scanning are both just math when you break them down. Math is constant. Feelings don't change it.
  • Can your drag and drop music and videos yet? Download torrents? Blocks ads on YouTube or other apps? Then no, ios will never be for me.
  • So, you're asking if you can do a lot of illegal stuff? How about you starting paying for movies & videos(and iTunes for movies, Apple Music for music is great place to start)?
  • I guess you have never downloaded a torrent in your life...
  • Believe it or not, some of us haven't.
  • Sure did. But never when I had a choice.
    I lived in a country where I just couldn't buy anything. Because there was no Netflix, no Spotify. So, because they didn't provide me a legal solution, I did download torrent. But if there is a reasonable(in price), legal solution, no, I never downloaded torrent.
    Otherwise, why it doesn't bother me at all that I don't have uTorrent in iPhone
  • Nope, not once.
    And never will either.
  • Take torrents away from the above and there's nothing illegal. Torrents aren't necessarily illegal either depending 9n the content.
  • "...something I've been utilizing to great effect since Android 7.0 Nougat implemented the ability to tap twice on the multitasking button to switch between the last two active apps." I had no idea this was a thing. What a time saver. And to think I learned about it in a article targeting the iPhone. Beauty!!!
  • Lol I also had no idea about double tapping multitasking button. So very useful. I will be using this a lot going forward!!
  • Same here. Haha.
  • My main takeaway from just the pics - the Pixel 2 XL is one uglyass phone.
  • Lol.
  • Every other review I have seen has said that face ID is hit or miss. Or not there yet. Interesting.
  • Yes, good write up that lands the middle ground between "I hate everything Apple" and "This is my phone... worship it"
    I'm impressed with the tech behind Face ID, but t's still slower: Face ID:
    1. Pick up phone.
    2. Aim phone at face.
    3. Swipe up on screen. Touch ID:
    1. Touch sensor. We do have the iPhone 8 Plus as a family member now, and the U11 still slaughters it in battery life. Not just once in awhile, but every day. And the U11 screen looks better to boot ;) That notch is quirky and I have not decided to like it or not. Having extra space for notifications is possibly a positive point, but notifications go away when not needed. The notch does not. Not sure about A11 Bionic yet. Photoshopping a Geekbench score to keep on a flip phone is just as relevant as the scores we get on the A11, because it's not backed up in anything else. It's barely faster than the iPhone 7. The initial releases were slower than the Note 8 and oneplus 5 and U11 and Xperia XZ. Even after the optimizations and updates, the A11 still comes up short in RAM management compared to the Note. See the PhoneBuff speed tests for reference. I do like the materials and the way the off-white accents the frame. The "strongest glass ever" scratches at level 6 on Moh's hardness scale, and the back cracking requires that the entire phone body be replaced.
  • If you actually use FaceID, it’s just as quick as a fingerprint sensor. Once the phone wakes, all you need to do is swipe up on the lock screen. FaceID will have the phone already unlocked in that time.
  • For someone that isn't an Apple fan or Apple cr so pusher, you have spent quite a bit of time on this comment section defending the phones short comings. I call bull****.
  • I'm combating misinformation (ahem, lies).
  • It's not lies when face id is a two step method. It's slower overall to get to the home screen.
  • Oh god, I can tell you haven't use Face ID because you keep complaining about an issue that's not an issue.
  • Honestly, Touch ID feels like a 2 step method on the iPhone, showing you the lock screen first before showing your homescreen, unlike Android phones. Heck, even my $180 Android phone unlocks faster than an iPhone. Hence, Face ID is faster, judging from the review videos it's just like having a simple lock screen swipe to open up, since Face ID already detects your face once you pick it up and the screen turns on. So, I'll take Face ID over Apple's current Touch ID, and if Apple becomes smarter and embeds a fingerprint sensor on the side key, and unlocks as fast as my $180 phone, I'm all for it.
  • FaceID might be quick, but by the time you've put your iPhone X in front of your face so you can swipe to unlock, anybody with a phone with a fingerprint sensor already has their phone unlocked by the time their phone is in front of their face. #firstworldproblems
  • Unless their fingers are wet or dirty 😀
  • You don't need to bring your phone to your face with FaceID. All you need to be doing is glancing at your phone. It is definitely just as fast as the average fingerprint sensor.
  • Take your iPhone X out of your pocket and "glance" at it while it's at your side and see how quickly you unlock it (it won't). Definitely not as fast as a fingerprint sensor.
  • If the phone is at your side you’re not reading it anyway. You need to face it to read it so...
  • ThrottleJohnny - For a lot of people, that would be the case most of the time. I know it's an exception, but there are some people like me who frequently have their phone sitting on a surface where it is not aimed at their face. Like on the bedside table, propped on a recording console, on a desk off to the side. I'll frequently unlock my phone and glance at the time or a stopwatch or a notification. The U11 screen is readable from wide angles with no problem, and I use it that way several times a day. GsmArena says "The display itself is a Super LCD 5 IPS display with QHD (1440 x 2560 px) resolution and offers a pixel density of 534ppi. It offers great viewing angles, bright colors, dark blacks, and great contrasts."
  • Then the X wouldn’t be for you. But you truly have to use one to get it. You can still tap your X screen to wake it if you choose. Otherwise, Face ID works beautifully.
  • "but t's still slower:" - just by naming more steps, it doesn't mean it's slower. at the moment you will swipe, it will be already unlocked. so, it's difference between touching sensor or swiping. "We do have the iPhone 8 Plus as a family member now, and the U11 still slaughters it in battery life" - of course. because iPhone is used, but U11 is kept on the table in stand-by mode. Or do you really want to make us believe that someone is using it? "That notch is quirky and I have not decided to like it or not. Having extra space for notifications is possibly a positive point, but notifications go away when not needed. The notch does not." - to do you understand that if notch wouldn't exist, there would be entire bar of that size. so, it's either you have that space for time/battery or you don't have. there isn't a option to have screen instead of notch. "A11 still comes up short in RAM management compared to the Note" - don't say RAM management. just RAM. management means, how smart they're using. and Note sucks. this is why they put more RAM. Apple is good at that. this is why they don't need to put so much RAM inside. "See the PhoneBuff speed tests for reference." - sure. if you don't like some benchmark, just recommend another one with the results you like
  • In real world use, face or Iris scanning are both slower than a touch ID implementation. Good example is picking your phone up from a table. In the iP8 and Pixel 2 XL all you do is grip the phone and activate the sensors, by the time you are looking at the phone it is unlocked. You have effectively eliminated at least one step. Pockets is a no brainier.
  • Not always. In real world scenarios your hands get wet or dirty, you don’t always hit the FPS correctly etc. iPhone X eliminate those scenarios all while giving you the option to double tap to wake and enter your pin.
  • Best to have more options.
  • But the new Pixel phones have any unlock you want.... Pin... Swipe... Pattern... Face.... Fingerprint.... Trusted devices.... Trusted places....I don't understand why everyone is ignoring Android's face unlock... It's there and been there for a long time and works completely transparently... I suppose it isn't as secure as Apple's depth scanner but it's like people aren't even mentioning it.
  • What good are bench marks if the end product is slower?
  • Because it’s not slower.
  • AndreiVi - One thing to know about me is that, although I make mistakes, I never intentionally post something that's dishonest. On to the discussion! Device unlock times.
    Face ID using side button: 1.2 seconds
    Face ID using Raise to Wake: 1.16 seconds
    Touch ID on iPhone 7 Plus: 0.91 seconds
    HTC U11 fingerprint reader: 0.34 seconds If you can go from the device sitting on a desk or table, to fully unlocked, in less than 0.5 seconds with Face ID, I will be genuinely impressed and will buy you a drink. Average battery percentage at noon for the Apple iPhone 8 Plus with 2,675mAh battery on Sprint, and the HTC U11 with 3,000mAh battery on AT&T.
    iPhone 8 Plus: 40 to 45%
    HTC U11: 75 to 90% As far as the U11 not being used, it's my daily driver loaded with 135 apps, and typically sees 4 to 5 hours of screen on time each day. Checking the phone stats for the last couple weeks, I've used 12.23 GB of mobile data, 15.05 GB of WiFi data, and had 308m 17s of talk time. The iPhone 8 Plus is my son's (I own the 7), and he uses it pretty hard as well. He does keep Facebook running, and I don't, and I'm sure that has some impact. Yes, I'm fully aware that not having the notch would mean notification icons would be on a bar across the main screen. I'm also aware that a notification bar can completely disappear. Now, there are a few wallpapers that attempt to hide the notch, but nothing yet that fixes having a chunk missing out of your movie. I like movies better than notches, but I guess that would fall under the personal preference category ;) Apple SOC's utilize less RAM because they are generally a bit more efficient. My critique is with the claims of the A11 being 200% faster, and it's not. Not compared to the A10, not compared to the SD 835, not compared to the current Exynos. Why does the A11 take 8 seconds to open Asphalt 8 Airborne, when the U11 takes 6.4 seconds? That's just an example, but it's a frequently used reference that can be found in many speed test videos. If the Geekbench scores were credible, then the iPhone 10 should be opening Asphalt 8 in 3.2 seconds. I'm eager for your explanation of why it does not. As to the speed test videos, actually going though multiple apps multiple times gives a better example of performance than one single number generated by only one app. That's my honest opinion, and I think quite a few other people would agree.
  • with the fingerprint sensor in the back of the device there's really no steps to unlock the phone. You just grab your phone with the finger in place which is quite natural to start with and the phone is ready even before you get to see the front screen. I am sure FaceID is good, but you just can't deny that it take a little more time or steps or whatever you want to call it than the devices with the sensor on the back.
  • it doesn’t though. It reads your face in less than a second and unlocks the device. It can do this also lying on a table. So where is all this extra time you’re speaking of coming from?
  • Totally agree with you. Just by reading the comments you can tell who has actually used the X with Face ID and who hasn’t. Those of us who have, completely understand how it’s just one sweeping motion as you lift the phone it’s already unlocked by the time you’re ready to use it. Other people who have not used it can’t understand that it’s one seemless motion because they think you have to look at the phone, wait for it to unlock, and then swipe. I admit I did it like that the first few times but then I realized I didn’t have to wait. All I had to do was pick up the phone and swipe to open and while I spent a split second doing that, the Face ID already did it’s job unlocking the phone. For people who have a phone with the fingerprint sensor on the rear don’t you have to pick up the phone also because it’s face down since you have access to the sensor? And if its face up then you have to pick up the phone to be able to use the fingerprint sensor that’s on the back.
  • I think the biometric comparison isn't complete in the sense that you're really only comparing the iphone X to Note8. I prefer the rear fingerprint scanner in most android phones (Pixels in particular) to face unlock. I also think that the whole system of swiping and gestures is kind of a mess. It still feels like the iphone X is a beta product...
  • Rather than look at the iPhone x and Note 8 as thousand dollar phones, consider that that we still call them phones while we use them to connect with our emails, banking, family members and friends, and for daily planners, purchasing, and entertainment.What do we increasingly not use them as? Phones.
  • Great review Dan. I think you really nailed all the iOS vs Android aspects of it all.
  • Dammit... too early for 🍿
  • Ugh...GBoard? You know...I tried it. I really did. I gave it a good three or four months...but I ultimately went back to Swype. It just doesn't perform like I want it to and has some weird tendencies that drove me bonkers. The only thing I miss is the GIF search.
  • I can't make up my mind between Samsung's default keyboard and Swiftkey. Both are excellent. Gboard sucks moose.
  • Of course it does.
  • Swiftkey is the reigning champ for me as well. I'm giving gboard a try, but so far not impressed.
  • SwiftKey also ended up being my default choice. Only thing I do not like is that SwiftKey stores your passwords. and will display them as suggestions!
  • Hmm it doesn’t do that for me! Otherwise I agree, it seems to be the best.
  • I'd love to see a collaboration between Apple and Google ( Gapple/Goople ) and see what they could come up with
  • That would be kinda neat to see.
  • And that is what is called a balanced review. Mr Ritchie, take note.
  • Lol....that will never happen....good try though.
  • "Mr. Ritchie" and "balanced review" in the same sentence... ROTFL!
  • Good review Dan. I'm currently using an iPhone 7+ and a Nexus 6P, and this weekend I finally dragged myself to a store to check out the iPhone X. To me the phone feels really small, and not in a good way. The screen may have comparatively smaller top and bottom bezels but the side bezels are just as big as on my 7+. On some apps the notch is bearable but in others you really notice it and it steals some aditional screen real estate. The whole thing just feels very cramped to me. I was considering selling my 7+ and buying the X, but now I think I might wait another year to see if Apple releases an "X Plus" model. As far as ecosystems go, I think the difference is MUCH smaller than it was just 3 or 4 years ago, and there are quite a few apps I've used on Android that aren't avaible on iOS. Both platforms have their strengths an weaknesses...
  • Spot on Daniel.. I'm also enjoying the iPhone X. Face Id is awesome, build is great and looks great. Camera is good but doesn't compete with my Pixel 2. Display is gorgeous. I think one can't go wrong if they buy the iPhone X. Great phone.
  • The IPhone X is nothing but a desperate game of catchup to Samsung and yet again the remove useful features such as headphone jack and touch ID and the home button. This phone I would never give one thought into buying.
  • The only thing Apple is caching up is on the OLED screen supplied by Samsung. They provided the specifications and calibrated the screen making it one of the best out there even when compared to Samsung's Note 8 just shows Apple knows a thing or two for displays /screens. From the various sites that report on the latest news /rumors from smartphone manufacturers Apple was already planning to go all screen, remove the physical home button replace it with an embedded sensor underneath the screen since early to mid 2015 for the iPhone 7 (2016). In early 2016 sites starting saying the iPhone 7 would use the same design as the 6 and that the 10th anniversary iPhone (2017) would have the total redesign. Samsung just reacted by doing the same and beating Apple to it. Samsung constantly reacts to Apple's latest designs /features and even rumors. Just like now sites reporting that Samsung is working on 3D camera to match Face ID. I can take you back in memory lane on everything Samsung has fast followed Apple after they released it. The only thing Apple is clearly reacting to is Samsungs foldable screen.
  • They're surely playing catch up, but when they do, they're miles ahead. Facial recognition has been around for Android in years, and only now do we see this tech catch up in security and speed with fingerprint recognition, even pull ahead at some instances. Iris recognition on Samsung phones are good, but they're no match to Face ID as of now. As they say, when Apple moves, everyone follows, no matter how big of a brand are you.
  • I totally agree with you on what you said "when Apple moves, everyone follows". Also, you have to understand Apple moves at its on pace. I forgot along with the OLED screen they added wireless and fast charging which is definitely playing catchup cause they have done anything with it. But, as for the facial recognition they didn't just play catch up to match what Samsung has they took it to a whole another level and set a new standard.
  • You know, that's a very good point about using the phone outside in cold weather. I use the fingerprint sensor on my S7 Edge and use Smart Lock to keep it unlocked at home and when connected to my car's bluetooth. But I live in Wisconsin and even though I have touchscreen-compatible gloves, unlocking the phone with gloves on means using my PIN. BUT...I still wouldn't want Face ID to be my only means of unlocking. I don't like the usability aspect of having to hold the phone out at an angle every single time I want to unlock it.
  • Decent piece, DB. It's always interesting when you put your Apple hat on. The X is looks like a great device and Apple makes some quality hardware, but it's on iOS. if the X is "the future" as Apple tells the story, then that would suggest their AI/ML is "the future" as well. That's simply not the case. Siri is remedial and, IMO, light years behind what's going on with Google and Android; specifically Google Assistant. The tech industry is moving from hardware specs to being able to handle tasks without always having to have a phone. Evidence that Apple recognizes this can be seen with the latest untethered Apple watch. The future isn't going to be about the number of emojis you can make your face look like, it's about how much can you get done without looking at your phone.
  • I have an iPhone 6S as a work phone and the OS is terrible... I find it to be an awful user experience, and nowhere near as pleasant as my personal Android phone. My wife however, is Apple all the way and loves her iPhone 7.
  • In a year or two ALL phones will be bezelless. I'll wait. And I hope that the rumors of an iPhone X PLUS, with a 6.7-inch screen, are true. Why? Because I know there will be several Android copies made at a much lower price.
  • What will android be copying?
  • Face ID
  • Rumors of Samsung already working on a 3D camera to match /mimic Face ID which is no surprise.
  • It's not a real game changer let's just face it. Buy it if you like but don't expect some extra refreshing experience is what I see for people used to flagship phones.
  • FaceID is cool but what about people who wear color changing glasses outside. I think fingerprint scanning just makes more sense for ease honestly. But to each their own apple devices are generally good at what they do.
  • Face ID seemed to do pretty good with most changes, like glasses and beards and hats. CNET did a section on things that are ok, and things that make it fail, like welders googles. Face ID was beaten yesterday by a security team using a 3D printed mask with photos of the eyes glued to it. It was a huge amount of work though, so I'm not concerned about anyone of the street doing the same.
  • For people who wear color changing glasses outside and want to use FaceID there are two possibilities: 1) Turn off "Require Attention for FaceID" Its just as secure, excepting for the one possibility that your kids or your roommate can hold the phone to your face while you're sleeping. For the great majority of us that's not an issue. 2) Most color changing glasses DO work with "Require Attention for FaceID". Its not dependent on polarization or color per se. Some don't and some do. Yours may. Check around.
  • Maybe someday I'll find my way to picking up a used slightly older (cheaper) iPhone to play around with but it's just not one of my tech priorities right now. My eyes are on my next phone (Samsung or Pixel) and further improvement to my smart home (Google Home) and computing (Windows) worlds (with maybe a modern gaming console thrown in for good measure - have an Xbox One S now). Knowing iPhone could come in handy as most of my family uses them but are not super tech savvy and it is the one area I'm not great at helping them with.
  • The iris scanning on my 2 year old Lumia 950 XL on Windows 10 Mobile is faster than Samsungs on Android, but I still wish there was a fingerprint scanner for some situations.
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  • Nice review.
  • what about touch sensitivity around edges? with no bezels around would be nice to know if it's prone to accidental touches. not having any bezel on the bottom is ridiculous.
  • You know, I haven't seen reports of false touches being a problem yet, but maybe people are still getting used to it. Or, maybe they are telling complainers that they are holding it wrong ;)
  • lol
  • You should not have false touch problems on the iPhone x because there are thick bezels around the entire screen about 3 mm the same as the iPhone 7 around the sides plus the notch on the top also eats into screen real estate so you don't have to worry about false touches on the top you have about the same screen size of the small iPhone 8 as you do on the iPhone x so you should be fine .
  • There actually are bezels, they're just small. It doesn't go all the way to the edge like the Samsung phones.
  • The bezels on the sides are still thick enough to prevent touch sensitivity on the edges, unlike devices that have curved edges.
  • I love Apple products but after getting out of the ecosystem years ago, I will never even think of jumping back into their walled garden. I prefer to live free, and free I shall through Android.
  • @Daniel Thanks for the review. One thing I would like to point out is the way how you have compared how fast FaceID is to Note 8's IRIS scanner. You cannot just try to unlock FaceID and Note 8 at the same time as you have shown in the GIF due to both require attention as a key factor to unlock. You are and can only focus on one device at a time. The best way to test this would be to use them separately and see how good they are. Personally, I have both the iPhone X and Note 8. I find FaceID and IRIS scanner both to be quick. In my Note 8, I have also set to unlock with Home button which then all I have to do is press the home button, it will scan my eyes and I am in.
  • That's how I used my S8+ and it was super quick. Not as quick as a good rear facing fingerprint scanner that you can unlock before you even look at it, but the next best thing.
  • Interesting. I also have a Note 8 and an iPhone X and the Note 8 requires a lot more accuracy in placing it right in front of my retinas to unlock. The X unlocks before I even have the phone in front of my face.
  • IOS is less smooth than it use to be. If you are not seeing frame rate drops, you're not paying attention. The pixel line now has surpassed iOS in overall performance. Controlled scrolling doesn't count as "smooth" its still jumpy and hangs up. Actually with each resolution bump, I seem to see more and more Jank. Apple WAS about software. You can't say that anymore it seems
  • That may be true, but iPhone also have less problems out of the box than any Android phone, still to this day.
  • I know the HTC M8 had camera software issues that took a while to fix, but I don't recall the U11 having any issues at all. I know mine had none, but most of my iPhones that I personally bought had no issues either (except for the 4 and the 5C)
  • IOS 7 broke apps badly !
  • Also people keep forgetting Google is doing AR to plus Android has VR which is still growing and will continue as tech gets better , also the pixel 2 has a secret weapon it's about to unleash soon with the pixel visual core and that's an extra 8 core CPU developed by Intel also now that Google seems to be working with Intel it's about to get serious real quick.
    And people forget but Intel put apple on the map for many years with there CPU so who better then to out perform apple then the one who taught them how to make cpus ... And that pixel visual core is gonna dominate camera and video including AR so and I kinda like the Google stickers more then animojis it's just animojois are available now and stickers are coming soon , also Snapchat just announced it's shifting to Android as main platform first , now that Android has caught up in camera and performance I'm sure it's only a matter of time before u see more and more top companies making the shift , as long as Google keeps it up .
    And now with taking HTC design team I'm sure the pixel 3 is gonna be a very premium phone and still have that flawless performance of clean Android ... Let's see how it goes apple has some serious competition only reason pixel is not selling like krazy is because of the screen if they would of put a super oled , this would of been much much more serious but let's see HTC has a hell of a design team ,m8 and so on but lacked software now Google has the software and the hardware...
  • They only use intel in Macs, their mobilre CPUs were based of qualcomm designs or other ARM mobile designs, but specifically modded by apple for the hardware.
  • It's always been that way for the iPhone. Butter smooth at launch and then within a year, lagging and janky. How else can they get people to upgrade every year?
  • Have a 7+. You sound d ridiculous.
  • I don't think it's not smooth, but there are many more bugs that should never make it past testing with the new IOS releases since 7 on up !
  • All software has some bugs. Most bugs are rare and are not seen by most people. The biggest difference between iOS and Android is that when iOS releases a new OS, the majority of the platform migrates to it within weeks. The few bugs that exist are quickly shaken out. On Android, what percentage of users are using Oreo? Less than 1%? It will take years before a significant portion of the user base ever even sees Oreo. Hopefully the bugs get fixed by then.
  • I'm not sure what you're smoking but when your head is clear, you might want to check again. While Android devices have indeed improved over the years and I'd also agree that the Pixel is the smoothest Android device, I still have to use that qualification. I've not seen an Android device as smooth as something like the iPhone X. Now, if you are talking about the latest version of iOS running on an iPhone from 4 years ago, maybe you can start to see things not being as smooth as they once were on that same device. However, if you compare the current iPhones with the current Android phones your claims simply don't hold true.
  • FaceID and fingerprint together work perfectly together on the lg g6. Samsung is not the only smart phone manufacturer on the android platform... If fingerprint doesn't work in a second the faceid does.
  • Exactly...I want both... And love the fingerprint scanner on the back... Apple's trend by removing the headphone jack last year was copied by Google with the new Pixel....please don't remove the fingerprint scanner next year!
  • I'm not sold on the convenience of face ID. I had the S8+ for two weeks and the iris scanner was super fast, and it removed the lock screen instead of requiring a swipe afterwards. Pull the phone out with a press on either the virtual home button, or the power button and almost as soon as it was at my face it was unlocked and on my home screen. The real question to the value is whether or not you want to have to point your phone at your face to unlock it. I often unlock my 6P by feel while looking elsewhere. Either as I take it out of my pocket, or while I'm paying attention to other things. So, for speed of unlock, which is faster, the phone that's unlocked before it gets to your face, or the one that you have to stop whatever you're doing to look at?
  • Good point, and I agree. Hopefully we still get both fingerprint sensors and facial recognition on phones on the future releases of all these companies.
  • Logically if you unlock your phone though, you're most likely going to glance at it so no big deal IMO.
  • Security + cell phone + Nowadays = not so secure. I applaud the effort to make us "feel" secure. But feeling secure and being secure is obviously 2 diff things
  • no Gigabit LTE. no thanks
  • This is one review I don't give a f ... about!
    But of course the Apple lover had to bring this rubbish to an Android site.
  • So why are you here?
  • The software for the comments here is horrendous, every time I upvote I end up at the top of the page??!!
  • OMG, I agree the forum software/setup sucks rocks !
  • This review makes the iPhone X seem like just another (very expensive) Android entry level device. Seems like iPhone and Android have finally become so similar, there's really nothing to talk about except gimmicky, overpriced features on flagship models and how much easier it is to waste time and money with them over budget devices.
  • dustinman..i have my 6s+ here right now and the IOS apps generally are miles ahead..MILES. Apps are more polished and there really is an app for everything with IOS. That said the U11 looks amazing and I just ordered it. Looking forward to some PERSONALIZATION that IOS lacks. Also GOOGLE now is/was trash, android assistant is making me try android again :D
  • I'm thankful for both operating systems... I mean what would you guys do all day without this ongoing debate? Who knew that smartphones could bring out such a nasty side in people.
  • Nice review here. I appreciate the balanced approach! So when is android going to properly incorporate gestures? BlackBerry 10 was miles ahead and I miss the gesture integration dearly. Android should marry bb10 and nova gestures and that will blow away the iPhone gesture experience. Also to note.. Battery life... try the keyone and motion. Two android phones that will kick +++ in battery life in comparison to most of the market. Yes.. I'm a BlackBerry fan :) and one that has used ios, bb10 and android as well. So I feel I can make comparisons (based on personal preferences of course).
  • Stupid article and stupid comments. The Pixel easily destroys the iPhone. I was a an iPhone user for years. Switched to the S8 and swore I would t go back. Then I tried the Pixel. I'm a Pixel guy for life. The user experience is second to none.
  • You're lying, stupid comment. Send how easy that is? Foh
  • Pixel second to none except HTC u11 and u11+...well maybe not, but probably equal :D
  • Let me tell you, by the time anyone unlocks their phone with facial recognition technology, I could have already finished unlocking my Galaxy S8 with either my PIN, or with my fingerprint scanner. Also, I actually prefer to have the fingerprint scanner on the back of the phone. It's out of the way, and works great there. I really don't know why all the fuss about it being moved to the back of the device. All this stuff is just marketing anyway--that is, unless you work for the CIA or FBI or something. And no matter what, if someone wants to get into your phone, then they will.
  • What if your fingers get cut off in a farm accident :P ?
  • I guarantee I can unlock with Face ID faster that you can enter a pin. Fingerprint scanners in general are a fine solution. The latest generation of scanners are certainly fast. However, sorry, the scanner on the back is a bad compromise... especially when it's right next to the camera lens. Been there... done that... not again.
    Also, if you setup your phone securely so that the device wipes after x number of failed authentication attempts, even the CIA and FBI would have big trouble.
  • What is the app on your dock that looks like a paper plane? 
  • Really enjoying my upgrade to the iPhone X. Came from the S8+, which overall I hated. First I bought the V30 but it’s horrible display, too light build, good but not great camera, and weak speaker made me return it. To be clear, I wouldn’t have returned it for one or two of the little things, but everything together was too much. The iPhone X is only the second iPhone I’ve ever used. I had the original 6 for a few months. This is the best smartphone I have ever used. Period. Of course that means for me. It’s the best smartphone *for me* that exists right now. If anyone is genuinely curious as to why I think that, I’ll gladly converse. I’m not going to engage with trolls that only want to malign my decision and insist Samsung is the best thing ever, or that the $999 price makes this phone a sin but not the $950 price of the note 8... I’m not trying to change minds that are set. But conversation is welcome.
  • The speed and ecosystem I’m guessing
  • iOS on the x is fantastic. There are still things android does better, but overall the new gestures in iOS (and the speed) make it the smoothest, most intuitive interface I’ve ever swiped around in. My one hand reaches the top right corner fine due to the compact phone size so control center is a non issue for me. Any phone with a permanent black bar on the bottom full of buttons just looks crowded and dated to me now. And even things like Samsung where you can hide them, it makes it more cumbersome to actually perform the either have to swipe up and then peck your correct button, or do a firm press while guessing where the home button is because you can’t see the target. I’ve grown very tired of hard presses on home buttons which is why I’m glad this iPhone doesn’t have one. You have to adjust your grip and give extra pressure and just swipe up from anywhere on the bottom of the screen is so smooth compared everything I’ve ever used.
  • Aside from the price, I have a friend who's an Apple afficianado. That Face ID is so not for me. There isn't a good way to open the device surreptitiously, for example. I don't know about unlocking in the car, w where you don't have an opportunity to devote your whole attention to the phone, but here in California the laws are only getting stricter on touching your phone while driving. Lastly, if you can't unlock first thing at 5 in the morning with half your face smashed into the pillow, it's a non-starter for me. Also, what sorry bank are you using that doesn't have fingerprint unlocking? I have multiple accounts at different banks and even my tiny credit union has it.
  • Fingerprint authentication works great for me with my bank's mobile app.
  • The car is the only place Face ID is really a pain. Apple must come out with a smart lock feature that allows you to bypass Face ID.
  • I have an AC vent mount my X sits in. It unlocks when I tap the screen. I guess it’s close enough to my face to work.
  • There is an option to "require attention for Face ID" in the Face ID settings. It's on by default. You can turn it off and that would work in the car (and in other situations where your eyes aren't fully open). It's also somewhat less secure.
  • It's a phone, a multi media device, gaming device and computer. Just like all the high end Android.
    But really, the price, I don't know. I'll wait for V2 but it's interesting. I really like the X.
    If I hadn't gone the path of selling my Nexus 6P ($425) and buying the half baked Essential then sending it back and buying a LG G6 for $449; I might have bought one. The G6 was "good enough".
    The Essential has feel just as good as the X, the G6 is very close.
    The X notch was no more bothersome than the cutout on the Essential.
    FaceID vs Fingerprint, is this really a debate? Different, just different.
    If you don't want to use FaceID, use your passcode.
    Iif you don't want to lift the phone up in some situations , use the passcode.
  • FaceID is *not* more secure than TouchID. It has already been compromised/hacked-- .
  • I guess you never saw the videos of them hacking touch id with a lifted print put onto a rubber thumb...
  • Great points and review Daniel! I received my iPhone X on launch day. Also have a Pixel XL and iPhone 7+. The iPhone X is a sweet device. While I realize android has had OLED for a while, the X screen is superb! Face ID works better than I expected, but touch ID is faster for me but the difference is really quite small. The bottom line is you will not be waiting on Face ID, it is very fast. If Apple removed the swipe up after face ID verifies you, it would be fine with me. Although everyone had a different fingerprint that is not what Apple is saying about face ID being more secure. They are talking about a random print or face being able to unlock your phone. The touch ID is not an FBI level scanner and the chance of a random unlock is 1 in 50,000 and for Face ID 1 in 1,000,000 not using an identical sibling. I would have been fine with a touch ID sensor where the Apple logo is on iPhone. I routinely use iPhone and Android. I can get almost all of my apps on both platforms. I detest bloat and slow updates which leaves me pretty much apple or google devices. They both have their strong points. I have had over 30 android phones and used to love to root and ROM etc. I hav not even unlocked my boot loader since my Nexus 6. I just want my device to work and be dependable when I need it. Both iPhone and Pixel do that just fine! I do like the size of iPhone X, it seems to be more pocketable than my 7+ or Pixel XL. Spend your money how you see fit! Never understood how that affects others...
  • You're like me. I have both myself. The screen is definitely nice on the X. Better than the Pixels XL 2 but Samsung still got them beat. Camera on the Pixel XL 2 is also better than the X but that 4K slow motion is a nice touch on the X. Over all as an operating system I still prefer Android especially since IOS 11 has so many bugs in it. They are both to the point I can't completely have one ecosystem over the other
  • I still have not updated to iOS 11 on my 7+ and the battery life is a bit better on the 7+ than the X. I am certain if I go to 11 on my 7+ I would lose some battery life. I took some 4K 60fps video over the weekend then airplayed it to my 4K TV and it was quite impressive. Huge file! 2:15 clip was almost 1 GB!
  • I don't like the Pixel cameras. The white point is routinely off with then. The pictures are almost always too cool in color temperature. Very apparent when looking at it's images side by side with an iPhone or Samsung's. The real star is the FFC on the Pixels, not the rear camera. The iPhones are much better for videography. You also can't patch in iOS' higher quality apps, either. That's the #1 reason why I'm still locked into iOS. The apps I need are on Android, but the Android versions are awful compared to the iOS versions. It's like going from Sublime Text to Notepad in terms of polish and feature disparity between the same app by the same developers on the two platforms. It's been 3 years since I moved to iOS. The situation hasn't improved one bit. If anything, it's gotten somewhat worse. Android has a welfare app ecosystem. Ads everywhere - and the worst kinds of ads. Worse reliability. Lagging in features. And the devices are lacking in - for me - key areas compared to the iPhone (Slo-Mo, Content Blockers, Continuity/Hand-off, offline apps for device/media management, etc. ).
  • How does "Samsung still got them beat"? How is the camera better on the Pixel 2 XL? Where's the telephoto lens? I find that Google's images tend to look over processed. Their attempt at bokeh just isn't as good either. What bugs do you feel are common on iOS 11? Have you even used it?
  • Wrong. TouchID now has liveness detection. FaceID hack did not even use moving eyes. Nice try.
  • At this point are you guys even Android site?
  • Yes
  • I have both the X and the Pixel. Hardware wise the iPhone X is great despite the notch. The only thing holding the iPhone X back is IOS 11. It's aweful. It's like the windows Vista of iPhones. Android 8.1 is a lot better.
  • In what way is iOS 11 awful? This seems to be the battle cry of the ignorant. I have no issue with your personal preference, but I feel that bold claims such as this sort of warrant a few examples to demonstrate your point.
  • I must be missing something with Face ID...even if it is great...what is the harm in having a finger print scanner too? Android has had some type of face unlock for long time (Galaxy Nexus?) and the implementation has gotten better ... might not be as advanced as Apple's but it is there and has been for a long time. Does Apple's work the same....hit the power button....then swipe and the phone unlocks cuz it sees your face? Still more steps than finger print scanning which unlocks and turns the phone on at the same time...I also find Android's swipe down gesture on the finger print scanner to be incredibly useful. Anyway...I'm rambling but I think multiple ways to unlock the same device is better because it offers choice .. Apple removed the finger print scanner for no reason. And how much more secure is it anyway? How secure does it need to be? How often is your phone away from you? And if it is gone for good how long until you remote lock and wipe the device? Oh ..and after being soured on my Pixel 2 XL purchase by reading all the negative the phone and really like it.... possibly Android's most underrated device in years.
  • Did you ever do swipe to unlock on an early iPhone? That’s how seemlessly Face ID works. As I’m lifting the phone towards me the screen automatically turns on, it unlocks, I swipe up and it opens. All in one seemless motion. With how easy it is I would never use a FPS even if it had one.
  • There isn't harm by also having a fingerprint sensor in principle. However, in practice, it's probably better not to have a feature than it is to do a half baked job of it. Putting the sensor on the back of a phone is simply a compromise. I know Apple has patents on the under the screen approach. That's fine, but it's likely very expensive to have that and an expensive true depth sensor system as well. Also, having too many options removes some of the simplicity in just having one good biometric. I think we can all agree that it's better to have one biometric done right than it is to have multiple half baked attempts on the same device.
  • (Remember my comment on the weekend article about why I wanted to take a break due to the immaturity? Yep, after reading the comments here, I think that’s justified. Come on guys. People are free to share their opinions. Don’t agree? Then don’t call them a “troll”. And before you say “Just scroll past the damn thing”, when the comments list is this long, you’ll inevitably find a comment that catches a heap of attention.) I have yet to actually use an iPhone X in person, so I will reserve final judgement until I actually use one. But I have to admit that I am slowly warming up to it. I’m still not the world’s biggest fan of FaceID but we’ll see next year when it’ll most likely improve. If I had to choose an iPhone now, it would probably be the 8+. BUT if I want the X, I will wait for next year so any teething pains can be resolved and more polish can be given.
  • I would just get the 8, save some money and forgo the faceID nonsense. I still love my 6s. I am hoping the essential phone will give me a similar experience using android.
  • Not with that awful camera.
  • I have to laugh at the most vocal people against Face ID are the people with no actual experience with it. Having come from a 6s and Touch ID, I can unequivocally say that Face ID is a much better solution. The 8 is also a powerful phone, but for the same size device, you get a much bigger screen (with TrueTone) and you get a much better camera solution. Portrait mode on the X is simply the best there is on any smartphone.
  • Face ID on my X has become my absolute favorite authentication method. It just works. EZ. The iris scanner on my Note 8 has to align with my eyes before it unlocks my phone and getting it just right takes thought while Face ID simply works as I’m raising my phone and swiping to unlock all in one nonstop move that is just as fast as the original swipe to unlock except it’s now vertical. The fingerprint sensor on my Sony Xperia XZ Premium is on the power button and that one works well but even that is not as convenient and easy as Face ID. It even unlocks apps and web logins like Amazon. Bottom line is that Face ID shocked the heck out of me as I thought it would be a pain but in reality has turned out to be one of the positives of the X.
  • Seems like you want to jump ship you :-P
  • I wouldn't want Face ID to be the only method to unlock a phone. Considering how many liberties the government wants to take with people's cellular devices, all they have to do is hold it up to your face and your phone would be unlocked. Nah, I prefer a good old fashioned pin, that they can't make me enter. At least I can delete my fingerprint before traveling.
  • You don't have to use Face ID at all if you don't want to. You can also delete your Face ID Profile off of our device before traveling. Passcodes are the default on iOS.
  • FaceID also has PIN as a backup. You don't have to use FaceID.
    TouchID can be fooled with a real thin silicon or crazy glue lifted print. FaceID is more secure.
    The person that pointed out the hack using a 3D printed mask, makeup, etc.... Are you that worried?
    The technology needed to hack FaceID is a lot more expensive than the $20 needed to fake TouchID.
  • I have two lines, and they've both recently been upgraded, so one is the Pixel 2 XL and the other is the iPhone X. I've been alternating between them every few days and your review is spot on and very close to my thoughts on how the two compare. They're each great phones, and they each have a price tag that means they damn well BETTER be great! I use one phone number far more than the other, so I'll need to decide which phone is going to get that one and that will be my daily driver. I primarily used the iPhone X last week and this week is the Pixel 2 XL, and after that I'll decide. It's gonna be a tough choice.
  • Easy choice, Pixel 2XL. Google integration is far better
  • The iphone x is the best phone. android users always slag apple off because they have the cheaper model and cant afford an iphone
  • I can easily buy any phone on the market I want, cost is really not an issue. Apple makes good hardware but frankly iOS sucks. And I have spend plenty time using iPhones and iPads. The limitations and restrictions Apple forces on you are stupid and frankly Android just does a lot of things way better like notifications, quick settings, launcher flexibility, default apps, accessibility controls for advanced automation tools (i.e. tasker). The great thing is we all have a choice and can buy what we feel is the best device for our personal needs. At least with Android I can further customize it to my exact needs while you continue to be brain washed into thinking Apple designed everything just perfect and that all iPhone users have the exact same needs. I'm not bashing you for choosing to own an iPhone but your statement above is so ridiculously stupid it makes me think you must be some spoiled teen that can't see beyond your own limited reality.
  • obviously the selling point for you is customizing your phone to your needs. But apple has not brainwashed anyone into buying anything. Is like you said people have a choice. Last android i had was galaxy s7 and i only customized it once. Customizing gets boring quick and has no real function for me. My needs are basic(music, internet, messaging and games here and there). As long as my phone can do this flawlessly i don't need to upgrade. Still using iphone 6s and working as fast as day 1.
  • Tell that to the $1,000+ Note users on this board. They will get a kick out of your statement.
  • I bought an X to play around with (returning). I have been wanting to try out an iPhone for a while, but the regular is too small and has bad battery life and the plus is just simply too big. This is the perfect size. The X is simply gorgeous and the screen is great. The notch didn't really bother me either, and I liked the gestures and Face ID. Still there are still too many reasons for me to switch over, mostly iOS related. (1) No way to see if you have notifications without turning the screen on. Always on display should be one of this phone's biggest selling points as it's the first iPhone with OLED. Amazingly, it isn't. Nor is there an LED notification light. (2) I don't think I could ever get over the "back button" always being located on the upper left corner of an app. This makes every iPhone, regardless of size, a two handed device. I simply cannot understand how Apple doesn't have a better way to go back. (3) Camera auto focus is incredibly slow. You almost always need to point on the screen to focus.
  • Agree abut the notifications but don't when it comes to Apple not having a better way to go back. A simple swipe from the left edge to the right takes you back. I have an iPhone X, a Note 8 and a Sony Xperia XZ Premium and the X is holding its own admirably. Best iPhone ever.
  • My first smartphone was the Kyocera 6035 back in 2001. I've owned every iPhone since the first, along with dozens of Android devices and before that Palm, Windows Mobile, Symbian, Blackberry . . . you name it. While I still keep at least one Android phone around at all times, there is one reason and one reason only that the iPhone continues to be my daily driver and will be for the foreseeable future: touch responsiveness. After all these years and all of the promises that that come with each new version of the OS, Android still fails to come anywhere close to iOS in this department and it drives me up the wall! Every time I go back to an Android device, I feel like I'm walking in quicksand. Daniel absolutely nailed this in his review: "But it's also, like, so fast. Android could only dream of maintaining the touch responsiveness and consistent frames per second that iOS so effortlessly achieves. You may think your Galaxy or Pixel is buttery smooth, but compare it to the flawless movement of the iPhone X home gesture and you'll be quickly humbled."
  • Or any iPhone from 6 up. as they are all milliseconds between them for speed. my son's old 5s is damn near as quick as my 6s which is damn near as quick as the 8.
  • I've owned every iPhone until this year, and I've played with the X (friend has it) and at the Apple store quite a bit. The part of your review where you talk about how Android could only "dream of" being as fast as iOS....and how it's so much faster and I'll be humbled by it compared to my Pixel 2 ----- Um. I don't know what you're seeing. I used them both side by side, and the screen looks a million times better to me on the X, but faster? Yeah, no. Also was Alex Dobie lying last year when he said about last year's Pixel "Speed is also a big part of the overall Pixel picture. As well as having the latest Qualcomm processor, the care taken to tune performance and enhance touch responsiveness is evident in every second of use. These phones absolutely fly, to such an extent that even the iPhone — with its big, swooping, silky animations — sometimes feels like a laggard." ?
  • Apple silicon is about twice as fast as Qualcomm SoCs. The 835 is still a worse SoC than the APP Fusion from the iPhone 7. Apples SoC is about 2 years ahead of smartphone innovation in other areas. It's like having a Core i3 in 2005. The display renders at 120 HZ when you're operating it. The storage in iPhones is faster than any other phone, that is why it has better game and app load times than pretty much everything else. It's faster. It performs better. Some of that is hard to see with the naked eye, but Android flagships will always bottleneck before an iPhone, unless you're comparing them to really old iPhones (like a 5s or 6). This is all objective and factual. Calm the hell down.
  • "The display renders at 120 HZ when you're operating it." er...not on an iphone. It operates at 120Hz on the ipad. The only phones that operate at 120Hz is sharps Aquos and the Razer Phone. You can see a list of phones that have 120hz on this android authority article: androidauthority[dot]com/120hz-displays-the-future-or-just-a-gimmick-782717
  • Yes it does. The screen does not output in 120Hz, like Razer and the iPad, but the iPhone X as the only iPhone has 120Hz touch input and 60Hz output. IPad Pro with Promotion has 120Hz input and output. What does it do? Inputs with pencils, games and gestures will be more precise and fluid, but not smooth.
  • Uh yeah...I understand in benchmarks the Apple chips are amazing. I just don't see it in day to day use. Yes it does load games faster, but that's due to the faster storage most likely, and if you have the time to play a game like Asphalt or whatever, you can wait the extra 3 seconds. I have issue with the insinuation that the phone feels faster, it just does not in day to day use.
  • It depends what you do. Try doing something that is actually processor intensive on both devices. Trust me, the iPhone shifts into another gear that the PIxel 2 doesn't have. To your point, just doing very simple things, you might not notice a difference at all. Sort of like driving a car through a school zone.... you likely wouldn't notice the difference between a Kia and a BMW. Now, take them both out on the highway where you can open things up and you have an entirely different experience.
  • You people seem to leave out the amount of pixels that Android phones generally pushes out. Android phones, in general, have higher pixel counts. Benchmarks don't take that into consideration.
  • Given that the iPhone X has Pixel counts closer to most Android phones, your point is moot. Screen resolution might impact frame rates on games, but it would have no impact on most heavy processing tasks... like exporting a 4K video, etc.
  • I picked up an iPhone X last friday just to put all of my curiosity to rest (and because I lucked up with my connection letting me know they had one canceled preorder to sell before it went back in the system as available). Coming from an S8+ There are many great things about the phone. Chief among them is that speed. It's a solid little powerhouse of a device. It is undoubtedly fast. However, i do not find that it is significantly faster than the S8 in everyday use. Especially when one factors what the phone is actually doing at any given moment. Essentially, iOS is limited to one task at a time. And the UI is built to prioritise fluid animations. So of course it looks smoother and may feel quicker in that single task. But if you run them side by side set up for real world use like the two at my desk here, they're about the same from app to app and task to task. It's hard to explain but basically underneath the glossy coat of paint they're not far off each other. Not as far as that price difference. Frankly, Android's notification panel and dedicated multitasking/back/home buttons (versus Apple's gestures and oversimplified control panel and notification list) make multitasking and simple navigation significantly quicker there, horsepower be damned. And I have yet to hit a single 'bottleneck' in the 7 months or so that I've had my S8. Though I'll grant you their degree of customizability does allow the user to negatively affect their own experience in ways iOS straight-up can't. My day job is mostly undoing that.** So yes, YMMV on that front. Sure, games load more quickly on the X. Barely. They also perform better. And it's no shocker given the hardware and the lower resolution. It's unfortunate that that slightly enhanced performance sucks down the X's tiny battery in record time too. It's also unfortunate most games (and too many apps, too) look like this: cropped down into the iPhone X's already unfortunately demure display. I thought Apple was all over stuff like that to ensure they didn't run into another situation like what happened when they went to longer aspect ratios. I guess not. As for some of those other facts: No, sadly the display does not render at 120Hz (fps), as others have pointed out. It samples input at 120Hz for smoother, better response. And sure, it is slightly smoother and more responsive. It's far from some incredible revelatory innovation in mobile tech. Maybe if the refresh rate actually was matched up like the iPad's. I'm guessing that was the goal, they just fell short and met it halfway. Just as with the missing TouchID. The built in storage is not actually faster than any other phone. That A11 Bionic coupled with a light load from iOS is to thank for the apparent quickness but the actual NAND in the X is basically the same as every other flagship right now. Hence the shortage and price hike (Apple buys about 18% of the supply of flash storage). Doesn't really matter anyway aside from games loading on the iPhone considering you still can't really read and write files directly to the phone. In 2017 going on 18... Apple, come on. I'm not using iTunes. I'm not jumping through hoops with iCloud/iDrive for everything either. Outside of games everything actually takes longer than it should to go to and from the storage as it always has to pass through an app or service of some kind. That's the oddest part. The iphone should actually be even faster than it is. It's just so busy trying to be pretty and simplified. ** Some quick common recommendations for the curios based on what I run: Nova coupled with various icon packs and Samsung's Themes, Textra, Pixel 2 LWP or anything from Paper World Creation or maxelus, SwiftKey (or Gboard but I prefer SK's ability to correct capitalization without selecting the whole word first. It's the little things.), PowerAmp/foobar2000/VLC, Flamingo (Twitter), Swipe (Facebook), Boost (Reddit), Samsung browser with adblock (Firefox is great too. Chrome would be if Google allowed extensions). No antivirus/battery optimiser/task killer BS. You're only killing your performance.
  • I agree. Touch response on pixel and pixel 2, UI navigation, camera launch times are best and comparable to iPhone. Personally I feel or see iPhone is a bit more fluid when using chrome opening closing tabs and it loads a pages a bit faster. So in essence these are nothing pixel could dream of they are achievale if Qualcomm makes processors comparable to apple at least in their dreams.
  • Two words: Samsung Note8.
  • Two words back to you NYVET....NO THANKS. and actually...Samsung note 8 is 3 words! ha ha
  • Two words and a number...
  • One word Pixel2XL, lol
  • Not to be a jerk, but there is a ridiculous flaw in the story related to the S8. "Neither iris scanning nor face recognition is consistent enough for me to use by themselves (and remember, you can only use one at a time)". You are not limited to one at a time. I have iris and fingerprint active. If the iris scan isn't working or it's too bright out, I just put my finger on the sensor. I don't know how the author has his phone set up, but this is 100% not true. The combination the way mine is setup is nearly flawless in day to day use. Bright sunlight is the enemy of the iris scan, but the fingerprint is a quick and easy backup.
  • Read what you wrote ...from the article 'iris scanning and face recognition cannot be used at the same time' You wrote "You are not limited to one at a time. I have iris and fingerprint active." Ummm..he said iris and face scanning. Joe
  • I have no desire to buy Apple products. If you do, that is your right. One thing Apple does appear to do quite well, is manage data between multiple apple products.
    My personal tastes don't align with Apple, so I stick with android, and, have been quite happy, since Android doughnut.
    As for the face ID, correct me if I'm wrong, but the older apple phone, you press your finger to the sensor, which unlocks and turn on the device. But, now,
    you have to turn the phone on, hold it to your face, then swipe up. To me, if correct, that does seem a little backwards.
  • The screen turns on in one of three ways. Power button (least often used), tap the screen or raise to wake (most often used). Swiping up just move you off the notification screen to the home screen. It's all very natural and intuitive. I typically just pick it up and start using it without even thinking about the authentication part. It just happens silently in the background.
  • looks like a nice phone. Say what you want about Apple, but they really do make solid hardware. It appears the only flaw I can see is iOS. Let me know when they release one of these with android. At this point, that would be the only way I would consider throwing down a grand for an iPhone.
  • My wife needed a new phone because hers was old as **** and breaking. I saw our carrier could have sold me (on 2 yr contracts) either a 2017 iPhone 8 for a minimum of ridiculous to an iPhone X for a minimum of lol. Samsung was't much better. The Pixel 2 was 180. No brainer. To each their own but I simply don't subscribe to paying the kind of money these companies are charging for devices that are so problematic and unreliable every single damn year.
  • It runs iOS. That is trash. It just is. All that needs to be said.
  • Trash that runs better and more efficiently than any version of Android.
  • Android Oreo is better. Pixel 2XL is better.
  • Better at what?
  • Wow... thanks for that rather ignorant and unsupported claim. Perhaps you can elaborate a bit as to what draws you to this conclusion....
  • Well i guess i am the only ond who prefers notification on ios than android. I think they are clearer on ios while as powerful. They just need an option to orgznize them by app (as it was possible before ios 10) As for home screen, i thinkno one is better it’s just different approach! Simplicity is a feature :)
  • No you aren’t. Two of my friends bought the S8 in the spring. Hated many things about Android (especially how ugly and blah the OS is) but notifications were the tipping point. One just got an 8 Plus and the other just bought the X.
  • I disagree as someone that moved from years of iOS ownership to Android recently. Android notifications are mini-UI capsules and as such, feel more useful to me. As for the home screen, of course it's subjective but a wall of icons bugs me badly, home screen widgets are brilliant and useful!
  • I have no problems with the Note8 iris scanner. It does not require me to hold it any closer than the iPhone. It unlocks instantly as I glance at it. Furthermore, upon unlocking, I do not have to make a swipe gesture to actually begin using the device. It works in pitch darkness too.
  • Funny story. I pre-ordered an X Tuesday on impulse thinking with the 2-3 week waiting time I'd have time to process, think about it, reflect, etc. Well, stock is either not as sparse as is being indicated or I got really lucky because I got mine yesterday (two days for those wondering). Here are some of my thoughts from a pretty dedicated Android user: FaceID rocks. For being first-gen tech, it works far better than I was expecting. Comparing Samsung or Android's facial recognition methods to it is like the comparison made back in the day of the iPhone 5S fingerprint reader to the Galaxy S5. Apple's implementation is easier and faster while still being secure. The screen is gorgeous, but it's not mind-blowing like some reviewers would lead you to believe. If you've seen or used recent Samsung, Motorola's, or even last year's Pixels, you won't be blown away by the quality. All the inherent faults of OLED tech are still there, and imo Apple's TrueTone system is a bit too quick to skew the colors to a warmer tone. The bezel design is one of the best out there. The symmetry involved throughout the entire phone (except the notch) truly makes for a captivating phone to look at and hold. I don't think I've had any accidental touches yet unlike my experience with the S8, and it strikes a really nice balance between being small and yet giving off the benefits of a bigger screen. Makes the iPhone 8 and Pixel 2 seemed cramped by comparison. One thing I don't like is the stainless steel band. Slippery and easily scratched. Baffled by this change. The speakers. I cannot get over how good the speakers of this thing sound. They are loud without being tiny, harsh, or overbearing. If Samsung doesn't jump on the dual speaker boat next year it will be very disappointing. iOS 11 has some very Android-esque features, but notifications still lack the cohesiveness and simplicity of Android. I love the 3D touch implementation that lets you see the message, interact, or delete it (very handy for Gmail) but I don't like how some are richer than others. For example Instagram will show you a small preview of the picture that's been liked, commented on, etc. and you can clear it or go to it, but Facebook just tells you there's a notification. I'm also not a fan of how scattered they are. iOS really needs to lift the grouping from Android. Overall, I'm very impressed with the iPhone X as a phone and piece of technology, less with the price. Still, I do feel as if I'm holding a futuristic piece of technology that few have, and that sense of exclusivity combined with the actual great tech and quality inside gives me a sense of being on the cutting edge that I haven't felt since I bought the Palm Pre or HTC EVO 4G.
  • Interesting because my friend ordered his on November 3rd and it’s due to arrive on the 20th. I’m not sure why yours came so quick
  • I believe it depends on which color and which capacity they ordered. Silver models have much better availability than space grey models. 64GB models are more available than the 256GB models. I ordered the 256GB space grey model at 3am on the 10/27 and just received mine this past Friday.
  • I generally agree with your observations. I've been playing with video a bit and am very impressed with how powerful this device is. As for the screen, I'd like to make a few observations. We all know that Displaymate has claimed this is the best screen on any phone. However, honestly, the biggest difference over previous iPhones is the inclusion of Apple's TrueTone tech. When you turn True Tone off, it really doesn't look any better than previous iPhones. Solid blacks might be the tiniest bit darker, but overall most people wouldn't notice a difference. Also, despite the higher PPI rating, it doesn't appear any sharper. That's the dirty secret of Pentile (diamond) based subpixel displays. I was comparing the screen to a Samsung S8 and an iPhone 7 rather closely and outside of TrueTone, there just isn't a significant quality difference.
  • My face unlocks my brothers iPhone x. We are four years apart in age. Can't say I'm impressed.
  • What about a picture to unlock Samsung Galaxy phone?
    Soon, all Android phone will follow 3-D facial recognition that Apple has now.
  • face recognitions a joke
  • Android soon will have true Facie ID, not 2-D scanner bs that can be beaten by a picture!
  • Just want to address 2 things. 1. I have a "to each their own" viewpoint, but the iris scanner on my Note 8 is awesome. I did the initial input scan without my glasses on, but don't actually have to remove my glasses to open my phone. Iris scanner works quickly and almost never fails. The few times it has it's because a doof I was holding my phone too close. In the dark, sun, low light, florescent, it's working.
    2. Battery life is PHENOMENAL to me. I work 2nd shift. I leave the house with a full battery. When at work I don't usually have Wi-Fi or mobile on when I'm working (no playing with cool things on the job), Bluetooth is always on, watch is connected & Bluetooth headphones connected & hiding under my collar. I have my phone out during breaks and Wi-Fi or data is on then & I sometimes "forget" to turn it off. But then work is done, I get home and I'm on this the rest of the night. No charger until bedtime. That's a collect total of 15-17 hours of surfing, YouTube, music, games, etc. until I charge it again. My phone has been off charger for 12.5 hours so far today and I'm sitting at 66% battery right now.
    Say what you want, but I'm in love with my Note 8. I didn't even mention the stylus. I quite simply have a whole other love-fest with that. ❤😍
  • Why does iOS make swapping SIMs a needlessly complicated task? Gestures comes directly from BB10 (who did a much better job of it). So much of what Apple touts as "new" or "innovative" really comes from elsewhere.
  • I am going to "Well, actually" here, because the first gesture phone OS was WebOS, which predates BB10 by 5 years. Swipe up to see running apps as cards, left/right swipe to change apps or forward back. Or both if you enabled the long/short swipe. I am keeping my eyes on the next gen of Moto phones as the g5 fingerprint scanner added swipe gestures. Now if only Mattias Duarte would get the WebOS notifications fully working. Almost there, but still not quite.
  • 1) Notch looks absurd, it really just does. I feel like some extra time could have been spend making that look more cohesive to the design; which is undoubtedly good.
    2) FaceID or whatever doesn't allow you to reach over, press the power button, and have the phone unlock based on location or whatever. That's a Use Case that probably should have been thought of. If it has, then okay, but otherwise it's an indictment on the act of casually checking your lock screen/notificatioins at a glance.
    3) The only person I have ever seen with one asked me what the iPhone 10 was when I asked, "Is that the new iphone ten?" I was genuinely interested until he said it was his second unit because the first one was DOA. Yes, this is anecdotal evidence which is virtually meaningless, but it did happen to me nevertheless.
    4) 3 is enough reasons
  • My new boss at my new job is an ISheep and has his IPhone X. He's a big time IPhone fan and won't even think about an Android, or how many of the "new" features in in his IPhone X many Androids have had for years already. But hey, if you want to spend a thousand-plus dollars on an item and have a big stink'n notch in your face for all of eternity then go for it. He's also already nearly dropped the damn thing, it landed on a chair cushion by the grace of God... If I drop and bust mine, I'm only out two-fifty, not the eleven-hundred that he paid!
  • Another great writeup on the iPhone X from android user perspective, thanks Dan. I agree its silly to place yourself firmly on either side of the software divide and refuse to acknowledge the strengths of either platform. In my opinion iOS 11 is sloppy and slower than 10 but offers a lot of functionality back to phones ages old, like a 5s, imagine your Samsung S4 or LG G2 getting new features similar to Oreo like password autofill across apps and websites, keyword tokenization, off loading apps like now defunct nextbit robin, in a 5s, or screen recording, ok you don't get ARKit, but still imagine what software update brings, even file codecs like APFS or HEVC/HEIF which allows faster writing and 240fps full HD. The iPhone X is definitely a rushed product and too early to be reviewed, but since it's here, it will only get better with iOS push and app developers support over time. Same went for 3D Touch and fingerprint sensor, iOS adds features over time, first year 3D Touch only does app shortcuts and link previews and keyboard cursor mode, next year they get widget on home screens and control centre shortcuts to quickly adjust timers and HomeKit, fingerprint sensor was fist used to unlock the phone, 2nd year to pair with Apple Pay and unlock MacBooks, third year to allow Apple Pay on MacBooks, now password autofill across apps. It's always a progression on iOS which is great since they get software updates fast and reliable like pixel and again imagine LG G2 getting Oreo, wild, wait my G4 was still stuck on marshmallow awhile back. Back to iPhone X, the notch is a mistake, if they can hide it in the future I think they would, but for now the iPhone X is an absolute looker from the front, it's just corner to corner with a consistent black band and also not everyone is in love with the Samsung infinity edges. As a side benefit of the notch, it's 100% recognisable, I saw someone afar with bunny ears screen definitely an X, on other phones I have to guess, is that an S8, Note 8, Mate 10, R11s, OP5, V30, can't tell from a distance, congratulation bezeless, you killed branding. The iPhone X bottom gesture area is also a lot of wasted space, especially with the keyboard up, I doubt apple will give away the space, they could have brought the keyboard down and added a buttons row on top, or make the keys taller to have iPad key swipes. Gesture area wise, I think it's brilliant, it safes space for pesky nav buttons and feels faster to go back a few apps, congrats on taking palm pre idea, even reachability is there. Reachability also wasted space, when you pull down should free up the screen above to pull in info like android always on display, maybe get the time, notification icons, weather, Shazam song info or something, darn iOS is so not customisable. Also apple is too courageous as a company, they are always all in on new stuffs, like USB-C on the one port macbook, no alternatives, I knew if they did Face ID they would leave Touch ID in the dust, it's just their spirit, no options, you better adapt to us or go home. Having said so, I think the iPhone X is very niche, I agree it's an awesome size phone with Note 8 like short telephoto lens, smaller than S8 footprint, bigger than iPhone 8 battery, so for someone who loves smaller taller screen size phone, this is it, with dual lens. It's however disappointing OLED didn't get better battery life for the X, maybe a true dark mode next year? iOS 12? They can give up of supporting dark mode in apps, just system UI is fine which the current smart invert does a good job with. Still SD card missing, headphone jack missing, now Touch ID missing, accurate true-tone P3 colour 120hz HDR LCD dream from the iPad also gone (welcome blueshift and eventual burn in after many years but yay infinite blacks and dozens of resolution but no VR). Lastly camera bump is ugly, unless you have a case for it, then get a pretty leather case they works with inductive charging. Lastly iOS 11, it's still far behind from Oreo, I would say in flexibility, share sheet, default apps, home screen customisation, system customisation, notification, no app grouping (previous iOS 8/9 had it), notification customisation is laborious, gps customisation is laborious, file management is limited no dual screen on phones, iPads does the best multi screen with a real dock. Android still has more potential than iOS. I just learnt to adapt to iOS limitation, even on android I deleted textra and outlook to use default manufacturer apps. Saying all that I'm probably upgrading to a 6s this year, yes, I just want iOS 11 ARKit and long exposure from Live Photos, and I would definitely or likely get an S7 early next year. 6s maybe comparable to the S7, missing again IP rating, SD card and potential burn in OLED screen but otherwise with iOS 11 I found photos from my 6 is very satisfactory and I already am in love with all of iOS 11 new features also my home screen is very neat (only 1 page with 3 rows). Lastly I have a tiny m43 camera with more real bokeh lenses, still tiny for travelling, good for iso 6400 or 8000 too. Heck I even think the 12800 on the m43 is better than my LG G4 with iso 3200. And with an ultrawide lens 18mm equivalent. I'm done with LG. And there's gboard on iOS too. Only no top row numbers and weaker words suggestion than iOS keyboard, 3d touch cursor is there too, most important. Finally would i say iPhone has caught up enough? I would say no. Small pixel 2 is still my most desired phone but 6s is still a great phone for my current upgrade. Sorry very long comment, but if someone read to this line, thank you very much trooper.
  • And yet another smart phone review that doesn't cover how it works as a PHONE. (You can still use them to make and receive calls, right?) I have to admit it makes me laugh when fans of certain phones (usually iPhones) start gushing about the "premium" feel of the phone. Usually - unless you're some vapid starlet about 2 selfies away from her nude pics being hacked - that "premium" feel is going to be covered by a case
  • It's almost like everyone knows that phones make and receive calls...... Maybe next time they should include that you cant text and surf the web as well.