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Apple iPhone X review

The iPhone X is the best iPhone Apple has produced to date, but it’s not the iPhone most people should buy this year.

On the whole, Apple is a very conservative company. Once it has fixed its position on a particular feature (or lack thereof) it takes significant pressure for it to make substantive changes.

Substantial change is precisely what the Apple iPhone X sells itself on, because in many ways it is a radical re-imagining of the iPhone platform and a very clear signal of the direction Apple intends to take its mobile platform into the future.

That being said, if you’re looking to buy an iPhone X right now, you need to know if it’s worth Apple’s hefty asking price.

Quick verdict

Apple has thrown everything it could into the iPhone X and it’s the best phone it has made to date. However, at its premium price it’s not a handset for everybody.

Pros

  • Great processor performance
  • Sharp display screen
  • Fast camera
  • Face ID is very cool technology
  • Animoji are fun (for a while)

Cons

  • The notch is an annoying intrusion
  • FaceID needs refinement
  • No headphone jack
  • iPhone 8 Plus has better battery life
  • Very high asking price

Design

  • The “notch” isn’t for everybody
  • The glass body is gorgeous, though you’ll probably want to protect it in a case
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Camera

  • The best iPhone camera yet
  • Selfie portrait mode can work really well thanks to the FaceID cameras
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Performance

  • The best iPhone for performance, but not a massive advantage over the iPhone 8
  • Lack of buttons means new gestures require some getting used to

Battery life

  • Battery life not as good as iPhone 8 Plus
  • Qi wireless charging is handy, but slower than competitors
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Verdict

  • For most people wanting an Apple phone, the iPhone 8 Plus is a better option
  • A good indication of Apple’s future, but too expensive for most users
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Apple iPhone X specs

Apple iPhone X
OSiOS 11
Display size (inches)5.8
Display resolution (pixels)2436 x 1125
Pixels per inch (PPI)458
ProcessorA11
Height (mm)143.6
Width (mm)70.9
Depth (mm)7.7
Weight (g)174
Battery size (mAh)2,716
Wireless chargingQi
Internal storage64GB
256GB
MicroSD expansionN/A
Fingerprint scannerNo
RAM3
Water resistanceIP67
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Rear camera (1) resolution12
Rear camera (1) aperturef/1.8
Rear camera (2) resolution12
Rear camera (2) aperturef/2.4
Front camera (1) resolution7
Front camera (1) aperturef/2.2
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Wi-Fi802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speedCategory 12
NFC supportYes

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