review of the iPhone X

iPhone X was controversial device. A lot more controversial than iPhone 7, where he first removed the headphone Jack. In iPhone X Apple takes risks and does a lot for the first time.


there Was a time when Apple released iPhone with a brand new look every two years. When he came out iPhone is 6, the company decided to slow down a little. Came out the iPhone 6s appeared a year later iPhone 7, this year iPhone 8. They all have the same appearance with minor variations. As a result, the range of devices iPhone began to look too conservative compared to their competitors. Refined and premium, but still conservative.

This year buyers will receive what is asked for — bold new design of the iPhone, although extremely expensive at the price of RUB 79990 Apple claims that iPhone X is something more than just a new form of the original device. She wants to start a new Chapter in the history of iPhone, so the changes must be not only in appearance but also in the basics of interaction with the device. New look, noticeable changes in iOS — it all sounds intriguing, but there are many other things that can surprise or even upset.

You are reading a translation of the overview of the portal phoneArena.com, the original of the material was published on 8 November 2017.

The risk and novelty go hand in hand. As mentioned above, iPhone has become conservative and it was time to finish. Not everything was perfect, as will be discussed below.

Design and cut-out

Obvious innovation is the frameless screen with a diagonal of 5.8 inches. It covers the entire front part of the device, only a thin frame around him. However, that's not all. We expect other surprises.

Looking at the screen, the view gets to the top, where there is a cutout. He bit off part of the display, therefore, is both a curse and a blessing. Because the screen took up the entire front end, no room left for fingerprint Touch ID Home button. How to unlock your iPhone and provide security? Inside the neckline are the camera and sensors for three-dimensional facial. It is because of them connected seamless appearance of the device was ruined.

, Thanks to this cut iPhone X with anything will not entangle, unlike some other contemporary and future frameless smartphones, which are similar to each other. This, together with the facial scanner Face ID is the only good thing you can say about the neckline. He looks too nice, spoiling the impression of a futuristic-looking smartphone. If not cut, the appearance of the iPhone X could be called the apotheosis of the design of the smartphone.

But it's there and it must not be forgotten in day-to-day interaction with the device. A negative effect on the appearance of the product is significant, but even worse its effect on the interaction with the apparatus.

In terms of materials and finishes reminiscent of the iPhone X Galaxy S8. Used glass for both the front and rear, which is connected with a polished metal frame. Samsung uses aluminum while Apple has opted for high quality stainless steel. The Apple smartphone feels great in the hand, but the color options it lacks. Galaxy S8 is available in six colors, while the iPhone only in dark grey and light grey. The latter is the more interesting solution.

X iPhone and Galaxy S8

X iPhone beautiful, but the neckline does not allow to call it a work of art. It has a utilitarian design with a modern premium housing. Despite the fact that the Galaxy S8 was released six months ago, the iPhone X is perceived as a machine, released as needed to reduce the backlog from the competitor.


we are the first iPhone with a screen OLED, the diagonal is 5.8 inches. Apple calls it Retina Display Super. OLED technology does not work as traditional LCD displays, it has pros and cons.

the Pros

  • Contrast and saturation of colors
  • Viewing angle high brightness saves
  • Reducing response time eliminates motion blur
  • When the viewing angle is reduced color precision
  • Present the effect of burnout

A couple of contradictions surround the first OLED screen on the iPhone: the effect of burnout and the shade of blue. We're not here to discuss burnout, as the hope is that Apple took care of ensuring the good condition of the screen throughout the life cycle of the device.

Что касается голубого оттенка, экран хорошо сбалансирован и выдаёт реалистичные цвета. Как и все дисплеи OLED, он страдает от смещения цветов; когда вы смотрите на него под углом, появляется голубой оттенок. Ecranы OLED на аппаратах Samsung Galaxy всегда вели себя так же, а здесь используется экран производства Samsung, так что удивляться нечему. Ecran iPhone X похож скорее на экраны прошлогодних Galaxy S, Galaxy S8 меньше подвержен этому смещению цвета. Проблема не так велика, чтобы испортить впечатление от работы с устройством.

Ecran обладает разрешением 1125 х 2436. Он длиннее по сравнению с экраном iPhone 8, but only slightly wider. Because of this the iPhone 8 Plus with a diagonal of 5.5 inches and a standard aspect ratio of 16:9 still has the maximum area among all iPhone models.

iPhone 8, iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus

iPhone X хорош тем, что экран большой, а сам аппарат не очень, но и здесь есть подвох. Это всё тот же вырез. На него нельзя не обращать внимания, вы отвлекает от просмотра. Ещё большая проблема заключается в том, что большинство сторонних приложений не оптимизированы для использования всего пространства экрана. В будущем это должно измениться, но пока просмотр расстраивает, поскольку чаще всего по краям изображения есть чёрные полосы, будь то видео или игры. Applications без оптимизации в ландшафтном режиме смотрятся хуже всего, поскольку полосы есть не только слева и справа, но и снизу для бесполезной горизонтальной линии, которая напоминает о доступности жеста для возврата на домашний экран.

The most popular apps, like Facebook, Instagram or games like Super Mario USn has been this screen. The rest of the content shows black stripes, including such common applications like Gmail, Google maps, etc. Another problem in the interaction with your favorite apps and games after their optimization. For Example, YouTube. By default, the video starts with a large amount of wasted space, which lost all sense of elongated big screen. Can fingers to expand the video to the maximum, then in field view enters neckline and rounded corners. Form video viewing is very strange.

It seems that the developers of the YouTube app has not yet found a way to cope with eccentric screen of the iPhone X. I can find the other way? Or let Apple itself will come up as in future versions of the iPhone to get rid of this neck.

Thus, the new screen is beautiful, the advantages of OLED technology outweigh the cons. 5.8 inch is the perfect size, but the presence of the cut often means the inability to fully use the screen space in video games and apps.

Facial recognition

After many unexpected disappointments, you can finally talk about what has been done correctly. This new biometric authentication system Face ID. It will replace the fingerprint scanner Touch ID, which worked almost perfectly, and was loved by everyone. For this reason, expectations from Face ID great in terms of reliability and convenience. In addition, the quality recognition system should justify the presence of unpleasant neckline.

To use Face ID is very simple, tuning occurs during the initial setup of the smartphone. Using complex technology, your iPhone scans your face and creates detailed three-dimensional map of the face, which then safely stores the chip inside the smartphone, and even Apple itself has access to this information. The device can recognize the user even at an angle, not necessarily to look straight up at the camera for a successful login.

Facial recognition is far from the first time, because Samsung has already used the scan of the iris in their flagship. We can say that it is scanning and facial recognition Samsung did not meet the highest standards of reliability and convenience. System or worked poorly, or not working at all. Face ID are different, becoming the main method of authentication for everyday use smartphone and almost never disappointing.

Face ID has flaws, but not too large. You need to take a smartphone and it is automatically activated also for this you can click on the screen. Then there is the recognition and need to perform the gesture to open the home screen. Theoretically, this should happen in less than a second and almost imperceptibly, it usually is.

Face ID allows you to raise the smartphone to make a gesture on the screen up to get to the home screen, barely glancing at the device. It works without any problems in most cases. Touch ID remains the more reliable method, but facial recognition is getting very close to him.

Sometimes the authorization does not occur, if you look at the camera not at that angle or from the wrong distance. When recognition fails, the smartphone does not offer to retry at the same time. You have to enter a pin or to go back and try again. Sometimes the recognition goes the extra half-second that can be annoying, especially if you are in a hurry. However, it is necessary to get used to the system and such incidents will occur less and less. Face ID can be called a great first generation product and in the future, you can count on quality improvement.

In the end say that Apple could create the first reliable and convenient system of facial recognition for smartphones. It works almost perfectly in any light. This can happen even in a dark room, the camera recognizes you and will let in the device. While it is impossible to say that facial recognition is superior Touch ID.

11 and iOS new gestures

How to navigate through the operating system without the Home button? Quite simple. Instead of pressing the Home button need to make a gesture upward on the screen. This will take you to the home screen. This gesture on other iPhone opens the control center, so you'll have to be retrained.

X iPhone not working very well as other models. Here, the control center is opened after down gesture from the top right corner of the screen. Flick down from the center or the upper-left corner of the screen opens the notifications. On the lock screen there are two additional shortcuts with 3D Touch support for flashlight and camera. Gesture to the left on the lock screen opens the camera, and the iPhone. Why make two choices on one action and why there is no shortcut to the flashlight on the iPhone 7 or 8, which features a 3D Touch support is unknown.

Without the Home button has also changed the access to the multitasking view. Again you need to flick up from the bottom, but this time hold your finger in the middle center of the screen. You can quickly switch between apps with gestures left and right along the bottom edge of the screen. There is also a new Reachability gesture: you swipe in the bottom section of the screen. Imagine here a list of apps, the bottom row of icons on your home screen. You need to make a gesture about half the height of the dock application if you want to use this feature.

In the rest of the system iOS 11 the usual, received a number of new Wallpapers are pretty mediocre and absurd sound blocking. Despite these features, iOS 11 continues to be a premium mobile operating system with unmatched performance, visual accuracy, and functionality. This includes an updated App store with the curators, which is better than normal helps to search for apps and games. There is support for advanced technologies like augmented reality, including the application Apple Pages, Numbers, Keynote, Photos, iMovie, GarageBand.

A unique opportunity iPhone X is animage, which work in the iMessage app. Used camera TrueDepth to fix the expression on your face and the choice of three-dimensional characters based on it. You can use it to record videos and send them to other users.

To the user interface iPhone X need to get used to the new gestures. When that happens, the smartphone will become simple and clear.


the iPhone X has a dual rear camera with a resolution of 12 MP, where the second camera is used for 2 × zoom image. When taking photos there is nothing unusual here, the camera is still the same as on other iPhone devices plus mode portrait photography and Studio lighting effects. One new scene has been the bokeh effect on the front camera. Unfortunately, the results are far from perfect.

The quality of the photos iPhone X consistently excellent. Sometimes there are problems when difficulties with the lighting, but in most cases, the image is excellent.

The pictures come out crisp, vivid and sometimes too, but something interesting happens when shooting portraiture. Here, this mode is pretty reliable, rarely in the pictures you can find flaws.

If you take pictures in the evening, results will also be of high quality. We can say that this is one of the best cameras among all the modern smartphones. However, if we talk about low light, Galaxy Note 8 and S8 continue to be leaders due to the higher sharpness and purity.

The pictures on the front camera also come out great, here is the balance between subject and background. It is better to shoot normally, because the portrait is not yet complete. Compared to portrait mode at the back of the camera front, there are artifacts, and for processing and preservation takes a couple of seconds. It seems that the front camera is unable to give perfect pictures with bokeh effect.

X iPhone became the first smartphone recording 4K video at 60 frames/S. In this mode, the picture quality is excellent and it displays smoothly, but there is a reason to use the 1080p. This is Cinematic video stabilization that works in this resolution and at 720p. The picture here is extremely smooth, and the shaking is completely absent. When shooting at 4K work files that are too large. File at fifteen minutes of 4K 60fps weighs 1.2 GB, whereas fifteen minutes of 1080p 30fps is 200 MB.

In the end, the camera is excellent and can get some great pictures and videos under different conditions. Assistive zoom is also useful, portrait photography makes pictures even more beautiful. The latter does not apply to the front of the chamber where the portrait does not meet the high standards of Apple.


The speed of the iPhone X not much to say. As iPhone 8, it is the fastest of the modern smartphone. Everything works smoothly, quickly and smoothly.

this Happens due to the processor Apple A11 Bionic, as in two iPhone devices 8. In addition to the CPU, use a powerful graphics chip. It makes iPhone X one of the best smartphones for gaming, although the new device Razer Phone can argue with that.

Smartphone is available with two volumes of flash memory, 64 GB and 256 GB.


The size of the iPhone X is not much bigger than the iPhone 8. In this screen he is much more. What good could it mean for duration of work? Here, the innovative battery is in a L shape instead of the standard rectangular. This has increased capacity compared to the iPhone 8.

X iPhone is noticeably longer compared to the iPhone 7. Duration of work with the screen in the tests was 8 hours 41 mins to 7 hours 46 minutes. iPhone 8 is 8 hours and 37 minutes, but he had less screen. iPhone X on equal to compete with Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, and slightly superior to the Galaxy S8 and S8+. iPhone 8 Plus continues to be a leader.

Is supported wireless charging via the Qi standard. No support for fast wireless charging, but it is promised in the future.

At the expense of ordinary standard USB adaptor the camera is charged from zero to 100% in 3 hours 9 minutes. It's a lot slower than the competition. Samsung Galaxy S8 is charging for 1 hour and 40 minutes with a standard adapter. Despite the high price, a quick adapter and cable need to buy additionally.


All have become accustomed to the traditional iPhone devices that work and updated from time to time, offer a slightly higher performance, camera, screen, small appearance changes. iPhone X does not fit into this picture. Here we will have a surprising plot and the device has to look new. The transition from the classic version to the modern iPhone can not be called smooth.

the Interface is based on gestures easy to understand, to work with the device is quite simple and natural. Even the recognition system Face ID works surprisingly smoothly, and forget about the lack of Touch ID.

Two problems are a lack of optimization applications and neckline. Most games and apps on the new screen you will fully enjoy only when they will be updated for this aspect ratio. Until then, you have to admire the black bars and lines to open the home screen.

As for the neckline, it closes the image on the screen, even with applications that have received optimization. Anyway, this black cut-out will always be present. Over time, it will have to learn to ignore.

Maybe iPhone X cannot be called the best of the existing iPhone models, but he's definitely the most ambiguous. It shows the future of these devices opens a new Chapter in the history of iPhone. Maybe it's a prototype of a smartphone next year. Is it worth buying the prototype at a price of 80-90 thousand rubles, you decide.

the Pros

  • New form factor
  • Performance
  • Dynamics
  • authorization System Face ID
  • Camera


  • Cutout
  • the Lack of optimization of games and applications for the new screen
  • High price

Source: www.phonearena.com