having to unlock your phone. With Face ID, your iPhone can
identify who is looking at the phone and therefore display previews only to you. This feature not only saves you time every
time you get a message, but it also shows how much attention to detail Apple paid to getting Face ID right.
I love the iPhone’s Portrait mode. It allows me to capture
amazing photos that previously would’ve required an expensive DSLR camera. The problem with Portrait mode on my
iPhone 7 Plus was that conditions had to be perfect in order
for it to function. You had to have a lot of light and be the perfect distance away from the subject. With the iPhone X,
Portrait mode works under a wide range of circumstances.
Most notably, it works a lot better in low light. Apple also
brought Portrait mode to the front-facing camera. While I
haven’t found the front-facing Portrait mode to work quite as
well, it’s still a really nice option to have. Apple also introduced
Portrait Lighting, which offers four different lighting effects
to use with Portrait mode. I haven’t found them to work very
With the iPhone X’s edge-to-edge display and glass back,
I’ve resigned myself to using a protective case. This can make
it difficult for me to dock my phone when charging. Because
of this, I’ve been really enjoying the iPhone X’s wireless
charging capabilities. I didn’t think I’d care about it at all, but
it’s really convenient to simply place your iPhone on a Qi
charging pad. I was relieved to discover that wireless charging
works with most cases.
The iPhone X’s A11 chip has been noticeably faster for me
than the A10 chip in the iPhone 7 Plus, and iOS 11 has run
much smoother with the X. I was a little concerned about bat-
tery life, because the X has a smaller battery than the Plus, but
I’ve found that my battery lasts longer than it did on the iPhone
7 Plus. One of the most disappointing things about the phone
for me has actually been its form factor. Typically, Apple makes
each iteration of the phone thinner and lighter, but the iPhone
X is about the same size as the iPhone 7. Nothing about its de-
sign is particularly noteworthy, with the exception of the glass
back, which looks nice, but makes the phone more fragile.
I had a lot of reservations about purchasing the iPhone X.
After using the phone for two months, I could not be happier.
Most of the new features have exceeded my expectations,
while most of my concerns have turned out to be nonissues.
While there are a few UI choices that I’ve found to be a bit confusing, overall, I believe it’s the most polished phone Apple has
ever made. The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are also great phones, but
if you can afford the upgrade, the iPhone X is well worth the
David Averbach is the CEO and Publisher of i Phone Life magazine. David has an obsession with all things Apple. He grew up on Macs and now has a MacBook Pro, iPhone,
iPad, Apple TV, and an Apple Watch. David enjoys traveling and Ultimate Frisbee. He
has been to over 20 countries. To contact David, email him at David@iphonelife.com.
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under a wide range of
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better in low light.”