The iPhone X is one of the most exciting phones released this decade – but not because it offers anything particularly innovative or new.
It’s exciting because it’s the most radical redesign of an iPhone yet, tying together a number of key trends in the industry and adding in a level of polish that will attract legions of Apple fans to upgrade, and spend another couple of years in the iCycle.
But this change doesn’t come cheap, and nor will it appeal to those who enjoy a degree of continuity in their upgrades. This is a new way of interacting with your iPhone, a way that allows you to enjoy more of iOS at any one time, and alters the way you use apps with the increased screen size.
Let’s get the important bit out of the way first: the iPhone X is one of the most expensive flagship phones ever made. It’ll retail at $999 / £999 / AU$1,579 for the basic model.
You don’t need us to tell you that’s a lot of cash for a smartphone – the cost of creating this new all-screen device has meant Apple’s ramped up the price, presumably both to offset the higher development and production costs and to protect its higher margins.
In terms of when you’ll be able to get your hands on it, the iPhone X release date has been set for November 3, with pre-orders going live on October 27. It’ll be coming to the major territories first, with the UK, US and Australia all tipped to be included in the first wave of shipments.
We’d heard for months of a possible delay to the iPhone X, thanks to the complexity of component manufacture forcing the timescale back – it’s rather surprising to see that it’s happened though, as recent rumors seemed to have taken the schedule change off the table.
Right, let’s get down to the new stuff, and when you pull this phone out on the train you can be sure of one thing: it looks entirely different to anything that’s come before from Apple.
It’s rare that we see Apple jumping on a trend this early, but 2017 has been the year when the bezel has begun to disappear from the smartphone, and the iPhone X has jumped emphatically aboard that train.
Apart from the Essential Phone, the new iPhone looks like one of the least-bezelled phones on the market. The lip on the top of the 5.8-inch screen is the only thing that gets in the way of you and the new operating system, with the effect rather stunning.
Sat next to last year’s iPhone 7, the iPhone X is a completely different device. The effect of the wider and fuller screen is going to really impress, especially if you’ve not held the Samsung Galaxy S8, which has a similar display.
It’s hard to overstate how beautiful this screen is – and that’s not hyperbole brought on by extreme fatigue. It’s deep, rich and smooth, and draws level with Samsung in the quality stakes easily.
However, what’s different here is that the screen on the iPhone X extends right to the bottom of the device, with the physical home button nowhere in sight.
But the move to the OLED display in the iPhone X has definitely brought an upgrade, with the blacks deeper, the colors richer and, well, the overall effect just brilliant.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has been dubbed the best display on the market – and now Apple is using the same technology in its iPhones.
The overall mix of technology is great, and really brings about a special-looking iPhone, rather than Apple rehashing the same tired design again.
One of the big talking points about the iPhone X is the ‘lip’ at the top of the phone, where a section of the ‘all-screen’ display was cut out to place the cameras.
The True Depth camera at the top is needed for Face ID, so it makes sense that a small portion would need to be kept for all the technology – but it does ruin the aesthetic somewhat.
But the question is: does this ruin movies or apps? Well – not really. The first demo, The Machines, is augmented reality and needs to make the most use of as much screen as possible to be truly immersive.
It doesn’t get in the way, as the huge display takes the attention in other ways. Other apps may need to be coded to take advantage of the full screen – so the lip doesn’t disrupt anything – but the apps should scale naturally.
The screen is 18:9 (although that’s not been confirmed by Apple) so a movie that’s in a standard 16:9 format won’t fill the display – we couldn’t see anything that allowed you to extend it to the edges, but in doing so you’d lose some of the action.
This means that – again – the lip doesn’t really get in the way, with the effect of being full screen limited to apps and internet browsing… and for that, the loss of screen real estate isn’t that bad.
In short, yes the lip doesn’t help the aesthetic, but it’s not a massive hindrance.
The new iPhone X is easily, easily the best-looking phone Apple’s ever made. We were fans of the industrial design that heralded the arrival of the iPhone 4, and the curved lines of the iPhone 6.
But it feels like the new phone takes all of those ideas and smashes them into the future. If there’s one thing that’s pervaded the iPhone age of Apple it’s the laser-focused thinking on design, and the iPhone X takes that on.
The rear, which is now glass, doesn’t feel as premium as the almost-ceramic metal of previous models, but it still feels solid and secure in the hand. The edges aren’t sharp, instead folding into the palm in a way that’s pleasant to hold.
It’s a very light phone as well – and that glass does love to suck up a fingerprint.
If you’ve used any of the iPhone Plus range, you’ll get on instantly with this handset. It’s got a bigger screen than any other iPhone, and yet it’s smaller than the iPhone 7 Plus.
That doesn’t mean it’s easy to get your fingers across the display to reach all the elements, and there’s almost a feeling that you’re going to keep touching the display with every flick of a digit.
But in practice it sits in the hand just fine, and you’re able to interact with most functions comfortably. There’s definitely a set of gestures for which you have to use two hands, so we’d definitely still categorize this device as a phablet, rather than a ‘standard’ phone like the iPhone 7.
You can’t reach the top right-hand corner as easily, for instance, and we constantly found we had to jiggle the phone around in our hands to make it
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Update: The iPhone X is capable of fast charging – but you’ll need to buy a special cable. We’ve also added in some thoughts about the ‘lip’ and how it affects the use of apps.