X Marks the Spot: iPhone X Review


But it takes a keen eye to compared iPhone’s OLED screen to the previous LCD. Don’t expect oversaturated colors like the ones found on Samsung. Apple calibrated the display to match their specifications and it’s as bit as good (if not better) than previous iPhones.

Okay let’s talk about the notch – yes, it is there, yes it can be distracting at times. But the more you use the iPhone X the more you’d care less about it. What’s behind that notch maybe some of the most advanced hardware you’d find on a smartphone (and probably is one of the reasons why it costs more than 4,000 AED).

The notch houses the iPhone X’s TrueDepth Camera system, which are the components that make Face ID work. Face ID replaces Touch ID since the iPhone X doesn’t have a place for a fingerprint scanner (guess Apple doesn’t want to place it in the back). Face ID uses a combination of a dot projector, infrared camera and a flood illuminator that will identify your face the most accurate way possible.

The days I’ve used the iPhone X Face ID mostly works well, and a few instances where I’m in direct sunlight is the only time it would fail. I must admit though, I still miss and at times prefer Touch ID. But owning the iPhone X means I would have to settle with Face ID until I get used to it.

There’s still no headphone jack, so either you go wireless or use the Lightning port. The iPhone X supports wireless charging. Fast charging is also supported, but you would need the USB-C charger plus the Lightning to USB-C cable to take advantage of it – and yes, it’s sold separately.

The camera optics found on the iPhone X is almost similar to the 12-megapixel sensors found on the iPhone 8 Plus, with the telephoto lens getting a larger aperture at f/2.4 and optical image stabilization. The front camera is still the same 7-megapixel shooter and thanks to the TrueDepth camera hardware, it also supports Portrait mode and a new feature in iMessage called Animojis.

We Like
  • Excellent display
  • Face ID
  • Animojis
  • Great camera
We hate
  • (Very) expensive
  • Some users may not like the notch
We Say

The iPhone X is leaps and bounds from the original iPhone released in 2007 – and while that won’t impress other users, it is still the best iPhone Apple has ever made.

Victor Philip Ortiz
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. Has passion for all things tech - you’ll normally find him tinkering with the latest gadgets and computer peripherals. He is an avid collector of DVDs and Blu-ray discs, and recently discovered his love for gaming. Follow him on Twitter at @vp_ortiz17