X Marks the Spot: iPhone X Review


Images taken on the iPhone X look more or less as good as the iPhone 8 Plus camera. Colors are well-balanced and detailed even at 100 percent crop, while low light images tend to be noisy at times but does not lose detail. The Portrait mode has also been improved and made even better with the new Portrait Lighting feature. It’s a perfectly capable camera, and I wouldn’t mind ditching my personal camera when I go on trips and just take iPhone X instead. Video recording has also been upgraded. You can now shoot 4K video at 24, 30 and 60 fps settings. 60 fps is unarguably the best, but it eats a lot of space.

It runs iOS 11 out of the box and if you’ve ever used an iPhone, then the experience is still consistent. The one major difference that I’m still adjusting to is accessing Control Center, to which you have to swipe down from the top right corner of the device instead of swiping from below.

That’s because swiping from below is the new way to go back to the homescreen since well, there’s no more home button. It takes a while getting used to the new gestures, but I’m sure you’ll get the hang of it.

Navigation is fluid and apps runs faster than ever thanks to the A11 Bionic chip that runs the iPhone X. t renders videos and images faster than expected, and the various graphics and AR apps is where Apple’s SoC truly shines.

Battery life is pretty much at par with the iPhone 8, but no better than the iPhone 8 Plus. On real-world scenarios I usually get to 60 percent after 1 pm which is already good. The addition of wireless charging also somehow benefitted me since I have a wireless charging pad on my desk I was using for the Samsung Galaxy S8. I just place it on top and forget its even charging.

The iPhone X is indeed the best iPhone Apple has ever made. You can argue about its flaws but ultimately it is still one of the best smartphones available in the market. That being said, the starting price (4,099 AED for 64 GB and a whopping 4,729 AED for 256 GB) is still expensive no matter how you look at it. You can always go for the iPhone 8/iPhone 8 Plus, which is relatively cheaper than the iPhone X (and still has Touch ID) as an alternative. 

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