To iPhone X, or not to…that is the question

Apple recently released not one, but three brand new phones at the much anticipated annual event on Sept 12, 2017. People looking to get their hands on some of these gadgets probably have a few questions on their mind: Should I buy iPhone X? Am I going to miss out on a bunch of important features if I go for iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus? Does iPhone X justify the extra cost? In this segment, I will try to address some of these questions and more.

  • IPhone X features

Apple got rid of the home button and the fingerprint scanner on iPhone X. Apple claims improved security through Face ID which will be used to unlock your phone. The phone uses its front camera and its sensors, a sophisticated dot projector to map your face. Apple claims to have verified that the security cannot be breached by photos or face masks. The Face ID also works in darkness and with sunglasses. It even adapts to your evolving mug over time, and will work even if you grow a beard or have a haircut. This feature did not have a good start and had a failure at the Apple event. Apple claims this was an isolated incident. However, Apple claims you now have a 1 in a million chance of security breach compared to 1 in 50K when you use fingerprint. This is a promising improvement over its predecessors and a clear advantage over iPhone 8/8 Plus and lower. However, it remains to be seen how iPhone users adapt to this major change.

IPhone X gets a bigger display of a vibrant, 5.8 inch AMOLED screen. This is an edge-to-edge all screen display or in Apple’s terminology a ‘Super Retina Display’. With the OLED screen, iPhone X is now able to crank up screen resolution to 2436 x 1125 pixels compared to 1080 pixels in the previous versions. The higher resolution helps in delivering a Quad HD+ picture. The display is built for HDR and can deliver a 1M : 1 contrast ratio on Daolby Vision and HDR10 content.

Apple claims to have redesigned and improved camera’s on iPhone X, one of the clear advantages being the Optical Image Stabilization or OIS in short. OIS helps make up for shaky hands while clicking pictures. The front camera now provides portrait mode with portrait lighting. This will help in taking better selfies with photo studio-like lighting for your face. In addition, capturing a slow motion video has been improved, now recording 240 frames in 1080p up from doing it in 720p.

Other notable mentions of improved features are wireless charging with AirPower, fast charging – 50% in 30 minutes, improved battery life which will now last 2 hours more than iPhone 7, inclusion of Animoji – which combines animation with emoji taking emoji to the next level, etc

  • iPhone X challenges for buyers

If you are a big fan of the Rose Gold color, you are not going to like it. IPhone X only comes in two colors, Silver and Space Gray. Also, you will have to wait a little longer to get your hands on your next smartphone. IPhone X pre-orders being October 27 and will only start shipping by November 3. In contrast, iPhone 8 / 8 Plus are available to ship right away. With the huge year end shopping rush, one can expect the iPhone X to be sold out very soon which means longer wait for some of us. IPhone X is the most expensive iPhone ever, the base 64 GB model will cost you $999 or $49/mo with iPhone upgrade program. The 256 GB model is priced at $1149.

In conclusion, iPhone X seems to have enhanced security, better features, faster processor which is well worth the extra wait and extra cost. Happy iPhone shopping!

Author: Mr Harry G H

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