iPhone: Is It Worth It?
iPhone X was announced a few days ago and it doesn’t come out until November. A full month or two after iPhone 8 will come out in September. Apple does this on purpose. They’re getting two different cycles out of two different new iPhones and they’ll probably limit supplies like they usually do. Apple held its products presentation on September 12 and from that presentation, it just spawned a whole new sea of much more interesting questions about the phone and these are the 4 most important of those.
The story for this new iPhone was that they dropped touch ID for face ID (Facial Recognition to unlock your phone) and the big question is will it be just as good? Well, first of all, the actual Facial Recognition technology is supposed to be really good. It shouldn’t be fooled by a photo of you or people who kinda look like you and it should work in the dark. A new question I’ve seen though is if you actually have an identical twin that looks identical to you, will that fool it? The answer is, YES, it probably will. One weird thing that people have been talking about is it looked like Facial ID failed in the first ever demo that Apple gave to the public which is what they did on stage with that new iPhone. Since then, Apple has come out with an official explanation for what happened that they gave to 9to5Mac which was this;
“People were handling the device for stage demo ahead of time”, says a rep, “and didn’t realize Face ID was trying to authenticate their face. After failing a number of times, because they weren’t Craig, the iPhone did what it was designed to do, which was to require his passcode.” In other words, “ Face ID worked as it was designed to.”
So that makes perfect sense. You know how if you try the wrong fingerprint enough times in a row, it will ask you for your password if you do it like 8 to 10 times in a row, It stops listening to the fingerprint and just asks you to put your PIN. Apparently, it’s the same thing if you try the wrong face too many times in a row. To me, that just raises a subject if people just look at your phone accidentally, is that going to count as a failed unlock attempt? Samsung doesn’t have this setback because when you raise the phone, it doesn’t wake up. Once you hit the power button then it starts looking for your IRIS and it wakes. With the iPhone X, you have to raise to wake so as soon as you raise it up, it’s awake and looking for a face. It could drain the battery, it could constantly be looking for the wrong faces. Will we constantly be putting our passcodes? Ultimately, I’m just hoping that face ID has been worked on enough and developed enough that this won’t be a hitch because that’s why Apple took so long to implement this.
This is actually a really big overlooked part of the iPhone X. Something you might not notice is this is actually not an easy one-handed phone. When you compare it the iPhone 7+ or 8+, it has a smaller body, yes, but still it’s a larger display which means you will still have to stretch further no matter how well the bezels are. That made me notice was having a home button or home swipe all the way at the bottom and the control center all the way up at the top; Now someone who uses control center a lot, that is a serious stretch and it’s going to be a two-handed thing for a lot of people.
Is anything about this phone is actually new? No. Pretty much every single new feature we saw, demoed on stage or highlighted or headlined about the iPhone X, we’ve seen it before in some other phones.
- The bezel display with the notch at the top? Well, many other phones have been bezel-less over the past couple of years in their own ways.
- Qi charging: This has been around for a while as well. Galaxy Note8, Galaxy S8, LG v30 have all had wireless charging.
- Face Unlock? That was the key new feature back in the days of Android 4.0. Plus, the Note7 came out last year with iris scanning.
- Even augmented reality; there have been entire phones built around that experience.
But, the fact is that doesn’t really matter. I mean you have heard this before; Apple is never really first to things but they tend to lag behind and when it’s well established, they leap in and do it really well and it’s well refined. That’s what we’re crossing our fingers for with face unlock. That’s what we’re used to seeing with other Apple features, that’s what happening again here.
Is The New iPhone X Worth 1000? bucks?
This a thousand-dollar phone, is this thing going to be worth the extra money? Well, that depends on you. Galaxy Note8 is also about the same price tag. The question is always is it worth the extra money over its closely related brother phone. I think the better question is, iPhone X: what does it do for a thousand bucks that the cheaper new iPhone 8 doesn’t do? So, first of all, its an OLED display so it’ll have a higher contrast ratio, more saturated colors, pitch-black blacks, it supports HDR now. It’s just overall going to look better. It’s also a high resolution as 2436 x 1125 458ppi and also now you get to say you have a ‘Super’ Retina display. Then, of course, the display is fullscreen, edge-to-edge, much smaller bezels, no chin. You also have optically stabilized both cameras instead of just one. So, the telephoto lens should have much better performance in low-light and much better video stabilization etc. But then everything else is exactly the same. The specs, the performance, the ip67 rating, wireless charging, Bluetooth 5.0, the selfie camera. All that stuff is the same on both. What I’d say you have to decide if that premium design and the fullscreen OLED display are worth it to you
The bottom line for iPhone X is this is really one of those phones where you’ll really want to wait to see the reviews before you buy. I mean it’s already more expensive than the iPhone 8 and it’s coming a little bit after the iPhone 8 as well. So, if you have that luxury to be able to wait to see if this is the phone you want to buy? Do that, read the reviews and then you’ll know. It is a really beautiful phone at first glance and in the hand, it’ll probably be grand. But obviously, looking and actually spending your money on it are two completely different things.
Also, don’t forget to Check my Reviews iPhone X: First Impression Review