The iPhone X arrived in the mail this morning. I was looking forward to it, though I suspected once the initial thrill disappeared, I wouldn’t exactly be blown away. And that’s exactly what has happened. Don’t get me wrong; the iPhone X is a great smartphone. It’s just not that much different (hardware wise) from Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 or even the Galaxy S8.
I have to use it for a couple more days to be able to write a full review. But for now, here are my first impressions:
- This reminds me a lot like the Galaxy S8. But it runs iOS, so that makes it better.
- The size of the phone, along with the screen, is perfect. It still feels like you are using a 4.7-inch iPhone, but with a much bigger screen.
- You definitely need a body protector for this phone. It’s made of glass and feels like it can break easily.
- I’m ordering a screen protector for this as we speak.
- The screen is OLED, but doesn’t look that much different from the already perfect LED screen on older iPhones.
- The colors aren’t as saturated as they are on Samsung’s OLED screens — this may be a good thing for some people.
- The only way to get a battery percentage indicator is to swipe down from the upper-right side of the screen. Bummer!
- The notch that comes down from the top of the screen is annoying.
- The fact that both camera lenses now have optical image stabilization does make a difference in picture quality.
- The brightness levels are off the wall. Even set at 75 percent brightness, the iPhone X screen looks beautiful.
- Battery life seems okay so far, but not as good as it is on the iPhone 7 Plus.
- The iPhone X is a fingerprint magnet.
- The speakers on this thing are wonderful, and I could definitely hear bass.
- So far, the face recognition has worked 9 out of 10 times.
- I miss the home button, but I will get used to the screen-swiping gesture that has replaced it.