Now that the wraps are off of the new iPhone X, what’s it like to use? We were at the launch event at Apple Park in Cupertino, and had a chance to try it out.
The first thing that strikes you about the iPhone X is the screen size and lack of bezels. While the phone’s body is smaller than the iPhone 8 Plus, which has a 5.5 inch display, the X has a larger 5.8 inch display, albeit in a smaller package. This means that you get more screen and less phone, which is great for those who want a lot of display real estate without carrying a big device.
The screen itself is a dream to look at. The Super Retina Display means that blacks have a complete absence of light, and there’s more detail available to see in darker regions of photos and videos. We were in a brightly lit environment, and the screen’s brightness still cut-through the glare from the overhead lighting.
Otherwise, the fit and finish was top notch. Gorgeous curves, glossy surfaces and the glass-back contributed to the premium feel of the device, and the volume and power buttons on the edges were well positioned and a bit larger than the iPhone 7. Both silver and space grey bodies looked very nice as well.
Using the X is different than other iPhones – since you can’t unlock it with the now-removed home button, you tap the screen to wake it up, then it analyses your face (or you type in a pin code) to access the home screen. You swipe left and right as usual to view your apps, however, to return to the home screen you now swipe up from the bottom of the display. This does take a bit of getting used to, however, it’s not a deal-breaker.
Otherwise, the 18:9 aspect ratio of the new display gives you another row of icons and feels very roomy.
Apple’s new A11 Bionic processor looks to be very powerful. The phone is incredibly responsive and snappy when opening apps and navigating around. Accessing the camera was also extremely fast with no apparent lag. We were shown some photo processing tasks where the phone analysed an image to separate the foreground object (a person) from the background, then transpose the object to a different background. All happened very quickly with no perceptible processing lag.