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The Average Consumer's Guide to the iPhone X Best Features

Updated on November 22, 2017
iPhone X
iPhone X | Source

To Buy or Not to Buy

The iPhone X is a special edition to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, the phone that defined the smartphone.

We all know that Apple devotees will pay any price for just about anything Apple makes, so not counting those people, the $1K price for the new iPhone is a deal-breaker for the average consumer who just wants a nice device.

So, will you or will you not shell out the money for the phone? Well, I'm here to help you make a purchasing decision by speaking to some of the best features of the iPhone X, so let's get to it...

Any Sufficiently Advanced Technology

is Indistinguishable from Magic

— Arthur C. Clarke

First Thing's First: The Brand New Design

The iPhone X is the first phone since 2014, that you can look at and visually see that it is different from all the others iPhone models.

Well...let me qualify that statement a little. The iPhone 4 was stylistically different from its predecessors, because it dropped the curvy design for a more boxy look.

The iPhone 5 introduced a slimmer look, and the iPhone 6 saw a return to a more curvy look, but throughout the years, the phone has retained all of the similar features...until the iPhone X. Keep reading and check out some of the changes...

iPhone X Brand New Design
iPhone X Brand New Design | Source

The Home Button

Gone is the physical home button, in favor of a nearly bezeless display.
Some people are upset about the nixed iPhone home button, because they say
it makes the phone look too much like an Android device, but Apple says
this design is the future of smartphones...so it is what it is.

If having the home button is a feature you can't live without, you might want to go with the iPhone 8, or stick with whatever version you have. But, before you make a decision, you need to know there are alternate ways to interact with the phone, so keep reading...

New Interactions

Now that the famous iPhone home button has been removed, in order to go home, you need to swipe up from the bottom of the screen.

Some of you may remember that swiping up on the iPhone used to be the way
to get to the control center...this is not so anymore. In order to reach the control center, you will need to swipe down from the top right of the screen. You'll now be able to obtain notifications using a swipe down from the top left.

If you want to get to Siri, you'll need to hold down the over-sized button on the right side of the phone. The same button will allow you to take a screenshot when you depress it along with a volume key.

Water Resistance

Yes, finally! The iphone has finally included water resistance... a feature on many Android devices for years. There's no better way for you to learn about this new feature, than by checking out the following video from Jenna Ezarik, and her sister, the famous Apple fanatic, iJustine (Justine Ezarik).

iPhone X Underwater Face ID Test : Water Resistance in Action!

Eye Poppin' Display

The display on the iPhone X is Apple's biggest display in history, measuring 5.8 inches, compared to the 5.5 inches on the iPhone 8 Plus.

The edgeless OLED display means the phone is more brilliantly crisp than ever before. It's interesting to note here, that Samsung actually makes the display... Never-mind.

The black notch at the top is a nuisance to some and a non-issue to others. It's designed to auto adjusted to the colors of the current app you're using, so it shouldn't be a problem. However, early tech reviewers have found that the notch stays annoyingly visible when viewing full screen videos.

The phone is taller, and better to look at, only you can decide if the black notch is the deal-breaker.

Face ID

Face ID is reported to run smoothly by all of the tech reviewers. The technology cannot be fooled by a picture of you, your twin, heavy make-up, hats, your sleeping face, etc.

The technology works with a dot projector for face matching, flood illumination, and an infrared camera, so Apple says the technology is twice as secure than Touch ID.

Now, just as one would think, the process works better if you take your time and fully set-up the function, without rushing, and it works better at an angle. Also, the functionality is not the best when paired with reflective sunglasses in the bright sun, so, be sure not to do that...

The technology is similar to Samsung's previously introduced retina scan, but Face ID scans the entire face, and its muscles in order to map the unique nuances of your face. Even better, machine learning will allow the process to grow with you as you age...how slick is that?

Have a look at the video below, where Apple Senior Vice President of Marketing, Phillip Schiller provides a short overview of how Face ID works:

Apple Explains iPhone X Face ID

Camera Improvements

You probably already know that the iPhone camera is usually a good quality camera, but it has always fallen somewhat short of Samsung's quality. Well, now this is true no more, Apple has finally caught up to the Android powerhouse.

The front facing, True Depth Camera features studio quality lighting for even more professional looking photos, a slick new portrait mode for selfies, and ridiculously cool Animojis, which are animated emojis that mimic your facial expressions and movements in real-time.

The rear camera has a better sensor, improved telephoto lens, optical image stabilization and noise reduction. The slow-motion feature received a huge jump in quality as well.

Overall Improvements

The CPU and GPU both received a boost, so you'll notice the phone runs
smoother and faster. In addition to everything mentioned above, the device now has wireless charging capabilities, fast charging, better sounding audio, and Bluetooth 5.0 technology, which is said to far superior to its predecessor.

The iPhone X is Apple's crowning achievement. Hopefully, this article will provide you with at least some of the information you need to make a purchasing decision. I'll leave you with a complete iPhone X review, by Marques Brownlee, possibly the best tech reviewer on all of YouTube...

Let me know in the comments section if you've decided to buy, and tell me what you think about your new phone! Thanks for hanging out with me, and best of luck to you with whatever you decide to do!

MKBD iPhone X Review

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