Review of the highly anticipated Apple iPhone X: beyond and without buttons
In Russia, the attitude towards Apple has always been special – the time of launch of each iPhone, starting with iPhone 3Gs, was accompanied by a boom. First, Apple tried to sell through the operators, it was with a huge delay, and then for a long time Russia was not included into number of the countries of the first wave. As a result of large buyer interest were a grey import to smartphones, which were brought from countries where they were already.
But this time it’s different: X iPhone became available in Russia at the same time with most countries in the world, and we have a queue of those wishing to buy a new iPhone on the first day of sales. In Russia there is still no offline Apple Store, so took turns going in front of the outlets of retailers. And if iPhone 8 queues were not, and for iPhone X they suddenly lined up, then it can only talk about one thing: people have long waited from the company of something really new.
I was lucky enough to start with iPhone X before the official start of sales, so to date I have gone through all the psychological stages: from denial and anger to acceptance and surrender. And although this is a very important product for Apple, and for the market as a whole, I can say that iPhone X cause of pure and absolute delight. Why? Let’s face it.
|Apple iPhone X||Apple iPhone 8 Plus||Apple iPhone 8||Apple iPhone 7 Plus||Samsung Galaxy Note8|
|Screen||5.8 inches, Super AMOLED, 2436 × 1125, 458 ppi, capacitive multi-touch technology TrueTone||5.5 inch, IPS,
1920 × 1080 pixels, 401 ppi, capacitive multi-touch technology TrueTone
|4.7 inch, IPS, 1334 × 750, 326 ppi, capacitive multi-touch technology TrueTone||5.5 inch, IPS,
1920 × 1080 pixels, 401 ppi, capacitive multitouch
|6.3 inch, Super AMOLED, 1440 × 2960 pixels, 521 ppi, capacitive multitouch|
|Safety glass||No data||No data||No data||No data||Corning Gorilla Glass 5|
|Processor||Apple A11 Bionic six cores (2 × Moonsoon + 4 × Mistral)||Apple A11 Bionic six cores (2 × Moonsoon + 4 × Mistral)||Apple A11 Bionic six cores (2 × Moonsoon + 4 × Mistral)||Apple’s A10 Fusion: four cores, the frequency of 2.23 GHz||Samsung Exynos 8895: eight cores (4 × M1, 2.5 GHz + 4 × Cortex-A53 frequency of 1.69 GHz)|
|Graphics controller||Apple GPU (3-core)||Apple GPU (3-core)||Apple GPU (3-core)||Apple GPU (2 cores)||Mali-G71 MP20, 850 MHz|
|RAM||3 GB||3 GB||2 GB||3 GB||6 GB|
|Flash memory||64/256 GB||64/256 GB||64/256 GB||32/128/256 GB||64/128/256 GB|
|Connectors||1 × Lightning
1 × nanoSIM
|1 × Lightning
1 × nanoSIM
|1 × Lightning
1 × nanoSIM
|1 × Lightning
1 × nanoSIM
|1 × USB Type C
1 × nanoSIM
1 × microSD/nanoSIM
|Cell 2G connection||GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz||GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz||GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz||GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz||GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz|
|3G cellular communications||UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (84 Mbit/s) 850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz||UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (84 Mbit/s) 850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz||UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (84 Mbit/s) 850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz||UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (84 Mbit/s) 850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz||UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (84 Mbit/s) 850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz|
|Cellular 4G||LTE Cat. 12 (450 Mbps) bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 38, 39, 40, 41, 66||LTE Cat. 12 (450 Mbps) bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 38, 39, 40, 41, 66||LTE Cat. 12 (450 Mbps) bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 38, 39, 40, 41, 66||LTE Cat. 9 (450 Mbps) bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 38, 39, 40, 41||LTE Cat. 10 (450 Mbps) bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 17, 18, 19, 20, 28, 29, 38, 39, 40, 41|
|Wi-Fi||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4 GHz/5GHz, 2×2 MIMO (866 Mbps)||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4 GHz/5GHz, 2×2 MIMO (866 Mbps)||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4 GHz/5GHz, 2×2 MIMO (866 Mbps)||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4 GHz/5GHz, 2×2 MIMO (866 Mbps)||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4 GHz/5GHz, 2×2 MIMO (866 Mbps)|
|NFC||Yes (Apple Pay)||Yes (Apple Pay)||Yes (Apple Pay)||Yes (Apple Pay)||There Are (Samsung Pay)|
|Navigation||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS|
|Sensors||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)|
|Fingerprint scanner||No (vmesto him Face ID)||Yes (front)||Yes (front)||Yes (front)||There are (rear)|
|The main camera||Dual camera: 12 MP, ƒ/1,8 + 12 MP, ƒ/2.4 GHz, autofocus, chetyrehrjadnye led flash, optical stabilizer, both cameras||Dual camera: 12 MP, ƒ/1,8 + 12 MP, ƒ/2.8, autofocus, chetyrehrjadnye led flash, optical stabilizer, both cameras||12 MP, ƒ/1.8, auto focus, chetyrehrjadnye led flash, optical stabilizer||Dual camera: 12 MP, ƒ/1,8 + 12 MP, ƒ/2.8, autofocus, chetyrehrjadnye led flash, optical stabilizer in the main chamber||Dual camera: 12 MP, ƒ/1,7 + 12 MP, ƒ/2.4 GHz, autofocus, dual-led flash, optical image stabilization in both cameras|
|Front camera||7 MP, ƒ/2.2, and without a flash||7 MP, ƒ/2.2, and without a flash||7 MP, ƒ/2.2, and without a flash||7 MP, ƒ/2.2, and without a flash||8 MP, ƒ/1,7, autofocus, no flash|
|Food||Removable battery: of 10.26 W⋅h (2716 mAh, 3.8 V)||Removable battery: 10,22 W⋅h (2691 mAh, 3.8 V)||Removable battery: of 6.91 W * h (1821 mAh, 3.8 V)||Removable battery: 11,1 W·h (2900 mAh, 3.8 V)||Removable battery: 12,54 W⋅h (3300 mAh, 3.8 V)|
|Size||143,6 × 70,9 × 7.7 mm||158,4 × 78,1 × 7.5 mm||138,4 × 67,3 × 7.3 mm||158,2 x 77,9 x 7.3 mm||162,5 × 74,8 × 8.6 mm|
|Weight||174 g||202 g||148 g||188 g||195 g|
|Protection from water and dust||There are, IP67||There are, IP67||There are, IP67||There are, IP67||Mean, standard IP68|
|Operating system||iOS 11||iOS 11||iOS 11||iOS 10||Android 7.1.1 Nougat|
|Current price||from 79 990 rubles||from 64 990 rubles||from 56 990 rubles||from 52 990 rubles||69 990 rubles|
Design and ergonomics
From a purely hardware perspective, the iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X little different from each other, but Apple fans greeted the group quietly, and around the “ten” is a real HYIP. There are several reasons, but in the first place, of course, design. We have already mentioned that the design of “Apple” phones are practically not changed since the iPhone 6. Same dimensions, same controls, same screen, albeit with some improvements, and the same appearance was used for three consecutive years, an eternity by today’s standards. In other words, we literally are tired of waiting for Apple something radically new.
And as strange as it may sound, the main innovation in the iPhone X has become a fad, which in recent years Samsung sets. This, of course, about the screen in the entire front panel. The new iPhone it’s called the Super Retina and first uses a matrix AMOLED (all previous iPhones, including the iPhone 8, offered with IPS matrix). Moreover, he first offers a resolution above Full HD, and the new aspect ratio is 21.6:10 (or 19.5:9, if you count the area of the cut). At the top of the screen there is a small cutout, which is a voice speaker and front camera and TrueDepth system responsible for face recognition. The paradox is that, despite such a controversial design decision, the ratio of the area of the screen to the area of the front surface of the iPhone X is still lower than the Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+. Let this be a reason for pride all fans of the Korean company, and I will return to this topic later.
Yes, the iPhone X available in black (Space Gray) and white (Silver) version, as in the good old days. The front and back are fully covered with tempered glass and a solid frame around the perimeter of the housing is made of surgical steel. Looks great, but the bad news: over time it is covered with small scratches as classic iPod Touch at the time. This is unlikely to please those who just shelled out for the device 80 thousand rubles, but minor scratches on the ends do not affect the overall attractiveness of the device. Well, then you always have the opportunity to use a case or bumper for iPhone X already churned out more than came in the entire history of any single Android smartphone. And cheap Chinese products began to be sold even before the official announcement of the iPhone X.
Sizes iPhone X iPhone 8 slightly larger and slightly smaller iPhone 8 Plus, despite the fact that the diagonal of the screen he is the biggest. In my opinion, it is the optimal dimensions of the device for the average male hand. The screen itself is really narrower than the iPhone 7/8 Plus, but notice the difference only in direct comparison.
The camera unit significantly protrudes over the rear surface – perhaps even more than the iPhone Plus 7/8. But the glass is durable – don’t just scratch, but if you use a case the camera will be protected even better. I know that many were not happy with the new camera view after the announcement of the iPhone X, but, in my opinion, it looks quite organically. And if we talk about combined with a proprietary silicone cover, and here it was even better than previous generation iPhones.
The Home button, I see no one. There is no fingerprint scanner that was built into it. But if Touch ID is now replacing Face ID, what will replace the return Desk, which takes place at the push of a button? It’s simple – gesture from the bottom up. I believe that this is the right decision. Any iPhone user intuitively assigns a thumb down, and at that moment, instead of instinctive clicking the button in the brain “clicks” the realization that now you need not to click and swipe up. In General, Apple has chosen a very logical and correct option.
How much mechanical management bodies left on the iPhone X? Exactly four: the power button, two buttons to control volume and switch vibrobetona. But the use of these elements and their combinations became more than it was. And that’s about it I’ll tell you more.
Features of the interface and Animoji
Remember, in iOS 10 Apple refused to function Slide to Unlock? All survived safely – why you need the extra gesture if you can now unlock the smartphone by one touch? Apple without excess sentimentality threw one of the most recognizable elements of the interface, once it was not needed. Exactly the same thing is happening now: face recognition in iPhone X does the Touch ID is completely unnecessary. And if that Samsung provides its users with a choice: instead of a facial (or iris) you can use the fingerprint, the owner of the iPhone X such a choice will not.
Have to give credit to Apple: it system works much more accurately, and most importantly – very natural. You take the smartphone in hand as usual, he ignited the screen the magic happens (face recognition), and then you unlock it by swiping up. If it tries to make the other person, it won’t work. No need to hold the iPhone close to the face or to keep a certain distance from the eye, simply rotate the screen to yourself. The fun starts when trying to deceive a Face ID. In my case, no unshaven, neither cap nor hat, nor the various points are not given effect: the system takes into account possible age-related changes, and your face never ceases to be recognized because of the new hairstyles, different hair colors or especially bright makeup. If the person registered the camera TrueDepth makes a three dimensional impression by using an infrared projector, and detects the eyes, nose and lips. So to remove the lock by turning the smartphone to the sleeping man, too, will fail – always need open eyes. But now, any investigator can find out whether the detainee phone without asking direct questions. Themselves information about your face, says Apple, is only stored on your iPhone is encrypted and never transmitted.
Home button was used not only to return to the desktop from any application, but for other purposes, often in combination with other buttons. IPhone in X such shortcuts have changed. For example, in order to take a screenshot, you press simultaneously the volume up key on the right side. The last habit I want to call the power button, but now power management you need to use the same combination as for the screenshot, not only with short press and long hold. Hard reboot takes place in three stages: first, alternately press the volume up and down, then press and hold the right button. To bring up Siri, double-click the right button while on the homescreen and in the App Store is the same press used to confirm purchases using Face ID.
By the way, has changed, and the logic of payment using Apple Pay. You have to keep your finger on the Home button and attach the phone to the terminal, now need to look at the iPhone after contact with the terminal. It’s not always convenient, although it all depends on the position of the terminal, for example, in Moscow, I have not always worked the first time, because the terminals often are on the table, but in Hong Kong the shops the bar for contactless payments stands upright and Apple Pay works perfectly.
Return to desktop occurs after the rapid movement of your finger up from the bottom edge of the screen. A slow swipe from here with a stop finger in the middle of the screen allows you to switch between open applications. Earlier the same topic was available by double pressing the Home button, but then if we could just wipe the Windows apps up to close them, now need to touch on any window and hold your finger for a second.
All previous iPhones starting with the fifth generation, the aspect ratio of the screen was the same — 16:9. This allowed, for example, to watch the video in real fullscreen mode without black bars on the edges, and the fingers comfortably lay on strips of the housing above the screen and below it. But with a new aspect ratio most of the clips are reproduced with black bands left and right, and to keep the smartphone has the screen itself. The keyboard now does not appear at the edge of the screen, and slightly above – so the bottom corner do not limit the width of the keys, and to hold your smartphone while you are typing, thus is more convenient. But switching the layout now is different, the corresponding button moved to the bottom under the left thumb. First, of course, will be unusual, especially to those who use 3-4 keyboard with different languages, but in General this approach has been the same – to miss the mark on the button harder.
In the screenshots the cutout of the screen does not issue, that is logical. So to answer the question of whether he is stopping, only after a personal acquaintance. In my opinion, it is not stopping after a while you just stop paying attention to it. But there are other interface features that are slightly annoying. Those “ears” that reach up to the upper edge of the body, has a very limited width, and therefore the right cannot be displayed the name of the operator and remaining charge percentage of the battery. There are not too informative indicator and the exact level can be viewed solely in the control center, which is called swipe down from the right “ear”. A similar gesture on the left opens the notification panel – in my case a very rarely used item.
By the way, most applications still have not learned to work with the groove of the screen, though likely it’s not even in it, but just in a new aspect ratio. But it is only a matter of time, I remember a similar problem at the moment of transition from the iPhone 4S to the iPhone 5.
Finally, the main innovation iPhone X – Animoji. They are available in the form of additional features in iMessage, but after recording you can save them and send anything, even by mail, even via AirDrop though in other messengers. It’s nice that Apple does not repair any obstacles.
Let me remind you, the point is that the camera TrueDepth can pretty accurately track your face and apply facial expressions to animated Emoji. However the choice of blanks is small — there are only nine, including the famous piece of shit, but now Apple will be able to add new templates with each update of the OS, so do not say that in iOS 11.1.2 and 11.1.3, nothing has changed. And Yes, I remember how during the broadcast of the presentation of the iPhone X showed us an animated and talking shit, and I called it “the innovation that we deserve.” Jokes aside, but you have no idea how in the world people are willing to pay for such meaningless and harmless things. So Apple just meets the demand, nothing personal.