Does the iPhone X live up to the hype?

Aussies have been scrambling to get their hands on the iPhone X – but does it deserve the hype, or has this latest Apple flagship got us all fooled?

Like most things Apple does nowadays, the iPhone X is proving to be divisive. Released to mark the iPhone’s 10-year anniversary (feel old yet?), there was so much fuss around this new model when it released last November that it was bound to fall short of some expectations.

That’s not to say the iPhone X hasn’t made a splash. Its flashy new features have impressed plenty of people, causing Apple stores all over the world to sell out of stock. Before spending your hard-earned cash on a phone you’re unsure about, check out my thoughts on the iPhone X and some if it's standout features.

dat display

The iPhone X’s most eye-catching feature is its edge-to-edge screen. All that smooth glass and high-definition colour make it one of the prettiest mobile devices on the market. Measuring 5.8 inches diagonally, the display also comes with rounded corners, a fingerprint-resistant coating, and impressive pixel resolution.

Of course, iPhone screens aren’t known for being bulletproof. Even though Apple insists the iPhone X has the strongest glass ever featured in a smartphone, this big and beautiful display can still smash if you’re not careful with it. But if you don’t mind having a minor heart attack every time you drop your phone, the iPhone X’s edge-to-edge screen will have you mesmerised.

face recognition feature

Not to be melodramatic, but the future really has arrived. If you thought your old iPhone’s touch ID was cool, you might just lose your mind at the iPhone X’s facial recognition feature. Thanks to the new “TrueDepth camera system”, you can unlock your iPhone X simply by looking at it, even in the dark.

Using infrared sensors, this feature measures your face to create a completely personalised unlocking system. If you’re worried about security, the chances that someone other than yourself will be able to unlock your phone are extremely low (unless you have an identical twin).

the ultimate selfie camera

The iPhone X’s camera is all about capturing depth perception and the richness of colours. Featuring a wide-angled lens and optical zoom, both the rear and front-facing cameras are capable of taking quality photos. To really make the most of your selfies, use Portrait Mode to capture your good side every time. Designed to take professional-quality shots, Portrait Mode uses artistically blurred backgrounds and high-tech lighting effects to ensure your photos are quite literally #lit.

RIP home button

Apple giveth, and Apple taketh away – the home button, that is. If you thought this feature was safe from extinction, think again. Along with the headphone jack, the iPhone’s home button has been put out to pasture, leaving long-time users feeling a little bamboozled.

Instead of hitting the home button to exit an app, users need to swipe up from the bottom of the screen. It sounds simple enough, but this feature takes some getting used to.

clunky size

Even though the iPhone has changed size and shape plenty of times over the years, it’s always been easy enough to hold in the palm of one hand while using your thumb to type.

The iPhone X’s new dimensions are proving to be slightly problematic. Since the phone relies so heavily on precise swiping motions, people with smaller hands may struggle to get the reach they need. It doesn’t make using the phone impossible, just slightly more difficult.

Still feeling conflicted over the iPhone X? We wouldn’t say it’s perfect, but it’s not hard to see why this phone is so sought after. In the end, it all comes down to personal preference.

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