Overview iPhone X.

iPhone X turned out to be a contradictory device. Much more contradictory than the iPhone 7, where the first headphone connector was revealed. The iPhone X Apple risks and makes a lot for the first time.

Introduction

There was a time when Apple produced iPhone with a new appearance every two years. When iPhone 6 came out, the company decided to slow down. IPhone 6s came out, a year later, iPhone 7 appeared, this year iPhone 8. All of them possess the same appearance with minor variations. As a result, the line of iPhone devices began to look too conservative compared to its competitors. Drowned and premium, but still conservative.

This year, buyers will receive what they asked - a bold new iPhone design, although extremely expensive at 79990 rubles. Apple claims that iPhone X is something big than just a new appearance of the previous device. She wants to start a new chapter of the iPhone history, so the changes should be not only in appearance, but also in the basics of interaction with the device. New appearance, notable changes when working with iOS - all this sounds intriguing, but there are many other points that may surprise or even disappear.

You are reading a review of the portal Phonearena.com, Original material was published on November 8, 2017.

Risk and novelty often go hand in hand. As mentioned above, the iPhone became conservative and it was time to finish. Not everything turned out perfectly, what will be said below.

design and cutout

An obvious innovation is a frameless screen with a diagonal of 5.8 inches. It closes the entire front of the device, only the thin frames surround it. However, this is not all. Other surprises are expected.

Looking at the screen, the look gets to the top where there is a cutout. He bit off part of the display, so it is simultaneously cursing and blessing. Since the screen took the entire front part, there was no place for the fingerprint scanner Touch ID in the Home button. How to unlock the iPhone and ensure security? Inside the cut is a chamber and sensors for three-dimensional face recognition. It was because of them that the connected seamless appearance of the device was spoiled.

Thanks to this IPhone X cut, you can not be confused with anything, unlike some other modern and future curious smartphones, which are similar to each other. This, together with the facial scanner FACE ID, is the only good thing that can be said about the neckline. It looks not too nice, spoiling the impression from a futuristic looking smartphone. If it were not for the cut, the appearance of the iPhone X could be called the apotheosis of the design of smartphones.

But it is and cannot be forgotten with everyday interaction with the device. The negative effect on the appearance of the product is significant, but its effect on the interaction with the device is even worse.

In terms of materials and finishing, the iPhone X reminds Galaxy S8. The glass is used both in front and rear, which is connected to the polished metal frame. Samsung uses aluminum, while Apple has chosen high-quality stainless steel. The Apple smartphone is perfect in hand, but it lacks the color options. Galaxy S8 is available in six colors, while the iPhone is only in dark gray and light gray. The latter is a more interesting solution.

iPhone X and Galaxy S8

iPhone x is beautiful, but the neckline does not allow it to be called it by the work of art. It has a utilitarian design in a modern premium building. Despite the fact that Galaxy S8 went out half a year ago, the iPhone X is perceived as a device released as needed to reduce the backlog from a competitor.

The first iPhone with the screen OLED, the diagonal is 5.8 inches. Apple calls it Super Retina Display. OLED technology does not work as traditional LCD displays, it has pros and cons.

Pros

  • contrast and saturation of colors
  • Viewing the angle saves high brightness
  • Reducing the response time allows you to get rid of blur in motion
minuses
  • When viewing, the angle decreases the accuracy of color reproduction
  • there is an effect of burnout

pair of contradictions surround the first OLED screen on the iPhone: the effect of burnout and blue shade. We will not discuss burnout here, because there is hope that Apple has taken care of providing a good screen status throughout the device's life cycle.

As for the blue shade, the screen is well balanced and issues realistic colors. Like all OLED displays, he suffers from color displacement; When you look at it at an angle, the blue shade appears. OLED screens on Samsung Galaxy devices have always behaved the same way, and the Samsung production screen is used here, so there is nothing to be surprised. The iPhone X screen looks more like the screens last year's Galaxy S, Galaxy S8 is less prone to this color displacement. The problem is not so great to spoil the impression of working with the device.

The screen has a resolution of 1125 x 2436. It is longer compared to the iPhone 8 screen, but at the same time it is only not much wider. Because of this, iPhone 8 Plus with a diagonal of 5.5 inches and a standard 16: 9 aspect ratio still possesses the maximum area among all iPhone models.

iPhone 8, iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus

iPhone X is good That the screen is big, and the device itself is not very, but there is a catch here. This is the same cutout. It is impossible not to pay attention to it, you distract from viewing. Another problem is that most third-party applications are not optimized to use the entire screen space. In the future, this should change, but while the view is frustrating, because most often on the edges of the image there are black stripes, whether video or games. Applications without optimization in landscape mode look worse, since the bands are not only on the left and right, but also from the bottom for a useless horizontal line, which reminds about the availability of the gesture to return to the home screen.

Most of the popular applications, like Facebook, Instagram or SUPER MARIO RUN games, were updated under this screen. The rest of the content shows the black stripes, including such common applications, like Gmail, Google maps, etc. Another problem in cooperation with your favorite applications and games after optimizing them. For example, YouTube. By default, the video starts with a large amount of water consumed, due to which the entire meaning of the elongated large screen is lost. You can expand the video to the maximum with your fingers, after which the cutout and rounded angles enter the field. Video viewing form is very strange.

Looks like YouTube application developers have not yet found a way to cope with the iPhone X eccentric screen. Can others find this method? Or let Apple herself will come up with how in future versions of the iPhone get rid of this cutout.

Thus, the new screen is beautiful, the advantages of OLED technology outweigh cons. 5.8 inches is an excellent size, but the presence of cutout often means the inability to fully use the screen space in video, games and applications.

Facial recognition

After many unexpected disappointments, you can finally talk about what Make it right. This is a new biometric authorization system FACE ID. It replaces the fingerprint scanner Touch ID, which worked almost perfectly, for which he was loved. For this reason, waiting from Face ID is great both in terms of reliability and convenience. In addition, the quality of the recognition system should justify the presence of an unpleasant cutout.

Use Face ID is extremely simple, the setting occurs during the initial setting of the smartphone itself. Using complex technology, the iPhone scans your face, creates a detailed three-dimensional face map, which is then safely saved inside the chip on the smartphone and even Apple itself does not have access to this information. The device can recognize the user even at an angle, optionally to look straight up to the camera for a successful login.

The facial recognition is not applied for the first time, since earlier Samsung has already used the scanning of the iris in its flagships. It can be said that this scanning and facial recognition from Samsung did not correspond to the highest standards of reliability and convenience. Systems or worked badly, or did not work at all. Face ID acts in a different way, becoming the main method of authorization in the daily use of the smartphone and almost without disappointing.

FACE ID is still flaw, but not too large. You must take a smartphone and it is automatically activated, also for this can be pressed on the screen. Then recognition occurs and you need to run the gesture to open the home screen. Theoretically, this should occur in less than a second and almost imperceptibly, so usually happens.

Face ID allows you to lift your smartphone, swipe up on the screen, and get to the home screen with just a glance at the device. It works without any problems, in most cases. Touch ID is still the more secure method, but facial recognition has come very close to it.

Sometimes authorization fails if you look at the camera from the wrong angle or from the wrong distance. When recognition does not work, the smartphone does not offer to try again at the same moment. You have to enter a pin code or go back and try again. Sometimes recognition takes an extra half second, which can be annoying, especially if you're in a hurry. However, it is worth getting used to the system and such cases will occur less and less. Face ID can be called a great first generation product and can be expected to improve in the future.

As a result, we can say that Apple was able to create the first reliable and convenient facial recognition system for smartphones. It works almost flawlessly in any light. This can happen even in a dark room, the camera will recognize you and let you into the device. It's not yet clear that facial recognition is superior to Touch ID.

iOS 11 and new gestures

How to navigate the operating system without the Home button? Pretty simple. Instead of pressing the Home button, you need to make a gesture from the bottom up on the screen. This will open the home screen. This gesture on other iPhones opens the control center, so you have to relearn.

iPhone X does not work quite like other models. Here, the control center opens after a downward swipe from the top right corner of the screen. Swipe down from the center or top left corner to open the notifications panel. There are two additional 3D Touch-enabled shortcuts on the lock screen for flashlight and camera. A swipe to the left on the lock screen also opens the camera, just like it does on other iPhones. Why assign two options to one action and why there is no flashlight shortcut on the iPhone 7 or 8, which also has 3D Touch support, is unknown.

Without the Home button, access to multitasking view has also changed. You need to gesture up from the bottom again, but this time hold your finger in the middle in the center of the screen. You can quickly switch between applications by swiping left and right along the bottom edge of the screen. There's also a new Reachability gesture: swipe across the bottom section of the screen. Imagine here a list of applications, the bottom row of icons on the home screen. You need to gesture at about half the height of the app dock if you're going to use this feature.

The rest of the system iOS 11 is familiar, having received a number of new rather mediocre wallpaper and absurd blocking sound. Despite these features, iOS 11 continues to be a premium mobile operating system with unsurpassed performance, visual accuracy, functionality. This applies to the updated App Store with curators, which is better than usual helps to look for applications and games. There is support for advanced technology, like Augmented reality, including Apple Pages, Numbers, Keynote, Photos, Imovie, GarageBand.

The unique capabilities of the iPhone X is animezhi that work in the iMessage application. The TrueDepth camera is used to fix the expression of your face and choosing three-dimensional characters based on it. You can use it to record small videos and send them to other users.

You need to get used to the iPhone X user interface due to new gestures. When this happens, work with a smartphone will become simple and understandable.

chambers

iPhone X has a double rear camera with a resolution of 12 megapixel, where the second The camera is used for a 2-fold image zoom. When shooting photos, there is nothing unusual here, the camera is still the same as on other iPhone devices plus the portrait mode and the effects of studio lighting. One new shooting mode was the side of the bokeh on the front chamber. Unfortunately, the results are far from ideal.

Quality of Photos iPhone X is consistently excellent. Sometimes there are problems in difficulties with lighting, but in most cases the image is excellent.

Photographs are coming out, saturated and sometimes even too, but the most interesting happens during portrait shooting. Here this regime is quite reliable, rarely in the pictures you can find disadvantages.

If you take pictures in the evening, the results will also be high-quality. It can be said that this is one of the best cameras among all modern smartphones. However, if we talk about weak lighting, Galaxy Note 8 and S8 continue to be leaders due to higher sharpness and purity.

Photos on the front chamber also come out excellent, it offers a balance between the object and the background. It is better to maintain a normal shooting, since portrait is not entirely ready. Compared to portrait mode, artifacts are observed on the back chamber and the processing and saving a pair of seconds. It seems that the front camera is unable to produce perfect photos with the bokeh effect.

iPhone X became the first smartphone with a video recording 4k at a speed of 60 frames / s. In this mode, the picture quality is excellent and it is shown smoothly, but there is a reason to use the format 1080p. This is a stabilization of Cinematic video that works on this permission and 720p. The image here is extremely smooth, shaking is completely absent. When shooting on 4k, too large files are obtained. The file per minute and a half 4k 60fps weighs 1.2 GB, while a minute and a half 1080p 30fps takes 200 MB.

As a result, the camera is excellent and can shoot excellent photos and videos under different conditions. The auxiliary zoom is also useful, the portrait shooting makes the photos even more beautiful. The latter does not apply to the front chamber, where the portrait shooting has not yet complies with high Apple standards.

Performance

You can't say a lot about the speed of operation of the iPhone x. Like the iPhone 8, it is the fastest modern smartphone. Everything works without a stick, quickly and smoothly.

This occurs due to the Apple A11 Bionic processor, as in two iPhone 8 devices. In addition to the central processor, a powerful graphic chip is used. This makes the iPhone x one of the best smartphones for games, although the new device Razer Phone may argue with it.

Smartphone is available with two volumes of flash memory, 64 GB and 256 GB.

Autonomous work

in the sizes of the iPhone X is slightly larger than the iPhone 8. This screen has much more. What good can it mean for the duration of work? Here is an innovative battery in the form L instead of a standard rectangular. This made it possible to increase the capacity compared to the iPhone 8.

The iPhone X works noticeably longer compared to the iPhone 7. The duration of operation with the on-screen test in tests was 8 hours 41 minutes against 7 hours of 46 minutes. iPhone 8 runs 8 hours 37 minutes, but it has less screen. iPhone X on equal competes with Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, as well as slightly exceeds Galaxy S8 and S8 +. iPhone 8 Plus continues to be the leader.

Wireless recharging is supported by the QI standard. No support for quick wireless recharging, but it is promised in the future.

Due to the usual standard USB adapter, the device is charged from zero to 100% in 3 hours 9 minutes. It is much slower than competitors. Samsung Galaxy S8 is charged in 1 hour and 40 minutes with the standard adapter. Despite the high price, a quick adapter and cable must be purchased additionally.

Conclusion

All are already accustomed to traditional iPhone devices that work and time from Time is updated, offered a little higher performance, camera, screen, small changes in appearance. iPhone X does not fit into this picture. Here we are awaiting an unexpected turn of the plot and you have to look at the new one. The transition from the classic version of the iPhone to the modern one cannot be called smooth.

The interface based on gestures to understand is not difficult to work with the device quite simple and naturally. Even the Face ID recognition system is surprising smooth, causing to forget about the absence of Touch ID.

Two problems are the absence of application optimization and cutout. Most games and applications on the new screen can be fully enjoyed only when they are updated for this aspect ratio. Until then, it is necessary to admire black stripes and lines for opening a home screen.

As for the cut, it closes the image on the screen, even in those applications that received optimization. Oh neither twist, this black cutout will always be present. Over time, it will have to learn to ignore it.

Perhaps the iPhone X cannot be called the best of the existing iPhone models, but it is exactly the most ambiguous. It shows the future of these devices, opens a new chapter of the iPhone history. Perhaps this is a prototype of the smartphone next year. Should I buy a prototype at a price of 80-90 thousand rubles, you decide.

Pros

  • New form factor
  • Productivity
  • Speakers
  • Face ID Authorization System
  • Chamber

minuses

  • Neckline
  • No optimization of games and applications for new Screen
  • High price