Like many of you, I preorder the new iPhone X, as a long time iPhone user I was both excited for the new features and skeptical of other features (looking at you Face ID). Here’s my view after using the device for the first 24 hours.
Let’s get the first thing out of the way, Face ID. Face ID has worked pretty well for me in both daylight and night, even pitch darkness. The setup was very easy and after that it worked, OK I guess? The first few times I used FACE ID it was PICKY to say the least, it didn’t like if I was looking slightly off the screen, it didn’t like if my head was turned a little, it didn’t like, me. At first I was disappointed by Face ID, and I REALLY missed Touch ID, but then about an hour later something happened. Face ID came around in a big way, it was less picky, it was faster and it worked great. Just like Touch ID it has a small learning curve, as you use Face ID it learns your face and gets better at recognizing it. 24 hours later I can safely say, Face ID is working great for me. Will it be a replacement for Touch ID, I’m not sure, stay tuned for a follow up in about a week. And yes, I will talk about the speed.
Now that we’re done with that, let’s talk about the phone. The iPhone X is smaller than the iPhone 7 plus that I was using. It took me about 2 hours to get used to the form factor and I do wish it was a little wider but overall I’m happy with the X (can we stop calling it X now, I’m going to call it 10, like everyone else, even the Apple store guy). It has a metal border with glass front and back which is very sticky while in the hand (it’s nowhere near as slippery as the 7) but not while on any other surface. I sometimes set my iPhone on my closed laptop lid so I don’t have to reach for it in my pocket, it consistently slid down and fell off the laptop, so beware of that. The most notable design change is the notch at the top. While I’m not signing praises for the notch, it doesn’t bother me much. In apps, the notch was mostly hidden using cropping when appropriate. I watch most of my content on YouTube and I can safely say the notch will not make an appearance. It does take some time to get used to but I honestly don’t notice it much.
Interacting with the phone did take me a little time to get used to. I found myself reaching for the home button a lot at first, and getting sad when it wasn’t there. While I still reach for the button every now and then I don’t really miss it anymore, it just takes a little time to get used to the nuance of swiping up. In the top right corner of the device you will see the status indicators (battery cellular signal, cell band or Wi-Fi indicator) but the battery indicator WILL NOT show the percentage unless you swipe down. I personally like the percentage indicator and I hope apple updates the software so that users can choose to have the battery bar or the percentage. In the left corner your carrier will be listed. Not much to say about the corners, swiping down from the right give you the control center and swiping down from the left give you notifications.
Now onto what I don’t like. I don’t have many absolute “do not like” things about this phone. I did buy a wireless charging base which is 3rd party and it seems that the iPhone 10 is picky about how I place it on there. It likes to be in a particular spot when charging, or it just won’t charge. I’ve gotten better at placing it on the mat so I don’t have to move it, and I’m not sure if it’s a fault on the 10 or the mat so take that as you will. The other part of the phone I’m a little on the “don’t like” side about is the glass back. My first iPhone was the 5s, and all my phones have had a metal body, so having a glass back is a little troubling. I understand having a glass back is required for the inductive charging but it still doesn’t sit right with me. I personally am not super hard on my phones but I can’t say I’ve never dropped one. I generally do not put a case on my phone, but I may do that with this one.
So now for the TL;DR. I’m a long time apple/iPhone user, and I do like the 10 but it took me a little time to get used to. I’m a little skeptical about the glass back but it could just be the “its glass” misconception.