The editor gets to grips with the stunning new iPhone X.
WE’VE FINALLY GOT our hands on the iPhone X, and you’ll find our review of Apple’s cutting-edge smartphone in this issue. I have to agree with Gareth Beavis, our reviewer, that it’s a stunning piece of tech — though it’s unarguably expensive, which might stop many people buying it. Don’t worry, because the great tech that’s packed into the iPhone X is sure to filter down to more affordable models in Apple’s smartphone lineup over the next few years.
I’ve used a Plus-size iPhone for three years, and found the practicalities of its larger screen have outweighed any concerns of unwieldiness for me. The Plus isn’t for everyone, though, and I expect the iPhone X will prove popular with people who want a very large phone display in a leaner package. That’s what the iPhone X offers: its case dimensions are much closer to an iPhone 8 than an 8 Plus, albeit with a taller, slightly narrower screen.
Even for me as an ardent fan of the Plus, the iPhone X has quickly become a delight to have around. It fits more comfortably in my jeans pocket, even when in Apple’s Folio Case, which covers the front and back. I’ve even had to check I have it on me, because I no longer feel an oversized phone pressing against my thigh.
Naturally, there’s a period of adjustment to an iPhone that has no Home button. It took me a couple of days to stop reaching for one to return to the Home screen, and I sometimes find myself there when I forget the new route into Control Center. However, jumping between apps is more elegant thanks to an alternative to the app switcher: swiping across the bar at the foot of the screen.
Even after 10 years of the Home button, these changes caused by its removal are becoming second nature. Still, I’ve found myself swiping up to unlock my iPad on a few occasions. I hope Apple brings its depth-sensing Face ID tech to that device sooner rather than later. Actually, forget using a fingerprint or proximity to unlock devices. As long as Face ID proves to be as secure as Apple claims, I want this brilliant convenience on all my devices.