First Im­pres­sions: iPhone X Garn­ers lots of cau­tious thumbs up

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Ap­ple on Tues­day raised the cur­tain on its next-gen­er­a­tion iPhone X, and it so far has been greeted with praise -- though ten­ta­tive - from early hands-on revi ew er s.

For the most part, they gave the X ku­dos for de­sign and build, but re­served their un­equiv­o­cal en­dorse­ments un­til they could spend more time with the phone.

"The iPhone X is one of the most ex­cit­ing phones re­leased this decade -- but not be­cause it of­fers any­thing par­tic­u­larly in­no­va­tive or new," wrote Gareth Beavis for TechRadar.

"It's ex­cit­ing be­cause it's the most rad­i­cal re­design of an iPhone yet," he con­tin­ued, "ty­ing to­gether a num­ber of key trends in the in­dus­try and adding in a level of pol­ish that will at­tract le­gions of Ap­ple fans to up­grade, and spend an­other cou­ple of years in the iCy­cle."

A sore point with many re­view­ers was the mo­bile's price. A unit with 64 gi­ga­bytes of stor­age costs US$999 and one with 256 GB costs $1,146.

Not all re­view­ers were an­noyed by the pric­ing, though.

"The thing that a lot of peo­ple want to talk about with the iPhone X is its $999 start­ing price, but when you have the phone in your hand, it feels... worth it," wrote Ni­lay Pa­tel for The Verge.

Smash­ing Ideas Into the Fu­ture Tech crit­ics hailed the X's de­sign.

"The new iPhone X is eas­ily the best-look­ing phone Ap­ple's ever made," TechRadar's Beavis wrote.

"We were fans of the in­dus­trial de­sign that her­alded the ar­rival of the iPhone 4, and the curved lines of the iPhone 6," he con­tin­ued. "But it feels like the new phone takes all of those ideas and smashes them into the fu­ture."

Oth­ers found the X's size a def­i­nite plus.

"This phone gives you the jumbo screen size of a Plus model into the com­pact body size of the nonPlus iPhones," wrote David Pogue for Ya­hoo Fi­nance.

"That's a big, big deal for any­one who loves the fea­tures of the Plus mod­els (a zoom cam­era lens, longer bat­tery life, huge screen) but isn't crazy about wield­ing a phone the size of a VHS cas­sette," he added.

A Dis­play That Wows The X's 5.8-inch OLED "Su­per Retina HD Dis­play" made a fa­vor­able first im­pres­sion with many eval­uat or s.

"If the planned ef­fect of the iPhone X was to wow with its dis­play, it's cer­tainly done that," TechRadar's Beavis noted. "The col­ors are just so vivid on the allscreen front, and it truly feels like you're hold­ing one of the iPhone con­cepts we wrote about years ago."

To give the X an edgeto-edge look, Ap­ple had to shrink the bezels around the dis­play. As thin as the bezels are, though, they aren't thin enough for ev­ery­one.

"What did bother me a lit­tle more than ex­pected were the bezels that run around the screen," wrote Chris Ve­lazco for En­gad­get.

"To be ab­so­lutely clear: they're re­ally not that big, and I ex­pect most peo­ple think­ing about drop­ping $1,000 on a phone couldn't care less," he ex­plained. "Still, given that Ap­ple's com­pe­ti­tion has done an in­cred­i­ble job trim­ming the cruft from around their dis­plays, I can't help but feel that the iPhone X's de­sign doesn't have the same kind of im­pact as, say, the Es­sen­tial or Sam­sung's re­cent Galaxys."

Miss­ing Home But­ton With the X, Ap­ple scrapped us­ing a fin­ger­print reader to un­lock the phone and has gone to a fa­cial recog­ni­tion scheme. Many crit­ics ex­pected that fea­ture could be crit­i­cal to the phone's suc­cess, but re­served judg­ment be­cause they didn't have time to truly test it at the Ap­ple event Tues­day.

"Over­all, it's much bet­ter than the face-un­lock sys­tems we've seen on other smart­phones, but we'll have to re­ally test it out in harsher con­di­tions -- and try to fool it, of course," wrote The Verge's Pa­tel.

An­other rad­i­cal de­par­ture for Ap­ple is the elim­i­na­tion of the "home" but­ton in the X. It's been re­placed by screen ges­tures, like swip­ing. That change has de­trac­tors and sup­port­ers among early revi ew er s.

"Swip­ing is easy, but it isn't as easy as hit­ting a but­ton, and it may throw some peo­ple off at first," wrote Farhad Man­joo for The New York Times.

"The learn­ing curve will be in­ter­est­ing to watch," he added.

"Af­ter years of mash­ing the home but­ton, us­ing the iPhone X was... very strange for the first few min­utes," wrote En­gad­get's Ve­lazco.

"Once ev­ery­thing clicked, I was shocked that Ap­ple hadn't tried to do this sooner," he con­tin­ued. "It feels in­cred­i­bly nat­u­ral, to the point where af­ter a few min­utes of play­time, I re­ally don't want to go back to the 7 Plus."

Enor­mous De­mand for X

What­ever the crit­ics say about the X, it likely will be a suc­cess in the mar­ket.

"It's a vis­i­bly dif­fer­ent iPhone de­sign and there'll be enor­mous de­mand for it," said Ian Fogg, a mo­bile and tele­com an­a­lyst with IHS Markit.

"Ap­ple has done what it set out to do," he told TechNewsWorld. "They set out to cre­ate a phone that is their vi­sion for the fu­ture of the smart­phone, and they've done pre­cisely that."

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