Shout out to my X

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Be­fore the iPhone X came along, the ‘Ap­ple tax’ meant pay­ing over the odds for a hand­set that couldn’t do as much as an An­droid.

Now it’s pay­ing more for the same stuff at least, and that feels like a much bet­ter deal. Well, for the peo­ple who can af­ford it.

But you know all this al­ready, right? So for the pur­poses of this su­pertest the iPhone X is best con­sid­ered as a bench­mark from which to judge its many ri­vals. Which phones can live up to its lofty ideals for less? Such is the all-round qual­ity of the X that only two come close: Sam­sung’s S9 and the Huawei P20 Pro.

Even then, nei­ther of them has a lit­tle thing called Face ID in its cor­ner. The Gal­axy S9 has an equiv­a­lent fea­ture with bio­met­ric un­lock­ing, but it’s nowhere near as stream­lined or ef­fi­cient as Ap­ple’s fan­tas­tic Face ID. While it can get in a tizz at night-time, and the nov­elty of re-imag­in­ing your­self as a car­toon uni­corn quickly wears off, it re­mains the most in­no­va­tive thing Ap­ple’s done in ages. When it works, it’s magic, and that’s the kind of wow fac­tor Ap­ple has lost in re­cent years – not least since An­droid has crept closer and closer to par­ity with iOS in terms of apps and ease of use, even though you can still feel the rough edges here and there with Google’s OS.

Judged on purely its own terms, the iPhone X is an in­dis­putable suc­cess as a sta­tus sym­bol first and a phone sec­ond. In other words, it’s a very nice thing for those with the cash.

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