I don’t like to think of myself as an Apple fanboy. You know, the folks who would literally buy a $200 paperweight if it was “Designed by Apple in California.”
Nevertheless, I do appreciate having a good phone, and right now, I don’t think there’s a better option than what Apple produces.
I’ve had iPhones since the 4th generation came out. Usually I upgrade every one or two years.
Since I use my phone so much for work, I consider it to be an absolute essential tool in my toolbox. And you need to keep your tools sharp.
So, when I first heard about the iPhone X, I was excited, because it was about time for an upgrade.
I preordered it a while back, and it came in about a week ago. So, here are some quick pros and cons of my experiences with the iPhone X so far:
- I was amazed at how easy it was to transfer everything from my old phone to the iPhone X. It was the easiest transition I’ve ever experienced. Total setup took about 1 hour if you count all the time it took to log into many of my apps (Facebook, Evernote, Google, etc.).
- The phone feels more solid than the iPhone 7 Plus. The smaller size surprised me at first, but the weight makes up for it. It doesn’t feel like a flimsy toy.
- The camera is super sharp. I am still figuring out all the new photography modes, but the fact that you can now blur backgrounds is great.
- Face ID works as it should. I was expecting a bad Face ID experience because of what I was reading online. But it’s been smooth sailing so far. It’s so fast that when I simply slide up to unlock the phone, I rarely even notice that it’s unlocking with Face ID.
- The black/white bar that is ever present at the bottom of the screen is a bit annoying, but I am getting used to it.
- The “notch” is also a bit of an eyesore, but hey, we can’t have it all, now can we?
- I don’t like that you can’t add the battery percentage to the top bar anymore, due to the “notch.” Yes, it’s still there if you swipe down from the top, but hey, that’s an extra step!
- The new gestures take some getting used to. Closing apps seems to take longer because of the way you have to swipe up and hold.
I’m very happy with the iPhone X overall. It’s the best phone I’ve ever owned, even if it’s not perfect. Then again, no phone is perfect.
Is it worth the cost? If you view your phone as a tool that helps you in business and in life, then yes, it’s worth it. If you just plan on playing Flappy Cat or whatever the latest game is, then no, I wouldn’t splurge on the X.
If you’re on the fence about getting an iPhone X, I’d encourage you to go to an Apple store or a Best Buy and try it out. You’ll either love it or hate it right away.