Jason Yormark

iPhone X Review: The Good, The Bad, The Eh

Before I dive into my iPhone X Review, a little context. If there’s one thing I’ve learned about phones these days is that for some reason, people get really worked up about them. Just take this little gem of a Facebook post. Take a look at some of the comments:

Yes, for some reason, people love to bash on others for their choices in phone technology? Me? I don’t really get it. I was a PC guy for years until I moved to Apple products about 10 years out of personal preference. I’ve used iPhones since they existed and I just find the user experience and build quality to be to my liking vs. the competition. I even tried to switch to Android for about 6 months using a Galaxy Note and I just didn’t like the experience at all. But I’m a firm believer to each their own.

Yes. I’m one of the crazies that jumped all over the iPhone X and ordered at 12:01am on Thursday, October 27th. For one, gadgets are my jam. If I have one vice is that I always have to have the latest and greatest when it comes to technology. Seeing as though I have the iPhone Upgrade Program, it’s really a no-brainer for me. The way I see it, it’s worth paying $30-$50/month to be able to upgrade every year AND have warranty coverage anytime I drop my phone. So needless to say, I was in. And yes, I do take some enjoyment out of being FIRST!

So now that I have had the iPhone X for about a week, here’s my iPhone X Review on what’s great and what’s not so great.

The Good

The Screen. iPhone users have been waiting awhile for an edge to edge screen, and the iPhone X does not disappoint. By far the best screen that has ever been released by Apple, and by most experts, the best of any phone ever. Having a screen bigger than a Plus, yet in a phone size slightly larger than a non-Plus version is awesome.

Build Quality. This thing feels like a million bucks. Good thing to since we’re talking about a phone north of $1k to buy. Yes, that’s a lot of money for a phone, but at the end of the day, our phone is a critical component to our everyday lives. Take a step back and think about the technology and effort it must have taken to develop and produce something like this. Regardless, incredible build quality.

Battery Life. I’m shocked at the difference I’ve seen here. Moderate to heavy use, and I still have 70-80% charge left at bed time. I anticipate this will change over time, but still light years better than what I experienced with the iPhone 7s.

Performance. Like every new phone release, you always expect a bump in speed and performance. No different here. Everything zips along no matter what I’m using or doing. I don’t even notice any issues which is exactly what you want in a newer phone.

The Cameras. Unless you are a high end professional photographer, this camera is more than you’ll ever need. Still blows my mind how far phone cameras have come. I don’t see ever needing a stand alone camera the rest of my life. The front facing camera is the biggest improvement by far.

The Bad

The Notch. There’s been plenty written about “The Notch” and honestly? It’s not a big deal to me. But since it’s not necessarily a good thing, I’m putting it here. Look, there’s a ton of tech in this notch, and honestly, how else are they going to fit this stuff in? It doesn’t bother me that much, and after using the phone for a week, it becomes the norm.

Fragile as F**K! This whole phone is glass. They had to for the wireless charging. It looks and feels incredible. But this thing will shatter into a million pieces if you drop it without a case and that sucks. I’ve always hated cases because they turn a gorgeous, awesome feeling phone into something else. This has burned me a couple times, and with a heavier, slippier glass phone, it’s just a matter of time before this thing hits the ground. I’m most likely going to have to bite the bullet and case this thing.

The Eh

Face ID. It works. It works really well actually. I’m not in love with it. I don’t hate it. I’m not one of these nutsos that think it’s some creepy Black Mirror sort of thing. But I’ll take it if it means getting a bigger screen so there. I see a lot more apps using this tech which should be interesting.

Wireless Charging. I haven’t even used it yet. At first I was really looking forward to this, but now that I have it, I’m thinking…what’s the point? 9 times out of 10 I get through the day without a charge and just charge at night. So wireless charging doesn’t really add any more convenience for me. Plus it’s slower. I could see myself using something during the day perhaps? But I just don’t find it so much more convenient that it’s a necessity.

So there you have it, my iPhone X Review. Those are my takeaways thus far, and overall, I love the phone and my experiences with it thus far. Is it worth it? Only if you’re an Apple fan and can afford it I suppose. Otherwise, why would you have read this far anyway! Enjoy!

Jason Yormark
I'm a 20 year veteran of digital marketing & the owner and founder of Socialistics, a social media agency based in Seattle. My spare time is filled with writing, baseball, my boys and everything Seattle has to offer.

One comment

  1. It’s not possible for most people to have battery left around 70-80% by the end of the day
    There are also many glitches & changed that people did not ask previously such as:
    1. No headphone jack
    2. No Home Button
    3. Overheating during recording video
    4. Readability being useless for one hand op

    And about screen, yea like you said it’s better one among iphones, but not the best compared to other competitors though X’s price being highest
    I understand that it’s a good phone, but it’s just not worth it buying brick which costs “min” $1,000
    – to me and to many people
    Yes, I understand that Apple’s market share is large; but I think they are more arrogant lately as well.

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