Forbes reviews Apple’s iPhone X: Opulent, gorgeous, classy; the best iPhone yet

“I’ve been trying out the iPhone X for nine days now, longer than anyone on the planet outside Apple, apparently. So I’ve had time to get to grips with the handset, check out the new interface, the battery life and just how intrusive the screen ‘notch’ turns out to be.,” David Phelan writes for Forbes. “The whole thing has an opulent, high-end feel to it. Looks-wise, it’s the classiest iPhone yet.”

“Switch on and all is revealed. The frame that runs around the display is wider than many expected, roughly the width of the bezel that runs down the long sides on the iPhone 8 Plus. Why is that? My guess is that it’s a design choice made on the basis that the bezel is precisely even all the way around the phone, perhaps instead of having wider bezels at the sides than the ends or vice versa,” Phelan writes. “The OLED that Apple has used is a flexible one that is folded underneath, with individual pixel control giving rise to the perfectly round corners all around the display. Very Apple. It’s a matter of taste but personally I like the way the bezel defines the screen.”

Apple's revolutionary iPhone X
Apple’s revolutionary iPhone X

“Then there’s the TrueDepth camera system or, as many people call it, the notch,” Phelan writes. “There’s no denying it, it’s a dominant element on the iPhone X. It’s an unmissable feature that catches your eye every time you look at the screen. And then, suddenly, it vanishes. After, I would say, about two days of using the phone, being indifferent or even gently annoyed by it, the notch became utterly unobtrusive. I had got used to it.”

MacDailyNews Take: All hail the human brain’s ability to invoke Notch Blindness™!

“The big changes, the ones that took me longest to find natural, were the ones caused by the removal of the Home Button and how the iPhone X works… this took me literally two days to stop me from trying to press the missing Home Button,” Phelan writes. “Muscle memory is a powerful thing after years of iPhone use.”

MacDailyNews Take: A hearty “Boo!” (which reminds us, Happy Halloween!), to the human brains’s muscle memory!

“This is, of course, the best iPhone yet,” Phelan writes. “At the price Apple is charging, it needs to be. But it’s a highly competent phone. It looks gorgeous, so you’d be forgiven for saying it had you at hello.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Another strong review for iPhone X – and this one is from someone who’s spent more than 15-18 hours with the device (as all other reviews published today have)!

CNBC reviews Apple’s iPhone X: ‘The best smartphone on the market’ – October 31, 2017


    1. I fear it is yet to come. They (Forbes) are masters of good cop bad cop. Very occasionally they have this one one guy do a good (honest) piece. Then , BOoM! A whole bunch of click bait dishonest hit pieces.

      Counting down, 10, 9, 8,…….

      Or maybe, their contract with SamDung is up for renewal.

  1. As I said I don’t even notice those channel Idents on my TV screen any more even if I wish they weren’t there. Equally I noticed the other day the ‘studio laughter’ on a favoured comedy program and for a few minutes it totally annoyed me and then it just disappeared again into the background. Its only when you are conscious of such things like when its new and unusual or suddenly you start to think about things you do naturally that such things are noticed and moments later once you become accustomed its like it isn’t there. And as I say at least you know what way its up unlike as MDN keep whinging the Apple remote does not.

    1. Shoot, I hate the channel “idents”! I absolutely refuse to watch anything with a laugh track. And yet I have been trying to convince myself that I can look past that horrible notch. The fact I do not accept and constantly get annoyed with these other examples makes me wonder if I will have “notch blindness”. Still not sure what problem it was trying to solve exactly… was the top bezel really that bad? With all my idiosyncrasies, I honestly never was bothered.

      The problem is Apple was always the sanctuary for people with…. well… taste. Taste + an admittedly irrational abhorrence of bad design compromises. Whenever I hear people make excuses for and explain away the notch I feel like I am back in the 90s hearing the Windows masses make excuses for Microsoft. Maybe if I can understand why. Maybe I am just bothered that the reason why is they just wanted to say it fills the whole screen (even though it doesnt)? If I could intellectually understand why they needed to get rid of the bezel, why they needed to obstruct part of the image the content creators intended us to see, maybe then I could emotionally not be bothered. I have not yet heard of the answer to why. I just hear “they can’t put it under the screen”. Yeah, no shit. My car can’t fly yet either, but that wouldn’t explain why some car designer would remove one of the 4 wheels, and market it as “practically flying”

      1. I think I’ll get used to the notch quickly, but what I don’t like that I just noticed is that there is no longer room for the battery percentage, just the icon. Things like my VPN indicator and Bluetooth symbols might not fit either.

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