A month with the iPhone X: What I love (and hate)

“I swapped my iPhone 7 Plus for Apple’s 10th-anniversary handset for a month to find out what it would be like to live with this device,” Mark Spoonauer writes for Tom’s Guide. “After 30 days, I believe it’s the best phone you can buy.”

“That doesn’t mean the iPhone X is flawless,” Spoonauer writes. “At first, not having a home button on the iPhone X felt like riding a bike without handlebars. But over time, I started getting used to the gestures, and now, I don’t really miss the button.”

“Face ID is generally more reliable than Touch ID. During my time with the iPhone X, I have never had to wipe crumbs or sweat off my fingers to get into the device — something I did have to worry about with the iPhone 7 Plus,” Spoonauer writes. “But I did run into a couple of occasions in which the device didn’t let me in on the first try. And it’s not because the phone didn’t recognize me; it’s because you’re supposed to stare directly at the iPhone X before you swipe up on the screen to unlock the handset.”

MacDailyNews Note: Tuen off Face ID’s awareness requirement if you’d like to trade a bit of security for ease-of-use and speed.

Spoonauer writes, “After 30 days, I can say with confidence that the iPhone X is the best iPhone ever and that it is the best phone you can buy, period.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: iPhone X is so clearly the best smartphone on the market, even an Android settler could see it.

31 Comments

  1. As an early adopter of the iPhone X, I can clearly state that this is the best iPhone ever made. That said, it is not perfect. Having the sleep/wake/Siri button on the left directly opposite the volume buttons is a huge design flaw that has existed for quite a while on the older iPhones. I take several unintended screen shots everyday that I have to go in and delete. Its just a nuisance. Still, I would not trade my iPhone X for anything else.

  2. “And no, I didn’t even notice “the notch” on the left side (in landscape mode) after the first week of watching content on the iPhone X.”

    Did not notice the notch?

    “In fact, I’ve been double-tapping videos in the Netflix app to force them to go full-screen, which causes the notch to intrude on the picture. It’s more immersive, visually.”

    “Which causes the notch to INTRUDE ON THE PICTURE.”

    Wait! I thought you said and quote: ” I didn’t even notice “the notch.” WTF! Talk about it having it both ways — hypocrite grande.

    In the post author shows a full screen video with the hideous black notch on the left obscuring movie content.

    I’m sure all movie directors, movie stars and other artists are so pleased their art is being walked on daily, but hey, I guess they don’t notice it either … 🙄

      1. I just love smug fanboy replies.

        As I have posted several times before. I will not spend $1,000+ on an iPhone with the hideous notch, always present and in your face interfering and walking on artist content. For those used to looking the OTHER way, no problema it is what it is.

        My MAIN POINT is the disrespect shown for the artistic community, the app developers, the photographers, et al. Reminds me of the early days of FM radio when deejays would walk all over the beginning or ending of songs gabbing mindless gibberish.

        Unless the notch is removed in 2018, I look forward to upgrading my SE to the latest version.

        Enjoy the X, it is truly remarkable in most ways …

        1. If the notch is offensive to you, then the rounded corners of the screen must put you into catatonia – just think how those corners disrespect and spit on the “artistic community”!

          Of course, there’s one way to solve this problem – double tap the screen and have the movie letter-boxed so the entire image is visible, thus saving the world from terminal flatulence.

          1. “– just think how those corners disrespect and spit on the “artistic community”!

            I’ll take that as snarky comment.

            Walking over content is ARTIST DISRESPECT. You don’t see it?

            I don’t care …

            1. What were you doing the first fifty years of TV with its 3 to 4 aspect ratio and movies that did not match, or black and white TVs that could not show Technicolor movies? Oh, my…

              What about Ted Turner colorizing all those B&W movies of the past? Did you stay silent then?

              You must have been having apoplexy about the disrespect being heaped on the artistic community in Hollywood then.

            2. “You must have been having apoplexy about the disrespect being heaped on the artistic community in Hollywood then.”

              And now. You simply do not walk over artistic content which is disrespectful. Is that clear enough for you to understand? …

    1. I agree with the author, i do the EXACT same thing, the videos are more immersive when you go full screen, the notch just disappears. If you sit there and force yourself to think of the notch you will obviously see it, but once you are watching a movie it just blends away into the peripherals.

      Really I don’t understand why people are crying about the notch so much, if they took away screen space and kept it static it would be so much more boring and look exactly like an android knockoff iPhone.

      1. “the videos are more immersive when you go full screen, the notch just disappears.”

        Certainly movies are more immersive, agreed. Did you look at the author photo of the beach woman and the in your face black notch on the left side? You can’t miss it.

        “If you sit there and force yourself to think of the notch you will obviously see it, but once you are watching a movie it just blends away into the peripherals.”

        You cannot deny the law of physics and I don’t have to force anything. It is THERE PLAIN TO SEE.

        What you are really saying is You are accepting and good at ignoring the obvious and looking the other way, fine.

        “Really I don’t understand why people are crying about the notch so much, if they took away screen space and kept it static it would be so much more boring and look exactly like an android knockoff.”

        I’m not crying, just pointing out an obvious design flaw. A black notch walking on visual content CONSTANTLY is not exactly EXCITING. Finally, the daily denial is something I want no part of …

    2. Obviously you don’t use an iPhone X with saying things like “that hideous black notch on the left” because those of us who do have found it is not obtrusive and pretty soon we don’t even notice it unless we actively look for it.

      That means that since you don’t use it, you are not qualified to criticize it. All you are doing is standing on the sidelines throwing brickbats about something you have not experienced.
      You are the weakest link in the chain. . . and will fail.

      1. “Obviously you don’t use an iPhone X with saying things like “that hideous black notch on the left” because those of us who do have found it is not obtrusive and pretty soon we don’t even notice it unless we actively look for it.”

        Obviously I don’t have to use it to see the hideous black “notch” walking all over artistic content disrespectfully.

        There is this website called You Tube that allows me to live vicariously without purchasing. In other words, I don’t have to be a chicken to know when an egg is rotten.

        You don’t notice it after use and it just fades away? That is called tolerance and I hope you do not apply the same loose standard to your family members accountability when you go to bed …

  3. crafty DZ. I’m here to help you not appear foolish any more. In the future, never, I mean Never Again say the Notch is a positive differentiator to Android, or any lesser item. It is a differentiator, but not one considered positive. GOOD design elements (differentiators) are to be positive, effective & desirable.

    As instructed earlier, I would like to replace “boils” with “notch” and it would “perform” the same objective per your thinking. “When I pick up my iPh B, I can tell immediately it’s an iPh because of the squishy bumpiness…it’s a real differentiator from those slick, no bump, metal Android knock-offs. Sheesh, I’m glad my purchase sets me apart,” said Crafty.

    With all that, I do believe the iPhX is history’s best phone. Please elevate your thinking to the world’s-best.

  4. The purpose of a larger sceeen, for me, is watching video content on the go. The notch renders that pointless as it distorts the viewable area one way or another. Hence why I decided to go with the iPhone 8 Plus and have zero regrets, especially when I’m watching Netflix on a larger screen.

    When they do an iPhone X Plus, then I’ll jump on board as the additional screen size will make up for the intrusion of the notch (assuming Apple hasn’t gotten rid of it by then).

  5. The iPhone has been moving into STATUS device territory since the intro of the iPhone 7!
    I don’t care if the iPhone X is the best iPhone to date!
    And that NOTCH is an eyesore on the iPhone!
    It really is!
    Apple needs to rethink how to implement the Face ID technology into a full edge to edge screen!
    For a $1000 phone, the Face ID implementation feels rushed and not well thought out!
    Next year the iPhone X will be considered passé when Apple introduces the next “revolutionary” and MONDO expensive iPhone!
    I will never pay $1000 for an effin’ iPhone or any mobile phone!!!
    I just can’t see paying high priced coin for latest tech iPhones and Apple Watches!
    I’m own plenty of expensive Apple devices, but iPads and computers for me represent a better cost value.
    I’d rather pay $1000 for an iPad Pro, than an iPhone, any day!
    For me, it’s a perceived AND use value thing and NOT a status thing!
    $1000 for a freakin’ phone!
    Gimme a freakin’ break!
    If Apple releases an iOS as bad as iOS 11 currently is for older iDevices, in a couple more years, there are going to be some
    angry $1000 iPhone X users if the iOS causes some major issues with their phones!

    1. Dude, the notch is a non-issue. I actually think its kind of cool, and it does give phone orientation. Disclosure: i dont watch vidios on my phone. Its a phone- BTW, the best ive ever had. 1000 dollars? Non issue for something i use all day, every day. What was the iPhone 7— $749? I dont know and I dont care! If you do t like or cant afford keep your current iPhone!

        1. Design is very personal- “errors” are largely subjective. I would say most of the consumers think the iPhone X is a great design. I have had all of the iPhones and this is by far my favorite. i didnt like the design decisions in the macbook pro touch bar. I sold it and bought a late 2015 MbPro. Im not bitching and calling for Tim Cooks head. As for politics, Im a libertarian and feel betrayed by the whole system, which by the way is run by special interest through legalized bribery. Mindless political bickering gets you nowhere. Enjoy your iPhone SE!

          1. Design choice is indeed personal. But with the X you don’t have a CHOICE because Apple does not offer a “notch” free X model.

            I would say if they did, the overwhelming vast majority of buyers would opt for non-intrusive notch free design.

            Right now they tolerate bad design to own the greatest smartphone of all time, just like a previous MDN take. But I would never go so far as to say most love it, fanboys excluded of course, because their bias is irrational and cultists.

            I too am a Libertarian and gave Obama a chance and he then left us with double debt and problems, solving next to nothing in eight years. Hence, my switch of support to President Trump. The only two choices we have as a small party.

            Love the SE … 👍🏻

            1. Have you used an iPhoneX? Again, in portriat mode, the notch tucks away battery and cell tower data. I dont use landscape much except to take pics and occasionally read websites. The notch is a non-issue for me. If i want to watch movies, I fire up the iPad or home theater. So honestly, I say to you, if you want to watch movies on your phone, dont get the X- the asymetry will drive you nuts. For all aother uses, it rocks. The choice is yours…you will have to take some bad with good- just lke politics

            2. Appreciate all your detailed posts

              “if you want to watch movies on your phone, dont get the X- the asymetry will drive you nuts.”

              You nailed the exact reason I will never buy one. When symmetry is restored, I’ll be on it like a duck on a Junebug.

              Enjoy …

  6. App switching needs to change. When swiping the home bar at the bottom of the screen if you come across another app that was being used horizontally instead of vertically, the app won’t allow you to swipe to the next app without turning your iPhone horizontally and vice versa, this is really jarring!

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