I bought the iPhone X six months ago, here’s what I think about it now

“I reviewed the iPhone X for CNBC on Oct. 31 and then bought one when it hit store shelves on three days later,” Todd Haselton writes for CNBC. “It’s been exactly six months since then and, while the Apple iPhone X bothers me sometimes, it’s still the best phone you can buy.”

“In my review I praised the screen as the ‘coolest new feature,’ but I’m not sure that’s true anymore. I dig that it’s a bright and colorful display, but Face ID is by far the best feature,” Haselton writes. “I use it all the time to unlock my phone in a split second and to quickly buy things with Apple Pay.”

“I still prefer the user interface to iPhones with Home buttons, too. The swipe up from the bottom of the screen to return to the home screen feels natural at this point,” Haselton writes. “I originally found that the battery was able to last about a day, but now I usually have to recharge by the time I get home from work around 6:30 p.m. I use my phone to stream music at my desk during the day, so maybe that’s contributing to the added drain… I’ve also noticed that the iPhone X tends to get pretty hot on the back when I’m playing games or watching movies.”

“It’s no wonder the iPhone X is still Apple’s best-selling iPhone,” Haselton writes. “It’s expensive, more than $1,000 all in, but it’s also the best phone you can buy right now. It’s held up really well over the last six months, even as new entrants like the Galaxy S9 entered the market. The only thing holding it back from being a truly perfect device is the so-so battery life.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Six months in, we love the iPhone X overall, but we’d like to have a larger display (and we expect to get that less than six months from now) and, yes, we still hate the notch. It’s an inelegant kludge. We’d rather have a slight forehead to house the TrueDepth Camera system. That’d be a better design solution than a flap which actually goes so far as to obscure content and that every developer has to work around.

The gestures to replace the antiquated Home button are easy to assimilate and make iOS feel new and speed up operation significantly. We love, love, love swiping up on iPhone X!

We never get below 35% battery life remaining in a day with our iPhone X units since we have Apple Watches on our wrists (which means much less fishing out iPhones to do things like quickly read and answer messages, check the weather, time, sports scores, etc.) and, if we were going to stream music at our desks from our iPhones all day, we’d put them on chargers while doing so. Duh.

Open thread: What’d be wrong with slightly thicker iPhone with more battery life and a flush camera assembly? – December 21, 2015


  1. Hey im great,

    You typed the words before I could…how can these PUTZ reviewers be so damn ignorant….They review a iPhone but don’t even know how to operate it properly…and we are supposed to respect their reviews??? I stream music through my X all day and head home with a phone @ 100% battery!!

  2. If you are at your desk why in the hell would you stream from your phone.. Stream fro your computer.. Idiots..

    My iPhone X is the best phone I have ever had and I had every iPhone.. I don’t even see the notch anymore..

    1. I can’t stream music from my desk because my employer blocks those kinds of sites. Therefore, I use my iPhone to stream.

      Take your narrow blinders off before you call people idiots. Rude.

  3. As I spend most of my day at home (visually impaired) I own an SE. However, I’ve read so many good reviews on the X (and actually know people that have one, and they love it) I’ve decided to get one come September. I’m thinking the iPhone X Plus just because I can.

    Oh, while I can stream with my SE, I use a HomePod (much, much better).

  4. I still prefer the Touch ID on my iPad over the FaceID on the iPhoneX. It just doesn’t work well outside or if it’s on the table and I want to unlock notifications without picking up the phone.

  5. I have had an iPhone X since launch and love it more everyday. The bad news (for Apple) is I typically upgrade every year, but the upgrade would have to be fantastic this year for me to upgrade. Love the size, speed, gestures, and most of all Face ID.

  6. Some of us do not see the home button as antiquated.
    Many of us are not comfortable with the idea of Face ID.

    There has never been more will there ever be a cell phone worth $1000.

    Your mileage may vary, but I have better uses for a Thousand Dollars.

      1. I am a long way from adult diapers.

        FaceID is simply the answer to the question nobody except Fanbois were asking. Most of us have 10 finger/thumb prints, but we only have one face. Face ID has already been shown vulnerable to masks.

        As to the OLED display. it is not worth the extra money.

  7. As products mature, bugs are worked out, speed and reliability improves, and new features become harder to integrate, it is obvious that people will keep their products longer.

    My X with screen protector and case is as good as new now; just as it will also be two years from now. iPhones are built to last. So yeah, I will keep it longer than one year, which means, the best smart phone in the market will have cost me $500 per year; $335 if I keep it for three years. Pretty cheap if you ask me.

    Or else, you can sell it and get next year’s model. Either way, it will end up being cheaper than a $1000.

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