During my time with the iPhone X, I’ve found that it sits between the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus in terms of endurance. It hasn’t quite matched the two days I can get with the 8 Plus, but it can comfortably get through the day without a worry.
Considering Apple seemed coy about the battery life when it introduced the X, only saying it will deliver two more hours than than the old iPhone 7, I’ve been thoroughly impressed with it. It’s nice to see Apple finally make a small phone that doesn’t hit the red following only a day at work – something that has constantly annoyed about more recent iPhone models.
The iPhone X joins the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus as the first Apple phones to support wireless charging. For Android users this is nothing new, but it’s still a really handy addition. The iPhone uses the open Qi charging standard, just like the Samsung Galaxy S8, and that means the X can be powered up via a host of pads; not just one made by Apple. Of course, Apple will be releasing its own version – dubbed AirPower – next year. Until then. however, the company is recommending a Belkin or Mophie pad.
I’ve tried both of these options and the only real difference between the two is the colour and size of the pad; neither charges the phone any differently. Wireless charging won’t really become that useful until a software update later in the year unlocks 7.5W fast wireless charging. Currently, the iPhone X will gain a couple of per cent every 10 minutes.
More irritating is the fact that Apple hasn’t seen fit to include in the box a means to actually fast charge the device. The phone itself does support a form of fast charging, but the charger supplied is the same 5W wall plug that’s shipped with all previous iPhones. To get any form of faster charging you either need to charge using an iPad charger or buy a MacBook USB-C plug and USB-C-to-Lightning cable. For a phone costing £1000, this just isn’t good enough.
Why buy the iPhone X?
The iPhone X represents the change in direction the series has been due for some time now. The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are great phones, but their ageing design and lack of real innovation holds them back. The iPhone X feels like a genuine step forward, especially in design – but this device won’t be for everyone.
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I can’t really see this handset appealing to the Android crowd – there simply isn’t anything here that you can’t get on an Android device. If you want a shiny new Android phone that’s properly high-end go for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 or Google Pixel 2. But if you’re an iPhone person, then you’ll absolutely love the iPhone X.
Face ID is better than Touch ID in the majority of scenarios, and the screen is the best I’ve ever laid eyes on. The glass and metal body is a stunning piece of engineering, and it more than shows that Apple is still capable of designing gorgeous hardware.
The biggest roadblock to entry, of course, is the price. At $1000/£1000 it’s a huge investment – but if I was going to spend that much on a phone then it would be on the iPhone X. It’s probably an odd thing to read if you haven’t held the phone, but this feels like a product worthy of a high price-tag.
The best iPhone I’ve ever used and one of the most exciting phones of 2017. People will baulk at the price and make silly jokes about the notch, but if you’re happy to spend then you won’t be disappointed.