Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) 2018 The iPhone Series contains three new versions of the iPhone X, which was the 10th anniversary edition of the smartphone, released last year to much hoopla. The new iPhones include a remastered iPhone X called iPhone XS, a larger iPhone XS Max, and a cheaper iPhone XR. The 5.8-inch XS starts at $ 999, the 6.5-inch XS Max starts at $ 1,099, and the 6.1-inch iPhone XR starts at $ 749.
By double-clicking on its iPhone X model, Apple seems to indicate that it is pleased with how the original iPhone X sold this year. As an early adopter for this much hyped $ 999 iPhone X model, I have about a year of experience with the device that will base my opinion. When people begin to consider opening their wallets for one of the three updated models, I'd like to give an honest review if I think my iPhone X was worth the steep price tag.
What I like about iPhone X
I do not want to lie: To return the protection layer on the brand new iPhone X in November of November, made me feel like I was a kid on Christmas Eve again. The best feature of the phone is the amazing high-resolution screen from edge to edge. Watching videos and watching images on your device is a dream because of its bright and colorful display.
Edge of the edge screen demanded Apple to turn away from home button in favor of an upturn to return home. You think that after using the traditional home button on my old iPhone for five years, I would struggle to adapt to this new move. But the movement actually felt natural from the start – and it's incredibly fast. Now I prefer this quick fingerprint to press a button.
The missing home button also meant that Apple had to replace its Touch ID system to unlock smartphone with Face ID. This means that instead of scanning fingerprints, iPhone X scans my face. I felt sure this feature would be glitchy, only 60% of the time or so, but I was wrong. Face scanning is incredibly convenient and even works in the dark. I remember I used to be frustrated with Touch ID because it would not work when my finger was wet or had leftovers on it, so this was a nice update.
Finally, I can not list the benefits of iPhone X without praying on the camera, which has a 12 megapixel camera and a 7 megapixel front camera. In the last year, I became the designated photographer for the many tours I took, just because of my phone.
The camera works well in low light conditions, and portrait mode takes DSLR-worthy pictures. The best part is that I can still fit it into my pocket. I traveled to Switzerland, Iceland and Thailand this year. For each trip, I just took my iPhone X and never found me wishing I had switched on my DSLR camera abroad.
What I Do not Like About iPhone X
Things that annoy me the most about iPhone X are simply that it did not blow me away. Nothing about the phone was life-changing to me, so I felt it did not live up to the syringe it received before it was released.
But especially, there are two features I would like to point out. First, Apple was very excited to release Animoji, or animated animal characters that you can send as text messages. The phone uses face scanning technology to allow the animals to mimic your own facial movements. I used this feature once a year, and it was the day I got the phone. To me, it is a meaningless function and I can not see why anyone would regularly use it.
My second grip is that it's too easy to accidentally take screenshots on iPhone X by accidentally pressing the power button and volume button. It's so natural to place your fingers in that position that I'm not sure why Apple did the designated motion to capture the screen.
Conclusion: Should I buy it again?
As you can see, none of these grips are great. But the main problem for me is that the iPhone X is a good phone but not earthquake. I'm happy with iPhone X, but I think I'd be as pleased with the iPhone 699 $ 6 or $ 799 iPhone 8 Plus that came out at the same time. The only big thing I would have missed was the sleek, square design. But I would like to have a home button on my phone and save $ 200- $ 300.
Looking at the specifications of the latest iPhones, Apple does not seem to have dramatically jumped from last year's models. If you want advice from an experienced iPhone X owner, I recommend that you go on one of the cheaper models to save money because there's probably not enough difference between them to justify the price.
Natalie Walters has no position in any of the aforementioned shares. Motley Fool owns shares of and recommends Apple. Motley Fool has the following options: long January 2020 $ 150 call on Apple and short January 2020 $ 155 appeals to Apple. Motley Fool has an information rules.