The iPhone X is arguably the most awaited smartphone that has launched in the last three years. It has the big iPhone design update people have been looking forward to since Apple didn’t change the design in the last three years. This is the phone people have been waiting for, and this is the phone which has orphaned even the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8, so many rightly feel what’s the ruckus about. Well, I will answer that question as I’ve been using this new iPhone X for the past 24 hours. I intend to address basic questions which impact day to day to day use for the device.

Design

1/5Design
Design
The design of the iPhone X is marvellous. It doesn’t look brilliant and feel like a very well built phone, its size is perfect. Its 5.8-inch OLED screen is amazing, perhaps the best I’ve seen on a phone, and it is so handy to operate. You get all the convenience of a large screen with the ergonomic advantages of a smaller device. Apple has perfected the size and that is largely due to the amazing bezel-less screen. And about that notch — it doesn’t matter. Samsung’s phones are sexy too, but they aren’t functional. The iPhone X is the perfect middle ground between sex appeal and functional brilliance.

Face ID

2/5Face ID
Face ID
Face ID is as accurate in use as Touch ID which is laud worthy. It works even with most sunglasses on or even in dark and dingy environments. I would say the success ratio is in excess of 90 percent. It is also easier to setup than Touch ID. Apple has done a good job with this. It works with a bunch of apps too and is integrated on a system level. So far I haven’t been in a position where someone has managed to unlock the phone by just shoving the phone at my face. The system needs my unrelenting attention just as your girlfriend when you’re having a moment.

Cameras

3/5Cameras
Cameras
This is the best camera on an iPhone which is kind of obvious. But what’s impressive is that it comes quite close to the Google Pixel 2 in terms of image quality. I think it is better in terms of video — it can do some outlandish things like 4K at 60 FPS and slow motion at 240 FPS. It certainly records better audio than the Pixel which is more in tune with my use case. Portraits are also very good for both selfies and the main camera. It captures a very natural bokeh thanks to the new optically stabilised rear telephoto camera that has a wider aperture.

iOS 11 changes

4/5iOS 11 changes
iOS 11 changes
This is probably the biggest change to the iPhone experience since the original iPhone. There is no home-button now and that changes everything fundamentally about the iPhone. The iPhone X now uses a gesture-enabled system which is inspired by the system that was there in webOS and BlackBerry OS 10. This is all about flicking apps from the bottom, flicking and holding for multitasking and a number of new shortcuts for things like Siri, screenshots and switching off the phone. This will be the biggest change. One can’t fault the elegance of such a user interface but at the same time, it isn’t exactly as straightforward as iOS used to be that will be a hurdle for many users. Even a power user like myself is finding it tricky at times to change to the iPhone X.

Battery Life

5/5Battery Life
Battery Life
The battery life on the iPhone X is stellar. I have only charged the phone once fully since unboxing. And that charge was also not needed honestly, but because I was going out in the evening and I didn’t want to lug around a battery pack I decided to fully charge the iPhone. In the last 12 hours, I can say I still have 75 % of juice left which is insane.