iPhone X: A design upgrade worth its eye-popping price tag

Apple’s iPhone X (Rs 1.02 lakh for 256 GB) dazzled in the sunlight. The silver review unit looked all chrome and glass. The power/lock switch seemed bigger and placed lower than it is on the iPhone 8/8 Plus, while the most significant change was the absence of the home button. Also, the rear dual camera setup is vertical. The all-screen phone is a little bigger and heavier than my iPhone 6s, but the 5.8-inch screen is the biggest seen on any iPhone.

Shifting to the iPhone X meant unlearning and learning new ways to interact with the iOS. For example, a long press on the power button brings up Siri; swiping down from the top right brings up control centre; swiping up from below brings one to the home screen; and swiping up and holding brings up the open apps list, among others. But the OLED screen is the best I’ve seen on an iPhone and I had loads of fun binge-watching Gotham and Arrow and the films Bahubali 2: The Conclusion and Trapped. A caveat: due to the non-regular size of the screen, bands appear on the right and left while watching most videos; but that also camouflages the notch that holds the front camera and earpiece. While most apps by Apple work around the notch by resizing the screens, it did cover a sliver of the screen in games, especially in AR ones such as The Machines

In the limited time I used the iPhone X, the 12-megapixel (MP) rear cameras impressed with their performance in all kinds of lighting conditions. With the telephoto lens also supporting optical image stabilisation (OIS), zoom shots come out sharper and clearer. The 7-MP front camera also supports portrait mode. And you’ll fall in love with Animojis — animal faces mimicking your expression. 

I was able to get a day’s worth of use on the iPhone X, with a little bit of gaming. Also, get yourself a case for protection as well as to save the back from smudges.

The iPhone X does involve a steep learning curve, even for iPhone users. But the brilliant screen and fabulous cameras more than make up for sacrificing familiarity. 

If you want the most advanced phone money can buy and are up for the learning challenge, this is it.