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Apple iPhone X first impressions roundup: What early reviewers say of the $999 iPhone

Apple iPhone X, pronounced iPhone Ten, is touted as the 'future of smartphones'.

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Apple’s 10th anniversary iPhone X is here, costing an eye-watering $999. With an all-screen display sans a physical home button, the Apple iPhone X does look stunning. But is it gorgeous enough to leave early reviewers impressed? Here’s what they have to say.

The Daring Design

One of the biggest talking points of the iPhone X is its all-screen OLED display design, without a physical home button. The functionality of the home button is compressed into the software. So with a simple swipe you can access the home screen, instead of pressing or holding on a button. The Verge‘s Nilay Patel calls the iPhone X as the “future of the smartphone”. “Compared to what Samsung is doing with curved OLED displays on Galaxy devices, it’s very different: there’s still a black border around the display. The phone feels small, but in a different way than, say, the S8.”

Sophie Curtis of the Mirror says, “The display is star of the show but glass screen picks up smudges.” However, she does agree that the iPhone X is a stunning device.”The iPhone X is a stunning device, representing the culmination of 10 years of smartphone innovation at Apple.” ALSO READ: Apple iPhone 7, iPhone 6s India prices slashed following iPhone 8, iPhone X launch

CNet‘s Jessica Doulcourt and Scott Stein say,”The iPhone X’s boldness is exactly what makes it Apple’s extra-special cherry on top to mark the 10th anniversary of the very first iPhone in 2007, which revolutionized at that time everything a smartphone could be, and hurled us on the path that led to what smartphones are today.”

What also adds to the charm of the all-screen display is the Super Retina Display delivering 458ppi pixel density for an even enhanced color reproduction and sharper details. As Jeremy Kaplan from Digital Trends says, “I don’t usually gush about icons, but I could stare at these for hours. The absence of the home button is something long-time iPhone owners may complain about, but it allows for a clean slate interface.”

Face ID

The cameras are the second highlight of the iPhone X. Other than the vertically positioned dual camera setup at the back, the front camera is capable of aiding in biometric authentication. Called Face ID, the feature replaces the home button and uses machine learning to learn a user’s face over time to allow authentication even if you wear fashion glasses one day or grow a mustache the next week. “The decision to replace TouchID with FaceID may also raise a few eyebrows, as raising your phone to your face every time you want to use Apple Pay could get irritating,” writes MirrorALSO READ: Apple iPhone X Face ID feature raises concerns around privacy and surveillance

Tech Radar‘s Gareth Beavis says, “We’re definitely going to need convincing with Face ID – Apple’s done a good job of explaining why its system is better than anything we’ve seen before, but without trying this day to day it’s hard to know whether it’ll be good enough to replace Touch ID – and the demos weren’t anywhere near convincing enough.” Although Apple said the chances of someone tricking your phone’s Face ID into believing it’s you is one in a million, there will remain reservations about the feature. With the iPhone 7 lineup, Apple got rid of the headphone jack and with the iPhone X, it has done away with the Home Button. Early users are bound to fidget with the phone for a while, but whether the Face ID learns efficiently over time for a seamless authentication is something we will have to wait and see. As for the first reviewers, the Face ID was erratic in demos.

Cameras

As The Verge puts it, the “front camera is more important than the rear one. That system powers a whole bunch of stuff, including new animated emoji that react to your face and some extremely impressive new filters in Snapchat. Portrait Mode is now also available on the front camera, as is Apple’s new Portrait Lighting effect. We’ve reached the point where the front camera on the iPhone is now more important and interesting than the rear one.”

With the new iPhones, Apple has added the Portrait Mode to the front camera as well. The new Portrait Lighting feature further makes the Bokeh effects stand out with dramatic effects. “The incredibly powerful depth-sensing selfie camera captures your facial expressions in astonishing detail,” says MirrorALSO READ: Apple iPhone X launched and the internet has some funny reactions for the new Face ID feature

“The camera on the back is bolted on vertically, rather than horizontally, showing that Apple wants you to hold the phone in landscape rather than portrait mode. This is also on account of the front True Depth camera, which takes up so much space and is needed for Face ID,” points Tech Radar.

On the whole, the super impressive glass sandwich design is perceived as stunning but less-durable, even as the all-screen display stands out as the single most selling point. As for the performance, in depth reviews are awaited to see how the new A11 Bionic chipset makes the iPhone X a ‘template for future smartphones’. Cameras and the software enhancements come as the second important feature with dual camera module at the back, and a depth-sensing front camera. As for power, the iPhone X is claimed to last two hours more than the iPhone 7. However, with an OLED display with exception color reproduction, we are yet to see how much power it actually consumes. To sum up, is the $999 price-tag worth the special 10th anniversary iPhone X? For the screen, cameras, and intuitive features – yes, for a fragile design and most of iPhone 8 innards, may be not. RELATED: Apple iPhone X launched: Specifications, features

Apple iPhone X specifications

To recall, the iPhone X features a 5.8-inch OLED display with 458ppi pixel density. It is powered by A11 Bionic processor. It packs a pair of 12-megapixel rear cameras with OIS on both cameras at the rear. Up front. there is a 7-megapixel camera with Portrait Mode and Portrait Lighting feature. Instead of the Touch ID, there is Face ID to unlock the phone. There are specialized iPhone X gestures to access home screen or app shortcuts. The iPhone X supports wireless charging. It is available in 64GB and 256GB storage models. The iPhone X is water and dust resistant, and runs iOS 11 with improved Siri. It is available only in black and space gray color choices.