Every year, I have the opportunity to experience a new iPhone. Each year, with the passing away of a year, the old leaf falls. A new pod of green rings in the new. This year has been different. I’ve seen the Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. But all through, I’ve been, like many others, waiting for the iPhone X. Yesterday, I had the opportunity to spend some quality time with it. Here are my first impressions of the device that goes on sale tomorrow – November 3 – in the US and India on the same day.
I got my opportunity to meet the Apple iPhone X yesterday. I knew the day was different. It began with a rush of emotion. I wasn’t feeling quite the best in terms of health, but it was reason enough to step out from home to a catch a glimpse of the device.
My moment of truth
I understand you up close when you say, why this unnecessary hype around a phone. It’s a phone at the end of the day. Why do things need to stop to give attention to a phone? Well, when you take a look at it, you can’t help but realize why. Rather than me speaking about it, I’d just sample some of the responses I got on my commute to work.
The first person say, ‘wow’. The second person, ‘I wonder where technology is heading these days’. And the third was quite funny. ‘Where do you work?’, she asked. The three of them are lay consumers. One’s an iPhone user, the other two pure Android. As you’d have figured, irrespective of their personal biases, they were unanimous in their appreciation for what the jewel in Apple‘s smartphone line-up has to offer. Haven’t you heard them say – first impression is the last impression?
Just the past weekend, I’ve was playing with the Google Pixel 2 XL. And I’ve already moved to the iPhone X as my primary device. And I realize that many who have seen the iPhone X would want to lay their hands on it. A friend of mine with no inclination to tech as such, had her jaw drop and go, ‘where’s the home button?’ ALSO READ: Google Pixel 2 XL First impressions
What I do realize through all of this is, while the rest of the industry has averaged out in terms of hardware design, this is one device that stands out. Even the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus from earlier this year look exactly the same as last year’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus respectively. Don’t you agree every smartphone out there in the market has about 90 percent overlaps in terms of design? That’s why, there’s a need to create something path breaking. Something that captivates you, titillates you, engages you without you realizing it. This is my moment of truth. I’m using an iPhone X. And this is my story.
First things first
Straight out of the box, you get the iPhone X, a power adapter unit, a USB cable, an adapter cable, and a pair of EarPods and a SIM ejection tool. That’s pretty much what you get in the previous iPhones launched earlier this year as well. So there’s nothing particularly different in the box.
The first thing you do is press the side button, which is larger than the one on the iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus. You go about the setting, and then, you set up Face ID. The process of setting up Face ID is like a round of neck exercises. More details here.
Once you’re in the system, you realize that Face ID takes away quite a few steps from you. The first app I needed to install was WhatsApp. Since it’s authentication via my phone number, I didn’t find any difference there. The subsequent apps I installed were Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. And since I had these passwords saved and synched on my other devices, the apps got installed seamlessly. All I had to do was download, and tap install. It authenticated me via Face ID, which by matter of fact, will take all the tasks that Touch ID was performing till now. In case you’re wondering, if you had Touch ID configured as your means of authentication for your banking app, Face ID would seamlessly authenticate you taking away the manual process of pressing the home button. ALSO READ: Apple iPhone 8 Review: When you know you want it, but still ask questions
Now you don’t necessarily have to go through such a process to set up your new iPhone. If you’re currently on an iOS device, the setup process will import all your settings and preferences straight away and get you started.
Photography and lighting
Since I prefer device portability, I’ve preferred the smaller variant of the iPhone 7 (rather than the iPhone 7 Plus) and likewise in the case of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. As a result of it, I found myself missing out on the cool things Apple’s dual-camera could accomplish on its larger flagship variants. DON’T MISS: Apple iPhone 8 Plus review: The best. Period.
Thanks to the Apple iPhone X, I can now experience the various lighting effects that until now were unique to the iPhone 8 Plus – on the primary camera as well as front facing camera. But all of this comes in a form factor that is similar to the iPhone 8. I’m looking forward to seeing stereotypical monochrome profile photos on social networks now.
This is how my first day with the Apple iPhone X has passed by. People around me have been more exciting than me. But there are experiences I’ve had. Some great, some a bit buggy which I will describe in detail when I do a complete review of the device.