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Apple iPhone X Review

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Apple iPhone X Review, Apple iPhone X hands-on, Apple iPhone X spesification, Apple iPhone X camera test – The iPhone X is Apple’s 10th anniversary iPhone. Announced at the same time as the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus, but going on sale a little later, the device is Apple’s flagship phone and features all of its latest camera technology.

On the back of the phone are two cameras, one wide-angle (28mm equivalent) and one telephoto (56mm equivalent), both with 12 megapixel sensors. The wide angle lens has an f/1.8 aperture, while the telephoto lens has an f/2.4 aperture. Both lenses are equipped with optical image stabilisation.

Switching to the front, there’s a 7 megapixel camera, with an f/2.2 lens. This comes with its own Portrait Mode – something which has previously only been available via the iPhone’s back camera, but enabled on the iPhone X thanks to the front-facing True Depth camera.

Other interesting specifications include the ability to record video at 4K at 60fps – so far one of the only smartphones on the market to offer this functionality. There’s also a Quad LED true-tone flash.

In terms of the display, the iPhone X uses a 5.8-inch all-screen OLED multi-touch display, which is Super Retina HD (2436 x 1125 pixels at 458 ppi). It’s rated IP67 for splash, water and dust resistance.

You can buy the iPhone X with either 64GB of internal storage, or 256GB – with the latter naturally being more expensive. There’s no way to expand the physical memory of the iPhone X.

Ease of Use

The iPhone X marks the first time that an iPhone has used an all-screen display. To make this possible, Apple has removed the home button usually found on the bottom of an iPhone. This means you’ll have to learn a series of new gestures, if you’re used to working with an existing iPhone, including bringing up the quick menu, and switching between apps – but it doesn’t take too long to get used to them once you’ve been using the iPhone X for a while.

With a glass back, the iPhone X has a nice weighty feel to it – and by using the whole screen, the overall look  and feel of the phone is more premium than the iPhone 8 Plus – which has a smaller screen but a bigger overall body. One downside of the glass back is that it attracts fingerprints pretty quickly – you might want to invest in a case for it. Using the iPhone X one-handed is much easier than with the more unwieldy iPhone 8 Plus.

Front of the Apple iPhone X

One of the headline new features of the iPhone X is face recognition, which you can use to unlock the phone. This is something you can set up when you first switch on the phone, and removes the old way of using your fingerprint to unlock the screen. Once the phone has recognised your face – and it’s pretty much instant – you can swipe up to unlock the phone. Alternatively, if you only want to access the native camera app, a simple swipe right launches it – without the need for face recognition at all.

If you’ve ever used an iPhone before, there isn’t too much difference here on the iPhone X’s native app than those that have come before it. The biggest change is the addition of the new Portrait Mode features, which we’ll discuss in more depth shortly.

Along the bottom of the camera window (if you’re holding it in portrait orientation), you’ll see the default shooting mode is Photo. You can swipe right or left to choose a different shooting mode – left for video, slow-mo and time-lapse, and right for square, Portrait Mode, and panorama.

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Front of the Apple iPhone X / Image Displayed

Along the top of the screen is a few other icons of note, including the flash icon (to switch between off, on and auto), the Live Photos icon (which allows you to capture still images with 1.5 seconds of video footage before and after the photo is taken), the self-timer icon, and the filters icon to choose between different inbuilt filters. One thing which is missing from these options is the HDR icon – previously the iPhone allowed you to switch this on and off within the camera app itself. Now, HDR is switched on to Auto by default. Therefore, if you want that control back, you need to go into the main settings menu and switch “HDR Auto” off – you’ll now be able to switch between HDR on or off in the native camera app.

Another thing that you may not have seen before, if you haven’t used a recent Plus model, is the zoom button. This is represented by a “1x” in a circle – tap it to switch to “2x” and back – essentially this is allowing you to switch between the wide-angle lens and sensor, and the telephoto lens and sensor. You can also use digital zoom by pinching on the screen – up to 10x is available.

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Front of the Apple iPhone X / Camera App

You can change the autofocus point by tapping around the screen. This will also affect the metering, so if you’re trying to photograph a high contrast scene, it can pay to tap around the screen until you get the best balance of highlights and shadows. You’ll also see that when tapping a point on the screen, an icon appears in the shape of a sun – this is a brightness control which you can slide up and down to brighten or darken the shot.

At the very bottom of the screen, you’ll see the shutter release button (you can also use one of the physical buttons on the side of the phone to release the shutter if you prefer), plus an icon to use to switch to the front facing camera. You can also tap to see the images you’ve previously taken – note that if you launch the camera from the lock screen, you’ll only be able to see the photos you’ve taken in that particular shooting session, and you’ll need to unlock it fully in order to see the rest of your photos.

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Rear of the Apple iPhone X

The inbuilt camera app for iPhones is very simple. You don’t get the opportunity to change key camera settings, such as metering, shutter speed or white balance. There are various apps available to download which offer that functionality, with varying degrees of success. Apple opened up the possibility to shoot raw photos some time ago, but, it’s still not possible to do that via the native camera app – again there are several on the market which allow it.

For the Portrait Mode, the iPhone X has added a host of new “lighting” effects for your portraits. These are Natural Light, Studio Light, Contour Light, Stage Light, and Stage Light Mono. You can choose any of these if you shoot in portrait format, but if you want to shoot a portrait in landscape format, only the first three will work. As this is basically an effect, you can change which lighting mode you’ve used after you’ve taken the shot if you like – but only if you’ve shot the photo in Portrait Mode, not in the standard Photo mode. Both the front camera and the rear cameras have the lighting mode, so you can use it either when you’re taking portraits of somebody else, or when taking portraits of yourself – this marks it apart from the iPhone 8 Plus, which doesn’t have the TrueDepth front-facing camera needed in order to facilitate both Face ID and the front-facing Portrait Mode.

You can also use the Portrait Mode if you’re trying to take images with a shallow depth of field effect – in other words, it doesn’t necessarily need to be a person you’re shooting in order for it to work.

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The Apple iPhone X In-hand

By default, the iPhone X shoots in the new HEIC format. This format is designed to maximise the quality of the image, while not taking up as much space as JPEG. You can switch back to using JPEGs if you prefer, which you can find in the main settings menu. Compatibility with HEIC is becoming more prevalent now, with Adobe releasing an update to be able to read the files quite recently. It also works with Apple’s latest operating system, High Sierra. As you can’t expand the iPhone X’s physical memory, it’s worth shooting in HEIC to save space. You can easily convert HEIC files to JPEGs if you need to share them – the iPhone will do it automatically if you’re sending files via WhatsApp, for example, so there’s no need to worry about somebody else not being able to read them.

Another thing you’ll need to have to change in the main settings is the format for your videos. You can shoot at 4K up to 60fps, but, you’ll need to shoot in the High Efficiency format to do that. Otherwise, you can shoot up to 30fps in 4K instead. You also have the choice to shoot at Full HD too. You can shoot slow motion video, with the option for Full HD in this format meaning you’ll need to shoot in the high efficiency format as well. Again, it keeps the app very simple, but it would be appreciated if you could change video resolution directly within the native camera app, rather than having to dive into the main settings every time.

Image Quality

All of the sample images in this review were taken using the 12 megapixel JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 6Mb.

In good light, the iPhone X is capable of taking some fantastic images. Both the wide-angle lens and the telephoto lens produce shots which are packed with detail, and have lovely vibrant colours. Arguably, the colours are a little punchier than is realistic, but the result is very pleasing – and certainly appealing to modern eyes.

Even without the shallow depth of field mode activated, you can get some good macro type shots with frame-filling detail and blurred backgrounds. The cameras cope well when shooting in low light to a degree, but if the light is very low, you’ll see some image smoothing and loss of detail – certainly if you examine closely.

The camera produces HDR images by default, and on the whole it does an excellent job to preserve detail in both the shadows and highlights, with a good degree of dynamic range across the frame. There are occasions when highlights are blown out from very bright parts of a scene, but this is kept to a reasonable minimum.

Under artificial lights, the automatic white balance copes very well to produce close to accurate colours – erring just a touch towards warm tones. It also copes well with a range of other lighting conditions, such as overcast skies.

While we’d like to see more photographer controls for the iPhone X (and other iPhones), it’s also true to say that the native camera app puts in an excellent performance all by itself – great news for the majority of users who don’t want to alter settings anyway.

One of the differences between the iPhone X and the iPhone 8 plus, is that the telephoto lens now has both a wider maximum aperture (f/2.4 compared with f/2.8) and optical image stabilisation (the iPhone 8 Plus only offers OIS on the wide-angle lens). This helps to keep images sharp in lower light, and while the wider angle camera is definitely better (with it’s f/1.8 lens), the telephoto lens puts in a very impressive performance. It’s great to have two different focal lengths on board for when you need to get a little bit closer to your subject. Digital zoom is usable if you desperately need it, but it’s best avoided if at all possible.

Portrait mode produces some excellent results when working with human and animal subjects. The background blur is nicely realistic, especially if you don’t scrutinise it too heavily. It’s fair to say that if you’re using it for other things, such as flowers, which may have a more complicated outline, the software runs into a little difficulty and throws up some oddities in terms of what has been blurred and what hasn’t. The different lighting effects are great to use – Natural is a good choice for most occasions, but Studio Light can be very flattering, while Stage Light – which blacks out the background entirely – is quite a fun effect.

Video is very good quality, with enthusiasts no doubt appreciating the ability to record at 60fps for 4K. Optical Image Stabilisation also does a great job of keeping things nice and smooth.

Focal Length

The Apple iPhone X’s fixed focal length lens is equivalent to 28mm in 35mm camera terms, with a 2x telephoto setting also available. A digital zoom is also available when shooting at the full 12MP resolution.

1x Wide

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2x Tele

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Digital Zoom

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Macro

The Apple iPhone X will focus accurately for close-up shots down to around 10cm from your subject.

Macro

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Shallow Depth of Field (Portrait Mode)

Here are some examples taken using the new portrait / shallow depth of field mode.

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Night

The following night photo was taken at ISO 100 for 1/4 second.

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Creative Effects

The Apple iPhone X’s native camera app includes 8 filter effects.

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Specifications

Finish

Space Grey

Silver

Capacity1
  • 64GB
  • 256GB
Size and Weight2

70.9 mm (2.79 inches)

143.6 mm (5.65 inches)

7.7 mm (0.30 inches)

Height: 143.6 mm (5.65 inches)

Width: 70.9 mm (2.79 inches)

Depth: 7.7 mm (0.30 inches)

Weight: 174 g (6.14 ounces)

Display
  • Super Retina HD display
  • 5.8-inch (diagonal) all-screen OLED Multi-Touch display
  • HDR display
  • 2436×1125-pixel resolution at 458 ppi
  • 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio (typical)
  • True Tone display
  • Wide colour display (P3)
  • 3D Touch
  • 625 cd/m2 max brightness (typical)
  • Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating
  • Support for display of multiple languages and characters simultaneously

The iPhone X display has rounded corners that follow a beautiful curved design, and these corners are within a standard rectangle. When measured as a standard rectangular shape, the screen is 5.85 inches diagonally (actual viewable area is less).

Splash, Water and Dust Resistant3
  • Rated IP67 under IEC standard 60529
Chip
  • A11 Bionic chip with 64-bit architecture
  • Neural engine
  • Embedded M11 motion coprocessor
Camera
  • 12MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras
  • Wide-angle: ƒ/1.8 aperture
  • Telephoto: ƒ/2.4 aperture
  • Optical zoom; digital zoom up to 10x
  • Portrait mode
  • Portrait Lighting (beta)
  • Dual optical image stabilisation
  • Six-element lens
  • Quad-LED True Tone flash with slow sync
  • Panorama (up to 63MP)
  • Sapphire crystal lens cover
  • Backside illumination sensor
  • Hybrid IR filter
  • Autofocus with Focus Pixels
  • Tap to focus with Focus Pixels
  • Live Photos with stabilisation
  • Wide colour capture for photos and Live Photos
  • Improved local tone mapping
  • Body and face detection
  • Exposure control
  • Noise reduction
  • Auto HDR for photos
  • Auto image stabilisation
  • Burst mode
  • Timer mode
  • Photo geotagging
  • Image formats captured: HEIF and JPEG
Video Recording
  • 4K video recording at 24 fps, 30 fps or 60 fps
  • 1080p HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps
  • 720p HD video recording at 30 fps
  • Optical image stabilisation for video
  • Optical zoom; 6x digital zoom
  • Quad-LED True Tone flash
  • Slo-mo video support for 1080p at 120 fps or 240 fps
  • Time-lapse video with stabilisation
  • Cinematic video stabilisation (1080p and 720p)
  • Continuous autofocus video
  • Body and face detection
  • Noise reduction
  • Take 8MP still photos while recording 4K video
  • Playback zoom
  • Video geotagging
  • Video formats recorded: HEVC and H.264
TrueDepth Camera
  • 7MP camera
  • Portrait mode
  • Portrait Lighting (beta)
  • Animoji
  • 1080p HD video recording
  • Retina Flash
  • ƒ/2.2 aperture
  • Wide colour capture for photos and Live Photos
  • Auto HDR
  • Backside illumination sensor
  • Body and face detection
  • Auto image stabilisation
  • Burst mode
  • Exposure control
  • Timer mode
Face ID
  • Enabled by TrueDepth camera for facial recognition
Apple Pay
  • Pay with your iPhone using Face ID in shops, within apps and on the web
  • Complete purchases made with Apple Pay on your Mac
Mobile and Wireless
  • Model A1865*
  • FDD-LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 66)
  • TD-LTE (Bands 34, 38, 39, 40, 41)
  • TD-SCDMA 1900 (F), 2000 (A)
  • CDMA EV-DO Rev. A (800, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • Model A1901*
  • FDD-LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 66)
  • TD-LTE (Bands 34, 38, 39, 40, 41)
  • UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • All models
  • 802.11ac Wi‑Fi with MIMO
  • Bluetooth 5.0 wireless technology
  • NFC with reader mode
Location
  • Assisted GPS, GLONASS, Galileo and QZSS
  • Digital compass
  • Wi‑Fi
  • Mobile data
  • iBeacon micro-location
Video Calling4
  • FaceTime video calling over Wi‑Fi or a mobile network
Audio Calling4
  • FaceTime audio
  • Voice over LTE (VoLTE)5
  • Wi‑Fi calling5
Audio Playback
  • Audio formats supported: AAC-LC, HE-AAC, HE-AAC v2, Protected AAC, MP3, Linear PCM, Apple Lossless, FLAC, Dolby Digital (AC-3), Dolby Digital Plus (E-AC-3) and Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX and AAX+)
  • User-configurable maximum volume limit
Video Playback
  • Video formats supported: HEVC, H.264, MPEG-4 Part 2 and Motion JPEG
  • High Dynamic Range with Dolby Vision and HDR10 content
  • AirPlay Mirroring, photos and video out to Apple TV (2nd generation or later)6
  • Video mirroring and video out support: up to 1080p through Lightning Digital AV Adapter and Lightning to VGA Adapter (adapters sold separately)6
Siri7
  • Use your voice to send messages, set reminders and more
  • Get intelligent suggestions in Messages, Mail, QuickType and more
  • Activate with only your voice using “Hey Siri”
  • Listen to and identify songs
External Buttons and Connectors

Volume up/down

Ring/Silent switch

Side button

Built-in stereo speaker
Built-in microphone

Lightning connector

Built-in microphone

Built-in stereo speaker

Power and Battery8
Lasts up to 2 hours longer than iPhone 7

Talk time (wireless):

  • Up to 21 hours

Internet use:

  • Up to 12 hours

Video playback (wireless):

  • Up to 13 hours

Audio playback (wireless):

  • Up to 60 hours

Fast-charge capable:

  • Up to 50% charge in 30 minutes9
  • Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Wireless charging (works with Qi chargers)10
  • Charging via USB to computer system or power adapter
Sensors
  • Face ID
  • Barometer
  • Three-axis gyro
  • Accelerometer
  • Proximity sensor
  • Ambient light sensor
Operating System

iOS 11

With new features and capabilities that let you get more done quickly and easily, iOS 11 makes iPhone more powerful, personal and intelligent than ever.

Accessibility

Accessibility features help people with disabilities get the most out of their new iPhone X. With built-in support for vision, hearing, physical and motor skills, and learning and literacy, you can fully enjoy the world’s most personal device.

Features include:

  • VoiceOver
  • Zoom
  • Magnifier
  • Software Textphone
  • Siri and Dictation
  • Type to Siri
  • Switch Control
  • Closed Captions
  • AssistiveTouch
  • Speak Screen
Built-in Apps

Camera

Photos

Health

Messages

Phone

FaceTime

Mail

Music

Wallet

Safari

Maps

Siri

Calendar

iTunes Store

App Store

Notes

News

Contacts

iBooks

Home

Weather

Reminders

Clock

Videos

Stocks

Calculator

Voice Memos

Compass

Podcasts

Watch

Tips

Find My iPhone

Find My Friends

Settings

Files

Free Apps from Apple11

Pages, Numbers, Keynote, iMovie, GarageBand, iTunes U and Clips are pre-installed.

iMovie

Pages

Numbers

Keynote

iTunes U

GarageBand

Apple Store

Apple TV Remote

iTunes Remote

Music Memos

Clips

Headphones
  • EarPods with Lightning Connector
SIM Card
  • Nano-SIM
  • iPhone X is not compatible with existing micro-SIM cards.
Rating for Hearing Aids
  • iPhone X (Model A1865, A1901): M3, T4
Mail Attachment Support

Viewable document types

.jpg, .tiff, .gif (images); .doc and .docx (Microsoft Word); .htm and .html (web pages); .key (Keynote); .numbers (Numbers); .pages (Pages); .pdf (Preview and Adobe Acrobat); .ppt and .pptx (Microsoft PowerPoint); .txt (text); .rtf (rich text format); .vcf (contact information); .xls and .xlsx (Microsoft Excel); .zip; .ics

System Requirements
  • Apple ID (required for some features)
  • Internet access12
  • Syncing with iTunes on a Mac or PC requires:
    • Mac: OS X 10.10.5 or later
    • PC: Windows 7 or later
    • iTunes 12.7 or later
Environmental Requirements
  • Operating ambient temperature: 0 to 35° C (32 to 95° F)
  • Non-operating temperature: −20 to 45° C (−4 to 113° F)
  • Relative humidity: 5% to 95% non-condensing
  • Operating altitude: tested up to 3,000 metres (10,000 feet)
Languages

Language support

English (Australia, UK, US), Chinese (Simplified, Traditional, Traditional Hong Kong), French (Canada, France), German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish (Latin America, Mexico, Spain), Arabic, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Malay, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil, Portugal), Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese

QuickType keyboard support

English (Australia, Canada, India, Singapore, UK, US), Chinese – Simplified (Handwriting, Pinyin, Stroke), Chinese – Traditional (Cangjie, Handwriting, Pinyin, Stroke, Sucheng, Zhuyin), French (Belgium, Canada, France, Switzerland), German (Austria, Germany, Switzerland), Italian, Japanese (Kana, Romaji), Korean, Spanish (Latin America, Mexico, Spain), Arabic (Modern Standard, Najdi), Armenian, Azerbaijani, Belarusian, Bengali, Bulgarian, Catalan, Cherokee, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Emoji, Estonian, Filipino, Finnish, Flemish, Georgian, Greek, Gujarati, Hawaiian, Hebrew, Hindi (Devanagari, Transliteration), Hinglish, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Irish, Kannada, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malay, Malayalam, Maori, Marathi, Norwegian, Odia, Persian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil, Portugal), Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Serbian (Cyrillic, Latin), Slovak, Slovenian, Swahili, Swedish, Tamil (Script, Transliteration), Telugu, Thai, Tibetan, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese, Welsh

QuickType keyboard support with predictive input

English (Australia, Canada, India, Singapore, UK, US), Chinese (Simplified, Traditional), French (Belgium, Canada, France, Switzerland), German (Austria, Germany, Switzerland), Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish (Latin America, Mexico, Spain), Portuguese (Brazil, Portugal), Thai, Turkish

Siri languages

English (Australia, Canada, India, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, UK, US), Spanish (Chile, Mexico, Spain, US), French (Belgium, Canada, France, Switzerland), German (Austria, Germany, Switzerland), Italian (Italy, Switzerland), Japanese, Korean, Mandarin (Mainland China, Taiwan), Cantonese (Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao), Arabic (Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates), Danish (Denmark), Dutch (Belgium, Netherlands), Finnish (Finland), Hebrew (Israel), Malay (Malaysia), Norwegian (Norway), Portuguese (Brazil), Russian (Russia), Swedish (Sweden), Thai (Thailand), Turkish (Turkey)

Dictation languages

English (Australia, Canada, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, UK, US), Spanish (Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Spain, Uruguay, US), French (Belgium, Canada, France, Luxembourg, Switzerland), German (Austria, Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland), Italian (Italy, Switzerland), Japanese, Korean, Mandarin (Mainland China, Taiwan), Cantonese (Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao), Arabic (Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates), Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch (Belgium, Netherlands), Finnish, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi (India), Hungarian, Indonesian, Malaysian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil, Portugal), Romanian, Russian, Shanghainese (Mainland China), Slovakian, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese

Definition dictionary support

English, Chinese (Simplified, Traditional), Danish, Dutch, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish

Bilingual dictionary support

Chinese (Simplified), Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Spellcheck

English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, Turkish

In the Box
  • iPhone with iOS 11
  • EarPods with Lightning Connector
  • Lightning to 3.5mm Headphone Jack Adapter
  • Lightning to USB Cable
  • USB Power Adapter
  • Documentation

Conclusion

The phone camera market has never been stronger than it is today. There are a number of devices with extremely well-performing cameras currently on the market, which not only appeal to average users, but also those who are enthusiast photographers.

Apple has always been keen to push its photographic capabilities, and of course, the iPhone X is no different. It certainly offers the best picture quality of any iPhone to date, with some key improvements made particularly to the second (telephoto) lens.

It produces lovely bright and detailed images, particularly in good light, losing some of that pizazz when shooting in low light, but still producing very usable images.

Portrait Mode is a great example of software getting things right, with clever AI producing a pleasing image 9/10 times. It’s especially useful for actual portraits, rather than just trying to create shallow depth of field effects.

In its effort to be as user-friendly as possible, the iPhone X (and all other iPhones) doesn’t include the ability to alter key photography settings, or shoot in raw format – in the native app at least. While it’s possible to do this with a third-party app, being able to launch the camera straight from the lock screen is very appealing when you’re quickly trying to capture a moment. It’s impossible to deny that Apple does an excellent job of guessing the correct settings you need – but – it would still be nice to have a “pro” mode (which perhaps you would have to enable if you wanted it) for those times when you want to take control yourself.

Now on to the price – much has been made of the very high price tag of the iPhone X. The model we’ve been using is a 256GB version, costing you £1149 (sim free). That is a lot of money for a smartphone, but it’s fair to say that Apple has crammed a lot of technology onto the device for your money, too. The question of whether it’s worth it or not likely comes down to your desire to have the iOS operating system, and some of the camera’s functionality which isn’t available elsewhere.

If you’re on a lower budget, and are not particularly bothered by iOS, there’s some strong competition this year, most notably from the Google Pixel 2 and the Huawei Mate 10 Pro.

Overall, the iPhone X is without doubt one of the best camera phones on the market – and that has ever been – but it has a price tag to match. The device has already sold out, so there’s clearly plenty of people willing to pay it.

4.5 stars

RATINGS (OUT OF 5)
Design 5
Features 4.5
Ease-of-use 5
Image quality 4.5
Value for money 3

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