If you’re like most people, you’re approaching the New Year ready to start over. Though you managed to survive 2017, it was only just. Between news of natural disasters, civil unrest around the world, and man-children (sorry — politicians) threatening nuclear war, there’s not a whole lot about the year you’re going to miss. In many ways, it eclipsed 2016, the supposed #worstyearever.
There’s just one silver lining: Apple released its handset to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the iPhone. The iPhone X (that’s 10, to you, not ‘ex’) was launched November 3, just two months after the iPhone 8 hit shelves.
The world is looking forward to the next 12 months with their thoughts on self-improvement. While many people are busy brainstorming their New Year’s resolutions, you’re way ahead of the pack. You planned to own the new iPhone X as soon as you heard the first rumor of its production. While dropping that extra holiday weight and starting to live your life to the fullest are probably on your list, another goal for 2018 should be to finally have the flagship handset in your hands.
Why? Because it’s the phone of the future
While many Apple nay-sayers will complain about its price (a legitimate concern for the budget conscious considering it starts at a grand), they’re closing their eyes and ears to the recent reviews of one of the most powerful handsets in the world.
It comes equipped with an A11 Bionic chip with 64-bit architecture and an M11 motion compressor to operate its heavy-hitting iOS 11. The new operating system has improvements to design, apps, and Apple’s AI, Siri.
The X’s upgraded camera offers studio lighting for your selfies, so they’re IG appropriate without any filters. It comes with a longer battery life that can last up to 12 hours of Internet use or 21 hours of wireless talk time, and the 2,715 mAh battery is capable of wireless charging.
The iPhone X sports a 5.8-inch all-screen OLED Multi-Touch display that’s bigger and brighter than any other Apple handset, and it displays video and text in stunning clarity.
It may need some improvements
That’s not to say it’s infallible. Like any first-generation phone, there are some bugs. Besides the price, most critics are skeptical of the Face ID tech. Responsible for the delays in production, this feature can be a little glitchy. It even failed at the official demo back in September, as satirized on the Silicon Valley clip on Funny or Die.
Face ID has significant creep factor since it uses 30,000 dots to memorize your facial structure so it can read your face and unlock your phone whenever you look at it. There are also political implications, as people worry about being forced into opening their phones by cops and criminals alike.
By comparison, the glass back (there to accommodate wireless charging) is a relatively minor issue. It, like the Jet Black finish in the iPhone 7 series, is a fingerprint and scratch magnet. Within a few weeks of regular use, people have complained about cosmetic damages to the backing. Luckily, this is much easier to fix. If you deck out your brand new iPhone X in a scratch-free iPhone X decal, you’ll cover up these minor scuffs and add considerable grip to the glass casing.
Despite its flaws, it’s a premium smartphone that deserves to be in your hand in the New Year. It will help you achieve some of your new goals like losing weight or ‘living life to the fullest’. You’ll achieve a resolution worth fighting for with the iPhone X.