A few days have passed since the big debut of the iPhone X. Lots of YouTube superstars have gotten a chance to play around with their big new purchases—and even compare them to the (also-new) iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, as well as a few flagship Android devices. Here's what they think:
The curious case of the disappearing Home button
One of the more controversial changes in the iPhone X is the removal of the classic Home button. Goodbye, Touch ID; Hello, Face ID—a modern convenience turned horror movie in the making if you have an evil twin who can unlock your device. The absence of a Home button also means that you swipe the screen to navigate from an app to your Home Screen, which can take some getting used to.
Dom Esposito: "You actually have to swipe up; that's not the biggest deal in the world, but it is a little bit of a learning curve when you're used to pressing a button for so long."
The iPhone X and the iPhone 8 square off
Apple announced two different iPhones simultaneously, leaving potential purchasers with a two big questions to answer: Is the iPhone X worth paying for, and is it worth waiting for?
Comparing specs helps a little bit. With the iPhone X, you get a gorgeous, edge-to-edge OLED display, but you have to wait while your favorite apps come up with ways to deal with "The Notch." You get a better selfie camera, but you have to contend with Face ID. You get a bigger screen, but a smaller overall device—if you have huge hands, the iPhone X might not be as appealing.
Simply put, there are plenty of trade-offs to consider. So much so, that you might want to take a trip down to the Apple Store to test out the iPhone X and the iPhone 8 in person before placing an order for either.
Sakitech: "If you don't care too much about the design—if you actually like the way the 8 Plus is set up, the way it looks—just get the 8 Plus because it is clearly a flagship smartphone, comparable to the iPhone X on many levels. It's not a joke. It's a powerful device, great camera, and $200 cheaper. But if you're on the fence, undecided, or confused, just go to the side of the iPhone X and get it."
What’s so great about OLED?
The iPhone X has a gorgeous display, but its OLED panel—from Samsung—has some peculiarities. According to Apple:
"If you look at an OLED display off-angle, you might notice slight shifts in color and hue. This is a characteristic of OLED and is normal behavior. With extended long-term use, OLED displays can also show slight visual changes. This is also expected behavior and can include “image persistence” or “burn-in,” where the display shows a faint remnant of an image even after a new image appears on the screen. This can occur in more extreme cases such as when the same high contrast image is continuously displayed for prolonged periods of time."
Still, the OLED panel generally looks incredible whether you're reading texts, watching videos, or taking selfies. More importantly, it's a prettier panel than what you'll find in its peers.
Jeff Springer: "I feel like on the Pixel 2 XL, the blue shift does bother me because of the shallow angle at which it occurs. [...] The iPhone X takes a long time to really see that blue shift. I definitely think in that situation the iPhone X has a better OLED panel in there just for the fact that it doesn't have that blue shift at such a shallow angle, and I really appreciate that because it does annoy me a little bit. Not a deal-breaker, but definitely something to comment on.
Two amazing cameras for the price of one
The iPhone X comes with one camera in the normal position on the device's rear, which features a wide and telephoto lens shifted 90 degrees from their traditional position on a Plus iPhone. Built-in optical image stabilization helps produce crisp, clear photos for nighttime shots. New to the iPhone X is the device's front-facing TrueDepth camera, which you can use for Portrait Mode selfies or unlocking your device with Face ID.
Unbox Therapy: "That's a fast shutter, fairly nice. There's nothing digital about that zoom there. You're switching over to the other lens. And that's a nice image as well, and that's very detailed."
Can the iPhone X go to eleven?
The iPhone X's front-facing speakers are a controversial feature—a rare area where the iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus might best its successor. You're going to want to test out the iPhone X with your favorite jams if you're concerned about the audio quality of your device. (The Apple Store is just going to love listening to you rock out.)
Matthew Moniz: "I think the iPhone X has more of a bassy, mid-tone sound, whereas the iPhone 8 Plus has more of a fuller sound, so it has cleaner highs and it's a little bit louder overall.