The most noticeable new feature on the iPhone X is its face recognition, which powers its Face ID authentication system.
What I like: It's not really Face ID that has me excited. After all, the fingerprint recognition on other recent iPhones works quickly and consistently for me. To me, the big selling point of the iPhone X is getting a bigger screen and dual cameras in a smaller phone — it's on that front where the iPhone X really earns its money.
- You get more screen real estate for web browsing, emails and movie watching, plus the benefits of a second camera, all in a device that fits comfortably in the hand.
- Over time, I will be excited to see what developers create that takes advantage of the front-facing depth camera, but for now Apple's own Animoji is the best example. Animoji lets people transfer their voice and facial expressions to robots, animals and, yes, the poop emoji.
What will take some practice: While swiping up is an easy replacement for the home button, a lot of other button combinations have also changed, including how to take screenshots and how to turn off or reset the phone.
Big caveat: I've only had my hands on the iPhone X for a few hours, far less than typical for a full review. This means I haven't had time to get a real sense for the battery life or other tests I'd like to run. I'll revisit this review in Login to see how these initial impressions have changed after longer use.
Who it's good for: People who want the latest and greatest device and are in the market for a new iPhone should look at this, especially if they are not looking for a jumbo phone.
Who it's not: People who are on a budget or who want a new phone now may not want this version. Some others may want to wait for the second generation to see if the features of the X come down in price and any early kinks get ironed out.
The practicalities: The iPhone X starts at $999 for the 64GB version. A model with 256GB of memory sells for $1,149. The real trick will be getting your hands on one any time soon. Pre-orders are stretching into December. A limited number of devices will go on sale at stores (both Apple retail and carrier stores) on Friday.