The stunning new Apple iPhone X is shipping to our customers and I have to say that it's one of the most anticipated phones I've seen in years with hundreds of orders coming in ...
It's a shame the iPhone 8 wasn't as popular this year. It's such a good phone in its own right but it seems that our customers, like many other people, have been holding out for the iPhone X as it's got a radical new design.
"It's the OLED screen people want!"
The 5.8-inch OLED display is, as far as I'm concerned, the best screen Apple has ever put in one of their phones. I've often wondered why they haven't used it before but I know what they'd say ... that OLED technology wasn't good enough until now.
From the moment you turn it on, it grabs your attention. Deeper blacks, whiter whites and richer colours. Watching movies on the iPhone X is amazing with both HDR10 and Dolby Vision formats supported.
I really like the TrueTone feature of the screen where it adjusts the white balance to the ambient light around the phone. It'll tint the colour either more yellow or bluer, so it will always display what's on the screen as best as it can. This sensor is built into the notch.
And talking of the notch at the top of the screen? Well, after a while you don't notice it that much so I don't see it as a big deal. It's got the TrueDepth camera in it and certainly, in portrait mode, it's very unobtrusive.
If it annoys you then there is an app available that 'removes' it by turning the screen background to the left and right of it black and smoothing it all off so it looks like part of the bezel.
"What about Face ID? Does it work?"
Face ID is brilliant. Pick up the phone and as long as it can see your face then it will unlock in an instant. It uses an infrared scanner so you can be wearing sunglasses.
There are times it may be inconvenient. When you want to check your notifications then you'll have to pick up the phone and look at it then swipe left to get to the notifications page and, on occasion, the lighting conditions may cause issues with it unlocking.
Apply Pay works with Face ID but it's a different sequence to make a payment. Essentially you have to unlock the phone using Face ID then touch it to the point of sale device to make your payment. It takes a little getting used to, but it's not a major issue.
"And what about everything else?"
Well, I'm not going to talk about Animojis because I don't see a business use for facetiming a colleague whilst looking like a unicorn, but I will say that the A11 Bionic chip and IOS11 run seamlessly on the iPhone X and as other reviewers have said, it's 'buttery smooth' and you are going to love it.
Every IOS app available in the Apple Store will work quite happily on the iPhone X, however, many of the developers haven't had time to update them on the new phone so you're going to get a lot of banding at the top and bottom which, at the moment, spoils the whole idea of that beautiful stretched OLED screen, but that'll change over the next few weeks so just be patient.
"And yes, it feels like a quality phone!"
When you hold it, you're going to love it. Yes, it's expensive so you'd expect that, but the glass and the metal and the weight all give you this sense of presence that makes you want to pick it up and use it. As always, it is a bit of a fingerprint magnet so have a nice soft cloth handy to give it a regular polish.
The sound is amazing (and carries far so be careful not to annoy your colleagues), the front and rear cameras are both excellent, and you can almost feel the power coursing through the veins of the iPhone X. You really are going to love it.
At CMC, we offer our customers a range of networks and tariffs for their phones and are now shipping the stunning new Apple iPhone X to them.
If you'd like to speak to us about phones for your business then do call me on 0333 335 0467 or click here to ping me an email and let's see how we can help you.
Phil joined CMC IT in 2012 and he is our Strategic Account Manager specialising in Mobile Communications. Tasked with identifying and evaluating the market and new technologies, Phil works with our team to develop and implement strategic sales plans.
Outside of CMC IT, Phil is a Liverpool fan, married with two girls, and lives in Bedfordshire.
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