9.1/10
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The Apple iPhone X currently has an Informr score of 9.1 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 75 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

What's good

  • Stunning display
  • Blazing performance
  • FaceID security
  • Premium design
  • Excellent camera (even in low-light)

What's bad

  • No microSD support
  • Price
  • Will likely need a case for durability
  • Gestures require a learning period

The iPhone X is touted as Apple’s best phone to date. After a string of minor changes to design and features, it’s also the first major update in both design and features in a few generations. But with all those changes comes learning to use a new set of controls. And there’s the price…

But Apple’s never had problems with selling high-priced flagships. Do reviewers think Apple’s latest release is worth the investment? Let’s see what they have to say!

The iPhone X features a stainless steel chassis with glass front and rear panels. Overall, reviewers loved the slight heft the steel provided in the hand. Most noted that it is easier to grip than previous iPhone models. Many worried about the durability of the glass front and rear for accidental drops.

For daily use, however, USwitch noted, “the glass surface came out scratch-free after spending hours and hours in my pocket, nestling next to keys and coins. We also actively tried to scratch it with a key and weren’t able to make any visible marks.”

It lacks a 3.5mm headphone jack—a move more common with recent flagships. But Apple includes an adapter so you can use your favorite headphones.

Heading around front, you’ll see some of the biggest changes from previous flagships. There’s no home button or fingerprint scanner. There’s also a nearly bezel-less 5.8-inch OLED panel running at 1125-by-2436 pixels. All reviewers praised it for its inky blacks, rich colors and excellent brightness.

Raving about the display, BGR said, “The star of the show, the screen, is perfect in every way. It is a beacon of embarrassment to all other phone manufacturers.” MacWorld echoed this sentiment, saying, “I can say it’s gorgeous, but that feels like an understatement.”

One controversial bit—the notch at the top of the display that houses a range of sensors—concerned reviewers. However, all felt that after a day or two of use, they rarely noticed it.

A lack of home button also means you must learn gestures to perform common operations like close apps, take screenshots and access settings. Fortunately, reviewers found most gesture controls intuitive.

Powering the phone, you’ll find a six-core, 2.4Ghz Apple A11 Bionic processor. Reviewers had zero issues with slow response times, stuttering or heat—even when multitasking. Paired with 3GB of RAM, everyone reported silky smooth performance. TechRadar said, “We’ve seen nothing during our tests to suggest this is anything other than an incredibly powerful phone.”

The iPhone series is known for its cameras and the iPhone X is no exception. The dual-lens 12MP rear camera includes optical image stabilization on both lenses and a slight optical zoom built in. Reviewers found the camera dependable in both fast-action and low-light shots, producing crisp, detailed images with a tap of the screen.

The front-facing 7MP lens packs in a range of sensors Apple calls TrueDepth technology. This allows the camera to scan faces and sense depth for improved selfies and portraits. Overall, reviewers loved the portrait feature but found some of the presets to look a little cheesey.

The phone can also shoot 4K up to 60 FPS, though MacWorld noted if you plan to use that setting often, you’ll want to opt for a model with higher storage as there’s no external storage support.

TrueDepth technology also powers one of the other major differences with the iPhone X—FaceID phone unlocking. While many reviewers worried about how well the system would work, most were pleased. MacWorld said, “When it works, Face ID works really well. At first, I had a tendency to wait for the lock icon on the screen to unlock, but the key is to not wait. You should swipe up to get to the Home screen as you’re looking at the iPhone X. It takes some practice, but before too long, unlocking the phone feels effortless.”

One scenario in which reviewers found FaceID frustrating was while using their phone to check messages at work. Unless your face is in range of the camera, you must pick up your phone to check notifications instead of using a fingerprint sensor like with previous models.

Of course, a phone is useless if you can’t keep it charged. The 2716mAh battery kept most reviewers running for a day—if only just. You’ll still want to charge every night. However both fast charging and wireless charging support means top-offs are always quick and convenient. USwitch noted, “Using the iPhone X as we would on an average day, we got between nine and a half and ten hours out of the battery. That’s pretty standard for a smartphone in 2017.”

Overall, reviewers loved the iPhone X for it features and design. Many even called it one of the best smartphones ever. Yet, all of this comes with a major condition—the price. However, for those with the budget (or those who don’t mind phone financing plans and contracts), reviewers agree it’s a compelling choice.


Operating system
iOS
Processor
2.4 GHz
Screen Size
5.8"
Camera
12+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Digital Photography Review

The iPhone X is Apple's most capable - and most expensive - iPhone yet. Good thing, then, that it's absolutely packed with the latest in smartphone imaging technology, and is capable of extremely impressive results.

- Carey Rose, Digital Photography Review
512 pixels

Apple has dumped a whole lot of revolution on its most important product. The screen, body, cameras and more are all better than before, but the iPhone X is more than the sum of its parts. It’s the first chapter in a new era of iPhone design.

- Stephen Hackett, 512 pixels
Firstpost

If you have the money to spend and are looking at a reliable device which is future proof, has a great video camera, excellent display and design, the iPhone X is the phone to go for.

- Nimish Sawant, Firstpost
GSMArena

Living with the iPhone X on a day-to-day basis hasn't been the smooth sailing we expected. There is a lot to like about the iPhone X. And there isn't any major issue with the iPhone X, which we can single out as the source of complaint.

- GSMArena
The Wirecutter

The iPhone X is expensive, but it changes the way you use an iPhone, thanks to face recognition, gestures in place of the Home button, a unique camera system, and a no-bezel OLED display that squeezes more screen area onto a device that’s the same size as an iPhone 8.

- Nick Guy and Dan Frakes, The Wirecutter


Prices (Where to Buy)




Common Questions


Apple released the iPhone X on November 3, 2017.


Apple iPhone X prices will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. Apple's suggested retail price is $999.00. You can compare iPhone X prices from around the web here on The Informr.


Apple backs up the iPhone X with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your iPhone X has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Apple support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Apple's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
5.8"

The Apple iPhone X's screen size is 5.8 inches with 1125 x 2436 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.4 GHz

There is a Apple A11 Bionic Hexa core 2.4 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the iOS 11 operating system (OS).

Camera
12+ MP

You can take photos with the phone's onboard 12+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 7+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
64/256 GB

Internal memory is 64/256 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
2716mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2716 mAh battery. Apple's performance ratings are minutes (2G), 1260 minutes (3G), 566 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

iPhone X Specs

Overview
Release date November 3, 2017
Regions available USA, Canada, UK, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
CDMA:
800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
LTE:
1700/1900/700/2100 /800/850/900/1800/2600/2300/2500 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, EV-DO Rev. A, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
variations
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System iOS 11

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Processor Apple A11 Bionic Hexa core 2.4 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 64/256 GB
RAM 3 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.09 W/kg
Body: 1.17 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Headphones, Data Cable
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 2716 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging Yes
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time 780 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 566 minutes
3G Surfing Time 720 minutes
4G Surfing Time 649 minutes
Talk Time Unknown
3G Talk Time Up to: 1260 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 16 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Space Gray, Silver
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.4 x 7.1 x 0.8 cm (5.7 x 2.8 x 0.3 in)
Weight 174 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating IP 67
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology OLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1125 x 2436 pixels
Pixel density 458 pixels
Size 5.8 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating Yes
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Super Retina display, True Tone display
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallett Yes
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.8
Resolution
12+ megapixels
Dual lens
Yes
Zoom
2x optical, 10x digital
Flash
Yes (Quad LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, Panorama, Self-timer, Dual camera feature (12 MP 2nd camera), Exposure control, HDR, Burst mode, Slow motion recording
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 60 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
7+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Face detection, Image stabilization, Self-timer, F2.2 aperture, HDR, Burst mode, Exposure control
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, Apple Lossless, eAAC+, eAAC, MIDI, MP3, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack No
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types XLS, RTF, PPT, PPTX, JPG, TIFF, GIF, DOC, DOCX, PDF, TXT, HTML
Weather Yes
Stocks Yes
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Apple A1865, A1901, iPhone 10, iPhone Ten

Additional Sensors: Face ID, Barometer


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Critic Reviews


Digital Photography Review

A versatile, simple and powerful smartphone photography experience

from Digital Photography Review

The iPhone X is Apple's most capable - and most expensive - iPhone yet. Good thing, then, that it's absolutely packed with the latest in smartphone imaging technology, and is capable of extremely impressive results.

Read full review

The iPhone X is Apple's most capable - and most expensive - iPhone yet. Good thing, then, that it's absolutely packed with the latest in smartphone imaging technology, and is capable of extremely impressive results.

Read full review

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512 pixels

Revolution is where all the fun is, and the iPhone X has plenty of it to go around

from 512 pixels

Apple has dumped a whole lot of revolution on its most important product. The screen, body, cameras and more are all better than before, but the iPhone X is more than the sum of its parts. It’s the first chapter in a new era of iPhone design.

Read full review

Apple has dumped a whole lot of revolution on its most important product. The screen, body, cameras and more are all better than before, but the iPhone X is more than the sum of its parts. It’s the first chapter in a new era of iPhone design.

Read full review

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Firstpost

This gorgeous, future-proof iPhone still needs some refining

from Firstpost

If you have the money to spend and are looking at a reliable device which is future proof, has a great video camera, excellent display and design, the iPhone X is the phone to go for.

Read full review

If you have the money to spend and are looking at a reliable device which is future proof, has a great video camera, excellent display and design, the iPhone X is the phone to go for.

Read full review

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GSMArena

Apple's latest and greatest

Living with the iPhone X on a day-to-day basis hasn't been the smooth sailing we expected. There is a lot to like about the iPhone X. And there isn't any major issue with the iPhone X, which we can single out as the source of complaint.

Read full review

Living with the iPhone X on a day-to-day basis hasn't been the smooth sailing we expected. There is a lot to like about the iPhone X. And there isn't any major issue with the iPhone X, which we can single out as the source of complaint.

Read full review

Less

The Wirecutter

The smartphone of the future

from The Wirecutter

The iPhone X is expensive, but it changes the way you use an iPhone, thanks to face recognition, gestures in place of the Home button, a unique camera system, and a no-bezel OLED display that squeezes more screen area onto a device that’s the same size as an iPhone 8.

Read full review

The iPhone X is expensive, but it changes the way you use an iPhone, thanks to face recognition, gestures in place of the Home button, a unique camera system, and a no-bezel OLED display that squeezes more screen area onto a device that’s the same size as an iPhone 8.

Read full review

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Recombu

Unquestionably the best smartphone for shooting video right now

from Recombu

There’s no question that within the Apple vacuum the X sports the most capable cameras of any iPhone to date but things aren’t quite so perfect when you place it alongside its hottest competition.

Read full review

There’s no question that within the Apple vacuum the X sports the most capable cameras of any iPhone to date but things aren’t quite so perfect when you place it alongside its hottest competition.

Read full review

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NDTV

An experience that’s still worth the premium

from NDTV

With the A11 Bionic chip and Face ID, it has some of the advanced technology money can buy today, backed by top-of-the-line hardware that won’t age anytime soon, and a camera that rivals Google and Samsung’s finest.

Read full review

With the A11 Bionic chip and Face ID, it has some of the advanced technology money can buy today, backed by top-of-the-line hardware that won’t age anytime soon, and a camera that rivals Google and Samsung’s finest.

Read full review

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Apple Insider

iPhone X with Face ID signals major platform shift

from Apple Insider

Apple's credo is that it wants to be the best, not necessarily first. The iPhone X is a prime example — its features aren't necessarily revolutionary in and of themselves, but combined they set a new standard for smartphones, and establish the base of the Apple platform going forward.

Read full review

Apple's credo is that it wants to be the best, not necessarily first. The iPhone X is a prime example — its features aren't necessarily revolutionary in and of themselves, but combined they set a new standard for smartphones, and establish the base of the Apple platform going forward.

Read full review

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Digit

A shiny new chapter in the history of Apple iPhone

from Digit

The very first version of the future of phones as per Apple, the iPhone X, is an excellent smartphone and a whole new direction from Apple. Its restrictive pricing though keeps it away from being a no-brainer when it comes to buying a flagship smartphone.

Read full review

The very first version of the future of phones as per Apple, the iPhone X, is an excellent smartphone and a whole new direction from Apple. Its restrictive pricing though keeps it away from being a no-brainer when it comes to buying a flagship smartphone.

Read full review

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The Verge

Walks away with the best exposure and color

from The Verge

When you’re talking about the whole package, I think the iPhone X still edges it out against the competition. The iPhone X has a second telephoto lens, which offers more versatility. It has portrait mode, live photos, and a better selfie camera.

Read full review

When you’re talking about the whole package, I think the iPhone X still edges it out against the competition. The iPhone X has a second telephoto lens, which offers more versatility. It has portrait mode, live photos, and a better selfie camera.

Read full review

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