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  Reply # 1906041 22-Nov-2017 21:59
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dickytim: Anyone else finding wireless charging very slow?

My phone barely increases in charge with an hour on my wireless charger.

It is a 7.5w one.

Fast wireless charging not enabled until ios11.2.




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  Reply # 1906150 23-Nov-2017 09:19
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Paul1977:

 

The only thing I REALLY don't like is how cumbersome closing background apps is.

 


It is unnecessary to close background apps. iOS is extremely efficient at managing resources.

 

I know it's meant to be efficient, but I don't like having 30 things in the app switcher. I just want to have the 3 or 4 things I use a lot to be in the app switcher.

 

First world problem, but I don't see why once you've invoked the gesture to get into the app switcher why they added an extra step to close apps that isn't required on any other iPhone.


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  Reply # 1906206 23-Nov-2017 10:09
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Had the iPhone X for a little over a week coming for a regular iPhone 7.

 

Pros:

 

  • Display. It is very very nice
  • Face ID. Losing TouchID was the biggest reservation I had about ordering this so it surprised me that I’m saying this, but for the most part it works works seamlessly. In a perfect world I’d like to have both, but if I had to pick one it would be FaceID.
  • Camera. Coming from an iPhone 7 the Camera is very nice, I especially like portrait mode.
  • Reachability gesture. The gesture for this (once you get the hang of it) is more intuitive than the double tap of the iPhone 7 and 8.

Cons:

 

  • Not great for one handed use (even with the reachability gesture). The extra screen real estate comes at a cost. While the iPhone 7 wasn’t fantastic for this either, this is worse. Those coming from a previous generation Plus model won’t find this an issue.
  • Size and weight. A 0.6mm increase in thickness over the iPhone 7 sounds like nothing, so I was surprised that it looks and feels noticeably thicker. More noticeable though is the 25% weight increase over the iPhone 7. This is the first iPhone I’ve ever had that I have consciously thought about the weight while holding it. Again, anyone coming from a Plus model is unlikely to find this a problem.
  • The horns. Or more specifically how they are being used. Since status symbols now only appear in the horns instead of across the entire top, they cannot display as much info. As a result you no longer have always visible indicator for Bluetooth, VPN, Do Not Disturb, and probably more. I would like to see some customisation be possible, for example I’d rather lose the ever-present time on the left hand side and replace with VPN and Do Not Disturb.

Other:

 

  • Animojis don’t work well in poor lighting conditions. Not putting this as a con because they are an inconsequential gimmick. However it is surprising that FaceID works so well in any lighting condition, yet Animojis don’t.

 

 

If you are coming off a Plus model that you have been happy with it there is not much to dislike about the X.

 

If coming from a non-Plus model I would suggest a hands on first before you commit.

 

For me personally the pros outweigh the cons and I wouldn’t go back to my 7 or swap for an 8. But for me it's not a home run.


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  Reply # 1906522 23-Nov-2017 15:43
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Other:

 

  • Animojis don’t work well in poor lighting conditions. Not putting this as a con because they are an inconsequential gimmick. However it is surprising that FaceID works so well in any lighting condition, yet Animojis don’t.

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for a great review Paul - I decided to buy iPhone 8 Plus instead due to its battery life and having no 'horn' as you called it. I thought the only difference was going to be the OIS on zoom camera but I hear the photo quality is superior on X which is my only regret of not getting the X.

 

Your comment on animoji is interesting - because when some reviewers tried it with 3D camera / infrared sensor blocked it still worked. So at the moment it is only using your front camera to generate the animoji. Just like you say it's a gimmick and function limitation that Apple deliberately puts on to increase the sale of X. This is probably the reason why it doesn't work well in poor lighting conditions.

 

None the less - it seems like the X is more accomplished than I thought it would be of a first generation of its new form. I will wait for the X2.

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 1906913 24-Nov-2017 09:32
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Insanekiwi:I thought the only difference was going to be the OIS on zoom camera but I hear the photo quality is superior on X which is my only regret of not getting the X.

 

Can't remember where I read it, but I actually read that the side-by-side cameras on the 8 Plus do portrait mode better than the over-under configuration on the X. So seems to vary depending on who is reviewing them.




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  Reply # 1907000 24-Nov-2017 10:13
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I think that's because of OIS from what I read.

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  Reply # 1908012 26-Nov-2017 16:32
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Just ordered mine! Trying to find a screen protector - does anyone have any suggestions or did they end up going without? Some of the reviews are just all over the place so I can't quite decide...


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  Reply # 1908202 27-Nov-2017 05:45
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BlinkyBill:
dickytim: Anyone else finding wireless charging very slow?

My phone barely increases in charge with an hour on my wireless charger.

It is a 7.5w one.

Fast wireless charging not enabled until ios11.2.

 

 

 

Thanks for that, I thought that 7.5w was considered normal charging, hopefully this will help when 11.2 I released.

 

I did seriously consider selling my iPhone X for a premium and getting an 8+ instead.

 

I think I'd be disappointed going back to touch ID though, and that boat has sailed as the iPhone X lead time is down to 1-2 weeks now.


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  Reply # 1908208 27-Nov-2017 06:21
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kitto:

Just ordered mine! Trying to find a screen protector - does anyone have any suggestions or did they end up going without? Some of the reviews are just all over the place so I can't quite decide...



2degrees sell good screen protectors for all iPhones including the x... $20 for a hard protector.




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  Reply # 1908210 27-Nov-2017 06:50
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kitto:

 

Just ordered mine! Trying to find a screen protector - does anyone have any suggestions or did they end up going without? Some of the reviews are just all over the place so I can't quite decide...

 

 

 

 

I've never used a screen protector on a phone before - but I feel it might be wise with this phone so I installed one of these tempered glass protectors on my X:

 

https://www.pbtech.co.nz/product/MPPSGP22105/Spigen-iPhone-X-Premium-Tempered-Glass-Screen-Prot

 

However, didn't buy the single-pack from PB Tech for $39 - I got a twin-pack of the same product via Amazon US for NZ$21 incl shipping. Took two weeks to arrive but you can get it quicker if you want to pay higher shipping cost:

 

https://www.amazon.com/Spigen-iPhone-Protector-Tempered-Friendly/dp/B075LNBPSM/ref=sr_1_3?s=wireless&ie=UTF8&qid=1511718714&sr=1-3&keywords=spigen+iphone+x+screen+protector

 

Happy with the product - it doesn't seem to affect screen sensitivity at all.

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 1908346 27-Nov-2017 11:08
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kitto:

 

Just ordered mine! Trying to find a screen protector - does anyone have any suggestions or did they end up going without? Some of the reviews are just all over the place so I can't quite decide...

 

 

I've never bothered with a screen protector (or case for that matter). Ruins the look and feel of the phone.


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  Reply # 1908386 27-Nov-2017 12:16
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kitto:

 

Just ordered mine! Trying to find a screen protector - does anyone have any suggestions or did they end up going without? Some of the reviews are just all over the place so I can't quite decide...

 

 

I've never bothered with a screen protector (or case for that matter). Ruins the look and feel of the phone.

 

 

 

 

I guess for a $2K phone it should be protected.


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  Reply # 1908429 27-Nov-2017 13:35
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kitto:

 

Just ordered mine! Trying to find a screen protector - does anyone have any suggestions or did they end up going without? Some of the reviews are just all over the place so I can't quite decide...

 

 

I've never bothered with a screen protector (or case for that matter). Ruins the look and feel of the phone.

 

 

Agree. I used to use a case that had a lip, and I looked after it. These days I use a folio case, even better for protection and great for sitting it open on landscape


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  Reply # 1908582 27-Nov-2017 17:55
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Just ordered mine! Trying to find a screen protector - does anyone have any suggestions or did they end up going without? Some of the reviews are just all over the place so I can't quite decide...



I've never bothered with a screen protector (or case for that matter). Ruins the look and feel of the phone.



True and I have done similar in the past - but here we have glass front and back. Youch!

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  Reply # 1908815 28-Nov-2017 09:28
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I've never bothered with a screen protector (or case for that matter). Ruins the look and feel of the phone.

 



True and I have done similar in the past - but here we have glass front and back. Youch!

 

 

The glass back is a lot grippier in your hand than the slippery aluminium of the 6 and 7 though, so I feel like I'm less likely to drop a naked X than I was my 7.

 

The way I justify it to myself is: I am less likely to drop it, but more likely to crack some glass if I do - so they cancel each other out!


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