Something a little bit different this time.
Recently the wife and I bought iPhone X phones, they were to replace iPhone 5s models we were using.
So here are my brief thoughts on the phone.
Now firstly I must say I like it, certainly it’s an improvement on the iPhone 5s in terms of speed and ease of use.
I love the facial recognition, as is often said with Apple products, it just works, and every time there is no problem.
The size of the phone is ideal, it fits in my hand and the screen makes it a delight to use, it’s bright and viewable outside which was often a problem with the iPhone 5s.
A lot has been said about the notch at the top of the display, personally I don’t notice it and I certainly don’t find it a problem.
Swiping the display to change things is smooth and fast and both the wife and I have found a lot of apps work better on the phone, the Stagecoach bus app being a good example.
One of the first things I did was buy a case which protected the whole phone including the display. Personally I can’t see the point of putting on a back case that does not protect the most vulnerable part of the device which is the screen.
The sound reproduction is excellent and I listen to a range of music on it using the speakers, from country to classical. It is not tinny and produces a pleasant sound.
Video is watchable on the screen no problem at all, and coupled with the excellent sound gives you an excellent experience.
So you’re now wondering if I have found any downsides, and the answer is yes I have.
The one thing that irritates the hell out of me is the fact that if the phone is switched off and you either plug in the charger or pop it on a charging pad the phone will switch on. This happened with the iPhone 5s as well and it really irritates me. Now of course you can just switch the phone off once it’s charging, but it does have the tendency at some point to switch itself back on.
This is not limited to the iPhone, I have an iPad and an iPad Pro and they both do exactly the same. I have lost count of the number of times I have switched it off when charging and found the devices on in the morning when I go to switch them on. This happens irrespective of wether I unplug the charger first or not. I wish they would do something about this.
The other downside is that I am always aware that I have a £1000 electrical device in my pocket. I never put it in my back pocket, it would be embarrassing the outright weep in public if I sat on it.
So there you have it my brief thoughts on the iPhone X, I am glad I bought it and think it’s the best iPhone I have used to date.