My iPhone X Diary — One Month Later

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After a few weeks with the iPhone X, I can say it’s the best iPhone I’ve ever used. I know this is said every year at each Apple Keynote but this time, I really believe it. The design is top notch (no pun intended) and absolutely stunning.

Sidenote: Yes, I am an Apple fanboy.

What do I like most about the X?

Screen Size

I’ve always wanted a screen size that was in between the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus much like how I am in love with the 10.5” iPad Pro. It’s the perfect device for me as the 9.7” screen was a tad too small while the 12.9” model was way too big.

Cameras

The cameras are great especially Portrait Mode. Though it is still in beta, it has gotten me to take a lot more pictures the past week. I always say that I should take more pictures but when the time comes, I forget how powerful the iPhone cameras can be.

No Home Button

Not sure what the fuss is about but it is great not having a home button. I will gladly give it up if it means more screen real estate. FaceID has been great as well and I like using it to unlock my phone, activate Last Pass and my banking apps.

Glass Back

I wasn’t a fan of the aluminum back that Apple has been using for the last few iterations and having a glass back makes this device look so much more beautiful. Yes, shattering will cost you in repairs but knock on wood, I haven’t shattered an iPhone in ten years.

What I don’t like about the X?

Accessing Control Center and Notifications Menu

This is one thing I still can’t remember to do. I still try to swipe up thinking I would get to the Control Center. My thumb can reach the top of the screen comfortably but the user experience isn’t ideal.

Stupid Bar at the Bottom

I know the bar at the bottom is there to remind people to swipe up to get to the home screen but I wish there was an option to turn it off, hopefully in a future iOS update.

Case or No Case?

Having to cover it with a case because I don’t want to spend an arm and a leg for repairs. I tried playing with fire and caseless for the first few days but I couldn’t do it. Maybe I’ll take the case off later down the line after it takes the first tumble. Moral of the story: get AppleCare+.

Once You Go Home Button-less, You Never Go Back

Using my iPad Pro doesn’t feel the same anymore. I find myself swiping up from the bottom to go to the home screen but instead, I access the Control Center instead. The first few times I was confused and took me a second to realize I had to actually push a physical button. First world problems!

App Switching Sucks (for now)

The only thing I haven’t gotten used to is switching between apps. It’s more about knowing where to swipe and where to stop to bring up the multitasking screen. Force quitting apps now takes a few extra steps as well.

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