Everything changed ten years ago. “Today Apple is reinventing the phone,” in this phrase, Steve Jobs fit everything that happened at the Moscone Center in San Francisco on January 9, 2007. No bragging rights: On that day, Apple not only reinvented the phone - it changed the world.
Over the years, we have become so accustomed to what smartphones can do that it is easy to downplay the importance of the first iPhone. Touch displays, interfaces adapted to work with our fingers; millions of apps, from taxis to food delivery and rental services, from social networks to instant messengers, the mobile platform is something without which the modern world does not exist. Google with Android, Microsoft with Windows Phone pulled up only later. And if at first "there was a word", then in the world of smartphones it was the word iPhone.
For both Apple and the industry, the iPhone X has become the most anticipated smartphone in recent years. Everyone was waiting for what this time would come up with a company that once turned the industry upside down. Will he be able to repeat what no one has succeeded since then? This time, the goal was even more difficult. Apple was not supposed to reinvent the phone, but the smartphone - at least that's what we expected.
The iPhone X is already here, so the main question is - did it work? Globally, no. But it turned out to create a smartphone that everyone will be equal to in the coming years.
Most likely, you know what the iPhone X looks like - its design can already be called famous. Apple says they have always dreamed of creating a smartphone with a full front display, and Phone X came closest to that goal. Paradoxically, you can't call it frameless: a neat frame stretches across the entire body of the device, even if you don't notice it. But the main thing is that the screen at the bottom just ends, resting against your palm, which gives the impression that you are holding one continuous display. If in the same Galaxy S8 the frames were reduced as much as possible (and they are not visible on the sides due to the curved edges), Apple tried to remove everything unnecessary from the front panel. Although it did not work out completely - hence the very "monobrow", the panel that climbs onto the screen from above.
iPhone X is a very beautiful smartphone. When turned on, it will plunge a person who has never seen the same Note 8 into shock, sending him a shock dose of Pelevin's wow impulses to his pleasure centers. At the same time, I cannot say that in terms of design it also bypasses the same flagships of Samsung on the case - but it is recognizable and made with phenomenal attention to detail.
Three things that are not visible in the photographs. First, the X resembles the "iPhone" 3GS - largely because of the shiny steel frame. The second - this steel frame is quickly covered with scratches, and therefore it makes sense to get a cover, especially since the smartphone looks surprisingly organic in cases. Third, the dimensions of the new iPhone are almost perfect. It's not so small that Plus owners will get bored, and not so large that it can't be used with one hand.
In my opinion, the weakest point of the iPhone X design is the look and feel of the camera body. It not only sticks out of the case with a vengeance, but also as if glued to the glass from above. This is especially noticeable against the background of the iPhone 7, where the module is neat, as if floating out of metal.
iPhone X is in many ways the first iPhone. iOS used to revolve around the Home button, but it is no longer here - for the first time in the history of Apple smartphones. The removal operation was successful - now it seems that Home was not particularly needed. Gestures have replaced taps: at the very bottom of the iPhone X display, there is a narrow on-screen bar - your new best friend. To minimize the application, you need to swipe up on it.
Apple has redesigned animations, and therefore everything looks organic: the application that you close, "leaves" in the depths of the screen, commanding your finger. With multitasking, everything is not so simple: to open the menu of all running applications, you need to swipe up and hold it a little - the usual program windows will pop up. To close one of them, you first need to hold your finger on the corresponding window, and only then, after waiting for the red icon in the corner, brush it off. However, you rarely do these shenanigans - after all, swiping the same strip to the sides instantly switches running applications. And this is the most convenient thing that has appeared in the iPhone interface for a good five years.
You will get used to the absence of the Home button in half a day. But about the protruding panel (it has no official name, and therefore you have to juggle with words) this will not work.
In "normal mode" and in applications that do not launch in full screen, it is not annoying and even seems to be a neat solution. After all, the battery charge and time are displayed to the left and right of it - and all the main content begins strictly under. To call the control panel, you need to pull your finger from the right "ear", the notification screen - from the left - everything is intuitive.
This, however, only on condition that the running application is optimized for the screen of the new iPhone - and there are still fewer of them than we would like. Programs that have not yet been adapted for X are launched with huge black programming boxes at the top and bottom. The reason for this is the new aspect ratio of the smartphone - 19.5: 9. The screen is narrower and taller than the diagonally comparable 16: 9 display, which is a big plus. After all, most of the content on mobile devices is arranged vertically - we scroll through the twitter feed and scroll the page in the browser from bottom to top, and therefore more information gets into the display.
But there is another problem - it is connected primarily with the video. 16: 9 videos are launched with black frames, and 18: 9 - in full screen, but the bar "eats" part of the image. A small part, you can watch it, but personally, as a person who regularly watches movies and TV shows on a smartphone, I want to see the whole frame, as the author intended. It would be more logical to “chop off” some of the content according to the width of the bar and narrow it a little, but there is no such option yet.
Most games are not yet adapted for the new display. And therefore, although on paper the X screen is larger than that of Plus, in practice there is no benefit from extra fractions of an inch in some programs - we are waiting for updates.
Nevertheless, this bar forms the whole concept of the new iPhone. Just there, in addition to the front speaker, are all the sensors necessary for the operation of Face ID - a unique face recognition system that replaced the fingerprint scanner. And it was she who inspired the main concerns immediately after the presentation.
Is Face ID any better? Oddly enough, but in most cases - yes. The system works quickly: you touch the display of your smartphone, and then swipe up from the bottom - and you see the desktop in front of you. Soon, you generally forget that your iPhone is password-protected, and when something goes wrong and the system still asks for a password, you are genuinely surprised.
Because the camera is infrared, Face ID works great at night and even in total, pitch-black darkness. And now you can unlock your smartphone even with wet hands.
My favorite thing about Face ID has to do with the lock screen. On-screen notifications are hidden by default and are presented only in the form of application icons. And they are fully revealed only when the camera recognizes your face. This is one of the things Apple is so fond of.
Side effects of Face ID, of course, are: for example, you need to look directly into the display, so you can no longer unlock the smartphone under the table. In addition, for one evening, my wife could freely release the lock simply by looking at the camera (and this despite the fact that only one person can be entered into the system). We are, of course, told that we are alike, but I never thought that so.
The iPhone X is the first Apple smartphone with an OLED display (before that, only the Apple Watch could boast of it), and even the most furious and sincere haters of the California company will not be able to call this first pancake lumpy. The Galaxy Note 8 and iPhone X have officially reached perfection. Both screens are approximately equally good: outstanding blacks, accurate color reproduction, huge brightness, vivid, rich picture. But the display of an Apple smartphoneI like it a little more. It sticks to the glass a little closer - and therefore the feeling that you are touching the pixels themselves is stronger than ever. And it is also equipped with True Tone technology, that is, it automatically adjusts the color balance to the ambient light - the image looks natural in any conditions. Maybe it "kills" the ideal color rendering, but it becomes more pleasant to the eyes.
Like the iPhone 8 Plus, the X has a dual camera setup with a regular 12MP (f / 1.8) and an extra telephoto (f / 2/4). The modules of smartphones are almost identical and in most cases the pictures are taken plus or minus the same, but there is also an important difference: the X also has optical stabilization in the telephoto camera. Therefore, now you can take portrait photos even in low light conditions. The iPhone X has a great camera, better than which to find something on the market is not so easy - and in our review on the iPhone 8, we said a lot of flattering words to her. Here - the same thing, only a little better.
And the iPhone X is the case when the front camera turned out to be even more interesting. First off, animoji, who else has not heard of them? True Depth-camera can not only scan the shape and details of your face, but also read facial expressions. Therefore, owners of the iPhone X can exchange animated emoticons that exactly repeat facial movements. You can try on many disguises, from a cute puppy to a cat and even, excuse me, excrement. Yes, this is not a joke. Animoji is certainly not a reason to buy an iPhone X, but a fun "why not" add-on? Function in one word - "cool".
A few words about the processor - it is still brutally good, and analogues will have to wait for at least a couple of years. Monstrous computing power, the most powerful graphics core, optimized for augmented reality - the A11 is the most advanced chip today, and it will last for a couple of years with a margin. And the processor works quite economically. The X feels like a little less battery life than the iPhone 8 Plus, but it still lasts from morning to night.
Some find it easier to believe in “Apple 's friends” among journalists who have contracted in blood with Tim Cook, than that a company that makes great products has released a great product again. Someone is driven by blind hatred, and someone expected miracles and crazy revolutions from the iPhone X, as when the grass was greener and Apple “was that”, whatever that means.
iPhone X is still iPhone. It works like an iPhone, feels like an iPhone, does everything an iPhone should do. The iPhone X is still a smartphone - technically, insanely priced aside, perhaps the best out there.
How to love iPhone X? Don't expect him to change your life. Smartphones have reached their apogee functionally - and in the coming years they will still globally differ from each other in the size of displays and materials of the case. After all, the time for mobile revolutions is over.
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