My 6 months living with the iPhone XApple's iPhone X has been Scott Stein's primary phone since its release six months ago. We check in with him to find out what works, what doesn't and if he would recommend buying one now.
[MUSIC] I'm Scott Stein, and six months later I'm using an iPhone 10. Now I remember back last year in September when Apple talked about the iPhone 10. And they said this was going to be a whole new paradigm for phones and for the iPhone. This is gonna be a design going forward into the future for the next ten years. Well, I'm using it now and it doesn't really feel all that futuristic and maybe that's my favorite thing about the iPhone 10. The fact that it feels normal. In fact getting rid of the home button doesn't really feel like a loss at all. The swipe ups and the general controls on the bottom of the iPhone X are so intuitive that I feel like I actually prefer them using the home button. And I think it's a direction that they could use in things like the Apple watch and the iPad. And just generally it's a great multi-touch swipe interface that they've got going. Other things I like about the iPhone X six months later are size. I liked it from the beginning and I like it now. I think it's a perfect size Really easy to hold, I don't want a larger phone. And the other thing I like about the iPhone 10 is that of course it's almost all screen. Almost all, except for the notch, which I've gotten more used to because heck, a lot of phones now have notches. So Apple now seems like they've set a trend. I'm still not wild however about the fact that the notch cuts out so much of the information at the top. That I can't see all the bits of info to check whether my Bluetooth headphones are connected. Or to look at other bits that I would have normally looked at. And I'm not wild about the way you have to then letterbox the screen to look at movies. Another thing I'm not wild about on the iPhone 10 is face ID. Now face ID, I guess you had to get there. Because you had to get rid of the home button and as the future goes in all of the iPads, the computers, and everything else in our lives, the ability to login with your face is pretty cool, and it's great that it works. But on something like a phone there are a lot of times I want to login quickly and it's not so easy to do. Maybe I'm waking up and I've got my head in the pillow and I've only got one eye above the pillow, or I don't have my glasses on And it needs to be in a certain range, not too close. And that's frustrating because I have to enter a pass code. Same thing if I'm walking down the streets, I wanna quickly lift it up. I feel like I have to aim my head more. And if I wanna lift it just gently on the desk, if I'm taking notes, and the phone locked, and I wanna quickly unlock it, I'm usually having to enter the pass code. And is a little too slow for me compared to Touch ID. I feel like Face ID too really needs to happen to improve all those things. I think the [INAUDIBLE] camera is really exciting the idea that it's almost like a mini Microsoft Connect in there and can do 3D scans. I still [INAUDIBLE] that's really untapped as far as AR augmented reality apps go On the iPhone, I feel like that's an exciting and still unexplored area of the camera. I'd even like to maybe see if didn't affect battery life having something like that on the rear of the camera. But for what? I don't know. And the iPhone 10's battery life, it's okay. I still feel like about 3 PM I've gotta panick and recharge. To make sure that at the end of the day I'm not running out. And that's something I've had for years with the iPhone and a lot of phones sure you have to manage battery life. The iPhone 10, I find has a little bit less battery life on a daily basis that the iPhone 8+. I wanna get to the point like with the Apple watch or the iPad where I can do a whole day and not feel like I've to [INAUDIBLE] the battery carefully. Another thing I'm not wild about is how much I have to cuddle the phone. I love the design of it. I think it's great to hold, I think it's fantastic in a way it feels. But if you drop an iPhone 10, you could shatter the screen. And our drop test have basically shown that this can happen pretty easily. Now I always keep this thing in a case. I would never hold it outside of case, like I am now. And I would like that Apple finally attend to make the phones a little more durable to prevent that from happening. In mid 2018 I think the iPhone X really has the best overall design of any phone that's out there. And I think it's really great to use, it's fast, the cameras are really good. And across the board its proven that it's the form I would pick over another form. But at that price? $1000? I still feel like it's too expensive. So Apple may come out with other iPhone X like phones this year and begin lowering the price to make it more reasonable. I think that really needs to happen because at this point If I were recommending a phone to a family member, I'd say well, you probably don't need the iPhone X. You should probably get another iPhone or another phone that has a price that matches that still performs really well. [MUSIC]