iPhone X: What exactly are you paying for, and is it worth it?

This past September, Apple announced three new phones entering its smartphone lineup: the iPhone 8, the iPhone 8 Plus, and the iPhone X. Both iPhone 8 models were released shortly after the announcement, but the highly anticipated iPhone X was not available till the beginning of November.  

 

What’s so special about the iPhone X?

 

The screen. The iPhone X features a beautiful, front-encompassing screen with a  5.8-inch OLED display, capable of reaching truer blacks, brighter tones, higher pixels per inch, and a higher contrast ratio than any previous LCD screen. However, Apple is a bit late on the OLED bandwagon: many Android phones already come with OLED screens, most notably the Samsung lineup.

In addition, the iPhone X includes Face ID, Apple’s new biometric lock that replaces Touch ID. A user simply looks at the phone to unlock it. I’ve had the opportunity to use Face ID, and it works perfectly every time, unlike Touch ID, which I’ve found to be quite glitchy at times. Apple states that the chances of fooling Face ID are 1 in 1,000,000, a significant jump in security compared to Touch ID (1 in 50,000). However, I was able to unlock my cousin’s iPhone X consistently, and his brother could as well. Therefore, I recommend that you disable Face ID if you have particularly mischievous siblings or cousins.

Perhaps the most infamous aspect of the iPhone X is its price. At $999 without tax, the iPhone X costs the same amount as a Macbook Air. If you’re hoping to get a new phone this holiday season, you may want to look at the following options if you don’t feel like dropping $999 on an iPhone X.

Note: If you currently own an iPhone 6s/6s Plus or iPhone 7/7 Plus, consider waiting before purchasing a new phone as the new iPhones do not provide too significant an upgrade.

 

If you’re looking to get the most of Apple’s premium features but are shy about the iPhone X’s price tag, the iPhone 8 Plus is a great alternative. The iPhone 8 takes the price drop down another $100, but at the expense of dual cameras and screen size. The last option for iPhone lovers that want to go for the most budget friendly option comes in the form of the iPhone SE. The iPhone SE reuses the design of the iPhone 5s while improving on its internal components such as its processor, storage, and camera. Depending on the carrier, the iPhone SE costs around $350, a significantly lower price compared to the rest of the iPhone lineup.

 

Thank you for reading, and best holiday wishes from all of us at The Tide!

Esteban Wu

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