Is the iPhone X Worth It? [4K HDR]

Is the iPhone X Worth It? [4K HDR]


– The iPhone X is the most
expensive iPhone ever. It has the biggest
screen, smallest bezels, and it is the first iPhone
to drop the home button. But the question is, is it worth it? It all starts with the design. From the rear it looks very
similar to the iPhone 8. You’re getting an all-glass
back for the first time since the iPhone 4 days. The X comes in two colors,
silver and space gray. The silver is basically just
white with a silver chassis where the space gray
swaps out the rear glass for a very dark gray color
and a dark metal band. It really does look and feel premium. There’s a solidness and heft to the design that just wasn’t there
on the iPhone 6 and 7. However, there’s a price to pay for that. Unlike a metal back which
might just get scratched or dented, no matter how strong
Apple claims this glass is, it can absolutely be
cracked if you drop it. One of the upsides to switching
to glass for the rear panel is the addition of wireless charging. In a very un-Apple-like move,
this supports the Qi standard that has been around on
android phones for years, meaning that you should
just be able to drop the X on a cheap wireless charging
pad and it’ll work no problem. You also get the small
added benefit of being able to fast charge the X via a
USB-C to Lightning cable too. Now, the silver phone is
especially prone to scratching as they moved from aluminum
to stainless steel. This is a harder material
that gives the phone its expensive feel,
but like the old iPods, expect it to scuff easily. Thankfully, like the iPhone 7, you’ve got IP67 water resistance. Now, this isn’t full waterproofing, but your shiny new $1,000
iPhone should have no problem getting a little wet or even
totally submerged for a minute. Like always, the design looks great but you should probably get a case. Flip the phone over though, and you’ll see the biggest
change this year: the display. Put the X side by side with
the 8+ and the lack of bezels really does make the phone look like a much more modern flagship. It looks similar to the Galaxy Note 8. It lacks the curved edges but
has nearly no bezels otherwise except for the notch. After using the phone for a few days, it doesn’t really bother me. When you’re using the
phone in portrait mode, it basically just means
that you get a little bit of extra vertical screen
real estate with stuff like battery and time on the edges. When watching video, you
have a couple options. For standard 16:9 content, the
true blacks of the OLED panel make things look a lot
like a normal iPhone. But for example, on YouTube
you can pinch to zoom it to full screen. You crop a little of the
frame and sometimes the notch looks a bit off, but it’s a good way of taking full advantage of the display. Now, not all apps support the X yet. A lot will display with
black bars on top and bottom. Thanks to OLED, the
blacks are properly black so that mostly means it
just looks like you’re using an iPhone 7. That display though really is something. The change from IPS to OLED
means that you’re getting far better contrast. That black is actually black here. I know I keep saying it, but it really does make a huge difference. The screen looks so much more contrasty. The color is pleasant as well. It’s nicely calibrated and the screen gets impressively bright. My only real issue is that
there is a bit of color shifting when you look at it off
axis, but it’s fairly minor and the rest of the advantages of OLED definitely outweigh it. The iPhone X also gives you support for HDR 10 and Dolby Vision. Watching Stranger Things: Two
on the X looks phenomenal. The brightness and contrast
really does make content pop. In fact, we’re shooting this video in HDR. If you’re watching on
an HDR TV with something like a Chromecast Ultra
or even some smartphones like the Galaxy S8, you should be able to see the difference. Audio is also impressive on the X. It has a pair of speakers,
one front-firing that doubles as the speakerphone,
and the other on bottom. It’s not quite as loud and crisp as dedicated stereo
speakers on the Pixel 2, but it blows away basically
any other flagship out there right now. Combine that with the great
screen and you have one of the best mobile video experiences, period. Something interesting is
that the iPhone X touch layer refreshes at 120 Hertz. The screen itself is still
60 Hertz, which can’t match the level of smoothness of
something like the Razer Phone or iPad Pro, but that faster
touch layer does make the phone feel a lot more responsive. With the new screen comes
arguably the biggest change to the iPhone in the last 10 years. No more home button. One on hand, it’s what gives the iPhone it’s most recognizable shape, but in 2017 it’s looking
awfully out of date. Instead of the home button,
the X relies on a series of gestures to navigate the phone. Swiping up has replaced the
home button and the gesture area doubles as a quick swipe
to move between apps. After a couple of days, to me this feels like a
very natural evolution. iOS already uses so many
gestures to navigate that once you drop the
button and totally commit, it speeds up moving around
the entire interface. There are some trade offs though. Some button combos have changed. For example, you now hold the
power button to trigger Siri and you can screenshot by
holding power and volume up. The biggest trade off is that
there’s no longer touch ID. Instead, the iPhone X introduces Face ID. This is a big reason why the
notch is as big as it is. You’re essentially getting a Kinect that has been miniaturized
into the top of a phone. I will absolutely admit
that before I tried the X, I had my doubts about Face ID. But it actually works. After a quick set-up, it
works basically as advertised. Tap the screen and in
the time it takes for you to swipe up to unlock, Face ID scans your face
and unlocks the phone. It’s not perfect. You do need to be looking
at the phone for it to work, but I was impressed with
just how versatile it is. Your results might vary, but I basically have no major
complaints with Face ID. It feels like I just
don’t have a passcode. This take also makes Animoji possible. Look, these are just fun, okay? This works as an iMessage
app that scans your face and translates it into a talking emoji. It does a really good
job of even capturing small facial motions
and lets you do karaoke. So, you know. One area that’s basically the same between the iPhone 8 and X is performance. Both phones give you the Apple A11 Bionic, which is hands-down the fastest chip you can get in a phone today. This translates into a phone that feels like you just can’t trip it up. Not matter how much I multitask, it just doesn’t break a sweat. Animations stay locked
at 60 frames per second, and because you have those new gestures, it feels lightning fast
to move between apps. While this isn’t exclusive to the X, this power does come in handy for games. Of course, standard titles
like Minecraft run here no problem, but you also have
some pretty fun AR games. The iPhone X brings a pair
of 12 megapixel cameras, one wide angle and one telephoto. This is the same basic setup as on the 8 Plus and it works well here. Apple has cranked up
saturation in this generation and it makes images
look a lot more punchy, which while maybe not
quite technically accurate does make for a better looking photo. There’s a good amount of detail
but what’s really impressive is the dynamic range. HDR is on by default and
there have been a few shots where I legitimately couldn’t
believe how much range the X was able to keep in one picture. The telephoto camera on
the 7 Plus came in handy for me a fair bit, but it’s
a lot better on the X. It still isn’t quite as
sharp as the main shooter, but it now has image stabilization which makes a big difference,
especially in low light. The A11 chip inside does quite
a bit to analyze each shot and make adjustments based on that. Now, while the days of the
iPhone having far and away the best camera on a smartphone are over, you really won’t be
disappointed with what you get out of the X. Portrait mode makes a
return here and it’s solid. If you look closely, you
can see where the camera doesn’t perfectly cut you out
of the background sometimes but for the most part it does a good job. You can now also take portrait selfies. These rely on good light with
pretty optimal conditions, but when done right they can
really make the front-facing camera look a lot more expensive. The problem is that
while decent in a vacuum, I really prefer the way that
the Pixel 2 handles these, which you guys can check
out in my full comparison. Portrait mode is handled
well on the iPhone X, but there’s room for improvement. As a guy who shoots a bit
of video, I have to say, the iPhone X is about as good as a smartphone gets right now. It shoots 4K at 24, 30,
or 60 frames per second and I have absolutely no
complaints about the quality. Stabilization is terrific,
color is nicely saturated, dynamic range is good, and
the auto-focus and exposure generally do a great job. You also get solid 1080p
240 frames per second slow motion options as well
as the still impressive built-in time lapse mode. Put it all together and it
is hard to be disappointed with the iPhone X camera. And that really is the
story of this phone. While battery life isn’t
quite as good as on the 8 Plus, it’s still significantly
better than previous iPhones and for me it was really no
problem to make it through a full day of use. When Apple announced a $1,000
price tag for the iPhone X, they pretty much threw down the gauntlet. If this phone wasn’t incredible, there was no way that
it would be worth it. But it kind of is. (light upbeat electronic music)

5 thoughts on “Is the iPhone X Worth It? [4K HDR]

  1. If you want Ken to be able to sleep at night, watch this video on the nicest screen you can get your hands on.

  2. Watching on my XS, one of the best looking videos on YouTube

  3. 6:14 That's actually amazing, watching this with hdr on.

  4. You should do more hdr videos it look 👀 so good 😊

  5. hey we both are weeaboos! awesome man! your wallpaper has an anime girl wallpaper and mine does too! both of us are anime fans

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