OpEd: Is the iPhone X Worth the Hype?

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Photo via Melvin Thambi on Unsplash

Over the summer, the anticipation for the new iPhone announcement was on high. Tech magazines and websites were looking for any opportunity possible to report leaks on possible designs or interface aspects; vloggers were putting in their predictions for what the new features would be; teens began begging their parents for a device they knew nothing about. Finally, in September, the iPhone X was announced. With its Face ID and all glass exterior, people were skeptical, yet intrigued. Is it worth the insanely steep price? Does Face ID actually work? Will the new design take too long to get used to? Below, I’ve laid out for you the definite pros and cons of the iPhone X, so you can decide for yourself whether you want to invest in Apple’s latest product.

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Photo via Grant Ritchie on Unsplash


Face ID // Although people were skeptical, the Face ID actually turns out to be one of the best parts about the new iPhone. The feature works at any angle, even if you have sunglasses or are in the dark. And there is of course the option to input the manual passcode. Although it takes a little bit of getting used to, Face ID is most definitely worth the hype.

Retina Display // Apple has once again out-done themselves with their display. The new retina display is truly astonishing, which makes watching Netflix in bed that much better.

Portrait Lighting // Although Portrait Mode is not a new feature of the iPhone, the Portrait lighting is. Users can choose between natural light, studio light, contour light, stage light, and stage light mono for their photos.

Water Resistant // I was quite hesitant to believe this one at first. However recently while riding my bike, my phone flew out of my pocket into a puddle, which would have previously meant the end for my beloved device, however with the iPhone X, I need not worry. I simply wiped it off and was on my way. This feature is a huge advantage because it takes away the stress of always having to prevent a single drop from touching your phone.

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Photo via Alvaro Reyes on Unsplash


Price // This is an obvious one. The jaw dropping price of $999 is the largest yet for Apple. This price might be understandable for all of the bells and whistles that the new device includes, however you still need to seriously consider whether an updated version of something you already have is worth that amount of money.

Learning Curve // I didn’t expect this to be a real issue, and although it’s not a huge problem, it’s definitely present. The new iPhone is not as intuitive as the previous ones; I needed to train myself a bit on the tricks of how to use it, and it took me a while to be able to use it as swiftly as I used my old phone.

Notch // Although many don’t consider this a problem, I’ve found myself frustrated with the little screen cutout, or ‘notch’, at the top of the screen. It often disrupts what’s on my screen and makes apps’ displays look awkward.

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All in all, the iPhone X is a great phone. It’s beautiful, engaging, and fun to play around with. I would definitely suggest splurging on it if you can, however only if you can. While it is a great thing to have, don’t let it ruin your budget for more necessary things in your life.