I haven’t had too much time to play with the iPhone X camera, but I’ve been impressed by the performance of the new Portrait Mode. I was able to capture Portrait shots in a dark restaurant, without issues. Like the Note8, both the telephoto and wideangle lens of the iPhone X now have optical image stabilisation, making Portrait Mode available in less forgiving circumstances, and making standard shots more stable in shaky hands.
The one thing holding most iPhone fans back will be the cost of the iPhone X. Starting at $1579, this is the most expensive iPhone Apple has shipped, and it’s a good $130 more expensive than Samsung’s Note8. There’s a hell of a lot of impressive technology here from that OLED screen, to Face ID, to the dual camera you’d normally have to buy a Plus sized phone to get, but it’s not going to be worth it for everyone. The one thing that does annoy me is there is no USB-C fast charger in the box. A premium product like this, capable of fast charging only with USB-C, should include that USB-C charger and not the standard slow one. It’d also make the phone more compatible with Apple’s USB-C MacBook laptop line.
If you’re a long time iPhone user and you’re worried about Face ID or the lack of a home button, don’t be. You’ll adjust in no time at all.