Almost 3 years ago, Apple shook the tech industry with the release of the Apple iPhone X in Australia and worldwide, also known as the iPhone 10. Apple is the biggest tech company known for the iPhones, iPads, iPods and Macs. It introduced features that one would call almost futuristic at the time such as the infamous notch, Face ID and a narrow bezel display that changed the design game in smartphones for later years.
Flash-forward to 2020 and we have the iPhone 11 and the iPhone SE, leaving a huge question mark for those interested or looking for the iPhone X/10 in the Australian market. To answer this, let’s break down some internal and external pointers to see whether the 2017 flagship is still worth the buy than the competition and the Samsung mobile phones.
Before you ‘yay’ or ‘nay’ out the iPhone X, take a look at some of the features that come with the device.
iPhone 10 took a huge leap by ditching the older design and replacing it with slightly taller built when compared with the iPhone 6, 7, and 8. It offers a sort of perfect balance between looking good and feeling good, especially with the aluminium sides replaced by stainless steel. And with the home button dismissed, it certainly adds character.
With the iPhone X or 10, Apple bid farewell to the Touch ID scanner and brought forward the face ID recognition. Granted, it’s not perfect but it works accurately in light and dark environment. Apps that used Touch ID unlocking is also replaced automatically by the Face ID without an update.
It has a 5.8-inch OLED panel that replaces the LCD screen worn by previous models. With 2436 x 1125 pixels, it has the highest-resolution on an iPhone screen. There's also support for Dolby Vision HDR along with the return of the 3D touch.
iPhone 10 has the A11 Bionic chip that supports 6 core processer (2 high-power and 4 low-power cores). Memory-wise, it provides 3 GB RAM - making it only 1 gigabyte short of the iPhone 11. It has a dual-working speaker - on the front and at the bottom, which provides a pretty decent audio quality.
This makes the iPhone X more compatible with landscape-oriented video watching without muffling out the sound. Also, the storage unit is the same as the iPhone 11 with 64 GB.
Originally, the iPhone X ran on iOS v. 11 but now the device can fully support the iOS 13 as well. Which is great as it’s the same version found on the latest iPhone models. The iOS 13 offers new features like the dark mode setting.
It also enables audio sharing with multiple AirPods and improved Apple maps with added UI tweaks. While the lock button activates functions like Apple Pay and emergency dials.
The iPhone 10 features a 12-mp dual camera and a 7-mp front camera. The optically stabilized wide-angle camera has an updated telephoto lens. And the pictures look more saturated thanks to the f/2.8 to f/2.4 widened aperture. The new feature introduced is the Portrait mode, it can take stunning shots with a specific depth of field, you can also detect faces with the Truedepth camera in Portrait mode.
The camera may not be a huge deal-breaker, but if you compare the iPhone-x-price with the 11 or 11 pro models, it’s a pretty impressive deal on a good camera. Especially, with the low-light performance that produces clean and crisp images.
Battery power is 2716 mAh, which isn’t the best per se but it’s still an acceptable range for average users. Additionally, the refurbished iPhone X also supports wireless charging which is a pretty neat deal. The battery life is good and it can easily last a day if you're careful with it.
Now, let’s talk about pricing. Going back to 2017, the iPhone-x-price started at $999 but after 2 years, the price has seen a drop. If you go online, you’ll find a lot of retailers offering different price tags. At the launch, this handset came with the adapter and other accessories, unlike the brand new iPhone.
For instance, Kogan sells it for somewhere between $700-800 (depending on storage). It’s still not the cheapest iPhone model but if you have enough savings, the specs offer a ‘value for money’ purchase.
No one likes to fall behind on tech devices and so, this is where the iPhone X/iPhone 10 comes to the rescue. Sure, it’s not the freshest model but it is still a high-end device as compared to other smartphones.
There's no sugar-coating its existence when compared to the newer models of iPhone. But considering the specs and current iPhone-x-price tag, it’s hard to see it as an outdated buy. Of course, in the end, it largely depends on whether the iPhone provides the features you want.