The good and the bad of iPhone X: what the first reviews of the new Apple phone say

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This Friday, November 3, Apple stores around the world expect huge ranks: iPhone X, the most expensive cell phone in the ten years of mobile device history, goes on sale.

The “leap forward” of the Cupertino company, in California (United States), has a price of US $ 999 and several news worthy of a phone that commemorates its tenth anniversary.

Its “infinite” screen is much larger than that of previous models, has no start button (the big difference) or fingerprint sensor, has face recognition and charges without wires.

But is it worth it to pay so much for a mobile phone?

Apple put its new device in the hands of several technology specialists from different media so that they had the opportunity to try it. The overall impression was quite positive, but there were also some complaints.

At BBC Mundo we review the opinions of analysts and tell you what was most and what they least liked about the most anticipated cell phone of the moment.

Most of them had just 24 hours to enjoy and analyze the new iPhone. These are your conclusions .

Nilay Patel – The Verge: “It’s great but it’s not perfect”

The editor-in-chief of the American media outlet The Verge says that, with the changes that it presents, “Apple wants the iPhone X to be much more than a new iPhone, it wants it to be the beginning of a new generation of iPhones .”

Patel says that his design looks so good, that one of his team’s video editors kept repeating that it seemed fake. “It’s polished, rigorous and clean,” he explains.

“What I like the most is that the company managed to move all the regulatory text to the software, leaving only the word ‘iPhone’ on the back, the screen is bright and colorful […] It looks more like a digital image in three dimensions that a real cell phone “.

“But it’s a real phone, and it’s clear that it was a challenge to build it, as the rumors suggested , it’s great, but it’s not perfect .

The reporter says there is a small sharp edge between the back glass and the frame, which he notices every time he picks up the phone. “And the camera is huge […] There will be those who believe that it is ugly, but I like it”.

“And it’s a very expensive iPhone, for a lot of people, it will be worth it, and for many others, it will seem ridiculous.”

Steven Levy – Wired: “It works very well and is reliable”

The American journalist Steven Levy, who writes in the Wired magazine , had the opportunity to have the phone for a full week before publishing his review.

According to Levy, the cell phone “works very well “. “It seems reliable against intruders, I put my phone in front of several people’s faces and it did not make any mistakes, I even tried my own camera photography, nothing.”

However, the specialist says the cell made some mistakes when he put his face in front of Face ID and the system ignored him. “Apple told me that maybe he was not doing what iPhone X considers eye contact,” he explains.

Regarding the “animojis” (animated emojis), Levy argues that although they are “apparently frivolous – and, until the novelty disappears, fun – they are one of the most sophisticated technological advances of the iPhone X and make it unique: facial recognition, sensors Exotic, advanced camera, powerful chips that create graphics and automatic learning. ”

Levy says that “there is much to admire in the new cell phone”, but the real change will occur later, when software developers take advantage of their advantages.

Lance Ulanoff – Mashable: “I would be lying if I said I did not notice the notch on the screen”

Ulanoff highlighted something that Patel and Levy also talked about.

“I would be lying if I said I did not notice the notch.” It refers to a space on the top edge of the phone where the light sensors are housed, the infrared for the camera and the speaker.

“It provokes a cut in full-screen applications, movies, photos, but after a while, I stopped looking at it, I can guarantee that some people will detect it … Criticism will come mainly from those who do not or use an iPhone X, “he said.

Matthew Panzarino – Techcrunch: ” For the first time, the iPhone can be used without hands”

Panzarino, editor in chief of Techcrunch , says that the recognition of the Face ID of the new Apple phone does not work with some glasses, although you have the option to deactivate the “detection of attention”, something important to know also for those with visual disabilities.

It also says that it will be more accessible to many than the Touch ID (the fingerprint recognition system of other models) and that it seems important that for the first time an iPhone can be used without hands.

According to Panzarino, the camera is very similar to that of the iPhone 8, although photographs are best seen in the X, and augmented reality options (“animojis”) are “addictive and sophisticated.”

Nicole Nguyen – Buzzfeed: “The best thing is its size”

“The camera is very good (but they already knew that),” wrote Nicole Nguyen of Buzzfeed . “It’s practically the same as the iPhone 8 Plus … the difference is that in the X the lenses are better and let more light.”

The technological journalist wrote in her criticism that in the new iPhone the optical image stabilization is better, which is reduced in less blurry photos , although we shake hands when taking them.

“The still images, especially the photos at night, look bright and clear, ” he added.

However, he pointed out some flaws in the software, unusual in a unit lent to revisions. “Most of the mistakes were minor, so I do not worry much, but it’s something that should be attentive.”

What stood out, however, was the size of the cell phone, “much better for small hands”.

Nguyen, who like Levy also had the phone for several days, also said that the new Phone “is not for everyone,” and recognizes some gestures better than others, but “it’s a very good phone . 

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