Friday, September 29, 2017

Should I get an iPhone X?

I've been using iPhones since the early days, usually getting every other model. I had a 3G, a 4, a 5, and a 6 plus. Right now I have an SE as a stop gap. I'm due for a phone soon and wonder about the iPhone 8 and the iPhone X. The iPhone 8 looks like the standard upgrade -- a better processor, more available storage, better camera, designed to run modern iOS. I could go with that. Meanwhile the iPhone X looks like a nice evolution of the iPhone, with an edge to edge high resolution screen and "Face ID" replacing Touch ID. Look at your phone to unlock it.

Image Credit: The Verge
By past standards, the iPhone X is an expensive phone, starting at about $1000. But that seems to be the new price point for a flagship smartphone. The Samsung Galaxy Note8, another phone with an edge to edge screen, is in the same price range. That may be what those interested in state of the art smart phones will be paying this year and next.

I must admit that the thing that has me on the fence about the new iPhone X is not the price. I'm willing to spend a little more for a phone that I will rely upon in a major way for a good long while (I keep my phones for 2 years when possible). It's actually some concern that Face ID will turn out to be awkward or unreliable or quirky in situations we don't yet understand. For these reasons, I'm thinking of waiting until about January 2018 for early reports from real users before I decide whether to order an iPhone X. I guess I won't get to be the "early adopter" that everyone envies, but I'll have a better idea what I'm in for.

How about you? Are you ordering an iPhone X? Does my caution seem misplaced to you? I'd really love to know! Please leave a comment.

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