I don’t want to brag about being an Apple Fan Boy and all that, because to be honest I was a fool. I am a consumer and I should behave like one. I am not going to get anything special from any manufacturer (and I don’t want anything special either), but being a customer it is my utmost responsibility to praise when I like something and speak when I don’t like something.
Apple follows a set path of luring you into buying really expensive products, which is fine because you get to experience the seamless iOS integration on the devices, but then they go ahead and remove really important, useful features from the devices and charge you a bomb to purchase accessories to compensate the feature. (headphone jack). Anyhow, this is about the iPhone X.
Apple’s iPhone X or iPhone 10 is hideous! There I said it. I mean this isn’t the Apple I know and maybe it isn’t what Steve Jobs envisioned. Apple I know or have grown to love took immense care towards the design, the aspect, the symmetry and the iPhone X with its screen cut-out isn’t really a full-screen device. I mean, I hate to say but other manufacturers like Samsung, LG and even Xiaomi have outdone Cupertino and they’ve done that before the iPhone X was announced. However, before the iPhone X was revealed, Apple revealed the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus and there were two kinds of reactions.
Great, the new iPhone!
Hmm! This looks like the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus
Yes, I admit the new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus come with a slightly different design (slightly) and they have the new hardware plus that glass back that offers wireless charging. It’s great, but then again other manufacturers have been doing it for ages now. No issues there.
Anyhow, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus took the center stage for around 15 minutes and then Apple made them the ex iPhones, Apple itself made it less desirable and boring. I can now follow the Apple philosophy of luring the customers to buy the insanely expensive iPhone X. (I’ll come to the X in a moment)
Apple decided to go with the Qi, the industry standard for its wireless charging feature, which is great, Apple finally decided to open to the market, but put Steve Jobs in the situation and you’ll never and I repeat, you’ll NEVER have something open, it would have been something proprietary, even though you’d had to again put a hole in your wallet to buy an Apple-specific wireless charging dock. I admit I like the new approach.
Now, the iPhone X. Really, with that screen cut-out, Apple has the audacity to call it a full screen, full display smartphone. Look at the Essential phone, I hate that camera cut-out, but it’s tiny, it’s negligible and it works. The good thing with the Essential phone is that the screen flows uniformly. The iPhone X, on the other hand, has this weird cut-out or “the notch” as most tech reviewers put it across. I understand and appreciate the amazing front facing camera and the 3D, infrared tech that has been accommodated in that notch for the Face ID (which I believe isn’t going to cut), but that notch itself makes the design of the iPhone X hideous. I am not sure about everybody else, but I would have loved to see a small amount of bezel on the top and the bottom of the screen that could have not only featured all the new Face ID technology at the top in a line, but maybe it would have also allowed Apple designers to actually accommodate the all-important home button. The home button is something that I believe makes iPhone different. With all other manufacturers going ahead and incorporating on-screen button or controls, a physical home button makes the iPhone different. The gestures are good, but currently, on my iPhone, I accidentally swipe up and open the control center and now since the home button is an onscreen one that works with gestures, I can already see people accidentally closing their current application. Hell, I would have still loved the next generation Touch ID. Maybe Apple could have worked on the rear cameras instead of the Face ID, maybe they could have added a 512GB variant instead of the notch or maybe they could have spent their time on iOS 11, because what I see from various screenshots around the web, the iOS 11 integration on the iPhone X isn’t Apple quality, there are blank, waste spaces all around, there’s nothing exciting.
Isn’t this beautiful
— Benjamin Geskin (@VenyaGeskin1) September 16, 2017
via Twitter @Benjamin Geskin
I am sure Apple will sell the iPhone X like hot cakes like they have been doing all these years, but that would be a shame because you know what to expect from Apple the next time around. I don’t know what happens with the next year iPhone 8 and 8 Plus successors, but for now, I’ll stick to the iPhone 7 Plus and maybe I will go shopping Android. I heard there are rumors about the new Google Pixel and the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus is an amazing smartphone, a real value for money.
On January 9th, 2007, Steve Jobs introduced the first ever iPhone and he said it was five years ahead of everyone else, which was so true, but now it feels like the iPhone is not the manufacturer that stands alone and forces every other manufacturer to follow. Apple, it seems like is just trying to be like everybody else now.
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