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Reviews & user guides: iPhone X

The iPhone X was a huge gamble from Apple, yet one that really paid off six months into our testing. Losing the home button and altering the design was a dangerous move, but one that was sorely needed after years of similarity and the premium design, extra power, all-screen front mix together to create - by far - the best iPhone Apple's ever made. It's impossible to give a perfect score to something that costs this much - but this is the closest to smartphone perfection Apple has ever got. The iPhone X has been updated to iOS 12.1.4 and is gradually creeping down in price. But it also has newer competition, not just from the iPhone XS but also the likes of the Galaxy S10 range. We've updated this review accordingly. Apple itself is calling it the future of the smartphone, the embodiment of what it’s been trying to achieve for a decade. But while the iPhone X is all about premium parts and an all-new experience, it’s a huge gamble for the Cupertino brand too, as it tries to reclaim some leadership in smartphone innovation. Losing known, reliable elements like the Touch ID fingerprint scanner, the home button; introducing new methods of navigating and unlocking the phone – and charging a lot more for the privilege – seems risky for a company that was already treading new ground by doing away with the traditional headphone jack. But the iPhone X is the handset we’ve been demanding from Apple for years – a world away from the increasingly-tired designs that those who just want a new iPhone have had to make do with. The fervor around this phone tells that story – everyone wants to know if the iPhone X is worth having, partly because it actually represents a new iPhone, and that fervor is such that they don’t seem to care about the cost. So… is the iPhone X worth having? Will it change the direction of an industry where many of the specs Apple has put in – fast charging, wireless charging, bezel-less displays and face recognition – are already on the market? We've had the iPhone X in our grasp for over a year now, and it's easily one of the best smartphones around - even in the face of the newer but similar iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max - but there are still a few things that might throw even long-time Apple fans. t’s almost pointless to discuss the iPhone X price – it launched as the most expensive flagship phone on the market and it's still pricey now, but iPhone users are more willing than most to look past cost. But, while the focus here is going to be on the technology, we still need to at least mention the price and release date. It's out now, having launched worldwide on November 3 2017. The price is harder to swallow. At launch, the iPhone X cost $999 / £999 / AU$1,579 for the basic, 64GB model. If you wanted the larger 256GB model it cost $1,149 / £1,149 / AU$1,829. Since then of course the iPhone XS has launched and as a result Apple has stopped selling the iPhone X. You can still buy it elsewhere though, and are looking at a starting price of around $900 / £770 / AU$1,479. That's a slight drop, but not as much as you might expect for a phone that's over a year old.
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