6 things we don't love about the iPhone X
1) It's insanely expensive
We thought the £869 Galaxy Note 8 was pushing it, but wow, Apple went all out for the iPhone X. The £999 starting price is sort of mind-blowing when it comes to a smartphone, and that's for the 64GB model. If you need more storage, it'll cost another £150 to bump the tally to 256GB.
Apple phones have almost always been a bit pricier than their Android counterparts, and we will say that the iPhone X feels appropriately premium in the way that the fancier Apple Watch models do. But most people don't need to spend a thousand quid on a smartphone when you can get an excellent flagship phone for a £400-500, or a strong mid-ranger for much less.
2) The camera bump is bad
The camera bump on previous iPhones had been mildly annoying, but in making a large, vertical bump for the iPhone X, it has become downright obnoxious. Now when you tap on the phone when it's laying "flat" on a surface, it might wobble with every input. That's no good.
In fact, it's already pushed one of our writers to buy a case for the iPhone X, if only to level out the back of the phone and provide some flat-surface stability. Also, the glass surfaces make it a bit slippery, so you might have multiple reasons to wrap it up in something sturdy and solid.
3) Non-updated apps
Many of the biggest apps and games in the App Store have been updated for the iPhone X, and they look pretty sharp, filling the entire screen and working around the notch to deliver fluid visual experiences. They really show the potential of the iPhone X's big, beautiful display.
And then there's all of the other apps that are still stuck in the 16:9 era. Those apps have big black bars on the top and bottom in many cases, or automatically fill the space in oft-awkward ways that look jumbled, block the battery indicator, or lose UI elements in the process. That part isn't great. But as we've seen with past iPhones that shook up the dimensions, it can take quite a while before all developers get onboard.
4) You have to relearn iOS
Overall, we'd say Apple has done a really nice job of adapting the classic iOS navigational routine to a phone without a home button. You'll swipe up to get back to the home screen, for example, and can swipe the little bar at the bottom to easily switch between apps.
It hopefully won't take you too long to get a hang of, but if you've been wielding an iPhone for years and have all of that muscle memory stored up, then you might struggle mightily with the massive interactivity overhaul on display here. They're little tweaks in many ways, but when something doesn't work the way you expect it to, you might be plenty frustrated at your new wonder-phone.
5) Still no headphone port
It's not coming back, people: after cutting the 3.5mm headphone port from the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, it's still absent here, alongside the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. Instead, you get decent Lightning earbuds in the box, plus a little dongle that lets you plug your old headphones into the Lightning port. A little, dinky dongle hanging from your thousand-quid phone. Great.
Your best bet is to use wireless headphones, whether they're the Apple AirPods or Beats Studio 3 Wireless cans with Apple's W1 chip inside, or other Bluetooth earbuds or headsets that can pair wirelessly as well.
6) You can't fast-charge out of the box
Come on, Apple. Really? You're really going to make us buy special cords to use fast charging with the iPhone X?
It's one of those features that we've been waiting ages for, and now that it's here, we can't even use it right out of the box. Instead, you'll have to buy a USB-C to Lightning cable and a USB-C power adapter that supports USB power delivery. Apple makes a set that sells for a mind-numbing £75, but you can find them cheaper elsewhere. Still, this should be standard.