Apple iPhone X review round-up

Does Apple's bold reinvention really live up to the hype?

Last month's Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus were fine handsets – the latter much more so – but they've been overshadowed by Apple's next smartphone, the iPhone X.

Releasing this Friday in seemingly very limited quantities, the iPhone X delivers the kind of comprehensive and seriously premium overhaul that we've been awaiting the last couple years from Apple, with a brand new, screen-centric design, as well as other enhancements and perks that could make it the phone to own this holiday season.

Of course, it's insanely expensive, starting at S$1648, and that's sure to frame any thoughts of actually springing for this smartphone.

We're not quite ready to make our call on the iPhone X, although you can read our first hands-on review from last month. However, some other professional reviews and in-depth impressions have started hitting the 'net, so here's a look at what the tech world thinks so far.

Verdict: It's the ultimate iPhone

Apple's iPhone X is transformative for the iconic smartphone line, and given its price, it better live up to the hype. Luckily, reviews suggest that it really does, assuming you can stomach the S$1648+ investment needed to pick one up.

"The iPhone X is clearly the best iPhone ever made," writes The Verge. "It's thin, it's powerful, it has ambitious ideas about what cameras on phones can be used for, and it pushes the design language of phones into a strange new place. It is a huge step forward in terms of phone hardware, and it has the notch to show for it."

Meanwhile, iMore calls it "the best damn product Apple has ever made," and yes, they're talking about all of Apple's products. Even the Newton! The reviewer also concludes, "It's the most fun I've had with any device since the original iPhone."

Says TechCrunch, "Apple bet enormously big on a bunch of technologies all at once on the iPhone X and it delivered almost across the board," citing the slightly annoying notch and some viewing angle deficiencies as outlying issues. "It really is like using the future of smartphones, today."

Well, there you have it: pretty much everyone seems overwhelmingly impressed with the iPhone X, even if there's a learning curve and some things are a bit odd or different. We're looking forward to bringing you our own verdict soon, but for now, other impressions suggest that Apple's revamped iPhone really delivers.