All the features I’m still getting used to on the iPhone X

For the reason that week earlier than Thanksgiving, I’ve been utilizing the iPhone X. Previous to that, I used to be utilizing the iPhone eight Plus, which Apple loaned me. Throughout the busy fall critiques season, I additionally used the Google Pixel 2 and briefly used the Important smartphone.

However this text isn’t a spherical up of those new telephones or a direct comparability of all 4. It’s concerning the iPhone X.

A few of my fellow Verge writers decided that iPhone X is “easily the best smartphone ever made.” There are plenty of issues to like concerning the iPhone X, together with its ridiculously lengthy battery life, wonderful digital camera (front-facing Portrait mode!), and simply how briskly the factor is. I can see why my co-workers discovered true smartphone love. I haven’t but.

Almost a month later, I’m nonetheless adjusting to sure interactions on the iPhone X. It calls for a precision in swiping and urgent that simply makes me far more conscious of the cellphone, quite than having the cellphone exist as a cushty appendage, one which I want however don’t want to consider a lot after I’m utilizing it.

I’m certain I’d get used to a few these new options with extra time. Or possibly they’ll be tweaked. However listed below are the issues which might be nonetheless bugging me about it.


I’m clearly not the primary individual to note this. After I ran a seek for this downside to find out if it was a factor or if it was simply me, I discovered this article, which describes what I’ve been experiencing with the iPhone X.

You probably have smallish fingers, it may be troublesome to make use of the cellphone in a single hand and attain the higher left-hand nook of the show together with your thumb to tug down notifications, which is the place they now reside. My thumb simply doesn’t attain. I both have to slip the cellphone down in my proper hand, which suggests I’ll most likely drop it sooner or later; or I maintain the cellphone in my left hand whereas utilizing my proper hand to tug down notifications.

I do know Reachability is meant to assist this. However I nonetheless don’t suppose it is a good resolution. On earlier, Plus-sized iPhones, Reachability was simple to set off with the bodily dwelling button. Reachability on the iPhone X requires a exact pull-down on the bar on the backside of the house display screen, and a slightly-off swipe opens up Highlight search as a substitute.


Yup. To the precise of the notch on the high of the iPhone X, you see icons for mobile sign, WiFi, and a battery icon. What you don’t see is battery life proportion.

It’s not too far-off: for those who swipe down from the right-hand aspect of the notch to entry the Management Middle, the battery proportion seems. However you’re not capable of see it with a fast look, which suggests you’re now dwelling in a binary battery world: inexperienced or pink. And, whereas the Management Middle is just a little bit extra customizable now, you possibly can’t customise the house display screen in order that it reveals proportion.


With outdated iPhones, capturing a picture of your cellphone display screen was simple: you pressed the house button and the ability button concurrently. That’s not the case with iPhone X, as a result of, once more, there isn’t a house button. Now you press a mix of the right-side button and one of many quantity buttons, which signifies that any time you simply occur to squeeze your cellphone a sure means, you would possibly take a screenshot.

To be sincere, this has solely occurred a handful of occasions for me to this point. Others are experiencing it a lot more. Both means it’s not superb.


Why the hell are you utilizing your cellphone when you’re driving? That is the stupidest argument ever. Alright, glad we obtained that out of the way in which.

I don’t actively use my cellphone whereas I’m driving. However I do prop my cellphone up in a dock on the dashboard and use it to hearken to podcasts and music and take cellphone calls. (My automotive doesn’t have a built-in, interactive show, so every thing occurs by way of the cellphone.) And, sometimes, I need to get up or unlock the cellphone when the automotive is stopped.

With a fingerprint sensor/dwelling button, unlocking the cellphone was simple. I didn’t even have to take a look at the cellphone. Now I lean in direction of the middle console and place my face in entrance of the cellphone for FaceID and when that doesn’t work, I’ve to punch in a passcode.

Certain, I might change some settings every time I’m going someplace, in order that my display screen by no means auto-locks, however then I’d have to recollect to show that off afterwards, too. Mainly, I miss having a fingerprint sensor/dwelling button when the cellphone is inside attain however is one thing I shouldn’t be being attentive to.


One of many largest modifications with the iPhone X has been swiping up from the underside middle of an app web page so as to change between apps, quite than double-pressing the bodily dwelling button.

However in sure messaging apps – whether or not Fb Messenger, Messages, or WhatsApp – you must swipe up exactly from the middle and never barely from the precise, the place your thumb is hanging out. In any other case you find yourself triggering no matter button is hanging out on the underside right-hand aspect of the keyboard. Which implies hitting the dictation microphone quite than swiping the complete app away.

It’s a minor factor, and you’ll flip dictation off solely in keyboard settings. However it’s one which underscores the significance of getting thoughtfully-designed apps which might be optimized for brand new interactions, particularly when probably the most essential corporations on the earth rolls out dramatic design modifications.

Proper now there’s probability I’m going again to an iPhone eight, or one other cellphone. Some individuals would argue that, as a tech reviewer, I’ll be placing myself ready the place I’m utilizing that may quickly really feel (or already is) outdated — that the cellular world is shifting away from buttons, has been for awhile, and I would as effectively get used to it. That could be the case, and this cellphone does really feel just like the future of telephones. However till sure options and apps are actually optimized to assist the brand new , I’m tremendous with having a cellphone that requires rather less cognitive load, rather less precision.

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