Why you should NOT buy the iPhone X

The iPhone X maybe the latest smartphone of apple but it fails to impress me in many ways. It does have a number of flaws that are big enough to convince me to stay away from buying it.

Even-though plenty of publications have been talking about all the great features of Apple’s new flagship including its large bezel-less display, upgraded processor, and the addition of wireless charging. It’s extremely easy to get caught up in all the excitement, but if you take a step back and have an honest look at the new device, you’ll quickly realize that the iPhone X isn’t the Phone you are hoping for form Apple.

It definitely has its faults, which we’ll take a closer look at in this post. Here are some reasons why you should not buy the iPhone X.

It’s too expensive

Samsung took the wraps off the Galaxy Note 8 last month that shocked the public with its high price tag at Php 49,999 ($929 in US) for an Unlock device However the iPhone X is priced at $999 or roughly Php51,000 but given the difference in price of the previous iPhone when it is launched locally due to taxes we may see the new iPhone at around Php60,000+.

It’s the most expensive iPhone to date and based on what it brings to the table compared to the competition, it’s kind of hard almost impossible to justify its high price. To give you a better idea of just how expensive the iPhone X is, let’s compare it with some of the other high-end smartphones.he unlocked versions of the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus and LG's G6 that are almost half the price of the iPhone. Keep in mind that all of these smartphones feature high-end specs, are water resistant, and sport a near-bezel-less design, just like the iPhone X.

Flagships are expensive, but Apple took things to a whole new level with its new iPhone. The price is way too high in my opinion, especially when considering you can get your hands on a number of Android devices that, in some cases, offer more in terms of specs and features for far less money.

WOW Factor

Yes the iPhone X is packed with the latest technology. It has a dual-camera setup on the back, a bezel-less display, a powerful chipset, and also supports wireless charging. The problem is that these things aren’t really new, as they are already present on a number of Android smartphones way ahead before iPhone.

The truth is that the new iPhone lacks the wow factor, which is at least one unique feature that would make it stand out from the crowd. Just look at the Android world: the Galaxy S8 has the curved display, the Note 8 comes equipped with the S Pen, Motorola’s high-end handsets have Moto Mods and the OnePlus 5 has Dash Charge. These features give the devices a competitive edge over their rivals and can really influence consumers’ purchasing decisions.This is something the iPhone X lacks, as there’s really not one feature that sets it apart from the rest. It kind of seems Apple has stopped innovating and just follows the trends that have already been established on the market. Sure, it can afford to do so thanks to its loyal fan base that buys the phone just for the logo, but that won’t last forever. To maintain its market position, Apple will have to step up its game and start equipping its devices with something we haven’t seen before.

No fingerprint scanner

Apple’s business strategy seems a bit weird. Instead of adding features to its devices, the company is actually removing them. After ditching the headphone jack last year, the tech giant is back with another bold move: the iPhone X doesn’t have a fingerprint scanner.

The security feature that has become standard on most high-end and mid-range smartphones is replaced by Face ID, which is Apple’s new face recognition technology. To unlock the iPhone, you have to lift it up to your face, make sure the camera is pointing at you, then swipe up. Unlocking with a scan of the finger is much quicker and easier.

The problem here is that we have seen facial recognition on a few smartphone so far, and it hasn’t proven to be very safe. To give you an example, the technology was tricked by a photo on the Galaxy S8. Apple claims this won’t happen with Face ID and that there’s only a one in a million chance another person would be able to unlock your phone due to its used of infrared sensor just like how your kinect on Xbox works.

Facial recognition also isn’t super reliable, which we were clearly able to see yesterday. During its first demo at Apple’s event, Face ID failed twice in a row. You can check the reaction video from Unbox Therapy below

It really does make me wonder how well the technology will perform if, for example, you’re wearing a hat and a pair of sunglasses, have a stylish new beard, or a black eye due to a close encounter with the door. Will Face ID still work as advertised? I have my doubts, but will reserve judgment until the release of the Phone.

Even if it works brilliantly, Apple should at least give its users a chance to choose which safety feature to use by also placing a fingerprint scanner on the back. These things aren’t really that expensive! Ultimately, Apple likely didn’t want to “ruin” the back of its phone by including a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, but this comes at the cost of frustrated users wanting an easy way to unlock their iPhones.

Plus, it’s easier to unlock a device with a finger than your face while it’s placed on the table — if it has a front-mounted scanner as you don’t have to lift it up and stare directly at it.

Fingerprint scanners are awesome, and I see no reason to ditch the technology that works and is easy to use for something that’s might be the total opposite. They are safe enough and I don’t really see myself buying a smartphone especially an expensive one that doesn’t have it.

The Look

While I wouldn’t call the iPhone X ugly, I also wouldn’t call it good looking. The overall design of the device could be described as bland, it definitely doesn’t stand out from the crowd, and it looks like a prototype phone.

The first thing I have a problem with is the notch on the top that houses the camera, the proximity sensor, and so forth. I’d rather see a slightly larger bezel on top like on the Note 8 or V30, as it just looks a lot more stylish in my opinion. Aside from that, there really aren’t a lot of bad things to say about the front of the smartphone.

On the back, however, things are a bit different. I know Apple is all about simplicity, so no one really expected the company to come up with a flashy design. Nevertheless, it shouldn’t have played it as safe as it did in this area and could have made the back a lot more attractive. It simply lacks the style and elegance we’re used to seeing on some Android smartphones, partly due to the camera bump and placement on the iPhone.

Final Toughts

All of the reasons above make it difficult for me to be on board with what the iPhone X is offering. I am comparing it against the Android competition, though. If you’re exclusively an Apple user, the iPhone X is the best device you can buy just know that there are a few compromises that come along with it. And based on the success of previous iPhone generations, Apple should have no trouble selling a truck load of these things. But Remember that there are a lot of option with the same or even greater features than the iPhone X on a cheaper price tag.

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