Hollis Johnson The iPhone X is my favorite iPhone so far. It has the best screen I've seen on a smartphone, it feels comfortable to hold, and its redesigned interface feels intuitive and fun to use.
That said, there are some features on the iPhone XI that they wished were different, or better.
1. I wish that the TrueDepth camera system can do more.
At this time, the only real tricks that make possible the Apple TrueDepth camera system are Face ID, Animoji and some unique modes of selfie in the camera application.
I'll admit that Face ID is fantastic, and I love it much more than Touch ID as the main way to access my phone and pay for things.
But Animoji, although cute at first, is extremely limited, and ages rather quickly: you can only shoot 10 seconds of an Animoji at a time, on a plain white background; Apple will not let you add funds or effects or something fun like that. And the new camera modes designed to take advantage of the enhanced selfie camera of the iPhone X are impressive and disappointing. Apple is beginning to enter the territory of Samsung with the large number of camera modes you will never use; I prefer to have fewer filters, but those filters must be really polished. In particular, I am very disappointed with the new portrait mode filters, which do not look very good and clearly need some work.
The TrueDepth camera system is unique, but I'd love to see Apple do more with that. Apple made a big deal about augmented reality at its iPhone X event, so it's disappointing that Apple has not developed any autonomous AR smart apps that still take advantage of the iPhone X camera.
2. In general, the camera hardware of the iPhone X is damaged by its software.
The iPhone X camera is very good for taking pictures and videos, but it's no better than Google's Pixel 2 cameras, which regularly produce better -looking photos in the front and back compared to the iPhone X.
What is remarkable here is that Google was able to better Apple's smartphone camera with a single rear lens (the iPhone X has a second telephoto lens for optical zoom; Pixel 2 does not) and a less sophisticated front camera system, compared to Apple's TrueDepth solution. And so, the iPhone X has incredible camera hardware, but is disappointed by mediocre software, which generally makes the photos look too hot and inaccurate compared to photos taken with Pixel 2.
See this comparison of the Pixel 2 camera and the iPhone 8 Plus, which has a camera system almost identical to the iPhone X, and you'll see what I mean.
3. The notch.
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Most owners of iPhone X will tell you that the "notch", which houses Apple's TrueDepth camera system, virtually disappears when using the phone. "You do not really notice it much," they will say.
That simply is not true. It does not always bother me, but I notice the notch all the time, especially when I play in a game that takes up the whole screen, like "Monument Valley 2," or when I turn the phone to the side to watch a video. First of all, all the videos must be cut out to fill the screen of the iPhone X, but the notch also delves into what you are seeing. It is not a big problem, but it is a small annoyance that I hope will be solved in future iPhones. (Fortunately you can choose to enlarge the video to remove the clipping, but you lose the full-screen effect.)
On his website, Apple says " Our vision has always been to create an iPhone that is completely screen-based." I also wait for the day when the iPhone is "completely screen".